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Children of Sderot counter kite terror with kite festival
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
In the midst of a rash of fires in Israeli border communities ignited by incendiary kites from Gaza, kids in Sderot fly handmade ‘kites of life.’
Hundreds of helium balloons and kites bearing flammable materials have been launched from Gaza since March 30, killing wildlife and incinerating thousands of acres of forests and agricultural fields in Israeli border communities.
Israeli firm builds poultry farms from Angola to Vietnam
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Agrotop is a one-stop shop for farm projects, from financing and business plan to design, logistics, construction, management and training.
The classic chicken-or-egg conundrum does not keep poultry farm designers from the Israeli firm Agrotop awake at night.
They’re too busy solving other challenges, like how to build a chicken house on the steep Himalayan slopes of Nepal. Or how to construct a 60,000-layer egg house in the Canary Islands on a narrow footprint (half the levels were built underground with a sophisticated ventilation system).
What Others Can Learn from Israel about Having Children
Sarah Rindner for Mosaic
Raising birthrates requires a commitment to values greater than individual self-interest.
Ofir Haivry’s account of demographic trends in Israel is as heartening and uplifting as his picture of trends in the rest of the Western world is bleak and depressing. Inextricable from his argument about the meaning of Israel’s high fertility rates is his analysis of how the country’s cultural norms, which include a specifically Israeli style of parenting, may contribute to its fertility bonanza.
Mossad Spy or Man Who Turned Olmert Into a Lefty? Philip Roth's Complicated Relationship With Israel
Judy Maltz for Haaretz
Which one of the two the U.S. Jewish novelist really was depends on whether you believe the man himself
As a writer who focused on the Jewish-American experience, the late Philip Roth could not help but touch on the subject of Israel. Indeed, two of his award-winning books – “Operation Shylock: A Confession” and “The Counterlife” – explore the relationship between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora.
The Mossad Ran a Fake Diving Resort for Tourists in Sudan. This Is the Incredible Story Behind It
By Allison Kaplan Sommer for Haaretz
One of the Israeli intelligence agency’s most daring missions is being turned into a movie, ‘Red Sea Diving Resort.’ One of the operatives looks back on a breathtaking operation that saved thousands of Ethiopian Jews’ lives in the 1980s
It was one of the Mossad’s most daring, complex and longest-running operations. But only now, 37 years on, is the story of a Red Sea diving resort run by the agency getting its moment in the sun.
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