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Israel surpasses US in coronavirus patients per capita

“Israel has been one of the leading countries in the world in infected people per capital for a while,” said Prof. Ronit Calderon-Margalit.

21/09/2020
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
Court rules Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu must have disciplinary trial

Apparently racist and political comments made by Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu are not permitted for public official, and Chief Rabbinate must hold disciplinary trial for him.

BWR solutions being used to pollinate palms in the Jordan Valley
Blue and White Robotics secures $10m. for autonomous vehicle platform

The funding round was led by Jesselson Investments, Peregrine VC and Entrée Capital.

EU-Israel Association Council back on agenda after annexation scrapped

EU Commission Josep Borrell is strongly in favor of restarting the Association Council with Israel.

Erdan to UN: Choose between supporting Iran and terror or Israel and peace

Do they want the UN to be a body that promotes peace and security in the world, or one that is blackmailed by countries that violate human rights and support terrorism?

21/09/2020
The week in readers' pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best shots of the week.

No date set for cabinet vote on UAE peace

A spokesman for Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said that it may be on the agenda for next week.

Young Israeli film makers seen producing a short film in the market in Jerusalem's Old City on June
Historic film collaboration announced between Israel and UAE

Training programs will be developed for filmmakers from both countries.

Defense Ministry begins construction of smart-fence along Gaza border.
IDF's Border Defense Array school trains thousands of troops each year

The school started out with 70 instructors, by next year it will have 150

Ministers to get 10% pay cut

The Monday vote is meant to start the new Jewish year with a message of “improving the national spirit,” yet it comes as bankruptcies surge, with 2,283 businesses closing in June.

Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, as Sara Netanyahu and Jared Kushner l
Health Ministry might penalize Netanyahu aides who violated quarantine

Social media adviser Topaz Luk and foreign affairs adviser Reuven Azar, senior aides to the prime minister, broke quarantine rules over the weekend.

New wave of college grads arrive in Israel amid COVID-19 to teach English

The program run by BINA is a partnership between the Jewish Movement for Social Change and MASA Israel Teaching Fellowship.

Assuta Ashdod University Hospital
Coronavirus cabinet to meet today, as seriously ill spike

More than 1,300 COVID-19 patients hospitalized * Netanyahu shifts blame to MKs

Bulgarian court hands down life imprisonment for Hezbollah terrorists

The conviction leaves the families of the victims and Israel partially unsatisfied because Hezbollah itself was not formally indicted or convicted.

Yair Golan
Meretz MK demands debate in accords with UAE

Golan, who is a former deputy chief of staff of the IDF, said the agreements must be reviewed to guarantee that Israel kept its qualitative military advantage in the deals.

21/09/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
Defense Minister Gantz heads to Washington

Gantz will fly on a charter flight with a small team including his military secretary, the Defense Ministry Chief of Staff and the head of the ministry's political-security division.

Malka Leifer
Court orders Leifer’s extradition to Australia

Melbourne teacher wanted on 74 charges of sexual abuse, rape of minors

Bar Refaeli arrives in Kiryat Ono to begin community service

The former 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit model was sentenced earlier this month for tax evasion on earnings from her international career.

21/09/2020
Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández and Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu
Honduras to move embassy to Jerusalem by end of year

Currently there are two foreign embassies in Jerusalem, with the United States having moved its embassy in May 2018, followed by Guatemala.

21/09/2020
Israeli singers contribute to International Peace Day broadcast

The annual Peace One Day happening, which has been going for 19 years now, is happening on September 21 with streamlined events with megastars such as, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Annie Lennox.

20/09/2020
Ben-Gurion University professor plans Arabic language revolution in Israel

Dr. Yonatan Mendel wants the Jewish state to become a Middle Eastern hub for learning Arabic, drawing students from Europe and the United States

By JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS/THE MEDIA LINE
20/09/2020
Israeli fintech company partners with UAE-based CEO of Barker and Booth

Fintica creates AI solutions for the financial sector, notably self-learning technology to gain more detailed market reports - allowing users to make well-informed decisions in real time.

11 anti-Netanyahu protesters arrested at Jerusalem demonstration

Ramming attack attempted at Jerusalem protests · Suspect arrested and investigated

21/09/2020
Mirit Harari dies at age of 52 after battling cancer for two years

In February 2019, Harari made headlines when she shared her personal experience with dealing with the disease in a Facebook post.

Temple Mount remains open despite nationwide coronavirus lockdown

The Waqf stressed that if Israel does not ban Jewish worshipers from ascending to the Temple Mount, they will allow Muslim worshipers to arrive at any time.

