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Gay couple will represent Israel in Olympic Ballroom Dancing

Gur and Dan Gur Rosen (38) and Dan Almagor (29), two gay men from Tel Aviv, are currently training towards the upcoming Out Games: the Gay and Lesbian Olympics to take place in Montreal, Canada in July 2006.

It took Gur (content manager in a cellular company) and Dan (student of design working in computers) less than a year to reach a competitive level in the discipline of Dancesport in which thousands of participants from around the world will be competing. They are the first couple to represent Israel in this discipline in an Olympic event.

Dancesport has been recently recognized as an Olympic sport and will be part of the 2008 Olympic Games. The Out Games were recognized as an official sport competition by the Olympic committee therefore, a record accomplished there is considered a world record.

This pair of good friends has already invested thousands of dollars of their own money for funding of private lessons, costumes and registration fees. They are proud to invest their whole in representing their homeland.

Alas, they have not been able to find sponsors that are willing to finance this last leg of their race to bring home an Olympic medal.

Mr. 4 X 4 Gets His Day in Court

Some readers of this blog magazine may recall an earlier article dealing with a fatal road accident involving a wealthy businessman and a young woman and her six year old child – both of whom were killed instantly when their car was struck by this man, who was driving a large SUV vehicle, more commonly known as a ‘4X4′.

Scene of the SUV AccidentThe SUV, a nearly new Volkswagen Touareg was, as it turned out, driven by one of Tel Aviv’s most prestigious lawyers, Dori Keglasbad, who was able to walk away with only light injuries, while his unfortunate victims, 23 year old Yevgania Wexler and her son, Arthur were killed. Though subsequent lab tests determined that Mr. K’s blood alcohol level was “within normal limits” an on-going police investigation has come to the conclusion that Mr. K. may have caused the accident by paying too much attention to a cell phone conversation he was involved in at the time of the crash. His car was found to be traveling ‘slightly in excess’ of the legal speed limit for the road he was traveling on, Namir Blvd, which being inside city limits is a maximum 60 km per hour (his speedometer registered 80 kmh).

Though Kegalsbad has admitted he was the one who struck Ms. Wexler’s Fiat Punto, causing it to become semi-airborne and careen into other vehicles nearby, he has apparently assembled a legal defense team par excellance to try to get the charges reduced from more serious ones like manslaughter or negligent homicide to one of causing personal injury by negligence a tort or crime somewhere between a misdemeanor and a felony. Mr. K. and his legal defense team were due to meet with the Tel Aviv magistrate in order to try to reach some kind of compromise involving the seriousness of the charges. He has even appealed to the City Prosecutor’s office not to ‘bow to public pressure’ concerning this unfortunate matter.

To this day, the police have still not given an official verdict as to who was totally responsible for this accident. Witnesses who saw all or part of the accident are still being interviewed and this is probably why Mr. K. decided to go ahead and say that :

1. He was driving the black VW Taureg that struck Ms. Wexler’s car, and
2. He was talking on his cell phone at the time (he couldn’t get around this as the
police were able to obtain a recording of the actual conversation).

What the outcome will be on this entire tragedy remains to be seen. One thing that cannot be argued, by either Mr. K. nor his team of defense advocates, was that two lives were taken. Ms. Wexler, who immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine, was a promising athlete and might have represented Israel in the 2008 Olympiad in Beijing. That possibility won’t happen now, and only Ms. W’s relatives are left to mourn her loss. This event is just another episode in the continued slaughter of people on Israelis motorways. The question here is whether high level, influential people like Dori Keglasbad will get off easy, despite taking two precious lives.

The ‘jury’ is still out on this case.

A “City in the Sea”? What’s next for Netanya’s Disappearing Seashore?

“Death has created himself a throne, in a strange city lying alone, far down within the dim West, where the good and the bad and the worst and the best, Have gone to their eternal rest. There, shrines and palaces and towers (time eaten towers that tremble not!) resemble nothing that is ours, abound by lifting winds forgot, resignedly beneath the sky, the melancholy waters lie.”

