Israeli doctors save Syrian lives

27 06 2013

injured-syrianIn critical condition with severe shrapnel injuries to their torso and limbs, bullet wounds from head to toe and open fractures — this is how Syrian patients arrive at Israeli hospitals in the north of the country. And they are all treated like any other patient.

“It’s our duty as a regional hospital, where we are located along the Lebanese border on one side and the Syrian border on the other side,” Dr. Amram Hadary, director of the trauma unit at Ziv Medical Center in Safed (Tsfat), says. “We cannot ignore that the Syrian conflict is happening behind our door. We cannot close our eyes, ears and hearts to what is happening there. It’s a catastrophe.”

The Israeli medical staff has no idea who the Syrian patients are. They could be civilians caught in cross-fire, part of the military or members of the rebel forces.

Hadary says: “We don’t know who we’re treating, armed or not armed, wearing uniform or not wearing uniform. Because of the critical condition in which many of them arrive, we don’t question who they are. It is irrelevant. They are patients and are treated with the best measures we have in the hospital. Everyone gets the same treatment.”

Shortly after the Syrian civil war erupted, the Israeli army set up a field hospital on the border to treat victims. The IDF grants special permission of entry to Israel for the critically injured, and escorts them to and from the hospital.

“Our policy is to help in humanitarian cases, and to that end we are operating a field hospital along the Syrian border,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in June. “In cases where there are badly wounded, we transfer them to Israeli hospitals.”

Whether the cooperation between the medical communities will influence the political situation remains to be seen.

“We’re saving lives, not with expectations for the future. We’re doing it because it’s our job,” says Hadary. “Let’s hope for peace and be realistic at the same time.”

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Tel Aviv ranks among world’s top 10 beach spots by National Geographic

19 06 2013

Israel 6th Healthiest Country in the World

20 08 2012

A typical Israeli breakfast

Israeli breakfasts – eggs, salad, cheeses, juice – are known for their freshness and nutrition. According to a new report, it would seem that by starting the day on a healthy kick, Israelis tend to veer toward a strong lifestyle.

 To identify the healthiest countries in the world, Bloomberg Rankings created health scores and health-risk scores for countries with populations of at least one million.

 Israel ranked sixth with a health grade of 85.97 percent; a total health score of 91.97% and a health risk penalty of 6.00%.

 Compare that to the US, which scored 33rd overall with a health grade of 66.84%; a total health score of 72.96% and a health risk penalty of 6.12%.

 The world’s healthiest country, according to the report, is Singapore followed by Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Japan and then Israel.

 To calculate the rankings, Bloomberg subtracted the risk score from the health score to determine the country’s rank.


Official poster of Israel’s Holocaust Rememberance Day (Yom Hashoah) 2012

19 04 2012

“The Nicest New Venue in All of Israel”

6 04 2012

Photo by Amit Giron

The opening of the new Herta and Paul Amir Building has recently put the Tel Aviv Museum of Art  front and center as a must-see destination for art lovers from across the globe.

“Since we opened, the amount of tourists coming here is something that the museum never knew before,” says Shuli Kislev, acting director of the museum. “You can hear a lot of English here,” she adds with a laugh.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is focused solely on Israeli art, and the new space allows for more exhibit possibilities than ever for the museum’s collections.

One New York visitor calls the Amir Building “the nicest new venue in all of Israel.”

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Israel 2nd Most Educated Country

8 03 2012

Israel is the second most educated country in the world, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Known around the world for its technological innovations and brainpower, Israel placed second in terms of the number of  its academics. Canada, with a population of 34 million people, placed first in the survey.

The OECD ‘Education at a Glance’ report shows that 45 percent of the Israeli population has a post-secondary education. Canada boasts a 50% rating in the same category.

The report shows that the 10 most educated countries in the world are: Canada, Israel, Japan, US, New Zealand, South Korea, Norway, the United Kingdom, Australia and Finland.


Israeli Game Night?

1 02 2012

Ephraim Hertzano invented Rummikub in the early 1930’s and hand-made the first sets with his family in the backyard of his home in Israel. He designed the game to combine elements of rummy, dominoes, mah-jongg, and chess. Hertzano’s family sold the first sets door-to-door and on a consignment basis at small local shops. The game soon took off, and the family began licensing it to other countries over the years. As a result, it became Israel’s #1 export game. Rummikub made it to American shores in 1964 thanks to the efforts of Pressman Toys. In 1977, it became the best-selling game in the U.S.

Today, Rummikub is licensed internationally by Lemada Light Industries, a company formed in Israel by Hertzano’s children. They have turned the game into a powerhouse phenomenon that is sold in 48 countries and has been translated into 24 languages. Through their efforts, it has become the third best selling game in the world. As a result of this popularity, Rummikub clubs have been formed all over the world, and a World Rummikub Championship has been held every year since 1991. The enduring popularity that Rummikub enjoys is proof that this game has an appeal that is truly universal.

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