20/09/2020
Restaurateurs in Israel smash plates to protest coronavirus lockdown

The coordinated protest took place in multiple cities, with owners in Bat Yam, Tel Aviv and Haifa seen smashing plates.

20/09/2020
Head of Public Health Services: Protesters are harming the nation

Referring to the protest of nearly 200 people at Tel Aviv's Frishman Beach on Saturday afternoon, Dr. Sharon Elrai-Price voiced strong concern – and criticism.

First baby of Jewish new year 5781 born in Ziv Medical Center

Following him were another seven babies who were born later during the night between Friday and Saturday.

Iran media reveals 70% may oppose compulsory hijab laws

Iran’s regime polices women’s bodies and has been seen beating and harassing women who do not dress “modestly” enough for the male-dominated theocratic patriarchy that runs the country.

Abuse illustrative
Woman attacked by husband regains consciousness, shares new details

"She called me a few minutes before it all happened and screamed - 'I can't take this any longer, I'm leaving! He's hitting me, he won't let me leave, help!'"

20/09/2020
Israeli director makes Jewish character in Holocaust film Roma instead

Noomi Rapace told him that she believes she has Roma ancestry and she was emotionally connected to their story. So they changed the Jewish character into a Roma one.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
19/09/2020
HANANEL EVEN HEN and Shiran Habush celebrate during their corona-era wedding at an Efrat public park
Major survey reveals Jewish Israeli attitudes on religion and state

The survey focused on religious freedom, conversion, religious status, transportation on Shabbat and pluralism among Israeli Jews.

18/09/2020
Fireworks illustrative
As nation enters lockdown, fireworks in Abu Ghosh seen from a distance

Police officers who were stationed at the nearby Hemed Junction, outside of Jerusalem, soon realized that a wedding was taking place in clear violation of the lockdown restrictions.

New survey reveals tourism industry reached record highs before COVID-19

According to the survey, 94.4% of tourists ranked their visit to Israel as good to excellent.

18/09/2020
Health Ministry publishes outline for holding protests during lockdown

"In these complicated days of dealing with a state of emergency that requires limiting the freedom of individuals, increased efforts need to be made in order to protect the freedom of speech."

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid looks to future

Lapid: In December, elections will be initiated that will take place in March.

18/09/2020
L to R: United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister A
Ashkenazi, Bahraini and Emirati FM's exchange Rosh Hashanah greetings

"May it be a blessed year of realizing peace and stability in the region."

18/09/2020
Illustration of planned Jerusalem city entrance project
Jerusalem city entrance project will bring thousands of jobs to capital

"In these days of peace, the need to preserve and build Jerusalem is growing, making it attractive for the millions of people who will soon come to visit it."

Cities in Israel, Arizona link up to share desert tech, economic secrets

The two cities will collaborate in sectors such as desert agriculture and technologies, desert tourism, broadband, water usage and conservation, aerospace, education, border control, etc.

GIVING THE thumbs up to the  Re’em Boeing 707 tanker aircraft.
120th ‘Desert Giants’ Squadron expands the long reach of the IAF

MILITARY AFFAIRS: IAF’s 120th ‘Desert Giants’ Squadron has taken part in hundreds of missions, including missions for Israel’s ‘war between the wars’ campaign against Iran.

ABU DHABI’S Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attends the Gulf Cooperation Council su
Emirati Crown Prince is this year's 'person of the year,' not coronavirus

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) did not have to normalize his country’s ties with Israel.

Gaza reports first COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas, declares lockdown
Decision-making expert urges gov't to communicate better with public

"When I examine data on patients' persistence in taking medicine, I see two notions that can be deduced about the level of compliance with the coronavirus restrictions," Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz said.

One-third of Netanyahu’s voters believe COVID-19 was sent by God - survey

The survey includes 800 Jewish Israeli respondents and has a 3.5% margin of error.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/09/2020
L to R: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
Why the criticism of the Israel-UAE-Bahrain deal doesn’t hold up

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: Israelis know that our country has long been cut off from the rest of the region, and that two countries seeking ties with Israel because doing so will benefit them.

David Broza releases his first all-instrumental album

Titled David Broza En Casa Limón, it’s a modern tribute to the art of Spanish guitar.

18/09/2020
FRESH PRODUCE is stacked in a store in Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda market
Katz approves lifting taxes from vegetables on the eve of Rosh Hashanah

The decision would nix taxation of imported cucumbers and tomatoes, which respectively leaped 60% and 26% in prices recently.

Gov’t allocates additional sums to help locked businesses

The aid is meant to encourage employers, reeling from losses and uncertainty, to hold on to their workers with the government shouldering a portion of their wages.

