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COVID: As central Jerusalem reopens, shop owners are excited - and scared

The streets are relatively busy on a Sunday morning, and the shops seem busy, but 'For Rent' signs hang on the windows of dozens of the stores and restaurants that line the street.

07/03/2021
Shushan Purim celebrations amid ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Jerusalem, Feb. 28, 2021

Coronavirus ‘czar’: We might need a night curfew on Passover

Nachman Ash said that he believes that the requirement that people always wear a mask outdoors could be canceled

In honor of International Women's Day, Keter has put up signs across its eight facilities that say '

Int'l Women's Day: Keter is closing the gender pay gap for women

According to the Adva Center, an organization that analyses Israeli policy, the gender pay gap has not only not disappeared with time, but has actually grown in 2020.

International Criminal Court is seen in The Hague, Netherlands September 27, 2018

Five key points on Israel’s latest ICC war crimes clash - analysis

What can Israel expect in the next round of its battle to stay out of The Hague?

Israeli program to vaccinate Palestinian workers temporarily delayed

During an initial pilot of the program held Thursday, some 700 Palestinians received their first dose of the vaccine.

Man convicted of threatening wife after rape charge dropped

His wife asked for her complaint against him to be dropped.

StopCancer group photo

Zohar Yakobson - Acting with compassion

Despite her unbridled professional success, some 10 years ago Yakobson was struck by personal tragedy, as her daughter Tal, was diagnosed with a rare cancer and passed away.

Soldiers with disabilities clean Israel's beaches following oil spill

The soldiers cleaned the beach near Palmachim Air Force Base, collecting tar and debris in garbage bags.

Coronavirus: Gov't approves gradual reopening of restaurants, airport

Starting today, the airport will partially reopen and some 1,000 Israelis will be able to enter the country.

Coronavirus: Georgia only country to recognize green passports - report

Despite statements of allowing Israelis with green passports to travel, neither Greece or Cyprus recognize Israel's green passports.

Israeli laser surgery tech company sells for $1.07b.

The deal is valued at $1.07 billion, pending closing adjustments.

Pfizer CEO's Israel visit canceled because he is not fully vaccinated

Bourla said in December that he has not yet received the vaccine yet because he does not want to "cut in line."

Netanyahu tells Kamala Harris he won't let Iran obtain nuclear weapons

During the call, Netanyahu and Harris agreed to advance cooperation of research and technological development in regard to the coronavirus pandemic between Israel and the US.

06/03/2021

Suliman’s journey from ‘Fauda’ to Knesset to Nazareth

Hisham Suliman been busy during the pandemic working on new productions at the Fringe Theater in Nazareth, where he is a director as well as an actor.

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011.

Meretz leader: ICC investigation of Israel is justified

Likud, Yamina, New Hope all denounce left-wing party leader.

Only 100,000 Israelis over 50 left to be vaccinated - new data

The Coronavirus Knowledge and Information Center warned that Israel could be on the verge of another outbreak

Anti-Netanyahu protesters ramp up demonstrations ahead of elections

A statement by the Black Flags Movement noted that notable Israeli artists, activists and lecturers will attend several main junctions in order to show their support.

Pope Francis arrives to board a plane for his visit to Iraq at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport i

Pope Francis sends greetings to Rivlin while over Israel en route to Iraq

The Pope's flight was permitted to pass through Israeli airspace to reach its destination in Iraq.

Outgoing deputy Mossad chief: Pompeo plan to turn Iran into Meretz unrealistic

Both the Trump administration and PM Netanyahu were criticized for failing to focus on the primary threats of Iran's nuclear program.

From left: Ayman Saif, Abdulbast Salameh and Nachman Ash

Most red cities are Arab and Druze, says Arab sector commissioner

"It should be everyone's priority, that of heads of Druze and Arab local councils, to think about ways of turning their towns from red to green," Ayman Saif said on Saturday.

NO LONGER is Gemara study just for men: A sea of women celebrate the Siyum Hashas at the Jerusalem I

8200 unit, Woman2Woman launch program to help women impacted by COVID-19

The program will help women find opportunities by preparing CV's, LinkedIn pages and identifying personal and professional barriers.

Shots for shots: Jerusalem gives vaccines at Mahane Yehuda bar scene

The municipality set up a vaccination booth close to the bars as part of the effort to encourage vaccinations.

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau.

Chief Rabbi Lau to conversion judges: Ignore lies about you

"Do not heed to lies and false accusations that are being levied against you, ignore them. Your judgment is from above."

Ultra-Orthodox women Israel

Drop in self-employed Israeli women - commerce chamber federation

There was an 11% drop in the number of women employed in management positions.

