Israel

10:59am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Salt

Israel's Rabbis Seek To Bend Pastries To Their Will

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:18 am

What's what? In Israel, the shape of a boureka pastry traditionally tells you what's inside. Now the country's chief rabbis want the shapes to get a lot more specific to help people keep kosher.
Emily Harris NPR

2:41am

Wed June 12, 2013
Business

Google Acquires Israeli Mapping Service Waze

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And Google has announced it is buying Waze, a community-based traffic and navigation app, for a reported price of just over a billion dollars.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports it may change the way we travel.

WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: Google hopes its latest acquisition will make your morning commute easier, faster and more social.

While other traffic apps are somewhat passive, Waze tracks mobile devices as they travel, and uses that information to help analyze traffic speeds and flow.

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9:48am

Wed June 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Hilarious: Israeli Education Minister Can't Stop Laughing

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 11:14 am

Shai Piron.
YouTube

10:44am

Tue June 4, 2013
Parallels

In Gaza, Hamas Targets Palestinian Informants In Crackdown

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:25 am

Palestinian gunmen drag a man from a motorcycle in Gaza City on Nov. 20. He was one of six men killed that day on suspicion of collaborating with Israel. The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip denied responsibility, though it has executed others judged to be working with Israel's security forces.
Hatem Moussa AP

Life was already grim in the Gaza Strip when fighting raged between Israel and Hamas last November. Then Khulud Badawi got unexpected bad news about her husband.

"I was at home when my son came in and said, 'Mom, they killed Dad.' I said, 'Who?' He said, 'Hamas.' I asked him, 'Where?' He said, 'Next to the gas station,'" she recalls.

Badawi's husband, Ribhi Badawi, was in prison in Gaza City. He was supposed to go to court that day for a final appeal of charges that he had collaborated with Israel against Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip.

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5:46am

Mon June 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Cardboard Bike Creator May Soon Start Peddling His Product

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:07 am

Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni and his cardboard bicycle.
Baz Ratner Reuters /Landov

After capturing the imagination of people around the world last year with video of a bicycle made almost entirely out of cardboard, Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni is now hoping to capture money from folks who would like to own one.

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