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US students learn what it means to live, work in Israel

(Ynet) Video: Taglit Israel wraps up program for outstanding Jewish university students who spent three months interning for Israeli companies.


350 new immigrants arrive in Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh

(Times of Israel) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky greet olim from North America.



Home Front Command to Test SMS Warning System

(Israel National News) The Home Front Command is testing Israel's nationwide text message alert system this week.


Two loud explosions heard in Eilat; IDF investigating possible rocket attack

(Haaretz) Residents of southern city say the blasts shook houses; security forces conducting extensive sweeps in the area.


Civil Society

Women feature in J'lem bus ads for 1st time in years

(Jpost) Promoting pluralism, Yerushalmim Movement launch advertising campaign on buses under slogan "because J'lem is for us all."


Reclaiming Jerusalem in Pride and Tolerance

(Times of Israel) We demand that the leadership of this city prioritize tolerance and diversity as essential to strengthening Jerusalem within Israel, across the Diaspora and on the world stage.


High Court petitioned to stop state funding of yeshiva students

(Israel Hayom) Nongovernmental organizations argue that following expiration of Tal Law, students are no longer eligible to receive state funds, which amounted to some 30 million shekels ($7.4 million) per month.


Religious Pluralism in Israel

Women of the Wall recreate iconic Six Day War image

(Ynet) Women's rights group, photographer David Rubinger team up to retake Western Wall image that came to symbolize 1967 war.



ACRI petition: Stop destruction of Beduin villages

(Jpost) Rights groups, residents petition High Court to shelve "discriminatory" plan to build 7 Jewish towns in Negev.


South gets 4,100 new housing units

(Ynet) Netivot, Yeruham and Rahat housing plans will include single home, multiple home and affordable housing options.


Jewish World

Female soldier driven off bus by ultra-Orthodox taunts

(Times of Israel) Driver fails to intervene as teenager suffers torrent of abuse from other passengers over which door to use and how to dress.


Between the lines of the ketubah

(Haaretz) Many Israeli rabbis are missing the point of Jewish marriage.


Haredi soldiers: Kosher buses won't pick us up

(Ynet) Two ultra-Orthodox soldiers say that Egged's so-called kosher bus lines, which cater to haredi passengers, refused them entry because they were in uniform.



Disabled children to attend kindergarten with peers

(Jpost) Education Ministry funds aides; move comes after years of parental, rights group pressure.


3 Israeli universities among world's top 100

(Globes) Hebrew University, Technion, and Weizmann Institute made the top 100 of the Academic Ranking of World Universities.


State mandates schools to teach Zionist values

(Ynet) With school year fast approaching, Education Ministry orders schools to put emphasis on national anthem and symbols.


Israel-US Relations

Leaders of US human rights groups visit Israel

(Ynet) Officials travel to Holy Land for seminar on civil liberties, meet with Israeli, Palestinian community leaders.


Israeli Economy

OECD: Israelis work more, but less productive than workers in other developed countries

(Haaretz) Israel labor productivity lags behind other OECD countries; in recent years, the number of college-educated adults has also declined.


Arts and Culture

'Jewish Idol' performers in Israel for competition finals

(Ynet) Hallelujah 2012, global singing competition for Jewish youngsters, is back for second year in a row.


Science, Technology and Development

Israel to host ‘genius camp’ for aspiring scientists

(Times of Israel) Some of the top young minds from 22 countries in Asia will hear from Nobel winners and top science lecturers, as they get to know the ‘start-up nation’.


Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press

Ma'ariv believes that, "The decision to raise the prices of regulated bread is perhaps just, but not smart. It hits mainly at the lower strata and not those who eat focaccia. The timing is miserable: The increase that takes effect today comes before the upcoming holidays and provides more than a little ammunition to those in the opposition who are attacking the Government's substandard economic conduct." The author notes that, "The prices of non-regulated bread and other food products will rise in the coming days," wonders what could be done and suggests bringing forward the increase in the minimum wage that is due to take effect on October 1." The paper asserts that, "The price increases, like the social protest, occurred on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's watch," but adds, "He is not to blame; with all due respect, not even Netanyahu has any influence over global wheat and energy prices."  The author agrees with the Prime Minister's statement yesterday that, "Israel suffers from too much regulation."


Yediot Ahronot notes that when the IDF liberated the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, the late Mordechai Gur, then in command of a reserve paratroop brigade, declared, "The Temple Mount is in our hands." The author adds, "The reason I am bringing up the ghost of Mordechai Gur is that this week the police informed the Bnei Akiva youth movement that it was forbidden to go about the Old City with signs bearing the words 'The Temple Mount is in our hands.'" The paper says that, "In practice, in modern Israel, 45 years later, there is no sovereignty on the Temple Mount.  The Waqf is in charge and decides what is permitted and what is forbidden, a state within a state."