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  • Ethiopian Israelis worry about fate of relatives

    From the hilltop caravan site known as Givat Hamatos, the entire new city of Jerusalem shines below like a mirage. Although they live in poverty, these Ethiopian immigrant families know they are very lucky to be in Israel. What they do not understand is w

  • Ethiopian Israelis worry about fate of relatives

    From the hilltop caravan site known as Givat Hamatos, the entire new city of Jerusalem shines below like a mirage. Although they live in poverty, these Ethiopian immigrant families know they are very lucky to be in Israel. What they do not understand is w

  • Israeli banks to be probed for Holocaust accounts

    JERUSALEM, May 17 (JTA) — Israel’s banks have agreed to let an external auditor inspect their records of dormant accounts that may have belonged to Holocaust victims or their heirs. The announcement came Wednesday, when the heads of the nation’s biggest banks appeared before a Knesset committee probing Holocaust-era claims. The announcement represented a breakthrough…

  • Intel Israel: The best and worst of new economy

    Drive 15 miles southwest of the area where David slew Goliath, and an enormous manufacturing plant testifies to a new type of giant towering over Israel. Fab 18, opened last year by Intel, represents the best and worst of Israel’s new, technology-driven e

  • Intel Israel: The best and worst of new economy

    KIRYAT GAT, Israel, May 14 (JTA) — Drive 15 miles southwest of the area where David slew Goliath, and an enormous complex faced in pinkish Jerusalem stone testifies to a new type of giant towering over Israel. This is Fab 18, a plant opened last year by Intel, the world’s biggest semiconductor manufacturer, in the…

  • Israeli government wants to play Robin Hood

    JERUSALEM, May 7 (JTA) — The Israeli government is proposing sweeping tax reforms aimed at addressing the widening gap between rich and poor in Israeli society. The reforms, proposed Thursday by the Finance Ministry and approved by the Israeli government on Sunday, are Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s first major economic policy move since he came…

  • Reform score pluralism victory

    JERUSALEM, May 2 (JTA) — Israel’s Reform and Conservative movements have scored another victory in their ongoing struggle to take their seats on Jerusalem’s religious council. State Attorney Elyakim Rubinstein said Tuesday he will not defend Yitzhak Cohen, Israel’s minister of religious affairs, in a petition brought against him to the Supreme Court by the…

  • At age 52, Israel suffers identity crisis

    JERUSALEM, May 1 (JTA) — As Israelis prepare to fire up their grills for their Independence Day barbecue ritual on Israel’s 52nd birthday next week, the existential debates that dominate the public agenda are almost sure to get lost in the clouds of smoke. But amid the smog that will descend upon the country, there…

  • Israeli court tackles conversion issue

    JERUSALEM, April 5 (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court is poised to resume deliberations on an issue that has long strained relations among Judaism’s religious streams — the recognition of non-Orthodox conversions performed in the Jewish state. A decision on whether the conversions are legitimate will bring to a head a debate that has for years…

  • Hackers in Israel: We can protect the Net

    They came to Tel Aviv from out of cybershadows the world over, wearing name tags like Nothingmuch, Cyphunk and Blacktiger. The message from the international hackers’ conference: “Hackers are very important for the Internet community as a whole, because t