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  • By adapting, kibbutz movement finds success

    A century after the first kibbutz was founded along the shores of the Kinneret, the kibbutz movement is finding success by shifting from its more ideological, socialist and agricultural roots to industry and, in a growing number of cases, varying degrees of privatization. More ▸

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    Ben-Gurion University will partner with a French institute to research desert agriculture. The university, well known in the fight against desertification, has entered a partnership with the CIRAD Institute in Montpellier, France, the French national institute for tropical agriculture, to work on sustainable development projects. The partnership was announced at a chic fund-raising dinner in… More ▸

  • Israeli Environmentalists Bolstered by Regional Conference at Petra

    Ilana Meallem and Mazen Zoabi left a recent morning meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II smiling. The king had just proposed the formation of a regional science fund, and they were certain they would have access to that fund. The two Israelis, project managers at the Arava Institute, an environmental study and research center in… More ▸

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    Israel is hosting an international conference on how to make deserts bloom. More than 200 delegates from 30 countries flocked to the Negev town of Sde Boker this week for a desertification conference organized by Ben-Gurion University, Israel’s Foreign Ministry and a United Nations committee to combat desertification. . More ▸

  • Check the Calendar — Cheshvan is Now Jewish Social Action Month

    Aryeh Green and Yosef Abramowitz were sipping tea in a Bedouin tent last year in Sde Boker, a kibbutz in Israel’s Negev desert, when they had an idea. Participants at a conference of Kol Dor, an organization that seeks to revitalize Jewish activism and unity across the globe, the two were discussing how the group… More ▸

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    The grave of David Ben-Gurion and a memorial to Theodor Herzl were defaced with Nazi graffiti. Police dispatched forensic teams to Sde Boker, Ben-Gurion’s hometown, on Wednesday, after “Hitler” was discovered on the first prime minister’s grave. More ▸

  • Ben-gurion’s Archives Give a Full Picture of Israel’s Founding Father

    Three years ago, the BBC decided to make a television documentary marking the 40th anniversary of the 1956 Sinai campaign, which pitted Israeli, British and French troops against the forces of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The filmmakers were soon stymied in their search for one top secret document: The Protocol of Sevres, in which… More ▸

  • Orthodox Zealots Are Suspected of Defacing Ben-gurion’s Grave

    The grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, was defaced with swastikas by vandals Monday night, and police suspect a gang of young religious zealots, calling themselves Keshet, as the perpetrators. The grave near Sde Boker, the Negev kibbutz where Ben-Gurion made his home, is a national shrine. A caretaker discovered it daubed with… More ▸