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  • Syrian infiltrator turns himself in to Tel Aviv police

    May 17, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A Syrian infiltrator who breached Israel’s border during Nakba Day protests turned himself in to police in Tel Aviv.

    A Tel Aviv court on Tuesday ordered Hassan Hijazi, who said he entered Israel to look for a job, held until later in the week. Two other infiltrators discovered to...

  • Violence erupts in Israel, Israel-Syria border breached

    May 15, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Hundreds of Arabs from Syria stormed across the border into Israel on Sunday, prompting Israeli troops to respond with fire that killed at least four people.

    The incident, which marked the first major eruption of violence along the border in decades, came on the same day that an...

  • Barak’s Independence Party kicks off

    May 12, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    The Independence Party, the new Israeli political party formed by Ehud Barak, held its inaugural meeting.

    The party met Thursday in Tel Aviv. Barak, a former Labor Party chairman and currently Israel’s defense minister, was elected chairman by the party’s 80 members.

    Knesset member...

  • Karen Tal awarded 2011 Charles Bronfman Prize

    May 11, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    Karen Tal, the principal of the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, is the recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize for 2011.

    The annual prize, which carries a $100,000 award, goes to a young humanitarian whose work is informed and fueled by Jewish values and has broad, global impact...

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  • Israel Prizes awarded in special ceremony

    May 10, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Ten Israelis were awarded the Israel Prize, the country’s greatest national honor.

    The prizes were awarded Tuesday night during the ceremony held annually at the close of Israel Independence Day.

    Lifetime achievement awards were presented to Hulda Gurvitaz and Eli Elaluf.

    This...

  • Tel Aviv named a top party spot

    May 5, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Tel Aviv is one of the world’s top 10 summer party destinations, according to a popular travel website.

    HotelsCombined.com, one of the world’s largest online travel sites, named Tel Aviv to its 2011 list of cities where the summer fun never lets up.

    The “city that never...

  • Dancing in Rabin Square

    May 4, 2011 | 10:53 am

    I have danced in Rabin Square!  That’s a major happening in Tel Aviv the night of Yom HaAtzmaut, Independence Day in Israel. I have bounced my noise-making hammer off my fellow dancers all around me. That is also a major happening on Independence Day. I have no idea what the...

  • Israeli intellectuals declare for Palestinian state at rally

    April 21, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    A group of Israel Prize laureates and other notable artists and academics endorsed Palestinian plans to declare independence along 1967 lines at a Tel Aviv ceremony.

    Thursday’s rally was held next to the building where Israel’s founders declared statehood in 1948.

    At an event...

  • Left and right clash at Tel Aviv rally to support Palestinian state

    April 21, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Leading left-wing cultural leaders, including several Israel Prize laureates, were verbally accosted on Thursday during a rally in support of an independent Palestinian state.

    The rally, taking place outside Tel Aviv’s Independence Hall, was reportedly disrupted by right-wing...

  • Wanna die happy? David Guetta’s Tel Aviv track

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 13, 2011 | 8:44 am

    This is too awesome not to be posted.

    And for kicks I’ll give you two Jewish connections (really, three):
    1) An Israeli introduced me to David Guetta the brilliant music mixologist whose father is of Moroccan Jewish descent—a lineage which, by the way, explains the enthusiastic presence of a Frenchman in a Tel Aviv nightclub. Israelis are seriously crazy for this guy.
    2) It’s Queen Esther! That’s gotta count for something. Kabbalah study apparently begets great music videos.

    Run with it, okay? And turn the volume up.

  • Justin Bieber Israel Drama: Give Bieber a Break

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    Headlines are buzzing that Justin Bieber declined to meet a group of children affected by Gaza rocket fire during his highly-publicized trip to Israel.  And that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in response, canceled his scheduled meeting with the teenaged superstar, which was to...

  • Southern Israeli kids getting free Bieber tickets

    April 11, 2011 | 10:24 am

    Some 700 children from southern Israeli communities that have been hit by rockets and missiles from Gaza were given free tickets to pop star Justin Bieber’s concert.

    The tickets for Thursday’s show in Tel Aviv, as well as transportation, are a gift of The Schusterman...

  • Israel/Wikileaks: ‘Hezbollah expected to launch 100 missiles a day at Tel Aviv’

    April 8, 2011 | 8:18 am

    Israeli officials expect Hezbollah to fire about 500 missiles a day at Israel, including 100 that will reach Tel Aviv, in the next war.

    A batch of U.S. diplomatic leaks shared with Israeli newspapers through WikiLeaks were published Friday. Summaries of conversations in 2009...

  • Hadassah awards grants to help women

    March 29, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    The Hadassah Foundation has awarded $182,000 in grants for 2011 to help women from diverse cultural groups in Israel and the American Jewish community.

    This year, due to the global economic downturn, in addition to funding programs in the fields of economic security for low-income...

  • Facebook purchases Israeli start-up

    March 21, 2011 | 10:34 am

    Facebook is purchasing its first Israeli company, a start-up called Snaptu.

    Facebook will pay an estimated $60 million to $70 million, according to reports citing market sources. The deal is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.

    The company, established in 2007 with...

