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Israel Behind The ‘Inclusion’ Curve

While some educators believe the country’s model
for special education is antiquated, parents don’t seem
to be clamoring for more mainstreaming.

Israel Correspondent
08/17/2010

Jerusalem — “Inclusion,” the modern term for “mainstreaming,” is the dream of many parents of special needs children. With the right resources, they say, even children with severe disabilities can often sit alongside their “typical” peers and learn in the same classroom.

While some physically disabled Israeli children are benefiting from inclusion, the American model of full inclusion isn’t the norm here, according to educators.

Children with special needs and typically developing kids playing together at Shutaf’s inclusive summer camp in Jerusalem.

Harvard Says It's Not Divesting From Israel

08/17/2010

(JTA) — Harvard University said the sale of some of its investments in Israel was not politically motivated and it is not divesting from Israel.

Harvard spokesman John Longbrake told Foreign Policy that the university sold $39 million in stocks in five Israeli companies because Israeli stocks could no longer be considered part of the emerging markets portfolio, where they previously had been held.

Arab Knesset Members Challenge Israeli Democracy

08/17/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Some Arab members of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, are stepping up their belligerent approach, openly siding with Israel’s enemies. While representing a small minority of Israel’s 1.3 million Arab citizens, their actions could endanger Jewish-Arab relations in Israel.

Knesset member Haneen Zoabi, of the Balad party, was on the Turkish vessel that tried to land in Hamas-ruled Gaza on May 31, seeking to break the Israeli blockade. Earlier that month, six Arab Knesset members traveled to Libya to meet with President Muammar Gaddafi.

Harvard says it’s not divesting from Israel

08/17/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Harvard University said the sale of some of its investments in Israel was not politically motivated and it is not divesting from Israel.

Harvard spokesman John Longbrake told Foreign Policy that the university sold $39 million in stocks in five Israeli companies because Israeli stocks could no longer be considered part of the emerging markets portfolio, where they previously had been held.

Shots fired from Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv

08/17/2010

(JTA) - Shots reportedly were fired from inside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv. Israeli media have reported that a Palestinian from Ramallah barricaded himself inside the building Tuesday night with two hostages. He allegedly was threatening to “kill any Jews” who enter, according to Haaretz.

The streets around the embassy have been closed. Embassy staff reportedly have prevented police and medical personnel from entering the building.

Israeli Eyed in U.S. Serial Killings is Arrested

08/12/2010

(JTA) -- A man being called a "person of interest' in a series of killings and attacks in three states was arrested as he was about to board a flight to Tel Aviv.

The man, who has been identified in the Israeli media as an Israeli citizen, was arrested Wednesday night in Atlanta, a law enforcement source told the Washington Post.

Nearly all of the attacks, which include at least a dozen non-fatal stabbings and five deaths, involved dark-skinned victims, either black or Latin American.

"Off the Mark" on Rotem Conversion Bill

08/11/2010

Gary Rosenblatt does not hesitate to tackle difficult matters, but his latest column about the Rotem Conversion Bill is off the mark.

For more than 15 years, as well as in our several meetings with MK David Rotem, we have emphasized our strong desire to address the issue of the status of olim from the former Soviet Union. There are multiple ways in which the situation could be meaningfully addressed.

Goldberg gets inside Netanyahu's head on question of Iran strike

The Atlantic's Jeff Goldberg has a knack for stories that generate a big buzz in Washington, and he's done it again with “The Point of No Return,” which examines the possibility Israel will unilaterally attack Iran.

For Jews And Arabs, A Focus On Friendship

At photography program, Israeli teens formed close bonds even as they differed sharply over politics, they say in New York visit.

08/10/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Neri Danon and Danielle Shimoni, both 17-year-olds from Israel’s north-central region, have spent the past year forming close friendships with Arab youth who, like them, are citizens of the Jewish state. But both expressed pain and confusion last week over the idea that some of their friends don’t regard themselves as Israelis.

Islam Zeidan.

Times ‘Expose’ On West Bank Left Out Half The Story

08/10/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel’s ideological debates on the existential issues of war and peace are fuelled by non-governmental organizations on all sides. In these intense NGO battles, hundreds of millions in foreign money, including tax-exempt contributions from the United States, as well as more secretive and targeted European government funding, plays a central role. 

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