City Notes: Holon gears up for Women’s Festival

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Usines polluantes à Haifa (photo credit: DR)
Usines polluantes à Haifa
(photo credit: DR)
Holon is getting ready for its two-day Women’s Festival, set for March 10-12 under the banner of identity and otherness. In venues large and small across the city, female artists from a variety of disciplines will perform.
Founded in Holon in 1996, the festival is held around International Women’s Day on March 8 and aims to showcase different aspects of female creativity in the arts and other fields.
Artists at this year’s festival include singer Kamila and a screening of award-winning short film Women in Sink, on the coexistence of Arab and Jewish women at a Haifa hair salon.
Tickets are NIS 60 to NIS 110, from
Call to cut Haifa’s polluting industries
In the wake of a recent University of Haifa study on the health effects of pollution in the city, Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay said this week that heavy industry there would have to be limited in the future.
“In Haifa there is an enormous petrochemical industry adjacent to populated urban areas. Even if all of the individual industries meet their [environmental improvement] targets, we will still have a problem. We will have to reduce the industry in Haifa Bay more and more because the current situation cannot continue.”
Preliminary results from last month’s study indicated that exposure of pregnant women in the Haifa area to pollution from the petrochemical industry caused their babies to be born with heads 20 to 30 percent smaller than average.
Gabbay made the remarks at the 11th annual Environment 2050 Conference that dealt with sustainable development and green growth.
Karmiel youth lend a hand to elderly
High-school students at the Man, Society and Nature school in Karmiel recently took part in the Winter Warmth campaign of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and distributed “heating grants” to disadvantaged elderly in the city. The grants allow the recipients to purchase home heating appliances.
“Every day we read in the newspaper about seniors, and especially Holocaust survivors, who are suffering from cold, health problems, poverty and, most of all, loneliness. We were happy to join IFCJ in this campaign to ease the burden of these seniors even if just a little bit,” said Uri Sulski, an educator at the school.
“A main goal of Man, Society and Nature is to educate our students to be involved and to influence life in Karmiel, and for us it is a privilege to help and get to know the seniors in our community.”
Man Society and Nature is part of the Dror Educational Centers network and was founded to create educational and academic frameworks for working youth and teenagers whose needs were not being sufficiently met in the normative education system.
One hundred students in grades 9 to 12 study at the high school.
The IFCJ distributes heating grants of approximately NIS 8.75 million to 25,000 needy elderly in nearly 100 communities across the country.
Holocaust confab set for Western Galilee College
Thirty-five leading international Holocaust researchers are set to attend a conference at Western Galilee College on March 8 to 10, on the topic of the future of Holocaust testimonials.
Conference organizers at the college near Acre said that despite the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement’s efforts to isolate Israel’s academic community, the interest in participating was high, and they had to turn away half of the academics who applied to present their research.
The first two days of the conference will consist of workshops with the experts and are by invitation only; it will be open to the public on the third day. Simultaneous English and Hebrew translations will be available.
Facebook clip results in 4 rape arrests
Rahat police arrested four men who had sex with a minor, taped the act, then used the video to extort the minor. The accused, all in their 20s, uploaded the video to Facebook; city social welfare services saw the video and reported it.