So is written the first stanza of this depressing poem, written by that eternally historic ‘king of melancholy’, Edgar Allen Poe. These words, as well as the rest of the poem for that matter, are fitting phrases for an absurd development project being promoted by Netanya’s present mayor: Miriam Fireberg. Grandiosely displayed on the front page of one of Netanya’s local weeklies: Emtzah (middle) Netanya, the immense project, being planned off Netanya’s coastline, is slated to be built upon an artificial island (no small feat in itself) that, when completed will add the final ‘coup de grace’ to what remains of this coastal city’s beach front.

The project, which plans to include scores of high rise apartment buildings, a shopping mall, and a marina, will make the completed one in Herzlia look paltry in comparison. An idea that has been in the works for some years, even before Her Honour took over Netanya’s administration, and at a cost of literally billions of Shekels, the project is part of an overall construction plan that will include new traffic interchanges, possibly the only good part of this entire extravaganza; and even an international airport, which will be the result of Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov Airport being moved there and expanded to accommodate international flights, particularly charter flights. Madame Fireberg wants to put her city again upon the Israeli tourism map, which in itself is not a bad idea if it were not for such a disastrous environmental nightmare that this island project would create. Environmentalists around the country, and outside of Israel as well, are up in arms over this idea; as well as the Tel Aviv Municipality, which isn’t too happy about the attention that its neighboring city would receive, should the project actually begin.

Already, in an article printed in a recent Friday edition of the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s coast line is fast losing its sandy beaches, due to encroachments by money hungry real estate developers, with the full backing of the various sea-side municipalities, including Netanya. A huge construction project current going in Netanya’s Ramat Poleg suburb was to have included a large marina and several new hotels. The plan has been temporarily halted, however, due to protests by environmentalists and other public action groups. Netanya’s coastline is already in acute danger of literally falling into sea as much of it consists of cliffs near which are built scores of high rise apartment buildings, and Netanya’s largest hotel, the Carmel. While this formerly popular beachside resort city could use a facelift to boost its flagging tourism business, there must be a better plan available than this man-made island; for which its construction alone will cause irreparable damage to the city’s beach front. Consider for a moment the excavations that will be needed in order to construct these immense ‘high rise’ buildings planned to be built on top!

It’s not too late for everyone involved, including Her Honour, to come to their senses regarding this project, which could very well become like the city’s end in Poe’s poem:

“And when amid no earthly moans, down, down that town shall settle thence, hell, rising from a thousand thrones, shall do it reverence.”

Latin Fiesta Festival In Tel-Aviv

Fiesta Festival in Tel AvivThe largest Latin festival in the world will take place July 4th through 6th in Tel-Aviv. The name of the festival is “Fiesta 2006” and it is the second time in a row it’s being conducted in the Israeli city. It will happen in “Joushua Gardens” and “Hayarkon” park and will bring to Israel the finest South-American artists and creators. The festival will be composed out of five huge compounds scattered across fifty-thousand square meter, containing the ingredients of the Latin culture to enjoy from: Music, Dancing, Concerts, Work Shops, Parades and Food as one would have guessed. The organizers hope to break the record of last year in terms of population. Last year the festival hosted more then sixty thousand people. This Year it is hoped to attract more then one hundred and fifty thousand people of various ages.

Not Jewish?! What are you doing here? (Part 12)

Jill Cartwright

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven

Shalom to all that (4) by Jill Cartwright

I slouched over to the open window of the lounge that Grizzly and I shared. Our apartment was on the fourth floor and looked out over a square on a little side street where Israel’s national poet Bialik once lived. A sculpture of blue tiles honored this fact and the area had drawn musical academies and galleries to set up home there. On some nights, light piano music or the high vibratto of an operetta would drift through our window and mingle with the voices from the television. Today, it was serenely quiet; warm, sun-filled and serenely quiet.

When I was growing up in England, Sundays used to be like this – although not so much sun-filled. The shops were closed, public transport took the day off, parents eased into the Sunday papers or slept off large Sunday lunches and as children we were always told not to go knocking on our friends’ doors and disturbing the neighbours. Not now. Now England’s shops are open, cashing in on another day of business, and transport and people chug their way round the high street chains like it was any other day.

Even though in Tel Aviv on Shabbat, the cafes are open and filled with people and the streets and beaches are bursting with couples and pushchairs and children, there is still a sense that this is a day of rest. The buses don’t run and the shops are all closed, people sleep in late and take the day easy.

