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Issue: Israel's Jewish Identity. What Does it Mean?
MidEast Week
PA: Made "Generous" Offer; Israel: "Bring it to the Table"
Israel's Single, Female, Orthodox Ambassador
Bilingual School in Jerusalem Teaches Arabic and Hebrew
Terrorists Attack a Jerusalem Synagogue
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University of the People Opens Doors to African Refugees
Israel Under Pressure on Its Chemical Weapons
Israel Concerned About Syria Spillover
Children in Gaza Exhibit Trauma Symptoms
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A Desk With a View
by Samantha Badgen on Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shared office-spaces come to Israel Tel Aviv -- It's almost impossible to tell that WeWork's building on Dubnov Street in the center of Israel’s financial capital has only been open two weeks. The lounges, meeting rooms and office spaces are in constant use, and free coffee and beer flow well into the night; the office spaces are all occupied and there’s a waiting list of more than 70 businesses who want to rent space. WeWork's newest building is relatively.....

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Palestinian Boycott of Israeli Goods Faltering
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Boycott Had Strengthened Out of Anger over Israel’s War on Gaza WEST BANK – A Palestinian official has admitted that the Palestinian boycott of goods made in Israel is faltering, both because of a lack of substitutes of Israeli products, and the dissipation of some of the anger toward Israel over last summer’s fighting with Hamas in the Gaza Strip that left more than 2200 Palestinians dead. The boycott is part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS).....

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Saying Shalom in Spanish
by Samantha Badgen on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hispanic-American leaders get new perspective into Israel Hispanic leaders from the US got a new look into Israel when they visited as part of a delegation from the Center for Hispanic-Jewish Relations last week. The group, which included former US Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, visited under the auspices of The Face of Israel, a private organization dedicated to promoting Israel amongst influential decision-makers and opinion leaders. "I learned about the truth, and as a member of the media, the.....

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Is Israel an Apartheid State?
by Samantha Badgen on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Proposed nationality law intensifies the question A sure-fire way to start an argument in Israel is to bring up the “A” word, and to raise the question of whether Israel is an apartheid state. Apartheid refers, of course, to the system of racial segregation in South Africa, which curtailed the rights of the majority black inhabitants in favor of the minority white inhabitants. When it comes to Israel, Arab citizens of Israel have equal rights, at least on paper......

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Franklin Graham: America’s Failure to Understand Religion Foils Cogent Mideast Policy
by Felice Friedson on Thursday, December 04, 2014

Despite extensive involvement with Middle East, Graham pessimistic about chances for peace Franklin Graham, the son of legendary evangelical preacher Billy Graham and heir to the religious empire his father built has worked extensively in the Middle East and has watched America’s Mideast policies evolve over the years that Graham, Senior offered counsel and support to successive US presidents.  From the assent of ISIS to chances for an Israeli-Palestinian rapprochement, Graham was blunt and to the point as.....

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Understanding Hizbullah in Lebanon
by Justin Salhani on Monday, December 01, 2014

Less troubled by threats stemming from terrorist listing than Hamas [Beirut] -- In American policy making circles, the name Hizbullah cuts a shadowy figure of a radical Islamist terrorist group, hell-bent on Israel’s destruction. Hizbullah, which translates to “Party of God,” describes itself as a Shiite-Muslim political and social movement that first emerged in 1982 with funding from the Iranian government. The US State Department labels Hizbullah a terrorist group but in Lebanon the party participates in elections, has.....

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"The Wave" Sparks Questions Among Arabs and Jews in Israel
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

European Group Brings Play About Nazism to Jewish State Baqa Al-Gharbiye, Israel -- By the end of their two-week tour, thousands of Jewish and Arab Israeli high school students, will have seen The Wave, a play about a classroom experiment that went too far, as students become swept-up in Nazi-style ideology. Based on a true story, the English-language play by ADG, an English-language theater group based in Munich, was warmly received by Israeli students, who all study English.....

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Asylum Seekers in Israel Atttend Free Online University
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, November 24, 2014

University of the People Offers Degrees in Business, Computers When Jamal Khamill’s village in southern Sudan was destroyed in 2006, he thought his educational future had also been ransacked. One of ten children, Khamill lived with his parents and siblings in a refugee camp for years. He says that he saw he had no future there, and in 2012, he infiltrated illegally into Israel through the Sinai desert. Caught and jailed for two months in Israel, he then made.....

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Palestinian Workers Fear For Their Jobs in Israel
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, November 20, 2014

  Israel Stops Large Shipment of Firecrackers to east Jerusalem   Jafar Al-Halabi has worked at the Mishor Adumim branch of the Israeli discount supermarket chain Rami Levy for ten years. About 15 miles east of Jerusalem, Mishor Adumim is an industrial area in land that Israel acquired in 1967. Israelis and Palestinians work together in the store, and shop together as well.   “I have Jewish friends – we work together and we eat together (on breaks),” Al-Halabi, 43, told The.....

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Palestinians in West Bank Show Support for Attacks against Jews
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Minority voice say violence is not the way to go; Abbas condemns Attack [Al-Azaria] – Responding to Tuesday’s attack in a Jerusalem synagogue that took the lives of four Jews during morning prayers, some Palestinians in the West Bank say they believe it to be a “natural response” to recent events and the fault of the Israeli government. The two Palestinian assailants also wounded nine others before being shot dead themselves. The killings are adding to the already soaring tension.....

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