  • Omri Casspi could rejoin Maccabi Tel Aviv

    March 17, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi said he might rejoin his former Israeli pro basketball team if the NBA imposes a player lockout next season.

    Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, told Israel’s Army Radio Thursday that that he would consider...

  • Olmert to be charged in real estate scandal

    March 14, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is among 18 people who will be indicted in Israel’s largest real-estate scandal.

    The Tel Aviv District’s Prosecutor’s Office announced the indictments on Monday. Among the others indicted are former Olmert chief aide Shula Zaken and...

  • Children of foreign workers in Israel get a reprieve

    March 10, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Israel has postponed the deportation of hundreds of children of foreign workers by several months.

    Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced his decision Wednesday, saying he did not want to disrupt the children’s school year, according to reports.

    “I have instructed the enforcement...

  • Dan Shapiro to be America’s new face in Tel Aviv?

    March 9, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    When Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell sat down for an interview before a crowd of nearly 1,000 in Washington, D.C., last year, his interlocutor, New York Times columnist David Brooks, wondered why the political heavyweight had agreed to openly discuss a matter as sensitive as...

  • Partner of slain Israeli ordered to leave

    February 9, 2011 | 10:20 am

    The partner of an Israeli man killed in an attack on a gay community center in Tel Aviv has been ordered deported.

    Thomas Schmidt of Germany, who has lived in Israel for six years, was contacted Feb. 6 by Israel’s Interior Ministry to remind him that his visa offering him temporary...

  • Tel Aviv nightlife with Hollywood touch

    By Orit Arfa

    February 8, 2011 | 6:26 pm

    In a country surrounded by enemies, it makes sense that traditional sanctuaries for escape — bars and nightclubs — are widely accessible and innovative. Whereas Hollywood haunts rely on Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan for cachet, Tel Aviv haunts rely on creative concepts, friendly...

  • Court upholds agunah’s right to damages

    February 8, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    A Tel Aviv court upheld the right of women denied a religious divorce by their husbands to sue for damages.

    The District Court ruled that an Israeli woman who has been refused a religious divorce, or get, by her husband for the past 16 years has the right to receive nearly $200,000...

  • Macy Gray Twitters that she’ll play Israel as planned

    January 20, 2011 | 10:47 am

    Singer Macy Gray, after asking fans in a Facebook message whether to cancel her concert dates in Tel Aviv, said on Twitter that she will play in Israel as scheduled.

    “Dear Israel fans. Me and the band will be there in 20 days. Can’t wait. See you then. Peace,” read the Twitter...

  • Singer Macy Gray turns to fans on Tel Aviv concert

    January 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    R&B and soul-singer Macy Gray has asked her fans in a message on her Facebook status whether she should cancel scheduled concerts in Tel Aviv “in protest of Apartheid against the Palestinians.”

    “I’m booked for 2 shows in TelAviv. I’m getting alot of letters from activists...

  • Tel Aviv is Lonely Planet top 10 city

    November 2, 2010 | 9:50 am

    Tel Aviv is among the world’s top 10 cities for 2011 listed by the popular Lonely Planet travel guide website.

    Lonely Planet puts Tel Aviv in third place behind Tangier, Morocco, in second and New York in first.

    “Tel Aviv is the total flipside of Jerusalem, a modern Sin City on the...

  • Suspicious powder delivered to embassy in Tel Aviv

    September 22, 2010 | 10:46 am

    An envelope containing an unknown white powder was delivered to the Norwegian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

    The envelope, which arrived Tuesday, came a day after a similar envelope was delivered to the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv, and a week after envelopes containing white powder arrived at the embassies of the United States, Spain and Sweden in the same city.

    The powder was tested in each case and is not believed to be a danger, according to reports.

  • Terror attack averted on Tel Aviv bus

    May 26, 2010 | 12:47 pm

    Israeli police were searching the Tel Aviv area for a man and woman who reportedly tried to carry out a terror attack on a bus on Dizengoff Street.

    A man sitting in the back of the bus wearing a heavy coat on a hot day yelled “slaughter the Jews” in Arabic, while a woman in the...

  • In Tel Aviv, Life Is (Unrelentingly) With People

    By Rob Eshman

    April 20, 2010 | 6:17 pm

    There are cities you wander alone, and cities you don’t.

    In Tel Aviv, you don’t.

    It’s not that the streets are dangerous. Israel’s homicide rate is less than half that of America’s, and violent crime against tourists is all but unheard of. I’ve spent many nights alone...

  • Jane Fonda responds to Toronto backlash

    September 14, 2009 | 8:08 pm

    Follow our complete coverage of the Toronto Film Festival boycotts on our Hollywood Jew blog.

    Reposted with permission of Jane Fonda

    I recently signed a letter protesting the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to showcase and celebrate Tel Aviv. This in the very year...

  • For top stars like Madonna, Israel gig becoming more common

    September 8, 2009 | 1:50 pm

    Madonna managed to sprinkle some of her fairy diva dust on Israel during her recent tour, calling the Jewish state the world’s “energy center,” wrapping herself in the flag on stage and even lighting Shabbat candles with Sara Netanayahu.

    Audiences, local promoters and officials are...

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