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  • More than 70 Israeli academics signed a petition condemning the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    On July 24th, more than 70 Israeli academics signed a petition condemning the Israel Defense Forces actions in Gaza. According to their statement: “The signatories to this statement, all academics at Israeli universities, wish it to be known that they utterly deplore the aggressive...

  • A short guidebook to all celebrities posting about the Israel-Gaza situation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    Dear celebrities,

    You are people of high power. Having millions of fans and followers grants you the power to change the world with just 140 typed notes. You have more power than any political leader, as people devour your status updates, ready to follow your lead without asking...

  • Discovering that Israeli troops aren’t made of Teflon

    1 week ago

    My children have been following the Gaza operation since it began 15 days ago.

    They really have no choice, our television is turned to news reports of the operation during all of my waking hours, which are longer than theirs. My son staring at his iPod this evening complained...

  • Winning the war, losing support

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    The fact that 70% of the Israeli population spend their nights and days running for shelter and that more than 1000 missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza does not matter to the world, as long as the death toll stands at zero.

    In the past week, more than 1000 missiles were fired...

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  • Life under fire - live reports from people living in southern Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    I can describe the reality here, I can ask you to imagine what it's like, but no matter what I say, it will be very hard for anyone who's not here to comprehend.

    In the past two weeks, hundreds of missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza, which is ruled by the terror organization...

  • The agenda behind New York Times headline

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 3, 2014 | 7:45 am

    A headline – few short words that frame a whole story. Earlier today, The New York Times published an article referring to the rockets being fired from Gaza to Israel and the Israeli Defense Forces' response. In what appeared to be an objective headline, lies a very specific...

  • Backstreet Boys and Jay Leno visiting, the IDF improving and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 12, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    Celebrating 66 years of independence

    On Tuesday, Israel celebrated its 66th independence day with 24 hours of celebrations that started on Monday night. The streets of every city were colored in blue and white, fireworks lit the sky and famous artists performed on stages set in...

  • What if we really knew what media does to us

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 5, 2014 | 10:31 am

    What if we knew that the fictional rapes in HBO’s mega-hit “Game of Thrones” caused real rapes in the real world?  What if we knew that the portrayals of gay characters in “Modern Family” caused actual states to legalize same-sex marriage?

    The catch, of course, is causation. ...

  • Post- Passover celebration, TLV’s new title, basketball history and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 28, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Go, Maccabi!

    On Wednesday night (Israel time,) after a roller-coaster season of highs and lows, basketball team Maccabi Tel-Aviv scaled the highest summit in European basketball and earned itself a ticket to the Euroleague Final Four, for the first time since 2011. Maccabi...

  • Facing the “unaware public”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    In the past couple of years, I often wrote about the “unaware public.” This is a group of people, the majority of the world’s population, actually, who is politically uninvolved with the conflicted Middle East, and does not find particular interest in the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Save the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 26, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Last week, Tel Aviv University took political science students - including me - on a field trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, in order for us to examine the various possible career paths there. Since high school, it has been very clear to me that my future would...

  • When the Israeli Apartheid Week takes place in Israel, there’s a lot for us to worry about

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Last week, the 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) launched in over 200 cities worldwide. This international series of events which includes rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings and multimedia displays — exposed many people who are clueless about Israel...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 24, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Can you imagine your life without Facebook? It was only eight years ago when this brilliant website burst into our lives and changed our ways of communication forever. Before there was Facebook, we used instant messaging programs to chat online with one another, and one of the...

  • This week in power: Word fight and prison meals

    By Danny Groner

    January 22, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    'Nazi' ban?
    "Israel is on the brink of banning the N-word. N as in Nazi, that is," reported The New York Times. The proposal gained preliminary approval last week that would make it a...

  • This week in power: Sharon’s death and Berlin brawl

    By Danny Groner

    January 15, 2014 | 7:57 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Sharon legacy
    After many years of a much-watched coma, Ariel Sharon passed away last weekend, leading to an assortment of reactions to the former prime minister's life from around the...

