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Formula 1 race returns to Jerusalem

For 2nd annual event, Israel’s capital to thrill sports car fans with a variety of fast cars & stunt drivers to boot.


Formula 1 racing fans in Israel will get a glimpse of the sports cars on Monday and Tuesday when the Jerusalem Formula Road Show gets underway.

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A race car driving in front of David’s Citadel in Jerusalem, June 13, 2013. – Photo: Nahshon

Following up on last year’s event, Ferrari will return to the streets of the capital joined by Porsche and Caterham F1s, the Jerusalem municipality announced.
The event will also include a special Audi from the La Mans series, a Formula Master car, and a Ferrari Challenge Car from the racetracks of Europe, according to organizers.

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Pro-Palestinian activists girding to demonstrate Maccabi TA playing NBA preseason games

As a result of Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza, pro-Hamas demonstrations may greet the team’s preseason matches in both Brooklyn & Cleveland.

The prospect that pro-Palestinian demonstrations will greet Israel’s champion basketball team during a visit to the U.S. isn’t a slam dunk, but it’s still a possibility, a media report says.

Euroleague Final Four final match, May 18, 2014

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Yogev Ohayon goes for the basket during the Euroleague Final Four final match between Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 18, 2014 – Photo: AP

In October, Maccabi Tel Aviv will play two preseason games, against the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Israel Team Awarded Silver Medal at World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

Israeli rhythmic team makes biggest achievement to date, stunning judges & pulling off amazing performance without error.

By Oren Aharoni



Israel’s national rhythmic gymnastic team won the silver medal Sunday in the 2014 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships that took place in Izmir, Turkey. This the team’s biggest achievement to date.

Israel's national team in rhythmic gymnastic in Izmir, Turkey (Photo: EPA)

Israel’s national team in rhythmic gymnastic in Izmir, Turkey – Photo: EPA

The team won the medal for the club routine as part of group competition stage with the final score of 16.983.

The team, which include Alona Kushewtzki, Ida Meirin, Yuval Pilo, Katia Levín, Karina Lichber and Lihi Shuchtowitz, ascended to the finals following a great performance in the preliminaries which gave them the fifth spot in the all round competition and the ticket to the top eight. Continue Reading »

Israel’s baseball team wins int’l games to move up in world rankings

Israel’s European winning streak in 2014 advances team to 19th place worldwide in int’l baseball rankings, above South Africa and Great Britain.

By i24news



Israel has moved up in the most recent International Baseball Federation (IBAF) men’s world rankings, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Friday.

Israel's baseball team ( Maccabiah/Facebook )

Israel’s baseball team – Maccabiah/Facebook

Israel is now ranked 19th in the world, surpassing several notable countries such as Nicaragua, South Africa and Great Britain.

In order to compile its list of rankings, the IBAF relies on several criteria including results from 2014 baseball events. According to Haaretz, Israel managed to improve its ranking this year due to winning the European Championship C-Pool tournament in Slovenia in July, winning second place in the PONY tournament in Prague, and winning second and third places in the Tuscany Series baseball tournaments in Italy.

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Olympic committee suspends Tunisia after barring Israel’s flag

The Chief of the Israeli baseball association was forbidden from displaying Israel’s flag at the World Baseball Softball Confederation congress in Tunisia.


LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee has issued a warning to the international baseball and softball federation after an Israeli delegate was barred from displaying his national flag at a recent meeting in Tunisia.

IOC executive

The IOC Executive in session. – Photo: International Olympic Committee

The IOC opened an investigation after the head of the Israeli baseball association, Peter Kurz, was told he could not display the Israeli flag or name plate at the World Baseball Softball Confederation congress in Hammamet, Tunisia, in May. Continue Reading »

15 Israelis to run 60 kilometers and conquer Mount Everest

So who are these 15 Israeli runners, & how are they preparing for a run up to the summit of the highest peak in the world?


For thousands of participants, this year’s Tel Aviv Marathon, on February 28, was a lofty target at which they had been aiming themselves for months. But for the group of runners that gathered the night before outside the offices of Icon Fashion Accessories in Bnei Brak, it was just the first step in a lengthy training regimen leading up to one of the sport’s biggest challenges: the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, held every year on May 29 to mark the historic trek of Tenzing Norgay and Edmond Hillary to the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Continue Reading »

25,000 runners to participate Friday in annual Int’l Jerusalem Marathon

The 4th Int’l Jerusalem Marathon is set for this Friday with 25,000 runners from 54 countries are expected to take part in one of several tracks.

The 800-meter social race, the International Jerusalem ”Winner” Marathon, supports the needy.

By Yori Yalon


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Kinneret allergy afflicting water-sport enthusiasts at Sea of Galilee

Spray getting into vacationers’ eyes & lungs at Lake Kinneret is making them ill, then disappears after 2-3 days.



Vacationers and water-sport enthusiasts at Lake Kinneret have been complaining of rashes, sneezing, tearing eyes and breathing difficulties. The phenomenon even has its own name: Kinneret allergy.

People at Lake Kinneret on the first day of Sukkot.

People at Lake Kinneret last September, on the first day of Sukkot. . Watch out for the spray.- Photo: GIl Eliyahu

Most complaints have come from windsurfers and kitesurfers who get water sprayed in their eyes and lungs. The increase in cases in recent years has made scientists wonder if changes in the lake over the past two decades are responsible.

