In This Issue
Apple's iPad helps Israeli hospital treat patients
Bon Jovi: We're coming to Israel
Ben gets married in Israel
Hawaiian surfer Barak Argov leaving paradise to join IDF
Christmas lights for environmental awareness
Spielberg movies banned by Arab League, WikiLeaks cable reveals
Size Doesn't Matter talks music
David Broza invites fans to be part of his new self-written album
The Palestinians: What Is the Difference Between Direct, Indirect and Parallel Talks?


TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A hospital in Israel has begun using Apple's iPad to enable medical staff to help treat patients, provide consultations and study X-rays and CT scans from afar.

The Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, located in the largely ultra-orthodox Tel Aviv suburb Bnei Brak, said on Tuesday it is the first hospital to program the high-resolution, touch-screen iPad to interact with Microsoft Corp's Chameleon software used by hopsitals.

The hospital's computer department programed the iPad with the help of an external technology company.

"We now have the same program and the same database for treatment in the hospital on the iPad," Dr Yoram Liwer, chief executive of Mayanei Hayeshua, told Reuters. "The patients' data are in the computer ... so physicians who are out of hospital but on call can see X-rays and ultrasounds through their iPad and give more intelligent advice to staff in the hospital."

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Surfing his way to Israel

Hawaiian surfer Barak Argov leaving paradise to join IDF. 'Being Jewish and the son of an ex-Israeli I feel obligated to serve in the army,' he says

Barak Argov, 19, the son of an Israeli father and an American mother has decided to leave the paradise in which he is leaving - Hawaii - and immigrate to Israel in order to join the Israel Defense Forces.

On December 21, Argov will make aliya sponsored by the Nefesh B'Nefesh organization which promotes immigration to Israel from North America and the UK. In Hawaii, Argov spends his days surfing, swimming and canoeing as a professional canoe sailor. His school's sailing team is a long time Hawaii champion in the field.

"Granted I live in paradise, and I thank God for it but it's time to take responsibility for my life and do something I've always dreamed of - to make aliya and join the army," Argov said.

"Since I'm Jewish and the son of an ex-Israeli citizen I feel obligated to serve in the IDF. And in any case, the Israeli girls are the most beautiful girls in the world."

Argov. Wanted to enlist in an elite unit

Barak will travel alone to Israel. His first wish was to enlist in an elite unit, however medical problems prevent him from doing so, and he now has his eyes set on being a Krav Maga instructor or a training officer.

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Christmas lights for environmental awareness

In an ironic twist, a Christmas tree fashioned of recycled bottles in the northern city of Haifa went up the day the nearby forests burned down.

Recycled tree at night
Lit up by energy-efficient LED lights, the tree sends a message not just of celebration but also environmental education.

On the day that industrial designer Hadas Itzcovitch's 38-foot-high Christmas tree crafted of 5,480 recycled plastic bottles was erected in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, one of the worst fires in the country's history ignited on the nearby Carmel Mountain. The fire caused the deaths of 44 people and destroyed an estimated five million trees.

Ironically the recycled Christmas tree, lit up by energy-efficient LED lights at night, sends a message about the importance of forests and environmental education. While the Carmel fire, set accidentally by a youngster, shows a growing need for environmental awareness in Israel.

When the fire broke out and began raging out of control, Itzcovitch asked the Haifa Municipality, which had commissioned the tree, if perhaps it wasn't the right time to put it up.

The tree was intended as a tribute to the three major religions that co-exist in Haifa and was to mark the upcoming Festival of Festivals. The event was being organized to celebrate Eid, Christmas and Hanukkah, representing Islam, Christianity and Judaism. As the fire raged, a decision was made to

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Spielberg movies banned by Arab League, WikiLeaks cable reveals

The Guardian publishes details of U.S. diplomatic cable that says Arab League blacklisted Spielberg after he donated $1 million to Israel during Second Lebanon War.

