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VIDEO: Hundreds attend Tel Aviv water fight

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July 5, 2010
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Using only water from Rabin Square’s fountain, which is not fit for drinking, participants gather in bid to cool summer heat while raising awareness of Israel’s water shortage

Thousands of people took part in Tel Aviv’s White Night events deep into the night Thursday, but hundreds of them woke up Friday morning wanting more, and attended the city’s traditional water fight, which takes place every year in Rabin Square.

Armed with water guns, bags full of water, and a great mood, the masses gathered at the central square, and at 3:15 pm, the signal was given, and the participants began spraying at anyone and everyone in their way.

Cooling off in Rabin Square (Photo: Ofer Amram)

The cool water alleviated the extreme heat, and helped the participants handle the high humidity and scorching sun.

This year the traditional water fighter addressed the issue of the water shortage in Israel, and was held under the banner, “Fighting for every drop.” The participants were banned from using water from external sources, and were restricted to using water only from Rabin Square’s fountain.

The fountain’s water is not fit for drinking, watering plants, or cleaning, making its use legitimate in the eyes of the organizers.

The event was organized in cooperation with the group “Consensus”, which works to increase awareness of the need to save water.

Source: Ynetnews.com

American Eagle coming to Israel

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Fox receives franchise rights to clothing chain, estimates cost of store operation for first three years at NIS 45 million. Israel will be one of first countries in world that renowned brand will reach as part of its strategy to expand beyond North America

It’s final: American Eagle is landing in Israel . Fox Group CEO Harel Wizel and American Eagle signed a contract last week, according to which Fox will receive the franchise rights to represent the American clothing giant in Israel. The opening is slated for 2012.

Fox estimates that the cost of operating the stores for the first three years will be NIS 45 million (about $11.5 million) and plans on funding the investment from private sources.

Israel will be among the first countries in the world that the renowned American brand will have a presence in as part of their strategy to expand beyond North America. In 2010, the company started distributing franchises outside the US and set up shops in Kuwait and Dubai.

In addition to American Eagle, the company’s subsidiary brand Aerie will also arrive in Israel. Aerie is a fashionable and trendy under garments store for young women. Aerie, which has 138 stores throughout the US, will be integrated into the American Eagle stores in Israel and will also be presented as an independent brand in stand alone stores.

The first American Eagle store is slated to be opened in Israel in January 2012. Until then, staff will be recruited and will undergo training in New York. Simultaneously, locations for the store will be scouted out in Israel. The store’s concept requires large stores of some 1,000 sq m (about 10,700 sq ft) each.

Source: Ynetnews.com

Lindsay Lohan’s New Girl from the Holy Land

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Lindsay Lohan seen out and about with female Israeli soldier Eilat Anschel

Is she LiLo’s new sapphic squeeze or just her smoking hot bodyguard?

Troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan has been spotted cozying up to Israeli military veteran Eilat Anschel quite a bit lately – and tongues are wagging.

The gossip site TMZ.com reports that Lohan has turned to Anschel for a “shoulder to cry on,” as she deals with the legal woes stemming from a Los Angeles DUI that require her to wear an alcohol-monitoring anklet everywhere she goes.

The pair was first snapped together gallivanting around the Los Angeles club scene last month. TMZ reported yesterday that La Lohan is now “totally obsessing over the chick.”

Lohan, Anschel and Lohan’s parents did not return messages for comment.

Anschel, who is from Israel, completed her compulsory military service just recently, TMZ said, which makes her more than capable of fending off any overzealous paparazzi.

Friends, however, warn that “it’s not the healthiest relationship in the world,” which would certainly not be a first for La Lohan.

The fiery 24-year-old siren had a long-running, stormy relationship with deejay girlfriend Samantha Ronson that served as tabloid fodder for years. The actress went in and out of rehab more than once during her relationship with Ronson.

The pair broke up in April 2009, but Lohan continued to make headlines with her hard-partying ways.

On Friday, Lohan – who continues to hit the club scene despite not being allowed to drink – got into a dustup during her 24th birthday party in which she claimed she was slugged by a waitress at an L.A. hot spot.

The waitress has denied the accusation.

Israeli millionaire builds mosque in France

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July 2, 2010
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Jewish businessman Robert Harush who grew up in Ashkelon spends fortune on renovation of large Muslim house of worship in Montereau, in effort to promote co-existence

An unlikely benefactor. An Ashkelon resident who made a fortune in the European real estate business has decided to pay for the construction of a mosque in France for the benefit of the local Muslim community.

Father of four Robert Harush, 58, grew up in Ashkelon and having completed his military service tried his luck in the real estate business in Europe. His success has won him many hotels and buildings and he is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of shekels.

Despite his success Harush did not forget his hometown and has returned to Ashkelon and invested in local building ventures. For the past 10 years he has been dividing his time betweenIsrael and France. His four children all speak Hebrew.

The businessman even chose to stay in the southern city duringOperation Cast Lead. He remained in Israel also after a Grad rocket landed near his house.

Surprisingly, he has not harbored any ill-feelings against the Arab side and is a strong supporter of co-existence. He was recently approached by the mayor of Montereau, a French city adjacent to Paris, who informed him of his difficulties in financing the renovation of a large mosque in the city.

“I told myself ‘here is an opportunity to bring the people together’ and decided to donate the money,” Harush said. “People were dumbfounded. What does a Jewish-Israeli man have do to with refurbishing a mosque? The answer is simple: I’m sick and tired of the hatred. A sane voice must emerge.”

Harush explained that he built the mosque in order to promote co-existence. “It wasn’t a cheap venture but I did with all my heart.”

Ashkelon projects

Leaders of the Montereau Muslim community have thanked Harush for the gesture and maintain a warm relationship with him.

The businessman, however, is not interested in supporting the Muslim community alone and has paid for the construction of one of the largest and most grandiose synagogues in Asheklon last year, which was named after his late father.

He is currently working on setting up a mikveh in the southern city to be dedicated to his late mother. “I myself am not a religious person but I feel that in the absence of upstanding politicians it falls on businessmen to bring together Jews and Arabs and seculars and the religious.

Source: Ynetnews.com

Photos: Tel Aviv Gay pride @ Club Unity in Montreal

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July 2, 2010
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