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Internationally acclaimed artist Tamar Hirschfield turns mundane office equipment into intriguingly
Koresh Gallery brings art to the people

A living and breathing street-level space beyond museum walls sparks and shares creative output.

20/02/2020
The corruption of rabbis on the religious Right

Middle Israel: How does a rabbi excuse a transgression of the Ten Commandments? Well, the same way Catholic clergy once sold repentance notes known as indulgences: for money.

Hotovely to 'Post': Likud-led gov't will better serve Diaspora Jewry

Political Affairs: Diaspora affairs minister talks of the importance of Jewish identity

An Akira passenger plane from Tel Aviv lands in front of the Jerusalem airport terminal at Atarot, 1
Jerusalem launches Waze-linked parking website for tourists, olim

A round up of this week's events from Jerusalem: the city has launched a website to help visitors park, and has moved the driving test center away from an area with children crossing.

20/02/2020
Yair Lapid: 'Israel needs a reset'

Political Affairs: Yair Lapid on the elections, the challenges facing Israel, and the primacy of values

A cityscape of Tel Aviv is seen during the night-time in Israel May 27, 2017. Picture taken May 27,
Arnona tax netted local authorities NIS 30.2 billion in 2018

Municipal property tax (Arnona) is one of the main sources of income of local authorities, and its advantage is that it constitutes non-earmarked self-generated income, thus supporting the authority’s economic independence.

By YAIR ASSAF-SHAPIRA
20/02/2020
Eilat Israel’s winter wonderland
The ‘WOW’ factor returns to Eilat

Hanoch Rosenn outdoes himself with latest version of Las Vegas-style extravaganza

By SHANNA FULD
20/02/2020
A SCENE from ‘Minyan.’
Berlin film festival kicks off with drama on J.D. Salinger

Last year, an Israeli film, Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms, won the festival’s top honor, the Golden Bear.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion announce new housing units in Har Homa
Netanyahu solidifies united Jerusalem with Givat Hamatos, Har Homa pledge

Israel views Har Homa and Givat Hamatos as essential to its vision of a united Jerusalem, while opponents believe they make the division of Jerusalem along the 1949-1967 armistice line impossible.

Director Steven Spielberg poses at the premiere of the HBO documentary film 'Spielberg' in Los Angel
Steven Spielberg's daughter to start career in adult entertainment

She claimed her unusual choice is her way to combat difficult experiences, including body-shaming and what she described as grooming.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/02/2020
Haredi
UTJ releases campaign video with Mendy Weiss

In the video, UTJ uses modern music and specific haredi concepts to attract voters.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
The Hague
ICC grants most requests to weigh in on Palestinian statehood

Last week, the Czech Republic, Germany, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Hungary and Uganda as well as a large number of NGOs and experts filed arguments saying that Palestine is not a state.

Ultra-orthodox in the IDF: A Nahal Haredi swearing-in ceremony
Investigation finds IDF did not deliberately falsify Haredi draft numbers

Recommendations include clarifying legal definition of Haredi and gradually reducing age of exemption for ultra-Orthodox.

Irish MP apologizes for saying Mossad tanked Jeremy Corbyn's campaign

Réada Cronin told a commenter that "When the Nazis come back, and they’re on the march, it’ll be Jeremy Corbyn who will stand with you. You are a disgrace to your forefathers."

By LEON SVERDLOV
20/02/2020
Palestinian health workers wearing protective masks walk in a quarantine zone installed by the minis
Coronavirus scare sparks riot, tire burning in Jericho

The Palestinian Authority has denied rumors that coronavirus has been discovered in Jericho, after the rumors sparked panic and protests.

Elad Gabar, alleged pedophile, extradited to the US to face justice

Elad Gabar is accused of using the internet to blackmail 150 minors and of sexually assaulting 19 of them.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
Holocaust survivors inaugurate forest in the memory of Lithuanian Jews

The new forest is part of a series of KKL-JNF forest rehabilitation projects, including in the Negev desert.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
religios soldier IDF praying
Tel Aviv mayor attacks Miri Regev, demands NIS 100,000 and an apology

Some non-religious Jews view the stands as obtrusive and object to them being near schools as these efforts might be seen as an attempt to make children more observant against their parents ' wishes.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
An employee at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer testing the special area where the Israelis who
This is how an at-home coronavirus quarantine works

The Ministry of Health's announced that anyone returning from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore or Thailand should remain quarantined at home for 14 days. What would that quarantine be like?

