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AMNEH HEBE, a Kabul resident, takes a break during motorcycle practice at the Western Galilee villag
Muslim and Bedouin girls take to the road on motorcycles

When a religious Muslim woman rides a motorcycle, it is big news.

By DIANA BLETTER
27/02/2020
Passengers and children stand on the desk of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as the vessel's passe
Two more Israelis from Diamond Princess cruise ship recover from virus

A fourth Israeli is expected to be hospitalized until sometime next week.

JUMP-STARTING a car.
Meet the Israeli volunteers giving those in need a helping hand

Today, the nonprofit is run by CEO Israel Almasi and has grown to provide a wide range of non-medical services, from assistance with flat tires to small home repairs.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
27/02/2020
THE ISRAELI Andalusian Orchestra Ashdod made a triumphant return to the Andalussyat Festival in Casa
Israeli orchestra's classic Sephardic style fits Morocco

When the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra Ashdod takes the stage, what you hear is only a small part of what you get

27/02/2020
Israel may host the 2027 FIBA World Championship

FIBA President Hamane Niang agreed to promote Minister Regev's request to host competitions in Israel for the 2027 FIBA World Cup tournament.

Chess contest to be held in memory of man killed in terrorist attack

Ziv believed in chess as an educational tool and led his son in his first steps in the field before he was killed at the age of 35.

By OMRI RON
27/02/2020
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks next to Likud party election campaign banners in Jerusalem Februa
Gantz hits back, accuses Netanyahu of ‘hate crime against democracy’

Blue and White been buffeted by a torrent of attacks by Netanyahu over the last week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to a tent during his visit to the Chaim Sheba Medi
Coronavirus could make the difference as Israelis head back to the polls

As many as 400,000 Israelis may stay away from the polls over coronavirus fears, a poll has found.

26/02/2020
Ex-NSC chief Nagel: Bibi purchase of submarines was fully justified

Other top defense officials: Additional submarines were corrupt/nonsensical

The Israeli Opera presents  a new production of  ‘The Barber of Seville’
The Israeli Opera's 'Barber of Seville': Amusing, not exciting

Director Martin Lyngbo placed emphasis on modernity of staging more than on conservatism of Rossini’s ideas and respect for his own humor

By URY EPPSTEIN
26/02/2020
A confirmed coronavirus patient is wheeled to a hospital at Chuncheon, South Korea, February 22, 202
Coronavirus fear causes panic in plane as passenger reports fever

A medical team was dispatched to treat an Israeli woman who was feeling sick on a flight from Italy to Israel due to coronavirus concerns.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/02/2020
Could studying ancient ink help shed new light on the Dead Sea Scrolls?

The study of manuscripts offers scholars a treasure trove of information hidden in plain sight, complementing those presented by the texts themselves

Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, speaks during an election campaign rally in Ramat Gan,
Benny Gantz: We will never go back to '67 lines – watch

"I hope that they decide to give up dreams, illusions," Gantz said of the Palestinian Authority. "The right to return will never happen. We will never go back to '67 lines."

Ben-Gvir: Charges against Netanyahu 'fabricated,' we must save him

There has been “a legal junta” that “hunts Netanyahu” made by people who wish to “appoint the Left [to leadership],” he alleged.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/02/2020
Seven year-old girl killed, four injured in car ramming in Ramle

The paramedics reported they gave first aid to a woman and a girl who were moderately injured.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
26/02/2020
NGOs: Gov’t blind to violations of Turkish construction workers’ rights

The new complaints and testimonies joined dozens of other complaints collected by HRM and Kav LaOved since 1999

Lapid: ‘Israel won’t be a democracy if Netanyahu passes immunity law’

Blue and White MK criticizes Palestinian leadership over rejection of Trump plan, says ’always saying no isn’t diplomacy.'

Former PM Ehud Olmert: Liar Netanyahu's career is over

Olmert says, "I met Abbas, he met murderers."