Labor and Social Affairs: 90% drop in fines for abuse of workers

Most of the fines in 2020 were given due to supervision activity done by the ministry, while a minority were due to complaints from employees.

An illustrative photo of a Jewish wedding in front of the Mediterranean Sea.

Tzohar announces only vaccinated rabbis can officiate weddings

The move precedes Israel's plans to reopen the economy, beginning with restaurants, concert halls and event halls, which will allow for large wedding gatherings.

Jerusalem neighborhood begs government to allow schools to remain open

The letter, an initiative started by Neve Yaakov's parents-teacher association (PTA), begs Netanyahu to reconsider the recent classification of the neighborhood as "orange"

United Arab List leader MK Mansour Abbas attacked by protesters

Protesters attacked United Arab List leader MK Mansour Abbas, and reportedly shot fireworks, and threw rocks at guards during the demonstration.

The Queen's Gambit inspires Israel's 40th chess championship

"We consider chess a challenging, sharp and competitive sport, which is known for its development of thought, creativity and cognitive abilities."

By HADASSAH BRENNER
05/03/2021

IDF commander: Soldier whose gun was stolen shouldn't be in Egoz

The soldier's gun was stolen around Shfaram in the early hours of Thursday morning by two assailants.

Israel is updating attack plans against Iran's nuclear sites - Gantz

Hezbollah has “hundreds of thousands of missiles” Defense Minister tells Fox News on Thursday. “What is going to happen to Lebanon?”

Jerusalem library to be opened as part of city development plan

The library will include thousands of titles available to read and borrow, as well as internet and multimedia access for residents of Jerusalem.

By HADASSAH BRENNER
05/03/2021

Making magic with Make-A-Wish-Israel

Founder Denise Bar-Aharon proudly reports that since its inception, Make-A-Wish Israel has granted 4,300 wishes to children.

Sigal Bar-On and Dr. Nurit Harel - A family affair

Bar-On says that International Women’s Day is the ideal time to bring up important social issues that are not discussed on a daily basis.

Israel vows to fight ICC’s 'perversion of justice' of war crimes charge

“I'm going to fight for the truth: fight against this perversion of justice until it is null and void," Netanyahu says.

Israeli athlete Deni Avdija named to NBA’s Rising Stars team

Avdija, 20, has had an up-and-down rookie season, in part because of contracting COVID-19, which sidelined him for three weeks in January.

By ROB CHARRY/JTA
05/03/2021

IDF faces a new challenge: beard complaints

Two secular (and bearded) soldiers have launched a campaign against the religious facial hair exemption, as detailed in an Agence France-Presse article published Tuesday.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
05/03/2021
HEAVILY PROCESSED foods are often high in sugar, fat and empty calories. HEAVILY PROCESSED foods are

Obesity adds extra COVID-19 risk, we need a national program - Edelstein

The Health Minister addressed the need to prevent obesity in Israel and help those struggling with it in honor of World Obesity Day.

Washington Wizards beat LA Clippers 119 to 117

Israeli singer Kobi Aflalo performs American National Anthem before the game.

Ultra Orthodox and secular Israelis clash in Beit Shemesh.

Orthodox and secular Israelis fight over Jewish conversion, but why?

A chief Haredi Orthodox ally of Benjamin Netanyahu called the decision “misguided [and] very troubling.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
05/03/2021

Who will ICC try to arrest if war crimes probe advances?

Netanyahu, Gantz, Ya’alon could be in ICC crosshairs - what will Israel do to try to defend them?

Meet the woman advancing the role of women in management

She runs a successful strategic consulting firm and advises leaders and countries around the world.

By CARMIT SAPIR WEITZ
04/03/2021

Israel Philharmonic Offers virtual backstage tour

Cohen, Meltzer, and Maoz take virtual visitors on a visit to the hidden underground areas of the Auditorium, including the vast musical library and the Philharmonic’s archives.

Eurovision: Eden Alene song tries to connect separated Israeli families

Release of this clip marks the launch of IAC360, a new and innovative digital platform that can be found online at iac360.org.

Israel's conversion ruling: What it does and doesn’t do

RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: The ruling, as significant as it may be, does not solve the question that has dogged the country since its establishment: Who is a Jew?

04/03/2021

Flaw of Return: Why Israel should stop offering automatic citizenship

MIDDLE ISRAEL: The Law of Return has lost its historic rationale and should now be replaced with a naturalization process much like the rest of the world’s nations.

Israeli Opera reopens with Hebrew classics, Rossini, biblical women

The opera is such a powerful cultural institution that it is often made fun of in popular culture.

Rabbi Motti Elon.

Convicted sex-offender Moti Elon relinquishes his rabbi title

"Elon was convicted of child sexual abuse, yet the Rabbinate steadfastly refused to remove his Rabbinic authority."

