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  • Israel launches a virtual coin

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A virtual currency called “Bitcoin” has become popular in the past few months. Traded digitally, it can be used instead of money. Today, the Bitcoin is trading at about $530.00.

    “Every time I go to buy something the person...

  • Mother of slain soldier presents Gilad Shalit with Spirit of Hope Award

    by Felice Friedson, The Media Line

    March 18, 2014 | 10:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The woman whose poignant pleas to the Israeli government to do whatever it would take to repatriate captured soldier Gilad Shalit – even releasing her own son’s killer – served as presenter of the Shalva “Spirit of Hope” award...

  • Crossing the Evros: Last chance for Syrian refugees

    by Emma Beals, The Media Line

    February 18, 2014 | 11:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The bridge across the Evros River is rife with tourists. Couples and bus tours full of middle-aged women pose for photographs on the bridge while cafe balconies bustle with visitors taking tea and enjoying the late winter sun...

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  • Flamboyant billionaire Stewart Rahr wows Israel

    by Felice Friedson, The Media Line

    February 3, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    This story orignally appeared on themedialine.org.

    What amazes about Israel’s United Hatzalah emergency first response organization is the speed with which its “ambucycles” [motor bikes equipped with the latest life-saving equipment] arrive at the scene of an accident or to a...

  • Israeli parliament to convene in Poland

    by Felice Friedson and Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    January 27, 2014 | 11:14 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Moved by concern that few eyewitnesses to the Holocaust remain and determined to ensure that memory of the atrocities of that era pass to the next generation, a majority of Israel's parliamentarians will fly to Poland for a...

  • Syria’s Assyrian Christians find refuge with Turkish neighbors

    by Jane Burgess, The Media Line

    January 27, 2014 | 10:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Miydat's Assyrian Orthodox community is still encumbered with festive cookies and candied nuts from their Christmas festivities. In every home, tables groan with remnants from the recent celebrations, which for many of Midyat's...

  • Story of a Palestinian honor killing

    by Diana Atallah, The Media Line

    December 19, 2013 | 11:16 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Thamar Zeidan married when she was just 16, and had her first child at 17. While this is not uncommon in traditional Palestinian society, the marriage eventually foundered. Four years ago, she and her husband divorced and she moved...

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