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  • Israeli group aims to help Arabs — and contain them

    1 week ago

    He says he’s a leader of a “Zionist settlement” movement, but Raz Sofer’s home is no West Bank outpost.

    Sofer, 25, is the manager of a 100-member student village in this mixed Jewish-Arab city in central Israel. The village, comprised of several apartment complexes, offers...

  • What a dying business in Sderot looks like, even during cease-fire

    By Jared Sichel

    August 15, 2014 | 7:24 am

    In a narrow alleyway just next to Begin Square in the center of this Israeli city, shops, cafes and bakeries are so tightly packed together that with every few steps brings a new business.

    These merchants have, for years, been accustomed to the inhospitable reality of life in...

  • Top 10 reasons Israeli summer is the best in the world

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 4, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Lately, it seems as if Israel is nothing but a war-zone. With its security threat escalating, missiles being fired from Gaza and the recent tragedy regarding the three kidnapped teens, one can easily forget the true beauty of this country. True, it’s scalding hot and you sometimes...

  • Bedouins in Negev Face Demolition of Communities, Forced Urbanization

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 25, 2014 | 6:15 am

    The story of the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib is one of tragedy and loss. Since 2010, the government has demolished the village more than 70 times to displace the Bedouin families living there, who are not recognized by the State, and to plant the Ambassadors Forest on the land. On...

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  • The Bedouin, human rights, and ‘legitimacy’: A final word to Gerald Steinberg

    December 19, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    Gerald Steinberg has asked that I respond to the specific charges he levies against human rights organizations, my colleague Rabbi John Rosove, and me regarding our involvement in protecting the rights of some 30-40,000 Bedouin to avoid forced expulsion from their homes. At the...

  • Opposing Bedouin resettlement

    December 13, 2013 | 10:45 am

    They can’t agree on the project’s goal. They can’t agree on who supports it. They can’t even agree on its name.

    But when it comes to the Israeli government’s plan to relocate 30,000 Negev Bedouin, representatives and allies of the Bedouin community agree with the right wing on...

  • Guide dog helps champion blind golfer stay the course

    By Ayala Or-el

    December 12, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    Zohar Sharon can count on having the company of two others when he takes to the golf course — his caddy and his guide dog.

    “She is always there for me,” he said of Venus, a yellow Labrador/golden retriever cross. “She comes with me to play golf every day. She’s simply great.”

    ...
  • Israeli government shelves controversial Bedouin resettlement plan

    December 12, 2013 | 11:22 am

    The Israeli government is shelving a proposal to resettle tens of thousands of Bedouin residents of the Negev that had drawn fierce criticism.

    One of the proposal’s main architects, Benny Begin, told reporters on Thursday that the so-called Prawer-Begin Plan would be revised. He...

  • Israel should freeze Bedouin relocation bill

    December 4, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    The writing was on the wall. The Prawer bill to regulate Bedouin settlement in the Negev will not go through quietly. Not because it is a really bad bill, and not because it fails to provide a critical and necessary solution for the regulation of unrecognized Bedouin localities,...

  • Rabbis against balance

    By David Suissa

    December 4, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    You can abuse people, and you can also abuse values. Take two great Jewish values: self-criticism and caring for the stranger. How would one abuse such values? By lifting them up at the expense of other great Jewish values — such as fairness and balance.

    A striking example can be...

  • Lockheed Martin opening branch in Israel

    July 5, 2013 | 10:21 am

    Lockheed Martin is opening a technology center in Israel to help build a new center for Israeli military intelligence in the Negev.

    The U.S. aerospace defense giant established a joint venture with Israel’s Bynet Data Communications to build the Israeli Defense Forces’ center,...

  • Three adorable puppies rescued in the Negev

    June 4, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Meet Wendy, Winnie and Willie.

    Done awwing? good.

    These three sweet puppies were found deserted near the Israeli town of Netivot in the Negev Desert. The person who found them called Jay and his fiance Roni, a couple who volunteer for animal welfare and occasionally take...

  • Billions of locusts hatched in southern Israel

    May 7, 2013 | 10:53 am

    Billions of newly hatched locusts are spreading throughout Israel's South.

    The young locusts identified in the Negev Desert area are the offspring of locust swarms that entered Israel from Egypt in March.

    They are unable to fly and are not yet big enough to cause crop damage,...

  • Knesset panel advances plan regulating Bedouin settlements

    May 6, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    A Knesset committee advanced a plan that would require the resettlement of some 30,000 Bedouin.

    The draft ratified Monday by the Ministerial Legislation Committee regulates Bedouin settlements in the Negev Desert. Along with requiring the resettlement of the Bedouin, the Law of...

  • Israel Film Festival explores unfamiliar territory

    By Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    Among its other benefits, the Israel Film Festival takes even those of us familiar with the country to places and people we know only superficially, or not at all.

    Three of this festival’s movies — “Fill the Void,” “Sharqiya” and “Zaytoun” — go everywhere from inside an...