How the coronavirus lockdown acts as peephole into Israel - analysis

The confusion surrounding the regulations, the finger pointing, many trying to figure out how exactly they can bypass them, speaks volumes about who we are and how we operate.

17/09/2020
The IDF West Bank Courts continues to be disrupted by political and legal battle.
Woman kills abusive husband, asks for recognition as trafficking victim

The woman's identity remains undisclosed together with the specifics of her criminal case.

By LEON SVERDLOV
17/09/2020
Minnie Smilchensky with her physician Dr. Lynn Zacharowitz, both recent olim
Aliyah and anxiety: The tale of a reluctant olah

Minnie’s days are full: reading, doing 1,000-piece puzzles, Skyping with son and family, playing Scrabble, all the while grateful to her daughter and family.

By BRENDA KOLATCH
17/09/2020
Rambam activates its underground hospital for combating COVID-19 pandemic

The fortified underground hospital was established after the Second Lebanon War, and was built in order to assure a functioning medical center during a rocket attack.

This week in Jerusalem; A round-up of city affairs

What has been going on in Israel's capital this week?

17/09/2020
Is Jerusalem construction killing its green spaces?

The construction project for more than 5,000 housing units on the slope of the Reches Lavan illustrates the issue more than any other case.

17/09/2020
Hidden: The Musical - The Secret Jews of Spain, by the Women's Performance Community of Jerusalem
Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem thrives against the odds

Performing and surviving: The arts in the time of coronavirus

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
21/09/2020
Yaakov Israel expertly and lovingly conveys his intimate knowledge of everyday surroundings
Beauty in the everyday: A loving look at southwest Jerusalem

Yaakov Israel began documenting the less-than-palatial edifices in his home patch back when he was a student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

17/09/2020
Andy Ram at US Open practice 2009
Andy Ram, tennis legend, helps Israel's newest players achieve greatness

"I didn’t think about how I was making history as the first Israeli athlete to play in Dubai."

By HOWARD BLAS
17/09/2020
Hezbollah, Iranian Quds Force recruit east Jerusalem woman

Yasmin Jabar, resident of Jerusalem's Old City, works at the National Library. The Shin Bet said that she was recruited by Iran's Quds Force.

Israel's population reaches 9.2 million citizens - report

Israel's population is expected to reach 10 million people by 2024, 15 million by 2048, and 20 million by 2065.

Bridge: A mental sport or a physical one?

Is bridge a cure for eating and drinking or an additional cause of gaining pounds?

By MATTHEW GRANOVETTER
17/09/2020
Researchers claim 1,000 to 2,500 more people will die during lockdown

A team of researchers from Hebrew U published a report predicting a significant increase in corona deaths * IDF report determines that higher corona numbers are not a result of increased testing.

By MAAYAN HARONI/MAARIV
17/09/2020
Actor Tzachi Halevy and TV anchor Lucy Aharish at their wedding, October 10, 2018
Lucy Aharish and Tsahi Halevi announce they are expecting a baby

The announcement of their marriage generated controversy, with an outpouring of congratulations mixed with messages of hate.

Jerusalem city sanitation workers give citizens a new year's blessing

The capital's sanitation workers have been working to clean the streets of the city from various form of dirt to trash piles and abandoned cars.

By OMRI RON
17/09/2020
ODED ZAIDEL 'US' 2020
Mundane becomes out of the ordinary at Jerusalem Artist's House

The most expansive exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists’ House at present takes in several dozen monochromic works by Talia Israeli.

17/09/2020
Beehives
Painting the beehive of a lively home

Empty hive syndrome

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
17/09/2020
PA official names five countries set to establish ties with Israel

Agriculture, tourism ministers speak with Emirati, Bahraini counterparts; Emirates Flight Catering arranges to provide kosher meals.

17/09/2020
Issa Rae has a Zoom conversation with a fellow boarding school graduate.
Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson and Issa Rae star in HBO’s ‘Coastal Elites’

Dispatches from the hell of early 2020

By MICHAEL PHILLIPS/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS
17/09/2020
Nation locks down as PM threatens more restrictions

Closure begins at 2 p.m., to last for at least two weeks • Gamzu: ‘The public is not with us’

The Duchess: Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan with Steven Raskopoulos who plays the boyfriend.
Emmy's nominees are in good company

There are series about people we love to hate, but there’s a new trend: series featuring difficult and self-absorbed but eccentric, charming people we hate to love.

Government offers NIS 1 billion to help businesses

The eight-part plan includes grants of NIS 5,000 per employee not sent to unpaid leave.

El Al plane
Eli Rozenberg holds 42% of El Al shares, company prepares to renew flights

The State of Israel, which had agreed to buy shares the public doesn't want, has bought shares worth about NIS 100 million, giving it a 12%-15% stake in the company.

