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

Kotel Clash: One Baltimoreans First-hand Account

It seemed like a scene out of a novel. Piercing screams. Cries of “Nazi” and “traitor.” But this clash — a protest that resembled a mini-war — was not out of a Holocaust memoir or even a history textbook. It was the scene last Friday morning at the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites… Read More

Israel Integrating Arabs into High-Tech World

Four years ago, the Israeli government named Nazareth a national priority area, meaning that Israel’s largest Arab city would be granted economic incentives as a preferential area and firms that relocate to the city are entitled to tax breaks. Recently, the first industrial park in Nazareth was officially opened in April by Israeli entrepreneur and… Read More

Streisand to receive honorary doctorate from Hebrew U.

JTA Wire Service Barbra Streisand will receive an honorary doctorate from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Streisand, the iconic Jewish-American singer and actress, will be presented with the degree at a ceremony on June 17 during the Hebrew University International Board of Governors meeting in Jerusalem. In a statement, the university said Streisand was being… Read More