On the other hand

May 6, 2018 by Michael Kuttner
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In a week when Iran was caught yet again with its fingers in the cookie jar and our peace partners once more showed their true intentions it is refreshing to learn about some positive developments which impact our lives.


Alzheimer’s disease, affecting some 47 million people worldwide, for now remains an irreversible and fatal brain disorder. Taking a proactive approach, an Israeli brain researcher is developing a vaccine against this devastating disease.

An Israeli-led international study holds the promise of advancing the field of cell-replacement therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).


Pop sensations, heavy metal icons, indie dance duos, Latin music stars, a legendary reggae master and many more world-famous musical artists are on Israel’s impressive spring-summer concert lineup. As the weather begins to heat up, Israel’s music calendar is following suit, with highly anticipated performances from April to September.

Scheduled to tour Israel are: Backstreet Boys; British funk and jazz band Jamiroquai; American rapper Azealia Banks; folk, reggae and electronica German duo, Milky Chance; Enrique Iglesias; English rock band alt-J; Reggae rap superstar Matisyahu; British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware; British rock band The Stranglers; Fifty-two years after a proposed concert by the Beatles fell through, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will make his musical debut in Israel accompanied by fellow all-stars Steve Lukather of Toto, Greg Rollie of Journey and Graham Gouldman of 10cc.; American heavy-metal band Avenged Sevenfold ;  Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Gilberto GilOzzy Osbourne; American hard-rock band Alice in Chains; Ziggy Marley, the acclaimed reggae musician and son of Bob Marley; Lollipop Festival featuring Jason Derulo and Rita Ora; Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys; Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash.

With such a lineup it is no wonder that BDS advocates are frustrated.


 An international cycling marathon series Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) is taking place in Jerusalem for the first time. The GFNY Jerusalem event will take place on two tracks, one of 70 km and the other of 130 km. Both will start from the Jerusalem Sports Center in the southwest of the city and pass through major tourist spots such as the Old City, Tower of David, Jaffa Gate, Mount Scopus, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Knesset and the picturesque Ein Karem neighborhood.

Some 1800 riders will participate in the event with more than 300 arriving from 23 countries.

The GFNY Jerusalem race is part of a series of cycling events that will take place in Jerusalem during the next week. Friday will also see the “ Sovev Yes Planet Jerusalem” — one of the largest popular cycling events in Israel — and a week later, the Giro d’Italia, Italy’s prestigious multi-stage cycling event, will kick off from Jerusalem, the first time it has been held outside Europe.


The Israeli Druze community makes a major contribution to Israeli society and practices its Faith in complete freedom. Once a year they commemorate their ancestor, Jethro (the father in Law of Moses), in special ceremonies. One of the Torah portions is dedicated to Yitro therefore both Jews and Druze have a common connection. Watch this short video and see how tolerance and respect are part and parcel of Israeli society.



2 Responses to “On the other hand”
  1. Samuel Terry says:

    Mr. Kuttner, “fingers in the cookie jar” is argot for theft. Could you please explain what has been stolen…?

    • michael kuttner says:

      Shalom Samuel

      Here are definitions taken from a dictionary of British English expressions:

      “to be caught while you are doing something dishonest” “rort, cheat, defraud.”

      I suggest that any of these more than adequately describes the Iranian’ situation.


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