7
Nov

Israeli Students Find Affordable Housing in Shipping Container Apartments

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

The price of higher education keeps rising, while the costs of student housing are never far behind. The Washington Post’s Ruth Eglash reports on Israeli students who are cutting these costs by living in shipping containers that have been converted into apartments:

What to do with rusty old shipping containers no longer fit to haul goods across the high seas?

Here in this southern Israeli town, they have been cleaned of rust, given a lick of paint and recycled into a chic but cheap living space, replete with two bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette and bathroom. Stacked atop one another, the worn boxes now constitute Israel’s first student village made solely of retired shipping containers.

Israel is not the first place to realize the value of the containers. Across the United States and Europe and…

   
Posted in: higher education / housing / Israel
5
Nov

Throwing Stones

(Photo: flickr/ rustystewart)

(Photo: flickr/ rustystewart)

A close friend asked to borrow my car the other night. His vehicle was in the shop with a smashed windshield after a group of Palestinians bombarded it with stones as he was driving home down a windy road in northern Samaria – just a 20-minute drive from our neighborhood – after having led a Bible class. Though a flurry of stones crashed through his windshield he was not hurt, and in synagogue this Sabbath he thanked God for saving him from injury, or worse.

These stone-throwing incidents are occurring more frequently and are extremely dangerous. Another friend of mine lost his eye when he was hit by a stone while driving, and other less fortunate victims of such attacks have lost their lives. The situation in Israel is heated, as the Palestinian population…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / Israel / Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
29
Oct

Why Chloe Valdary Wants to Ignite a Zionist Renaissance

(Photo: Twitter)

(Photo: Twitter)

A while back, we told you about Chloe Valdary, a rising young star in the world of advocacy for Israel. Now Tablet provides this great profile of the young Christian woman who’s standing for the Jewish state and the Jewish people:

When I asked the man next to me in a crowd of several hundred pro-Israel demonstrators outside the Time-Warner Center in New York if Chloe Valdary had spoken yet, I was met with immediate enthusiasm at the very mention of her name. “Chloe is amazing … so determined. We need more like her,” the man said. An hour later, Valdary headed to the platform dressed, as any 21-year-old might be, in jeans, gold hoop earrings, and pink-rimmed sunglasses. As soon as Valdary’s name was called, protesters turned to each other and…

   
Posted in: African Americans / Chloe Valdary / Christians
22
Oct

How Hamas Tweets

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Operation Protective Edge once again showed that Israel’s battle against Hamas is often as fiercely fought on the field of public opinion as it is on the battleground, as the terror group works to bias the masses against the Jewish state through the media. Writing for Tablet, Aaron Magid looks at how Hamas sends three different messages (in three different languages – English, Arabic, and Hebrew) to the West, to the Arab Middle East, and to Israel:

With 91,400 followers and counting, al-Qassam’s Arabic Twitter page has built a substantial network. Mukhaimer Abu Saada, a professor of political science at Gaza’s Al-Azhar University, explained that Palestinians “felt that the Arab media was not paying enough attention to what was happening in Gaza because the Arab press was busy covering Syria, Iraq, and Libya.” The…

   
Posted in: Aaron Magid / Hamas / Israel
29
Sep

Shimon Peres Goes Job-Hunting

Israeli President Shimon Peres left office this July and was succeeded by Reuven Rivlin. Now the longtime Israeli politician and civil servant provides us all with some levity as he job-hunts in this charming video that even finds him pumping gas and doing stand-up comedy.

Posted in: humor / Israel / Reuven Rivlin