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June 20, 2018

Haredi Fashion

While “fashion” and “style” are not often associated with Haredi women who are famous for their modesty, recently many Haredi women are starting to change that perception and are opening high-end fashion boutiques. Religious fashionistas started incorporating international fashion trends modestly to their style. Meeting With: Sociologist Dr. Sima Zalcberg, of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem who has written extensively about […]

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June 13, 2018

Biggest Iftar, End of Ramadan Event, in Israel “Ramadan for Peace” Festival Wed, June 13, at 16:30

Only 22km from the Gaza border, SodaStream, an Israeli manufacturing company, is hosting the biggest Iftar, end of Ramadan event, in the state of Israel. Over 2,000 participants, including factory workers, heads of local authorities and ambassadors are expected to attend. There will be a senior delegation from the Turkish Embassy and ambassadors from Canada, Austria, Georgia, […]

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June 12, 2018

Al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin Community Field Tour Tuesday, June 12, 9am

Khan al-Ahmar is home to 181 people. The community is one of the 46 Bedouin communities in Judea and Samaria/the West Bank which is at risk of being relocated. Eighteen of these communities, including Khan al Ahmar, are located in or next to the E1 area between Ma’aleh Adomim and Kfar Adomim. Many of the families […]

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February 6, 2018

Ahmadiyyah, a Muslim Community in Haifa

Ahmadiyya, officially, the “Ahmadiyya Muslim Community” is a small Muslim community in Israel, estimated to be 1% of the Muslim community worldwide, with 2,200 adherents in Israel. The Ahmadiyya  community in Israel began in 1924 when  Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad and a number of missionaries visited the Middle East from India and built a mosque here […]

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November 23, 2017

Haredim and Israel’s Army

Recently, Haredi Jews organized mass demonstrations to ensure they can continue to be exempt from military service in Israel.  Haredim are the fastest growing sector in Israel and number more than 1 million people, or about 12 percent of Israel’s 8.7 million citizens, according to the Israeli Democracy Institute. Their military exemption is highly controversial […]

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November 20, 2017

Briefing on Saudi Arabia versus Iran, Power Struggle in the Middle East

 Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri’s unusual resignation in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago highlighted the region’s uncertainty and growing power struggle between Iran and Saudia Arabia. Saudi Arabia and Arab Allies are meeting in Egypt today to discuss Iran. This tension is already felt across the Middle East. The Syrian Civil War and ISIS’s influence are […]

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September 19, 2017

Historic Kurdish Independence Referendum

Kurdish regional authorities have called for an independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan on September 25. According to the Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHREC), more than 5 million people across Erbil, Baghdad, and the Kurdish diaspora are eligible to vote. However the United States, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and many internal […]

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July 24, 2017

Temple Mount Status Quo Briefing

Tensions are high near the Temple Mount/ Haram Al Sharif after the riots and terrorist attacks this past weekend. The recent escalation began after three terrorists killed Israeli policemen outside the Temple Mount/ Haram Al Sharif over a week ago. Israel responded with new security measures. The Sheikh Yousef Abu Snaineh, Imam and Preacher of Al Aqsa Mosque, […]

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July 6, 2017

Field Tour: Hebron and UNESCO Vote on the Old City and Cave of the Patriarchs

This Friday, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is scheduled to vote on the Palestinian proposal to recognize Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage sites. This follows Tuesday’s vote when UNESCO passed a resolution denouncing Israeli activity in Jerusalem’s Old City. In May, UNESCO’s board ratified a resolution denying any legal or […]

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July 5, 2017

3 Years to Protected Edge: Changes in Hamas and Israeli Security

This Saturday marks three years since Operation Protective Edge began. While the border seems quiet and Hamas is growing increasingly isolated; both Israel and Hamas are preparing for the next expected, imminent conflict. Hamas is expanding it’s tunnel network. In response, Israel’s Ministry of Defense recently started working on an underground tunnel barrier. Hamas is under increasing […]

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