American director Steven Spielberg was blacklisted by the Arab League's Central Boycott office after making a $1 million donation to Israel during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the British daily the Guardian reported on Friday.

The Guardian report was based on a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. The cable was sent in 2007 to Washington from the U.S. embassy in Damascus.

Steven Spielberg Dec. 7, 2010 (AP)

American director Steven Spielberg

The cable reportedly detailed a confidential briefing the U.S. received from Muhammad al-Ajami, the head of Syria's regional office for the boycott of Israel, in which the U.S. was informed of a meeting of the Arab League's Central Boycott Office during which officials from 14 Arab states, as well as Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan, voted to ban all films and other products related to Spielberg or his Righteous Persons Foundation.


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 Size Doesn't Matter talks music and size with Eatliz

In March 2011, Toronto will host the Canadian Music Week Festival, Israeli Rock band, Eatliz, will be showcased!

SDM had the chance to get an exclusive interview with the band before their arrival

How would you describe your music?

like a roller coaster ride!

Who are some of the artists that have influenced the band?

Pixies, Lush, Melvins, Godflash, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Cocteu Twins and many more..

Where is your favourite place to play?

On the floor of Levontin 7 club in Tel Aviv. It's one of the important clubs in Tel Aviv that has a very cool underground vibe. A year ago we performed on the floor instead of going on stage. We were surronded by the crowd and the energy was massive.

Does being Israeli influence the type of music you produce? how so?

As Israel, Eatliz music is very unstable, eclectic and intense. Tel Aviv, where we live, is a very vibrant and upbeat city - and Eatliz music can be described the same. The different music genres Eatliz combines can defenately be compared to the Israeli melting pot.

How is the band received internationally?

With much love and support, and many times wirh amazment that this music is coming from Israel..

We get responses from all over the world and even from countries we are not allowed to play like Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

Recently we get more and more responses and people want us to play in Chile, colombia and Mexico. Spain is also very welcoming for us and our album will be released in 2011 by Spanish label Alone Records. We also played Primavera sound festival this year, which in one of Europe's biggest alternative festivals and the show was amazing.

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David Broza invites fans to be part of his new self-written album

The popular Israeli musician's web page gives fans pledging $75 a pre-release copy of the CD and those pledging $100 a personal Skype chat with Broza himself.

For the first time ever, fans of the popular Israeli musician David Broza can participate in the creative process behind his work. For about the price of a shawarma sandwich, participants can log onto to get a sneak-peek into his first self-written Hebrew album.

Upon giving donations, participants are also invited to contribute their opinions to album artwork, the order in which the songs will be listed, and other aspects of the creative process.

David Broza

"The internet allows us to create an interactive, enduring experience of music from its creation," Broza writes on Kickstarter.

"For many years, I wrote music, played, sang and recorded to the beautiful words of many well-known poets from around the world," Broza writes.

It seems that the US Administration does not believe that the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is serious when it says that it cannot make any concessions to Israel, especially with regards to core issues such as settlements and the "right of return" for Palestinian refugees.

Americans need to listen to what the Palestinians are saying not only in English, but also in Arabic. And in Arabic, the message coming out of Ramallah remains no and no and no -- no to resumption of peace talks unconditionally, no to accepting Israel as a Jewish state, no to any solution that does not include all the territories captured by Israel in 1967. These no's are apparently being translated by the White House and State Department as one big yes.

When Mahmoud Abbas day and night reiterates that he will not make any concessions, and that he insists on a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines, including east Jerusalem, and that the refugees must return to their original homes inside Israel proper, the US obviously does not take him seriously.

Nor are the Americans ready to accept the fact that Abbas is a weak and discredited leader who will never be able to sell any peace agreement to a majority of Arabs and Palestinians.

The Palestinians are telling the US Administration that they do not trust Obama and Clinton anymore. However, this does not seem to ring a bell with anyone in the White House or the State Department.

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