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    Israel took home six medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing. The team finished 53rd in the medal standings with five silvers — three by swimmer Inbal Pezaro — and a bronze. Closing ceremonies were held Wednesday. The host country China finished with 211 medals, including 89 golds, to lead the pack, with Great Britain… More ▸

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    Israeli shooter Doron Shaziri earned Israel its third silver medal of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Shaziri, who won two bronze medals in Athens in 2004, finished second Wednesday in the men’s R7-50m free rifle 3×40 SH1. Shaziri, a former sniper for the Israeli army, lost a leg in Lebanon in 1987 after stepping on a… More ▸

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    The Israeli men’s wheelchair basketball team easily defeated China 80-41 at the Paralympics in Beijing. The team recovered fast from Sunday’s loss to the United States, beating China in their second group B match on Monday. Roei Rozenberg led the game with 19 points, while Lior Dror and Dotan Meishar combined for 31 points and… More ▸

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    A Jewish Olympic sailor from New Zealand failed to medal after leading at the halfway point. Jo Aleh, 22, was ahead in the women’s laser radial competition over the weekend, but she finished ninth in the medal race Tuesday in Qingdao and seventh overall. Aleh was born in New Zealand after her Israeli father and… More ▸

  • Chinese Students Greet Olympians with ‘shalom’ and Israeli Flags

    Clutching Israeli flags, the young Chinese students greeted the Israeli Olympic swimmers with shouts of “shalom” as the athletes visited their elementary school here this week. The Shi Jia Primary School was assigned Israel as part of a citywide program of partnerships between schools and Olympic countries. In preparation, the school spent the past two… More ▸

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    Longtime Israel critic Cynthia McKinney is the Green Party nominee for president. McKinney, whose father famously blamed the loss of her House of Representatives seat in 2002 on the “J-E-W-S,” was nominated at the party’s convention last month in Chicago. In her acceptance speech, published in a Washington alternative newspaper, she called for a new… More ▸

  • Maccabiah Bridge Collapse Survivor Beats the Odds to Reach Beijing

    David Zalcberg has cheated death and defied his doctors to compete in Beijing. Zalcberg was 16, a rising Australian table tennis star, when he survived what he called the “horrendous experience” of the 1997 Maccabiah Games disaster. A footbridge collapsed, plunging him and the rest of the Australian team into the polluted waters of the… More ▸

  • Israel Brings Largest Contingent, Great Expectations to Beijing

    The largest contingent in Israeli Olympic history was eyeing its biggest medal haul, with one Israeli competitor narrowly missing out and another still in the mix on the first full day of competition at the 2008 Games. Judo competitor Gal Yekutiel lost a bronze-medal match Saturday in the under-60 kg class to 2007 world champion… More ▸