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August 25, 2016 / 21 Av, 5776

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Israeli Ministry of Tourism Launches Competition in Developing Tourism Applications

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Ilana Messika/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Israeli Ministry of Tourism launched its second Hackathon on Monday, a competition spearheaded by the ministry’s Information Systems, Digital and New Media Division designed to develop tourism applications for mobile devices.

“We expect the hackathon to motivate startups to develop significant and innovative applications for tourists,” Tourism Ministry spokeswomen Anat Shihor-Aronson and Michal Gerstler told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “Those applications are part of Israel’s digital identity and make up the infrastructure that supports tourists when they plan out how to tour Israel.”

“The project is part of the ministry’s efforts to promote innovation and to diversify and improve the tourist experience in Israel,” they explained.

The ministry set up a tourism information database on its website to help with the development of the applications. The database allows any business to be included in accordance with certain criteria and lists hotels, bed and breakfasts, trails, tour guides, and the like. The index was launched in Hebrew and in English, but will be translated into other languages later in the future.

A total of ten Hackathon participants will be selected by November, 2016 to take part in the upcoming 23rd Innovation Conference at the International Mediterranean Tourism Market, (IMTM) which will be held on February 7-8, 2017 at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds.

The IMTM is a professional trade exhibition of the Israeli tourism market. According to the IMTM website, the conference “features exhibitors representing just about every aspect of Israel’s tourism market, alongside a significant number of exhibitors from overseas. The fair is highlighted by professional workshops, seminars, and press conferences”.

Israeli and global tourism industry leaders will serve as judges in the competition, alongside Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin will present the prize to the winning team.

Shihor-Aronson and Gerstler informed TPS that “while the development of the application has obvious advantages in that it can serve a larger target audience, it is also important in that it can serve the Israeli consumer and has the ability to rekindle a love for Israel among Israeli youth in general and among computer programmers in particular.”

The top three finalists will receive cash prizes of NIS 10,000, NIS 5,000, and NIS 2,500, respectively.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Liberman Plans to Bypass Chairman Abbas, Forge Direct Relationships with PA Arabs

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told military correspondents in his Kirya office in Tel Aviv on Wednesday that he intends to seek out Arab leaders living in the Palestinian Authority and bypass the PLO-run authority government. He wants a personal dialogue with academics, business people and intellectuals. In fact, according to Liberman, his staff has already put together a list of these people whom he now intends to pursue.

There’s also going to be a new website in Arabic, reporting the news of the day from the Defense Ministry’s perspective. It will cost about $2.5 million.

“I want to connect with them directly, not through the [PA headquarters in Ramallah] Muqata,” Liberman reiterated, saying he expects the new website to hit the Internet by the end of January. He admits it’s an ambitious and challenging project, but he’s going for it nonetheless, budgets, regulatory standards and all.

According to Liberman, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been an obstacle to a working solution for the area. Indeed, he asked, “if there are intellectuals, academics, those who stand out on the municipal level — why should they talk to us through Abbas?” Also, if “[Abbas] is talking directly to the Israeli society, why can’t we speak directly to the Palestinian society?”

When asked why, then, if he is seeking out PA Arabs for a dialogue, did he bar the entry into Israel of Muhammad al-Madani, chairman of the Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, Liberman said al-Madani, a senior PLO official, was not coming to have a dialogue and seek co-existence, but the opposite.

Liberman also told the military correspondents about a rift between himself and the Attorney General Avihay Mandelblitt, who objects to the Defense Minister’s policy of holding on to the bodies of terrorists killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis and has gone so far as to state that he would refuse to defend the new policy before the Supreme Court. Liberman said that’s fine, if need be he would defend the policy before the court. Liberman said he asked Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the issue in the cabinet, because “it looks a little grotesque that the two ministries (Internal Security and Defense) maintain contradictory policies on this matter.”

The Justice Ministry also objects to Liberman’s new policy on terrorist bodies, because it contradicts fundamental Supreme Court rulings. They do support conditioning the release on the families’ committing to small funerals that won’t erupt into riots.

