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Israel's President Reuven Rivlin' house dressed up for Purim

Israeli President's Residence all dressed up for Purim

The entrance to the presidential compound is temporarily guarded by a mammoth orange-colored monster with enormous gold claws.

Coronavirus: Hundreds attend party in Tel Aviv ahead of Purim curfew

Pictures and videos from the scene showed crowds of revelers celebrating in tight quarters in the market, many without masks.

25/02/2021

Prof. Eli Keshet to receive Israel Prize for his study of blood vessels

Keshet was born in Israel in 1945 and studied biology at the Hebrew University, and performed his doctorate between the years of 1970 and 1975. He was appointed a professor in 1993.

Swimming pool (Illustrative)

Grapevine February 26, 2021: Back in the pool

Movers and shakers in Israeli society

Chess4Solidarity tournament featuring 438 chess players from over 40 countries

Iranian, Israeli chess players compete in international event

The total amount of prizes awarded in the tournament was 1,000 euros.

Purim: Senior citizens make masks for Netanya street parade

Other activities include another mask exhibition that will take place at the Herzl Street Mall.

25/02/2021

For everything, there is a season

The exhibitions not to be missed as Israel's art scene reopens

25/02/2021

Coronavirus: Israel's must-see exhibits after art scene reopens

Listed below are various intriguing art exhibitions worth visiting.

25/02/2021
Alexander Calder from the exhibition 'Great Yellow Sun'

The exhibitions not to be missed as Israel’s art scene reopens

What are the intriguing art exhibitions worth visiting throughout Israel?

25/02/2021

Coronavirus: Israel's must-see exhibits after art scene reopens

Listed below are various intriguing art exhibitions worth visiting.

25/02/2021

Why the divisions caused by the coronavirus are magnified at Purim

Israelis are more polarized than ever during a holiday about unity, but Purim provides ways to connect, rabbi says

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
25/02/2021
Cydome's technology aims to protect vessels from malicious actors.

Israeli startup helps protect ships from cyber pirates

Maritime industry turns to new technologies in order to comply with updated global regulations

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
25/02/2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaches out to shake hands with Nancy Pelosi

Netanyahu calls Pelosi to discuss Israel’s COVID response

“We discussed COVID response and our shared hope for regional peace, including a just, stable and enduring two-state solution.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
25/02/2021
Buff bubbe breaks the Internet after gym interview

Beloved Israeli gym bubbe has a thick American accent — and that’s great

Translanguaging describes the ways that all users of language use all available linguistic resources to communicate effectively with others.

By SHARON AVNI/JTA
25/02/2021

Protesters demonstrate against vaccine coercion, green passports in Tel Aviv

Speakers and protestors called for more "government transparency," and to "stop tyranny."

Israeli passengers wait to board the Lufthansa flight intended to bring them back to Israel, Februar

'Peanuts and water': Dire conditions for Israelis stranded in Frankfurt

The experience of the rescue flight was "a complete disaster," leaving 80 Israelis to fend for themselves.

Purim 2020 Israel encountered COVID; now we hope to leave it behind

“It’s the saddest Purim in Jerusalem ever,” Jerusalem resident Yinon told The Jerusalem Post on Purim day.

IDF SOLDIERS KEEP guard in the Jordan Valley earlier this year.

IDF soldier in critical condition after being shot in the head on base

"The only thing that matters to me is that he live," the soldier who discharged the weapon told investigators. "He's my best friend. I don't care about the arrest."

A woman stands at the counter inside a Israel Post office in Jerusalem

Woman hospitalized after Israel Post delivers letter in under a month

It was the most exciting event to occur in Modi’in in over five years.

By RUBELLA TACITURN
24/02/2021

Netanyahu's repeated calls to Biden got directed to ‘rejection hotline’

The practical joke was based on a 20-year-old popular prank back when AOL ruled the Internet.

By HOMELY NACHMANIDES
24/02/2021
Palestinian money changes exchange money [file].

US renews funding pledge to Palestinians, as PA economy shrinks by 11.5%

Shtayyeh outlined a grim picture of how the already-fraught Palestinian economy, had been hard hit by the pandemic causing the PA deficit to double in two years. It now stands at $1.2 billion.

Bennett: I won’t join gov’t led by Lapid; Netanyahu: He’s in Purim costume

"I am prepared to sit in any national government. I am in the camp of the people of Israel, and we have to keep the government in the national [right-wing] camp."

COVID-19: Israel sending vaccines to Mauritania, without diplomatic ties

Mauritania had previously established relations with Israel in 1992, which continued until March 2010, when the country cut ties after Operation Cast Lead.

