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Canada condemns rocket fire on Israel
Getty to return art looted by Nazis
Israeli trauma specialists set up field hospital in Japan
Miri Ben-Ari performs at White House
leading Israeli scientists to get Canada Gairdner awards
Israeli gigs for Bieber, Kenny G, Swingle Singers
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Canada condemns rocket fire on Israel

OTTAWA - Canada "vigorously condemns" a spate of rocket fire by Gaza militants against Israel, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said Friday.

"Canada vigorously condemns the rocket attacks on Israel launched from the Gaza Strip. These terrorist attacks, which indiscriminately target civilian areas, are abhorrent and criminal. Israel has a right to defend itself against such terrorist acts," he said in a statement.

"Terrorism is never justified. We call on all parties in Gaza to cease these criminal attacks. Those responsible should be brought to justice."

Since the weekend, dozens of rockets have hit southern Israel. The vast majority of them were fired by Islamic Jihad's military wing, the Al-Quds Brigade.

 

 

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Getty to return art looted by Nazis

Museum says it is giving bank 17th century Dutch painting to heirs of Jewish art dealer

 

The Getty Museum has said it is returning a 17th century Dutch painting looted by the Nazis during World War II to the heirs of Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker.

 

Goudstikker fled the Netherlands just before the Nazis invaded the country in 1940, leaving behind a splendid art collection that included "Landscape with Cottage and Figures," painted around 1640 by Pieter Molijn.

 

 

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Israeli trauma specialists set up field hospital in Japan



A week ago they were treating bomb victims in Jerusalem, now Israeli medical staff are in Japan setting up a vital IDF field hospital to treat tsunami and earthquake casualties.

Last week, he was frantically treating victims of a terror bombing in Jerusalem. This week, Dr. Ofer Merin from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is in Japan, enlisted in humanitarian work to help the civilians there cope with medical emergencies following the massive earthquake of March 11.

Merin is one of a team of 50 Israelis who were dispatched on a humanitarian mission to help treat Japan's casualties in one of the island nation's worst-ever natural disasters.

Merin, the hospital's deputy director general, left for Japan the evening of March 26 to serve on Israel's Homefront Command team, part of the relief that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) committed to provide after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan's east coast. Israel has sent 18 tons of aid on a 14-hour plane ride and eight-hour bus trip.

As a cardiothoracic surgeon, Merin directs the hospital's disaster preparedness program and its trauma unit. In Japan, he is heading surgical operations in the newly established IDF Field Hospital set up close to the disaster zone in Minami Sanriku in the Miyagi Prefecture. This site is 200 miles north of Tokyo in an area believed to be safe from nuclear radiation.

IDF field hospital in Japan
 

The field clinic has wards for pediatrics, surgery, maternity and gynecology, ophthalmology and intensive care, as well as a lab and a pharmacy. It is expected to operate for several weeks to alleviate some of the medical emergencies that the Japanese face in this region, which is an hour and a half from the closest hospital.

Experience in Haiti

In 2010 following the Haiti earthquake, Merin played a similar role running a unit of the field hospital there. "The events in Haiti, as well as our extensive experience dealing with mass casualty incidents, have given Israeli medical personnel an important advantage when it comes to setting up these field hospitals and providing comprehensive support and care for those who are desperately in need," Merin said before leaving on the mission.

 

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Miri Ben-Ari performs at White House

Grammy-winning Israeli violinist attends women's mentoring event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. 'It was a dream come true,' she tells Ynet

 



WASHINGTON - Israeli hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari has been receiving impressive international recognition for quite a while now. She won a Grammy award and has performed with famous singers like Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

 

On Wednesday she was invited to the White House for a special women's mentoring event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

  

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leading Israeli scientists to get Canada Gairdner awards

Prestigious international honor considered possible predictor of Nobel Prize.

 

Israeli gigs for Bieber, Kenny G, Swingle Singers



While the month of April is not officially 'music month' in Israel, the international musicians headed this way are sure to delight fans of all genres of music.

Kenny G gets things rolling on April 10 in Tel Aviv. The Grammy winning American, smooth jazz saxophonist has global sales totaling more than 75 million albums. His concert here is part of his world tour with Heart and Soul.

Four days later in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, Israel's teenagers will get the chance to see one of the hottest young acts now circling the globe. Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber will take the stage on April 14 in a much hyped concert. The Canadian singer has a slew of hits including Baby and One Time. The cost of his performance in Israel is estimated at more than $1.5 million.

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