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‘THE GOLDFISH Theory’ is one of the entries in the 21st International Student Film Festival
Tel Aviv Student Film Fest goes online

The festival features Israeli and international competitions, as well as animated films, digital media and experimental and video programs.

‘Asia,’ ‘Here We Are’ among Ophir nominees

Sixty films were considered for awards in 18 categories.

Mul-T-Lock to establish Dubai subsidiary

The Israeli company already has subsidiaries in the UK, France, the US, Canada, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Turkey, Slovenia and the Netherlands.

A-G: Replacing me with outsider would undermine foundations of gov't

A-G, Ohana, Blue and White, Likud battle over protests during coronavirus

Demonstrators protest the government's mismanagement of the fight against COVID-19 and demand the re
Mass protests and large indoor minyans make no sense now - analysis

Both freedom to protest and freedom of worship are fundamental rights in a democracy. But on certain rare occasions the rights of individuals need to be curbed temporarily for the public good.

Israel's colossal coronavirus failure - analysis

The public must hold up a mirror to itself.

Guy Niv becomes first Israeli to complete all 21 stages of Tour de France

Niv is part of the Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN) cycling team, Israel's first professional cycling squad who also made their debut in the Tour this year.

General Kochavi at Daliet El Carmel
IDF chief observes coronavirus relief efforts in northern Israel

During the visit, Kochavi was presented with local emergency preparation plans. He also observed IDF's local relief efforts in wake of the coronavirus.

A beggar sits and asks for money amid the coronavirus crisis, Jerusalem, 2020
Nat'l Economic Council chairman: Poor are least impacted by COVID poverty

Rivlin asks to reduce fines for people in dire economic circumstances

Settler housing starts drop 50% under COVID-19

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan has called on Netanyahu to immediately open up the bottleneck on settler building plans.

Indian and Israeli officals holding copies of the memorandum.
Israel Start-Up Nation Central, India's iCreate partner up

Start-Up Nation and iCreate initiated the Online Acceleration Program, aiming to partner up Israeli start-ups with relevant Indian counterparts to work on innovative solutions

Ofer Golan (R), Topaz Luk and Jonathan Urich seen with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prim
Netanyahu aides fined for violating quarantine

The two advisors were spotted in public while they were supposed to be in quarantine.

Jewish-Indian MMA star to make aliyah to Israel after High Holy Days

In partnership with the Absorption Ministry and the Interior Ministry, around 722 Bnei Menashim including Hrangchal and his familu will be making aliyah following the High Holy Days.

Bennett denies celebrity doctor is target for Yamina list

Yamina leader wants to bring half a million Jews from US, France to volunteer against coronavirus

Ambassador Nadav Eschar offers an award certificate to his Vietnamese counterparts.
Vietnam to give Israel 100,000 coronavirus face masks

The masks, produced by a local company called PSD, will be delivered to ZAKA volunteers in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking out a barred window
How low will Netanyahu go to save himself as his legal cases heat up?

Netanyahu’s advisers find themselves in a pickle with trials and coronavirus

Shlomo Kerner
From New York to Jerusalem - A Lone Soldier's Story

Shlomo fulfilled his dream by serving in the Israeli army as a Lone Soldier in the Border Patrol. And he was in for a big surprise...

Why is Benny Gantz in Washington?

Despite corona, the defense establishment cannot ignore Iran and the UAE procuring F-35s.

New Mediterranean energy forum launched with Israel as member

The forum includes Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Italy.

Chief Rabbi David Lau prays at special prayer service during coronavirus outbreak, March 2020
Chief Rabbi: Lockdown can't be enforced only on synagogues

Also on Tuesday, Beit Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch stressed that "synagogues are not the enemy of the nation."

Finance Min. D-G warns corona cabinet: Steps you take will cost billions

The warning arrives on the heels of another relief plan, to the tune of NIS 10.5 billion, approved by the cabinet on Monday night.

Grotto: Goal of lockdown is to drop to 7% infection rate

"It is not possible to present anything concrete at the moment – it depends on what the success of the lockdown will be."

Shimon Peres remembered in a manner he would have appreciated

Using previously unseen footage, the event explores the world of former president Peres and draws inspiration from his most valuable work, vision and the legacy he left behind.

Cabinet approves coronavirus economic relief package

The cost of the approved plan is estimated at NIS 10.5 billion.

Mac TA braces for clash with Salzburg

Amid coronavirus complications, Austrian champ presents dangerous obstacle for yellow-and-blue.

Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal who is wanted in Australia on suspicion of sexual
Malka Leifer saga far from over - analysis

There still are three roadblocks that can slow Leifer's extradition if she exploits every defense procedure as expected.

David Lau
Chief rabbi: Awareness of domestic violence necessary in our community

He announced that there are a number of aid organizations for women that are suffering in their own homes from physical and verbal abuse. "Call on them when it is needed," he said.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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!'"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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
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.

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."

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?

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.

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.

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.

Painting the beehive of a lively home

Empty hive syndrome

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