  • Beresheet Hotel: A Desert Dream

    By Elyse Glickman

    April 10, 2013 | 7:56 am

    The two-year-old, five-star luxury resort not only raises the stakes for Negev Desert tourism but also puts visitors in touch with the Israeli south’s past and future.

    When the Beresheet hotel opened for business two years ago in the Negev Desert, Israeli President Shimon Peres...

  • Another swarm of locusts in Israel sparks new concerns

    March 18, 2013 | 2:59 am

    Another swarm of locusts entered Israel, spurring concerns that they will continue to infest the country for several weeks.

    A new swarm was discovered in southern Israel on Saturday.

    Locusts have been discovered mating and laying eggs throughout Israel's South, Globes reported,...

  • Canadian fertilizer corp. determined to buy Israeli chemical company

    February 28, 2013 | 6:30 am

    A Canadian fertilizer company is determined to buy a major Israeli chemical company despite opposition among lawmakers and employees of the Israeli company.

    The Potash Corp of Saskatchewan is seeking to acquire a controlling stake in ICL, Israel Chemicals Ltd., Israel's...

  • Study: Sderot rocket attacks increased miscarriages

    February 25, 2013 | 10:47 am

    Rocket attacks on Sderot significantly increased the number of miscarriages that occurred in women from the southern Israeli city, according to a new study.

    The number of miscarriages likely was increased because of the rise in stress, including the release of too much cortisol,...

  • Knesset approves plan to recognize Bedouin settlement

    January 28, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    Israel's Cabinet approved a plan to formalize the status of Bedouin settlement in the Negev.

    The plan recommended by outgoing Likud Minister Benny Begin would officially recognize most Bedouin settlements in southern Israel and offer compensation to those Bedouin required to move...

  • 67 years later, Holocaust survivor reunites with rescuer

    November 26, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Even though 67 years had passed since they last saw each other, Wladyslawa Dudziak and Rozia Beiman reunited as if they hadn't missed a moment.

    Dudziak, 85, was flown to New York last week from Poland to meet with Beiman, whom she had saved from the Nazis more than a half-century...

  • Three soldiers wounded in Gaza rocket attack

    November 16, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Three Israeli soldiers were lightly injured by a Palestinian rocket attack on the northern Negev.

    The rockets landed on Friday afternoon, moderately wounding one soldier and causing minor injuries to the other two. All three were evacuated to Soroka hospital in Be´er Sheva, an...

  • Iran has photos of Israeli restricted areas, lawmaker says

    October 29, 2012 | 9:55 am

    An Iranian lawmaker said that Iran has photos of Israeli military bases and other restricted areas.

    Esmail Kowsari, chairman of the Iranian Parliament's defense committee, told the Iranian Arabic-language Al-Alam that a drone that breached Israeli airspace earlier this month...

  • Israel must stop squatting Bedouin, lawmaker says

    October 9, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Israel must find a way to halt the illegal squatting of Israeli Bedouin, in order to help the Bedouin and to assert Israel's claim to the land, lawmaker Yuli Edelstein told a special forum.

    The non-profit research institute Regavim conducted two events last week focusing on the...

  • Israeli military downs drone over Negev

    October 8, 2012 | 9:31 am

    The Israeli Air Force shot down a drone that entered Israeli airspace.

    The unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, was intercepted and shot down over the northern Negev on Saturday morning in an unpopulated area, according to the Israel Defense Forces. It had entered Israeli airspace...

  • One L.A. party raises $7 million for Israel Defense Forces

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 27, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    It could well be a happy new year for Israel’s military, as their friends on the West Coast just raised a bundle for Israeli soldiers through the organization Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF). At a Western Region summer party hosted by real estate entrepreneur Daniel...

  • Harvesting solar power in Negev Desert

    September 27, 2012 | 11:19 am

    Yosef Abramowitz is running out of time. 

    With only minutes to go until he has to speak to a group of donors at the Jewish National Fund (JNF), Abramowitz looks like he just finished a workout. He’s wearing sneakers, shorts and a white T-shirt featuring an outline of David...

  • Israelis helping Syrian refugees in Jordan

    July 13, 2012 | 11:16 am

    Israelis from humanitarian groups are in Jordan are assisting Syrian refugees fleeing that country’s uprising.

    Ayoob Kara, Israel’s deputy minister for the development of the Negev and Galilee, said Thursday that Israelis are assisting children and infants who have been injured in...

  • Rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel despite truce

    June 26, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    Four rockets were fired from Gaza at a Jewish community in the Negev.

    The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two of the four rockets fired at Netivot Tuesday evening. The others landed in open areas and did not cause any damage, according to reports.

    On Tuesday morning a...

  • Cross-border violence continues between Israel and Gaza

    June 22, 2012 | 8:41 am

    An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian militant and wounded two men in the Gaza Strip on Friday, Israel and Hamas medical officials said, two days after an Egyptian-brokered truce had calmed an outbreak of cross-border violence.

    The strike in central Gaza followed the firing of...

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