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Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, September 28, 2011

 

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Federation Projects in the Israeli Press

Taking time to say goodbye

(Jpost) Home hospice care? End-of-life emotional support? Caregiving? I thought that some patients are terminally sick and, given painkillers if necessary, die in the hospital.

 

JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press

From the shuk to the courtroom

(Haaretz) Eli Mantson moved to Israel from Ethiopia with his family when he was four; realizing at a young age that only he could take charge of his fate, he began at the Hadassah Youth Village, eventually passing the bar.

 

Masa alumni channeled to Jewish activism

(Ynet) With 11,000 participants this year, Masa Israel Journey opens new alumni division aimed at pipelining Jewish young adults into leadership positions in their communities, empowering them to become lifelong advocates for Israel

 

Welfare and Social Issues

Gay-religious group now official non-profit

(Jpost) “We’re aiming for social integration and social change, we’re not trying to change halacha," says 'Havruta' chairman Eyal Lieberman.

 

Yad Sarah: Halacha says synagogues should be accessible

(Jpost) Printed information on solutions for disabled to reach the raised bima as well as other synagogue facilities, is being distributed to synagogues.

 

Social Protests

Good reasons to be angry

(Jpost) Forty-nine percent of ‘outraged’ Israelis in the streets demanding greater social justice belong to the richest 30% of society.

 

Trajtenberg's proposals disappoint protesters

(Globes) The recommendations presented to the prime minister today are a disappointment for those demanding a change in economic priorities.

 

Can Israelis have a better life? Yes they can and here's how, says Trajtenberg

(The Marker) Among the issues the committee addressed are banks, the tax system, and the public transport system.

 

11 reasons why summer 2011 was momentous in Israeli history

(Haaretz) Summer 2011 was not marked by economic crisis or war, it marks the start of a revolution in the Israeli mind.

 

Aliyah and Immigration

Government set to finalize Bnei Menashe aliya

(Jpost) Evangelical Christian groups gear up to support immigration of Indian community who claim descent from one of the lost tribes of Israel.

 

Israel Advocacy/Relations

Netanyahu, top Israeli ministers to prepare response to Quartet peace statement

(Haaretz)  (mentions press conference which IAN was involved in) Netanyahu expected to try to formulate an official Israeli response to the Quartet's call on Israel and the Palestinians to renew negotiations within a month; Abbas calls for PLO meeting on Quartet statement.

 

Demographics

Population hits 7.8 million on eve of Jewish New Year

(Jpost) Israel experiences steady population growth of 1.9 percent, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

 

Environment

Israeli, Palestinian experts meet over water agreements

(Jpost) Calling Oslo Accords ‘outdated,’ green group hopes to bring new solution to regional resource sharing.

 

Science, Technology and Development

‘Limb Factory’ returns life to disabled throughout world

(Jpost) Father-son team work around the clock making prosthetic limbs for people who have lost theirs; professional dancer gets career back with new limbs.

 

Google and Israel Museum publish Dead Sea Scrolls online

(Jpost) Thanks to a new partnership between the Israel Museum and Google, five of the most complete Dead Sea Scrolls – including the famous Isaiah Scroll –are now available online for viewing at a level more detailed than the human eye can provide.

 

Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press

Yisrael Hayom reminds its readers that, "In Israel, the three television networks properly broadcast Abu Mazen's speech in full, whereas in Ramallah, the screen was turned-off well before Benjamin Netanyahu's likeness appeared," and adds, "A little matter, but a great difference."  The author notes that, "Netanyahu spoke about two states for two peoples, whereas Abu Mazen spoke about two states without mentioning peoples.  It was his intention to signal that there is no Jewish people." The paper asserts that Abu Mazen's speech was, "an historical fraud," and asks: "Who caused the Nakba?  Who attacked the Jewish state in 1947 even before it was born?  Who refused to recognize the 1967 lines?  Who attacked it as it sought to defend itself behind those same lines and brought the disaster of the Six Day War on themselves?" The author accuses Abu Mazen of having spoken, "outright lies," and disseminated, "incitement in broad daylight," and adds that, "He does not want a peace agreement that will declare the end of the conflict and recognize the Jews as a people."

 

Yediot Ahronot comments on the Israel Democracy Institute's 2011 annual report, which was submitted to President Shimon Peres yesterday. The author refers to the recent wave of socio-economic protests, notes that Israel is a representative – as opposed to a direct – democracy and says that, "While we cannot silence public protest, the Knesset must recapture its proper place: Leading, relevant, responsible and reflecting the public will."

 

Ma'ariv reminds its readers that, "The numbers do not lie.  The Prime Minister's speech to the UN General Assembly last Friday received a rating of 28.6%, taking all three networks into account.  However, the finals of 'Master Chef' [which were broadcast the following day, on only one network] received an average rating of 46.1%."  The author believes that the data, "teaches us something very basic about the way in which Israelis experience the world," and contends that, "Escapism is back, and in a big way.  After several years in which it seemed the public was showing a greater involvement in current events, the conflict – along with the bad feeling it gives – has returned to cast Israelis into depression to the point where they choose to avoid consuming the information that it entails.  They find refuge from their existential anxieties in soft programs that radiate optimism." The paper suggests that the feel-good atmosphere of a, "friendly," show like 'Master Chef' is, "the exact opposite of the feeling one receives from watching Abu Mazen and Netanyahu trade verbal blows at the UN."