Netanyahu, Gantz leave politics to star in new Netflix sitcom

‘We’re going from topping the polls to topping the ratings’

By LUVLUV HARPO , NOVA LAZARUS
24/02/2021

Birds pissed off at Netanyahu too, join Balfour protests

Despite assaults carried out against protesters, and some ruffled feathers, the activists are determined to have their tweets heard, digging in – or rather, “nesting” in - for the long-haul.

By HERON REICH , TOBIAS SEAGULL
24/02/2021

Does reduced cell space for Shin Bet prisoners violate High Court ruling?

Even if Shin Bet detainees may have less cell space, it would be for a shorter period, and once they are indicted, they will be given more cell space.

Labor candidate Nachman Shai finally approved to enter Israel

Likud: Shai "complained for PR points" instead of going through the system.

A BRILLIANT future: Purim masks on sale at Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda marke

Purim goes political in election season

New Hope women to take part in Esther reading; Yesh Atid MKs help elderly pack mishloach manot.

24/02/2021
Ibtisam Mara'ana

High Court to decide legality of disqualifying Labor candidate

The original central election commission decision to disqualify Mara’ana came by a 16-15 vote with two abstentions.

NBC under fire for portrayal of Orthodox Jews on Canadian series ‘Nurses’

Jewish organizing groups such as StopAntisemitism and JewishOnCampus have tried to mobilize online pressure campaigns against NBC for airing the episode.

By ANDREW LAPIN/JTA
24/02/2021
Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market

Coronavirus: Country to fully reopen by April, Netanyahu says

*Health Minister and Knesset Law Committee chairman agree to launch pilot program offering returnees from abroad to wear an electronic bracelet.

A Mobileye autonomous driving test vehicle, at the Mobileye headquarters in Jerusalem

Mobileye to ban employees not vaccinated for coronavirus

The company is assuming that about 10% of its workforce does not intend to vaccinate.

24/02/2021
Real estate market

CBRE Israel signs $45m. deal for New York firm

The investment will be made by Paramount and the Phoenix Insurance Company.

Israeli firm Upstep invests NIS 1.5m. to open UK subsidiary

‘COVID measures have led to rise in demand for our products’

Rapeh Party head: The gov't will not succeed in silencing me

Anti-vaccination coercion activist and Rapeh party leader Dr. Arieh Avni had his license revoked by the Health Ministry on Wednesday.

Israel cinema: Francophone fest in J’lem; Polish movies in TA

The movie drought is over, and Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are both celebrating.

Over 70 tons of tar cleaned from Israel's beaches since oil spill

The country's northern beaches have proved harder to clean, due to their rockier terrain, which tar more easily clings to than sand.

Rivlin tries to persuade new ambassadors to move embassies to Jerusalem

In his conversations with the ambassadors of Brazil and Portugal, Rivlin could not resist talking about soccer.

Israelis stand in line to enter clothing stores as shops officially opened after almost a 2-month l

Clothing store owner filmed stabbing himself in the head after being fined

The man has apparently previously injured himself multiple times on camera after receiving warnings and fines, and continued to defy coronavirus regulations. *Warning: Graphic content*

H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi signs cooperation agreement virtually with David Leffler, Director General

Israel, UAE sign investment collaboration agreement

The cooperation agreements build on a series of initiatives established between ADIO and Invest in Israel including formal company introductions.

24/02/2021

IAC kicks off edge experience tech summit

“This e-summit reflects our efforts to connect IAC’s Edge community of young Jewish professionals from the US and Israel to a vibrant ecosystem that will support their initiatives and dreams."

A Jewish youth waves a flag as he participates in a march marking "Jerusalem Day", near Damascus Gat

Agudah, Facebook join to combat LGBTQ-phobia during Israel elections

The Noam Party, a right-wing extremist party, ran in past elections on the slogan of making Israel "a normal nation" with anti-LGBTQ+ slogans.

24/02/2021

Man arrested for trying to enter Rabbi Kanievsky's house with a knife

"Hundreds pass by here every day to be blessed by the rabbi; it was lucky that we noticed the suspect."

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the

Time's up: Government nearing High Court deadline for surrogacy equality

The deadline was set in a partial ruling in a suit filed by Etai Pinkas, an LGBTQ+ activist who served as chairman of the Agudah in the past.

24/02/2021
President Reuven Rivlin visits cleanup efforts at Herziliya beach after oil spill

Greek tanker is main suspect in disastrous Mediterranean oil spill

Tar washing up along 90% of Israel’s coastline could take years to clean up, experts warn

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
24/02/2021

Stabbing attack attempted near Yitzhar, search for attacker ongoing

In a video of the incident, a man can be seen approaching another man with a knife drawn and attempting to stab him.