26/02/2020
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon signs order removing duties on imported butter

Domestic butter has been a rare sight on Israeli supermarket shelves since early 2019, with local producers protesting reduced profits due to government-set prices and high duties on imported goods.

26/02/2020
Ayelet Shaked: Blue and White’s only ideology is ‘just not Netanyahu’

‘Yes, just not Bibi because he has decided to destroy democracy,’ Yair Lapid retorts

Sheka and Teka, Israel Electric Corporation mascots
Electric Corporation offers gay employees NIS 30,000 for surrogacy process

The announcement was made on Israel's Family Day, marked on the 30th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah.

26/02/2020
Noble Energy vice president voices support for supplying gas to Gaza Strip

The Palestine Power Generation Company canceled a $1.2 billion deal in March 2015 to purchase gas from Leviathan, citing regulatory delays to the project.

27/02/2020
Labor's Shabbat bus
Ultra-Orthodox MK: We will ban new, Shabbat public transport networks

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Yamina party leader and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett refused to rule out voting for such a ban.

Quarantined coronavirus voters urged to show caution

The quarantined voters will be given special voting kits with gloves to make sure their ballots do not spread the virus if they have it.

26/02/2020
PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN makes friends with a koala bear
Rivlin holds tête-à-tête with Health Ministry on coronavirus in Australia

Australia's main apprehension was the possibility that Israel would quarantine travelers hailing from there, and that Israeli citizens would be warned against travel to the country.

Entrepreneur Dov Moran speaks at the Maariv Business Conference, Herzliya, February 26, 2020
Dov Moran: Israel's hi-tech success predated the leadership of Netanyahu

"Hi-tech was here long before Netanyahu, and the high point was during the 1990s," Moran, the developer of the USB flash drive, told the Maariv Business Conference in Herzliya.

27/02/2020
PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Likud Party meeting, Feb. 9, 2020
Hezbollah could use Likud app to harm Israeli security: Ex-Mossad chief

"Everyone who has an Israeli SIM card can download the app. This means that our friends from Hezbollah can also do it, as well as IRGC operatives and Hamas operatives in Nablus and Gaza."

26/02/2020
Tel Aviv University researchers discover a non-breathing living animal

"Living in an oxygen-free environment, it has shed unnecessary genes responsible for aerobic respiration and become an even simpler organism” – lead researcher Prof. Dorothee Huchon of TAU.

Economy Minister Eli Cohen speaks at the Maariv Business Conference Herzliya, February 26, 2020
Likud minister criticizes Barkat appointment

"It is not right to make appointments before an election," Economy Minister Eli Cohen told Maariv's Business Conference.

26/02/2020
Rivlin pledges to help extradite alleged pedophile Leifer to Australia

"We were very confused about it all, and we hope that [things] will move along a lot faster,” one of the victims said Wednesday.

Jason Greenblatt joins OurCrowd as Middle East special envoy

“I am looking forward to embarking on this challenging and exciting journey with [founder and CEO] Jon Medved and the rest of the talented team at OurCrowd,” Greenblatt stated.

Israeli hi-tech industry faces shortage of 18,500 employees - study

As of the end of 2019, approximately 321,000 Israelis were employed in hi-tech firms across the country, increasing by 8% during the past year and accounting for 9.2% of all employees.

26/02/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, Yisrael Beteynu chairman Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benj
A beginner’s guide to Israel’s third election in the past 12 months

Israeli politics are famously tumultuous, but this is beyond unprecedented: Israel has never held two successive elections, let alone three.

By JTA STAFF
26/02/2020
Arab Village may become Palestinian despite internal opposition

In the coming elections, the turnout among Triangle residents will be at the center of public attention.

By ARIK RUDNITZKY/JTA
26/02/2020
Trails are seen in the sky as Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets that were fired from
Citizens of the Gaza border communities protest ceasefire

The protest is supported by the ‘Israeli victory project’, which has the stated goal of bringing Israeli victory over the Palestinians in order to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

By OMRI RON
26/02/2020
Eli Moyal, former Sderot mayor has passed away at the age of 67

Moyal suffered a heart attack a week and a half ago. He served as mayor between the years 1998-2008, during a time of rocket attacks on the city.

