Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, December 22, 2011
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(Jpost) JFNA hosted mission meant to foster greater understanding of North American Jewish communities.
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(Jpost) Our future as a nation is linked to the immutable relationship that exists between Israel and Jews abroad.
(Israel Hayom) Venezuelan-born Mauricio Glucksman insists Israel is the only country where he feels at home
(The Marker) Organizers included the Jewish Distribution Committee-Israel, the Manufacturers Association of Israel and the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry.
Welfare and Social Issues
(Jpost) Health Scan: Hebrew University researchers have more than a clue how conscious information processing by the brain is different from unconscious processing.
(Ynet) Hundreds of thousands of disabled Israelis find it impossible to go to the movies as 65% of theaters lack wheelchair access, comfortable view of screen.
(Haaretz) The recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee approved by the cabinet are truly historic, but we must not ignore other measures that were not approved.
(Haaretz) We have to fight against Haredi attempts at domination, but the battle has to be proportionate, and it must include every injustice, according to its gravity.
(Ynet) Latest incident in which woman was asked to 'move to back of bus' sparks political debate. PM: Public sphere must remain open to all. Chief Rabbi: This is not the haredi public's country
Aliyah and Immigration
(Jpost) Emanuel Hadane takes up cause of more than 20,000 Ethiopians of Jewish descent who are not eligible under Israeli government criteria to make aliya.
(Ynet) Seventy-six immigrants from North America spend first night of Festival of Lights as new Israeli citizens
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Israel Hayom) Tens of thousands of Christian foreigners, most of them migrant workers from the Philippines and African asylum seekers, have poured into neighborhoods in Israel, like Neve Shaanan in Tel Aviv. They plan to celebrate Christmas this week.
(Jpost) A unique Arab-Jewish initiative turned out better than expected.
(Jpost) Initiative would allow couples to register for marriage in any municipality, choose between stricter or more flexible rabbinates.
(Haaretz) Re-imagining halakhic conversion matters is necessary both for the health of Jewish identity in Israel and for the attainment of untapped potential of Jewish possibilities in the Jewish state.
(Jpost) Forum of 30 organizations will light candles each night of Hanukka at scenes of "price tag" attacks to "answer terror with light."
(Jpost) Teachers and parents say the school now provides an alternative to the area’s mixed Jewish-Arab schools.
(Haaretz) The ORT school network says the matter will be investigated and if an apology is in order it will be issued.
(Haaretz) Students at a Herzliya high school were surprised to find a large sign calling for a division between sexes; Principal: idea is educational and meant to strengthen students' consciousness.
(Globes) The number of local entrepreneurs is climbing exponentially but venture capital funds are running out of capital.
Science, Technology and Development
(Haaretz) Richard Branson attends Bezeq Expo conference to promote Virgin Galactic, the first commercial space travel firm in the world, which plans to offer suborbital space trips to the general public.
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yediot Ahronot discusses the "Islamic winter." The author argues that, "All of the perceptions of Islam have one common denominator: Nullification of the existence of Israel. In the view of Sunnis, Shiites, religious and secular, we are invaders living on their holy land – and there is but one verdict for us all."
Yisrael Hayom says, "Good morning America." The author believes that, "The US Defense Department has, at least, two Leon Panettas. The first chided Israel at the Saban Forum and said that a possible attack on Iran would be 'a very grave matter'. The second, on the other hand, said yesterday that there would be a nuclear weapon very soon and that he does not negate any option, not even a military one. If it wasn't for the fact that we are talking about our future, it is possible that we would even laugh. And it is possible that this is all because someone bothered to remind Panetta that there are elections in 2012, and that there is something called the Jewish vote."