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  • Israeli biotech survives Nasdaq shakeout

    Internet companies around the world have been devastated by the Nasdaq free fall, including those in the Silicon Wadi, as Israel’s high-tech haven is called. Yet one sector that hasn’t felt venture capital crunch is Israel’s biotechnology and life science

  • Israeli commandos teach security to foreigners

    JERUSALEM, May 7 (JTA) – Poli, an attorney from Munich, Germany, decided to train as a security officer after his best friend was killed in a terrorist attack in an Egyptian coffee shop. “I wanted some peace of mind, the knowledge that I could defend myself and my family, if the situation should arise,” said…

  • Upscale Kfar Saba now on the front line

    KFAR SABA, Israel, April 30 (JTA) – Mario Goldin, a 52-year-old Israeli doctor, was waiting for a bus the morning of April 22 because his car wouldn’t start. He was planning to take the No. 29 bus to the nearby Meir Hospital, where he worked. He never made it. A Palestinian suicide bomber standing near…

  • Education minister has old-new project: Zionism

    JERUSALEM, April 23 (JTA) – As Israel celebrates its 53rd birthday, Education Minister Limor Livnat wants future generations of Israeli children to have textbooks that reflect the Zionist dream at the heart of the nation’s creation. In most countries, it might be self-evident that the school curriculum should reinforce national pride, but Livnat is fighting…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    JERUSALEM, April 16 (JTA) – “We’re not freiers,” read the signs held by T-shirted reserve soldiers sitting in a makeshift army tent outside the Tel Aviv train station. In Hebrew slang, a freier is a fool, a pushover, someone who can be suckered into anything. These days, increasing numbers of Israeli reservists feel like the…

  • E.U., Israel tussle over West Bank products

    JERUSALEM, April 10 (JTA) – When British-born Peter Wiseburgh established Soda-Club Enterprises in 1991, he probably didn’t expect to be part of a spat with the European Union over Israel’s borders. Wiseburgh’s Israeli company wanted to export in-home carbonation systems that turn tap water into sparkling water. It chose to establish a production plant in…

  • U.S. feminists find sisterhood at Western Wall

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 30 (JTA) — It’s been 12 years since Women of the Wall began meeting to pray at the Western Wall, but a recent prayer session was particularly poignant for several U.S. Jewish feminist leaders reciting the morning blessings. “Listening to these women sing together, it absolutely ran through me,” said former New York…