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‘Rock stars’ of the IDF: Israeli soldiers go on tour to educate the masses

Posted on November 20th, 2017
By CATHRYN J. PRINCE for The Times of Israel


Groups seek to put a human face on the Jewish state while countering misconceptions and anti-Israel activists


The questions come fast and furious for Israel Defense Force reservists Keren and Haitham, who goes by the nickname Tom.

“How do you show your support for Israel on campus?” “How does training and combat affect you?” “Do you have to live in Israel to show your love for it?”

About 40 students sit inside the book lined beit midrash, or study hall, of Hebrew High School of New England (HHNE). They have more questions than time allows. Still the pair does their best to answer each one clearly, concisely and completely.

This is the second to last stop on a nearly three-week long Israeli Soldiers Tour, or IST, through New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Along the way the two, whose last names have been withheld for security reasons, met students at University of Hartford and cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Who's behind the coolest new feature on the iPhone X?

Posted on November 13th, 2017
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine 


Apple turned to its R&D center in Israel for their new Face ID technology.


The wait is over. Apple unveiled the highly anticipated new iPhone models at an event streamed around the world.

Called the iPhone X, it marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's debut in 2007. While there are many new whiz-bang features on the phone, one in particular caught our attention: Face ID. The new technology is an infrared face scanner that will unlock your iPhone simply by looking at it. (Die-hard From The Grapevine readers will recall that we predicted this back in the summer of 2015. OK, so we were off by two years. We're not perfect.)

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Disasters know no borders - MEFF joint international exercise

Posted on November 6th, 2017
From Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority collaborate in MiddleEast forest fires exercise.

 

 

The overall goal of the exercise is for participants to exchange knowledge and attain common capacities, to effectively respond to disaster situations, especially along and across mutual borders.

 


The Middle East Forest Fires (MEFF) joint international exercise taking place today (Tuesday, 24 October 2017), is conducted under the sponsorship of EU member states: Italy, France and Spain, and held in participation and under the positive cooperation of Jordan, Israel and the PA.

The joint exercise, supported by the European Commission's Civil Protection Exercise program, aims to preserve lives and natural resources, regardless of nationality and/or borders.

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Israeli woman unites Hebrew and Arabic in a unique new typeface

Posted on October 30th, 2017
by Green Prophet Guest in Cities


An Israeli designer with roots in Haifa has developed a new script that bridges a basic cultural divide between Israeli Jews and Arabs.

Liron Lavi Turkenich (pictured below), instructor of graphic design from Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art, was raised in a Haifa, a city with a blended ethnic population where Hebrew and Arabic are spoken. A Hebrew speaker, it occured to her several years ago that she had never paid attention to the Arabic letters on bilingual road signs. Instead, she was “just looking at Arabic as decorations and not letters with content – and in fact, kind of ignoring the Arabic,” Turkenich told NoCamels. (Green Prophet has written about the hypnotic visual affect of Arab calligraphy on non-Arabic readers, as example in this story about Tunisian-French artist eL Seed.)

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Massive section of Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years

Posted on October 23rd, 2017

By AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN for The Times of Israel



Sought for 150 years, the remarkable discovery of the small theater changes archaeologists' perceptions of Roman-conquered Jerusalem after the fall of the Second Temple



Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the riddle of what took place in Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by Romans in 70 CE.


Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists announced Monday that for the past two years they have been excavating and exposing a massive eight-meter deep section of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, unseen for 1,700 years.


And in the course of their work, which has been quietly proceeding directly beneath Wilson’s Arch — the area immediately adjacent to the men’s section of the Western Wall — they unexpectedly discovered a small Roman theater. The dig has not encroached under the Temple Mount.


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