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New Data Shows Israelis Tie the Knot Much Later Than in Past

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has published data on marriage in Israel ahead of Tu B’av, the Jewish day of love, which is frequently celebrated in modern times in a similar fashion to Valentine’s Day.

The CBS data shows a significant difference between Israel in 2014 compared to data for the year 1970. Israelis now get married less and at a much older age than 46 years ago. While only 28% of Israeli men in 1970 aged 25-29 were single, this figure skyrocketed to 65% in 2014. The amount of single women aged 25-29 increased during that period from 13% to 50%.

The rate of unmarried Jewish men and women at the ages of 45-49 increased during that period as well. While only 3% of Jewish men within those ages were single in 1970, this figure rose to 11% in 2014. Among Jewish women, that figure increased from 2% to 9%.

The percent of unmarried Jews is the highest in predominantly secular cities such as Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. It is lowest in predominantly ultra-Orthodox cities such as Modiin Illit, Beitar Illit, and Bnei Brak.

According to the CBS data, there were 50,797 weddings in Israel during the year 2014 in ceremonies recognized by the state. Some 72.6% of them were Orthodox Jewish weddings, 23.4% were Muslim, 2.1% were Druze, and 1.7% were Christian. The data excludes non-Orthodox Jewish weddings and alternative Orthodox weddings that were not coordinated with the chief rabbinate.

At least 8,782 Israeli couples, or couples that included at least one Israeli, married outside of Israel. However, this figure includes only those who reported their marriage to Israeli authorities and is probably significantly higher in reality

The marriage rate in Israel is one of the highest among members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at 6.2 marriages per 1,000 citizens. The highest marriage rate, 8.3, was recorded among Israel’s Muslim population, while the Jewish marriage rate was at 6.0.

The average age at which Israelis got married for the first time in 2014 was 27.6 for men and 25.0 for women. The average marriage age is significantly higher than the data recorded in 1970, having increased by almost three years for grooms and by three and a half years for brides. The average age difference between the groom and bride decreased during the last 45 years from 3.3 years to 2.6 years.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli President Welcomes 50,000th Oleh Brought Home by Nefesh B’nefesh

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

A group of 233 Olim (newcomers) landed Wednesday morning in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport on an El Al Boeing 777 chartered by Nefesh B’Nefesh to begin new lives in Israel. The flight celebrated the Aliyah of the 50,000th newcomer through the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization, which was founded in 2002. Among the newcomers were 75 “lone soldiers” who will become Israeli citizens and volunteer to serve in the IDF. The flight was a collaborative project of Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah & Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, JNF-USA and Tzofim-Garin Tzabar.

More than half of the 75 soon-to-be soldiers are young women. Rebecca Glanzer, 22, from Brooklyn, NY, graduated recently from Columbia University with a degree in economics and is hoping to serve in the IDF’s Artillery Brigade. “I have been looking forward to making Aliyah and serving as a lone soldier in the IDF for so many years, and it is so crazy to me that this dream I had in high school is finally being realized,” said Glanzer. She then explained: “What drew me to Israel was the community and sense of belonging that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. Being the 50,000th person to make Aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh only affirms for me that I am part of something bigger, joining the thousands of people who took the opportunity to live a more meaningful and more Jewish life in Israel. I can’t believe it’s finally happening.”

The flight included a diverse mix of people from 22 US states and one Canadian province, including 24 families, 78 children and 10 medical professionals. The ages ranged from three and a half weeks to 85 years old.

Nefesh B’Nefesh’s 50,000 Oleh Rebecca Glanzer with (L-R) Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, President Reuven Rivlin, Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, and Tony Gelbart, co-founder of Nefesh B’Nefesh / Photo credit: Shahar Azran

Nefesh B’Nefesh’s 50,000 Oleh Rebecca Glanzer with (L-R) Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, President Reuven Rivlin, Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, and Tony Gelbart, co-founder of Nefesh B’Nefesh / Photo credit: Shahar Azran

“This is such an honor for me to join you at this special moment, The moment you have all come home,” President Reuven Rivlin said at the ceremony welcoming the group. He continued, “You are no longer Jews in exile, you are now all Israelis. Each of you, young and old, men and women, have fulfilled the dream of 2000 years, you have made Aliyah.”

