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Ben-Gurion University launches appeal to save the class of COVID-19

Ben Gurion U President Daniel Chamovitz

The university is raising a fund to support students in their studies as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

With the COVID-19 pandemic surging once again in Israel it is having a devastating effect on many young people who had been enrolled in institutions of higher learning throughout the country.

At Ben Gurion University of the Negev, university president Daniel Chamovitz is particularly worried about the financial predicament faced by many of the university’s students.
Many students at BGU, as is the case with all other similar Israeli institutions, enroll in the university following their periods of army service.
As an article in the Jerusalem Post notes, “many of Ben Gurion‘s students are financially independent of their families, supporting themselves and funding their courses with jobs worked around their studies. However, the pandemic caused many of them to lose their jobs, putting their ongoing studies in jeopardy.
“Others are concerned that there will be no work for them to go to when they graduate. “
“This potential loss of students could have insurmountable effects on our society and our world,” BGU President Daniel Chamovitz observes.
The Jerusalem Post article goes on to cite the particular experiences of two different students:
“ ‘I’m finding myself in very uncertain times, where jobs are just not coming. You feel that you have something to offer and that you’re good at what you do – but that doesn’t matter,’ Mai Tannen, a 3rd year Politics and Government student says.
“Mai spent her first semester in Italy at the University of Sienna and returned for further studies in March, just as the coronavirus was taking hold there,” the JPost article notes. “Concerned for her health, her family and professors encouraged her to return to , but, she said, the contrast was notable as everything had shut down to prevent spread of the virus.”
“ ‘It’s a difficult time, and I’m very scared about the future. How am I going to support myself financially?’ she asked. ‘I feel like the ground is shaking below me.’ ”
The JPost article also refers to the shift from attending classes in person to online learning and the difficulties that change presents for many students, “many of whom have struggled to find the motivation to self-manage their learning amid the emotional turmoil and uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
“Amir Lorach, a 4th year Industrial Engineering and Management student, lost his job to the lockdown and had to give up his apartment due to financial difficulties, moving in with his girlfriend to save money. The upheaval posed serious problems for Amir, who has been diagnosed with ADHD. He found it difficult to manage his schedule studying online, and was staying up late into the night to make up for lost classes.
“These stresses manifested in chest pains, dizzy spells and losing track of time, making studying even more difficult. He is now considering whether to continue in his studies next year. “
The JPost article concludes with an observation how much of an impact BGU has had on the world: “Recalling the impact BGU has already had on the world – the head of Israel’s Health Ministry and his deputy are both alumni, as is the chief scientific officer of a Boston company developing a coronavirus vaccine – Chamovitz said he wanted today’s young people to have the same opportunities to excel and make an impact on the world.
“ ‘I want to be positive. I want to ensure that every student who wants to prove themselves – every student who thinks they have the ability – shall come to BGU and realize their potential,’ “ he said.
“ ‘We have a responsibility to ensure that no one is left behind.’ ”

For information on donating to the Canadian Associates of Ben Gurion University’s campaign in aid of students at that university, see the ad at the top of this site.

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New website for Israelis interested in moving to Canada

By BERNIE BELLAN A new website, titled “Orvrim to Canada” ( has been receiving hundreds of thousands of visits, according to Michal Harel, operator of the website.
In an email sent to Michal explained the reasons for her having started the website:
“In response to the October 7th events, a group of friends and I, all Israeli-Canadian immigrants, came together to launch a new website supporting Israelis relocating to Canada. “Our website,, offers a comprehensive platform featuring:

  • Step-by-step guides for starting the immigration process
  • Settlement support and guidance
  • Community connections and networking opportunities
  • Business relocation assistance and expert advice
  • Personal blog sharing immigrants’ experiences and insights

“With over 200,000 visitors and media coverage from prominent Israeli TV channels and newspapers, our website has already made a significant impact in many lives.”
A quick look at the website shows that it contains a wealth of information, almost all in Hebrew, but with an English version that gives an overview of what the website is all about.
The English version also contains a link to a Jerusalem Post story, published this past February, titled “Tired of war? Canada grants multi-year visas to Israelis” ( That story not only explains the requirements involved for anyone interested in moving to Canada from Israel, it gives a detailed breakdown of the costs one should expect to encounter.

