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Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says settlement freeze preferable to prisoner release
BY By Ben Sales/JTA
April 24, 2014

TEL AVIV — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jumpstart peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the peace process. In an interview this week, his first with an CONTINUE »

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Israel Sci-Tech schools cross religious, ethnic divides
BY Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
March 13, 2014

In Israel, high school education is mandated by law, and the government grants each student an equal financial allocation for education. But a town such as Afula, with fewer residents than Tel Aviv, gets less government funding overall. This is also true for small villages of concentrated minorities. With the backdrop of that challenge of CONTINUE »

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For some West Bank CEOs, boycott threat not an issue
BY Ben Sales, JTA
February 12, 2014

TEL AVIV — Of the 200,000 wine bottles Yakov Burg produced last year, 16,000 went to Europe. The possibility of a boycott and repeated rumblings that Europe is planning to label goods produced in the settlements could decrease that number, but Burg isn’t worried. The CEO of Psagot Winery, which is located in a settlement CONTINUE »

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BY JTA
January 30, 2014

Jewish-American actress Scarlett Johansson has come under fire from human rights groups for serving as a spokeswoman for Israeli carbonated beverage company SodaStream. Oxfam International, a human rights group that Johansson is involved with, took issue with her deal due to its opposition to “all trade from Israeli settlements.” SodaStream has long been the target CONTINUE »

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Former Israeli Prime Minister passed away last week
BY David Holzel and Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

As news of the death of Ariel Sharon spread through the region, local Jewish community and political leaders reflected on the life of the former Israeli prime minister, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same communities. Sharon, who CONTINUE »