Knesset’s Health Committee pushes legislation meant to ensure health in fashion industry, ban on use of grossly underweight models. MK Adatto: We must shatter anorectic beauty image
The Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee has approved a new bill proposal meant to ban the use of anorexic models in the fashion industry.
The bill, which now awaits its first reading, means to promote health and ensure all models shown in advertisements have a healthy body mass.
The bill states that any male or female model found to be grossly underweight for his or hers age and recommended Body Mass Index, will not featured in advertisements. In addition, if graphic editing is used, such as Photoshop, to make the model seem slimmer, it will be noted in the ad.
“Girls today look at the ultra-thin models on TV and dream of looking like them,” said Knesset Member Rachel Adatto (Kadima) during the debate. “They are successful in their eyes. This bill, which was approved by the committee today, will shatter the anorectic beauty image portrayed by the media and fashion and advertising industries.
The bill, she added, “will protect the heath of Israeli teens. Anorexia is a malignant disease, which is potentially lethal. We mustn’t stand idly by as more and more teenagers fall victim to this disease. It’s our duty to fight this severe tendency. The bill won’t solve all of the easting disorders, but it’s a first step proving a real instrument in this important battle.”
Physicians and Health Ministry delegates present at the meeting voiced their support for the bill, saying the method in which healthy body mass is measured follows international standard, which defines anyone found grossly under these recommendations as ill.
“It’s a sick industry,” Adi Barkan, a fashion photographer and model agent, said. “Let’s put an end to it. Most models eat only about 500 calories per day and they are still told they should loose more weight.”
Committee Chairman Haim Katz (Likud) concluded the meeting saying: “These statistics are horrifying. We aim to prevent any harm to the health of children and adolescents. Hurting the modeling industry is saddening, but if we know we’ve saved one child and one family in Israel – it’s good enough.”
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Government says Hebrew words left on old pumping station by Israeli soldier are worth preserving as important remnant of war that led to independence
The Israeli government has restored 63-year-old graffiti alongside a busy highway decades after it was removed as an eyesore, saying the scrawled Hebrew words were worth preserving as an important remnant of the war that led to the country’s independence. The graffiti, left on an old pumping station by an Israeli soldier during fierce battles around the road to Jerusalem, reads, “Palmach Baruch Jamili P.T. 1948!”
The Palmach was an elite Jewish strike force that fought in the two-year war that followed Israel’s creation in 1948. Baruch Jamili was the soldier’s name, and “P.T.” stood for his hometown, Petah Tikvah, near Tel Aviv.
The exclamation mark, intentionally or not, appeared to express something of the urgency of the fighting, which saw the newly created state of Israel defeat Palestinian Arabs and the armies of surrounding Arab states at the cost of 6,000 men and women, 1% of Israel’s Jewish population at the time.
The original graffiti was erased by the building’s owner, Israel’s national water company, in 1984. The restored version was visible in fresh black paint along the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway on Wednesday.
The government and the company commissioned an artist to replicate the graffiti in time for the country’s Memorial Day and Independence Day, marked earlier this week.
“We are happy to restore a historical icon that made its way into Israeli culture and sums up in one short sentence an entire period and a generation to which we owe the founding of the country,” said Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser.
The graffiti, which served for years as a kind of unofficial landmark reminding passersby of the war, was made famous in 1974 when one of the country’s best-known singers, Shlomo Artzi, wrote a hit song about it. It reflected the somber mood in the country after the devastating war of 1973 and its heavy casualties, contrasting the more upbeat atmosphere that preceded that conflict.
“Of the sadness of Bab el-Wad,” the song goes, using the Arabic name for the spot, “only one name is left: Baruch Jamili and the Palmach.”
The questions posed by the song – “Who was Baruch Jamili? What did Baruch Jamili do? Where is Baruch Jamili?” – were answered after it became popular: Jamili was an Israeli of Yemenite extraction who was 25 at the time of the 1948 war.
He was assigned to escort armored trucks trying to fight their way up to the besieged Jewish sector of Jerusalem, the burned-out shells of which have been preserved as memorials by the side of the road.
He unsuccessfully tried to fight the erasure of the graffiti that made him famous, and which he saw as a reminder of the battles that killed many of his comrades.
Jamili died in 2004 at age 81.