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The 1st marathon runner was Jewish…not Greek

In honor of Friday’s Tel Aviv Marathon, we note that a run described in the bible predates the Greek myth on which modern marathons are based.

Plus: A note from Jewish Runner Hall of Fame.


Tomorrow, Friday morning, thousands of runners will be taking to the streets. Yes, it’s the Tel Aviv Marathon, and the perfect time to debunk some myths about Jews and sports, specifically – running.

Pheidippides (Wikimedia)

Pheidippides delivering the message of victory after the Battle of Marathon, Luc-Olivier Merson, 1869.- Photo: Wikimedia

The first modern marathon was at the first latter-day Olympics, held in Athens in 1896.

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Israeli figure skating duo qualify for Sochi finals

Andrea Davidovich & Evgeni Krasnopolski set their hopes on Israel’s 1st ever medal at the Winter Olympics.


Israeli athletes Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich qualified on Tuesday for the figure skating finals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Israel's Andrea Davidovich, left, and Evgeni Krasnopolski perform during pairs free skating

Israel’s Andrea Davidovich, left, and Evgeni Krasnopolski perform during pairs free skating of the Golden Spin figure skating competition in Zagreb, Croatia, Dec. 7, 2013.- Photo: AP

The two scored 56.90 points on their total segment score at the Pairs Short Program.

The Chinese team scored the most points (70.59), followed by the U.S. (67.44) and France (65.36).

The finals will take place on Wednesday at 7:45 P.M.

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Sochi Jews & Israeli delegates remember Israeli athletes of Munich Olympic Games Massacre

Local Jews and visitors rejoice that they can now raise their prayerful voices in Russia, once the land of the pogroms.

By Reuters



They gathered Sunday in sorrow and celebration, Jews saying a prayer for the 11 Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Jews rejoicing that they could raise prayerful voices in Russia, once the land of the pogrom.

Remembering Munich

Remembering Munich – Screenshot

The Munich massacre visited the specter of terror on the Olympics, introducing a fear felt intensely even today. A band of Palestinians scaled an Olympic Village fence and took members of the Israeli Summer Olympics team hostage.

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Kiryat Shmona in the Galilee to host auto racing track

Cars will race on the unused runways of Kiryat Shmona’s abandoned airfield with restriction from the Civil Aviation Authority that there will be no damage to the aviation infrastructure.



A court Tuesday paved the way for the opening of an auto racing track in Kiryat Shmona when it rejected a petition to delay a tender issued by the municipality.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Takuma Sato of Japan, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

A scene from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, soon to grace Kiryat Shmona. – Photo: Reuters

The ruling culminated a legal saga that began last May, when the city’s economic corporation sought permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to hold car races on the runways of a local airfield that hadn’t been used in years. Continue Reading »

ITF suspends Tunisia from Davis Cup for refusing to play Israeli

Tunisian Malek Jaziri withdrew from the Tashkent Challenger tournament just prior to a match against Amir Weintraub from Israel.

Jaziri’s brother reported he had been ordered to default the match.

By Reuters



Tunisia has been suspended from the 2014 Davis Cup competition after the country’s tennis federation ordered its number one player not to play against an Israeli.

Malek Jaziri

Malek Jaziri, the Tunisian tennis player who pulled out of a tennis tournament rather than face Amir Weintraub. – Photo by Wikimedia Commons / Dacoucou

Malek Jaziri withdrew from the second tier Tashkent Challenger tournament last month before his match against Israel’s Amir Weintraub. Continue Reading »

Tunisian tennis player told not to enter match with Israeli sportsman

After Malek Jaziri withdrew from match against Israeli player, Amir Weintraub advances to semifinals of Tashkent tournament.

Tunisia’s tennis federation ordered the country’s top player to withdraw from a match against an Israeli at a tournament in Uzbekistan.

Israel's Amir Weintraub at the World Group play-off Davis Cup tennis in Antwerp, Belgium

Israel’s Amir Weintraub at the World Group play-off Davis Cup tennis in Antwerp, Belgium, Sept. 15, 2013. – Photo: AP

Malek Jaziri had been scheduled to play Israel’s Amir Weintraub on Friday in the quarterfinals of an ATP Challenger tournament in Tashkent. He withdrew before the match and Weintraub advanced to the semifinals of the lower-tier event.

“Following a meeting this afternoon with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, I have the immense regret to inform you that you are ordered not to play against the Israeli player,” the federation said in an email to Jaziri. Continue Reading »

FIFA head hosts Palestine-Israel soccer talks with goal to play

Chief of int’l soccer body, Sepp Blatter, suggests Israel & Palestine play a game of football together.



ZURICH — FIFA President Sepp Blatter hopes to have a solution by year’s end to the problem of Israeli security restrictions affecting Palestinian football, after holding talks with the two sides on Tuesday.

Sepp Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Zurich, at a press conference following the meeting between Israeli and Palestinian soccer authorities. – Photo: Reuters

After hosting the leaders of the Israeli and Palestinian football associations, Blatter said they agreed to send delegates to a follow-up meeting later in September. Continue Reading »