There’s many here who want to see the tradition stopped, to fight what they protest as another sign of the religious control over the country and there are some huge furniture and DIY stores that have opened on the outskirts of towns that draw in crowds of families – complete with screaming babies, bored toddlers, little patience and a whole pile of stress. Like I’ve said before, I’m not religious but here I think they’ve got a point – have a day of rest; who needs to buy shelves on Shabbat?

Anyway, I was looking out of the window, trying to imprint the smells and the emotions into my brain so that I would be able to conjure up the feelings of Tel Aviv on a Shabbat late into my life – and then I decided to get my camera and headed out into the streets, just in case my mental powers of recollection should fail me late in life and pictorial evidence should be required.

It was hot. I strolled down to the end of the road where the coffee shop that had been blown up was now up and running and full of people. It had been up and running and full of people about 3 days after the terror attack – the speed of recovery was astonishing. There’d had even been a piece about it in the local paper. “Café Oleh” was the title of the article (oleh means to go up in Hebrew – Nice headline, I remember thinking to myself, as the first worrying signs of the newsdesk cynic started to show – but again that’s material for a whole other chapter in itself…)

I wandered up Allenby Street, whose sleazy bars were all locked up and neon signs switched off; metal shutters covered the entrances to the stores where during the week cheap, bright clothes spilled out of the boxes at the front and deeply tanned and bleach blonde sales women stood around smoking cigarettes and shouting to each other over the happy pop music that blared from speakers all round the shop.
Grafitti scrawled on the wall next to the shop shutter promised purveyors that designer items could be found inside: Gap, Banana Republik and Calvin Kline, they assured.

Taking a right off Allenby and at the end of the street, the sea greets you, gently rippling, sparkling into the distant horizon.

I walked into a side street, into the old and crumbling Yemenite Quarter. On its flaking walls, faded posters from some local election were slowly, and over the windows of the jumbled apartments, swathes of material acted as makeshift curtains to hold off the October sun. Slight rips in the fabric offered a glimpse into the darkness, as the inhabitants – most of them foreign workers from China and the Philippines – shuffled sleepily about inside.

Outside, old women with wrinkles running like deep grooves through their face sat still and silent on the doorsteps, their hands folded in their laps, lifting them occasionally, as if in slow motion, to waft away a fly.

I sat down on a low wall, the heat of the stone seeping through to my skin. From one of small stone houses next to me, men started to sing, three or four voices – a simple harmony. I don’t know what it was, I don’t know if it was a religious psalm or an old folk song, but as the melody floated gently from the darkened room and the smell of black coffee with cardamum mingled with the warm silent air, a heaviness settled on my chest and my heart felt ready to break.

I started picturing the sights around me, but knew a photo would never capture this so I picked myself up and walked away from the singing back up towards home. I walked up through the deserted Carmel Market, where stray cats and pigeons were picking between the bare stalls at the fallen fruit that had been trampled underfoot in Friday’s hectic sales, and back to my street.

I had plans for that night to go out with friends. I only had about two weeks left in Israel and had planned to spend them saying good-bye to them and to Tel Aviv.

But as it turns out, Tel Aviv had different plans for me …..

Civilian Deaths Caused by IDF Actions: Are They Avoidable?

Deaths in Gaza Photo: Reuters
New investigations into the deaths of additional Palestinian civilians by IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, are adding to an increasing controversy, and pressure being brought on both Israel’s military as well as in the world political area. Following on the heels of an air strike in which three Palestinian children were killed, yesterday’s attack killed a 35 year old pregnant woman, as well as a Saudi man who was visiting relatives in Gaza. These incidents, following continued Kassam missile strikes launched by the Al Aqsa Brigade, Islamic Jihad, and possibly Hamas itself, only add fuel to an increasingly escalation of violence that has been instigated by terror elements in both Gaza and the West Bank.

These follow the still publicized ‘beach incident‘; in which it has now been revealed that the Palestinian family who lost so many members may actually have been killed by an unexploded Israeli artillery shell that suddenly went off. World wide condemnation against Israel, including increasingly outspoken remarks by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Anan, greatly overshadow the trauma, injuries and damage caused by the Palestinian launched Kassams. While Israeli Air Force spokespersons try to assure that the best efforts are made by IAF pilots to minimize Palestinian civilian injuries and deaths when making these targeted strikes, it must be understood that the places in which these ‘targets’ are often located are usually in one of the most densely populated areas, making it very difficult not to inflict some injuries. Another factor is that the suspected terrorists often have family members riding in the same target vehicles or occupying the buildings where they are found in. Call it what you wish, use of ‘human’ shields’ or simply unfortunate circumstances, the end result is still the same.

