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Autistic teens to serve in IDF

On Monday, for the first time in its history, autistic soldiers joined the ranks of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Zohar Pe’er (21) was one of a group of 10 young men with autism who became IDF soldiers. Zohar doesn’t …

Peace Corps explores service in Israel

Representatives from leading American service organizations, including Teach for America, Peace Corps, City Year and others, spent last week in Israel exploring volunteering opportunities offered through Masa Israel Journey. With young adults’ growing interest in international volunteer opportunities, Masa Israel, …

Israel’s SolarEdge raises $25m

Israel’s photovoltaic solar energy monitoring system start-up SolarEdge completed a $25 million funding round led by Lightspeed Ventures. Other participants included existing investors Opus Capital, Genesis Partners, Walden Israel, ORR Partners, Vertex Venture Capital and Singapore-based JP Asia Capital. Israel’s …

Israel joint winner of dialogue award

A civil society advocacy organization jointly established by environmentalists from Israel, Jordan and Palestine, ECOPEACE Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), was awarded the 2010 Anna Lindh Foundation’s Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Award. The theme for this year’s award is Intercultural …

Israeli paranormalist is super sexy

People Magazine has included Lior Suchard, the Israeli paranormalist who’s taking Las Vegas by storm, on its list of Sexiest Men Alive for 2010, according to Israel’s Ynet website. Suchard is reportedly on the list representing 28-year-olds. The list also includes David …

Israel, Jordan collaborate on pollution

A joint Israeli-Jordanian oil pollution combat exercise was successfully completed in the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba last month. A 100-ton oil leak to sea from a tanker anchored in Aqaba Port was simulated for the purpose of the exercise, during which …

Tourist No. 3,000,001 to arrive tomorrow

Israel’s Tourism Ministry will welcome record-breaking tourist No. 3,000,001 in a festive ceremony at noon tomorrow, at Ben-Gurion airport. Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, Director-General of the Israel Airports Authority Kobi Mor and tourism industry leaders will all be present at …

Israelis No. 2 investors in US property

Israelis are the biggest foreign investors in the United States after Canadians, with Israelis investing $441 million in US real estate between January and July 2010, according to an international report by RCA real estate assessments. In the same period, …

Fearless children show less empathy

A new Israeli study shows that preschool-age children who demonstrate fearless behavior also reveal less empathy and higher levels of aggression toward their peers. The results of the study, carried out at the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Education, “show …

Linkin Park warms up in Jerusalem

Photo by Yossi Zamir/Israel Ministry of Tourism The Linkin Park rock stars toured Jerusalem as a warm-up to their first concert in Israel, which took place in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park last night. Fans said the group, which recently won …