AZRIELA JANKOVIC, 39 LOS ANGELES TO CENTRAL ISRAEL, 2015 I KNOW a mannequin so generous she would gi
Aliyah stories: Los Angeles to Central Israel

AZRIELA JANKOVIC, 39: "We brought a dream back with us"

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
20/02/2020
Myisrael giving 100%, all of the time

Each year, Myisrael highlights 18 carefully selected nonprofits from many different sectors in Israeli society that are helping vulnerable people from all cultural backgrounds break cycles of poverty

By ARNIE DRAIMAN
20/02/2020
Israel’s top directors fly economy to Berlin

Although their films are the biggest local box-office hits in Israeli history, Maktub and Forgiveness creators Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon aren’t ones to waste money.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion announce new housing units in Har Homa
Netanyahu announces 2,200 new housing units in Jerusalem's Har Homa

Givat HaMatos and Har Homa are both over the Green Line in east Jerusalem.

20/02/2020
KAT TET B’NOVEMBER Street, here in Ramat Hasharon, commemorates the November 29, 1947 UN vote to par
Observations: Remember the past, live the present

Education is urgently required to ensure that those who come after us will be imbued with love for the one Jewish state.

Ein Moda
Tour Israel: Day-tripping

The region is full of breathtaking landscape and gushing springs, which are the perfect salve for people looking to get away from their hectic lives for a few hours and finally be able to relax

By MEITAL SHARABI
20/02/2020
DR. GEORG HERLITZ at the Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem, 1947.
The Central Zionist Archives and the Theodore Herzl Archive: A journey

On February 1, 1933, the day after the Nazis seized power, Herlitz directed a request to the executive branch of the Zionist organization to move the archives to Palestine.

By SUZANNE BERNS
20/02/2020
Ya’acov Heruti, one of Israel’s first anonymous soldiers

The ‘Magazine’ gets the lowdown on the former LEHI operative, today 93, who almost assassinated the British foreign secretary in 1948

Foreman wearing a face mask works as a cargo ship docks at a container terminal of Qingdao port
Israeli businesses request government aid to counter coronavirus impact

"As the time required to eradicate the virus grows longer, the economic impact grows exponentially."

20/02/2020
A general view picture shows the Bedouin city of Rahat, southern Israel July 17, 2017. Picture taken
Bedouin youth assault Jewish teens over a girl in Beersheba skate park

"I told him 'hey man, we don't want to get involved, let's stop' and then the other one came and punched me straight in the eye."

Moshe Ya’alon addresses The Jerusalem Post Elections Conference last year
Ya’alon: Iran wants its own nukes, not from N. Korea

In his book and interview with the ‘Magazine,’ Moshe Ya’alon covers Iran, Gaza, politics and fighting corruption

Father of terrorist who killed Ron Kukia asks for forgiveness

‘In the name of the Abu Judeh family, I ask for forgiveness. We condemn all physical and verbal violence’

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
IDF soldiers searching in the West Bank for the terrorists who killed Rina Shnerb, August 2019
High Court approves demolitions of Rina Shnerb’s killers’ homes

Last week, the IDF informed the family that it intends to demolish their houses. The family had filed an appeal against the demolition, but did not denounce the murder when asked to in court.

The Israelis who were aboard the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship after disembarking
Israelis who were on 'coronavirus cruise' take off from Japan to Israel

Earlier on Thursday, another one of the Israeli passengers was found to have contracted the virus and was taken off the ship to a Japanese hospital for further treatment.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
Cow illustrative
PA removes Israeli calf ban, Israel removes Palestinian agriculture ban

The ban on importing calves from Israel was taken in September by PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh as part of his plan to achieve “gradual economic disengagement” from the Jewish state.

Israel’s economic growth has left most people behind - study

“The national budget needs to include engines of equality and not just engines of economic growth. The Israeli government needs to invest in regions of the country neglected by the business sector."

20/02/2020
Prosecution to recommend probing Fifth Dimension affair

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz is not a suspect in the case.

Jewish-American pedophiles flee justice by coming to Israel – report

Jewish Community Watch founder Meyer Seewald told CBS that the same thing that is going on in the Catholic Church is happening “in our community.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
Benny Gantz (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R)
Why Gantz should have said yes to debate - analysis

Netanyahu delivered what could have finally been that game changer on Tuesday night when he challenged Gantz to a debate. But Gantz deliberately dropped the ball.

19/02/2020
Rivlin lands in Fiji ahead of Pacific Islands meeting in Nadi

Rivlin was the guest of honor at a dinner alongside other Pacific Island leaders. All guests wore traditional shades of blue.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/02/2020
Fighter pilot's helmet given to his family 36 years after his death

The helmet was found by a backpacker who shared a picture of it on social media.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Children's theater productions performing in Tel Aviv for Purim

The Seven Dwarfs and Snow White by Roy Segev and Shirili Deshe will be one of three premieres at the festival. The musical (appropriate for ages six-12) doesn’t quite match the story we know.