Still, however, where are the world condemnations of Palestinian ‘air strikes’, i.e. by Kassam missile launchings, as well as suicide missions in which more than 2,000 Israelis have been killed and several thousand injured (some for life) during the past years? It’s as if they (the Palestinians) can do no wrong, and Israelis can do no right!

Following Israel’s disengagement from Gaza in August, 2005, Palestinians continued to launch their home made missiles, although on less frequent intervals, until a brief hudna or truce was called following the Hamas led victory in the Palestinian elections. This truce was short lived, however, and terror attacks, as well as Kassam launchings continued again, now with increasing regularity. Actual ‘on the ground’ terror attacks, by suicide bombers, etc., have only been lessoned due to increased diligence on behalf of the Israeli Police and other security forces, and definitely not from lack of trying by Palestinian terror groups. Their unfortunate ‘success’ included the recent one in Tel Aviv which killed 12 people including a 16 year old American tourist, who sustained horrific wounds and lingered between life and death for more than three weeks.

Israeli military forces would be ready to cease these attacks if the Palestinian side are prepared to reciprocate in kind. Unfortunately, this is not the case, with Hamas even declaring that its main goal is the elimination of the Jewish State.

So, who’s really the blame, anyhow?

Magen David Adom Final Admittance into the International Health Care Federation

By Maurice Picow

Magen David AdomAfter being in existence for even longer than the State of Israel itself, Israel’s Magen David Adom health organization appears to have finally been recognized by the International Federation of Red Cross and admitted to that world body as a full fledged member. Despite having one of the finest emergency medical organizations in the entire region, the MDA was shut out from the world health organization that was founded in Switzerland, and has been in existence since 1863. The Red Cross, using an inverted symbol of Switzerland’s national flag, allowed the Arab or Muslim version of the organization to use a red colored crescent (also a religious symbol for devout Muslims) since its admittance into the world health body at end of World War II.

Red Crystal ?The rejection of Israel’s MDA from this organization, has always been for ‘political reasons’ despite MDA’s proving time and time again that it is more than capable of providing superb emergency health care services, often to members of the Palestinian community as well. A compromise has appeared to have reached concerning the symbol that will be used by the Israeli affiliate on its vehicles, flags, and other logos that are often in display by the MDA, with a red diamond or ‘crystal’ being set forth as the one Israel will use. Although provisions have been made to allow a Star of David, the MDA’s standard symbol, to be ‘positioned’ within this red crystal, the question is how this will be done to serve both Israel’s requirements as well as those of the Parent Organization, based in Geneva; endeavoring not to ‘offend’ those who use the red crescent for their accepted symbol.

Since nationhood, Israel’s MDA has treated all religions living within Israel’s borders, as well as many living in other places as well. MDA field hospitals have often been in place side by side with those of the Red Cross in the aftermath of natural emergencies, such as earthquakes, and have often offered to send medical teams even to countries with whom Israel has no diplomatic relations, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia. Literally thousands of Palestinians have been cared for and treated by MDA emergency units with the sole purpose of saving lives.

The Swiss Embassy in Tel Aviv has been very helpful in correcting this matter, and their efforts are appreciated. The real momentum began to occur with Israel’s decision to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, a move which helped to thaw the impasse that had been in existence for so long. It would have been very nice if the Swiss delegation and other concerned bodies would have helped to persuade the world organization’s headquarters to allow Israel to proudly display the symbol it has used for so long. Is the MDA to use two symbols – the old one for use within Israel, and the ‘Red Crystal’ for international business, such as sending emergency medical teams abroad when natural disasters strike?

For a world organization which turned aside when millions of Jews were being slaughtered by the Nazis a mere 65 years ago; who used the Red Cross symbol to mislead Jews arriving at death camps like Auschwitz, a better gesture should have been forthcoming. In any respect, at least we living in Israel can now say: “better late than never”.