By JOSH ARONSON , ERIC BENDER/MAARIV
26/02/2020
Israeli 2020 elections get their own Japanese anime show

The show, in Japanese, is made by Israelis and is getting some excited feedbacks.

PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN makes friends with a koala bear
Grapevine: All the world loves a scandal

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Former IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi
Netanyahu slams former IDF chief of staff: Apologize to the Druze

Former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi said he feels ashamed for Netanyahu for his lies and that he was offered the role of Defense Minister by the Prime Minister.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/02/2020
Gantz warns Netanyahu becoming ‘Israeli Erdogan’

'This is a critical moment for democracy, and people must wake up,’ says Blue and White leader at campaign rally in Ramat Gan

Haifa U. students provide legal aid to Syrian refugees in Greece

The Arab-Israeli students conduct research, provide legal aid and help overcome language and cultural barriers refugees may face.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
25/02/2020
Passengers and children stand on the desk of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as the vessel's passe
Israeli diplomats under coronavirus quarantine in Tokyo

It is still unclear if any of the Israeli embassy officials have the coronavirus.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett at the Defense Ministry on February 25, 2020.
Bennett to ‘Post’: 95% chance of large Gaza military offensive in future

Yamina leader refuses to rule out backing retroactive immunity legislation for Netanyahu

Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman arrives for a situation assessment meeting regarding the nove
Hebrew U prof. defends cry that ‘ultra-Orthodox are spreading coronavirus’

Israeli chemist Prof. Amiram Goldblum posted on Facebook that some ultra-Orthodox towns, as well as large neighborhoods in Ashdod and Jerusalem, “should be put under quarantine”

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at a faction meeting at the Knesset, November 18, 2019
Gantz: I support the legal system, Zohar: Legal dictatorship coming

Likud MK Miki Zohar said that Gantz is presenting views that are “on the way to make our Jewish and democratic state into a legal dictatorship.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/02/2020
Jerusalem Mayor announces immigrants will run for free in winter marathon

"Those that immigrated within the last year are invited to run without paying fees. To the new immigrants- I am proud and excited to host you in the Jerusalem Marathon."

By CELIA JEAN
25/02/2020
New film tells Weinstein’s story - from the point of view of his assistant

The film focuses on one workday in the life of Garner’s character, whose name is listed in the credits as Jane but who is unnamed in the film.

Police crack Hebron network that tweaked airsoft guns to assault rifles

58 men were arrested, mostly in Hebron, for allegedly converting airsoft guns into assault rifles.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a meeting on Israel's preparations for the implications of
Netanyahu: Procedures in place to guard economy from coronavirus outbreak

“We are working with the Finance Ministry to secure an economic safety net for the private sector to ensure continued economic activity.”

By MAAYAN HOFFMAN
25/02/2020
Police woman touched haredi men to force them confess, police fined

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men refrain from touching women or spending time with them in closed spaces, information the female cop used to make them identify themselves.

By MAARIV ONLINE
25/02/2020
Airbnb apartment (Illustrative)
Hebrew University study finds how to best attract Airbnb guests

"Visual trustworthiness is king in the Airbnb arena," said Aliza Fleischer, researcher at Hebrew University.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/02/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz
Blue and White starts to woo votes from Left

"If you plan to vote for Labor-Meretz, ask yourself one question: What will be left of Israel's democracy if Bibi wins by even one mandate,"

25/02/2020
Bitter from third elections? Ben & Jerry’s is here with a sweet surprise

Just like the ice cream, communities come in all sorts of flavors – and together the residents of Israel can realize ‘One Sweet Vote’

25/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Can he win again?
New Netanyahu-friendly gov’t panel open to tycoons paying legal bills

A new comptroller committee, viewed by observers as more friendly to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than the previous panel, has agreed to hear his request for up to NIS 10 million.

