News Highlights January 2011
The First 100 years
The year 2010 was the hundredth anniversary of the establishment of Kibbutz Degania, which was the first kibbutz to be established in
The official ceremony was attended by The President of Israel, Members of Parliament, senior officers of the Defense Force and leading figures from the business community.
The Kibbutzim have changed considerably since the early days when they were largely all communal, communist type societies.
The vast majority of today's kibbutzim have opted for a form of capitalism accompanied by widespread privatization. Relatively few kibbutzim have retained aspects of the old style communal society.
The kibbutzim formed the backbone of the country before
The kibbutzim formed a large part of
International Holocaust Memorial Day
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at a synagogue in
It is commendable that an organization like the United Nations has finally recognized the Holocaust for what it was, and set aside a day for international remembrance of the world’s worst international crime. The fact that a representative of
In 2006, the United Nations recognized January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of
A native of
The Israel Defense Force
The IDF has a its own police, investigators, and courts that deal with charges of abuse, as well as other infractions likely to arise in a military with several hundred thousand young adults, as well as older reservists. Activists often criticize their leniency. In recent months the IDF was not lenient in dealing with two generals who were found to have lied about what started out as modest irregularities. Both allowed family members to drive civilian-type vehicles owned by the military, and then claimed that they themselves were responsible for accidents that occurred. They were dismissed from service on the ground that the IDF does not tolerate falsehood.
At the top of the IDF pyramid is the Chief of the General Staff. He is the commanding officer with a rank equivalent to an American Lieutenant General (three stars). Personal morality as well as military qualifications are among the criteria for choice and assumed to adhere to the individual during his time in office.
The IDF has lots of women recruits and officers, some of whom have reached high office and public prominence, but only males have been appointed to the position of Chief of the General Staff.
Democracy in the
The Middle Eastern countries other than
Who would have thought that the general population would rise up against President Mubarak? Who would have thought that such an uprising would succeed? It is quite likely true to say that nobody would have thought that such an uprising, which started in
The question for all is whether this really is an uprising by the ordinary people in search of democracy and better conditions and opportunities for them and their families.
Is it that simple or is it an orchestrated move by extremists to take control of the countries in the region as has happened in
Protests are now sweeping across the region in many countries and it will take some time for the dust to settle before it can be determined in which direction the
British novelist and screenwriter Ian McEwan has refused to listen to calls from anti
"I’m for dialogue, engagement, and looking for ways in which literature can reach across political divides," says McEwan.
The author said he was for finding out for himself, “and for dialogue, engagement, and looking for ways in which literature, especially fiction, with its impulse to enter other minds, can reach across political divides.”
McEwan added: “As for the Jerusalem Prize itself, its list of previous recipients is eloquent enough. And includes Bertrand Russell, Milan Kundera, Susan Sontag, Arthur Miller, Simone de Beauvoir.
The West bank area is developing economically and readying itself for a future Palestinian state.
The city of
Israelis of various persuasions blessed the venture as advancing economic development in the
The new project will create many jobs in the area and a better future for West Bank residents wishing to be part of the project and also perhaps to live in the
Strangers No More
Strangers No More is a short documentary film about a school in Tel Aviv where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. The film follows three students as they struggle to adjust to life in
Strangers No More premiered on September 24, 2010 at the Laemmle Theatres Sunset 5 Theatre in West Hollywood, California. The film will screen at the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival in Los Angeles. It will also screen in cities worldwide through the Shorts International Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011 program. On January 25, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Strangers No More as being nominated for the 83rd Academy Awards for the Best Documentary Short Subject category.
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