Monaco, Israeli startup accelerator to collaborate for first time

The two companies, Capsula TAU and Monacotech, both operate largely in the green energy domain.

Mediterranean oil spill is ‘eco-terrorism’ by Iran, Israel says

Sources in the defense establishment said they were not familiar with Gamliel’s claim that the oil spill was the result of terrorism

Greenpeace: Iran eco-terror allegation 'reeks of election propaganda'

The practice of turning off tracking systems is commonly done by Iranian vessels to avoid detection for violating the trade embargo with Syria.

Huge infrastructure project brings water from the mountain to Jerusalem

With Israel a world leader for water technology and innovation, water resource consulting for other nations has become a significant part of Mekorot’s operations.

04/03/2021
A Magen David Adom emergency vehicle responds to murder call on July 30, 2013.

Three Bedouin siblings from Hura die after fire traps them inside house

The deceased children were identified as four-year-old Lila, three-year-old Khaled and one-year-old Avrar Mohammad Au Sabbith.

Outgoing deputy Mossad chief blasts Netanyahu for management of Iran threat

'Our situation today is worse than it was at the time of the [2015] nuclear deal," A., outgoing deputy head of the Mossad, tells Israeli paper.

Mossad, IDF blindsided by Gamliel's Iran 'eco-terror' accusation

Iran intentionally polluted the Mediterranean Sea and Israel’s shores in an act of ecological terrorism, Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said on Wednesday.

Israeli Navy boat

Israel’s maritime economic zone security in spotlight after oil spill

If the oil spill is terrorism, then it means national security focus needs to prevent future spills like this and other threats.

Ship accused of Israel oil spill shown anchored off Iran coast - In pictures

Photographs of the vessel, which Israel has accused of 'eco-terrorism', show the ship anchored off the Iranian coast.

Netanyahu blasts SNL joke as 'outrageous' on Fox News

"The interesting thing is that, not accidentally, many Arab citizens are voting for me," he said.

Unique Bedouin archive finds home at National Library of Israel

Over the past fifty years, Bedouin expert Dr. Clinton Bailey has documented and researched Bedouin life in the Sinai and Negev deserts.

Suspected pedophile: I tried to recreate Eilat gang rape with 13-year-old

According to the indictment, Sherf, 21, raped the girl on two different occasions, beat and strangled the girl, and offered drugs and alcohol to her.

Judean desert: A needed adventure after the coronavirus lockdown

A drive in the desert with the 3-door Defender 90 was the medicine we needed.

By AMI YACHIN
04/03/2021

Meet the Ariel University professor leading chemical detection research

Chemical detection sensing is needed to trace spoilage in mass food or beverage production facilities and may also alert to potential hazards in smaller workplaces.

By SUSAN DE LA FUENTE
04/03/2021

The pleasures, pains of an oleh depicted in new book

Living through the 1970s and 1980s in Israel, then returning to the US

Thrilling chapter in Israeli military history depicted in new book

Amos Gilboa produces a real-life thriller

By URI BAR-JOSEPH
04/03/2021

Signs of relief: What to buy for International Women's Day

While life slowly starts to make its way back to a kind of normalcy, it is time to look for better solutions for our best friend.

By NERIA BARR
04/03/2021

COVID-19: Haredim drift further from Israeli mainstream - opinion

This is the second in an in-depth series of articles examining key aspects of haredi society and its role in and influence on the country today.

Police arrest 12 suspects involved in riots, assaults in Mea She'arim

Five of the suspects arrested on Thursday are reportedly under the age of 18.

Meet the women leading Israel's Embassy in the UK

Tzipi Hotovely: Having a female ambassador changes the face Israel presents to the world.

A man uses a smartphone in New York City, in this picture taken November 6, 2013

NSO Group under renewed investigation by US - report

Probe may be part of larger Biden shift emphasizing human rights, scrutinizing Saudi Arabia.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE
04/03/2021

Netanyahu: ICC war crimes probe is 'pure antisemitism'

"It decided that our brave and moral soldiers who fight against the cruel terrorists are the terrorists."

Participants in Israeli-made vaccine trials not eligible for green pass

Hadassah head Prof. Zeev Rotstein called on Defense Minister Benny Gantz to allow Israelis who participated in the trial to receive the pass.

A group of 137 immigrants from Brazil and Argentina landed in Israel

South American immigrants arrive in Israel after 40 days in limbo

Most of the immigrants had resigned from their jobs, given up their homes and withdrawn their children from school in advance of the scheduled Jan. 25 flight.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
04/03/2021

Chef Alon Shaya helped Holocaust survivor recreate recipes from his youth

He and his sister loved a roast turkey dish that involved pulling the turkey off the bone, grinding the meat and then packing it back on before baking.

