Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, November 3, 2011
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(Haaretz) Here is the full schedule of the Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly, the premier North American Jewish conference.
(Haaretz) The General Assembly will be packed with VIP speakers, including world leaders and top people from the worlds of philanthropy, business, religion, culture and more.
(JPost) Takdim, the first “Jewish Federation of Israel” draws its inspiration from the Jewish Federations of North America, and will make its debut at the federations’ General Assembly in Denver
Welfare and Social Issues
(Israel Hayom) Local councils do not heed IDF recommendation to reopen schools: "We don't want to take any chances"
(Israel Hayom) Schools in southern Israel reopened on Wednesday, after three days of rocket attacks. Many schools still do not have fortified rooms. More than 45 mortars and rockets were launched from Gaza against southern towns and villages this week.
(Haaretz) Some 20,000 people gathered Saturday night for a social protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, almost two months after the largest protest in Israel's history took place. In Jerusalem, about 3,000 people gathered and 200 gathered in Rishon Letzion.
(Haaretz) A protest in Tel Aviv last Friday was called to highlight one of the greatest disgraces in Israel - the widespread use of poorly paid contract labor.
(Haaretz) This summer's social-justice movement is organizing another rally for Saturday night, after weeks of hibernation, to show that social issues are still on the agenda. But will people come?
(Israel Hayon) Bar-Ilan Faculty of Medicine hopes new campus will attract Israeli students pursuing their studies abroad. Prime minister and president say students and Galilee residents as a whole to benefit.
(Haaretz) The ceremony will highlight the achievements of the Ethiopian community over the past 20 years.
(Globes) The shekel is weakening against the euro but strengthening slightly against the dollar in morning inter-bank trading today.
(JPost) An Israeli company is teaching African countries agricultural techniques and building greenhouses to increase food production.
(Ynet) GLW provides Africans with standalone light fixture that relies solely on solar energy
(Ynet) VIDEO - In address to high school students, Netanyahu urges vote for Dead Sea in finals of New7Wonders of Nature competition, which will be concluded November 11th
Arts and Culture
(Jpost) The annual Manofim arts bash in Jerusalem; a grassroots venture from the very core of artistic endeavour.
Science, Technology and Development
(JPost) ‘Israel Inside,’ a new film by JerusalemOnlineUniversity.com, shows how a small nation became a technological and business giant.
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yisrael Hayom comments on yesterday's decision by UNESCO to admit 'Palestine' as a member and notes that the US has moved to cut off its funding of the organization. The author cautions that, "The US of after last November's mid-term elections is not an America that the Palestinians can play around with," and says that, "Yesterday, Republicans and Democrats alike, as well as the American media, were outraged at the Palestinians."
Yediot Ahronot contends that, "If we accept the claims attributed to Netanyahu and Barak, we are apparently marching toward a military confrontation with Iran. Netanyahu compares Ahmadinejad to Hitler. He describes the confrontation with Iran as his life's mission. According to Barak, Israel cannot countenance the existence of a hostile nuclear power within missile range of Israel."