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Atamna-Ismaeel reacting to her win. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Lebanese refugee finds more than a home in Israel

Sharbel Salameh in his Hadera home: I don’t want Israel to stop the war against Hizbullah.”Should I take my math books with me?” were the last words that 24-year-old Sharbel Salameh remembers asking his mother the day his father called …

Galilee factory fights Hizbullah by staying open

Israel Ben Tzur (left) and Stepac warehouse manager Magid Hamdan wear flak jackets in the company’s offices.The sirens were going off and the rockets were falling less than a mile away, but Israel Ben Tzur was carrying on a conversation …

Israeli music to soothe the soul

David Broza entertains residents of the North in a bomb shelter last week. (Photo: Barry Davis)I had been up north just a couple of weeks earlier. That was a long-awaited three-day vacation to Banias, near Israel’s northern tip, and sleepy …

Pushing a vision of Israeli democracy

Davidi Gilo receiving an honorary doctorate at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem from President Menachem Magidor. If Davidi Gilo felt uncomfortable earlier this month when he received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he didn’t show it. The …

Just call her ‘President Carmi’

As Rivka Carmi, the new president at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, takes on the challenge of attracting and retaining top talent to her institution, she is able to draw on her own personal experience. Thirty years ago, Rivka Carmi …

Not your typical Israeli grandma

Gamila Hiar in Peqiin: The field and the herbs were my secret garden.It was an incongruous sight. Among the business and military dignitaries who were honored by Israel as torchbearers marking the beginning of the country’s 58th Independence Day celebrations …

Being Israeli is music to his ears

‘I’m more than happy to represent the country I was born in,’ says Israeli Eurovision contestant Eddie Butler. ‘I love Jerusalem, I love Israel, I live for this country.’As he performs his soulful number at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest …

An Israeli soldier’s ‘magical’ recovery

IDF Magician Liran Zeligman: I manage to tap into the little kid inside each soldier.There’s nothing magical about army service spent hunkering down on the Lebanese border, checking cars and individuals at a roadblock in the territories, or even spending …