By MARGARET LITTMAN/JTA
04/03/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden

Fears Biden would adopt Obama policies against Israel premature - analysis

Several steps taken, and others not taken, have calmed fears that the Biden administration would take up at the tense point where Obama left off.

04/03/2021
International criminal court

Blinken: US stands with Israel, ICC lacks jurisdiction to hold investigation

The US “will continue to uphold our strong commitment to Israel and its security, including by opposing actions that seek to target Israel unfairly.”

ICC probe could place Netanyahu, Israel up a creek without a paddle

Israel’s battle for legitimacy, which has always been something of a David against Goliath affair, has now become even more of a mission impossible.

Actor Tzachi Halevy and TV anchor Lucy Aharish at their wedding, October 10, 2018

Lucy Aharish and Tsahi Halevi welcome baby boy

The website Pnai Plus published photos during the day of the couple entering the hospital and later reported that Aharish gave birth to a son. They announced her pregnancy last September.

A major hospital in Indiana rehearses its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus: Vaccinated abroad? Here’s how to skip quarantine in Israel

Those who enter the country after being vaccinated abroad can undergo a serological test and if antibodies are found are exempt from the mandatory isolation, the Health Ministry said.

President Reuven Rivlin and Chief of Staff Lt.Gen. Gadi Eisenkot meeting with 70 influential teenage

COVID-19: Israeli teens file lawsuit over unequal restriction enforcement

High school students would usually be excited counting down the days until the last day of school, but are hurting socially and academically while learning in quarantine.

By GADI ZAIG
03/03/2021
International Criminal Court, The Hague

ICC is probing Israelis for war crimes: What happens now? - analysis

If Khan continues down Bensouda’s path against Israel, the next question is how quickly and whether there might be any threat to Israelis being arrested or indicted.

Bezalel Smotrich calls Reform, Conservative Jews 'brothers'

Religious Zionist Party leader praises Anglo immigrants to Israel for "knowing what it means to pay a price for their values"

03/03/2021

Hard of hearing Israelis 3.5 as likely to suffer from depression

Roughly one in ten Israelis reports loss of hearing capabilities. Due to stigmas about hearing aid technology an average Israeli will need three years to seek help.

Six Israeli university programs in top 100 worldwide

The annual survey by QS Quacquarelli Symonds ranked 13,883 academic programs by subject at 1440 universities in 85 locations around the world.

03/03/2021

Jerusalem Women’s Film Fest touts female directors

The details of the in-person events are still being formulated and will be available soon on the festival website.

Israeli passengers wait to board the Lufthansa flight intended to bring them back to Israel, Februar

COVID-19: Flights from US already full after partial reopening of skies

'Flights for Pesach are full, but spring will be a great time to travel'

03/03/2021

Knesset uses High Court ruling to drop oversight of Shin Bet

Decreasing levels of infection rates may explain the lower level of action on the court’s part.

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz speaks during an interview with Reuters in Athens, Greece, Ja

Any nuclear deal with Iran should be 'improved' - Israel Energy Minister

Steinitz, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urged US President Joe Biden to put "enormous pressure" on Iran to change its behavior and dismantle its nuclear program.

By REUTERS
03/03/2021

Israel eyes COVID-19 vaccine regulation process with Austria, Denmark

Two European countries breaking with EU on producing vaccines against coronavirus mutations.

03/03/2021

Israel to open COVID-19 vaccine centers for Palestinian workers Sunday

The Palestinian Authority's vaccination program is still in its infancy, with only 10,000 vaccines made available in the West Bank and 22,000 in Gaza.

Ethiopian women grieve after domestic murder

Ethiopian sex-slave victims appeal to court against Deri

Several of the women, who were kidnapped between the ages of 13 and 20 and tortured in the Sinai’s sex-slave trade, had been threatened with deportation.

Identiq's founders

Identity validation startup Identiq raises $47m.

It is building the world's largest Identity Validation Network, enabling companies to validate consumer identities, payment details and information without sharing or exposing any private data.

03/03/2021

Palestinian Authority, Hamas welcome ICC decision to investigate Israel

The full war crimes probe against Israel and the Hamas terrorist group is expected to cover the 2014 Gaza War, the 2018 Gaza border crisis and other conflicts.

03/03/2021
 Next Insurance employees

Next Insurance acquires AP Intego

At Next Insurance, we’re modernizing a centuries-old industry to better provide small business owners with convenience, value and choice,” said Guy Goldstein, CEO and co-founder of Next Insurance.

03/03/2021

Do Israelis prefer living in cities?

We set out to look for an urban life style culture (among those aged 20 and over).

By YAIR ASSAF-SHAPIRA
03/03/2021
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