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  • 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 ▸

  • Israel and Poland to Upgrade Diplomatic Representation

    Israel and Poland have agreed to upgrade their diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv and Warsaw and to turn them into independent missions. The two missions are presently operating under the diplomatic sponsorship of the Netherlands. The agreement was reached in a meeting Thursday night between Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and his Polish counterpart, Tadeusz… More ▸

  • Envoy Says U.S. Has Not Shut Door on International Peace Conference

    The Reagan administration leans toward an international conference to open direct peace talks between Israel and Jordan and other Arab states, United States Ambassador Thomas Pickering indicated Monday night. Addressing a Labor Party forum in Haifa, the American envoy seemed to support the views of Foreign Minister Shimon Peres over Premier Yitzhak Shamir, who recently… More ▸

  • New Links Between Bgu and Japan Seen

    New links may be established between Japanese industrialists and Ben Gurion University of the Negev if a Japanese professor has his way. Prof. Hideo Itokawa, one of the founders of Japan’s aeronautical industry and a leading industrial consultant, announced his intention to establish a group of Associates of Ben Gurion University in Japan, which will… More ▸

  • Hadassah to Fund Construction of Dams in the Negev and Arava

    Hadassah will fund construction of dams in the Negev and Arava deserts to contain the regions’ meager rainfall for agricultural use, it was announced by the organization. It will provide about $2.5 million of the $3 million cost of the new dams. The projects are being undertaken in partnership with the Jewish National Fund at… More ▸