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Hundreds take part in Tel Aviv SlutWalk

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March 22, 2012
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Israeli women march in protest of those who claim that dressing, acting in certain way makes women responsible for rapes, sexual harassment

On Thursday evening some 200 protestors gathered at Tel Aviv’s Gan Meir where the SlutWalk protest march was set to begin. The name may be provocative but it hides a very serious agenda.

The protestors claim that the purpose of the demonstration is to act as a response to allegations that women who dress in a very revealing manner, choose to drink alcohol or act in a certain way are the ones responsible for their rapes and sexual harassment.

The women have chosen to protest against such statements and claim that it is that kind of attitude which turns women into the guilty party; that women have a basic right to wear whatever they want; and that the attitude makes it seem like men have no awareness or self control.

“Come in revealing clothes or not, come as you like. No one will judge you,” the march’s Facebook page, which has hundreds of members, stated. The demonstrators are shouting “enough, blame the rapist,” “no we aren’t transparent, we kick out at sexism.”

Neta Friedman, 19, one of the SlutWalk’s organizers said: “You can’t walk down the street these days without being sexually harassed on a regular basis. Usually when someone gets raped there is a natural tendency to say ‘wait she drank’ or ‘she used to sleep around a lot.’

“You’re inclined to blame her and not the attacker. We are here to give the word ‘slut’ a new meaning, to give it a positive instead of negative connotation, as was done in the past with the words ‘homosexual’ and ‘lesbian.’”

Halel Hakim who took part in the walk wearing a T-Shirt that read: “not a potential rapist – just a man,” said “I’m here to offer my support and give legitimization to dress however you like without stigmas… I hope this will change something in the old fashioned concept.

The catalyst for the SlutWalk protest marches was an incident that occurred in 2011 in Toronto Canada Constable Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto Police officer, suggested that to remain safe, “women should avoid dressing like sluts.” In response, SlutWalks began across the globe.

Source: Ynetnews.com

Israeli part of “10 disruptive individuals who are reshaping the mobile industry”

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March 22, 2012
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Innovation
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The mobile industry is at an exciting stage: There are enough smartphone customers that there’s a huge field of opportunity for device makers, carriers, and app makers, but the market is still fragmented enough that no one company dominates. In this kind of frothy market, the risks are high, but the potential payoffs are huge, too.

The kind of people who thrive in this world are disruptive individuals. Troublemakers. Shakers-up of the status quo. Yes, we’re accustomed to writing about companies and their products, but true innovation always originates with human beings.

That’s why VentureBeat is naming the 10 individuals below as the Top Mobile Movers for 2012.

We asked for your nominations a week ago, sifted through the suggestions, added a few of our own, and vigorously debated the entrants. The finalists, here, are our admittedly idiosyncratic and (we hope) provocative choices. These 10 people are unusually effective at disrupting business as usual.

In two weeks, at our Mobile Summit, April 2-3, we’ll announce which of these 10 finalists we’re naming as the Top Mobile Mover. So stay tuned.

Want to be part of the debate? Use the form at the bottom of this post to vote on who you think is the most disruptive, innovative person on the list. Let us know what you think in the comments section. Or apply to take part in the conversation in real time at the Mobile Summit. It’s an exclusive conference of just 180 executives and investors, and while the room is filling up fast, we’re still accepting last-minute applications to participate. I hope to see you there.

Israeli on list:

Ehud Shabtai
CTO/Founder, Waze

Waze makes a driving navigation app with a twist: Its maps and traffic data are all supplied by Waze users. Ehud Shabtai started the company, according to his official biography, because he kept getting lost. A hacker, Shabtai searched for technical solutions, and started building the project that would become Waze.

With more than 15 million users, Waze’s traffic data has become reliable enough that it’s even powering local TV traffic reports. The company has also built in Siri-like voice commands, so you can simply wave your hand in front of your phone and ask it to give you traffic reports.

More than simply powering a lot of users, Waze has the potential to turn into a real community of people who are crowdsourcing map creation simply by driving around. What’s more, it could potentially make traffic overall flow in a more intelligent way. That’s a development worth getting excited about.

Full list via VentureBeat

From ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Contestant to Tank Instructor…

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March 22, 2012
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Esther Petrack, made famous in the US as the first observant Jewish contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” in 2010-2011, is now a soldier in the IDF Armored Corps.

“My nails are no longer what they were, but the girls in the course are nicer than those on the show.”

EU, Israel ink ‘open skies’ deal

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March 22, 2012
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Israel and the European Union have finalized an ‘open skies’ agreement, which will allow all European airlines to operate direct lines to Israel, and allow Israel to do the same across EU-member nations’ skies. (Ynet)

Turns out some IDF Soldiers have legit BeatBoxin’ Talent

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March 22, 2012
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An IDF paratrooper beatboxing during a break in an exercise conducted in the Golan Heights, March 2012.

