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  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Israeli tourists evacuated from Maldives

    July 31, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    Israeli tourists in the Maldives had to be evacuated from the island nation after an Israeli surfer removed an anti-Israel sign placed outside a guest house.

    The tourists were evacuated earlier this week from Kaafu Thulusdhoo Island by security services after protesters on the...

  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • Honoring Bloomberg, welcoming the Pope, building an internet empire and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 26, 2014 | 8:20 am

    A Holy visit

    Pope Francis landed in Israel this Sunday, as part of his first visit to the Middle East. After visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem, he invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace. Both Abbas and Peres accepted the invitation,...

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  • Findings in space, the new Israeli YouTube hit, Zombies in TLV and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 17, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    An international honor

    The International Space University (ISU) has announced that the Technion in Israel will host the ISU's Annual Space Studies Program in the summer of 2016.  This is a major achievement for Israel’s Technological Institution and for the State of Israel.

    ...

  • Jerusalem high on new skyline

    March 12, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Ten years ago, Jerusalem was just starting to emerge from the Second Intifada, which scared away local residents as well as investors. Many shops and restaurants closed during that period, leaving hundreds of storefronts with “for sale” signs. 

    Fast-forward 10 years, and...

  • Voluntouring in Israel

    March 5, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Going on holiday can mean relaxing or sightseeing, tasting new foods or learning firsthand about new cultures. A growing segment of vacationers, however, goes abroad to work for free.

    Voluntourism — volunteering and tourism — has been cited as one of the fastest-growing sectors...

  • Making it in Hollywood, celebrating diversity, rocking Masada and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 3, 2014 | 11:57 am

    Protecting migrating birds

    Israel sets an example in the protection of migrating birds, with a singular program in which wild birds are fed with the aim of preserving their old migration patterns while protecting relatively new agrarian lands. It all takes place in the Hula...

  • Tourism to Israel reaches all-time high

    January 9, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    Israel reported an all-time high in annual visitors in 2013.

    A record 3.54 million visitors arrived in Israel in 2013, half a percent more than the previous record year. Meanwhile, some 272,000 tourists arrived in December, a 14 percent increase over December 2012, setting a...

  • Best of 2013, BDS fail, reform rabbinate, good news for dog owners and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 6, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    The new discovery that will help detect Breast Cancer “gene”

    Another breakthrough in the fight against cancer: Researchers at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel have developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in...

  • Leaving Israel is becoming a trend, so why do I choose to stay?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 23, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    After spending Friday nights in Tel-Aviv and calling each other “brother” or “sister,” comes the most recent Israeli trend: leaving Israel.

    It is now THE Israeli thing to do: pack, fly, start anew abroad. This phenomenon is not new, but it has recently become impossible to...

  • 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...

  • Americans in Yemen fear kidnappings

    July 25, 2013 | 9:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Luke, an American photographer and editor for an English-language local newspaper, lives in one of the tall historic buildings in the city.  With increased kidnappings of Westerners in Yemen, he also lives in fear.

    The number...

  • Hallelujah: Jellyfish swarm departs Tel Aviv after summer of terror

    By Simone Wilson

    July 24, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Those cursed "Erythraean alien nomadic jellyfish" who have been planting their tentacles upon Israel's summer masses all month — tourists and locals just trying to enjoy the warm Mediterranean waters off Tel Aviv's kilometers of party beach, and coming up stung — have finally tired...

  • Zionism, Militarism, and Fantasy Camp

    By Aryeh Cohen

    June 2, 2013 | 5:59 pm

    For some reason I don’t think that any of the founders of Zionism are standing and applauding from their places of eternal reward (wherever those may be).

    NPR reported this morning about Caliber 3, an Israeli company which, according to their website, “was established in the year...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Joan Rivers jokes about the holocaust and refuses to apologize

    On the Febuary 25th episode of the E! show: Fashion Police, Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's dress, saying: : “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 31, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Rare findings from the First Temple era were found near Jerusalem
    Road excavation at a new section of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway led to a unique archeological discovery from the first temple era. The ritual building that was found is one of very few findings from Judea during...

