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The Dark Side of the Web: The Battle against Anti-Semitism on Social Media

The coronavirus has instigated a new world in which much of daily life is done online: work, shopping, fellowship and for some, voicing hate. Amid real concern about transparency and double standards, the treatment of Jews and Israel online remains a disturbing sore spot even as tech giants such as Twitter and Facebook try to

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Israeli Apartheid? No Way!

For many South Africans, every discussion of apartheid is akin to tearing open an old wound. It was a time in their history when a system of institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination was implemented, creating a societal divide that to this day has not been overcome. Based on a strict legislative framework, the government at

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Methuselah: The Story of the World’s Oldest Date Palm Tree

It was an exceptionally hot day in September when a small group of scientists gathered together in the heart of the Arava Desert. One by one they began to carefully harvest the luscious fruit of a date palm tree. But this was no ordinary date palm tree, for it had been pollinated by a tree

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Chagall’s Legacy in Israel

In the beautiful Judean Hills, there is a place of healing called Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, overlooking the village where John the Baptist was born. Since opening its doors in the early 1960s, Hadassah has been celebrated for its medical advances and patient care. In 2005, the hospital won the coveted Nobel Peace Prize for

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Denying a History

The history of the Land of Israel and the Jewish people are inextricably linked. You can hardly relate the narrative of the one without telling the story of the other. The connection was first established millennia ago when Abraham followed the call of the Almighty to a Land God would later pledge to the father

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Israel, Cyprus, Greece to Link Power Grids via Undersea Cable

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | Israel, Cyprus and Greece signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday regarding a project to link their power grids via the construction of the world’s longest and deepest undersea power cable. The project, called the “Euro–Asia Interconnector,” will help Israel build on more options for renewable energy, contribute to

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Egypt Introduces Judaism into Curriculum for First Time Ever

Tuesday, 9 March 2021 | In yet another indication of a new era dawning in the Middle East, the Egyptian Ministry of Education updated its school curriculum with a new subject that will allow Egyptian students to study verses from Judaism for the first time in the country’s history, Al-Monitor reported The new subject is

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Israel Makes Top 10 in Ranking of World’s Most Innovative Countries

Monday, 15 February 2021 | Israel was ranked seventh among the world’s 60 most innovative economies, according to the Bloomberg Innovation Index published last week. The Jewish state went down one spot from its standing in 2020 and two places from 2019, where it came in fifth place. South Korea was ranked as the world’s

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IDF: Iran Can Enrich Enough Uranium for a Bomb within Four Months

Thursday, 11 February 2021 | Iran could develop a nuclear bomb within two years and Hezbollah will not seek an all-out war, according to the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Military Intelligence Directorate’s annual threat-assessment report, which was made public on Tuesday. The report, which focuses on the security challenges Israel can expect to face over

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Israel’s Poverty Rate Rises as Standard of Living Crashes

Friday, 22 January 2021 | Israel’s poverty rate has increased while the standard of living has dipped significantly throughout 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis and the consequent three national closures, a report published on Thursday by the National Insurance Institute said. The report specifies that since the outbreak of the pandemic in Israel in

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