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ISSUE 161 - Sept-Oct-Nov 2011
FROM THE EDITOR
Israel’s Social Protest 2011 burst on to the scene in the summer. Last night 450,000 protesters attended the largest demonstration in Israeli history calling for social justice, a new social order, a change in the public agenda: “….the new Israelis have a dream….to weave the story of our lives into Israel….to let us live in Israel”. These Israelis love Israel, want to work hard and live here in dignity. More...
Overnight, setting up tents in Rothschild Boulevard, they chose spontaneously to become active citizens, determining and voicing their needs, demonstrating solidarity and a determination to bring about a socio-economic revolution. Truly an amazing happening that affects our lives and those of our children and grandchildren. The cover photo shows their “home” during the summer and “Havat Kineret & Rothschild Boulevard” and “Voices from the Tent City” express respectively their ideology and their reality (pp. 18-21). Tel Aviv continues to be a vibrant innovative city – Tel-O-Fun is their latest major step into improving the quality of life and environment of its residents (22). It has also revived part of its history, the railway station of Jaffa founded in 1892 (46). Israel’s peoples deserve equal and fair rights, and there are those who strive to achieve this. “Fair Trading & Cooperation” and “Promoting Peace & Development within the Bedouin and Jewish Society” (32, 40) reflect this. ESRA too continues to help the underprivileged with outstanding projects and commitment (25-28, 69). Scenes of our varied peoples are also seen in “Camels in the Wadi”, 100 years of the kibbutz in quilts, “…from Syria to Israel” (30-33, 48). Our army is central to our lives and existence. Three articles bring different aspects: a 17-year old waiting anxiously to hear what her fate will be in the army; Anglos who bring physical comfort to the harsh lives of our soldiers; an online effort by soldiers to improve understanding of the IDF (35-38). Two readers look back on fascinating experiences, on uncovering crimes and Mulberry Harbour (52-55). And about special people you can read on pages 43-44, 66, 80-82, 96, 98; and interesting events and studies in which you can participate on 8-9, 60-63, 69-72. Worthwhile reading are great projects for the handicapped and ill (56-59; 74-77) and treating infertility (64). There is a rich array of book reviews (88-93); food and wine (84-87), bridge, humor, milestones, donors, classifieds, advertisers’ directory (94-94, 99-104), and New Year greetings and thoughts (11, 16). Happy New Year, Merle Close
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