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Margot Robbie shines as Harley Quinn in 'Birds of Prey'

In addition to a take on feminism, the story also translates well to being an overall focus on being an outsider.

Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo singing competition in Tel Aviv

Founded in 1993 by the famed international tenor, Operalia aims to discover the youngest and most promising opera singers and help them launch their international careers.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and would-be finance minister Nir Barkat presented their vision fo
Netanyahu: Elections are choice between trade unionist and free economy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and would-be finance minister Nir Barkat presented their vision for the Israeli economy under continued Likud governance on Sunday.

16/02/2020
Kay Wilson
Kay Wilson, from improbable terror survivor to resilient activist

Wilson was the improbable survivor of a murderous terrorist attack by two Palestinians, Ayad Fatsafta and Kifah Ghanimat, part of a four-member terror cell based in Hebron.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
16/02/2020
Dozens gathered at the Western Wall on February 16, 2020 to pray for those affected by the coronavir
Hundreds pray at Kotel for end to coronavirus

“As Jews, we believe that God has the power to send healing. We are not doctors, but we can pray,” said Rabbi Avi Berman, executive director of the Israeli branch of the Orthodox Union.

Interior Minister Arye Deri at a Shas campaign rally
Right-wing parties vow to back Netanyahu

Election ads and voting abroad starting

16/02/2020
Shabbat busses a subversive blow for religious freedom in Israel – report

This is a hot-button issue for many secular Israelis, who find the lack of public transportation on Shabbat unfair, especially in areas that are almost entirely secular to begin with.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Joint List sets off election campaign in Yiddish, Russian, Amharic

The anti-Zionist party decided to join forces with minorities within Israel's Jewish population.

By LEON SVERDLOV
16/02/2020
President launches campaign to eliminate abuse of school-age youth

Slogan is part of a national campaign to eliminate verbal and physical abuse of school-age youth.

Remnants of a car involved in a car accident in the Arava where two children died
Man killed in hit-and-run in southern Israel, driver turns himself in

A 70-year-old man was found unconscious, and later died, following a hit-and-run on Highway 80 near the Tel Arad junction in the Negev, east of Beersheba.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Meetup for startups and entrepreneurs on how to 'due' diligence right

An experts panel on the subject of due diligence was moderated by Tamir Meiri, from Johnson & Johnson.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
16/02/2020
THE BALLOT slips from the last elections are seen this week at the Israel Central Election Committee
Tzomet party drops out of Knesset race, leaving 29

The Tzomet party dropped out of the March 2nd on Sunday after reaching a deal with the Likud to endorse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party.

By GIL HOFFMAN , MAARIV ONLINE
16/02/2020
Netanyahu: ICC has become a political tool against Israel

The prime minister said that he worked with the National Security Council and Foreign Ministry to get these countries to come out against the ICC chief prosecutor’s push to put Israel on trial.

Jerusalem Cinematheque unveils renovated auditorium
Middle Eastern Film Week to be held at the Jerusalem Cinematheque

The opening-night film will be Manele Labidi’s Arab Blues, about a young woman who returns home to Tunis after studying in Paris and opens a psychology practice.

IDF stops Hamas 'honeypots' from trapping soldiers

As part of "Operation Rebound," the IDF has foiled the third such Hamas network foiled in three years.

Nefesh B'Nefesh and FIDF host 'personal errands day' for lone IDF soldiers

Organized in conjunction with the IDF Human Resources Department, Yom Siddurim acts as a one-stop-shop for lone soldiers to complete a range of necessary errands.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
16/02/2020
Edmond Hotel – the new Rosh Pina boutique spa delight

The hotel’s design was inspired by the Rosh Pina story dating back to the 19th century during the days of the Baron Rothschild.

By TALY SHARON
16/02/2020
The hidden treasures between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

The pastoral view, the luxurious rooms and the high-quality food at the hotel make it a prime starting point to explore the area. The only danger is that it’s so relaxing, you might never leave.

16/02/2020
Trial of policeman who killed Ethiopian Solomon Tekah opens today

Tekah's killing shook the country and led to nationwide protests by the Ethiopian community about dangerous discrimination by police and racism against them in general.

