■ PROVIDING THAT the cease-fire is upheld, several of Israel’s leading pop stars will be singing at Ashkelon’s Breeza Festival which be held from August 24 to 30, starting with Miri Mesika and Mosh Ben Ari. Others in order of appearance will be Shiri Maimon and Shimon Buskila, Keren Peles, Hadag Nahash, Rita and Eyal Golan. In addition many of the stars of children’s programs will also be in attendance.

■ THE PROMOTION of Johny Srouji to hardware vice president at Apple, is a feather in the cap for Israel’s Arab community, for the city of Haifa and for the Haifa Technion, of which Srouji is a computer science graduate. According to a media release by Apple, Srouji now leads all of Apple’s custom silicon architecture and development, covering a wide range of devices and technologies.

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