Archive for February, 2011

Feb 28 2011

Increase of Missiles from Gaza into Israel Raises Questions

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February 26, 2011 IBA News

Middle East analyst and director of the University of Haifa’s National Security Studies Center, Dr. Dan Schueftan is interviewed about the possibility of Israel reoccupying Gaza due to the increase of missiles being fired from Gaza into Israel.

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Feb 28 2011

Rediscovered, Ancient Color Is Reclaiming Israeli Interest

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February 27, 2011 New York Times, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Determining what exactly tekhelet would have looked like in its day has been the subject of conjecture and curiosity among rabbis, religious commentators and scientists for centuries; it is considered the most important of the three ritual colors cited in the Bible. The other two are argaman, a reddish purple, and shani, known as scarlet. “It’s especially exciting for religious Jews who place great importance on this color,” said Daniella E. Bar-Yosef Mayer, a University of Haifa archaeologist specializing in mollusk shells.

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Feb 27 2011

Mideast unrest to continue: analysts

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February 25, 2011 Xinhua
Gad Gilbar, a professor of modern Middle East history at the University of Haifa, told Xinhua that the changes we are currently seeing are unprecedented. “It’s a long process. We have certainly not seen the end of it, and the outcome isn’t clear. We are in the first phase of a quite complicated historical process,” Gilbar said.

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Feb 27 2011

Tyrants caught in crosshairs

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February 27, 2011 Ynetnews

“The current leadership in North Korea is strong enough to defend itself against a popular uprising the likes of which have broken out across the Arab world,” says Dr. Guy Podoler, an Asian Studies professor at Haifa University.

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Feb 27 2011

Scholar says there’s hope for Palestine

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February 23, 2011 The Daily Utah Chronicle

The past four years have seen serious efforts geared toward creating a Palestinian state, said Yair Hirschfeld, a professor at the University of Haifa in Israel. Hirschfeld spoke at the Jewish Community Center on Thursday about solutions regarding the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

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Feb 27 2011

Mounting threats surrounding Israel

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February 25, 2011  IBA News

Middle East analyst and director of the University of Haifa’s National Security Studies Center, Dr. Dan Schueftan is interviewed on the mounting  threats surrounding Israel and how they might influence the country’s strategic environment.

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Feb 27 2011

Light at Night Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

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February 25, 2011  healthymagination

Israeli researchers have found that the more light present in the bedroom at night, the higher a woman’s risk of breast cancer. A team led by Professor Abraham Haim, of the Israeli Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Chronobiology at the University of Haifa found that light in the bedroom can increase the risk by as much as 22 percent (if the normal risk of breast cancer was 1 in 100, a 22 percent increase would bump up the risk to 1.22 in 100).

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Feb 23 2011

ANALYSIS-Israel’s hand on hilt, eye on peace as region roils

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February 21, 2011  Reuters

Iran appears to be testing the new state of affairs with a bid to sail warships through Egypt’s Suez Canal. An unprecedented Iranian naval transit to the Mediterranean was among scenarios envisaged during the Feb. 11-18 war game by retired Israeli statesmen, ex-generals and academics at Haifa University’s National Security Studies Centre (NSSC).

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Feb 23 2011

With new Egypt, Israel worries about Iran

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February 22, 2011  Xinhua

Dr. Soli Shahver, head of the Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa, said that the Iranian government should not be compared to other governments in the region. In his opinion, the Iranian government is much more dedicated to its survival as it is Shiite-led whereas most of the other Arab countries in the region are Sunni-dominated. “Where would they go? They are fighting with their backs against the wall,” Shahver told Xinhua.

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Feb 23 2011

WikiHunt and the (in)visible handshake

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February 21, 2011  The Guatemala Times

Niva Elkin-Koren, Dean and Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, writes an opinion piece discussing the repurcussions of the WikiLeaks events -  “the second wave of anti-WikiLeaks measures.

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“Cutting off WikiLeaks was not just a spontaneous patriotic outrage of lawful citizens against a “traitor”. Nor was there evidence that it was a business response to a market demand. Rather, it was a demonstration of an unholy alliance between government and large private corporations. This (in)visible handshake between the government and the market enables the government to stay behind the scenes while extending a long arm to silence our speech. The government does not have to face a constitutional challenge in court. Not even a phone call is necessary. A governmental wink is sometimes sufficient. Companies that are regulated and benefit from government procurement know what to do.”

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