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Coronavirus in Israel: 111 infected, out of 47,085 tests performed

Also the number of serious patients continue to drop, reaching 166. For several days in January and February they were as many as 1,200.

Israeli-American solar energy pioneer Yosef Abramowitz runs for president

yAbramowitz, who has met with a dozen MKs, will join a field that is set to include former Labor leaders Herzog and Peretz, former Labor Party minister Shetreet and former Likud MK Glick.

22/04/2021

Eritrean kids, rest of class segregated in Tel Aviv kindergartens - report

Are Tel Aviv kindergartens promoting racist segregation? So says a new report from Channel 13, which alleges that these schools are separating Eritrean children from the rest of their class.

IDF, Defense Ministry agree to shut down Army Radio

The rationale for the decision, according to former Communication Minister MK Yoaz Hendel, is to create more competition in the communications market.

By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
22/04/2021

Coronavirus vaccine still 80-96% effective among chronic disease carriers

Researchers also saw that the vaccine was 92% effective in preventing symptomatic infections in people over 70.

Israelis protest for release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

"All the symptoms that he had before, they remain the same. Numbness in the arms and legs, back pain - they aren't going away... The situation is only getting worse," Alexei Liptser told Reuters.

Wizards' Deni Avdija reportedly out for season with broken ankle

Avdija will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday but is not believed to need surgery, according to the report.

By REUTERS
22/04/2021
Police Officers stand guard during clashes between Palestians and Israeli police outside Damascus Ga

Arabs and Jews clash in Jerusalem, multiple incidents reported

Tensions were high throughout the night in the capital

Aircraft used during the joint Israeli-Greek military exercise.

IAF completes exercise with Greece, 'practices challenging scenarios'

The exercise, “Iniohos,” was a two-week drill that included practicing various scenarios for the air forces of Israel and Greece.

22/04/2021
 Special Rabbinical Court convenes on Sunday

Rabbinical court asks Hungary to freeze funding for Jewish feuding groups

MAOIH claims that Mazsihisz owes it $33 million.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/04/2021

Jerusalem highlights April 23-29: What's new in Israel's capital?

Offerings include an eye-opening lecture by award-winning reporter Itai Anghel on what took place in Srebrenica to a fresh edition of a hard-to-find centuries-old book by Jewish mystic Nathan of Gaza

Israelis gathered in real-time for Israel's 2021 Israel Prize Ceremony, which took place on Independ

Grapevine: Round-table laureates

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

After Chabad vandalism, Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg turns negative into positive

Just under three weeks ago, at a little past midnight between Saturday and Sunday, someone tried to enter the Chabad premises.

This week in Jerusalem: Getting high

A round-up of city affairs.

22/04/2021

Jerusalem's light rail: CityPass out, CFIR in

Some interesting changes have already arrived with the new management.

22/04/2021
People walk near the light rail in the centre of Jerusalem

Jerusalem's light rail: CityPass out, CFIR in

Some interesting changes have already arrived with the new management.

22/04/2021

Mea She'arim and Muslim Quarter: A tale of two neighborhoods

Riots and violent attacks on passersby in both Mea She’arim and the Muslim Quarter (more precisely, around Damascus Gate) are prompting the police to take action.

22/04/2021

Arrivals: Dr. Barbara Gordon-Cohen

“I feel Hashem’s [God’s] guidance more and His presence. On a spiritual level, I feel very contented and happy. I feel it in the air. I feel it in the land.”

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
22/04/2021
CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands in Beijing in 2017. N

Emmanuel Navon brings to life Israel’s challenges, successes in epic book

The book retraces the Jews’ interactions with other nations, from the ancient Kingdom of Israel to the modern State of Israel today, Navon writes.

Independence Day: Forks, flypasts and the joy of being Israeli

The exuberance of this Independence Day goes beyond our usual robust patriotism.

The two faces of Israel: Inconsiderate or problem-solvers?

