BETTER IN PARTS
News coverage of Israel in the New Zealand Herald in 2013 showed improvement over 2012, but its published opinion remained generally hostile to Israel. Why? We suggest some reasons in our annual report, along with statistics and analysis. Download and Read pdf HERE
From Other Angles
More than one perspective
Christ at the Checkpoint's government enablers
By Yitzhak Santis
Why are taxpayer monies of Western democracies being used to fund anti-Jewish polemics more reminiscent of medieval disputations than 21st century pluralism?
Read More Here at The Times of Israel
Israel: A failed state
By Charles Abelsohn
I grew up in South Africa and left for Israel in the 1970`s. So I consider myself somewhat knowledgeable on South African apartheid. In view of the criticisms of Israel as an apartheid state, I felt it my duty that my understanding and knowledge of apartheid should be put to good cause by exposing the evil manifestations of apartheid in Israel. .... Read More Here at The Times of Israel
Canada recognizes Jewish refugees from Arab countries
4 March, 2014
Canada yesterday formally recognized the refugee status of the 850,000 Jews who fled or were expelled from Arab countries after Israel’s founding.
The recognition follows a November 2013 report to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on “Recognizing Jewish Refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.” The report detailed the persecutions faced by Jews living in Arab countries in the 20th century and the circumstance that led to almost all of them leaving their homes in such countries as Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, and Yemen. Jews had inhabited those countries for centuries. .... Read Here at WJC
First Visit by Israeli Minister to Republic of Ghana
March 2014, Tazpit News Agency
By Aryeh Savir
Minister of Agriculture Yair Shamir is the first Israeli minister to visit the West African Republic of Ghana since the establishment of an Israeli embassy there in 2011. Minister Shamir is heading an agriculture-business mission comprised of 12 leading Israeli companies in the agricultural industry who currently touring the country in search of commerce ventures..... Read Here
Syrian Father Asks Israeli Doctors: “Save My Son — He's All I Have Left”
Syrian Explosion Destroys Family — Israeli Medics Saves Remaining Son
By Anav Silverman Tazpit News Agency
Photo Credit: Pioter Fliter, RHCC / Pictured: “K” with two of Rambam's senior neurosurgeons, Dr. Joseph Juilburd (left) and Dr. Sergey Abeshaus (right).
An estimated 130,000 people have been killed in Syria, and millions displaced during the past three years of the civil war. During that time, Israel has been at the forefront of providing medical care to wounded Syrians — with some 700 Syrians having received medical treatment in Israeli hospitals ..... Read Here
Responsibility for Palestinian Suffering?
Israel is routinely accused of gross injustice toward the Palestinians. Journalist Johannes Gerloff addresses the question of Palestinian suffering and ultimate responsibility. Xcerpts of the interview are being released Here
Jerusalem is a very special city.
Of great religious importance, it is often falsely represented as simply a fulcrum of conflict rather than as an inspirational source of compassion, wisdom and understanding. Read More AAIJAC website
Former NZ PM Helen Clark ‘blown away’ by Israeli ingenuity
February 20, 2014. ID2, where 70 innovative thinkers convene to brainstorm, will produce the next generation of great ideas, organizers say The Times of Israel
Four good news items
Weizmann Institute scientists have recently uncovered a new ‘weapon’ in HIV's arsenal that specifically targets the activity of the immune system’s ‘elite force’ — certain white blood cells called T cells. .... Killer Virus to the Rescue
Jewish and Arab children in Israel will come together for a new football initiative launched by the British Embassy last week. .... British Embassy launches Coexistence Through Football in Israel
Israel's AgriTask software helps farmers large and small make better predictive choices based on crowdsourced data. .... The Waze of Agriculture
It has long been obvious that Israel punches far above its weight in contributions to innovations in science, research, and general culture. .... Israel: The Innovative Nation
A closer look at the IDF's field hospital for Syrian victims
January 29, 2014
Despite the fact that Israel and Syria are officially still at war, the IDF has treated hundreds of civil war victims, following ethical code. A total of over 500 Syrians have received treatment in Israel, with 40 percent being treated at the field hospital, according to an IDF Spokesperson. Ziv Medical Center in Safed has been the main site for civilian medical treatment, ... Read More
Palestinian in Damascus: “I Want Israeli Citizenship”
Monday, January 20, 2014 — Israel Today Staff
A video that made its way out of Yarmuk and was posted to YouTube shows how difficult the situation has become. One of the residents even tells the camera that he wants to become an Israeli citizen, because Israel actually cares for its own.
The man explains that if even one Israeli child was found in Yarmuk, a solution to the neighborhood's problems would have been found long ago. He goes on to accuse Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Arab Muslim nations of having abandoned the Palestinians living in Syria. ... Read More & See Video
Arabs Proudly Serve in Israeli Army
Sunday, January 19, 2014 — Israel Today Staff
Israel is often portrayed, even from within, as racist and hateful toward Arabs. Naturally, there couldn't be any Arabs serving in the Israeli army, and certainly none proudly doing so.
Not so! The reality is that many thousands of Arabs and Arabic-speakers are not only Israeli soldiers, but outspoken advocates of both the IDF and the Jewish state they serve.Read More at Israel Today
Al Jazeera Host Asks Why Can't Arab Armies Be More Humane, Like Israel??
An Al Jazeera Arabic anchor recently asked his audience why Arab armies, and, in particular, the regime of Bashar al-Assad, in Syria, can’t behave more humanely towards civilians, like the Israeli and French armies do? In a clip uploaded to YouTube this week and flagged by Mideast Media Analyst Tom Gross, the anchor asks, “Why don't they learn from the Israeli army which tries, through great efforts, to avoid shelling areas populated by civilians in Lebanon and Palestine? Didn't Hezbollah take shelter in areas populated by civilians because it knows that Israeli Air Force doesn't bomb those areas? Why doesn’t the Syrian army respect premises of universities, schools or inhabited neighborhoods? Why does it shell even the areas of its supporters?” Read at Algemeiner & Listen