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  • 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 ▸

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    Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich became the first Israeli doubles tennis team to win a Grand Slam tennis title. The pair, seeded eighth, defeated the seventh-seeded French duo of Arnaud Clement and Michael Llorda in the Australian Open final Saturday in Melbourne. Ram has won two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, but never with an… More ▸

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    Shahar Peer became the first Israeli woman to reach a tennis Grand Slam final. Peer, 20, playing with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, upset Zi Yan and Jie Zheng, 0-6, 7-5, 7-6, in Wednesday’s semifinals of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Peer-Azarenka was seeded 12th, while the Chinese duo was seventh. Peer and Azarenka will meet… More ▸

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    Israel’s Shahar Peer lost in the semifinals of a tennis tournament in Australia. Unseeded Belarusian teenager Victoria Azarenka, Peer’s doubles partner, defeated the fifth-seeded Peer, 6-4, 6-2, on Friday to reach the Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts final, a primer for the Australian Open, in Queensland. Azarenka, the world’s 30th-ranked player, was beaten in the title… More ▸

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    Israeli tennis star Shahar Pe’er reached the semifinals of a tournament in Australia. Pe’er, ranked 17th in the world, saved five match points Thursday in ousting Russia’s Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (10-8), of the Australian Women’s Hardcourt Tournament on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Pe’er, 20, will face Victoria Azarenko, from… More ▸

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    Two top Israeli tennis players who have received the support of American Jews want to raise money for disadvantaged American Jewish children. Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, a doubles pair ranked sixth in the world, are trying to start a foundation that would provide grants to young American Jews for their athletic training. The Jewish… More ▸

  • Israeli Tennis Stars Unveil Initiative to Help American Jewish Athletes

    In the philanthropic equivalent of a return volley, two top Israeli tennis players who have received the support of American Jews want to raise money for disadvantaged American Jewish children. Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, a doubles pair ranked sixth in the world, are trying to start a foundation that would provide grants to young… More ▸