Coronavirus: 11 test positive on New York rescue flight to Israel

Some ultra-Orthodox passengers on the flight allegedly bragged about forging documents to show that they were not positive for the coronavirus.

24/02/2021

Health Min. revokes license of anti vax-coercion doctor, party head

The judge said that Aryeh Avni's actions pose a real danger to public health.

Yeshiva high school students have a binge-drinking problem

The numbers are consistent across two years, 20 schools and thousands of students. The national data show that 22% of students have taken “more than just a taste or a sip” in the past 30 days.

By RIVKA PRESS SCHWARTZ/JTA , RABBI TULLY HARCSTZARK/JTA
24/02/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the memorial service for the 1920 Battle of Tel Hai, February 2

Netanyahu on new Iran deal: Nuclear agreement is worthless

"With or without an agreement, we will do everything so Iran isn’t armed with nuclear weapons.”

Rio designated sister city of Raanana, Israel’s Brazilian capital

Since 2015, Raanana has quickly become the primary destination for Brazilians moving to Israel.

By MARCUS M. GILBAN / JTA
24/02/2021

Doctors extract fishhook from fisherman's eye and manage to save it

Some two days after the surgery, the fisherman reportedly felt better and even started seeing shadows and light in the injured eye.

IDF soldiers at the entrance of a coronavirus hotel

Coronavirus: Quarantine hotels to reopen until better solution available

State-run hotels for isolating people returning from abroad have attracted much criticism over the past few months, with some questioning their effectiveness.

Togolese-Israeli pop star Stephane Legar goes global

An unlikely star on the Israeli music scene.

Israel donates COVID vaccines to Palestinian Authority, other countries

"It was decided to help with a symbolic amount of vaccines for medical staff of the Palestinian Authority and some countries that asked Israel.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R)

Netanyahu trial, election: Lecturing A-G, appearing neutral - analysis

There was no need for the court to rebuke Mandelblit other than to appear balanced and supportive of some of the Netanyahu narrative as it rejected his core arguments.

The separation barrier between the Palestinian village Bil'in and the ultra orthodox settlement of M

Jewish minor charged for racist violent attack against Palestinians

The group used rocks and stun grenades to attack four Palestinian residents, as well as homes and nearby cars.

An IDF soldier sits on a beach in Tel Aviv

IDF tricked oleh soldier to confess in Hebrew to drugs - lawyer

"Military police investigators took advantage of the fact that he was a new immigrant who did not have full control of the Hebrew language."

By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
23/02/2021
Israel Allies Caucus representatives from 10 African countries gather virtually for educational webi

Leaders from 10 African countries gathered online by Israel Allies Caucus

Palestinian Media Watch briefed the participants about the goals of the Palestinian Authority, exposing the messages it conveys to Palestinian adults and children.

Maccabi Haifa edges Hapoel Umm Al Fahm

Last year’s State Cup Cinderella ousted by 90th-minute winner • Mac TA, Beitar Jerusalem advance

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/02/2021

Gov’t approves NIS 45m. for coastal tar spill clean up

A gag order on publishing details about the investigation into the environmental catastrophe was partially lifted on Tuesday

Four Israeli cities selected to drive innovation

The four cities that were selected to join the Hazira program are Eilat, Beit Shemesh, Netanya and Sakhnin.

Gov't agent impersonating a 14-year-old brings down 10 sexual offenders

The agent, impersonating an underage teenager, joined various apps where these sexual exchanges take place freely.

Government recognizes suffering of Yemenite families, compensation given

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called this case “among the most painful in the history of the State of Israel."

CINEMA CITY in Jerusalem. Will it once again be filled with movie-goers?

Coronavirus in Israel: Movie theaters struggle to reopen

Government-subsidized culture institutions have received aid packages, while movie theaters have not.

Hundreds of Israelis stuck in Russia, Ukraine, UK due to airport closure

Currently, the only regular flights to Israel fly from Frankfurt or New York, after the government shut down all commercial flights into Israel on January 25.

Smart baby-monitor company Nanit raises $25m.

The investment builds on an exceptional year for Nanit which saw its user base double and year-over-year revenue growth of over 130%, the company said.

23/02/2021

Kiryat Shmona to honor Jewish COVID victims with olive trees promenade

Inclusion within the project comes at no cost to the communities.

Actress, director Michal Bat Adam to receive Israel Prize

Bat Adam is best known internationally as an actress to for her lead performance in I Love You, Rosa (1972), directed by her late husband, Moshe Mizrahi, with whom she often collaborated.