Where does this “two-faced” Sabra phenomenon come from?

How Zoom pushed me to get rid of my clutter

Do you think the Israel Museum would buy my old poster of Richard Nixon sitting on the toilet?

22/04/2021

COVID talk: A lesson in linguistics

There has been a long list of “new” terms that have irked me, starting from day one and “flattening the curve.”

By JODY KASNER
22/04/2021

The joy of vacationing inside Israel - Jerusalem

The number of Israelis going on holiday here at home is expected to rise significantly now that we are heading into the summer season.

By MEITAL SHARABI
22/04/2021

The Drama of Radio: The past and the future

Audio drama’s special quality? It builds a private, exclusive picture in the mind of each audience member.

Israel's entertainment industry is coming back to life post-coronavirus

The showbiz community was one of the worst-hit sectors of life here during the seemingly interminable pandemic lockdown period, and folks who like to get a regular dosage are looking forward.

22/04/2021

A spiritual aliyah for one Holocaust survivor

"During those years in the convent, it was the hope of being reunited with my parents that gave me strength to live in silence."

By ESTHER POSNER , EVA BERGSTEIN
21/04/2021
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Israel’s open banking reform takes first step

A new bank opened last month in Israel – for the first time in over 40 years

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/MEDIA LINE
21/04/2021
New Knesset member Avi Maoz seen at the Knesset , ahead of the opening Knesset session of the new go

Far-right Noam MK denigrates democracy in maiden Knesset speech

Labor MK and Reform leader Rabbi Gilad Kariv condemned Maoz’s speech as "Israeli fascism and Jewish fundamentalism."

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions session in London, B

UK affirms ICC support after opposing war crimes suits against Israel

"We absolutely respect the independence of the International Criminal Court, and we do expect it to comply with its own mandate."

A local resident takes a selfie in front of a mural of George Floyd after the verdict in the trial o

What can Israel learn from Floyd trial transparency? - analysis

what if the trial of Ben Deri, an Israeli police officer convicted of the negligent homicide of a Palestinian, had been broadcast like Derek Chauvin's?

The almost empty Ben Gurion International Airport, outside of Tel Aviv, on January 18, 2021.

Will Netanyahu renege on his promise to re-open Israel’s skies? - Analysis

"My approach ... is that it is necessary to tighten because we are in a reality that is still completely unclear," the prime minister said.

Police stand outside a hotel where a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan

Europeans warn against attacks on Iran nuclear facilities

“We condemn escalatory measures by any actor which could jeopardize progress.” Iran’s clerical establishment said it will not return to the 2015 agreement unless all sanctions are lifted.

21/04/2021
Students from the University of Birzeit clash with Israeli security forces (unseen) near the West Ba

Supreme Court backs detaining W. Bank minor for anti-Palestinian violence

The defendant-minor and seven other unidentified persons came to the Palestinian village of Surta armed with weapons, and attacked four Palestinian residences.

Israel's Knesset remains paralyzed for another week

Until the committee appoints chairmen and members of temporary Knesset Finance and Foreign Affairs and Defense committees, there is no parliamentary oversight over the government on those key issues.

21/04/2021

Coronavirus: Rollout of electronic bracelets to start in May

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for SuperCom said that they have 5,000 kits ready to be deployed as soon as the government wishes.

Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat goes back to ‘bassics’

38-year-old Adam Ben Ezra offers intriguing, rhythmic renditions at this weekend’s music celebration

21/04/2021

Dead Sea Revival Project’s photography exhibition opens in Arad

All told, 3,524 photographers submitted close to 15,000 pictures.

21/04/2021
Shlomi Elkabetz in the new HBO series "Our Boys"

‘Our Boys’ sold to Indonesia, which has no diplomatic ties to Israel

Our Boys, the television drama created by HBO and Keshet International, has just been sold to several Asian markets, among them Indonesia, the largest predominantly Muslim country in the world.

