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Thousands of Israelis visit the Knesset today as it opens its doors to the public hosting an Open House event on the occasion of the parliament’s 63 birthday. Speaker of the Knesset, Mr. Reuven “Rubi” Rivlin was quoted saying: ”The Knesset is the house of the people, and this will literally be true, when a crowd of thousands comes to the Knesset to enjoy a range of activities. The purpose of the ”Open House” is to celebrate the Knesset`s birthday in a way which will bring the public closer to the Knesset, its unique role and its operations. The happening taking place on Tu Bishvat will be a mix of educational activities, cultural events, exercises led by MKs and yearly traditional ceremonies. I can promise anyone who comes an exceptional experience.”
Many interactive activities took place in Parliament today including the Knesset Band who welcomed visitors in the front plaza, ‘Story Hour’ for children lead by MKs, an exhibition of the Knesset Guard dog handlers, symposiums lead by MKs on political issues for students, actors dressed as famous Israeli political leaders interacted with visitors and a workshop on hand-powered bicycles for the handicapped.
Wow! What a day at my favorite museum in the world – Eretz Israel Museum in Tel-Aviv! Always with fascinating contemporary exhibits, a strong emphasis on photography and never disappointing!
Sir Ronald Storrs was the first British Governor of Jerusalem between 1918-1926 when the British took over Palestine from the Turks after 400 years of Ottoman rule.
“Being neither Jew (British or foreign) nor Arab, but English, I am not wholly for either, but for both. Two hours of Arab grievances drive me into the synagogue, while after an intensive course of Zionist propaganda I am prepared to embrace Islam“
He definitely had a difficult job!
Between the years 1946-1949 the British deported some 52,000 Jewish immigrants to Palestine, Jews escaping the Nazi claws in Europe, to detention camps in Cyprus. Rachel Fisher arrived in one such camp in 1948. She set up Foto Rachel and documented everyday camp life.
Fisher set up a darkroom in a tent, she painted a kerosene lamp red and and set the exposure by opening and closing the tent flap.
Fast-forward to the present – World Press Photo and the local Israeli version ‘Edut Mekomit’ are two exhibits I try not to miss every year.
My very sincere recommendation - go see them now! Before these temporary exhibits end!
Spent a beautiful morning with beautiful people at the Tachana Compound in Tel-Aviv.
We went to see “Aftershock” by Ziv Koren and Itay Engel – Ziv with photos of Haiti right after the January 12th earthquake and Itay with a documentary movie.
Although I greatly admire Ziv’s photography, his exhibition was just another set of Haiti photos I’ve seen so many of. Itay Engel was better able to put his personal stamp into his documentary movie.
But it was indeed a beautiful morning!
World Press Photo 2009 on display in Tel-Aviv at The Eretz Museum. Depicted is Yuri Kozyrev’s 1st prize in portraits singles; Rajiha Jihad Jassim (37) stands with her son Sarhan, in Baghdad, Iraq. Her husband, Gazie Swadi Tofan, was kidnapped in November 2006 and is still missing. For months she visited the city morgue to join the crowd that daily watches the images of unidentified corpses screened on five video monitors, in case she could recognize her husband among the dead. With five children and no family income, she can no longer pay the bus fare so does not visit the morgue any more, but still hopes for Tofan’s return.