Israeli musicians to perform in Toronto

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March 22, 2012
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Itzhak Perlman

By Bill Gladston

Canadian Jewish News

Several upcoming concerts in the Toronto area feature Israeli musicians, beginning April 1 with Jerusalem Makes Music, a special musical evening co-hosted by the German Consulate of Toronto and the Jerusalem Foundation of Canada.

Jerusalem Makes Music, a fundraiser for the Jerusalem Foundation, features three young musicians from Germany and Israel: Tobias Baz, a cellist from Germany studying in Toronto, Israeli clarinettist Ido Azrad and Toronto-born Gili Loftus on piano. A donation of $500 is required per ticket. April 1, 7 p.m. 2 Bloor St. E., 25th floor. 416-635-5491,ileventhal@jerusalemfoundation.ca

A week later, Israeli pianist Ishay Shaer performs a program of Beethoven, Chopin and Canadian composer Harry Somers in a Syrinx Sunday Salon concert. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. Sunday, April 8, 3 p.m. Reception follows concert. $25, students $20. 416-654-0877, www.syrinxconcerts.org

And later still in April, Israeli master violinists Gil Shaham and Itzhak Perlman each have dates scheduled. Shaham performs Bach and Perlman performs Mozart, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn in concerts set respectively for April 21 and April 29 at Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208, www.rcmusic.ca

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Names in the News: Servitude is a new cinematic workplace comedy written and produced by Torontonian Michael Sparaga, who credits such Hollywood heavyweights as Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) and Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) for mentoring the project through its crucial early development.

The film is a semi-autobiographical comedy that follows a group of frustrated waiters who take over their restaurant for one final, glorious night when they discover they are all about to be fired. The cast includes Joe Dinicol, Dave Foley, Enrico Colantoni, Lauren Collins and Margot Kidder.

“The lead character is essentially me at age 25 – a young Jewish man at a crossroads, having to decide whether it’s time to grow up and go to law school or continue to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a writer,” Sparaga, a York University film department graduate, told Eye On Arts. Canadian release date for the film is March 30.

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Film and TV

• The Toronto Workmen’s Circle presents a screening of Bundai’im, a lively documentary about the Bund movement from its inception in Lithuania to its current status in Israel. In Hebrew and Yiddish, with English and Hebrew subtitles. 471 Lawrence Ave. W., Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. Members free, guests $5.

• The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater is a celebration of Yiddish theatre pioneers Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky by their grandson, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. It airs on the PBS network, Thursday, March 29, 8 p.m.

• Critic Kevin Courrier presents the final lecture, with film clips, in his series on American movies. The topic is the Obama era: The Visitor, Rachel Getting Married, The Hurt Locker, No Country for Old Men and more. Includes film clips. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Monday, March 26, 7 to 9 p.m. $12 at the door; students $6.

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Arts in Brief

• Liz Pearl, editor of the Living Legacies series of creative non-fiction by Canadian Jewish women, is featured in the fifth annual Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Literary Levee, which includes a reading, discussion, light dinner and silent auction. Presented by Miriam and ATID chapters of CHW-Toronto Centre. $36. Reuben Cipin Healthy Living Community, 2 Neptune Dr. Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. 416-630-8373, www.chw.ca/toronto

• Usher in the month of Nisan with Night without a Moon: Jewish Women’s Cabaret. The evening of song and storytelling is hosted by Annie Gilbert and features the music of Marcia Beck, Tova Kardonne, Marni Levitt and Ilana Newman. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Miles Nadal JCC, Saturday, March 24, 8 to 11:30 p.m. 416-924-6211, ext. 0, sharonis@mnjcc.org

• Janusz Makuch, director of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, presents a talk on Jewish culture in contemporary Poland. Miles Nadal JCC, Sunday, March 25, 2 to 4 p.m. Co-presented by Miles Nadal, Ashkenaz Foundation and Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation; $10 at the door. 416-924-6211, ext. 154,sharonis@mnjcc.org

• Four community leaders and philanthropists dance to raise funds for Baycrest’s research on aging and brain health. Andrea Martin hosts the third annual Dancing With Our Stars in support of the Baycrest Foundation, with judges Dina Pugliese, Rex Harrington and Jean-Marc Genereux. Tickets start at $1,000. Allstream Centre, 105 Princes Blvd., Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m. www.baycrest.org

• Elegy: Deborah Samuel, an exhibition of a new series of images by photo-based artist Samuel, is on view in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Hilary and Galen Weston Wing, Level 2, until July 2.