Netta wins Eurovision Song Contest for Israel

Israel’s Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision song contest with “Toy” scoring 529 points, nearly 100 points ahead of second place Cyprus. Israel will therefore host next year’s Eurovision competition, which will bring thousands of fans to Jerusalem.

Cycling teams from Arab states in Jerusalem

Teams from the United Arab Emirates & Bahrain competed in the Israel stages of the Giro d’Italia cycle race. The eight cyclists from Team Emirates included Fabio Aru who said, ““Sport and cycling unify people, this is a fact,”.  Also, see this one-minute video of the event.

The first velodrome in the Middle East

Tel Aviv is officially home to the Middle East’s first indoor velodrome cycling racetrack. The world governing body for sports cycling, Union Cycliste Internationale, has formally certified the Sylvan Adams National Velodrome to be Olympic Standard.

Another Heading

The 16th May Tel Aviv screening of “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” is a sell-out . There will now be another chance to see this remarkable film on June 4 at the Lev Smadar in Jerusalem. All proceeds go to the Team Israel Olympics 2020 effort.

Ringo Starr extends his Israel tour

Fans of ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr have been so enthusiastic, his 23th June Tel Aviv concert sold out. So, he’s doing another performance on 24th June. Ringo and his All-Starr Band are coming to Israel for the first time ever, as part of their “Give More Love” world tour.

Shakira to perform in Israel in July

Shakira, the world-famous Latina singer, will perform in Tel Aviv in July - her first ever concert in Israel. I reported on Shakira previously when she visited a joint Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem in her role as UK Goodwill Ambassador.

70 years of Independence Day posters

Here is a selection of some of the most important and beautiful Yom Ha’atzmaut posters issued over the past 70 years - taken from Israel’s State Archive.  They present a moment in Israel’s history: concerns and achievements during the past year, as well as hopes and goals for the coming one.

“Solution Nation”

David Wanetick has written and published a new book about Israeli technological prowess, “Solution Nation: One Nation is Disproportionately Responding to the World’s Most Intractable Problems”. It analyzes 62 emerging Israeli companies, all of which are developing solutions to life-threatening problems.

Why an Italian bike race starts in Israel

In WW2, famous Italian cyclist Gino Bartali used his bicycle frame to smuggle forged documents, saving 800 Jews from death. His bravery made him a hero and inspired the Giro d’Italia 2018 to begin in Israel - the first time the race has opened outside Europe. Great video.

Gold and 3 bronzes for Israeli Judokas

At the European Judo Championships in Tel Aviv, Israel’s Sagi Muki won gold in the 73–81 kg division. Israelis Tal Flicker (under-66 kg) and Peter Paltchik (under-100kg) won bronze, whilst Gefen Primo won a bronze medal in the women’s under-52 kg category.