OurCrowd

OurCrowd: Tech hiring in Israel up 400% in last six months

Every day during the fourth quarter of 2020, OurCrowd companies posted an average of 14 job openings.

23/02/2021

Shalva launches line of mishloah manot created by disabled people

The delivered portions include wine created by a blind, deaf and handicapped man.

Shaare Zedek, Bezalel partner on solutions to coronavirus challenges

As part of the partnership, medical teams and designers will work together and create joint projects.

Purim: Disabled children get custom costumes to incorporate wheelchairs

"A wheelchair can become a construction worker’s dump truck or Batman’s batmobile."

Blueberries

CEO demands imported blueberries treated with methyl bromide be labeled

According to Shlomi Fogel, the use of methyl bromide is forbidden in the country, and Israeli-grown blueberries are not treated with it.

Buff bubbe breaks the Internet after gym interview

Buff American-Israel bubbe breaks the Internet after gym interview

“Oh! That is disgusting — look at what a body I have,” she said, but Reshef told her he thought she was doing great, praising her “potential.”

Joshua’s forgotten biblical altar is now at the heart of a land battle

Israel must find a way to protect and preserve the area as an archaeological park.

Netanyahu trial: Witness testimony to kick off after elections

Netanyahu’s legal defense team was able to get the trial postponed, claiming that it would be an unfair influence on the elections.

Claims Conference, Hatzalah to vaccinate house-bound Holocaust survivors

Those making use of the service will be taken from their homes to the centers and back home again once they have been vaccinated.

View of Mount Hermon covered with snow as it seen from the northern Golan Heights, near the border w

Should Israeli woman who crossed into Syria be indicted?

Israeli law prohibits citizens from traveling to enemy states and prohibits citizens of enemy states to cross into Israel, among other things.

IDF Chief of Staff Award goes to 9th Armored Battalion 'of the people'

9th Armored Battalion receives Chief of Staff Award.

22/02/2021
Diamond

Boaz Moldawsky elected president of Israeli Diamond Exchange

The 54-year-old will replace Yoram Dvash, who has served as president of the Diamond Exchange for the past five years.

Sophia Loren honored by Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School

Loren: “I never finished high school. I didn’t attend university. I never studied acting. Life had different plans for me. But I wish I had done all three.”

Lord Balfour's writing desk. Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv.

Museum of the Jewish People launches historic rebirth

Spanning over a decade of planning and execution, the re-envisioned role of the museum uses innovative film and interactive technologies to tell the story of the Jewish people across four wings.

22/02/2021
Israeli-based Wix is expanding its large R&D office in Vilnius, Lithuania

Wix becomes Israel's most valuable publicly-traded company

CEO: "My goal and belief is that at this rate of growth, in the next 5-7 years, 50% of anything new built on the Internet will be done on Wix."

22/02/2021

Israel's Defense Ministry signs contract to buy 2 new tankers from Boeing

The Boeing KC-46a aerial refueling tankers are intended to replace Israel’s aging Re’em fleet, converted Boeing 707s.

22/02/2021
The Bank of Israel building is seen in Jerusalem June 16, 2020.

Bank of Israel keeps interest rate at 0.1% for 11th straight month

The decision is in line with the trend of other central banks around the world

22/02/2021
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attends Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, to comme

Reuven Rivlin, broadcaster Didi Harari share grief over losing wives

Two men, so different in age and in background, but united in personal grief.

A painting of Queen Esther by Edwin Long, 1878, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Queen Esther, powerful Jewish women highlighted in new Purim song - WATCH

Titled "Girls Like You - Purim Parody," the song released by a capella group Rabotai is a parody of "Girls Like You" by Maroon 5.

22/02/2021

Buy one, get jabbed free: IKEA, Big offer vaccines to shoppers

Through Tuesday, February 23, Furniture giant IKEA has set up vaccination stations in its stores around Israel, with shots available to members of all of Israel's health funds.

22/02/2021
Jerusalem youth volunteer with their coronavirus situation room run with the Jerusalem Municipality

Jerusalem youth establish situation room to face COVID-19 challenges

The youth even worked outside of Jerusalem, contacting Jewish youth from abroad who faced antisemitism, advising them and supporting each other.

A NURSE WEARS a mask in the Coronavirus Unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

JCT to offer new courses in nursing, pharmacy amid coronavirus

The new majors will be focused on training practitioners to assist with the influx of intensive care patients, and pharmacists to address Israel's shortage at the moment.

Between Biden call and ballot, Netanyahu seeks Iran consensus with rivals

Under Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, it undertook to limit its disputed uranium enrichment program in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions.

By REUTERS
22/02/2021
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