Dan Schechtman and King Carl XVI Gustav 311.
(photo credit: (Courtesy Technion spokesman’s office))
AFTER A hiatus of several years, “Dry Bones” returns today to The Jerusalem
Post, where the cartoon that is syndicated worldwide was first conceived.
Creator Yaakov Kirschen is particularly pleased to be back because he says that
the Post is Dry Bones’ true home.
Kirschen originally used the cartoon as
a means of commenting on current affairs, but in recent years it has taken on an
additional dimension in that it has become an introductory tool on his
international lecture circuit. Kirschen explains how cartoons are used to
transmit anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel messages beyond the obvious
stereotyped images. He teaches his audiences how to recognize subtle racism in
cartoons and recently returned from China where he was involved in an indepth
pilot project to create awareness of xenophobic cartoons.
2012, Kirschen will receive the Golden Pencil Award at a ceremony at the Israeli
Cartoon Museum in Holon, where an exhibition of his cartoons will be
There will also be a catalogue in both tactile and digital
form. The digital catalogue will be sent to other museums around the
world, some of which will download the catalogue and create exhibitions similar
to that in Holon. Unlike paintings, where the original work is so much more
highly regarded than prints and lithographs, cartoons, because they are created
for newspapers and magazines, do not necessarily have to be displayed in their
original form, though collectors do go wild for the originals.
16 commemorates the 20th anniversary of the repeal of the infamous United
Nations Resolution 3379 that equated Zionism with racism. The image of Israel’s
ambassador to the UN tearing up the resolution in front of an assembly of the
plenum remains engraved in the Israeli psyche.
The anniversary may be
overlooked by many people, but certainly not by Ambassador of the Netherlands
who, at a meeting Thursday with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny
and ambassadors and cultural attachés of other countries said that the
anniversary merits attention because the initial resolution was the ultimate in
Israel-bashing in international forums. It is therefore all the more important
that the text was finally revoked after persistent efforts said Veldkamp, adding
that the international community must remain alert and active against
Israel-bashing in the UN and elsewhere. The focus, he said, should be on getting
Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate and move forward together.
WHEN IT comes to saving a child’s heart, political, religious and ethnic issues
simply don’t apply. What’s important to the doctors and nurses involved is
making sure that a sick child will become a healthy child and grow to be a
To draw attention to this, Save a Child’s heart is hosting
a joint Israeli-Palestinian photography project at the Jewish Arab Community
Center at 109 Kedem Street, Jaffa. The project is under the auspices of the
European Union’s Partnership for Peace Program. The opening, on Monday at 10
a.m., will be attended by Ambassador Andrew Standley
, the head of the delegation
of the European Union in Israel.
■ NOBEL PRIZE laureate Prof. Dan
and his wife, Prof. Tzipi Schechtman
, will always be remembered by
Sweden’s king and queen. At the dinner-dance following the Nobel Prize ceremony,
the Schechtmans were engaged in conversation with King Carl XVI Gustav
The king was fascinated by the pendant worn by Tzipi Schechtman.
The queen also admired it and the king asked where it had been bought because he
wanted to buy one like it for Her Majesty. Dan Schechtman said that he had made
it for his wife and offered to make one for the queen. The king immediately
accepted the offer.
But jewelry is not all that Schechtman is giving
away. When he met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
, he brought him a tie
patterned with quasi-crystals inspired by his research. Netanyahu wore the tie
at a cabinet meeting on Sunday and again on Monday at a meeting in his office
with Dominic Barton
, a senior partner with McKinsey and Company. Barton
complimented him on the tie and Netanyahu explained how Schechtman had remained
true to his theory even though it had been rejected and even denigrated by other
Netanyahu also told Barton how proud he’d been to wear
the tie at the cabinet meeting because of what it symbolized. Barton fell in
love with the whole concept – so much so that Netanyahu, in a magnanimous
gesture, removed the tie from around his neck and gave it to his guest as a
After all, he knows where he can get another one just like
■ ALTHOUGH IT is generally acknowledged that Shraga Brosh
outstanding job as president of the Israel Manufacturers Association, steering
Israel’s industry toward new horizons at home and abroad, IMA’s articles of
association do not permit him to run for another term. Brosh, who has headed
numerous delegations that have accompanied President Shimon Peres on his
overseas trips over the past four-and-a-half years, called on Peres a few days
before completing office to officially take his leave from his position. The
visit to Jerusalem, together with his wife, Tammy, was at the president’s
invitation. Aware, from first hand observation, of what Brosh has done for
Israel’s economy, Peres wanted to personally thank him on behalf of the nation.
Peres commended Brosh on his ability to reach an understanding with the
Histadrut labor federation.
He also praised his wisdom, his patience, his
determination and his courage, and said that he had been a great blessing to
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