Magen David Adom to run coronavirus polling stations

Staff could not be found to man polls for quarantined.

25/02/2020
First Israeli recovers from coronavirus

Rachel Biton is one of the four Israelis who contracted coronavirus while aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

Yad La’Isha marks record-breaking number of resolved ‘aguna’ cases

The 'agunah problem' is an ongoing Jewish legal (halachic) issue in which women wishing to get a divorce require the consent of their husbands, who may refuse.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/02/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz dons tefillin at Zurich Airport, Jan. 2020
Gantz invokes Talmudic principle in pitch to right-wing religious camp

Blue and White leader repeats vow to introduce eight-year term limit for prime minister

Skiers ride a ski lift on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights near the Israel-Syria border.
Welcome to Mount Hermon, Israel’s only ski mountain.

It shuts down when it snows.

By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
25/02/2020
Cast member Ben Schwartz poses at the premiere of "Sonic the Hedgehog" in Los Angeles, California, U
Ben Schwartz, voice of Sonic, worries he might not fit in in Hollywood

“I’m a Jewish man from Riverdale. There will always be anxiety,” he said.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
25/02/2020
DENI AVDIJA (8) was dominant for Israel in last night’s 87-63 victory over Romania, with the 19-year
Israel routs Romania in EuroBasket qualifying

Avdija, Cohen shine for blue-and-white as Mekel anchors strong defensive effort for Katash’s squad

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
25/02/2020
Joint List's Ahmed Tibi, 'No Gantz government if Gaza attacked'

“There will be no bulldozers on bodies, no air attacks on the Palestinians. Peace, not war. I have a limit of what I can swallow.”

There are fewer Israeli women in politics than it may seem

"If the polls are correct, she said, the number of females elected next week will be 28 or 29. But numbers don't reveal the whole picture."

Liberman announces conscription at 18 for ultra-Orthodox, Arabs

Yisrael Beytenu leader says stagnation of ultra-Orthodox enlistment means that previous, compromise legislation no longer relevant

Justice Minister Amir Ohana
High Court vetoes government-Ohana commission to probe police

Mandelblit warns opening probe into prosecution’s treatment of police would become politicized days before election

Israel's housing market is waking up

An increase in the volume of mortgages taken up by the public in recent months is a clear sign that the housing market is waking from its slumber

By DUDU LEVY REICH
26/02/2020
Tel Aviv hosts art exhibit without naming artists

Other Name, which will open at two locations in Tel Aviv in March, works by some of the biggest names in Israeli art will hang on the walls alongside unknown artists from Eritrea and Sudan.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
24/02/2020
Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra presents Bach Festival Jerusalem

The festival features ensembles and soloists from here and abroad performing Bach, Bach-inspired music and more.

By HELEN KAYE
24/02/2020
'Decision on Fifth Dimension possible because Gantz not a suspect'

Acting State Attorney: Pre-election decision on Fifth Dimension made possible because MK Benny Gantz is no longer a suspect in the Fifth Dimension investigation

"Israel is my family" Border Police Woman says after being stabbed

“Jerusalem is the country’s holiest city and we need to take care of it, preserve it."

By MAAYAN HOFFMAN
24/02/2020
Israel cycling secures two top-five finishes in early stages of 2020 UAE Tour

This is an excellent start for the Israeli team as they’ve secured a rider in one of the top-five positions in each of the first two stages of the race, out of a total seven.

Health Ministry issues travel warning for Italy due to coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak in Italy is the most severe in Europe, with at least 220 confirmed cases and seven deaths, most of them heavily concentrated in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

24/02/2020
Bank of Israel holds interest rate, warns of coronavirus uncertainty

The outbreak of the coronavirus, the bank said, is casting uncertainty over a range of areas, including future economic activity both in Israel and abroad.

24/02/2020
A MAN wraps fresh matza during Passover in Ashdod in 2016
Coronavirus could cause matzah shortage in Israel for Passover

Other retail products for the holidays are also expected to arrive late due to the virus causing massive delays of all shipping.