By HELEN KAYE
19/02/2020
International Criminal Court
The ICC judge who could determine Israel’s fate – analysis

The three ICC judges are the same exact three judges that ruled against Israel in a Comoros case relating to the 2010 'Mavi Maramara' flotilla.

Labor leader Amir Peretz and Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz
Left-wing politicians: 'The era of annexation, Arab transfer has ended'

The time has come to end any talk of unilateral annexation and the transfer of Israeli-Arabs to a Palestinian state, the leaders of Labor-Gesher-Meretz said.

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi A
Netanyahu promises direct Mecca flights – deletes post

A Facebook post promising the flights, written in Arabic and Hebrew, was deleted moments after going live online.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
A dish at Meshek Barzilay in Tel Aviv
Talented women are making their mark on Tel Aviv's culinary scene

In the White City, stereotypes of a restaurant industry dominated by men are passé.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
Ultra-orthodox in the IDF: A Nahal Haredi swearing-in ceremony
IDF internal report: Haredi enlistment figures deliberately falsified

If the new enlistment figures do indeed show that the rate of ultra-Orthodox enlistment has not been rising, then the government’s entire strategy for the issue would have to be called into question.

Police conduct midnight search of former MK Yehudah Glick’s home

Officers were looking for documents they suspected Glick took from police earlier when he was first detained for “walking slowly” on the Temple Mount

Parents of Gil-Ad Shaer spread Purim joy across the globe

The SonShine Foundation was created to honor the memory of Gil-Ad Shaar, one of the three boys kidnapped and murdered by Hamas in 2014.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
Science and Torah collide: How yeshiva students ended up at CERN

This year was the first year that Migdal HaTorah made the trip to Switzerland, but the yeshiva has operated based on the principles of logic, science and Torah working as one since it opened in 2013.

20/02/2020
Pierre Cardin logo
Roltime to market Pierre Cardin brand watches in Israel

Pierre Cardin is considered one of the world’s leading and best-known fashion watch brands.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
Benny Gantz promises legislation to ban PM from serving under indictment

Blue and White leader promises raft of anti-corruption measures following announcement of Netanyahu’s March 17 court date.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.
Palestinian FM dodges European Parliament question on Israeli captives

MEP Charlie Weimers, of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, pointed out that the European Parliament passed a resolution in 2018 that called for the safe return of Israelis.

Isawiya
Jerusalem mayor halts demolition warrants in Arab neighborhood

The decision was made due to the city working on a full-scale plan that will place “the well being of the local residents” at the center.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Cathay Pacific to halt Hong Kong-Israel flights amid coronavirus fears

The airline, which typically has six weekly flights between the two cities, said it would delay flights from February 24 until March 28.

19/02/2020
The IDF Search and Rescue Unit takes part in a drill, December 2019.
IDF Comptroller finds increase in violence by commanders against soldiers

The report was presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman visit Sheba Medical Center at
Israel readies for return of 11 ‘coronavirus cruise’ travelers

The Israeli embassy in China helped Tomer Zevulun obtain the necessary permits for him to leave the region and return to Israel via Ukraine.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Republican congressmen Mike Johnson of Louisiana and Jim Jord
Netanyahu meets with Republicans after Temple Mount visit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with visiting Republican congressmen Mike Johnson of Louisiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio.

Beachfront Brasserie del Borgo offers an eclectic menu
Italian in name only: new beachfront restaurant in Herzliya

The one-page food menu does not reflect what we thought we’d see in a restaurant whose name is in the Italian language (meaning “the neighborhood brasserie”).

By BUZZY GORDON
19/02/2020
The Negev’s LOGON presents ‘The Sound of Music’
'The Sound of Music' production in the Negev

Still one of the ‘favorite things’

By PATRICIA GOLAN
19/02/2020
Ex-NSC chief Amidror: IDF will have to destroy Hezbollah ‘beast’

However, calls to refrain from killing Nasrallah: ‘He lives in a basement. Why eliminate him?’

The Jewish Music Days Festival at Bar Ilan University

The Jewish Music Days Festival offers an eclectic sweep of sub genres and cultural subtexts

19/02/2020
Lionel Richie makes Election Day choice easy

Richie never made it to Israel, until this year, when he will be arriving as part of his international “Hello” tour on March 2, facing stiff competition from Netanyahu and Gantz on election day.

19/02/2020
Teva CEO Kåre Schultz at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, February 19, 2020
After turbulent years, Teva CEO Schultz forecasts stability

Teva completed its two-year major restructuring plan in 2019, reducing its cost base by over $3 billion and net debt by more than $9b.

