Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, April 12, 2012
JFNA in the Israeli Press
(Ynet) Israel prepares for pro-Palestinian fly-in "provocation" at international airport. Some 250 activists plan to arrive in Israel as part of "flightilla" initiative
Welfare and Social Issues
(Times of Israel) UN-commissioned report finds social factors as significant as economic ones
(Globes) According to OECD figures, Israelis work 2,000 hours a year, compared with 1,650 hours by the British, 1,419 hours by Germans, and 1,414 hours by Norwegians.
Aliyah and Immigration
As the country's new immigrants prepare to mark their first Passover in Israel as Israeli citizens, many English-speaking olim are sorting through a range of thoughts and emotions.
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Ynet) Representatives of reform, conservative movement claim hotels refuse to allocate room, Torah scroll for prayer services over fears they will lose kosher stamp. Rabbinate: No such directive
(Times of Israel) Because of politics and coalition considerations, a minority among world Jewry is defining what Jewish means in Israel.
(Times of Israel) The Koret fund is the fuel for the engine of thousands of small businesses in Israel, providing small but crucial amounts for businesses that can’t get the money they need from banks
(Haaretz) Education Ministry report finds the largest gaps among the oldest pupils tested, those in eighth grade, while the gaps among younger students tested, in fifth and second grade, were significantly smaller.