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LGBTQ Israelis

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“Gil Kol, spokesperson for The Aguda—The Israeli National LGBT Task Force, said that gay people in the public sphere “is of major importance because you can’t love a person and appreciate their art and at the same time hate them for who they are.” Kol, however, wishes that in the future, whether a singer or an actor is straight or gay will be a “non-issue,” adding, “I don’t want a person to be a gay celebrity—I want them to be a celebrity who is gay.”

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“This city estimated it is home to 30,000 dogs, along with 413,000 people. Ahead of its dog festival, called Kelaviv (a portmanteau of “kelev,” Hebrew for “dog,” and Tel Aviv), Tel Aviv declared itself the friendliest world city for dogs, with the most dogs per capita.

(New York City put the number of dogs in the Big Apple at 600,000, with a population of 8.6 million humans, yielding a ratio just a fraction of a percent lower than Tel Aviv’s — but who’s counting?)

Dogs crowd the streets of Tel Aviv, encouraged by its year-round sunshine and walkability. They’re allowed in most cafes, stores and even high-end restaurants, as well as on city buses and trains and in taxi vans. Tel Aviv boasts 70 dog parks and four dog beaches. The regular parks and legally dog-free beaches have their fair share of dogs, too, many of them off-leash regardless of regulations.”

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TU BISHVAT, HOLIDAY OF TREES

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“It is now the season of Tu B’Shvat, a joyful day in Israel when it is customary for children – and adults – to go on tree-planting and agricultural field trips. Diaspora Jews and supporters of the Jewish state traditionally contribute funds towards planting trees in Israel in order to support agricultural development of the land.

Israelis have a natural awareness of agriculture, as the Jewish state – in the land of “milk and honey” – produces close to 70 percent of all its food requirements.”
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Israel and the Environment

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“The most common method of reverse osmosis using membranes is costly, energy-intensive, high-maintenance and environmentally problematic. It is best suited to mega-scale plants built on large tracts of high-value land near the ocean or sea and consumes enormous amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels. Then, the treated water has to be piped great distances to farms, industries and households.

Israeli startup TSD (Tethys Solar Desalination) plans to revolutionize the process with a low-cost, off-grid, scalable and environmentally friendly module technology using only the power of the sun – no fossil fuels and no carbon dioxide emissions.”

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Do Palestinians Support BDS?

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“There is no connection between the tactics and objectives of the BDS movement and the on-the-ground realities of the Middle East. Israelis continue to come to the West Bank to do business, and most Palestinians continue to buy Israeli goods. Indeed, if you ask Palestinians what they want, they’ll tell you they want jobs, secure education, and health. And the people who are failing them in this regard are their own leaders: Fatah in the West Bank, and Hamas in Gaza. The focus of PA leaders is on enriching themselves and their families, rather than serving the interests of the Palestinians. They are not a generation of leaders who are able to bring about a viable end to the conflict. Indeed, they are not even interested in uplifting their own people. Unfortunately, there is no immediate alternative to PA president Mahmoud Abbas, who finds continuous excuses not to hold elections.”

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Agriculture in Israel

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“We take them to see the farms,” he said. “We want them to get acquainted with the problems of our farmers because, you know, farmers are farmers everywhere and they all have to overcome the same problems everywhere.

“Israel is far from being an optimal country in agricultural production. Half of the country is desert, the other half is hilly, yet we are far sufficient in food, vegetable, poultry. We are number one in the world in meat production. We no longer suffer from water shortages. It’s quite fascinating.”

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L’Chaim– Beer and Wine in the Holy Land

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Israel’s unusual geography gives the country five distinct wine-producing regions: the Galilee, Shomron, Shimshon (also known as Samson), Jerusalem Mountains (also known as Judean Hills) and the Negev. Each of these regions offers a unique climate for growing grapes—everything from chardonnay to merlot to cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah and more.” 

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Disability Rights in Israel

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“The land of Israel is known as many things to many people. It is called the Holy Land, the “land flowing with milk and honey,” the start-up nation, and many other names. Israel is well known for its produce, amazing scenery, technology sector, scientific advances and much, much more.

What many people do not know about are the many non-profit organizations dedicated to providing services and programs to individuals with special needs. Following the Jewish precept of “love your fellow as yourself,” Israel has hundreds of organizations providing medical services, therapy, recreational activities, advocacy, and residential options for individuals with special needs.”

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