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Prime Ribs, Israel: Home Births; 'Shiksa Song'

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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By now, you’ve probably never seen the video of Yisrael Beiteinu Knesset Member Anastasia Michaeli throwing water in the face of Raleb Majadele, an Arab-Israeli member of the Labor party. But you probably haven’t seen Noy Alooshe’s artful remix of it:

And you may not have seen a commercial that shows where Michaeli might have gotten her inspiration for the move that got her suspended from the Knesset for a month.


Meanwhile, comedians Yochai Sponder and Manny Malka, have gotten 400,000 views on their “The Shiksa Song” on YouTube. It’s a send up of the religious cultural wars in Israel and features some scantily clad Brazilian dancers.


The Israeli Health Ministry has decided to delay implementing proposed restrictions on home births.


Lebanese TV ran a story on a young woman from Haifa named Mona Lisa, who is apparently the first Palestinian–Israeli woman to serve in an IDF combat unit. She tells the reporter, “I live here. Should I not contribute?”


Women now make up more than half of Israel’s 646 judges.


The total number of religious women enlisted in the IDF this year is expected to grow by 25% to 1,500.


Read an interview with photographer Mati Milstein and see his photographs of Palestinian women activists. “The Israeli army has long ago formulated a standard response to men throwing rocks, but at this moment it remains pretty much helpless when facing strong and vocal nonviolent women,” he said.


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