  • ‘Come back [to Israel] and bring a lot of people with you’

    December 4, 2012 | 11:11 am

    “No Shopping!” guide Nadav Kersh admonished his charges as they entered the crowded Old City of Jerusalem. “I mean it. No shopping! It’s just too easy to get lost here.”

    Kersh was guiding a group of tour operators from the U.S., U.K. and South Africa on a whirlwind tour of the...

  • Syrian fighting decimates tourism industry

    December 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. International flights into and out of the capital continued despite throughout 20-months of fighting between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the rebels seeking to depose him. But as...

  • Haifa a many-faceted jewel

    By Elyse Glickman

    October 31, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Visiting Americans often compare Haifa with San Francisco for its hilly landscape and trendy, artsy neighborhoods, or Boston for its mix of academia and maritime culture. While this northern Israeli city is a weekend getaway for Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians, Haifa is also worth...

  • Culture on the menu

    October 15, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Times Square, the icon of New York kitsch and tourism, pop culture and media art, not only looked different that day in late September, it smelled different. The place that many people call the center of the world was transformed into one big Chinese kitchen. That's right. Times...

  • Ancient Shiloh: A new stop on the tourist map?

    August 14, 2012 | 11:34 am

    Travis Allen was spending three weeks in 2009 driving around Israel visiting historic sites when he suddenly noticed Shiloh on the map and asked his driver if they could go to the site of the archaeological dig. What Allen, a financial adviser from California who’s making his first...

  • Hot Spot Tel-Aviv

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 8, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Tel-Aviv was listed in Lonely Planets’ “Top Ten Hedonistic Cities Worldwide” list. On the surface, this is yet another nice achievement to add to our pat-on-the-back list. But if we dig a little deeper, we can find out there’s so much more into the appearance on this list. Israel is...

  • In Bulgaria, Israel’s tourism minister vows to continue tourism ties

    July 23, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    Israeli Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov traveled to Bulgaria to shore up the relationship between the two countries in the wake of the deadly attack on a bus full of Israeli tourists.

    Accompanying Misezhnikov on Monday’s trip were senior representatives of the Israeli tourism...

  • How can Woody Allen make Israel’s tourism flourish

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 17, 2012 | 10:43 am

    I just so happened to watch To Rome with Love the very same day I read that Woody Allen said he is not ruling out the possibility to film in Israel. I am not a big Allen fan, and accordingly, I had a bit of a difficulty to connect to the somewhat strange plot. But in spite of the...

  • Wave of Chinese tourists expected

    May 31, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    Over 100 million Chinese tourists are expected to be traveling annually by 2020 and one of their preferred destinations is turning out to be the Middle East.

    Countries in the region are scrambling to meet the boon as the tourism trade moves to get back on its feet after the lull...

  • Article Highlights Jewish Culture Festivals in Europe

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 27, 2012 | 2:14 am

    An article in The Forward advocates something that I have long urged travellers to do—use some of the many Jewish culture and other such festivals in Europe as anchor points for summer travels.

    The article highlights just two festivals—the wellknown Jewish Culture Festival in...

  • Jewish Institutions take Part in European Night of the Museums Saturday Night

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 17, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Jewish museums and other cultural institutions in a number of European countries will be open from dusk on Saturday until the wee hours Sunday as part of the annual European Night of the Museums. The Night of the Museums was founded in 2005, and more than 4,000 institutions in 40...

  • Israel’s April tourism numbers set record

    May 10, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    The number of tourists entering Israel last month set a record.

    Some 354,000 visitors arrived in Israel in April, 19 percent more than in April 2011 and 12 percent more than in April 2010, during Israel’s record year for tourism, according to Israel’s Tourism Ministry.

    In addition,...

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