Groundbreaking exhibition of paintings by 120 Israeli, Palestinian children celebrates completion of three-year program that integrated creative, educational interactive methods in weekly joint art workshops
A groundbreaking exhibition of selected paintings by 120 Israeli and Palestinian children took place last week in the foyer of the Allsaraya Arabic-Hebrew theater in Jaffa.
Former Knesset Member Nadia Hilou came to the packed hall of the theatre, greeted the audience and complimented the art teachers and children participants on their paintings and work for peace.
The one-day exhibition of over 100 paintings (of which 35 were joint works) celebrated the completion of a three-year program that integrated creative and educational interactive methods in weekly joint art workshops.
Several of the children’s paintings have already been sent to the 16th Kanagawa Biennial in Yokohama, Japan and others have been sent to France to take part in a world exhibition of children’s paintings for peace.
The paintings of the children participants in our 2000-2003 program were exhibited internationally in venues such as the Jerusalem Municipality building, WIPO in Geneva, The Houses of Parliament in London, The Imperial War Museum in Manchester, and the ZEUM in San Francisco.
Tourism Ministry celebrates milestone by awarding vacation to tourist number 3,000,001 – a Brazilian evangelical pastor
Over three million tourists have visited Israel in 2010 so far, breaking the previous record for tourist entries.
Israel marked the milestone by welcoming tourist number 3,000,001, a Brazilian pastor who arrived in Israel from Sao Paolo on Monday afternoon, in a celebratory reception at Ben Gurion Airport, attended by Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov.
“There is a bit of excitement in reaching this landmark,” Misezhnikov said. He mentioned that it is fortuitous that the tourist arrived on a flight from Brazil, where Israel has launched a major marketing campaign.
The lucky tourist, a member of a delegation of 50 evangelists that arrived on an El Al flight, was chosen in a lottery. He was awarded a Hanukkah menorah and a somewhat more prestigious prize: A six-day vacation in Israel, to be used over the following year.
The Tourism Ministry estimates that the tourist volume will reach an all time high of 3.4 million by the end of 2010 – 700,000 more tourist than in 2009 and 400,000 more than in 2008, when the previous record was set.
Not everyone in the Israeli tourism industry are impressed with the numbers; Shmuel Zurel, director-general of the Israel Hotel Association, said that the data includes visitors who pass through Israel on their way to vacations in neighboring nations, and might have a negative impact on the market.
Zurel said these visitors overload Israel’s infrastructure, and added that “Israel is turning into a playing field for its neighbors without contribution to the market.”
Almost a year since an earthquake struck Haiti, killing at least 200,000 people and reducing much of its capital of Port-au-Prince to rubble, authorities in the impoverished Caribbean nation are now struggling to contain a new disaster from spreading.
Over the past month about 1,200 Haitians have died in an outbreak of cholera while thousands more have sought treatment in hospitals.
nternational aid organizations including Israeli and Jewish groups have rushed into action trying to help the UN bring the situation under control.
On Monday the UN declared IsraAID’s clinic in Leogane, a town located about 30 kilometers west of Port-au-Prince, a cholera treatment facility.
Since the announcement, the facility’s Israeli, Canadian and local staff have been preparing for the expected influx of patients by adding dozens of beds and stocking up on medical supplies.
“There’s a large auditorium behind our clinic which we’ve cleaned filled with beds,” Shachar Zahavi, the head of IsraAID, said on Monday. “The largest medical center in the area is a Doctors Without Borders facility nearby, but UN officials who visited our facility were impressed with our work and designated us to be the area’s second treatment center.”
Since it opened last September, the IsraAid-Tevel center, which is fully funded by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, has treated hundreds of patients for various ailments.
Meanwhile, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on Monday said its widespread aid program was going ahead as usual despite the instability brought about by the epidemic.
