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Philip Gomperts (center) with Lottie and Howard Marcus, who donated $400 million to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Credit: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

American Associates of Ben-Gurion University honor $650 million fundraiser

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South African-born Philip Gomperts had been working for American Associates of Ben-Gurion University (AABGU) of the Negev for several years when he asked a donor if she had any neighbors who might be willing...
Declaration Hall, Independence Hall (Beit Haatzmaut, בית העצמאות), Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel Lowers Its Cultural Standards of Excellence

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Another Independence Day. Another day in which the aroma of roasting meat fills the air wherever you turn. My Other Half (OH) and I are as guilty as anyone else of adding to the...
French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the G20 summit on July 8, 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons via Russian Federation.

France’s Insanity Defense Is Itself Insane

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To paraphrase our insanity defense standard, a suspect who cannot distinguish between right and wrong in killing his Jewish neighbor is not guilty of committing a crime. France’s version of our Supreme Court moved close...
Illustrative image. Credit: David Whelan via Wikimedia Commons.

Facebook disables PA-linked accounts ‘used for spying’

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Facebook announced on Wednesday that it had disabled accounts it said were being used by the Palestinian Authority’s Preventative Security Service (PSS), its internal intelligence organization, to spy on political opponents, journalists and human-rights...
COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center in Tzfat on Feb. 14, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Study: UK coronavirus variant 45 percent more contagious than original

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The British variant of the COVID-19 virus is 45 percent more contagious than the original strain, a recent study from Tel Aviv University shows. The researchers analyzed data from some 300,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
Israeli Knesset member Mansour Abbas (left) and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Credits: Knesset and kremlin.ru.

Mansour Abbas, Mahmoud Abbas and the ‘Abraham Effect’

Israel’s March 2021 parliamentary elections and those scheduled for the Palestinian Authority on May 22, 2021, in the West Bank have focused international attention on two Arab leaders: Mansour Abbas, leader of Israel’s United...
Givat Aliyah Beach (Ajami beach). Credit: Danny Saville via Wikimedia Commons.

Ultimate guide to Tel Aviv’s 12 beaches

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There are few destinations more desirable than a beach along the Mediterranean Sea. The magnificent blue waves, white sand and upbeat energy of Tel Aviv’s beaches are unmatched. What’s even better about the coastal options...
A COVID-19 vaccine administered at a vaccination center in Rehovot on Jan. 4, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

‘COVID vaccine saved 6,000 Israelis’ lives’

Had Israel not embarked on its unprecedented vaccination campaign, 12,000 citizens would have lost their lives to the coronavirus, according to a model presented by pediatrician and epidemiologist Professor Eli Somech at a meeting...
An airstrike in Syria on June 24, 2020. Source: Twitter/Majd Fahd.

Syrian air-defense missile falls in southern Israel; IAF strikes launchers

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A Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM) fired at an Israeli Air Force fighter jet that had been involved in airstrikes on targets in Syria exploded in Israel’s southern Negev region early on Thursday. Warning sirens went...
Chelsea stadium, home to Chelsea FC, one of the clubs originally involved in the European Super League. Credit: Hanafi Latif/Shutterstock.

Backlash against European Super League triggers wave of anti-Semitic hate online

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A backlash against the proposed European Super League, a new professional soccer league announced on Sunday, has triggered a wave of anti-Semitic hate online. Soccer fans who oppose the ESL blamed Jews for “ruining” soccer,...