London is hit, West under attack
Though belated, I wish to dedicate this post to the unfortunate event in London, the barbaric and bestial murder of pure innocent people in the name of God. Yes, unbelievably as it may seem, it was done in the name of God. Let's not waste time and energy on describing how do I feel about it, because it should go without saying that I share the pain of the victims and their families and the disgust that so many feel toward this despicable act of misinterpreted religious fervor and misguided social activism. What is more important is how this new kind of war should be approached. For it is war, let there be no mistake about it. This is not just another crime, this is war. I believe that the West is under attack. I believe that if the West collapses, the world will collapse with it in a total chaos. I believe that the West should make a conscious effort to define its enemy in an intelligent and determined manner, one in which the rules of engagemnet are reviewed within the frame of the new circumstances, which are indeed unique, at least compared to what we knew until now about the rules of advancement of social and political goals. Though I have my own general thoughts about how this should be done, it is not for me to say it. I hope, and in fact I am pretty sure that the powers that be will be able to find the answers to this new plague of our times. I would like to end my epistle of today with a minute of silence in the honor of those who gave their lives, without knowing it, to the understanding of the new world in which we live and of the resolve we must find to fight the plague. Please, join me!
A LOVE POEM TO JERUSALEM
A poem dedicated to Jerusalem, the beloved, written by a dear friend of mine.
Helen is a painter, living in Jerusalem, water-coloring the wonders of this eternal city of Ur-Shalem from the place of her residence and of her eyes and heart.
Do visit her website, and maybe her home and studio, too, and see the wonders!...
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A LOVE POEM TO JERUSALEM
I am writing a poem to you
Jerusalem the Beautiful
Wondering if it’s possible
That when God created you
I would fall in love with you
The moment I saw you
Forty-five years ago
Did he plant you in my dreams to create
A longing, an ache
For a place I’d never seen?
Until I was compelled to come to you
And walked your streets with such familiarity
That it must be
We’ve known each other for centuries
Perhaps for Eternity
Once, strangely, I saw me
Running in front of me
Wearing a white linen garment
Disappearing round a corner
In the Armenian Quarter…
Did God create your stones and gates
Your flowers and trees especially for me?
I would be inspired to paint them
Did he create your sweet clear air
To intoxicate me?
Often I am certain he is next to me
As I skip down the streets
Pleased with my elation
At the beauty of his creation
In the Spring especially
As my eyes bless the blossoms
Of the almond trees
And marvel at the carpets
Of wild flowers
And dance in the rain
For endless hours
My heart beats in tandem
To your heart’s rhythm
My soul belongs to you
Now, at sixty-two
I am even more in awe of you
In the entire history
Of this exquisite City
I am absolutely certain
No one has loved you
More than I do
© 2004 Helen Bar-Lev
Antisemitism, its global rise and education
The following is a quote from an article by Janine Zacharia, in The Jerusalem Post, a prominent Israeli newspaper in English.
"The State Department's first "Report on Global Anti-Semitism," mandated by a new law signed by President George W. Bush in October, documents anti-Semitic acts around the world between July 2003 and December 2004, has been released Wednesday (Jan., 5, '05, Dan Barkye).
A combination of traditional anti-Jewish prejudice, strong anti-Israel sentiment and Europe's growing Muslim population has contributed to a recent rise in global anti-Semitism, a new report to Congress released by the State Department on Wednesday said."
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Reflecting on the ugly phenomenon of anti-Semitism and its rise all over, especially in Europe, one has to be grateful that only 53% (according to a recent poll) of Brittons don't know much, or at all, about the Holocaust. This, in spite of all the efforts to plant some knowledge in the people's awareness about this abomination beyond belief committed against the Jewish people for pure racist reasons.
Reckon, though, what would it have been and how would it look without those efforts. 0% would know about it, not the remaining 47.
So, the important thing is that there are efforts made to educate people about it and that without it, no one, maybe, would know about it.
Don't let it be forgotten, spread the word about it and about the danger of the reemergence of such ideologies and notions, and of their proponents, or deniers.
The danger of such ugly "dreams" coming true is much too real to overlook. Just remember the atrocities of the 20th century, right after the WWII, up to this very day, starting with the pogroms against returning Jews to Poland from the Nazi concentration camps, through the massacre of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria during the '60's, the Rwanda and Bosnia ethnic massacres in the '90's and the Darfur ethnic genocide in Sudan, going on right now, as you read this.
Remember! Fight it! En guarde!
-- by Dan Barkye
Some interesting and positively intriguing data from Israel
Israel Random Info Data
Here is a capsule of accomplishments Israel has achieved that you, interested reader, may not be fully aware of. I thought you might find these statistics interesting.
The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries.
The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year.
Israeli trees are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder.
Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following:
The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.
Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel (Some say it has been developed in the US. Remains to be checked. I'll do it in the nearest time. DB.).
The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.
The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.
Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.
The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.
Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world (after the U. S, Russia and China). In addition to a large variety of other aircraft, Israel's air force has an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16's. This is the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the U. S.
According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry's most impenetrable flight security. U. S. officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.
Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people --as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.
In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world.
In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U. S. (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).
With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world -- apart from the Silicon Valley, U. S.
Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U. S.
Outside the United States and Canada, Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.
Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.
Twenty-four per cent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees -- ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland - and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees.
Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia, to safety in Israel.
When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world's second elected female leader in modern times.
When the U. S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed in 1998, Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day -- and saved three victims from the rubble.
Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship -- and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world.
Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.
Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as "conflict free."
Israel has the world's second highest per capita of new books.
Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert.
Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.
Medicine... Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.
An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U. S. hospitals between 35,000 and 70,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.
Israel's Givun Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.
Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.
Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U. S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions. Israel places first in this category as well.
A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct -- all without damaging surrounding skin or tissue.
An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave dessert.
All the above while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other country on earth. The 5 million Jews in Israel are surrounded by 350 Moslems who want to exterminate them.
AND THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR IN ENGLAND SAYS ISRAEL IS NOTHING BUT A SHITTY LITTLE COUNTRY !!! Huh!
CREDITS - Prof. D. Koller, who compiled this interesting data, teaches at the Institute of Life Sciences The Hebrew University Jerusalem 91904, Israel.