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Sacha Baron Cohen turns to FBI with tip to possible pedophile ring

The British comedian, known for his outrageous film characters that mumbles in Hebrew, pretended to be interested in procuring young boys during a shooting and was given a tip by a Las Vegas concierge.



While shooting ‘Who Is America‘ British-Jewish comedian, actor, and director Sacha Baron Cohen chanced upon a possible pedophile ring, Cohen said on Wednesday as reported by the Daily Wire

Having invented a character called Gio, which is as extreme as his other famous characters such as Borat and Bruno, Cohen pretended that, as Gio, he had relations with an eight year old boy and asked if the person with whom he is speaking with might be able to silence the boy. Continue Reading »

What’s Israel’s internet porn consumption compared to global average?

SURVEY: With the global average of 4.21%, Israelis spend 4.16% of their Internet traffic time to pornographic sites. Iraq, at 10.27%, leads the world in traffic dedicated to porn.

By Sagi Cohen


Israelis are in a good place in the middle in terms of online porn consumption compared to the global average. According to figures compiled by Israeli information technology company SimilarWeb, an Israeli spends 3:29 minutes in each porn site he visits – slightly higher than the global average of 3:16 minutes. During that time, he enters an average of 4.27 different pages.

Porn sites are less popular than news and shopping sites, but more popular than game and travel sites – Photo: Shutterstock


About 4.16% of the Internet traffic of adult Web surfers in Israel is to pornographic sites – less than news websites, shopping sites, social networks and search engines, but more than the traffic to other popular sites. Continue Reading »

Gene Simmons reveals Kiss coming to Israel

Gene Simmons, front man for legendary heavy metal band KISS revealed plans on Facebook, drawing a flood of support.


Legendary heavy metal band Kiss is headed toward Israel, according to front man Gene Simmons, and the initial reaction to his Facebook post about the band’s plans is overwhelmingly positive.

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons, singer and bassist for the band Kiss, right, at the New York International Auto Show in New York, April 21, 2011.- Photo: Bloomberg

“Leg 1 of the KISS Def Lep Tour is over and ended spectacularly in Houston with a record, sold out concert,” Simmons posted Monday.

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The Beach Boys are surfin’ into Israel for a November concert

It’s official: The  Beach Boys Tel Aviv performance will consist of 2 members from the original 1960’s band, Mike Love & Bruce Johnston, and 5 other musicians.

By Ben Shalev

The American rock band The Beach Boys will perform in Tel Aviv’s Nokia Stadium on November 29. This will be the band’s first concert in Israel.

The Beach Boys during their 2012 reunion

The Beach Boys during their 2012 reunion (left to right) Brian Wilson, David Marks, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Louise Palanker

The influential band founded in 1961 by the brothers Brian, Denis, and Carl Wilson, together with their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine.

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For 1st time 9,000 year-old stone masks united at the Israel Museum


Twelve 9,000 year-old masks, all originated in the same region in the ancient Land of Israel come together for the “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World” exhibition.




With Purim around the corner, the Israel Museum brings together for the first time a rare group of 9,000-year-old stone masks, the oldest known to date, in a new exhibition starting today. Culminating nearly a decade of research, “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World” showcases 12 extraordinary Neolithic masks, all originating in the same region in the ancient Land of Israel.

World’s oldest masks Photo: Courtesy

World’s oldest masks – Photo: Courtesy

Originally they are all from the same region, found within only about 30 km. Continue Reading »

Rolling Stones rocking its way to Israel – June 10


It’s nearly official – Mick Jagger & company are finally going to perform on June 10 at Ramat Gan Stadium.



The Rolling Stones will perform on June 10 at Ramat Gan Stadium, according to a source close to the production. According to the source, the show will be promoted by Shuki Weiss.

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.- Photo: REUTERS

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.- Photo: REUTERS

Weiss’s office responded to a query by saying, “If there’s something to announce, we’ll announce it.”

The entertainment trade magazine Pollstar reported last week that the Stones were going to expand their ’14 On Fire’ tour of Abu Dhabi and the Far East this month into a full-fledge European tour in the spring and summer.

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Video: The Rolling Stones Reported Negotiating 1st Israel Concert


Israeli producers have offered the Stones the highest amount to an int’l artist to perform in Israel.



The Rolling Stones are reportedly negotiating a debut show in Israel this June.

The Rolling Stones, from left, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, perform

The Rolling Stones, from left, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, perform live at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Dec. 15, 2012. – Photo: AP

According to a report in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli producers Marcel Avram and Gadi Oron are in talks with the English rock band’s managers for a show in Israel during the band’s European tour, which is scheduled for this summer. Continue Reading »

Ignoring pressure from BDS, Alicia Keys to go forward with concert in Tel Aviv

Keys balks at calls from anti-Israel activists, among them author Alice Walker, to boycott Israel & says in New York Times interview: ‘I look forward to my 1st visit to Israel.’


Alicia Keys said Friday that she plans on going forward with her scheduled July concert in Israel, despite pressure from activists to drop the gig, the New York Times reported.

