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  • 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...

  • Rihanna’s Israeli controversy , a call from space, Movie Day and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 28, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Did Rihanna say “All I see is Palestine?”

    Haaretz.com claimed she did, in the middle of her performance in Tel-Aviv. The news spread quickly and even reached The Huffington Post, until The Times of Israel revealed the accusations aimed to the Israel-fan pop star were not true. 

    ...
  • No news is bad news

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 28, 2013 | 11:54 am

    If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and -poor.

    Earlier this year, a Harvard economist’s jaw-dropping study of American’s beliefs about the distribution of...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 21, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    Amazon IL

    After years of waiting weeks for orders to come from the other side of the globe, Amazon.com will open an office in Tel-Aviv, as announced by the company’s chief technology officer this past week. The office, expected to open at the start of 2014, will support the...

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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 14, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Fighting unemployment

    Nowadays, at a time of economic challenges, fighting unemployment is a daily struggle almost all countries face. According to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel succeeds in winning this battle. From 232,000 unemployed Israelis in...

  • Erdoğan’s test

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 10, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Turkish government seem to be playing a very childish game with Israel.

     

    After groveling, twisting and twirling to the Turks infantile demands, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is now being demanded to do more. More than six months after doing the impossible and...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 7, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Back to Turkey

    Antalya and other Turkish cities have always been a favorite vacation destination for Israelis. In the past year or so, there has been a significant reducing in Israeli tourism to Turkey, do to some unfortunate diplomatic incidents between the two countries and a...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    A moment of humor

    Iranian President Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust and then backed down. The Israeli embassy in Washington decided to respond with humor, and made a new LinkedIn page for him… The parody LinkedIn page refers to Rouhani as “President of Iran, Expert Salesman,...

  • 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:...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 23, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Shared agriculture

    Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli and Palestinian Agriculture Ministries agreed to revive some of the joint committees formed in the 1990s under the Oslo Accords, which were frozen 13 years ago. The ministries also decided to...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 16, 2013 | 3:43 am

    10 things you must know before visiting Israel?

    CNN published an article on their website of 10 things a tourist must know before visiting Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. They wrote about the special scenery, the uniqueness of Tel-Aviv and the magic of Jerusalem. While trying to...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 9, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Birthright for Christmas

    Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau came up with a new initiative to increase the number of tourists arriving in Israel: bringing young Evangelical Christians to Israel for a trip of a lifetime. In a press conference held in Tel Aviv ahead of Rosh...

  • “We cry and scream for the ones whose voices cannot be heard.”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 6, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Eyal Edlin from Herzliya, Israel, decided he can no longer stand still to the horrors in Syria. So he opened a Facebook page, "Israelis for the children of Syria" (ישראלים למען ילדי סוריה) and alongside the IL4Syria organization, went on a journey to shake up and wake up the world...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 2, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    Exploring Jerusalem without leaving home

    Want to visit Jerusalem but currently don't have the time or money to travel to Israel? Thanks to the wonders of the 21st century, you can experience the wonders and magic of Jerusalem without leaving home. Just click on the link and go on...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 26, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    A bitter drop

    After a Nazi-themed cafe' was discovered in Indonesia, a number of Israeli families found a Nazi-inspired liquor store. The group found this bitter surprise in the Dolomites region in northern Italy, where they discovered that some of the bottles at the liquor store...

  • World Leaders- stop condemning, start taking action!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

    International relations- this small expression unfolds to a complex network of co-dependence based relations between the countries of the world. This means individual gain from economic or technological cooperation, but also obligations and commitments for other countries. There...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 19, 2013 | 2:27 am

    An Israeli photographer's new take on Disney fairytales

    An Israeli born photographer is making waves with the project "fallen princesses." Dina Goldstein created a photo project that shows  alternative, more modern endings to the well-known Disney fairy tales. What kind of...

  • The faces of the conflict: last night’s images

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 14, 2013 | 9:38 am

    A lot has been said about the renewal of the peace talks. In the past few weeks, newspapers were filled with commentary from Middle-East specialists, discussing the chances of failure or success. Some dismissed the possibility of an agreement; some asked us to give peace a chance....

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 12, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Contemporary Jewish art in Jerusalem

    The first ever Jerusalem Biennial for Contemporary Jewish Art will open on September 16th, just before Sukkot. This special event, meant to last many years, will provide a stage for the creative forces that are active today and relate, in one...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 5, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    The 19th Maccabiah comes to an end with some fine Israeli tunes!

    Last Tuesday, the 19th Maccabiah Games came to an end in a closing show to be remembered.  At Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, thousands of athletes rocked to the tunes of Israeli bands and singers, including Ivri Lider,...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    A Nazi themed café. In 2013

    The Soldaten Kaffee ("The Soldiers' Café"), named after the popular hangout for soldiers in Germany and occupied Paris during World War II, is all Nazi-themed. From waiters wearing shirts with swastikas, to a Hitler wax figure, the small café sparked...

  • When Roger Waters crossed the line

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 26, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Roger Waters is a passionate anti-Israeli advocate. The former Pink Floyd frontman constantly criticize the Israeli government, and is one of the main voices of the BDS movement, calling musicians to boycott Israel. Last Saturday, however, Waters crossed the thin line between...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 21, 2013 | 5:02 am

    Maccabiah 2013- here we go!

    On Thursday, the 19th Maccabiah games (or: the Jewish Olympics) began with a spectacular opening ceremony, held in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Around 32,000 packed the stands, as thousands of Jewish athletes from 77 countries marched around the stadium...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 1, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    TLV-Eye?

    International company Freij Entertainment‬, which built the London Eye and the world's largest mobile rides in Hong Kong, New York, Paris and other cities, will build a gigantic Ferris Wheel at Tel-Aviv port, sometimes during 2014. The wheel will be 80 meters (263 feet)...

  • The new wave

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 12, 2013 | 12:26 pm

    The world's most famous scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking was supposed to arrive in Israel this month. Hawking, 71, a world-renowned theoretical physicist, was invited to participate the high- profile Presidential Conference in Jerusalem named "Facing Tomorrow"," which will also...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 20, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    A 1500 year old mosaic discovered in Israel

    Israel is a place full of history. In thousands of years, many nations, tribes and empires of many cultures settled here, built and ruined, and left many discoveries to be found. With time, more and more beautiful memories are being...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 13, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    Shurat Hadin vs. Hawking

    Stephen Hawking's announcement of cancelling his visit here and joining the boycott of Israel did not pass by quietly. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, responded publicly to this ridiculous decision, saying: ...

  • Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs has officially closed its gates

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 7, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    This week, the Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs officially closed. With almost no media recognition, it has become a division in the Prime Minister's office. From a ministry to a division, just like that.

    I find this move unacceptable. Did someone think we...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 6, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Go Big in Tel-Aviv

    European low-cost airline Easy Jet is launching an aggressive marketing campaign in London, aimed to promoting tourism  in Tel-Aviv, in cooperation with Israel's Tourism Minister. The campaign, under the banner "Go Big in Tel-Aviv," is aimed at young people and...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 22, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    The Israeli pictures based social network

    There are almost 13,000 photo apps on the App Store, and still, a group of Israelis managed to create one that will draw everyone's attention.  The free app is called Pixplit, and it is a social network complete with user profiles and the...

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