On Saturday the Israeli atheletes will enter the Olympic stadium, while seven sailors and windsurfers challenge the waves at Weymouth and Portland.
Jillian Shwartz will compete in the pole vault for the blue-and-white for the first time. The Olympian’s first appearance at the Summer Games was in Athens 2004, under the red-blue-and-white flag of the USA.
Source: Times of Israel
The Israel Airports Authority expects Ben Gurion International Airport to experience its peak summer passenger traffic in August, which is likely to see over 600,000 people fly in and out of Israel on 400 flights.
The IAA projected that 50,000-60,000 people will use the airport per day throughout August – the height of the summer vacation.
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In total, 2.9 million passengers are expected to pass through Israel’s international gateway through the summer.
The figure represents a 2.3% increase from the summer of 2011.
The IAA said that in July some 1.4 million passengers passed through Ben Gurion Airport – up 4.5% from last year.
After the successful opening of American Eagle Outfitters in Israel, Harel Weizel CEO of the Israeli-based fashion chain FOX, is seeking to bring in yet another international fashion franchise – New Yorker.
According to business daily Calcalist, Weizel recently met with the German fashion chain’s representatives in Germany and was looking to open the brand’s stores in Israel.
A New Yorker team is due to arrive in Israel next week in order to review the Israeli retail market and find potential locations for the brand’s shops. Fox Group will likely gain the German fashion retail chain’s Israel franchise.
New Yorker is an international fashion label based in Germany and currently operates 950 stores in 32 countries, mainly in Europe but also in Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and Dubai.
Fox which is owned by Weizel is an international chain with stores in Israel and nine other countries including China and Bulgaria and Canada. The Israeli clothing company also has a joint partnership with Laline Candles & Soaps Ltd and co-owns Billabong and Sacks clothing companies.
In 2012, Fox Group, who is also the Israeli franchiser for American Eagle Outfitters, brought the American fashion retailer to Israel.
This will not be the first time New Yorker representatives have visited Israel with the mission of opening the brand’s stores in the country. In 2009, as a wave of international clothing brands began taking over the local retail market, New Yorker representatives met with Azrieli Group Ltd, who own 13 malls in Israel, but did not manage to come to an agreement with the Israeli company.
It appears as if the German company now has a window of opportunity to expand its business to other countries in the Middle East through Fox.
New Yorker has wide-ranging men and women’s fashion lines, including underwear, sportswear, streetwear, swimwear, jewelry, and fragrances for a young, trend-conscious target group.
In Israel, the company will most likely compete with the two international clothing giants H&M and Forever 21 for the same young clientele.
Here’s my impression of the oldest neighborhoods of TelAviv: Neve Tzedek. It’s such a nice and beautiful neighborhood to explore. Lot’s of cosy restaurants and little shops who sell beautiful things. I guess if you are an architecture lover, Neve Tzedek is the place to be. The small houses and buildings vary in lots of styles: First you feel like you’re in a little European village and then suddenly you are in front of an Arabic styled building mixed with some Bauhaus style buildings! When visiting TelAviv, this neighborhood is not to be missed…
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Although the origin of hummus (which simply means “chickpea” in Arabic), is unclear, people have been consuming this thick savoury paste for millennia in the Middle East. Medieval recipe books show it was eaten in Egypt and the Levant (Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon) before spreading to Turkey, Greece and across the Mediterranean.
Since then, it has become the basis of an entire food culture in Israel. In fact, according to Israel-based hummus manufacturer Sabra Salads, Israelis consume twice as much hummus as their Arab neighbours. The most popular version of hummus in Israel is served warm in a large bowl, sprinkled with parsley, cumin and other spices. It has the consistency of a very thick soup and is scooped up with hot pita bread, raw onion and pickled cucumbers. In Palestinian areas, hummus is usually served at breakfast, sometimes accompanied with labaneh (cold yoghurt) and fresh mint leaves. Indeed, many of the Arab hummus eateries are only open until 2 pm each day, following the traditional Arabic saying that “kings eat hummus in the morning”, referring to the tradition of cooking a pot of chickpeas overnight and savouring the freshest portion at dawn.
Israel originally adopted hummus as its unofficial national dish because it suited Jewish Kashrut laws — religious rules that deal with eating and food preparation. Religious Jews buy only kosher-certified products and they separate their meat and dairy foods. Since hummus complements vegetarian, dairy and meat dishes, it became a popular choice, and over time, has become much more than just a dip.
“We have such a deep respect for the dish in Israel that there are eateries around the country devoted to serving just hummus,” explained Inbal Baum, founder of the tour company Delicious Israel, which offers culinary and speciality boutique walks, including popular guided “hummus crawls” in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. “There are so many varieties of hummus developed in Israel based on ethnic tradition and local style that you could easily spend a long weekend touring just for hummus. Many Israelis trace their roots back to Arabic-speaking countries, and this fusion is reflected in their creative cuisine.”
The humble dish of hummus represents, quite literally, the melting pot of Israeli culture. In the last century, Jewish immigrants from countries such as Iraq, Yemen and Morocco each brought with them their own unique hummus habits. For example, Iraqis serve hummus with sabich (fried eggplant and boiled eggs) while Moroccans prefer Hasa Al Hummus, a vegetarian chickpea soup.
In more recent decades, Israel has received a growing number of African immigrants and today there is even a Sudanese hummus joint in Tel Aviv called Hummus Gan Eden (46 Yona Ha’Navi Street; 972-03-510-2230). Their African-flavoured menu features Special Hummus Darfur, which adds egg, tomato and grated cheese to the mix.
Yet, to find an authentic family-run hummusia (an eatery devoted solely to hummus) in Israel you need to be in the know. Most traditional hummus places are housed in old buildings, often hidden down alleyways and with signs only in Hebrew or Arabic. It seems the really good places do not need to advertise, as word-of-mouth reviews bring in the crowds.
A good place to start your hummus hunt is in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter. This sleepy old-fashioned neighbourhood in the centre of town, footsteps away from the bustling Carmel Market, was originally inhabited by Jewish immigrants from Yemen. Its narrow lanes play host to a number of hummus and soup kitchens such as Achim Aziri (30 Yihye Street, 972-03-516-0783), which serves hummus hot with skhug (a traditional Yemenite-style spicy sauce made from red or green peppers).
For a slice of Jamaica, head to one of the liveliest little eateries in town, Hummus Abu Dhabi (81 King George Street; 972-03-525-9090). Reggae music is popular with young Israelis, so it makes sense that this place mixes the sounds of Bob Marley with its chickpea offerings.
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