Not Jewish?! What are you doing here? (Part 11)

Jill Cartwright

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten

Shalom to all that (3) by Jill Cartwright

Jill continues her good-byes, soaks up the Shabbat atmosphere, and looks for the power to pack …

Isn’t it amazing just how much stuff you can accumulate. I had come to Israel with one solitary backpack, stuffed unceremoniously with a few items of clothing that had done me for my year’s traveling round South America. And even though my one pair of sandals had sufficed for the “laid-back sand bowl” look of Be’er Sheva, I hadn’t quite realised before my arrival just how serious Tel Aviv women can be about getting dressed up for the night.

I’d thought Tel Aviv would be full of Israelis of the kind you meet in Koh Phi Phi or La Paz – all in floppy patterned trousers and Teva sandals, and was quite taken aback to meet a whole new breed of made up, sprayed up, nailed up tottering beauties squeezed into designer jeans and sparkling tops – not to be outdone of course by one of the largest and proudest gay communities in the world.

And so as always happens when you live out of your own country for any extended period of time, not only do you start picking up a few of the language habits (walla and yoffie had long ago become standard garnishing to my English sentences) but I had also submitted to a few Tel Aviv fashion trends, and had now amassed a wardrobe of spangly vests, figure-hugging trousers and a small but not insignificant collection of that original Israeli invention – the platform flip-flop.

I remember once when I was in England for a short break and was wandering around London shops wasting time before heading to Heathrow for my flight and one of the saleswomen had asked me where I was from after asking her, in perfect English (or so I thought) how much something was. “I’m English,” I’d told her, thinking maybe the fact that I had a slight tan had thrown her. “Oh,” she’d said, surprised. “You don’t look English at all. Something in the way you’re dressed.”
I’m not sure if it was a compliment or not.

And books. How had I managed to accumulate so many books? I hate throwing away books, so I knew I would have to lug them all the way back home with me. It’s the curse of the wandering bibliophile: nowhere can even start to be called home until there is a bookshelf stocked with the familiar faces and a steadily growing population of new ones.

I stared vacantly at the physical objects that were the result of my two years in Israel and tried to think of how I was going to summon up the energy to pack them.

I padded barefoot through to the lounge to call my best friend in London to tell her I was coming home. Her excitement was muffled through her scarf and was swallowed up in the churning of the trains as she stood on the platform at Clapham Junction, jokingly telling me I was crazy because it was “bloody freezing” there. It was late October. It was also Saturday. “I have to go into the office to do some work, nightmare,” she started telling me. “I’ve been there all week from 8 til 8, you wouldn’t believe …” and then the line went quiet as she had obviously boarded the train and rattled off into a tunnel. Oh yes, I remember working in London. And I remember now why I’d vowed never to do it again.

Not Jewish?! What are you doing here? (Part Nine)

Jill Cartwright

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight

Shalom to all that

by Jill Cartwright

In part 9, Jill starts to say her farewells to friends and colleagues and finds that no one’s seems that surprised at all …

I didn’t need the phone in my hand to hear my mother’s sigh of relief as I told her that I had decided to come home; but she did try – with not too much success – to hide it under sympathetic tones that my relationship with Boaz had come to an end once and for all.

Noa took the news slightly worse as we were sitting in the cluttered porch of her new moshav home where she lived – and frequently fought – with her boyfriend Ziv.

The tears that rolled down her cheeks spoke beyond words of the bond that had been formed in one summer in Tel Aviv when just taking the bus in the morning confronted you with an array of philosophical questions on life and death, overloaded your system with adrenaline and made you stare wide-eyed into the very essentials of your existence.

Grizzly, however, gave me a slow and deliberate nod with eyebrows slightly raised that bespoke his usual thinking of “I don’t believe anything until I actually see it.”

He was like that Grizzly, very solid, not given to fanciful dramatics or impulsive outbursts; rather his movements were weighted and thoughtful – but then again that might have been due to the copious amounts of dope he smoked.

Anyway, our leasing contract was about a month from the end and so it seemed a good closing point. I wouldn’t renew and instead Grizzly’s girlfriend would move in and my bedroom would be turned into a kind of office/spare room, with Grizzly already taking claim of the only decent piece of furniture I had – a large “walnut-look” desk I’d bought on sale from Home Center and he’d spent the afternoon sweating over and setting up for me. I sold my bed to a young German trainee journalist called Eva, who had just fallen in love with a young Israeli she’d met on a bus.

