Saturday, February 19, 2011

A better use of military fortifications

Along the Jordan river the Israeli army built a chain of strongholds and fortifications. Since 1994, after the peace treaty between the countries was signed, they were abandoned. Today they got a new use and became a home for bats. Eran Levin, his team and the soldiers of the Jordan valley regional regiment prepared the bunkers to make them more suitable for bats. Eran Levin wrote this article about his work.  There is also a PDF about his work (see pages 7 - 10). 
Like the bible already says in Isaiah 2:4 
  וְשָׁפַט בֵּין הַגּוֹיִם, וְהוֹכִיחַ לְעַמִּים רַבִּים; וְכִתְּתוּ חַרְבוֹתָם לְאִתִּים, וַחֲנִיתוֹתֵיהֶם לְמַזְמֵרוֹת לֹא יִשָּׂא גוֹי אֶל-גּוֹי חֶרֶב, וְלֹא יִלְמְדוּ עוֹד מִלְחָמָה
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
 فَيَقْضِي بَيْنَ الأُمَمِ وَيَحْكُمُ بَيْنَ الشُّعُوبِ الْكَثِيرَةِ، فَيَطْبَعُونَ سُيُوفَهُمْ مَحَارِيثَ وَرِمَاحَهُمْ مَنَاجِلَ، وَلاَ تَرْفَعُ أُمَّةٌ عَلَى أُمَّةٍ سَيْفاً، وَلاَ 
يَتَدَرَّبُونَ عَلَى الْحَرْبِ فِيمَا بَعْدُ

Friday, February 18, 2011

Wael Ghonim - وائل غنيم - remember that name!

Wael Ghonim is one of millions young Egyptians and was fed up with the way his country was run.
Like him there are millions of young people in other Arab countries.
He is the product of a new world, he is intellectual, bright and knows to communicate. He makes a career in hi-tech and works for Google.

Listen to what he has to tell in this interview:

I salute him and the brave young Egyptians who made their dreams reality. We here in Israel can learn a lot from them, because what is happening here is similar, it doesn't cause us always pride and corruption became a part of our daily life. Let's hope that what they started will bring a better tomorrow to Egypt.

To see the beauty of Egypt look at this video:

Glimpses of Egypt from Sugoi on Vimeo.

Glimpses of Egypt from Sugoi on Vimeo.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

صلح - sulch - סליחה - slichah - reconciliation

Here in the hectic Middle East many people speak about peace, but they don't really mean it.
It is so sad, because we all pay the price of not having peace. Young lives are taken and families are ruined.
The question is not who is right and who is wrong.

Somewhere this bloody race has to be stopped.
Powerful people use their power to rob the resources of the people.
Governments forgot to listen to the people and think they have the right to make decisions that are not approved by the people.
This is so sad.

I saw this video about young people in the neighbouring island of Cyprus.
It gave me hope for a better future if only we knew to forgive each other.

I also liked this Hebrew song about reconcilation

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saving little Esther Samuel

Yesterday we saw on TV the surgery of a little Tanzanian war orphan from the Maasai tribe named Esther.
Her story touched my heart. A little girl whose parents were killed in the tribal war going on in her country was flown to Israel by "Save a child's heart".
These people do a tremendous job and only a few are aware of it. Here is a link to a report about their work in Africa.
Here is another link to an article with video.
I translated the article with "Google translate" from Hebrew, the video is also in this language, but Esther speaks there in English.
The surgery was done in the Wolfson hospital in Holon in central Israel near Tel Aviv, took several hours and was a succes.

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