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Israel, China agree to innovate

Israel, China agree to innovate

TEL AVIV — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Israel with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong to announce a binational agreement to foster innovation.

Netanyahu in a statement Monday, May 19, also announced an agreement for the two countries to cooperate during emergencies.

“There’s a natural affinity and friendship between the ancient people of China and the ancient people of Israel,” Netanyahu said in the statement.

“We are both rooted in great traditions, but we also are absolutely determined to seize the future, and I welcome you in that spirit to Jerusalem and in the hopes of seizing the future together.”

The announcement was one of several events in Israel this week highlighting China-Israel collaboration.

On Monday, Tel Aviv University announced the launch of a research and innovation partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing. The partnership, which will have a budget of $300 million, will operate on both campuses and focus on scientific innovation and education, according to a news release.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:50 )

 
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Does Hillary differ from Obama on foreign policy?

Does Hillary differ from Obama on foreign policy?WASHINGTON — A month before her foreign policy autobiography, Hard Choices, hits the bookstores, Hillary Rodham Clinton made an easy choice: She pitched her diplomatic credentials to a friendly Jewish audience. Clinton’s speech to the American Jewish Committee was meant to send a signal to the pro-Israel community, insiders say, that a Clinton presidency would smooth over tensions ruffled by the Obama White House. So while she broadly defended Obama administration policies, she also sugges...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:48 )

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Holocaust Torah given to VCU

Holocaust Torah given to VCUPHOENIX — A non-Jewish couple from Arizona donated a 250-year-old Torah scroll recovered from the Nazis to Virginia Commonwealth University. The couple, Martin L. Johnson and Olinda Young of Phoenix, are collectors of antiques and art; an interest in old Bibles led to them to acquire eight Torah scrolls. In recent years, the two have donated Torahs to the University of Pennsylvania, Loyola University in Chicago, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the University of Arizona and Arizon...
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ADL report: 1.1 billion hate Jews

ADL report: 1.1 billion hate JewsNEW YORK — A lot of people around the world hate the Jews. That’s the main finding of the Anti-Defamation League’s largest-ever worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes. The survey, released Tuesday, May 13, found that 26% of those polled — representing approximately 1.1 billion adults worldwide — harbor deeply anti-Semitic views. More than 53,000 people were surveyed in 102 countries and territories covering approximately 86% of the world’s population....
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International

1482 Torah fetches record bid at auction

1482 Torah fetches record bid at auction PARIS — A 15th-century book of the Torah sold for a record $3.87 million at an auction in Paris. Christie’s, which organized last week’s auction, listed the buyer as “anonymous” and said the sale broke the mark for the most expensive Hebrew-language book. Three buyers attempted to outbid each other over the telephone, the news website actualitte.com reported May 1. The book was printed in Hebrew in Bologna in January, 1482, according to Christie’s.
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Football broadcaster suspended for Jewish joke

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Body found in Jerusalem Forest reportedly confirmed that of missing N.J. yeshiva student

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