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Slain student Dvir Sorek, 19, had a ‘heart of gold,’ teachers say

Dvir Sorek, 19, was reportedly on his way to West Bank from Jerusalem when he was abducted, murdered

Israeli student and off-duty soldier Dvir (Yehuda) Sorek, 19, was found dead late Wednesday night at 2 AM near a settlement in the Gush Etzion area, reportedly with stabbing marks over his body. Medical services have confirmed his death upon…

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Palestinian who saved Jewish kids after terror attack gets Israeli residency

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Tuesday awarded Israeli residency to a Palestinian man who saved the children of a West Bank rabbi in the aftermath of the deadly terror attack in which the father was killed.

Rabbi Miki Mark was murdered in a July 1, 2016, shooting. His wife, Chava, was seriously injured, and their two teenage children were also…

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Israel welcomes 10% increase in tourists in 2019

Nearly 2.6 million tourist entries into Israel have been recorded since the start of the year, representing a 9.8% increase compared to the same period last year, according to new data published Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Building on two consecutive record-breaking years of incoming tourism, 2.587 million tourists entered…

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KKL-JNF surveys the damage wrought by incendiary balloons in Gaza border region forests.

Since the return of the incendiary balloon arson attacks from Gaza at the start of April this year, KKL-JNF and Israeli Fire and Rescue Service firefighters found themselves fighting dozens of fires each day. With millions of children and youth out of…

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4 security projects awarded this year’s Israel Defense Prize

This year’s Israel Defense Prize was awarded to the IDF soldiers who exposed and neutralized tunnels Hezbollah had dug under the northern border; Mossad personnel involved in the “Iranian nuclear archive” operation in Tehran; the developers of the Spice 1000 weapons system; and the developers of a project for the Shin Bet security agency that has…

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Israeli equestrian squad to compete in Olympics for first time

JERUSALEM — An Israeli team will compete in equestrian show jumping for the first time at the Olympics.

Israel’s four-rider squad, including a woman from New York and a man who twice represented his native Colombia, qualified Sunday for the 2020 Tokyo Games, narrowly defeating Poland during the Olympic qualifier in Moscow.

Along with Poland and…

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Report: Israeli businesses added $18.6 billion in revenue to NY economy in 2018

(June 27, 2019 / JNS) According to a report by the independent New York-Israel Business Alliance, Israeli-founded companies operating in New York City contributed $18.6 billion in revenue in 2018, and a whopping $33.8 billion—two percent of the New York gross domestic product—when accounting for spending on local goods and services.

Data on the…

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Israel approves $40.4 million to help Ethiopian students in higher education

The Council for Higher Education in Israel has approved a $40.4-million plan to encourage academic excellence and leadership among Ethiopian-Israeli students.

The multi-year plan to help the students is part of Israel’s 2015 Government Policy for Advancing the Integration of Israel Citizens of Ethiopian Descent into Israeli Society. It includes…

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49% of Israelis fear anti-Semitism while traveling abroad

Half of Israelis surveyed say they worry about encountering anti-Semitism while vacationing abroad, this according to a new survey commissioned by the European Conference of Rabbis, which represents hundreds of Jewish communities across the continent.

The Sapio Research and Strategy firm carried out the poll of 502 Israelis about their concerns…

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Israeli company Fiverr stock spikes 90% on first day of trading on the NYSE

The share price of Israeli online freelancer platform Fiverr rose 90% on Thursday, its first day of trading on Wall Street.

began trading on the New York Stock Exchange at a value of $650 million. The company announced that its Initial Public Offering (IPO) was being held at $21 per share on the NYSE and the share will trade under the FVRR…

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Car maker opens research center in Tel Aviv as ‘lifeblood of future Ford’

Ford Motor Company on Wednesday launched a research center in Tel Aviv to help the US car maker stay abreast of cutting-edge automotive technologies.

The Ford Research Center Israel will focus on identifying technology partners for the firm in the areas of connectivity, sensors, in-vehicle monitoring, and cybersecurity, and will serve as a…

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Research finds Israel has world’s healthiest diet

Research carried out by Dr Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington in the US has found that Israel has the world’s healthiest diet, or to be more precise, the world’s least unhealthy diet. The results of the study entitled the ‘Global Burden of Disease’ were published in the UK…

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Israel to pay respects to late First Lady Nechama Rivlin

Israel on Wednesday will lay to rest First Lady Nechama Rivlin, wife of President Reuven Rivlin, who passed away at the age of 73.
The president and his family announced her passing on Tuesday morning, thanking Israeli citizens and leaders for their continued prayers as her health remained in difficult condition in recent months. She would have…

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Celebrations staged for Day of Liberation and Rescue from Nazi Germany

Thousands of people around the world took part in ceremonies this year marking the Hebrew date for the end of the Second World War in Europe and the surrender of Nazi Germany.

The Day of Liberation and Rescue as it has been designated in Israel marked 74 years since the end of the war with thousands of people participating in dozens of prayer…

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Tens of thousands of Israeli youth join Flag March through Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tens of thousands of Israeli youths gathered in the Old City of Jerusalem for the annual Flag March celebrating Jerusalem Day.

The march takes the students from national religious high schools, yeshivas and seminaries and other institutions through the Muslim and and Jewish Quarters of Jerusalem. The event has frequently caused…

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200,000 pray at Jerusalem mosque after stabbing attack

Israel implemented heightened security on Friday as some 200,000 Muslim worshipers were expected in Jerusalem’s Old City as the month-long Ramadan holiday neared its end.
Friday morning already saw several incidents that resulted in the death of two Palestinians and two wounded Israelis.
Early Friday morning, a Palestinian assailant injured two…

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Over 1,000 fires extinguished throughout Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The more than one thousand fires which led to the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes have been extinguished, Israel’s National Fire and Rescue Services announced.

The fires, aided by dry and hot weather conditions, burned from Thursday until Saturday night.

Among the causes of the fires were faults in electrical…

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Israel battles new wave of wildfires on hottest day of the year

Wildfires raged across Israel on Friday for the second day in a row, as officials warned the public to stay away from parks and forests and an initial investigation indicated an electrical short sparked some of the blazes on Thursday.

Gripped by unseasonably scorching weather, a spate of fires across the country on Thursday devastated towns and…