Ben Gurion International Airport - Terminal 3
Coronavirus outbreak threatens Israeli tourism

"There is drastic decline in bookings for East Asia, and that's understandable – but bookings in general have come to a standstill, even for Passover flights to Verona or Cyprus."

16/02/2020
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
Safed chief rabbi calls for prayer at Western Wall for coronavirus victims

The mass prayer gathering at the Western Wall is slated to take place on Sunday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Smoke clouds rise over Gaza after the IAF struck terror targets in the Strip
IDF strikes Hamas targets, military compound in Gaza Strip

The air strikes were in response to rockets fired out of Gaza into Israel Saturday night.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Israeli envoy goes to Japan to return Israelis on coronavirus cruise ship

"My goal is to make every effort so that the Israelis who are there can quickly and safely reach home," said Health Ministry director-general Prof. Itamar Grotto.

16/02/2020
Israeli security forces are seen during protest against the U.S. president Donald Trump's Middle Eas
Security firm owner 'proud' to be on UN business blacklist

Rachel Risby Raz, co-owner of Galshan Shvakim, said her firm protected innocent people regardless of race or geographical location, and was proud to do so.

A HAREDI child reads from the Bible during a reading class at the Kehilot Ya’acov Torah School for b
Gafni: Rabbis approve some secular subjects being taught in haredi schools

The overwhelming majority of ultra-Orthodox high-school aged pupils do not study core curriculum subjects such as math, English and science.

The Hague
Six countries to ICC: We are against Israel war-crime lawsuits

European support comes as union prepares to discuss Trump peace plan

Singer Nada will appear at the Back to San Remo Festival
Festival heads back to San Remo with classic Italian love songs

Italian and Israeli talents will converge to delight audiences in Tel Aviv and Haifa.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly to make first Israel appearance

The rapper has nearly 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
SHIRLEY BRILL
Wandering Stars Music Festival set to be a musical treat

Each year, the festival rotates between competitions for piano, winds or string instruments. This year is the turn of the single reed instruments.

By SARAH HERSHENSON
15/02/2020
THE HAIFA International Children’s Theater players.
Haifa International Children’s Theater Festival announces Passover program

The festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Michael Herman (back left) is Captain Von Trapp, and Netta Druckman (front left) plays Maria with th
The Negev’s LOGON theatre presents ‘The Sound of Music’

Director Yaacov Amsellem believes LOGON’s production is a fresh take: “We’re presenting the humanity of the characters that are more three-dimensional than the stereotypes sometimes portrayed."

By PATRICIA GOLAN
15/02/2020
KKL-JNF WORLD CHAIRMAN Danny Atar presents a tree certificate to US Ambassador David Friedman.
Grapevine: Friedman plants a tree

As part of the extended Tu Bishvat activities, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman planted a tree in the grounds of the US Embassy.

Palestinian and Israeli flags overlook Dome of Rock and Western Wall
Palestinians outraged by ‘peace’ meeting with Israelis in Tel Aviv

Palestinian factions have condemned the participation of Palestinian figures in a meeting organized by The Israeli Peace Parliament.

 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg: Israeli NSO can try to defend legality of actions

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released comments Saturday afternoon on the current lawsuit launched that accuses Israeli spyware vendor NSO itself of exploiting a flaw in WhatsApp messaging service.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Gilad Shalit proposes to girlfriend

Following a year and a half of courtship between Gilad Shalit and his girlfriend, Nitzan Shabbat, the couple are set to get married.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman visits the Jordan Valley.
Liberman: For immunity, Netanyahu will give the haredim everything

The Yisrael Beytenu leader also claimed that Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has already given the ultra-Orthodox parties with a blank page to fill out.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
A joint drill between the IDF’s elite Shayetet 13 navy commandos and US Army Special Forces
From Kauai to Zion: The Hawaiian warrior who trains IDF Special Forces

Nadav Tzadok Yair was born in Hawaii and trained in Kapu Kuialua since he was nine years old, now he teaches IDF Special Forces how to win glory in battle.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
Yair Netanyahu mocks Tel Aviv mayor over sign: Wacky, hypocrite

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai tweeted on Friday evening that he ordered the removal of a large sign depicting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh on their knees.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Avichai Mandelblit faces a decision that not only will determine his career.
Likud MKs to A-G: "Why did you interfere in the election?"

