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Weekly Items from the Israeli Press, July 28, 2011




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Federation Projects in the Israeli Press

Trauma center opens new Israel facility

(Ynet) After operating for over 30 years out of temporary spaces throughout Kiryat Shmona, Community Stress Prevention Center launches new, permanent training and treatment facility with support from UJA-Federation of New York


American youth here to work with young leaders

(JPost) Exceptional 10th- and 11th- graders part of the 3-week Diller Fellow Teen program, which partners the Americans with Israeli counterparts to work on initiatives within their respective communities.


Housing Protest

Protesters evicted from tent-cities in TA, Beersheba

(JPost) Demonstrators arrested in Haifa; protests continue across the country; former Finance Ministry official says Netanyahu's plan won't lower housing prices.


Analysis: Winds of change?

(JPost) The tent camp is already influencing policy – and maybe, if it continues, can succeed in creating real change.


The cable that sparked the protest

(Haaretz) The current protest is unique in its motives and its human, political and class make-up, and it is moving far beyond the core that created it. Its magnitude, which has yet to reach its climax, expresses the powerful current too long buried underground.


Doctors' Protest

Israeli doctors have a rare opportunity

(Haaretz) Doctors are now bearing the responsibility not only for the health system, but also for all workers who want to have a future here. All eyes are now on them.


Doctors hold protest marches throughout country

(Ynet) On morning of 130th day of strike hundreds of doctors take to streets as they call on Netanyahu, Treasury to save medical system


Welfare and Social Issues

'Socioeconomic issues more important than int'l standing'

(JPost) Study finds that socioeconomic issues worry Israelis more than country’s international standing; 62% say govt’s performance on socioeconomic issues is poor.


Talkbacks ()

Poverty is not restricted to the unemployed, study says

(JPost) Taub Center study: 14% of Israelis are "working poor"; "people protesting about housing prices are not same people below poverty line."


Haredi families live in warehouses, garages

(Ynet) Housing distress reaches ultra-Orthodox sector too: Hundreds of families forced to move into storerooms, basements turned into illegal apartments with view of underground parking lot


Tel Aviv 2010: 6% drop in weddings

(Ynet) Religious Council figures show only 3,149 couples tied the knot in Israeli metropolis last year, including eight people over 80 and 22 couples who decided to remarry each other after divorce


Bill to lower funds for terrorists passes first hurdle

(Jpost) If bill passes, disability funds, unemployment, work accident payments will be reduced for anyone convicted of acts of terror against the state.


Religious Pluralism in Israel

Knesset votes down bill to allow civil marriage in Israel

(Haaretz) Bill states divorce proceedings would be conducted in same fashion as the marriage, whether religious or civil, unless the couple agrees in writing to divorce in a different manner.


The Debate over Conversion

We need to embrace ‘zera Yisrael’

(Jpost) Just conversion policies are not only possible, they are necessary


Elkin: Conversion bill delays good for country, coalition

(Jpost) Insiders to unity talks between Orthodox MKs, non-Orthodox movements and Jewish Agency say they are not bearing any real fruit.


Science, Technology and Development

Cabinet okays new Eilat airport

(JPost) Shalom said the building of an additional airport at Timna was important, but was not an alternative to Ben-Gurion.


It's official: Israel an IP superpower

(Ynet) Israel Patent Office's 2010 report, published for first time, reveals that 40% of its patent applications come from computer and electronics industries; more than one-third come from US. Compared to rest of world, Israel among top 15 countries in patent applications



J'lem: Teach First Israel members team up with US colleagues

(JPost) 57 Teach for America corps members exchange stories of their classroom experiences, while brainstorming solutions to resolve universal problems in education.


Arts and Culture

Israel Orchestra confronts taboo at Wagner shrine

(JPost) Performance will be first Israeli group to play Wagner in Germany; conductor says it's time to separate Wagner's music from his worldview.


Stars in the daylight

(JPost) Hagit Yassu, surprise winner of 'A Star is Born', serenades Israel’s Special Olympics team with the winning song 'Someone Always Walks With Me.'


Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press


Yediot Ahronot comments on the reported assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran yesterday.  The author speculates about the possible involvement of various Western intelligence agencies and suggests that, "The Iranians are well aware that somebody is trying to blow up their nuclear scientists, burn their labs, sabotage their consignments of equipment and plant viruses in their computers."  The paper asks, "At the end of the day, only one question remains: Will the sabotage succeed in substantially disrupting the Iranian nuclear project over time or will their security measures be good enough to prevent additional sabotage?" and says that, "In such a case, and after international sanctions have not led to a halt in the project, at least Israel will not be faced with a moral dilemma."


Ma'ariv discusses the ongoing protests over the housing crisis, including last night's major demonstration in Tel Aviv.  The author declares that, "Nobody disagrees that the housing market in Israel needs comprehensive reforms and it is clear that the burden on the middle class is disproportionately heavy," but adds that, "In a genuine discussion, one must be fair."  The paper defends the current Government's record in the social sphere and asks, in reference to last night's demonstration, "What do they want beyond the dissemination of pretty slogans, some of which contradict each other?  They shout 'An entire generation demands housing' but also hold up signs against the reforms at the Israel Lands Administration," and suggests that the demonstrators are at least partly composed of, "An unholy alliance of left-wing activists riding on genuine distress."