Alicia Keys performs at half time during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston, Texas

Alicia Keys performing at halftime during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston, Texas, February 17, 2013. – Photo: Reuters


Just days after Alicia Keys confirmed her summer performance in March, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign began to kick into gear, and websites, Facebook pages, and petitions urging Keys to cancel her plans to play Tel Aviv started popping up. Continue Reading »

Why Do Muslims Slaughter their Victims?


Why were Daniel Perl, a British soldier on a London street & the Fogel family in Itamar all butchered?  An endless list of Moslem girls & women can be added to those who were similarly slaughtered. Where does this behavior come from?


What is common to Daniel Perl, Nick Berg, a British soldier on London street, the Jews of Hebron in 1929 and the Fogel family in Itamar? They all were butchered. They were not simply stabbed to death, but were killed by an act designed to decapitate them or to cause fatal bleeding by severing their carotid artery. Continue Reading »

Alanis Morissette rocks Tel Aviv in amazing concert

Canadian singer performs new songs & signature hits at sold-out concert

Despite pressure by pro-Palestinian groups to cancel the show, Morissette chooses Israel to wrap-up her world tour

Eran Suissa


More than 8,000 Israeli fans arrived at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on Monday night to watch beloved Canadian singer Alanis Morissette perform in Israel for the first time since 2000.

Head over feet: Beloved Canadian singer Alanis Morissette performs to a cheering audience in Tel Aviv, Monday. – Photo: KOKO

After an hour’s delay and wild cheers from the audience, the singer entered the stage shortly after 10 p.m., opening the sold-out show with “I Remain,” a song from her latest album. Continue Reading »

Israelis & Lebanese irked by ‘Homeland’

U.S. TV series about Arab terrorists, American turncoats inadvertently becomes tale of 2 cities: Beirutis are angry over misleading depiction of their city as swarming with terrorists; Israelis are peeved that Tel Aviv & Haifa appear to be Middle Eastern after all

Associated Press


Militants carrying assault weapons clear the area around a street, shouting in Arabic for people to get out of the way. A jeep pulls up: The world’s No. 1 jihadi has arrived for a meeting with top Hezbollah commanders. On rooftops, US snipers crouch unseen, the kingpin in their crosshairs at last.

The scene, from a recent episode of the hit US Showtime series “Homeland,” is supposed to be Beirut. Continue Reading »

Israel Advances to Davis Cup World Group

It’s a good day for Israel at the Davis Cup: Amir Weintraub defeats Japan’s #2, allowing Israel to advance to the Davis Cup World Group.

By Elad Benari, Canada


It was a good day for Israel at the Davis Cup on Sunday, as Amir Weintraub pulled off his second upset victory this week to give Israel a 3-2 win over Japan, AFP reported.

Amir Weintraub (C) of Israel celebrates with teammates

Amir Weintraub (C) of Israel celebrates with teammates – Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi

The win helps Israel move up to the Davis Cup World Group next year.

With the two teams tied at 2-2, Weintraub defeated Japan’s number two Go Soeda 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3 to seal victory in the best-of-five contest. Continue Reading »

Israel ranked by OECD as second most educated country

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s report, 46% of Israelis have higher education degrees, while in Canada the figure stands at 51%

By Israel Hayom Staff

Among OECD countries, Israel boasts the second-highest percentage of adults (ages 25-64) with academic degrees, with only Canada ranked higher. According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2012 Education at a Glance, 46 percent of Israelis have higher education degrees, while in Canada the figure stands at 51%.

American students, as opposed to their foreign peers, are less likely to get a higher education than their parents.

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After Film Sparks Deadly Protests, Israeli Filmmaker goes into Hiding

An Israeli filmmaker went into hiding after his movie, which places Islam in a negative view, sparked protests against U.S. diplomatic missions.

By Rachel Hirshfeld


An Israeli-American filmmaker went into hiding Tuesday after his movie, which provides a negative view of Islam and its founder, the Prophet Mohammed, sparked violent protests yesterday against U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans.

People shout and hold slogans in front of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Cairo

People shout and hold slogans in front of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Cairo – Reuters

Sam Bacile, a 56-year-old California real-estate developer, produced and directed the two-hour controversial film, titled “Innocence of Muslims,” The Wall Street Journal reported. Continue Reading »

Red Hot Chili Peppers Check Out the Western Wall

Ahead of their Tel Aviv gig, the members of the American rock band land in Israel & travel straight to Jerusalem’s Holy Jewish site.

By Or Barnea


They’re finally here: More than 10 years after their called off a planned concert in Israelat the last minute, the members of American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers landed at Ben-Gurion Airport in a private jet Sunday afternoon.

והכותל מאחוריו. אנטוני קידיס (צילום: אוהד צויגנברג )

Anthony Kiedis at Western Wall – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

פלי מסתובב בכותל

Flea at the Wall

From the airport they traveled straight to Jerusalem, bumping into fans at the Western Wall. After touring the Wall, the band members left for Tel Aviv hotel. Continue Reading »