Playing with Power

Israel Electric - Reading Power Station Tel AvivDuring this past week, the Power Company in Israel (Israel Electric) has been performing initiated power breaks all across the country. The reason is the company’s inability to provide the high demand for electricity, now that summer has fallen upon us so swiftly and with intense heat…We all know how unexpected that is in Israel…

In the meantime the citizens of Israel have to endure the inconvenience caused by the lack of power. This includes being stuck in an elevator for half an hour. Yesterday more then forty cases of elevators getting stuck were reported to local emergancy units. In Tel-Aviv alone eleven people had to be rescued from shutdown elevators. The Fire Department requested people to stay away from elevators for the time being, which is really fun when you work on the 22nd floor of a building, it’s 35 Degrees Celsius outside (40 degrees in the stairwell), and you are back from eating a spicy Schwarma sandwich !!

But aside from these small inconveniences, one family suffered a tragedy because of the power breaks. Dudu Dahan, (19) was killed on Monday while driving through a junction in which the traffic lights were out. His parents and friends said he was the most careful driver, one who never drove without a seatbelt, was never willing to let one more passenger then was permmited by law into the car and did not speed. The junction in question was known as a dangerous one even with the traffic lights, some people say, so without it, it was a death trap.

The Quality of Governement Commission sent a letter to the State’s Critic to investigate the Power Company’s conduct. “This sort of a situation when the monopoly company for electricity in Israel can not provide the demand during the summer is unacceptable and obligates us to investigate the company” the movement wrote in their letter to the Critic. “This situation endangers the lives of our civilians.” The letter also mentioned the Critic’s own findings of defects in the Electric company’s structure and management two years ago. It was further suggested that the break in power supply were intentionally done by the labour union and its leaders flaxing their power over the politicans in power, in particular the Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.

“The conspiracy theories are ridiculous” said yesterday the chairman of the company, Shlomo Rotman to Maariv, “There was no attempt by the company or someone within it to pressure government officials with these power breaks”.

An anonymous source within the company said that the power breaks and disruptions of service were caused by a campaign done by environmental organizations to shut down the highly polluting power plant Reading power station in Tel-Aviv. That is after Environment Minister Gideon Ezra has decided to reopen Reading to stop this current crisis.

Rotman congratulated him for it and seemed satisfied, but some say that this could have been the intention behind the breaks all along. That way the company just bypassed the law and got the government to give them what they want.

The Reading station has been the source of 25% of the air pollution in Tel Aviv. It was due to be convereted to Natural Gas but the move was hamppered by Israel Electric RED TAPE. This crisis has now provided Israel Electric a chance to operate the station on fossil fuels for 21 days and then return to the conversion process.

Conspiracies aside, it is obvious to all that there was a great failure here just as it is obvious to all that no one will pay the price for it (Except the consumers, of course) and nothing will be done about it. That’s how it is when you hold an entire county by its… Electrical sockets.

Written By Raz Koller and EB

World Environmental Awareness Day: Did You Participate?

The picture in a local Israeli newspaper showed it all: a lone, older man with a couple of large trash bags of garbage, undoubtedly a pensioner volunteering to help. The photo, reportedly taken at one of the country’s large nature reserve parks, Carmel Park, was part of an article dealing with the state of the earth’s environmental problems, as well as local ones here in Israel. While some people most likely did participate in clean-up projects around the country, for most people, the day passed without any notice as people went about their normal lives.
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Academic Dilemma: Are Advanced Degrees Within your Reach ?

Most university graduates possessing a B.A. or B.S. degree eventually must decide if it is worthwhile to go on to receive a higher academic degree. In today’s highly competitive world, the answer to this question in most cases is that without a higher degree, finding a better career opportunity is much more difficult.

Sure, we all have heard some recent success stories of people such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, or Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group of companies, both of whom have managed to amass huge fortunes without receiving even an undergraduate degree. These two are outstanding exceptions, though, and the ‘bottom line’ for success is to continue on up the academic ladder and receive at least an MA or MBA. Degree. MBA degrees have recently received more and more attention as a degree worth having, whether one is involved in a business oriented career, or in any number of fields including even science and health related professions. Anyone planning to start a new business venture, otherwise known as a ‘start-up’ business undertaking, as well as those involved with administration or customer relations, will benefit highly from the practical and theoretical knowledge received from completing an MBA Degree.
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Clout – Kills!

