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  • Guarding Ben-Gurion

    May 16, 2014 | 11:16 am

    A dapper man, wearing his signature safari-style hat, 90-year-old Aaron Friedman becomes exuberant when he shares his tales of being David Ben-Gurion’s bodyguard, a confidant of Yitzhak Shamir and of the fame he enjoyed while being a lifeguard on the beaches of Tel Aviv. He has...

  • Danny Glover among protesters of documentary’s screening in Tel Aviv

    May 13, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Danny Glover and others featured in a documentary about a 98-year-old Asian-American activist are protesting the film’s screening at a Tel Aviv film festival.

    In a statement released Monday, participants in “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” including...

  • Ehud Olmert sentenced to six years in prison for bribery conviction

    May 13, 2014 | 8:04 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for his conviction for accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

    Tuesday morning’s sentence would make him the first Israeli premier to be sent to prison.

    Olmert also was fined $1 million...

  • 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...

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  • WATCH: English Language Social Order Magazine Edition 4

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 12, 2014 | 5:00 am

    In this edition of Israel Social TV's English langage Social Order Magazine, we examine:

    1. In response to Israeli fears over the Palestinian Authority acceding to 15 international treaties before becoming a state, Israel Social TV wonders who else asked to join international...

  • Refugee Social Order Edition 2014

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 5, 2014 | 5:43 am

    Every year Jews gather around Seder tables to tell a defining origin story of our people - our deliverance from bondage and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians. Contained in this story is the source of Jewish ethics, reflections on history and dreams for the future. But the...

  • Israeli filmmaker and actor Assi Dayan, son of Moshe Dayan, dies

    May 1, 2014 | 11:06 am

    Filmmaker and actor Assi Dayan, the son of the late Israeli general Moshe Dayan, has died.

    Dayan was discovered dead in his Tel Aviv home on Thursday. He was 68 and had suffered from serious health problems, according to Israeli media.

    Dayan appeared in some 50 Israeli films...

  • 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...

  • Cataloging Tel Aviv’s enduring shopkeepers

    April 16, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    A few years ago, photographer Assi Haim was wandering the streets of Tel Aviv, camera in hand, in search of a project topic. It was at the corner of Allenby and Mazeh streets that he found cafeteria proprietor Zosha, 84, and Nurit, his coworker for 18 years.

    Speaking in a 2011...

  • Israel launches new spy satellite

    April 9, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    Israel launched a military spy satellite on Wednesday, four years after sending a similar space vehicle into orbit.

    Israeli officials have said before that the nation's satellite programme is aimed at boosting intelligence-gathering capabilities in the face of Iran's nuclear...

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    April 7, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,...

  • Diplomacy is back in action, Pharell Williams is HAPPY with Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 7, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is saved!

    The 11-day Foreign Ministry strike that closed embassies abroad and prevented high-profile visits both to and from Israel ended on Wednesday evening as the Treasury and the ministry’s workers committee signed a labor agreement. This ends...

  • A chance at the World Cup,The Rolling Stonen, Free HIV treatment and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 31, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Speaking out

    Former Miss World, the Israeli Linor Abargil, is leading a global campaign against sexual violence. Abargil, who was raped at knifepoint only six weeks before being crowned as Miss World, has inspired other Israeli women to break their own silence and in the process,...

  • Olmert convicted for taking bribes in Holyland scandal

    March 31, 2014 | 9:59 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty of accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

    Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rosen announced the verdict on Monday morning in what has been called the country’s largest corruption scandal. Olmert is facing up...

  • Tel Aviv allowing some stores to do business on Shabbat

    March 28, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    Tel Aviv will permit a limited number of grocery and convenience stores to stay open on the Sabbath and holidays.

    The municipality’s City Council approved an amendment on March 24 giving the stores the go-ahead, but the country’s Interior Ministry also must approve.

    It is...

  • Stymied by Israeli bureaucracy, Ukrainian has been making aliyah for three years

    March 20, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Sitting in his sister’s living room in this town outside Tel Aviv, Yuriy Yukhatskov says he’s glad to be far from his home city of Kiev.

    Yukhatskov, 44, says that what he sees as the pervasive anti-Semitism in Ukraine’s capital would grow only worse with the country’s recent...

  • Beyoncé may play Israel this summer

    March 17, 2014 | 11:33 am

    The upcoming Israeli summer might just be getting even hotter.

    According to a Sunday report on Israel’s Channel 2 news, Beyoncé will be stopping over for a gig at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on June 15.

