‘Can’t The Jews Have One?’

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  It was a tragedy that is hard to forget. In March 2011, a terrorist infiltrated the town of Itamar and slaughtered five members of the Fogel family, including a 3-month-old baby girl and two other children. The killings were discovered by 12-year-old Tamar Fogel. Volunteers from Israel’s emergency cleanup organization ZAKA, who arrived on… Read More

Hand in Hand

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev recently graduated its first class of Jordanian and Israeli students who completed a special joint-emergency medicine BA program earlier this year. The first graduating class at the Israel-Jordan Academic Emergency Medicine Collaboration included 54 graduates who spent three years studying emergency medicine and medical response. One part of the curriculum… Read More

Google Confirms Waze Acquisition

Google confirmed its acquisition of the Israeli navigation company Waze. In an announcement Tuesday on the company’s official blog, Google Vice President Brian McClendon did not indicate the price Google paid to acquire Waze, though reports put the figure at $1.1 billion. McClendon said the product development team at Waze, a free downloadable navigation app… Read More

Peres, Abbas call for peace at World Economic Forum

JTA Wire Service Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for peace at the World Economic Forum in Jordan. Peres in his address Sunday evening said, “I am here to express the hope and desire of the Israeli people to bring an end to the conflict and a beginning to a… Read More

U.S. publishes details of secret Israeli military base

JTA Wire Service The U.S. government published on a federal website details of a top-secret base in Israel to house the Arrow 3 missile defense system. A 1,000-page detailed description of the project, to be built by the United States for Israel, was published on a federal business opportunities website in order to allow contractors… Read More

WHO approves Israeli-developed circumcision device

JTA Wire Service The World Health Organization approved an Israeli-developed non-surgical circumcision device that could soon be used throughout Africa to help control AIDS. PrePex, a disposable and easy-to-use device made of rubber bands that obviates the need for anesthesia, stitches or a sterile setting, received WHO approval on Friday, The New York Times reported.

Computer network to help break Cairo Genizah codes

JTA Wire Service The Friedberg Genizah Project will use a high performance computer network at Tel Aviv University to break the codes of the Cairo genizah. The project, announced on Sunday, will match up pieces of some 200,000 ancient manuscripts discovered more than a century ago in the genizah. More than 100 linked computers at… Read More

Beersheva bank attack spurs gun reforms in Israel

JTA Wire Service Israel would require security guards to leave their weapons at work under gun reforms unveiled in the aftermath of a Beersheva bank attack that killed four. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced the planned reforms on May 21, the day after a former Border Police captain’s rampage at a Bank Hapoalim branch.

Electric car company Better Place files for bankruptcy in Israel

JTA Wire Service The electric car company Better Place filed for bankruptcy in an Israeli court. In a motion filed Sunday in Tel Aviv’s Central District Court to dissolve the company, Better Place said it was looking for a temporary liquidator. The company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., fired about half its staff last October…. Read More

Israel’s mikvahs open to non-Orthodox conversions, official clarifies

JTA Wire Service Clarifying existing policy, the office of Israel’s deputy religious services minister said Israel’s state-sponsored mikvahs are open for use for Conservative and Reform conversions. Wednesday’s announcement, said a spokesperson for Eli Ben Dahan, does not change existing policy. The spokesperson said that some mikvahs, or ritual baths, had blocked Conservative and Reform… Read More