Friday’s weekend news program on Israel’s Channel 2 T.V., dealt with the continuing road accident carnage on the country’s streets and highways. One incident in particular that stood out from the rest, was the accident occurring recently in central Tel Aviv, involving a 26 year old woman and small son who were killed instantly when their small car was hit by a man driving an expensive 4 X 4 vehicle, worth more than half a million N.S.

What made this tragedy stand out over many other similar occurrences was that the accident happened during the mid-day and in perfect weather conditions. The driver of the 4 X 4, a wealthy businessman who, it turned out, had drunk several glasses of wine during a luncheon engagement, and should not have been behind the wheel of his car in such a state. His blood alcohol level, combined with being behind the wheel of a high-power “status machine” turned out to be nothing short of homicide when he tried to go through a changing traffic light and collided with the unfortunate woman who was completely within the law.

Car CrashThe investigating police units estimated that ‘Mr. 4 x 4′ was driving at a very excessive rate of speed and could not have stopped his vehicle in time had he even wanted to. Both cars were literally ‘totaled’ especially the small econo-box that the woman was driving. The gory, blood splattered windscreen of her car indicated that either she, or her son (of both of them) were thrown into the glass, increasing what turned out to be literally multiple injuries, most of which would have been extremely critical or fatal.

Surprisingly, ‘Mr. 4 x 4′ was able to walk away with only minor injuries, despite his car being a write-off, and even rolling over and over several times. His survival was probably due to the strength of his car, one with a 5 of 5 safety rating, and by his drinking, which probably relaxed his system and prevented his muscles from tensing up, which might have caused more serious injuries, had he not been semi-inebriated. The T.V. story ended by noting that the man is now back at work, most likely in one of those new high-rise office complexes like Azrelei Towers.

The poor woman and her three year old son are now lying together under a meter and a half of earth, and a young husband and father is literally crushed by their tragic deaths. ‘Mr. 4 x 4′ probably had his license suspended for 30 days, and is now in the process of settling with his insurance company, as well as with the one that was insuring the woman’s car. Israel’s ‘no fault’ insurance law regarding personal injury in traffic accidents means that this part of the occurrence is being settled between the two companies, unless any additional law suits against the driver at fault are brought to court. Being a person of influence, most likely ‘Mr. 4 X 4′ has an army of advocates at his disposal to fight any lawsuits filed by the family of the slain woman.

Great! O.J. Simpson and Robert Blake were able to beat murder raps in America because they hired the best lawyers; and most likely this guy will also win out. His car was no different than a loaded gun, and the results were exactly the same, whether or not his intentions were.

Life Struggle Ends for 11th Terror Victim

After a two week courageous struggle to save the live of American teenager Danny Wultz, staff physicians at Tel Aviv’s Icilov Hospital gave the sad announcement that the sixteen year old tourist had finally succumbed to his wounds.

Wultz and his father (who was lightly wounded) were eating lunch together in a popular fast food eatery near the old Tel Aviv Central Bus Station, when the Islamic Jihad sponsored terrorist walked up and detonated the bomb that sent nails and other metal fragments directly into Danny’s body, only a few meters from where the explosion actually went off. The wounds Danny suffered were so horrible, that his internal body organs were literally pulverized, requiring some of them to be removed. The shrapnel, which entered the boy’s abdomen, carried up through his right side, immediately destroying his spleen and one of his kidneys before exiting through his side. The external wound was so large that physicians were not able to close it, resulting in Danny requiring more than 30 pints of blood.
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Meat and Wine Company – Kosher Dining With Class

Dining out in Israel has always been a challenge for observant people who want quality dining as well as top notch service. With the opening of a new quality restaurant, The Meat and Wine Company, in Herzlia Petuah, kosher diners will now have an opportunity to enjoy a truly quality meat restaurant without compromising their religious beliefs.

The new restaurant is part of a chain founded by a South African company that plans to open several of them in Israel, including Eilat. Religious diners in that city will soon be able enjoy a fine meal without having to remain in their hotels, once that city’s branch is opened. The company, which opened a restaurant in Dubai, in the U.A.E. received very favorable response there, resulting in their planning to open other branches elsewhere in the ‘Gulf’.
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