City notes: Nice’s sister city Netanya commemorates attack victims

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Netanya stands with Nice: (from left) French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave, Nice Deputy Mayor Martine Vaknin and Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg-Ikar (photo credit: Courtesy)
Netanya stands with Nice: (from left) French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave, Nice Deputy Mayor Martine Vaknin and Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg-Ikar
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Hundreds of mourners gathered in Netanya’s Independence Square on Saturday night, July 16, to pay tribute to the victims of a brutal attack by the driver of truck who killed at least 84 people when he plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.
The French Embassy in Israel expressed gratitude for the ceremony and all those who attended in Netanya, which is a sister city of Nice.
French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave addressed the memorial rally, saying that he believes both the citizens of Israel and France will stand defiant and not surrender in the face of terrorism.
“There is no justification for terrorism,” he said. “It must be fought against.”
The French mission in Tel Aviv this week offered a condolence book for the public to sign in memory of those slain in the attack in the French Riviera city.
Hollywood childcare approach comes to Tel Aviv
From the Hollywood stars to the shores of Tel Aviv, a seminar on a popular parenting approach is making its way to Israel this summer.
On August 4 and 5, the LA-based baby care expert Elsa Chahin will lead the seminar on the Resources of Infant Educarers (RIE) concept brought to the US in the 1970s by infant specialist Magda Gerber, who had studied under Jewish Hungarian pediatrician Emmi Pikler. Chahin, a former professional ballerina in Mexico, became an RIE advocate and now lectures about infant care all over the world. The RIE approach, which emphasizes awareness of one’s child without hovering, has in part been implemented in some Israeli nurseries.
The Friends of RIE in Israel group will sponsor the seminar, to be held at the Babybase Center in Hamedina Square. For registration contact Hannah Sasson: or phone 058-796-3318.
Thousands of fish carcasses found in Hayarkon River
Tens of thousands of dead fish flooded the banks of the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan this week.
Ecologists believe that the incident occurred as the result of weekend construction on the area’s light rail infrastructure near the riverbed dam near the Halacha Bridge.
Efforts were made on Sunday to remove the fish carcasses, whose odor reached nearby neighborhoods.
The Environmental Protection Agency condemned the incident, saying the contractors working on the light rail were supposed to take actions to prevent wildlife deaths.
NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd., the government company responsible for building the light rail, said the deaths were due to low water levels and high temperatures. However, the firm said construction has been halted in the riverbed until an inquiry is completed and it is understood how to prevent such occurrences in the future.
Hot-air balloon festival takes flight over Eshkol
A majestic aerial showcase of hot air balloons is filling the skies over Eshkol Park in the Negev .
About 16 balloons are will taking part in the second leg of Israel’s International Hot Air Balloon Festival yesterday and today. Last week, the first leg of the festival occurred over the mountainous scenery and forests of Mount Gilboa.
The two-day festival in the southern region features not only the balloons colorfully dotting the sky, but an array of ultra- light aircraft, parachutists, base jumpers and acrobats who perform on the crafts.
The festival also features the “Night Glow” nighttime performance, in which illuminated hot air balloons perform in a spectacle accompanied by music and lights.
Australian ambassador helps Galilee hospital get breast cancer center
Australian ambassador Dave Sharma held a fund-raising event Sunday at his residence to help Ziv Medical Center in Safed establish a center for treating breast cancer.
According to the embassy, Sharma has been active with the hospital since his arrival to Israel in 2013. After learning about the medical center’s plans to open a breast health center, the ambassador and his wife welcomed the idea of hosting supporters of the hospital to come hear about the plans.
“Cancer is the leading cause of death amongst females aged 15-74 and accounts for over a quarter of all female deaths in Israel, with breast cancer as the most common form of cancer diagnosed among women. Despite this fact, Ziv does not have a comprehensive breast health center,” Dr. Salman Zarka, director-general of Ziv Medical Center, said at the event.