Transcripts were revealed from Sunday's cabinet meeting, where it was decided to form a committee to inspect the police investigation department. Several MKs harshly criticized the attorney-general.

By MAARIV ONLINE
15/02/2020
Shin Bet's involvement in the Israeli education system (illustrative)
Shin Bet reps meet with Education Ministry director on Arab students

The agency's involvement in Arab education was banned in 2005 by the Supreme Court.

By LEON SVERDLOV
14/02/2020
A cityscape of Tel Aviv is seen during the night-time in Israel May 27, 2017. Picture taken May 27,
Tel Aviv Mayor orders to remove sign showing tied Abbas and Haniyeh

The Tel-Aviv mayor instructed to remove a sign which was put up and read: "Peace is something you have only with defeated enemies":" Leads to violence reminiscent of ISIS and the Nazis"

By MAARIV ONLINE , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/02/2020
Haredim in Mea Shearim [illustrative]
Students of Haredi law, economic students seek to promote civil rights

The volunteers who gave out the brochuers noted that many in the ultra-orthodox community are unaware of their civil and social rights.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/02/2020
Director Steven Spielberg poses at the premiere of the HBO documentary film 'Spielberg' in Los Angel
Stephen Spielberg gets rights to novel on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The novel, which tells the story of how the fathers turned their grief into activism, has been named a most anticipated book of 2020 by The New York Times.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/02/2020
Settlers to Netanyahu: If you want our votes, apply sovereignty now

"If you want the support of the Right – act like you are the leader of the Right.”

Jerusalem repeats as State Cup champion

Nahariya puts up tough fight in final, but Hapoel hangs on in 4th quarter to capture title.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/02/2020
Blue and White drops two seats, Likud still behind – poll

Liberman surprises, says he’s prepared to sit with Meretz in coalition

14/02/2020
How Blue and White tries to break the cycle of electoral purgatory

Political Affairs: Searching for the swing votes

Netanyahu changes campaign stop messages for the March elections

Political Affairs: Goodbye, ‘Gevalt!’; hello, ‘We got this’

14/02/2020
'Family Guy,' 'Mrs. Maisel' star Alex Borstein to perform cabaret

A little music, a little comedy and a lot of dirty words

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Jah Wobble’s crooked route from punk to jazz

What are the chances of a lad from the East End of London getting into such an expansive breadth of sounds, rhythms and textures, as well as artistic avenues?

13/02/2020
Conquering China with bright sweetness: The art of Tzvika Horesh

Artist and designer Tzvika Horesh designed an Israeli education center in China, now he means to introduce the Middle Kingdom to his neo-pop artworks.

Israel Bar Association President Avi Himi
Pro-Israel groups try to save country from ICC war-crimes disaster

If the pro-Israel groups fail to convince the ICC Pretrial Chamber to drop the case, the IDF and the Israeli settlement enterprise could be in jeopardy.

Netanyahu: Nir Barkat will be next finance minister

Likud polls have shown that appointing Barkat as finance minister would help the party attract soft-right voters from Blue and White.

13/02/2020
PFLP Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
UNHRC worked with terror-tied NGOs to compile settlement blacklist

Erdan argued that the blacklist will end up hurting the livelihood of thousands of Palestinians with Israelis in the West Bank.

Energy Ministry limits Leviathan gas production after identifying fault

In a statement, the Energy Ministry emphasized that there had been no leakage of materials into the seawater, nor damage to the platform or associated facilities.

13/02/2020
Global grills
Lone soldiers given all-purpose ‘Errands Day’ with Nefesh B’Nefesh, FIDF

Lone soldiers are young Jewish people, often new immigrants, who come to Israel mostly from North America, Australia, South America and Europe to serve in the IDF.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
PROF. TALMA HENDLER, founding director of the Sagol Brain Institute in Tel Aviv, examines a patient
Israeli researchers discover moods, sensory inputs connected

A team of researchers at Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv universities suggest that changing states of mind is far more important than our personalities for determining our behavior.