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Ethiopian Israeli suing rabbi for casting doubt on her Jewishness

According to the lawsuit, the mikveh attendant stayed at home for a month and a half after being shamed by Druckman due to the public embarassment he had caused her.

Coronavirus: Israel looks to re-route AstraZeneca vaccines

A day after Netanyahu told Israelis to get ready to be jabbed again in six months, Prof. Nachman Ash reaffirms that there are no certainties on when the next shot will be needed.

Unemployment in Israel drops below 10% for first time since pandemic

If unemployment drops below 10%, benefits will be reduced by 10% – and if the rate drops below 7.5%, the program will be canceled completely.

21/04/2021
People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustrat

Israel's cyber authority incentivizes greater defense mechanisms

The trend of companies placing more and more of their critical information in the digital sphere spiked during the coronavirus era and continues to jump.

Hate sign put up against lesbian kindergarten teacher in Be'er Ya'acov

"It is an unending frustration and unfortunately the police are doing nothing to stop this hatred," kindergarten teacher Aviva Levi said.

Gynecologist gets 18 months in prison after sexually assaulting patients

The court filing said Schechter used a vibrating device to rate the "pleasure levels" of three women on four separate occasions. One woman reported that he using his fingers as well.

Fresh vegetables are sold at the shuk (market)

Food waste in Israel totals NIS 3.2 billion annually

According to the report, food waste in Israel is estimated to total at around NIS 3.2 billion a year and accounts for 35% of the volume of municipal waste.

Rivlin receives credentials from new ambassadors from China, Japan

But both Cai Run of China and Koichi Mizushima of Japan each represent countries that are very important to Israel in terms of trade and investment.

Floyd case: Arab MKs want justice for racist police violence in Israel too

"Convicting the killers will be a first step on the path to justice for families and an end to racist police violence against civilians."

Bezeq to install fiber-optic Internet in Arab educational institutions

The initiative is part of a five-year plan to bolster hi-tech within Arab society, sparked by an appeal by the National Council of Arab Mayors.

Parents accompany their children to the kindergarten in Tel Aviv as they return to kindergarden on O

'Parents will burn the state' until children are protected from abuse

Parents felt extremely helpless after Emilia Ostrovsky, who was convicted for child abuse, was released to house arrest.

Religious Zionist Party posts videos against Ra'am leader Abbas

"Mansour Abbas is anti-Zionist and supports terrorists. One sweet-mouthed speech and you already want to make a government with him? Have you gone mad?" The Religious Zionist Party exclaimed.

Rabbis support House bill to make US aid to Israel more transparent

The bill does not intend to change or diminish the amount of aid going to Israel, but it will prohibit the use of US funding to go towards acts categorized as human rights abuses.

Israel set for international bond offering, likely in euros

There will, however, be fewer issues this year than in 2020, when the government had to issue a record amount of bonds to fund its pandemic stimulus plan, he said.

By REUTERS
21/04/2021

Why did Ayelet Shaked meet Mossad chief Cohen week before election?

The purpose of the meeting though so close to elections, did raise eyebrows.

GMV contracted to supply systems to Jerusalem Light Rail

GMV will provide the AVLS and DMS systems to the already established red line, as well as the green line currently under construction.

Israelis gather for 10th annual Big Bong Night cannabis protest

This year's protest was marked by the special emphasis on the benefits of medical cannabis products for people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld and her husband Serge Klarsfeld

Oscar-nominated filmmakers to produce documentary on French Nazi hunters

Lerner’s 2011 documentary “Hell and Back Again” about a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder was nominated for an Oscar in 2012.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/04/2021

Netanyahu can lose power in the blink of an eye - analysis

There were two messages from the wink: That the effort to end Netanyahu's career has many co-conspirators and that Netanyahu can no longer afford to waste any time.

