On the other hand

February 16, 2020 by Michael Kuttner
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We truly live in Orwellian times.

When an organization supposedly dedicated to human rights and dominated by human rights abusers selectively blacklists Jews for employing Palestinian Arabs and improving their lives we know that hypocrisy, doublespeak and plain old hate has become standard conduct.

The only effective answer is for consumers to increase their purchases and Israel to create more businesses, startups and innovative enterprises in all parts of the Jewish homeland.



Seven new citrus varieties, alongside veteran varieties, led the display of citrus fruits at the annual Citrus Conference held by the Fruit Division of the Agricultural Extension Service of Israel (Shaham) at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Showcased at the conference were four mandarin varieties (similar to clementines), two varieties similar to grapefruits and oroblancos (sweeties), and one variety of seedless lemons.

Most Israelis are familiar with the local Israeli-developed Orri mandarin, which is considered the finest in the world. At the conference, joining the famous Orri variety were Tamar, Einav, Orit and Sigal – extra sweet mandarins of excellent quality that are easy to peel, have a deep red colour and are seedless.

But the conference highlight, a highly awaited novelty for salad lovers, is the Ayelet lemon variety, a seedless variety derived from the traditional and familiar Villa Franca lemon, which has a special aroma and fragrance.



An Israeli company has developed a unique device that continuously measures urine output (OU) in hospitalized patients, helping to detect and prevent acute kidney injury (AKI), the company announced last week.

Called  Sentinel, the device attaches to existing hospital monitoring systems and can save lives by detecting even small changes in kidney function, regardless of patient position and even during surgical procedures.

AKI affects about 19 million patients worldwide each year. It is a common malady of hospitalized patients with nearly 60 per cent of all ICU patients and 10 per cent of those admitted to the hospital affected. Once it develops, it is difficult to treat and irreversible.

Since the device automatically and continuously measures urine output, flow and volume in real-time, not only are busy hospital staff freed from manually checking this important vital sign, they are immediately informed of any changes in patient status. This leads to immediate treatment, saving lives.



The Tropical Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens has reopened after a $2 million facelift that took a year and a half to complete.

The transformed Tropical Conservatory boasts approximately 300 kinds of plants in all shapes and colours. Endangered plants, exotic banana trees, coffee plants, orchids and cacti are among them. The conservatory includes features such as a stream with aquatic plants, and the remains of an ancient columbarium carved into rock, which was discovered at the site during construction.

Dating back to the Second Temple period, these pigeon niches today serve as natural beds for Stapelias, small succulent plants.

The 30-acre Jerusalem Botanical Gardens serves as an education, learning and research centre.

You can see a diverse collection of more than 6,000 plant species and varieties from around the world. They’re grouped geographically in six sections – Southern Africa, Europe, North America, Australia, South-East and Central Asia and the Mediterranean.

The sections simulate the landscapes of these areas and so there is always something blooming.



Jews in general and Israelis, in particular, are endowed with this ability to overcome hurdles and problems. What exactly is this inbuilt trait?

This short video endeavours to unravel the mystery.




 Research and development of new technology to combat terror attacks against Israel is an ongoing part of the country’s scientists and researchers.

The latest laser beam innovation has recently been trialled and tested with 100% successful results.

Watch this video and be amazed.

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