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In This Issue
Syria: 'Don't kill more than 20 protesters in one day'
Israel to arm combat soldiers with cameras
Justin Bieber: Israel is an 'Amazing Place'
Vive le Quebec libre
Israel's Economy Is Likely to Expand 3.8% This Year and Next
Ginzburg, Refaeli - Israel's top 10 models
RANT
 

Syria: 'Don't kill more than 20 protesters in one day'

A document allegedly drafted by top Syrian intelligence officers, which details strict guidelines for carrying out rebel assassinations, infiltrating anti-regime organizations and distributing propaganda sound bites and images, has been published on Facebook.

 

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Israel to arm combat soldiers with cameras

JERUSALEM - The next time Israel goes to war, its combat soldiers will likely be carrying cameras in addition to more conventional weapons.

Reeling from war crimes accusations during a major offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza more than two years ago, the Israeli military is studying the wide distribution of cameras as a tool to make its case to the world.

The plan would appear to put Israel at the vanguard of such efforts around the world - and reflects the intense and growing scrutiny of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.

Critics said the military would never be able to prove such images weren't edited.

The military said Monday that it is considering distributing cameras, mainly to infantry and armored units.


Justin Bieber: Israel is an 'Amazing Place'

  • Tens of Thousands Buy Tickets for Tel Aviv concert
  • Teen star visits the Israel he's "dreamed of"

Tel Aviv, April 14 - Thousands of young fans traveled to Tel Aviv on Thursday ahead of pop idol Justin Bieber's first concert in Israel.

Teenagers from as far afield as Eilat purchased tickets for Bieber's open air performance in Tel Aviv's HaYarkon Park.

Ahead of his big date with the Israeli crowd, Bieber took in the sights of the country's tourism trail.

"I'm in the holy land and I am grateful for that. I just want to have the same personal experience that others have here," the 17-year-old-Canadian wrote on his Twitter page.

Bieber traveled through Tel Aviv, 'the city that never sleeps' on two wheels.

 

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Vive le Quebec libre

 

Last week, Montréal University (L'Université du Québec à Montréal, or UQÀM) made me feel good: After I delivered my lecture there, I was surrounded by four bodyguards that rushed me through a backdoor and then into a car that drove off speedily. What fun: I felt like a head of State kept away from the mob or like James Bond narrowly escaping a Soviet trap. Alas for my ego, the true reason for this drama is that I am Israeli.  
 

Although I was invited to give a talk on a non-controversial issue (the geopolitics of energy), what made my presence controversial is that I am Israeli. Some students and their representatives demanded the cancellation of my invitation on the grounds that hosting an Israeli would be an affront to the University, since Israel is "committing genocide in Palestine."  The faculty did not reject the demand outright. Rather, it organized a vote on the issue (a majority of professors rejected the cancellation of my lecture).


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Israel's Economy Is Likely to Expand 3.8% This Year and Next, IMF Predicts

Israel's economy is likely to expand 3.8 percent this year and next, the International Monetary Fund said in a report today, raising its forecast.

While the IMF prediction exceeds its Jan. 25 estimate of 3.5 percent, it is lower than the Bank of Israel's March forecast of 4.5 percent. The central bank is predicting growth of 4 percent in 2012.

The IMF cited Israel, along with Australia, Canada, Korea, Norway and Sweden, as countries in which economic conditions and underlying price pressures are somewhat stronger than in other advanced economies. Markets are expecting interest rate increases of between a half-point and one-and-a-half points over the coming years in these economies, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook report.

 

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Ginzburg, Refaeli - Israel's top 10 models


They're gorgeous, rich and famous. ISRAEL21c takes a look at the country's top models.

We know you're already well acquainted with the extraordinary beauty of Israeli supermodels Esti Ginzburg and Bar Refaeli. That's why they've captured the two top spots on ISRAEL21c's list of Top 10 Israeli models. But you may not be as familiar with the other eight chosen from a surprisingly long list of candidates from a country the size of New Jersey.

1. Esti Ginzburg: 5'8, born in 1990

Esti Ginzburg
 

Currently gracing the cover of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue - for the third straight year - Tel Aviv resident Ginzburg started her career with a milk advertisement at age eight, and by 14 had an Elite Models contract. In 2006, she signed a two-year deal with Israeli clothing chain Fox, replacing top model Yael Bar Zohar. A frequent face on the covers of fashion mags such as the French ELLE and the Israel Cosmopolitan, Ginzburg has modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, FCUK, Clarins, Pull and Bear and another Israeli fashion chain, Castro.

Ginzburg made her acting debut in the 2010 Joel Schumacher film Twelve and endeared herself to many Israelis for her choice to join the Israel Defense Forces in 2009. A vocal champion of military service, Ginzburg has publicly criticized fellow Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli for dodging the draft.

 

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RANT


As the end of the semester approaches... one of my friend's asked me, "You're involved with Hillel... are you going to be involved next year?" I must admit, I didn't know how to answer. In everything I take on, I ask myself how I can make it better. Make a stronger statement and make it reflect better on me. Once I have those answers, I go out and do it.

 

So Hillel's across Montreal will be looking for new exec positions. I'm not sure if I plan on running but I know that as you read this, the thought will come across your mind. I know that Hillel isn't just the organization we are involved with THIS year. Hillel will define who we become and shape us to take leadership roles in our cities or wherever we end up. We have committed ourselves to this organization and now new leaders are being asked to step up. What can WE bring to the table? Take the good and the bad of the past and build on it to make sure that for the 1st year students... and even the students who are graduating next year... make sure that Hillel is booming here in Montreal.

 

I said earlier that I don't know if I'm going to run... but I know that now is the time to be leaders and to distinguish what we stand for. So as news comes out about Hillel Elections... will you press delete or rise to the call and challenge?


-The Advocate