19/02/2020
Bennett fights against voter defection in appeal to Anglo voters

In particular, he attacked the Likud, without directly mentioning Netanyahu’s name, as not being sufficiently right-wing.

Masa Israel seeking Israeli employers to participate in internship program

The lot of participants consist of university graduates all stemming from diverse educational, social and professional backgrounds - many of whom bring with them a resume of prior work experience.

Oil spill near Eilat
IDF officer convicted after failing to clean up extensive gasoline leak

The IDF neglected to carry out orders by the Environmental Protection Ministry until the end of 2018.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Netanyahu: Triangle area won’t be swapped to Palestinians

The land swap is highly controversial, sparking protests in the North and Tel Aviv; Blue and White leader Benny Gantz said he opposes it. PM: there will direct flights from Israel to Saudi Arabia.

General view is seen of the area where Israel's Housing Ministry is discussing building near Atarot
9,000 new Israeli homes planned for Atarot

Most of the land is considered government property so would not be taken from private owners.

19/02/2020
Two of the Israelis aboard the coronavirus cruise ship have disembarked

The 12 Israelis who have been quarantined aboard the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship should be back in Israel by Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
50-year-old man killed and 10 injured in car crash on route 40

MDA evacuated one injured man in severe condition from the scene, along with four in medium condition and five who were lightly injured.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and would-be finance minister Nir Barkat presented their vision fo
Ethiopian athletes coerced to attend event with Benjamin Netanyahu

Players were threatened that if they didn't attend, they and possibly their team would be punished; both the league and the Likud denied any political connection.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Hap TA blanks Beitar Jerusalem at Teddy

Leader Maccabi Tel Aviv shuts out Ness Ziona • Rukavytsya, Maccabi Haifa handle Hadera

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/02/2020
Tragedy in the Negev: Baby dies in house fire, 8 children injured

Among the injured are a 60-year-old woman, a man and a woman in their 20s and eight children.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Israel expands Gaza fishing zone, approves extra 2,000 work permits

On February 5 it reduced the fishing zone to 10 nautical miles and on February 1 it revoked some 500 travel permits for Gaza merchants.

Benny Gantz: Benjamin Netanyahu can't take care of the citizens of Israel

Gantz said that as a former IDF chief of staff, he knows how important it is for a prime minister to be available at all times.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
H. Stern and Vivi Bellaish unveil best of decade collection

The highlight of the evening was a fashion show in tribute to the French haute couture industry.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin talks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Nicosi
Rivlin to visit Fiji en route to Australia

The nation of islands is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence and is hosting a Pacific Islands Summit

Gipsy Kings on the way back to Israel

According to the All Music Guide, the Gipsy Kings “are largely responsible for bringing the joyful sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to the world.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Hebrew Theater marks 10th birthday

To say that Hebrew Theater founder and artistic director Gadi Tsedaka is proud of his theater, its staff, its actors and creators is like saying that a diamond is a pretty piece of glass.

By HELEN KAYE
18/02/2020
Blumental Music Festival debuts vocal competition at Tel Aviv Museum

The festival was founded by singer pianist Celine in memory of her celebrated pianist mother.

By HELEN KAYE
18/02/2020
Special-needs musicians to debut in Integrative Orchestra

Jerusalem Academy of Music and SHEKEL project with special-needs musicians to make its debut

Justice minister: Gantz, Lapid must support release of Mandelblit tapes

“The public must know [the content] before the [March] elections, to hold an open and transparent public discussions,” he said.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Ancient Judean ritual baths fill with water following intense winter rains

The baths are located south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, near the settlement of Neveh Daniel.

Masa programs: Falling in love with Israel and someone special

While Masa Israel Journey is not a matchmaking agency, it's not surprising that the programs' participants meet people and fall in love in Israel.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Beno Reinhorn headshot, August 20, 2018
Beno Reinhorn, sports coach, convicted of sexual crimes against 57 minors

The case had been the largest pedophile investigation in the country’s history.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
IDF to make changes to General Staff as part of Momentum Plan

Changes approved by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett are to take effect this coming summer

Cast member Al Pacino arrives for the premiere of film "The Irishman", in Los Angeles, California, U
Al Pacino and Israeli actress Meital Dohan split over 39-year age gap

"It's hard to be with a man so old, even Al Pacino," Dohan explained.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert at the 7th Annual JPost Conference in NY
Ehud Olmert to Reuven Rivlin: Please expunge my records

The former prime minister requested President Rivlin expunge his records, opening his path back into politics.

By MAARIV ONLINE
18/02/2020
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Naftali Bennett: If elected, flights for Eilat residents to cost $30

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett took part in a rally for the Religious Zionist Right in the southern city of Eilat and vowed to make the city more accessible.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
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