A man wears a mask as he walks past a mural showing a modified image of the Chinese Communist Party
Safed rabbi rolls out Jewish prayer for coronavirus

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu suggests a Jewish prayer to heal the thousands afflicted with coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
MINISTER VISITORS
Protestant ministers visit Israel to learn about bond with Israel

“I want to pray for Israel, but I always doubt how to do it. Now I have more words to pray,”

By HARRY BROWN
13/02/2020
A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
THIS WEEK IN JERUSALEM: Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs

Likud party member Deputy Mayor Elisha Peleg dismissed from Likud party, and children feel like the government has failed them, taking matters into their own hands.

13/02/2020
An MV-22 Osprey, belonging to the U.S. military, flies during the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force'
It's official: Israel won't be purchasing Boeing's V-22

Despite the IDF believing there to be a need for the tilt-rotor aircraft, there isn't enough money.

ADRABA BOOKSTORE: High-brow, yet fun.
Jerusalem book store Adraba Books celebrates 10 years

Adraba doesn’t try to compete with the big chain retailers, but simply features a dazzling selection of books on virtually every subject, most of which can’t be found anyplace else in Israel

Iranians burn U.S and Israeli flags as they gather to mourn General Qassem Soleimani, head of the el
IDF appoints general to lead new Iran Command as threat escalates

Momentum plan will also see military open a new infantry division as well as close one tank battalion and one air force squadron in the coming year.

SHOSHANA STERNBUCH’S aptly titled abstract painting Maze of Dream with Color.
A look at creative efforts of members the ultra-Orthodox community

“This is about a neighborhood just a few minutes away from here, but how much does the regular secular Israeli know about them other than the demonstrations and bad stuff that gets into the media?”

13/02/2020
Lime-S Scooters
Youth killed in Tel Aviv electric scooter accident used it illegally

Teenager Daniel Cohen was killed on Wednesday in Tel Aviv while using a rented electric scooter, he used an alias for the rental.

By MAARIV ONLINE , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
President Rivlin meets with ambassadors from African countries
President Rivlin welcomes African ambassadors ahead of forum

Rivlin emphasized that Israel is ready to share its knowledge in areas of cyber security, health, technology, agriculture, water management, tourism and more with all African states.

JACKY MUKMEL, chairman of CBRE Israel.
The future of the real-estate market

There are many companies that want to be here and learn from Israeli innovation

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
13/02/2020
Rabbi Eliezer Berland's custody extended by judge

‘Give him a mentos’ quips judge to defense attorney for Berland, who is accused of giving fake medicine he blessed, including mentos candies, to the sick in return for payment.

By JEREMY SHARON , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Israeli water tech company pilots clean water project in Gaza Strip

The Coordination and Liaison Administration said the program is part of a policy that seeks to prevent any further deterioration of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza due to its lack of water.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
How long can the capital’s residents expect to live in  a traffic-snarled and noise-filled construct
Jerusalem's construction boom

The long-expected push for transformation has arrived, but how long can Jerusalemites expect to live in a traffic-snarled and noise-filled building site?

Hebrew University students protest lecturer who reprimanded Im Tirzu activist while she was wearing
Hebrew University will give credit for 'right-wing activism'

"Im Tirzu is an extremist right-wing movement," said MK Nitzan Horowitz. The organization says it focuses on social activities for the needy, elderly and disadvantaged in Jerusalem.

US President's envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt meeting with PA leader Mahmud Abbas
Greenblatt: If Palestinians want a state, they have to show they are ready

The former US Special Envoy to the Middle East spoke to Israel's Army Radio on Thursday morning about the UN blacklist, and US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century."

NAF NAF
Tour Israel by rejoicing in Yatir Forest

It’s wonderful to hear the wind blowing through the leaves of the oak, cypress and acacia trees of the Yatir Forest, and with luck, you might even catch a glimpse of deer, elk and rabbits there.

