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  • State, Religion, and Women of the Wall- an Interview with MK Stav Shaffir

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    On March 11, first time MK (Member of the Knesset,) Stav Shaffir (27) from Ha'Avoda (labor) party, joined the Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. With threats from several Orthodox groups, and attempts for arrests by the police, they welcomed the new "Rosh...

  • 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...

  • Supporting Israeli Art

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 3, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Today, I would like to present to you the respected group of Israeli artists I was recently introduced to, whose works are published and sold via one website, named "Israeli Art." In this one website, you can find a variety of Israeli and Jewish creations, made by tenths of Israeli...

  • Israeli Technion students replied to a call for boycott from Sydney, Australia

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 1, 2013 | 10:20 am

    On 10 April, the Student Representative Council at the University of Sydney, Australia (SRC), voted to pass a resolution calling on the university administration to cut ties with the Technion- a globally known and appreciated Israeli academic institution for technology. The...

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  • Hate, courtesy of the UN

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 24, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Richard Falk, a UN official, referred to the Boston Marathon in a column he wrote for the Foreign Policy Journal , saying the US "had it coming" because of its policy around the world and specifically in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yes, that's right. A respected person...

  • A heart to heart letter from an Israeli to Americans

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 19, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Dear Americans,

    What you've dealt with this week is not new to me, I'm afraid. In fact, it is something I almost got used to. Why almost? Because no matter how many times you hear about an "event" on the news, no matter how many times you call all your friends and family to make...

  • In their memory…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 15, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Something quite extraordinary happened last night:  25,578 stars shined bright. All together, all of a sudden. It was in the middle of my town square, as thousands of citizens shared an hour of remembrance and respect for 25,578 Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. We...

  • Anti-Semitism 2.0: Who are the modern anti-Semites?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 9, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    On Sunday, our national Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel's Channel 2 aired a documentary about modern anti-Semitism. At some point, a man was interviewed, saying that the Jews are to blame for all the troubles of the world, and that "Hitler was too nice." This, like many claims of...

  • Israeli Soldiers Stories- touring the States, spreading the truth

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 3, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    In recent years, Israel haters spread anti-Israeli propaganda  via social networks and during IAW, which is filled with false information and contains mainly lies about the IDF.

    Truth is, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have over 700,000 citizen soldiers and reservists, who are...

  • Excitement, hope and the rhetorical art- experiences from Obama’s speech

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 21, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    My good friend, Alex Zusmanovich, was one of the lucky 600 students who won the raffle to hear Obama's speech, first hand. Here are his impressions:


    Excitement. Excitement was what I felt when I got the email telling me that I was one of the 150 lucky students that won the...

  • Comfort during a crisis

    March 20, 2013 | 8:11 am

    In the summer of 1999, a self-proclaimed white supremacist walked into the North Valley Jewish Community Center and started shooting. The bullets hit the school’s secretary, a teen counselor and three children, all of whom survived. But the trauma of the shooting rippled beyond the...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 18, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    Who is the perfect Israeli flight mate?

    504 Israelis over the age of 18 participated in a new survey, dealing with the Israeli passenger's in-flight habits. Who were their ideal seat mates?

    Read more here.


    Blame it on the Jews?

    Britain's Labor Party member,  Nazir Ahmed,...

  • This conflict CAN end!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    In the past couple of weeks, I have encountered a record number of hateful messages, written by Palestinians, calling me a terrorist and a killer and wishing for my immediate death. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I thought that the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was...

  • Joan Rivers and the consequences of Holocaust jokes on broadcast television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2013 | 11:08 am

    On the February 25th episode of the E! Entertainment's  television show "Fashion Police", comedian Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's Academy Awards dress, saying: “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”  The Anti-Defamation...

  • Israeli Apartheid Week- bigger than ever. Can we fight the hatred?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 27, 2013 | 11:15 am

    The first time I heard the combination of the words "Israel" and "Apartheid" was a year ago. I just started writing Israelife and was only at the beginning  of my learning process of how different people worldwide see Israel.

    It was when I encountered "the Israeli Apartheid...

  • Media Framing- how to notice and handle it correctly?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 13, 2013 | 10:45 am

    We've seen it during Operation Pillar of Defense, but media framing is everywhere and at all times. As a part of the Media War, it is very important that we will be able to notice media framing, and handle it correctly. Here are a few tips...