“I know the decision to make Aliyah is not easy, leaving behind family and friends, looking for work, starting in new schools, learning a new language. There are challenges ahead but we are all here to support you and help you build your new home,” the President said.

Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver told the newcomers that “the State of Israel salutes the young people who chose to leave their comfortable lives in North America in order to make the greatest contribution to the country’s national security and its people. I congratulate them and the other Olim who make Aliyah as a result of the cooperation between the Ministry and our partner in Aliyah, Nefesh B’Nefesh. I’m confident, and I promise, that the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption will accompany these Olim and take care of them throughout their entire integration process.”

Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh, pointed out that “every single family and individual we bring to Israel who decides to make Aliyah is such a special thing for us as an organization, but when you see so many brave young men and women from North America sacrifice so much and voluntarily leave their families because they feel a yearning desire to serve in the IDF and defend Israel, that’s powerful.”

He reminisced how “back in 2002 when Tony Gelbart and I founded this organization, we couldn’t have imagined bringing 50,000 Jews from North America to Israel to fulfill their dreams and the dreams of the Jewish people. And we’re not stopping anytime soon.”

Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky said, “We are proud of our partnership with Nefesh B’Nefesh, and every new planeload of North American Olim strengthens and enriches our country. The immigrants arriving from the United States and Canada are coming not out of distress but rather out of excitement to take part in the greatest national project of the Jewish people, said. We must ensure that the State of Israel remains a place in which every Jew feels at home, a place that ignites Jews’ imagination and strengthens their identity and security. I would particularly like to welcome the dozens of young people who are choosing to build their lives in Israel: your success is our success, and your future is our future. Welcome home!”

Gary Vitkin, CEO of Tzofim Tzabar Olami, said, “The touching stories of the participants are inspiring and encourage us to continue to give them the warm hug that they deserve, these young adults from all over the world come to Israel to serve in the IDF as Lone Soldiers. One of the most meaningful accomplishments of Tzofim – Garin Tzabar that is in collaboration with The Jewish Agency, Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Kibbutz Movement and Nefesh B’Nefesh is the unique dynamic that is formed by the teens is made possible by these organizations and I am happy to see that this success is translated to building a future in Israel.”

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Already World’s Gayest City, Tel Aviv Claiming Spot as Friendliest to Dogs

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

On August 26, for the first time ever in Israel, Tel Aviv will celebrate a special day for dogs.

Earlier this year, Christopher Muther wrote in the Boston Globe that Tel Aviv is the gayest city on earth. “Tel Aviv is, for lack of a better description, super gay,” he told his readers, adding, “The long-standing rule of thumb is that 10 percent of the population is gay, give or take. The estimate by officials in Tel Aviv is 25 percent of its population is gay.”

So now Tel Aviv, which is already recognized as the friendliest city to gays, is claiming the title of the friendliest city in the world to dogs, with one dog for every 17 Tel Avivians, which the city fathers (and mothers) say is the highest number of per capita dogs on the planet.

They might get a run for their shekel from the State of Vermont which sports 70.8% of whose households own a pet — although these figures don’t specify if it’ a dog, a cat, or an iguana.

The 25,000 Tel Avivian dogs enjoy 70 public dog parks, that’s 1.3 dog parks for every 250 acres. And Tel Aviv has designated special beaches where dogs can roam free.

The city-wide dog day will be celebrated at the Bnei Dan Dog Park near the Yarkon river with many attractions for the canines of Canaan, including Tel Aviv startups that serve dogs and their owners, unique products for doggie birthdays, sushi for dogs, and a dog spa.

The city of Tel Aviv also prides itself on an animal shelter with a no-kill policy; the fact that homeless animals are treated 24/7 by the city’s vet services; the city animal patrol readily checks complaints of animal abuse; and the municipality last month organized a special screening of the movie “The Secret Life of Pets” for dogs and their owners.