20/04/2021
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit talk at the Prime Minister

The impact of not having a justice minister - analysis

No major laws can be passed without a justice minister since such a minister runs the ministerial legislative committee.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem's Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, April 7, 2021.

Likud must oust Netanyahu to save right-wing coalition - settler chief

Both MK Gideon Sa'ar who heads New Hope and MK Bezalel Smotrich who heads RZP are under pressure to join a Netanyahu led coalition or risk imperiling a right-wing government.

Netanyahu gives up on forming a government

He said he would instead seek a direct election for prime minister, which he said would pass if Yamina supported it.

20/04/2021

McGee, Holon handle Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel Winner League

Giboa completes season sweep of Maccabi Tel Aviv • Hap TA earns pivotal win over Herzliya

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
20/04/2021

Moshe Gafni: If Likud becomes the opposition, UTJ will follow

The UTJ leader said his party was “ideological” and could not be bought by various promises and deals, and added that he would “flourish” in opposition.

SHAUL ELOVITCH appears in Jerusalem District Court Sunday at the start of their trial.

Iris Elovitch in 2016: 'I am ready to sell my soul to Satan' in PM trial

She is the wife of Shaul Elovitch, the owner of both the Walla media outlet and the Bezeq telecommunications giant.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with family of disabled veteran Itzik Saidian

Gantz scrutinizes Israel's rehab division after IDF vet self-immolated

During a tour of the Haifa rehabilitation division, Defense Minister Benny Gantz identified some urgent issues that will be addressed by the team working to reform the state's rehab facilities.

Mediterranean Biennale returns with fourth installment

The aim of this year’s show is to explore the theme of multicultural cooperation and the role of art as a bridge between peoples, places and of ideas in order to develop a transcultural dialogue.

By DANIEL SHORKEND
20/04/2021

Israeli Rhythmic Gymnastics Team earns three medals at Tashkent World Cup

The national team is slated to participate in the upcoming Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

By SHOSHANNA KEATS-JASKOLL
20/04/2021

If Hezbollah attacks Israel it will bear severe consequences - Gantz

Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that the IDF is ready for any attempts Hezbollah may make and that Israel is working to stop Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold.

20/04/2021

Learning to be financially independent with 'The Cash Machine'

Financial independence means having enough income to pay one's living expenses for the rest of one's life without having to be employed or dependent on others.

20/04/2021

Coronavirus: Rollout of electronic bracelets in Israel never began

The devices were described as a key to ensure that those entering the country complied with quarantine requirements, in order to prevent new variants from spreading.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses the impact of coronavirus with representatives from the

Israel's government debt at NIS 984 billion - up 20% in 2020

Covering the coronavirus crisis required raising approximately NIS 265 billion in 2020, compared to NIS 137 billion in 2019.

20/04/2021

Is there light at the end of the (Hezbollah) tunnel?

Internationally-known social media influencers took a step into the dark as they journeyed to the recently uncovered Hezbollah tunnels on Israel’s northern front.

Boeing to provide IAF with technical support for the Apache choppers

The direct commercial sale, awarded in December 2020, is a five-year follow-on contract that builds on Boeing’s current IAF Apache support.

20/04/2021

Coronavirus: Lifting of outdoor mask mandate ‘liberating,’ Israelis say

Cases of the coronavirus continue to plummet as some scientists claim country may have reached herd immunity.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
20/04/2021

UK’s Gove in Israel to learn about post-COVID policy

The British minister plans to discuss the possibility of opening a travel corridor between his country and Israel.

BARAK ER missile defense system completes series of successful trials

The system handles a range of threats, including fighters, ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, UAVs and helicopters.

20/04/2021
Israel Hayom newspaper

Israel Hayom asks court to permit review of Taboola legal papers

Israel Hayom, has asked the Tel Aviv District Court to permit it to review documents submitted in the framework of an ongoing legal proceeding between the Taboola and Walla.

Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret.

