City Notes: Paper exhibition opens

Fifty-one artists covering a wide range of cultures and types of paper art are participating in the exhibition.

311_Kibbutz Deganya Aleph (photo credit: The Jerusalem Post)
311_Kibbutz Deganya Aleph
(photo credit: The Jerusalem Post)
The Wilfrid Israel Museum at Kibbutz Hazorea, near Yokne’am, opened a new exhibition featuring paper artists last month, marking 25 years since the establishment of the International Paper Artists Association.
Fifty-one artists covering a wide range of cultures and types of paper art are participating in the exhibition, which deals with “the changing space between opposites: between nature and culture, text and texture, growth and the disintegration of multiplicity.”
Some of the works are by artists who produce their own papers; others use methods of folding, cutting, tearing and pasting manufactured papers. Some art works use three-dimensional installations utilizing pattern, sculpture, papier maché and weaving.
The exhibition will be open through November.
K. Shmona culture, education gets vital injection
Under a new government plan recently approved, the city will receive NIS 6 million for the upkeep and development of community centers and a library. Praising the decision, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar said he hoped the decision would allow for a “stable solution for culture” and education in the city.
Earlier in the week, during the national Book Week, a mobile library in Kiryat Shmona was given a new lease on life after financial issues threatened its continued operation. For the past year, the mobile library has provided children’s books to the city’s youth as well as story-reading events, children’s shows, animation workshops and meetings with authors. This year, Bank Hapoalim pledged to fund the mobile library, also promising to pay for the purchase of new books.
Child dies in house fire
A five-year-old boy was killed Friday night when a house in the Lower Galilee community of Shimshit erupted in flames, trapping him inside his room.
According to initial reports, the mother called firefighters to the house after smelling smoke. She was trapped in the house with her two children. By the time rescue teams arrived, the house was fully engulfed.
Firefighters managed to rescue the mother and her 12-year-old son but the mother was apparently unable to direct firefighters to her younger son. Firefighters conducting a thorough search of the house found the child lying in the home’s basement “safe room.”
Magen David Adom paramedics declared the boy dead at the scene. One police officer was also lightly injured from smoke inhalation and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
TA’s new ‘public transportation’ lanes
In an effort to promote the use and effectiveness of public transportation in the city, Tel Aviv this week introduced several new public transportation lanes along major public arteries. The first lane to become active was along Rehov Ibn Gvirol, where the right-hand lanes in both directions became “public transportation only” lanes between the Yarkon Bridge to Rehov Yehuda Halevi. Later in the week, public transport lanes were unveiled on Carlebach, King George and Yitzhak Elhanan streets.
Sunday through Thursday, the right-hand lane of Ibn Gvirol will be reserved for public transportation between 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., and between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Fridays. The right-hand lane will be reserved for public transport on the northbound side of the road between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Loading and unloading will be permitted between 10 a.m. and 12 noon in both directions.
‘Altalena’ anniversary marked
A ceremony marking the 63rd anniversary of the Altalena incident, in which the ship of that name was sunk by IDF forces during a power struggle between the newly established IDF and the Irgun Zva’i Leumi, was held in Jaffa this week. At the event, MK Danny Danon announced plans to raise the boat from the sea bed during the term of the current government. Several of the Altalena’s original crew members took part in the ceremony at the Jaffa Port.
European street artists invade Holon A street art project named “Detour” took place this week in Holon, bringing European street artists to collaborate with local youth centers and reach out to local youth. The event, on Rehov Golda Meir, was sponsored in part by the Romanian Cultural Institute, and included street artists from Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Poland and Romania.
International and local DJs provided music for the event, which featured a break-dancing marathon and an octagon contest.
Youths suspected of uprooting trees
Four youths were being investigated by Rehovot police under suspicion of uprooting dozens of tree saplings in the city last week. Late Thursday, police received a complaint from a municipal inspector about several youths uprooting saplings on Rehov Ezra. Officers who arrived on the scene apprehended the four suspects, two of whom reportedly made threats against officers. The remand of the two youths who made the threats was extended while the other two were released from custody, the Local website reported.
Deputy mayor faces charges, resigns
Tel Aviv Deputy Mayor Natan Wolof submitted his resignation last week after a court gave the state the go-ahead to try him on three counts of breach of trust by a public official and an additional three counts providing fraudulent information. In response to the resignation, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement reported by the Local website: “We learned of the court ruling and will act in accordance with its implications. I spoke with Natan Wolof, and he informed me that following the ruling, he intends to tender his resignation from his position as deputy mayor. He is weighing his options for appeal and will make an announcement [to that effect] in a number of days.”
Foreign worker stabbed to death
A foreign worker was stabbed to death at a Holon factory this week. Magen David Adom paramedics dispatched to the scene found the man lying on the ground in critical condition, losing a large amount of blood. MDA evacuated him to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, where he died a number of hours later.
Large police forces opened an investigation at the scene and suspected that another foreign worker was responsible for stabbing the man, but were unable to immediately locate him, the Local website reported.
Beersheba gears up for Pride events
Beersheba is gearing up to host its second annual Pride Conference, organized by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual) Association, with the aim of turning the event into an early-summer tradition in the “capital of the Negev.” The event is scheduled for July 8, and is being held under the banner of “tolerance, love and understanding.”
There were some objections to the event, mainly from the local religious community, which claimed that notice of the conference’s date had not been properly posted. The municipality responded resolutely that the show would go on. It said in a statement: “Such events take place in all of the country’s major cities; some of them are even parades,” Mynet reported. The statement noted that even Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin had participated in Jerusalem’s recent Pride event. “In Beersheba, many events take place for all sectors and communities,” the statement added, noting the “pluralistic and egalitarian” nature of the city.
Teen seriously wounded in stabbing
A 16-year-old boy was seriously injured in a stabbing at a beach in Ashdod over the weekend, in an incident that reportedly began with a fight between several youths. MDA paramedics evacuated the wounded boy to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. Police who arrived at the scene detained a young man on suspicion of involvement in the fight.
More water for development communities
A new pipeline being built from Nitzana to the Eshkol region is expected to provide an additional 1,000 cubic meters of water to development communities in the Ramat Hanegev Regional Council, it was announced this week. The last sections of the water line were being laid over the weekend after the Mekorot Water Company received the necessary permits.
Praising the infrastructure works, Ramat Hanegev Regional Council head Shmuel Rifman termed the project “of great historical importance to the Nitzana development communities,” the Local website reported. The new pipeline “is of strategic importance and will ensure the supply of water to the area (preventing two-day water stoppages such as have occurred in the past), significantly strengthening the development communities in the area, whose livelihoods are rooted in agriculture,” Rifman added.
Woman falls to her death
A woman fell to her death at the Ramon Crater over the weekend while on an outing with her boyfriend. An initial investigation revealed that the two were looking for a quiet place to sit away from other tourists when the 29-year-old woman fell off a cliff, nearly 100 meters into the crater. The volunteer Negev search and rescue unit was dispatched to the scene and managed to extract the woman from the crater, but were unable to save her life. Magen David Adom units declared her dead at the scene. Police were investigating the circumstances of the incident.