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Turkey Cracks Down on Dissent
by Nick Ashdown on Thursday, February 26, 2015

  Goal is Self-Censorship, Say Activists   As Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) tightens its control over the country, it’s using every means at its disposal to silence its many critics, including ordinary citizens.   Ankara mayor and AKP member Melih Gökçek, for instance, boasts of suing 3,000 Twitter users for “insulting” him.    Eyüp Hanoğlu, a Turkish activist who works in Austria, was sued by Gökçek for calling him “shameless” after the mayor asked a pro-choice woman on Twitter if she’s.....

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Palestinians Warn Palestinian Authority Could Collapse
by Rafa Mismar on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fears that Israeli-Palestinian Security Cooperation Is Faltering   Palestinian officials are warning that the Palestinian Authority could collapse if Israel continues to withhold the $100 million in monthly taxes and customs revenue it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA). That would also mean the end of Palestinian security cooperation with Israel –cooperation that Israeli officials say has led to a marked decrease in Palestinian attacks on Israel.   “If we don’t receive tax revenues we would be faced with.....

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Arab Israelis Volunteering in Israel's National Service
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, February 22, 2015

Frowned upon by Arab leaders but growing in popularity   [Jerusalem] - Majd Abu Diab crouches next to Jacqueline, an older Jewish woman in a wheelchair who has lost the power of speech. He sings a song in Arabic as he drums his fingers on her wheelchair. Her eyes light up and her head bobs along in tune. At the end of the song, they hug each other.   In the next room, another female patient is thrilled to see Abu.....

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Arab Academic College Encourages Womenís Education
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Al-Qasemi College Trains Arab High-School Teachers [Baka Al-Gharbiye] -- At the Al-Qasemi teacher training college in Baka Al-Gharbiye, an Arab town in northern Israel, more than 3,000 students, almost all of them women, are studying to become teachers. The largest Arab academic college in Israel, it aims to improve the level of education among Arab citizens of Israel by training high-quality teachers. “There is a shortage of qualified English teachers in the Arab sector,” Iman Garra-Alloushi, the new head.....

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Palestinians Embrace Valentines Day
by Rafa Mismar/ on Thursday, February 12, 2015

West Bank takes on festive air for imported celebration   [Ramallah]  Despite financial crises, budget shortages and protests over funds withheld, West  Bank sales of flowers, perfumes,  and chocolates are expected to soar as Palestinians prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday.    It’s nothing new according to old-timers who recall marking “love day” every February 14th since the 1950s.   Nancy Sabra, 52, who owns “She and He,” a shop in the city of Jenin, was already adorned with a Valentine-red scarf.....

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Palestinians Embrace Valentines Day
by Rafa Mismar on Thursday, February 12, 2015

West Bank takes on festive air for imported celebration [Ramallah]  Despite financial crises, budget shortages and protests over funds withheld, West  Bank sales of flowers, perfumes,  and chocolates are expected to soar as Palestinians prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday. It’s nothing new according to old-timers who recall marking “love day” every February 14th since the 1950s. Nancy Sabra, 52, who owns “She and He,” a shop in the city of Jenin, was already adorned with a Valentine-red scarf.....

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Trade Between Israel and Turkey Booming
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Political Tensions Not Affecting Economic Ties Israelis buying a Japanese car in Tel Aviv might be surprised to learn that the car was actually built in Turkey. Tourists buying dried figs in Israel’s Machane Yehuda market probably also don’t know that the figs are also imported. These are just two of the examples of the burgeoning trade between Israel and Turkey, trade that has more than doubled in the past five years, according to the Turkish Statistics Institute, and.....

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First Palestinian PhD Program Set to Open with German University
by Felice Friedson on Thursday, February 05, 2015

Program created by Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi who took students to Auschwitz is open to Israelis Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi is the founding director of Wasatia, “the first Islamic movement to advocate achieving peace and prosperity through the promotion of a culture of moderation.” After living the life of a self-described “radical Palestinian activist” from his college years at the American University in Beirut, and later as a member of Fatah into the mid-‘70s,  Dajani Daoudi moved to.....

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Economic Ties Between Israel and China Mushrooming
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Different Business Climates Can Pose Challenges Fiona Darmon, a partner at JVP, one of Israel’s most successful venture capital funds, was recently in China at a meeting with a large investor. She sat in his office for over an hour, chatting with him about everything but business. Only then, she says, did he nod to his subordinates, and Darmon was taken into another room, where the business discussions began. “The mindset in China is that if we’re going to.....

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Crowd Funding: Game-Changer for Innovators and Investors
by Felice Friedson on Thursday, January 29, 2015

  OurCrowd example of growing field, but women are not yet on-board   Funding sites opened new channels for innovators, bringing the quest for seed capital global. The next level, crowd funding, provides a return for those willing to back the idea that captures the imagination.   OurCrowd has raised $100 million for 57 companies and those who invested will share a piece of the pie. Its founder and CEO, Jonathan Medved, spoke with The Media Line’s Felice Friedson:   TML: Jonathan, tell me.....

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