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  • Jacob Segal: The matchmaker

    By Jared Sichel

    January 2, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    For a moment, it seemed like Jacob Segal was the interviewer.

    Walking into Delice Bakery on a recent Monday morning, the 67-year-old businessman was already there, sitting by the window facing Pico Boulevard, huddled over the Los Angeles Times.

    He stood up energetically, gave a...

  • Yigal Kipnis on Yom Kippur War’s lessons

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 24, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Yigal Kipnis is an Israeli historian; since 1978 he has been a farmer and a resident of the Golan Heights. He teaches at the University of Haifa and researches the settlement geography and political history of Israel. Kipnis also served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force for 31...

  • Al-Qaida-affiliated terror group says it’s resuming holy war against Jews

    August 27, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    A terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida that claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on northern Israel said it has resumed a jihad, or holy war, against the Jews.

    The Lebanon-based Azzam Abdullah Brigades said the rocket attack last week was carried out “as part of the...

  • Tending tolerance in ‘The Gardener’

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 1, 2013 | 10:05 am

    Movies from D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” to Leni Riefenstahl’s “Triumph of the Will” have stirred political passions and ruffled international diplomatic feathers, and now comes “The Gardener.”

    There are a number of ironies about this lyrical documentary. To start...

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  • Seaport battle looms as Israel plans new competition

    May 16, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Israel is betting its economic future on high-tech exports but faces a low-tech bottleneck in state-owned seaports subject to work stoppages and slowdowns because of the enormous strength of their unions.

    All that may be about to change.

    The government, for years unwilling to...

  • Civilian airspace in northern Israel closed over fears

    May 5, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    Israel closed the airspace in its North to civilian traffic following attacks on Syrian targets that were believed to be carried out by the Israeli military.

    The closure comes after the Israeli military moved two Iron Dome missile defense batteries to northern Israel near Safed...

  • Israeli hospital separates rare conjoined twins

    May 1, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    A conjoined twin in Israel who was separated in a rare operation was in serious condition.

    The Rambam Medical Center in Haifa said the twins were separated last week in a four-hour operation. It was believed to be the first time the separation surgery had ever been attempted in...

  • Israel shoots down drone from Lebanon, Israeli Military says

    April 25, 2013 | 9:54 am

    An Israeli fighter plane shot down a drone from Lebanon over the Mediterranean sea on Thursday as it was approaching the Israeli coast, the military said.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was flying in a military helicopter to an event in northern Israel when the...

  • What Boston hospitals learned from Israel

    April 22, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Minutes after a terrorist attack killed three at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, doctors and nurses at the city’s hospitals faced a harrowing scene — severed limbs, burned bodies, shrapnel buried in skin.

    For Boston doctors, the challenge presented by last week’s bombing...

  • Amos Shapiro, University of Haifa’s new president

    By JewishJournal

    March 28, 2013 | 7:36 am

    University of Haifa President Amos Shapira is blunt about what he believes should be Israel’s top priority.

    “Israel has no other advantage other than its human resources,” he said, “and the investment we make in education.”

    Shapira knows something about using resources. Prior...

  • Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran will destroy Israeli cities If attacked

    March 21, 2013 | 7:48 am

    Iran's clerical supreme leader said on Thursday the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if it came under attack from the Jewish state.

    "At times the officials of the Zionist regime (Israel) threaten to launch a military invasion but they...

  • Iron Dome battery moved to Haifa amid unrest in Syria

    January 28, 2013 | 9:50 am

    The Israeli military has deployed an Iron Dome missile defense system near Haifa, according to reports.

    Two other batteries also reportedly were deployed in northern Israel in recent days, Ynet reported.

    The move to the northern end of the country comes as concerns in Israel...

  • Amid conflict, Israel’s hospitals treat Gazan patients

    November 20, 2012 | 10:04 am

    (The Jerusalem Post) Israeli hospitals, amid the ongoing conflict, are treating dozens of patients of all ages who came to Israel from Gaza to get healthcare unavailable there, and are making provisions for accompanying persons.    

    “We at Rambam Medical Center are taking care of...

  • This Week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 5, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Former Israeli journalist, Shlomo Nakdimon, one of the most respected political correspondents in the history of Israel, will be given a lifetime award by the Israeli Journalists Association. Nakdimon has a major part in the history of Israel, and in the world of media. In his...

  • Haifa a many-faceted jewel

    By Elyse Glickman

    October 31, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Visiting Americans often compare Haifa with San Francisco for its hilly landscape and trendy, artsy neighborhoods, or Boston for its mix of academia and maritime culture. While this northern Israeli city is a weekend getaway for Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians, Haifa is also worth...

  • Arab Lawyers Union honors terrorist who killed 21 Israelis in Haifa

    October 18, 2012 | 9:39 am

    The Palestine Committee of the Arab Lawyers Union recently bestowed its “highest honor” on female suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat, who killed 21 Israelis in a 2003 attack on Maxim’s restaurant in Haifa, Palestinian Media Watch reported on its website here.