“We’re doing a number of projects with the nine clinics working with local medical staff which is very important,” Judy Amit, JDC’s global director of international development, said. “We’re shipping in supplies, IV bags, saline solutions, to rehydrate people and tents. In addition we’re sending antibiotics together with the [Israeli] Foreign Ministry.”
Last week Haitians stormed a UN base just outside the capital held by Nepalese troops, which they blamed for spreading cholera around the country, which hasn’t had an outbreak of the disease in decades.
“The riots were isolated,” Amit, who just returned from Haiti, said. “During the five days I was there it’s been described as tires burning in the streets and chaos. But there’s no sense that the city is being ravaged.
A lot of the local anger is to do with education.
People do not understand the connection between sewage and clean water sources. Also the pile up of garbage is terrible.”
Despite the riots and threat that the epidemic will spread further, Haitians will go to the ballots this Sunday to vote in a new government.
“I don’t know [if the elections will go ahead smoothly,” Amit said. “I’m there to provide humanitarian aid. The cholera outbreak was expected and I hope a strong government comes into a power so that they can push things forward.”
Israel is used to making politcal headlines, but this time an Israeli is front page news for all right reasons – People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue
After seeing both Bar Refaeli and Esti Ginzburg sparkle on the other side of the Atlantic, Lior Suchard is proving that Israeli men are handsome and sexy too. People Magazine included the Israeli supernatural entertainer on its list of Sexiest Men Alive for 2010.
Suchard represented his age group in the Sexy at Every Age list in the 28 spot. The list included David Beckham (35), Antonio Banderas (50), Ricky Martin (38), Sting (59), Liam Neeson (58) and Rafael Nadal (24). Actor Ryan Reynolds came out on top and was named by People Magazine as Sexiest Man Alive 2010.
Suchard has received a great deal of publicity in the US mainly due to his performance on the Jay Leno show. As earlier reported by Yedioth Ahronoth, Suchard has been performing in Las Vegas for the past few weeks.
Speaking from Los Angeles Suchard said that “I still can’t believe that I’m on the list, I’m in shock. I got all sorts of text messages from people telling me that I’m in the magazine so I immediately ran to the store to buy it. One the one hand, I’m a little embarrassed but on the other hand, this is very exciting. It was never my goal to be on it, but it is definitely cool to be included in the distinguished list.”
Suchard met with David Beckham in Los Angeles last week and the two discussed being side by side on the list. “We promised that we would sign each others magazines” said Suchard. “We will be meeting up in London in two weeks and I hope that he visits me in Israel one day”.
(born 25 August 1968) is an Israeli male model, and actor of the cinema, television, and theatre, who resides in Italy. In 2009, he co-starred in Barbarossa, an Italian film based on the life of Frederick I Barbarossa. In 2004 he played the role of Darius III in Oliver Stone‘s film Alexander. He has starred in many Italian television commercials, and beginning in April 2010 hosted the weekly television programme Mistero broadcast by Mediaset‘s Italia 1.
Degan was born in the Kibbutz Sde Nehemia in Israel. At the age of 21 after three years military service in the Israeli Army, he became a male model and commenced an itinerant lifestyle, travelling around the world;among the places he visited were Thailand, Australia, the United States, France, and Italy. He began his acting career with a cameo role in Robert Altman‘s 1994 film Pret-a-Porter.
By the mid-1990s, Degan was based in Italy and starred in a series of Italian commercials; he also had roles in several television films and played minor parts in cinematographic films. In 2004, he secured the role of Darius III in Oliver Stone‘s epic film Alexander, and in 2009 he co-starred in Barbarossa, an Italian film directed by Renzo Martinelli and starring Dutch actor Rutger Hauer in the title role. Deagan played the part of Alberto da Giussano, a legendary Lombardian condottiero who waged war against the Imperial Army of Frederick I Barbarossa.
In 2010, Degan participated as a contestant in the 6th series of the Italian dance contest Ballando con le stelle, televised by Rai Uno. His partner was Samantha Togni.