    The thing is, the date does not appear on Beyoncé’s website. Plus, as...

  • Leaving Israel, Africans face detention, possibly death

    By Simone Wilson

    March 11, 2014 | 5:31 pm

    “When the conflict started in the Darfur region and we came to Israel, all the people knew why,” said Yeman Adam, a 30-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker who fled to Israel in 2008. “The media was making comparisons between the Holocaust and Darfur genocide, and the Israeli government...

  • Tel Aviv as a “City of Refuge”?

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 6, 2014 | 5:30 am

    On February 20th, a panel comprised of individuals with diverse viewpoints spoke on how to create political solutions to the challenges facing African Asylum Seekers in Israel. On the panel sat Orit Marom, Public Awareness and Advocacy Program Director of ASSAF, Maariv columnist...

  • Why some start-ups backed up, others passed up

    February 26, 2014 | 6:08 pm

    “We Israelis may excel at innovation,” said seasoned entrepreneur Yochi Slonim, managing partner of FFWD.me, a Tel Aviv-based program to “fast forward” start-ups. “But we’re pretty clueless when it comes to marketing our assets to potential investors and customers.”

    This...

  • In Israel’s abortion debate, pro-choice seems to be the only choice

    February 25, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    A billboard in central Tel Aviv features a black-and-white photo of a distressed woman above a caption in bold red letters that reads, “The pain and remorse from my abortion accompany me every day.”

    The billboard is an advertisement for Efrat, an anti-abortion outfit that dubs...

  • Hundreds rally for Pollard release at U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

    February 24, 2014 | 11:01 am

    Hundreds of demonstrators calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

    The demonstration on Sunday night was led by Pollard’s wife, Esther.

    “How is it that in spite of all the gestures that Israel is making at the request of the...

  • Man gunned down as gangland crime wave rocks Israel

    February 18, 2014 | 9:47 am

    Two gunmen on a motorcycle killed a man as he drove near Tel Aviv's bustling beachfront on Saturday, in what Israeli police suspected was the latest in a wave of gangland murders and attacks.

    The drive-by shooting took place in broad daylight, as families and tourists walked...

  • BDS fail, Jerusalem 200 years ago, new apps, Sochi and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 17, 2014 | 9:52 am

    Beyond belief

    If you’ve ever been to Israel, I assume your heart missed a beat when you first encountered the unique Israeli atmosphere and beautiful sceneries.  The same thing happened Caitlin and Arthur on their Israeli trip. Watch their video, where they talk about their...

  • Israeli startups dream of a Bitcoin world

    February 11, 2014 | 9:33 am

    "Welcome to the new economy," boasts a sign at the entrance of the self-styled Bitcoin Embassy in the heart of Tel Aviv.

    The sparely furnished property opened a few months ago to support a community of Bitcoin fanatics, perhaps the most active in the world, who are out to build...

  • An Israeli ‘Apollo Effect’?

    By Jared Sichel

    February 5, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    The schoolchildren hung on Daniel Saat’s every word as he spoke about orbits, atmospheres, propulsion and moon hopping — not the same as moonwalking.

    As the director of business development for SpaceIL — Israel’s project to send a micro-spaceship to the moon — Saat and founder...

  • Charges dropped against Israeli singer Eyal Golan

    February 5, 2014 | 10:05 am

    The case against Israeli singer Eyal Golan for allegedly having sex with minors was closed due to a lack of evidence.

    The Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office made the announcement on Wednesday.

    The day before, Golan, 42, released a public letter asserting his innocence and...

  • Vegan lifestyle, Superhero in Hollywood, Ultra- Orthodox Capoeira and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 4, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    A bite of the Big Apple

    The flight is long and tiring, the jet-lag is sometimes unbearable, but if you ask Israelis, no place beats the Big Apple! According to a new survey, New York is Israelis' favorite travel destination.  The second place went to Thailand. Despite requiring a...

  • Who’s afraid of the African asylum seekers of South Tel Aviv?

    By Simone Wilson

    January 23, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    As a general rule in Tel Aviv, if your taxi driver is still gabbing about a national news event — more often than not, with a conservative slant — you can bet the topic is also trending citywide.

    And of five taxi drivers this reporter has flagged down over the past week, four...

  • Al-Qaeda cell arrested in plot to attack U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

    January 22, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    An al-Qaeda cell suspected of planning several terror attacks in Israel, including on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, was arrested.

    A gag order on the three arrests made several weeks ago by Israel’s Shin Bet security service was lifted Wednesday by the Jerusalem Magistrate Court.

    ...
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