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Message from a Palestinian in Gaza to protesters: “You’re hurting the Palestinian cause”

Protesters at McGill University

A very brave Palestinian who was willing to put his name to paper and write an article for Newsweek Magazine has exposed the utter hypocrisy of all those students – and others, who have been setting up encampments across the U.S. – and now Canada, too.

You can read the article at

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The Most Expensive Israeli Soccer Transfers

Eran Zahavi

Even if Israel isn’t known as a world soccer power, it has produced plenty of talented players who have made a living in top European leagues. On more than one occasion, an Israeli international has commanded a rather large transfer fee. But who are the most expensive players in Israel’s history? The answer could be a little surprising. We took a look back to find the most expensive Israeli soccer transfers of all time.

Tai Baribo

In 2023, Baribo made the move to MLS, signing with the Philadelphia Union. The reported fee was around $1.5 million, which is one of the highest transfer fees the Union has ever paid for a player.

Omer Atzili

Throughout his career, Atzili has played for a variety of clubs, including stops in Spain and Greece. In 2023, he joined Al Ain in the UAE for a transfer fee of $2.1 million.

Maor Buzaglo

Now retired, Buzaglo was briefly the holder of the richest transfer deal for an Israeli player. After a couple of successful seasons on loan, Maccabi Tel Aviv paid $2.7 million to rival Maccabi Haifa for Buzaglo in 2008.

Dia Saba

Saba made history in 2020 when he joined Al-Nasr, making him the first Israeli player to play for a club in the UAE. At the time, it was a big deal for relations between the two countries. Al-Nasr also paid an impressive $2.9 million transfer fee for the midfielder.

Tal Ben Haim

On multiple occasions, Ben Haim has been sold for more than $1 million. First, there was his move from Hapoel Tel Aviv to Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2023 for close to $1.2 million. A few years later, Sparta Prague came calling for him, spending $3.1 million as a transfer fee for the winger.

Itay Shechter

During the prime of his career, Shechter was the type of player who warranted a seven-figure transfer fee. German club Kaiserslautern paid a little over $2.6 million in 2011 to bring Shechter to the Bundesliga from Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Daniel Peretz

When Peretz was sold to Bayern Munich, it wasn’t the most expensive deal involving an Israeli player, although it was arguably the most important. He became the first Israeli Jew to play at Bayern, which is one of the biggest clubs in the world. The transfer fee for Peretz paid by Bayern Munich to Maccabi Tel Aviv was around $5.4 million.

Oscar Gloukh

Gloukh is one of the best young Israeli players right now. He already has three international goals in a dozen appearances to his name. Somehow, Gloukh is already one of the most expensive players in Israel’s history. After coming up with Maccabi Tel Aviv, he moved to Austrian giant Red Bull Salzburg in 2023 for a transfer fee of close to $7.5 million. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him top that number one day.

Liel Abada

Abada has been a part of two huge transfer deals in his young career. In 2021, Scottish club Celtic paid $4.8 million to acquire him from Maccabi Petah Tikva. However, that number was topped in 2024 when Charlotte FC of MLS paid a fee of $8 million for Abada.

With Charlotte FC, Abada competes in North America’s top league, facing teams from both Mexico and Canada. Throughout North America, sports betting has taken off in recent years. That includes betting in Canada, where there is a large collection of trusted sports betting platforms.

Eran Zahavi

To date, Zahavi holds the record for the most expensive transfer fee paid for an Israeli player. It’s fitting for Israel’s former captain and all-time leading scorer. In 2016, Chinese club Guangzhou City paid $12.5 million to get Zahavi from Maccabi Tel Aviv. That record was nearly broken later that year when another Chinese club offered $20 million for Zahavi, who turned it down and stayed with Guangzhou City.

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