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Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, November 10, 2011

 

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GA 2011

LIVE BLOG: The GA conference as it happens

(Haaretz) A minute-by-minute update from the 2011 Jewish Federations General Assembly in Denver, Colorado.

 

Jewish Federations rebounding from financial crises, leader says

(Haaretz) Ahead of General Assembly in Denver, Jerry Silverman says donations nearing pre-2008 financial crisis levels.

 

Funding shake-up set to hit Jewish Agency, Joint

(Jpost) The Jewish Federations of North America may cancel its 75:25 split on funding the organizations in favor of a needs-based standard.

 

Notes from GA: Meet the Jewish-American-Israeli

(Jpost) Imagining a world where Michael Oren is the US president, not the ambassador to the US, and Yoni Netanyahu made it big in Hollywood.

 

Federation Projects in the Israeli Press

UJA-Federation of NY raises $44M

(Ynet) New York Jewish community's leading philanthropists set new donation record. 'In a time of great economic uncertainty, such loyalty and generosity is inspiring,' says UJA-Federation President Jerry W. Levin

 

Welfare and Social Issues

Jerusalemites battle foreigners for affordable housing

(Haaretz) Jerusalem residents are desperate for affordable housing, but many new buildings are luxury projects geared toward foreigners – who say they’re just boosting the local economy and expressing their Zionism.

 

Complying with court order, general strike comes to an end

(Jpost) Public services, transportation expected to be back in full operation by noon; court permitted strike to take place from 6 to 10 a.m., intensive court-supervised negotiations to go on over 100,000 contract workers.

 

A wake-up call

(Jpost) According to figures released by PIBA, about 950 migrants known to have illegally made their way into Israel since beginning of November.

 

Social Protests

Harvard profs: Social-protest movement needs clear demands

(Jpost) "After people get tired of living in parks then nothing is changed, would be greater if they could find some leadership," says visiting professor.

 

Religious Pluralism in Israel

Margi backs down over Tzohar wedding program

(Jpost) Religious Services Minister agrees to amend law that would have severely restricted Tzohar's ability to provide wedding services.

 

 Aliya and Immigration

Leaving Zionism in the Diaspora

(Haaretz) As fewer non-Orthodox Jews move to Israel, those who do take the leap find that the Zionism that brought them here is no longer in vogue.

 

Jewish World

Let your people be my people

(Haaretz) Hundreds of people are choosing to skirt the official system and go through private conversions, even when the price may include deportation.

 

Israeli Economy

Israelis sold $388m in foreign stocks in September

(Globes) Bank of Israel: Most of the sales in September were by investment institutions, which changed their policies.

 

Shekel weakens as Berlusconi bows out

(Globes) The shekel is losing ground amid relief on global markets that the Italian Prime Minister is stepping down.

 

Environment

Dead Sea bid for 7 Natural Wonders reaches home stretch

(Haaretz) Attempts to push the Dead Sea into the global public eye this year included a mass photo op by U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick, who shot 1,200 nude Israeli men and women at the famous natural landmark.

 

Arts and Culture

‘What I learned is that Israeli music is awesome’

(Jpost) Canadian filmmaker Igal Hecht's ‘Muzika’ is a new 52-part TV series exploring some of the most unique and powerful voices in Israeli music today.

 

Science, Technology and Development

Israel Chemicals to set up special salt harvesting co

(Globes) Israel Chemicals Ltd. (TASE: ICL) will set up a designated company to harvest the salt in the southern basin of the Dead Sea as part of the region's rehabilitation. 

 

Tweeting for Israel

(Haaretz) Particularly refreshing this year is the surge in the online activity by conference participants with tens of thousands of tweets and Facebook updates, produced in several days.

 

Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press

Yediot Ahronot notes that, "For years Israel has been going ballistic because the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has not clearly stated what has been obvious to all: Iran is violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."  The author contends that, "It is in Israel interest to convince Europe and the United States that if they do not take a harsher line, it will take the initiative and act against Iran.  If the report is indeed sharp, then as far as Israel is concerned, it lands on the UN's table with perfect timing."

 

Ma'ariv contends that, "The deep rooted axiom according to which 'there is no military solution' to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip is fundamentally wrong.  In the end, it is only a matter of a decision."  The author continues, "They made the same claim regarding suicide bombers until Operation Defensive Shield in which the IDF took control of Judea and Samaria and dramatically lowered the ceiling on terrorism."