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In This Issue
Candidly Speaking: Harper and Obama on Israel
Star man Adrian Brijbassi in Jerusalem for Star Travel Grand Tour of the World
Bon Jovi to perform in Israel?
Supplying the missing building block in brain atrophy
Knocking Out Acne With a Plastic Patch
Leonardo DiCaprio Looking to Build House in Israel
Women & Security: Radical-Left Rules, But Possibly Not for Long
RANT

Candidly Speaking: Harper and Obama on Israel




Having recently visited the US and Canada, I was left with a feeling of profound disquiet concerning the starkly contrasting attitudes toward Israel displayed by the leaders of these two neighboring countries.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unquestionably emerged as Israel's greatest friend in the world, effectively assuming the role previously occupied by former Australian prime minister John Howard.

Harper's principled approach to Israel was demonstrated in an extraordinary address he gave in Ottawa to an interparliamentary conference for combating anti-Semitism. Courageously dismissing the traditional political correctness expressed by many liberals, who feel obliged to distance themselves from the Jewish state, Harper made it clear that under his leadership Canada would not "pretend" to be impartial on Israel even if that meant facing negative repercussions at the UN and other international organizations.


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Star man Adrian Brijbassi in Jerusalem for Star Travel Grand Tour of the World

JERUSALEM - David Weinberg and Gerald Segal grew up together on Charlton Street near Finch and Bathurst in Toronto, they both attended the University of Toronto, and now more than 10,000 kilometres away they're still part of a community. Weinberg and Segal are among a large, active, expatriate Canadian contingent that has moved to Israel to build a country their Jewish ancestors couldn't.


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They and Paul Shindman, another Torontonian, joined me for dinner the other night at Gabriel, a five-year-old restaurant on Ben Shetach Street in Jerusalem.



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Bon Jovi to perform in Israel?

Legendary rock band in negotiations over Israeli stop on its European tour for spring 2011


Though the contract is not yet finalized, Israeli producers are reportedly close to signing the band for a performance that will take place on April 27, possibly at Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium. In the spring of 2011 Bon Jovi will be on its European tour for its latest album, The Circle, which will make the trip to Israel a likely event. Unlike recent performances from musicians who many say are past their prime, like Elton John, Rod Stewart and the upcoming visit from Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi is currently at one of its most successful periods, making more than $210 million on its last tour in 2007-2008 - more than any other band that year.

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Supplying the missing building block in brain atrophy



Having identified the protein building block missing in patients with brain atrophy, Israeli researchers can now conceive of a way to replace it.

Brain tissue
The figures depict the progressive wasting away of brain tissue, beginning with normal appearance at eight months (left), moving to progressive loss of brain tissue by 18 months (middle) and then at three years (right).

An Israeli scientist has identified a genetic mutation that leads to progressive brain atrophy. His research team has detected a defect in the 21st amino acid that results in a progressive disease of severe mental retardation and epilepsy that begins in infancy.

Prof. Ohad Birk, of the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, who also heads the Genetics Institute at the Soroka Medical Center and The Morris Kahn Lab of Human Genetics, at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev determined that the defect is associated with the production of the 21st amino acid, selenocysteine (SEC), which leads to progressive brain atrophy.

"The full name of the disease is Progressive Cerebro-Cerebellar Atrophy (PCCA), in which there is a genetically-determined, progressive wasting away of cells throughout the brain," Birk tells ISRAEL21c, adding that "affected individuals have psychomotor retardation which is severe by one to two years of age, and spasticity (stiffness of the body, especially arms and legs). Most also have epilepsy."


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Knocking Out Acne With a Plastic Patch

 

Teenagers suffering from acne will try anything to make the redness and infection go away, but current treatments have mixed results and numerous applications are usually necessary.

 

Thanks to Oplon of Israel, there may soon be rejoicing among acne sufferers. The three-year-old medical materials company in Rehovot in central Israel has come up with a unique patch that radiates an 'energy field' said to be capable of knocking out acne for good.

 

Beyond acne, Oplon, has high hopes for its technology which can also keep milk from spoiling, wipe out bacteria inside juice boxes, and even reduce the number of infections associated with hospital catheters.

 

Oplon works its magic by manufacturing polymers - a type of plastic - that have a very specific function: They disable microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. The polymers create an energy field "that can kill every microbe ever heard of," says Omer Gonen, Oplon's CFO. The energy field is safe: "It doesn't radiate, it doesn't heat and it doesn't chill."


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Leonardo DiCaprio Looking to Build House in Israel


American actor Leonardo DiCaprio is looking to build a house in Israel, the Israel Hayom daily newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Citing associates of DiCaprio, the report said that the actor - the boyfriend of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli - wants to buy a plot of land on which to build a house that will serve as his base during visits to Israel.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Bar Refaeli Jan. 18, 2010 (AP)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Bar Refaeli


DiCaprio is said to be considering lands in the southern part of the country. Lacking a suitable option there, he will look at lands in the north. He is said not to be considering building a home in the central part of the country, where Refaeli's family lives.

 

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Women & Security: Radical-Left Rules, But Possibly Not for Long

A conference on radical-left feminism and pacifism in the Israel Defense Forces may have been more than talk: Nationalist groups may be given more of a say as a result.

The conference was held on Wednesday at Bar Ilan University's Begin-Saadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, entitled, "Women and Israeli National Security."

The event featured three two-hour panel discussions, most of which centered around arguments in favor of and against radical-left feminism. However, just as 1,000 words are worth one picture, six hours of talk can lead to one action that could change the picture.

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Rant

I can say a lot about the media on campus. I can say a lot about the media in general for that matter.  News today is infotainment and so competitive. With news being a business, they compete for an audience and try to give the people what they want. Controversy. In the middle of  a genocide, news sources led off with celebrity gossip and who's divorcing who or what did Lindsay Lohan do now? It's about money... not politics. They are simply giving the people what they want.

 

Yesterday, George Galloway came to speak at UQAM. I'm not going to say much about him because quite frankly his pro-terrorist stance should be enough for the civilized world to despise him (aside from his anti-Israel stance).  A radio station in Montreal was looking for a controversy. They wanted to find Jewish students who would be going to protest. The problem is... they couldn't find any. In their effort to look for a controversial issue, the only one there was about the speaker itself. As students we know that protesting only takes away from our goal... having a peaceful and tolerant campus community. Speakers like George Galloway only aim to divide the campus and does nothing to push for peace... in fact, it pushes away from that direction.  

 

Do I blame the news stations for looking for a controversy? No. It sells. If I was the owner of the media station I'd be proud of my workers.  However, I'm an advocate... and I'm equally proud of the students who recognize that we are doing great things and don't need to go backwards.