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  • The Israeli Women Paradox

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 3, 2016 | 2:35 pm

    Israel is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to women's rights. Israeli women are integrated in meaningful roles on every field, from politics to science. While being surrounded by countries where women are being executed for cheating and are not allowed to...

  • The World’s Common Language

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 28, 2016 | 11:55 am

    The language in which the lyrics are written doesn't matter when it comes to beautiful tunes. That is why I believe music is the answer to everything, including world peace, if only we put politics aside.

    "Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand. With an...

  • Why being Jewish and single in Israel is nothing like in the US

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 26, 2016 | 11:56 pm

    Being a young, single woman, especially the kind that watches Sex and the City reruns and romantic comedies, makes one wonder about the cruelty and loneliness of single life and craving for love. "All You Need Is Love" is not just a song; it is the essence of life. We spend our...

  • 68 Years Old, and Still Fighting for Its Existence -This is Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 18, 2016 | 8:33 am

    68 years old, still fighting for its existence, and not apologizing for it. This is Israel.

    In the past 68 years, in 7 wars, tens of operations and hundreds terror attacks, 23,447 Israelis lost their lives. Some were soldiers who died in combat, others were civilians who went...

  • Judaism and Israelism in film and television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 30, 2016 | 8:18 am

    When I write "Israeli", what comes to mind? Chutzpah? Over confidence? Too friendly? A conqueror? And how about "Jewish"? Big nose? Greedy? Guilt inflicting mothers? Tradition?

    The media affects the way we view the world. Mass communication may not entirely decide for us how we...

  • About Anti-Semitism and Finding The Way Home

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 2, 2016 | 8:46 am

    When we think of anti-Semitism, Europe usually pops to mind. We think about swastikas being drawn on Jewish tombs, houses or places of business, about terror attacks at synagogues, or hate-filled protest. But even as we think about it, it seems like something that happens far away...

  • From Freedom of Speech to Hate- Speech

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 11, 2016 | 8:17 am

    Response to a request to remove a group named “Death to Israel” is the following: “Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We...

  • I’m done apologizing!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 13, 2015 | 8:23 am

    Every time a wave of terror washes Israel, incitement fills the media, social and traditional. This time around, however, it's worse than ever. This time around, the terrorists are acting in a way that easily appears as if they are "lone wolves" who acted spontaneously in a moment...

  • Pallywood’s World of Lies

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 2, 2015 | 9:18 am

    This phenomenon is not new, but it seems like even nowadays, nine years after the documentary which officially exposed it was released, many people have still never heard of Pallywood.

    Pallywood, a portmanteau of "Palestinian" and "Hollywood", is a coinage that has been used...

  • “Death to Jews” Facebook Campaign Must Be A Wake-Up Call for Us

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 15, 2015 | 10:09 am

    This week, social media was filled with outrage aimed at Facebook, after a new hateful campaign was launched.

    This week, thousands of Israeli Arabs and Palestinians added “Death to Jews” (מוות ליהודים) to their Facebook usernames. Israeli website 0404 sampled around 300 of them...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 3, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    This one took me by surprise. Up until writing this post, I had no idea that the epilator I use was originally invented in Israel.

    To all of you who don’t know what an epilator is (mostly the men among you): An epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by...

  • Israel, United States and Television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 1, 2015 | 8:52 am

    In the past few years, dozens of Israeli TV formats have been sold to US’s leading networks. But while these shows are local hits, most of them never quite took off abroad. Perhaps it has something to do with our little country’s unique culture.

    There is something about American...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 26, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    This weekend, I would like to present you a movie you've probably heard of before, since it was nominated for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, for the Best Foreign Language Film category. This drama, which tackles one of the most delicate topics in the Jewish community in Israel, is...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 19, 2015 | 1:09 pm

    Israeli singer-songwriter Aviv Gefen does not have the most beautiful voice in the world. In fact, he often refers to himself as “having the singing voice of a toad,” but still, he managed to become one of the most important musicians in Israeli culture. It happened in the 90’s,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 12, 2015 | 1:26 pm

    ReWalk is a bionic walking assistance system that uses powered leg attachments to enable paraplegics to stand upright, walk and climb stairs. It was designed in Yokneam, Israel, and is marketed by Argo Medical Technologies.

    The ReWalk was invented in 2011 and became a huge...