By OMRI RON
17/09/2020
MICHAEL ALONI in his role as Akiva in the hit TV series ‘Shtisel’
‘Shtisel’ Season 3 has a trailer

The show aired originally in Israel in 2013 and ran for two seasons. The new season picks up four years after the end of the second season.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/09/2020
Popular Israeli reality show ‘Goalstar’ to film its next season in the UAE

“Goalstar,” a popular Israeli reality show that features celebrities playing soccer, will film its 2021 season in the UAE.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
17/09/2020
Research by Yafit Gilboa of Jerusalem's Hebrew University on cognitive decline among cancer survivor
Israeli researchers discover how stress affects fight against COVID-19

“We’re going to see the outcomes of this outbreak way beyond the direct effects of the virus on those who were infected."

By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
17/09/2020
Hit Israeli series ‘Fauda’ will be back for 4th season

“Fauda” focuses on an undercover commando unit of the Israeli army whose members embed themselves in the Palestinian community, gathering intelligence and preventing terror attacks.

By MARCY OSTER
17/09/2020
Coronavirus High Holy Days lockdown rules - everything you need to know

The following restrictions go into effect at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 18:

Anti-Israel German party seeks to block arms deal to UAE-owned firm

Left party MPs support Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood

Dan Hotel, Eilat, Israel, February 1, 2012.
Kfar Maccabiah to keep hotel open during lockdown

It will host aviation crews, medical crews, security forces and sports teams from abroad.

First Chadian military cargo plane to land in Israel for humanitarian aid

IFA with the help of the American Jewish Committee has donated tents to help 12,000 people made homeless by floods in that country.

Concerts held across Israel in honor of its Holocaust survivors

The initiative was proposed in light of the expected lockdown during the holidays, that will once again force the elderly to stay at home, often completely alone for a long period of time.

Remembering the fallen heroes of Munich

Ceremony honors the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered 48 years ago at the Olympics.

President Rivlin: ‘We will only prevail together’

“We must refrain from blaming other parts of the society as if one sector is ‘responsible’ for spreading the disease,” the president stressed.

Netanyahu’s trial to go forward

Even as the courts will remain open, the statement said that judges will be lenient about accepting requests from lawyers to delay hearings during the lockdown.

Netanyahu’s trial to go forward despite coronavirus lockdown - analysis

Even as the courts will remain open, the statement said that judges will be lenient about accepting requests from lawyers to delay hearings during the lockdown.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin
Was God really the peace broker on the White House lawn?

The idea of using Abraham - as opposed to any other biblical character - is that he is mutually respected by all faiths.

IDF prepares for High Holy Days on bases amid coronavirus pandemic

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced that the military had completed the logistical preparations that will allow IDF personnel to properly celebrate the holiday and carry out its traditions.

Netanyahu on return to Israel: We brought peace

Speaking over the plane’s loudspeaker of his “historic visit,” Netanyahu referred to the folk song Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, which means “we brought peace unto you.”

 A monument marking the legacy of the Australian Cavalry in the Kinnert Campus
Kinneret College to commemorate 102 years since the battle of Tzemach

The results of the battle had the potential to shift the power balance in the Middle Eastern theater during World War I.

International Criminal Court
ICC permanently closes flotilla war crimes case

This is the first time that the ICC Pretrial Chamber has thrown in the towel after appeals against the ICC Prosecutor's decision to close the case.

Heron UAV as seen in Ben Gurion Airport
Remotely-controlled Heron UAV lands in Ben-Gurion Airport

The unmanned aircraft took off from Ein Shemer Airfield in Northern Israel, an air force base, landed in Ben-Gurion Airport and then returned to Ein Shemer.

Eilat Israel’s winter wonderland
Israel Land Authority approves construction of new neighborhood in Eilat

The neighborhood will be spread over an area of approximately 10 hectares, and will be in close proximity to the region's salt ponds.

16/09/2020
Deep breaths: Smoking pollution in Tel Aviv
Almost half of Israeli smokers smoked more during lockdown

A Hebrew University poll showed that 44% of smokers smoked more during coronavirus quarantines and lockdowns.

16/09/2020
Seychelles, Iceland, Cuba and Serbia added to Israel’s list of green states

The Health Ministry said that in light of the growing and changing numbers of infected people worldwide, changes to the list established last month had been made.

Rothschild Boulevard scene, Tel Aviv, 2020
Tel Aviv asks residents: How do we make city gender-equal?

The Tel Aviv Municipality offers residents a chance to make social change in the public sector.

16/09/2020
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