News Highlights February 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 and the kibbutz movement are actively involved in Israeli society and just recently the kibbutz movement decided to support the union of social workers in their drive for a minimum living wage. Salaries of social workers are so low that thousands of social workers live on a salary that is below the minimum Israeli salary. The support of the plight of the social workers is just one example of the kibbutz movement's continuous involvement in Israeli society.
The kibbutzim formed the backbone of the country before
The kibbutzim formed a large part of
Two Oscars for
The 2011 Academy Awards revealed two surprises from an Israeli point of view. The daughter of Israeli gynecologist Avner Hershlag was awarded the best actress award. Her grandfather Jerusalem Economics Professor Hershlag's parents were wiped out by the Nazis in
The second Oscar was awarded to the film "Strangers No More", a short documentary film about the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv.
Children from nearly fifty different countries and different backgrounds study at this school. The parents of these children are among the approximately 300,000 migrant workers who have arrived in
The film follows three students as they struggle to acclimatize to life in
Givat Haviva is presently hosting the fourth group of students from overseas down the difficult path of both the Arabic and Hebrew languages, with the main focus on spoken Arabic, as well as Middle East studies, contributing to the community and getting to know the peoples of
The students, ranging in age from 20 to 40, are making waves not only in their daily contact with Jewish and Arab communities in the Wadi Ara area, but have become the center of attention since media exposure to their message of everybody learning from each other was picked up by the media in Israel and abroad.
A discussion around one table centered on the misunderstandings and hard feelings caused by different dress codes, body language and communication.
They open our eyes to a totally different world and we in turn are hopefully allowing them to see into ours. They also give us a sense of importance in wanting us to help them with their Arabic language and we are just simply learning so much from each other.
A round of applause echoed around the classroom, the atmosphere full of a sense of fun and anticipation of more - a special lesson of sharing and joint participation that so many others in the region just do not believe possible.
Change in the
The young generation across the
The protests in the many Middle Eastern countries is expected to gain momentum and to take several months even years before it will be clear in which direction the Middle East is heading.
It is important for
The rest of the world is standing by and watching developments as the ordinary people struggle to unseat the dictatorial regimes in the region. Countries have been concentrating on evacuating their citizens from the
The Rescued Chilean Miners Tour of
“Trees symbolize life, and we received our lives as a gift,” said the Chilean miner who planted a tree in
The rescue of the Chilean miners who were trapped deep underground for 69 days was watched and cheered by the whole world. A mission of 26 of the 33 trapped miners, accompanied by their families, is now visiting
“Trees symbolize life, and indeed we have received our lives as a gift,” said Omar Reygades, who was one of the trapped miners. “When we were stuck down there, we never imagined that one day we would be so famous that we would visit
Also at the ceremony, the director-general of the Ministry of Tourism, stated that the planting of trees is an ancient tradition in the
The United Nations Human Rights Council finally agreed to appoint a judicial panel to monitor the Goldstone report. South African judge Richard Goldstone only interviewed Palestinian victims of the war and now the UN finally understood that Israeli victims must also be given a chance to air their experiences.
A resident of the Israeli city of
She takes medication to stay calm and rarely goes outside. She is just one example of the thousands of Israeli's who have been mentally or physically injured by ten years of rocket bombardment from
DNA and Criminal Cases
A new invention by Israeli scientists looks deeper into DNA to show with certainty whether or not a suspect was at the scene of a crime.
Israeli scientists have found a way to identify DNA, that would otherwise be inadmissible in court, when it comes from a sample of multiple people.
A new technique developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by a professor and his student takes the uncertainty out of DNA samples, when more than one person's DNA fingerprint is in the mix.
Expected to cost $100 to $200 per test, the new technology is a combination of bioinformatics and computation biology. The actual strategy was built on the basics of molecular biology using a lab on a chip.
It requires pinpointing the rare and unusual parts of a suspect's DNA, rather than reading the DNA to test a mixture to see if the suspect is present or not.
Almost every cell in our bodies contains DNA. It is the genetic material that tells our cells how to work. Although 99.9 percent of human DNA is the same in each and every one of us, the professor is interested in the very minute parts of the 0.1 percent that are unique.
If all points of the rare DNA are in the suspect and the mixture as well, there is strong proof that the suspect was at the scene.
The new invention looks deeper into the sample to establish with a very high level of certainty whether or not a suspect's DNA is in a mixture of up to 10 people.
The team can show beyond a reasonable doubt whether or not the suspect was in the sample. The professor predicts that with the right investment, the technology could be developed into a product within a year.
Iranian Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi said an Arab-style popular revolt would come soon to her country, driven by poverty and the fierce oppression of critics by its Islamic rulers.
"We are trying to ensure that whatever happens in
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