  • What Is the BDS Movement Really After?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 10, 2015 | 2:03 am

    Last week, we were all startled by a statement made by Orange CEO, Stephane Richard, saying he does not want his company to operate in Israel anymore. This statement soon became a reality, when the telecom giant announced it would cut ties with Israel. Even though Richard stated...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 5, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    You spent your adolescence watching Beavis and Butt-head, we spent ours reading Zbeng!

    As young “Tweens,” we were expected to pick educating, enriching books when visiting the library. To our parents’ disappointment, all we ever wanted to borrow was the new Zbeng! book in the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    It’s no secret that Israel has one of the best armies in the world, but did you know it also invented plenty of sophisticated solutions to various needs in the battlefield? One of those solutions is the Agilite IPC (Injured Personnel Carrier.) This Israeli invention is designed to...

  • Mega Corporations Such as Google and Facebook Push to the Annihilation of Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 27, 2015 | 8:42 am

    It seems as if Google, who is often being recognized as an Israel supporter, has recently joined the list of corporations who cleared Israel off the map.

    Ynetnews has recently published quite a disturbing discovery: A Google search of leading figures who were born in Jerusalem...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 22, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    This weekend. I would like to present you with the new SMS- based therapy, which is about to help many.

    So long couch, hello cellphone. Instead of undergoing psychotherapy, some people find it easier and more discreet to text-message their therapist. Enter Talkspace, a provider...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    Yehudit Ravitz is one of the most appreciated Israeli artists. With a career spanning over 30 years and 12 solo albums, the singer-songwriter stands behind songs that every single one of us knows by heart.

    Ravitz’ musical career began in the army, when she was accepted to the...

  • Lauryn Hill Cave in to BDS Pressure and Canceled Her Concert in Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 5, 2015 | 8:13 am

    Only three days before Lauryn Hill was set to perform in Israel, the American soul a singer has canceled her concert. In a statement posted on her Facebook page, the "Killing Me Softly" singer wrote:

    Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,

    When deciding to play the region, my...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 1, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    This weekend, I would like to introduce one of the ultimate Israeli dishes – the Sabich!

    If you’ve ever been to Israel, you’ve probably tasted this divine sandwich, consisting of pita bread stuffed with fried eggplant, hard boiled eggs, hummus, tahini, Israeli salad, boiled...

  • Five Minutes, Every Year - When Israel Stops to Remember

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 21, 2015 | 8:19 am

    One of the most inimitable characteristics of Israel is its “small community” atmosphere. Here, we often call each other “brother” and “sister,” even if we’re talking to a stranger, because most chances are he served in the same military base as us, or a relative of his went to...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    This week’s Israeli creation doesn’t really need an introduction. Balkan Beat Box (BBB,) is one of the most famous Israeli musical groups in the world, and chances are you already know all of their big hits, even if you’ve never actually heard of them before.

    Balkan Beat Box...

  • Parking solutions, driverless ride, revolutionary apps and more – This week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 13, 2015 | 8:55 am

    An Israeli device to revolutionize Augmented Reality

    So far, the augmented reality (AR) consumer revolution hasn’t taken off as expected. Devices like Google Glass and others in that space proved to be too expensive and inflexible for use by most people. But a new system produced...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 10, 2015 | 11:36 am

    On the last day of Passover, you're invited to sit back and enjoy some of the best Israeli-made Passover clips:

    Dayenu, Coming Home - The Fountainheads Passover Song


    Passover Pesach 2015 Seder Rube Goldberg Machine from Technion in Israel


    Amazing Pesach Video Hand in Hand in Israel


    Let Us Go - Passover "Frozen" Parody

  • Sick of the injustice – Thoughts of an IDF soldier after a month in the West Bank

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 7, 2015 | 9:35 am

    Yoav, a reservist IDF soldier, spent a month in the West Bank. When he returned, he sat down to write this letter and asked me to share it with you. His one request is for you to help spread the truth. Read Yoav's second open letter here.


  • Hackathon For Good, Saturn Time, Passover Surprise and More – This Week from The Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 30, 2015 | 8:37 am

    Investment in Israeli cyber companies reaches $250 million

    "Investments in cyber companies in Israel have amounted to more than $250 million, and Israeli cyber companies have been acquired this year for a total sum of more than $1 billion," Israel National Cyber Bureau chief Dr....

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