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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 11, 2012 Israel under the radar By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM(JTA)--Hereare some recent stories from Israel that you may have missed: She should be dancing, yeah A member of Israel's parlia- ment who wanted to get closer to the people by participating in Israel's version of "Dandng with the Stars" will have to find another way, the Knesset's legal adviser suggested. Kadima lawmaker Nino Abe- sadze cannot join the reality show on Israel's Channel 2, Eyal Yinon ruled, because it could cloudherjudgment on mediais- sues. He drew a distinction in his decision between appearing on a reality show, which promotes the commercial interests of the broadcaster, and on interview and round table discussion shows. Abesadzehadagreedtodonate to charity anywinnings from the popular show and to remove her- self from votes on media issues. The mayor of Bat Yam, Sh- lomo Lahiani, is reported to be a dancer on the program's new seaso Meanwhile, Abesadze says she'll continue to seek a shot on the show. Barak looking for new ait- merit at $8,000 a month Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barakand hiswife are looking to rentanewapartmentinaluxury Tel Aviv apartment complex for about $8,000 a month after sell- ingtheirapartmentinthecity for about $7 million. They havealreadypurchaseda newapartmentinTelAviv, which has notyet been builL Barakand wife Nili Priel are looking now to renta flat in a tony TelAvivneigh- borhooduntilthe newapartment is ready, Haaretz reported. They sold their space in the Akirov Towers last month. "My wife Nili and I decided we should sell the apartment, since we recognized that it distanced us from large portions of the population," Barak wrote on his Facebook page. He added that it was 'rd not to notice the public criticism of where I lived." Facebook friends put on a special wedding An Israeli couple has hun- dreds of new friends thanks to a Facebook campaign that helped them raise money and receive free services in order to have a real wedding. The couple, from Bat Yam, reportedly told friends that they would go to the rabbinate and get married without all the frills and fancy clothes. But one of the couple's friends decided that the couple should have a special wedding day and opened a Facebookpage called "organiz- ing a wedding together" in order to help them out. Strangers volunteered such services as putting on the bride's makeup and driving them to the wedding, Ynet reported. Bands and photographers also volunteered their talents. Vol- unteers also purchased electrical appliances, furniture and other necessities for the couple, and donatedmoney toabankaccount opened for them. Everything comes up 'Rose' for Dukakis American actress Olympia Dukakis does not feel the need to boycott Israel like some of her fellow professionals. The Acad- emy Award winner performed a one-woman show in Israel as part of an annual international theater festival. In "Rose," Dukakis plays an elderly Holocaust survivor who sits shixra for a Palestinian girl Bono's Hope-ful note left Hotel on April 17. shot by her grandson. Her char- acter's daughter had been killed during World War II. Dukakis performed the play on Broadway in 2000. In Israel itwas performed in Englishwith Hebrew subtitles. She won an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category in 1987 for her role in "Moon- struck." Bono leaves Hope-fuU note at Jerusalem hotel U2 lead singer Bono's left a Hope-full note at Jerusalem's King David hotel following a surprise visit to Israel. The note, which offered the hotel "great thanks for great room in great hotel in great city," centered on a poem that sd that "Hope is like a faithful dog." "In Jerusalem, Hope springs eternal," the poem read. "Hope is like a faithful dog sometimes she runs ahead of me to check the future, to sniffit outand then I call to her. Hope, Hope, come here, and she comes to me. I pet her, she eats out of my hand and sometimes she stays behind, near some other hope maybe to sniff outwhateverwas. Then I call her my Despair. I call out to her. Here, my little Despair, come here and she comes and snuggles up, and again I call her Hope." The note also included Bonds sketch of A Dog called Hope. Bono was on a personal visit to Israel. Insurance agent bares all at Eilat conference Call it high rise An insurance company executive stripped down to his underwear to make apoint for hundreds of insurance brokers at a conference in Eilat. Oren El-On of Phoenix In- surance was illustrating how fee reforms proposed by the Netanyahu government would affect the firms for whom the brokers work. After taking off everything buthisunderwear, EI-Onwalked behind a screen and removed them, too, tossing them in the air, Haaretz reportect During a speech at a previous conference, El-On cut his hair with an electric clipper to make a similar point. Apparently it's his policy to make his points -dphica"y. Supreme Court goes bananas over export of monkeys Israel's Supreme Court was not monkeying around when it issued an injunction to prevent a shipment of primates from an Israeli breeding farm to a research lab in the United States. Photo via BuzzFeed at the Jerusalem King David The court nded earner tffn month that the Mazor Farm monkey breeding farm near Petach Tikvah could not export 90 female macaque monkeys to the U.S. to be used in scientific experiments. The Let The Ani- mals Live animal rights group had requested the injunction. The farm said the monkeys would be used for 'iomedical research aimed at life-saving or preventingsufferinginhumans," The JerusalemPost reported. Let TheAnimals Live countered that only monkeys raised in captivity couldbe sent for scienthfic experi- ment and many ofe monkeys Lobe exportedhadbeencaptured in the wild. Apanel of judges is scheduled tohearapetition onapermanent injunction now that Passover has passed. Environmental Protection minister Gideon Erdan joined the rights groups' petition and is working on a new policy that would prevent the export of ani- mals from commercial farms in Israelexceptunderextraordinary circumstances, according to Haaretz. 'Big Brother' is drugging, participants charge A participant in the Israel version the 'Big Brother' reality show is suing the show's produc- tion company for forcing him to take drugs while he was on the show. Meanwhile, the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council voted to increase regulation of such shows. The council said it would go so far as to cancel the entire channel if it heard that a show's participants were pressured into using drugs. The new regulations call on the production company to "refrain from using illegitimate means that could harm the con- testants' judgment" and "avoid manipulating the contestants in a way which harms their autonomy and free will." Meanwhile, "Big Brother" finalist Saar Sheinfain told a Knesset panel last month that he was shocked to learn that pills given to him by a psychiatrist for the show were not sleeping pills but rather medication for schizophrenia. He took them for two months. Israeli lawmaker Nissim Zeev of the Shas party told Sheinfain that the producers "were doing participants a kindness in giving them pills," Ynet reported, He called the show "slutty in the full sense ofthe word." 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