Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, June 16, 2011
JFNA in the Israeli Press
(Haaretz) Jewish Federations are the first faith-based group to partner with the security agency in its campaign urging Americans to keep a watchful eye on others for potential involvement in terror crimes.
Federation Projects in the Israeli Press
(JPost) A delegation of mayors from 23 countries on Tuesday toured a school in south Tel Aviv – and drew international attention – after a documentary about the school’s multi-cultural students won an Oscar earlier this year.
JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press
(YNet) A major decrease in donations from the US – due to the financial crisis and the dollar devaluation – caused the Jewish Agency to take drastic measures Sunday.
(Ynet) 'Jews against Conversion' urge non-Jewish soldiers to fight for right to have military clergymen
(JPost) The Interior Ministry has decided that the Jewish Agency will act as the arbitrator for Jewish communities abroad for recognizing Orthodox converts wishing to make aliya, while leaving the Chief Rabbinate as a potential consultant for the “isolated cases” in which questions regarding the converting rabbis arise.
Welfare and Social Issues
(Haaretz) They come to Tel Aviv from all over the country − teens and young men who were thrown out of their homes because they’re gay; in the area around the old central bus station, they turn to prostitution to survive.
(YNet) ComScore survey says Israelis spend average of 11 monthly hours on social networking sites; 46% of the population is on Facebook.
(JPost) Up to a month ago, these young haredi men were studying the Talmud. Now, they are engrossed in traffic laws and procedures, as part of their five weeks of training for their new positions in the Traffic Police.
(JPost) Tel Aviv was ranked the 29th-most expensive city in the world in a recent survey released by ECA International, down from 18th place in 2010, making it the most expensive city in the Middle East. Jerusalem was ranked as the 33rd-most expensive city, down from 22nd place last year.
(JPost) Influx of olim every year seen as burden on state; Ethiopian immigrants are made to feel like outcasts in their schools and communities.
(JPost) In new film ‘Homecoming’ by Noa Maiman, teenaged children of foreign workers visit their parents’ countries of origin – only to find they’re more at home in Israel.
(JPost) Media coverage of people with developmental delays tends to focus on the difficulties the population faces in society rather than the group’s positive aspects, a new study by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services has found.
(JPost) Ten percent of Tel Aviv’s population will be African migrants by the end of next year, if a detention center for “infiltrators” is not built, MK Ya’acov Katz (National Union), chairman of the Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers, warned on Monday.
(Haaretz) A group of residents of south Tel Aviv burst into a meeting being held by Mayor Ron Huldai on Monday, in order to protest the increase in the number of foreign residents living in the southern Tikva neighborhood.
(Haaretz) A joint Israeli-American venture developing alternative fuels from cellulosic feedstocks has scored a $9 million investment by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dankner named WJC Herzl Award winner
(JPost) The WJC said it was presenting its highest distinction to Dankner in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Galilee and the Negev.
(YNet) The State will allot millions in rehabilitation funds for the Carmel area, which suffered devastating damage in a December fire.
(JPost) For Didi Silberman, rescuing three-and four-year-old computers from meeting their deaths in landfills not only benefits the environment, but also provides work for at-risk teens and functional machines for needy families.
(Haaretz) Israel and the Palestinian Authority are home to 19 areas of international significance for plant conservation that are subject to various threats and must be given priority in protection, according to a report issued last week.
(JPost) Dutch air quality experts spoke about their air pollution technologies and encouraged Israel to implement its new Clean Air Act at a conference organized by the Dutch embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning.
(JPost) 150 young leaders meet for five-day ROI Global Summit for Young Jewish Innovators to exchange ideas on issues shaping the Jewish World.
Op-Eds from the Hebrew Press
Yediot Ahronot discusses the recent incident in which the British band Coldplay featured a pro-Palestinian song and an accompanying, "tendentious and one-sided," video on its website. The author believes that, "A film, protest song, book with social messages, computer game or comic book created by a pro-Palestinian web surfer are much more influential than an Israeli spokesman – as polished as he may be – being interviewed on CNN," and asserts that, "Israeli public diplomacy must continue to quickly adapt itself to the new situation that has been created, while developing and creating additional 'soft public diplomacy' tools." The paper also calls on the Government to triple its, "approximately NIS 50 million," public diplomacy budget and to furnish ordinary Israelis and Diaspora Jews alike with, "innovative tools, based on the Internet and the social media, that will encourage a range of responses, creative means and public diplomacy to present Israel in a balanced way."
Ma'ariv says that, "The story of Ilan Grapel looks like an old Egyptian movie that someone is trying to remake," and suggests that it stems – inter alia – from, "The desire of the generals' regime to throw a victim to Egyptian public opinion." The author suspects that, "Hatred of Israel remains the lowest common denominator for supporters and opponents of the regime," and adds that, "Just as the youths of Tahrir Square knew to treat information issued by Mubarak or Tantawi with a high degree of skepticism, one must expect them to show an active criticism of the information that they are being exposed to from around the world regarding the detention of Ilan Grapel." The paper concludes that, "To a large extent, the reaction of the 'Egyptian street' on the Internet is curious and will show the future of the peace between us and Egypt more than any other event that has occurred since last February."
Yisrael Hayom refers to a recent spate of violent crimes in the Israeli Arab sector. The author notes that, "It is claimed in the sector that the police solve fewer murders in the Arab sector than in other parts of the population in our country and it seems that there is something to this criticism," but adds that, "It must be recalled that the tranquil populations in these communities know that the main reason for the disappointing result is that a considerable segment of Israeli Arabs do not cooperate with the police." The paper asserts that, "There can be no rule of law without an abundance of credible witnesses."