  • This week in power: Kerry language request and NYPost headline

    By Danny Groner

    January 8, 2014 | 7:58 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    'Jewish State' possibilities
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged world leaders to talk the Palestinian leadership into recognizing Israel as a Jewish State, according to reports....

  • This week in power: Anelka gesture and Israel in the new year

    By Danny Groner

    January 1, 2014 | 7:34 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Anti-Semitism on the pitch?
    A joke gone too far has upset Jewish groups around the world after French soccer star Nicolas Anelka made a stiff-armed salute following a goal that many...

  • This week in power: Bronfman legacy and Christmas fracas

    By Danny Groner

    December 25, 2013 | 7:14 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Bronfman death
    He as chairman of the Seagram company, but Edgar Bronfman's life may be bets remembered for his Jewish communal work. "Edgar's bold leadership and visionary philanthropy...

  • Not acts of despair- Terror!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 25, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Three terror attacks were added in the past 48 hours to a record number of over 170 attacks since the beginning of November. Israeli civilians and soldiers were killed by Palestinians with vengeance in their hearts as day after day Israeli newspapers were colored in black.

    ...

  • This week in power: Academic boycott and Podhoretz stormoff

    By Danny Groner

    December 18, 2013 | 7:44 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Boycott blowback
    The announcment of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians by the American Studies Association had people up in arms...

  • This week in power: Netanyahu snub and Kanye comments

    By Danny Groner

    December 11, 2013 | 7:58 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Mandela funeral fracas
    World leaders gathered for the funeral for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, but one person was missing: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He cited costs of...

  • This week in power: Temple Mount tension and journalists targeted

    By Danny Groner

    December 4, 2013 | 7:24 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Ruckus on the Mount
    "A small but growing movement by Jewish activists demanding the right to pray at the site of their destroyed temple, in the heart of this disputed capital’s Old...

  • This week in power: Iran deal and Thanksgivukkah

    By Danny Groner

    November 27, 2013 | 7:56 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Iran agreement
    The U.S. government announced a deal with Iran over the weekend that will keep their nuclear arms program at bay, at least temporarily, which prompted the Israeli...

  • This week in power: A hot mic and Brandeis backs out

    By Danny Groner

    November 20, 2013 | 7:50 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Mic mishap
    Last week, a United Nations interpreter sparked international outrage from Jews after he shared his feelings into an open microphone at the General Assembly. “I think when...

  • This week in power: Disaster relief and Bush speech

    By Danny Groner

    November 13, 2013 | 7:38 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Haiyan hits
    Among those who rushed to the Philippines to help assist in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan were representatives of the Israeli military. Some estomate that casualties from the...

  • REALITY CHECK! Which news site tells you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 30, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    In the past few weeks, I searched the word “Israel” in leading international news websites, originated in the US and the UK and presenting themselves as balanced and impartial. I examined the stories they tell about my country, and compared them with the facts, only to find that...

  • This week in power: The Obama-Tehran question and Vancouver’s ad capaign uproar

    By Danny Groner

    October 17, 2013 | 1:59 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Tehran reconciliation?
    Homayoun Sameyah Najaf Abady, the head of the Tehran Jewish community, pushed in an open letter for President Obama for the U.S. to reconcile with a democratic...

  • This week in power: Government shutdown, Jews poll, UN reaction, Iran spy

    By Danny Groner

    October 2, 2013 | 8:51 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Shutdown central
    The government shut down this week and it's affecting everyone, not just government employees. "It may sound petty, given the enormity of this debacle, to point out...

  • This week in power: UN address, Virginia race, Hebron house, Fake LinkedIn

    By Danny Groner

    September 25, 2013 | 10:00 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Obama at the UN
    President Obama had some harsh words during a speech this week at the United Nations for all parties involved in the Middle East conflict. "I believe that there is a...

  • The demonization of the IDF: the truth must be revealed

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 25, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Last Friday, Reuters reported that IDF soldiers "threw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yanked a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents." The Diplomat, Marion Castaing, was quoted saying:...

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