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"I’m a bitch who hunts down Palestinians,” goes one choice line, while another referred to the Jews celebrating in al Aqsa Mosque “which stands empty anyway” and a third—sung as the screens showed a smiling Ivanka Trump unveiling the cornerstone of the new American embassy in Jerusalem—stated that the embassy was only opened so that Israelis can make “more dollars and cents.”
"Israel is possibly the world’s best ‘lab’ for researching the little-understood phenomenon of being raised with two or more spoken languages."
Was it an error? Or was it just watching us and taking it all in?
"Many factors contribute to Gaza’s plight. But any honest accounting must start with Hamas, the terrorist organization that has ruled Gaza since 2007, following Israel’s 2005 withdrawal. Hamas prioritizes its ideologically driven hatred of Israel over the well-being of its people."
"Long-awaited draft legislation on Jewish conversion which is set to be presented to the prime minister in the next few days appears to be doomed to fail, as shortly after details were leaked to the press both United Torah Judaism and Bayit Yehudi lawmakers said they oppose it."
"An Israeli data scientist’s new tool to chart “emotion maps” has revealed how the average person feels at specific New York City locations: angry in public-transportation stations; angry and sad in high school; anxious at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, sorrowful near the flagship Apple Store; and surprised and happy at rock concerts, sports events, parks and restaurants."
"The Agriculture and Finance Ministries will provide cash incentives to farmers to harvest crops before July, stated the spokesperson of the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday. Farmers with fields near the Gaza border, which are exposed to the Gazan Kite terrorism, will be able to receive up to 2 million NIS to harvest ahead of July, which is the usual date for the wheat and barley harvest."
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AMA: Meet Israel's First Bedouin-Muslim Diplomat
Ishmael Khaldi grew up in a small, traditional Bedouin a few miles from Haifa. As one of 11 siblings, his childhood was similar to many in his community – without running water or electricity, dependent on income generated from raising sheep and goats. Lacking a school in town, he walked two miles each way to a neighboring community. As he grew older, his parents encouraged him to attend college, and he took a job at a local kibbutz to save money for his education. Along the way, he began to learn about Israel and decided to join the IDF. From there, his career continued to rise. In fact, Ishmael went from his tiny village to become the first Bedouin member of Israel’s diplomatic corps, a published author, and a sought-after speaker around the world. We caught up with Ishmael in Boston this spring and learned more about his fascinating story.