24/02/2020
Green Leaf Party head encouraged by Netanyahu’s cannabis overtures

Netanyahu tweeted on Sunday that he decided to expunge the criminal records of tens of thousands of Israelis who used cannabis.

24/02/2020
THE CAR DRIVEN by Beduin teacher Yacoub Abu al-Kaeean is seen where it ran into policemen during the
Probe into Umm al-Hiran shows Bedouin killed by police for no reason

A petition is expected to be filed to the High Court of Justice by Adalah and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) to reopen the investigation into police conduct in the incident.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/02/2020
Agunot and former agunot during Yad L’Isha’s  rst annual Eshet Hamidbar (Woman of the Desert) 22-kil
300 Israeli women march for 24 hours in support of agunot

On Thursday, Ohr Torah Stone held its third annual “Women Moving Mountains,” a hike of 300 women to show support for agunot or 'chained women.'

By HANNAH HEPNER
25/02/2020
Netanyahu: Mapping process has begun, sovereignty to follow

US Ambassador David Friedman joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a tour of the region as the mapping process got underway.

Attack in Syria on August 25, 2019.
Six killed in Israeli strikes against Islamic Jihad in Syria

The group's spokesperson warns that the fight isn't over

An Israeli soldier walks near the border with Lebanon, near the town of Shlomi, 2016
Israel hosts third international military doctrine conference

Over 60 delegates from 30 different armies gathered in central Israel to discuss mission command.

A-G backs probe of 5th Dimension, explains timing of Netanyahu indictment

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit calls focus on Harpaz Affair political.

Netanyahu vows not to pass immunity legislation if reelected PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on Monday morning that he would not advance the so-called French Law.

24/02/2020
Tech & Talmud: A winning combination for Haredi employment

Like most of his peers from the devout community, Shotland does spend his mornings studying talmudic tractates. Unlike them, however, he dedicates his afternoons to learning JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

24/02/2020
Unveiling of Ashkenazi-Mandelblit pushed off, pending High Court ruling

Judge asks how Likud could expect pre-election decision

Ramming attack attempted in east Jerusalem

The Jewish resident reportedly fired in the air and the vehicle fled the scene.

24/02/2020
12 West Bank outposts will finally be connected to electricity grid

The outposts include five in Samaria, three in the South Hebron Hills, two in Gush Etzion and two in Binyamin.

Israel team rider Rudy Barbier takes third in first stage of 2020 UAE Tour

Barbier has been on quite a hot streak lately. A gifted sprinter, he earned Israel Start-Up Nation one of their first stage wins of the season at the 2020 Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.

Elderly people queue up for free surgical masks from a convenience store, following the outbreak of
Will Israel’s coronavirus response hurt relations with eastern Asia?

Closing Israel’s borders to travelers from China could be seen as Israel saying it does not trust Beijing to do a good job dealing with virus

A Likud party election campaign billboard depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is see
Likud passes Blue and White in polls

Political analysts who introduced the polls said Blue and White had fallen due to a week of negative reports regarding probes of party leader Benny Gantz’s bankrupt company The Fifth Dimension.

23/02/2020
Sound in the Eilat sun: Red Sea Jazz Festival

The band ran the gamut of disciplines and genres, from drum and bass to heavy metal-leaning passages, straight-ahead jazz, intoxicating bluesy lines and freely structured psychedelia.

23/02/2020
Little-known Jewish history of Sicily on display centuries after expulsion

. “After 1492, Jews had to leave the island and their possessions were sold, destroyed or reused for other purposes, as it happened to many of the Jewish sites."

Miscast, a Purim musical to challenge show-biz norms

This Purim, why not enjoy a light-hearted musical?

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/02/2020
Coronavirus quarantine ward at Sheba Hospital in Ramat Gan
Israel’s actions against coronavirus: Radical or responsible? – analysis

This coronavirus is highly infectious and likely even much more contagious than seasonal flu.

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