JNi.Media

Google under Attack for Deleting Palestine from Maps App

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Internet giant Google has been under fierce attacks from around the world this week, after replacing the name of Palestine on its maps application with Israel.

The Palestinian Journalists Front slammed Google for the move, stating that the removal of Palestine’s name from the maps was an attempt by the “Israeli scheme to establish its name as a legitimate state for generations to come” while obliterating Palestine forever.

PJF claimed the move was part of an effort to distort history and geography “as well as the Palestinian people’s right to their homeland,” and “a failed attempt to tamper with the memory of Palestinians and Arabs.”

PJF demanded that Google reverse the changes made in the maps application, since the move was “contrary to all international norms and conventions.”

The fact that there is no such entity as the State of Palestine did not come up in the attack.

A search for “Palestine” in Google Maps does yield a proper reference to the entity, but with a blank map of Israel, with the areas of Gaza, Judea and Samaria marked with a broken borderline but not mentioned by name. The information provided on the left under the title “Palestine” is:

Quick facts

The State of Palestine, also known simply as Palestine, is a de jure sovereign state in the Middle East that is recognized by 136 UN members and since 2012 has a status of a non-member observer state.

President: Mahmoud Abbas

Capital: Ramallah

Prime minister: Rami Hamdallah

For comparison, the data regarding “Israel” is:

Quick facts

Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Its financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for Bauhaus architecture, beaches and nightlife.

Founded: May 14, 1948

Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

President: Reuven Rivlin

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Fashion Women from Abroad Visit Israel To Discover Blooming Design Industry

Monday, August 1st, 2016

By Anna Rudnitsky/TPS

About 40 fashion designers, consultants, and bloggers from the US and Canada visited Israel last week to discover its revitalized fashion industry. The trip, organized by the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project and sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, was designed to give the women a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Israeli fashion industry and to allow them to gain inspiration from both Israeli designers and from the Land of Israel.

“My goal is to build bridges between the international community and the creative community in Israel,” Galit Reismann, founder of the TLVstyle touring company and co-coordinator of the tour, told TPS. “I wanted to engage and inspire these ladies from all over the world with stories and faces and to let them discover the Israeli people and their creative spirit.”

The participants visited diverse fashion venues during their visit to Tel Aviv, such as Maskit, the first Israeli fashion house. Maskit was founded in 1954 by Ruth Dayan and shows the origins and evolution of the Israeli fashion industry. The fashion house went bankrupt in the 1990s, but was revived in 2013 by Sharon Tal, an Israeli designer who had a successful career in London yet decided to return to Israel.

The women also met young Israeli designers at Beit Manor, a historic Tel Aviv building, which allowed them to have one-on-one conversations with each other and to hear personal stories about what it is like to be a designer in Israel. They also discovered an important trend in Israeli fashion—most of the designers try to use eco-friendly materials such as surplus soy from the production of tofu, which makes for fabric of high quality.

“Once I learned that the textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, I realized that I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” said Tom Moatti-Kedem, a designer who produces clothes from biodegradable materials under the brand Toosha. “My aesthetics are organic and strive to evoke emotions from nature.”

Fashion Tour of Israel

The participants also visited a workspace for women entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv called WMN, where they met a collective of start-ups specializing in fashion. The collective included a company that produces three-dimensionally-printed clothing, an online platform for trading clothes, and a crowdfunding platform for designers that allows customers to play a part in creating new collections and to purchase items for reasonable prices.

“I want to infuse the Israeli spirit into North American women,” explained Adrienne Gold, who used to have her own fashion and beauty program on Canadian television for 20 years and then began working at the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. “Israeli women know that strength is as important as beauty. They love beauty, but you can’t push them over.”

“They also know what it’s like to carry a rifle and to run ten kilometers with full gear so this gives them a different sense of their bodies, which is reflected in the clothes they make,” Gold contended. “Israeli clothes flow and movement and that’s what I like about them—they’re female friendly.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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