Israeli writer Etgar Keret to read excerpts for World Jewry online

The event will take place as part of Israeli Culture Month, initiated by the World Zionist Organization.

"Dreyfus trial" reads a placard held by a protestor during a pro-Netanyahu demonstration outside the

Wife of MK Elkin verbally accosted by Likud supporters near her home

"There's no reason for you to come to me with this; go to him, he's at the Knesset," she told protesters. "The only ones here are me and my children, who cry at night because of you."

Galit Deri, mother of Osher Deri, a 23-year-old woman with a milk allergy that passed away after she

Yamina MK urges Health Min. to adopt new policies following allergy death

In a letter to Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, Idit Sliman on Monday presented a list of reform suggestions to be adopted in order to ensure public safety where allergies are involved.

SNORKELERS SWIM with a whale shark, the world’s largest fish, at the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll in 20

Israelis swim with sharks in dangerous waters off Hadera

The large sharks can be seen swimming close to swimmers and boats, apparently unbothered by the human presence.

Ultra orthodox jewish men dance during celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag Baomer in the ultra

Medical and security forces gear up for Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron

This year's celebrations will feature unlimited entry capacity. As such, the government has issued health and safety guidelines.

Deadly night on Israel's roads: Five casualties across the country

Some 96 people have been killed in road accidents since the beginning of 2021, according to data published by the National Road Safety Authority.

By ALON HACHMON/MAARIV ONLINE
20/04/2021

Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to opposition, top Likud MK declares

“You think we don’t know what the opposition is like? We do," Zohar said. "You need me to remind you of the days of [Menachem] Begin?"

Police Officers stand guard during clashes between Palestians and Israeli police outside Damascus Ga

Hundreds of Palestinians protest barriers in Jerusalem during Ramadan

This year, police placed barriers on the steps of the gate, effectively preventing people from gathering there, in order to ease the flow of crowds in the area.

By BEN SALES/JTA
20/04/2021

Greens go up on Mac Tel Aviv atop table

Mac Haifa blanks K8 as yellow-and-blue held by Ashdod • Hapoel Tel Aviv moves closer to safety

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/04/2021

US Embassy in Israel has 15,000 passport backlog due to COVID rules

Even in a normal year, the embassy in Israel is one of the busiest places in the world for US passports and reports of birth. Then, the coronavirus pandemic came along.

Prosecution preemptively strikes PM’s story on James Packer

The most notable of the three occasions that Netanyahu pushed for Elovitch to sell, was his request to sell Walla to Australian tycoon billionaire James Packer.

In blow to Netanyahu, Arab MKs help anti-Bibi bloc win control of Knesset

Anti-Bibi bloc aims to replace his ally, speaker Levin * PM says Bennett replacing him would be "absurd."

19/04/2021
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Israelis, Serbs compete in chess tournament for Independence Day

The ceremony for the chess event was also attended by Israeli Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Yahel Vilan.

Coronavirus vaccine less effective on leukemia patients – Israeli study

The response was lowest among patients who were in the process of receiving treatment, with only 16% of them developing antibodies.

‘Black Rain’ exhibition descends on Tel Aviv's Edmond de Rothschild Center

Inspired by science fiction, the exhibition is not about the genre as much as it “employs science fiction to discuss dystopia.”

American Judaism explored in new Israeli TV show 'The New Jew'

This series about “new” Jews will likely enlighten, entertain, annoy and offend viewers in different ways, but it does present a varied and interesting portrait of American-Jewish life.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu corruption trial

A-G to High Court: Netanyahu close to being unfit to serve as PM

The attorney-general said that the intensity of the prime minister's attacks on law enforcement had crossed lines that could serve as a basis for declaring him unfit if such deterioration continued.

Huge groups of migratory birds flock to Eilat for annual visit

The feathered guests come to Eilat every year as an important stop on their migration patterns, but their numbers are in sharp decline in recent years.

19/04/2021
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