    The part the media have in our lives...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 4, 2013 | 11:01 am

    Supporting Olim entrepreneurs

    When wanting to succeed in business, "connections" is the key word. Building networks of customers, bankers, supporters, etc., can be especially difficult when you're new in town. The Hive was created for that purpose exactly. It is a unique tech...

  • 10 years to the Columbia Disaster

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 1, 2013 | 10:41 am

    February 1st, 2003, 16:30 pm. My family and I were all sitting in the car, on our way to visit long distance family members. This was supposed to be a big day: Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli Astronaut and an old family friend, was supposed to land at Cape Canaveral, along with six...

  • A response to NYT article about racist Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 31, 2013 | 10:47 am

    Earlier today, I came across this article from the New York Times. It referred to last week's incident involving Beitar Yerushalaim soccer club fans, who raised a sign reading "Beitar will be pure forever", in protest of the decision to bring two Muslim players to the team.

    This...

  • The next four years- more of the same. Thoughts after Israel’s elections

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 23, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Yesterday, while I was casting my vote, it suddenly hit me: no matter which new parties will rise and fall, when it comes to the global system, nothing in the next four years will change.


    It wasn't easy for me to decide to whom to give my vote. It is only my second time voting...

  • Illinois lawmakers begin considering approval of same-sex marriage

    January 3, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Illinois lawmakers began considering a measure on Wednesday that would make President Barack Obama's home state the 10th in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

    Supporters and opponents furiously lobbied lawmakers as a leading sponsor of the proposal pressed for a quick vote in...

  • The Dark Side of Judaism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 2, 2013 | 10:32 am

    On December 24th, the rabbinate of Haifa, which is one of the largest Israeli cities, sent a letter to local hotels and event halls, warning them they will lose their Kashrut supervision if they hold New Year's Eve or Christmas parties on their premises. The letter, as published on...

  • Two Israeli-Jewish projects you should know about

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 12, 2012 | 10:29 am

    1. This year, as part of the international Holocaust Memorial Day commemorated on January 27th, a new song will be released too national radio stations in Israel. This song is a co-production of holocaust survivors and popular musicians in Israel. This initiative, called 'Insights'...

  • An Independent Palestinian state- what’s the problem?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 3, 2012 | 10:25 am


    Last Thursday, the U.N General Assembly voted on the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," (like the Vatican’s.) Despite Israel's attempts to get as many states as possible to oppose that resolution, the majority...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 30, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Have you heard of Noa Tishby? If not- now is the time to memorize that name. Tishby is a household name in Israel, and also maintains an impressive acting career in the United States. In fact, I believe she is the most appreciated by Israelis than all her Israelis- in- Hollywood...

  • What is the Media War and why is it such a big deal?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Last week, we all witnessed what is called: Media War. The media war in unannounced and it doesn't end with a truce- it is an ongoing battle with social networks and websites as the battlefield. It occurs when two sides of a conflict of sort compete for the public's attention...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 26, 2012 | 10:08 am

    Israeli archaeologists uncovered an ancient well in the Yizra'el Valley, in the northern Galilee region. The well dates back to the Neolithic period (about 8,500 years ago), and is believed to have been part of an ancient farming settlement. Several artifacts were found in the...

  • I just wanted to say: Thank You!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 22, 2012 | 10:00 am

    In the past eight days- Israel was at war, but it wasn't a traditional war. This war was fought in two fronts: in the field and in social networks. Eight days ago, I turned to you and asked for your help in supporting Israel online. The media was tilted towards the other side, and...

  • Seven days into Pillar of Defence- which news websites tell you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 20, 2012 | 9:30 am

    It's been seven days now since operation Pillar of Defense got the green light. For seven days, missiles have been fired at both Israel and Gaza, and people have been suffering from both physical and mental injuries. Honestly, nothing's really changed in the last seven days. The...

  • Why there is no Palestinian resistance

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Earlier today, someone posted the following on Israelife's Facebook page:"The IDF is an evil organization. Netanyahu and all the Zionist scum are evil murderers. By deception, they wage war. Do not be deceived!" In order to prove the accuracy of his statements, this person attached...

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