By MEITAL SHARABI
13/02/2020
XYNISTERI: OLD Vine vineyard in Cyprus owned by Zambartas Winerie
Wine talk: The Eastern Mediterranean pioneers

The whole Eastern Mediterranean is now geared to growing and producing wine with individuality and quality, in a way unthought-of before.

Israel Electric Corporation
Efficient electricity in winter

With one of Israel's stormiest winters yet, here is a list of recommendations, tips, and safety rules to properly manage electricity and appliances at home.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Shani Sadicario
Good food vibrations

Spanish-speaking online influencers spent a week soaking in the famous Jerusalem gastronomy, including a guided tour of the Old City and Mahaneh Yehuda market, with the goal of discovering some of what Israel, and the Israeli people, have to offer.

By HARRY BROWN
13/02/2020
Foreign Minister Israel Katz and Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman in a conference meeting with Israel
Katz: I'll make every effort to bring home Israelis on coronavirus cruise

The meeting also included Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman, who announced on Thursday morning that his ministry is sending a representative to Japan.

Gal Gadot slips into 'Hebrew in Entertainment Weekly' interview

Gadot reprises her role as Wonder Woman in the upcoming film "Wonder Woman 1984," which will be released worldwide on June 5.

Israel's new high-speed rail line travels on its tracks near Jerusalem September 25, 2018
Israel Railways sued after woman asked to change carriage for men prayers

According to the suit, "it was disruptive that she was present...during prayer." The company, however, claims that it was the woman who complained about the prayer, and was offered, not told to move.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman ready to sit with Labor-Gesher-Meretz

In past elections, Liberman had ruled out Meretz and said its leaders belonged in the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah.

13/02/2020
DINOSAUR JR.
Dinosaur Jr. to join Nick Cave in Tel Aviv

The show will take place June 17 at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Home-cured herring also known as Seliodka pod Shuboi ("herring in a fur coat") or Shuba ("fur coat")
Russian comfort food is making a comeback in Israel

“Russian food is entering the mainstream slowly,” Gitcelter said. “Young people of other backgrounds are beginning to eat it. It’s an attraction. It’s different.”

By RACHEL RINGLER/JTA
13/02/2020
Drone Dome Rafael laser defense system
Israeli laser defense system flourishes in initial tests

Rafael has designed numerous defense systems in the past which have proven critical for Israel's defense.

13/02/2020
The empty seat of Israel is pictured during a session of the Human Rights Council at the UN, 2019
UNHRC’s game is rigged, so Israel isn’t playing - Analysis

The UNHRC is publishing this list even though the only support it received for doing so was from the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, South Africa, Venezuela and Cuba.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Bibi draws a rough hand on judges who will decide his fate - analysis

Judges Rivkah Friedman-Feldman and Oded Shaham are both considered on the tougher end of judges in terms of convictions and sentencing.

Dutch violinist and composer André Rieu returns to Israel

The show will take place on Wednesday, November 4, at the Menorah Mivtahim Arena.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/02/2020
The amazing directors behind ‘The Specials’

All the actors playing autistic people in The Specials really do have autism, except for one character who causes himself significant harm by head banging.

Israeli futurist creates paean to Valentine’s Day in Times Square

Heart Squared is the brainchild of a dynamic team of futurists, architects and designers that stars Israeli-born Rachely Rotem

By MARIA LISELLA
13/02/2020
Naftali Bennett at a ceremony at the education ministry
Shin Bet slams Bennett for green lighting 'Jewish terror' - report

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett canceled the administrative detention of a Jew who threw a rock at a Palestinian in a vehicle less than two days after signing the order.

‘Sign to stop violence in Arab community,’ new campaign calls

Abraham Initiatives and Aman Center roll out five-step plan to tackle crime in Arab-Israeli society

New TikTok challenge, trip your school friends

Ministry of Education, Sagi Muki, Gal Gahali warn Israeli youngsters not to trip on social media.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/02/2020
An aerial shot of a Tel Aviv beach
Tel Aviv No. 1 destination for aliyah 5th year in a row

Most of the olim came from Russia, the US and France. However, the city also welcomed new olim from Singapore, Nepal, Peru, India and Honduras.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/02/2020
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