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Daily Archives: February 23, 2021

Lottie and Howard Marcus at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva. Credit: Courtesy.

Film to explore Holocaust survivors who gave largest-ever donation to Israel

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Stone Canyon Entertainment announced the start of production on a documentary about a couple who bequeathed nearly half a billion dollars to Israel—the largest donation in the country’s history. “Who Are the Marcuses?” will start...
This year’s pandemic Purim is shaping up to be a somewhat subdued version of the traditional festivities. Credit: tomertu/Shutterstock.

A safe ‘simcha’: Finding joy in a pandemic Purim

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Last Purim, a mask was just a costume and not a medical device. For most back then, the coronavirus was just another item on the nightly news. So, as usual, Jews the world over donned...

A gag about Israel and vaccines is more than a bad joke

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A comedian telling a bad joke that hurts someone’s feelings isn’t news. Or at least it didn’t use to be. But when the bad joke validates a lie that is fueling the latest anti-Semitic...
Osnat Ben Shitrit. Source: Instagram.

A pregnant pause to consider vaccine denial

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A tragedy that befell a Jerusalem family this week and resonated throughout the country should serve as a cautionary tale. A pregnant mother of four was admitted last Tuesday to the COVID-19 intensive-care unit...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a memorial ceremony for Joseph Trumpeldor in Tel Hai, in northern Israel, on Feb. 23, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

At Zionist hero’s memorial, Netanyahu invokes Purim to threaten Iran

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday issued a warning to the regime in Tehran ahead of Passover, the holiday that marks the Jewish people’s rescue from annihilation at the hands of Haman in...
Workers inject liquid grouting into stones of the Western Wall that need strengthening in February of 2021. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Western Wall stones get ‘injection’ before Passover

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While Israelis are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City are receiving their own injections, with syringes surprisingly similar to those used in the medical world. Every six...
Eco Wave Power technology in action. Credit: Eco Wave Power.

Israeli-Swedish ocean-wave energy producer wins UAE Global Innovation Award

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Swedish-Israeli wave energy developer Eco Wave Power (EWP) has won the public voting for the Global Innovation Award in the “Life Under Water” category at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week for its solution to generate...
Tanker jet manufactured by Boeing, which the Israeli military will be acquiring. Credit: Boeing.

IDF approves procurement of two KC-46 Pegasus tanker jets

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Israel formally approved plans over the weekend to procure two KC-46 Pegasus tanker jets, the government announced on Monday. The Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed by Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. (res.), Mishel Ben-Baruch...
Yemenite immigrants being greeted by Jewish Agency representatives at Israel's Lod Airport in 1949. Credit: National Photo Collection/Government Press Office.

Israeli Cabinet approves proposal to recognize, compensate for Yemenite ‘children affair’

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The Israeli Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to recognize the “Yemenite, Mizrahi and Balkan children affair” and provide financial compensation to the affected families, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. The “children affair” refers...
Israeli soldiers guard the Israeli side of the Quneitra Crossing on the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights on Oct. 15, 2018. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90.

How does Israel negotiate prisoner exchanges?

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The return home last week of an Israeli woman who had crossed the border into Syria has brought prisoner exchanges back to the headlines. How does Israel contact parties that are holding its citizens? What are...