    Jaradat, who worked as a...

  • Preparing for war, Israel’s North looks to lessons from 2006

    October 17, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    When missiles rained down on northern Israel from Lebanon six years ago, surgeons at Rambam Hospital in Haifa worked, terrified, on the building’s eighth floor.

    That summer, missiles had struck fewer than 20 yards away, endangering the staff and patients of northern Israel’s...

  • Israel’s whiz kids

    July 11, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Mickey Haslavsky of Holon is only 18, but he’s already on his second startup.

    “When I began my first startup at 16, I thought I was the only one creating Web sites at this age, but I was amazed to discover a huge community between [the ages of] 10 and 18 around the world, and I...

  • Note to boycotters: Israel is not a thief

    By David Suissa

    July 3, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    There is an obvious way to respond to author Alice Walker’s refusal to allow her novel “The Color Purple” to be translated into Hebrew. In case you missed it, Walker accused Israel of being “guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and...

  • Israel builds huge underground hospital for protection against attacks

    June 8, 2012 | 11:24 am

    The Rambam Medical Center in Haifa has unveiled the world’s largest fortified hospital, intended to protect more than 2000 patients from missile and rocket attacks. Construction of the Sammy Ofer Northern Regional Underground Emergency Hospital was spurred by missile attacks by...

  • Brad Greenberg to coach Israel’s Maccabi Haifa

    June 4, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Brad Greenberg, the former general manager of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, has signed on to coach the Maccabi Haifa basketball team.

    Greenberg, who is Jewish, will coach the team for the next two seasons, the team announced Monday on its official website.

    Greenberg, 58, becomes...

  • Oil drilling near Haifa halted

    May 14, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Oil drilling in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Haifa was frozen as the investment partners prepare to put a new oil rig in place.

    Drilling in the Leviathan oil field, which began more than a year ago, has not yet produced any oil. But it is believed that oil will be discovered at a different depth in new drilling that will not begin for another year, Ynet reported.

    The partners, including Noble Energy and the Delek group, say that estimates show at least 600 million barrels of oil in the field. The field also contains a large natural gas reserve.

  • Druze professor appointed Israeli envoy to New Zealand

    April 24, 2012 | 10:14 am

    A Druze professor was appointed Israel’s chief diplomat in New Zealand.

    Naim Araidi, who teaches Hebrew literature at Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University, was named to the post by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Yediot Achronot reported.

    “After years of representing...

  • Six charged in beatings of soldiers in Haifa

    March 8, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    Six Arab residents of Haifa were indicted in an attack on two off-duty Israeli soldiers in the city.

    The Haifa District Court judge who presided over Thursday’s hearing said the attack on Shnir Dahan and Roie Sharaff did not appear to be motivated by nationalism, The Jerusalem Post...

  • Rising tennis star Nadine Fahoum: In her own words

    November 17, 2011 | 10:18 am

    My name is Nadine Fahoum and I am a 21 year old Israeli Arab Muslim from Haifa.  When I was 6 years old and it was time to enroll me in elementary school, my parents faced a very complex dilemma—whether to enroll me in the ―Reali Hebrew School or in an Arab school in Haifa. ...

  • After the fire: A Torah’s trip to a secular kibbutz

    October 10, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    We land at Ben Gurion Airport in the heat of winter, on the first day of Chanukah.  At 11 a.m. Dec. 2, already it is 82 degrees in Tel Aviv—unusual weather for the rainy season in Israel. And it will get hotter. Much hotter.

    Moments before our wheels touch down, a brush fire breaks...

  • KISS reunion tour in Haifa: Gene Simmons goes home

    September 12, 2011 | 11:22 am

    The most well-circulated piece of trivia about Gene Simmons, former member of the band KISS, is that he was born in Haifa, Israel. For years Simmons’ birthplace and Israeli heritage were rumored to be true, but in the Digital Age it would be confirmed with Wikipedia and video...

  • Weills donating $10 million to Haifa’s Ramban hospital

    August 10, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Joan and Sanford Weill of New York have committed $10 million to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center to expand the children’s cancer ward and facilitate its treatment of Palestinian children.

    The funds, including a contribution from the Weill Family Foundation, will merge Rambam’s...

  • Knesset to meet during recess over protests

    August 8, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Israel’s Knesset will meet in a special session on the rash of protests sweeping the nation despite being on summer recess.

    The debate scheduled for next week was announced Monday, after 50 opposition lawmakers signed a petition calling for the session titled “Netanyahu’s tax...

  • Tahl Leibovitz is not only Interesting, but Completely Remarkable

    By Ilana Angel

    July 22, 2011 | 9:33 am

    If there were ever a movie that needed to be made, it’s the life story of Tahl Leibovitz.  My son suggested I write about Tahl when he came across him playing in a table tennis match on television.  I wrote a blog earlier in the week about Tahl Leibovitz which was based on a lot of...

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