New York Times: Israel, Once the Model for Beating Covid, Faces New Surge of Infections

New York Times: Israel, Once the Model for Beating Covid, Faces New Surge of Infections. “Last spring, Israel’s remarkably swift vaccination campaign was seen as a global model. Coronavirus infections plummeted, an electronic pass allowed the vaccinated to attend indoor concerts and sporting events, and distancing rules and mask mandates were eventually scrapped. Israel offered the world a hopeful glimpse of the way out of the pandemic. No longer.”

Times of Israel: National Library digitizes poet-soldier Hannah Senesh’s literary estate

Times of Israel: National Library digitizes poet-soldier Hannah Senesh’s literary estate. “In honor of the 100th birthday of Hungarian-born soldier and poet Hannah Senesh, who was captured and killed by the Nazis after she parachuted into Hungary during World War II, Israel’s National Library has digitized dozens of items from a recently acquired archive of her possessions.”

TikTok: How Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out on social media (BBC)

BBC: TikTok: How Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out on social media. “Once known primarily for viral dance trends, the video app has also become a key platform for sharing news. The Chinese-owned site has a vast, mostly younger audience, with an estimated 700 million active monthly users worldwide. Footage of rocket fire over Israel, destruction in Gaza and Palestinian protests have all gone viral on the site. It has brought the conflict to people’s phone screens around the world.”

National Library of Israel: Historic Agreement Signed Between National Archives of the UAE and the National Library of Israel

National Library of Israel: Historic Agreement Signed Between National Archives of the UAE and the National Library of Israel. “The National Archives (NA) of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi and the National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem have signed an historic memorandum of understanding, which ‘commits the two organizations to work together in support of mutual and separate goals and for the benefit of the international cultural and documentary heritage sector,’ according to the agreement signed by the institutions’ directors.”

Talking Points Memo: Vaccine Shipments to Israel Halted Over Government Impasse

Talking Points Memo: Vaccine Shipments to Israel Halted Over Government Impasse. “The Pfizer vaccine issue is part of that same Gordian Knot thicket at the center of the destabilizing political crisis. According to The Jerusalem Post (which is thus far the only English language report of this), Israeli Army Radio is reporting that Pfizer has halted the latest shipment of 700,000 doses of the COVID vaccine because Israel still hasn’t paid for the last shipment of 1.5 million doses. Pfizer reportedly said the situation was akin to something from a ‘banana republic’.”

Israel 21c: New museum to showcase the women who helped build Israel

Israel 21c: New museum to showcase the women who helped build Israel. “The museum will showcase at least 100 noteworthy but not necessarily well-known women, from architects to lawyers to choreographers, says founder Yael Nitzan. A curator, art historian and TV producer, Nitzan has overcome many roadblocks and setbacks in realizing her dream of opening Israel’s first museum dedicated to women.”

MIT Technology Review: Israel’s “green pass” is an early vision of how we leave lockdown

MIT Technology Review: Israel’s “green pass” is an early vision of how we leave lockdown. “The commercial opens with a tempting vision and soaring instrumentals. A door swings wide to reveal a sunlit patio and a relaxed, smiling couple awaiting a meal. ‘How much have we missed going out with friends?’ a voiceover asks. ‘With the green pass, doors simply open in front of you … We’re returning to life.’ It’s an ad to promote Israel’s version of a vaccine passport, but it’s also catnip for anyone who’s been through a year in varying degrees of lockdown. Can we go back to normal life once we’ve been vaccinated? And if we can, what kind of proof should we need?”

Times of Israel: Rare Israeli Bedouin audio archive digitized to boost study of nomadic society

Times of Israel: Rare Israeli Bedouin audio archive digitized to boost study of nomadic society. ” Leading Bedouin scholar Clinton Bailey has amassed hundreds of hours of recordings about the nomadic society’s poetry, history and legal system, in a career that began while jogging through Israel’s Negev desert. Bailey’s unique Arabic audio archive is now being transcribed and digitized by Israel’s National Library, a project aimed at enriching Bedouin scholarship in Israel, the Arab world and beyond.”

Reuters: Israeli study finds 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 cases with Pfizer vaccine

Reuters: Israeli study finds 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 cases with Pfizer vaccine. “Israel’s largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of the Pfizer’s vaccine in the country’s biggest study to date. Health maintenance organization (HMO) Clalit, which covers more than half of all Israelis, said the same group was also 92% less likely to develop severe illness from the virus.”