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Investigation: Non-Kosher Meat Served at President’s Independence Day Event

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The Daily Ma’ariv has published an Exposé of a major faux pas that allegedly took place during Independence Day celebrations at the presidential residence in Jerusalem. According to testimonies that reached the paper, the company Pri Ha’Aretz (Fruit of the Land) was forced to purchase a large quantity of meat on Thursday morning, Independence Day, to replace meat that had spoiled. A company representative rushed to a non-kosher butcher shop in the Arab village of Abu Gosh, and after purchasing the meat had it prepared in a local non-kosher restaurant.

The Ma’ariv investigation revealed the that the purchase was made at the Issawi butcher shop, which is open on Shabbat and also sells sea food.

The catering company admitted that the kosher meat for the presidential event had spoiled, but it told Ma’ariv that the substitute meat came from Kibbutz Givat Chayim Me’uchad, and therefore all the meat served was kosher.

But the president’s residence launched its own investigation following the call from Ma’ariv, and Jwadat Ibrahim, owner of the Abu Gosh restaurant and a close personal friend of President Peres, told the paper that on Thursday a man arrived in his establishment with meat and a receipt from a non-kosher butcher shop in the village, and asked to use the kitchen to cater the event scheduled for later that day.

“He asked my permission to cook a large quantity of hen’s meat shawarma (mixed meats on a spit), 80 kilogram (close to 180 lbs). He said he came from a catering company and added explicitly that he needed it for a 500-guest event at the presidential residence.”

The event was in honor of 120 outstanding soldiers and included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, senior cabinet ministers, Knesset members and the soldiers’ families.

So far, the catering company has made several contradictory claims in response to an inquiry from Ma’ariv as well as the president’s residence. It first denied there had been a purchase made in Abu Gosh, then said the purchase had been made for a different event, and finally that a company employee had gone out to Abu Gosh but returned empty handed.

The paper pointed out that the catering was under the supervision of the Chief Rabbinate which kosher-certified the food on Independence day and posted a kashrut supervisor inside the presidential kitchen throughout the event.

A spokesperson for the presidential residence said that legal action will be taken if it turns out that the caterer acted fraudulently.

Israel Wins Record for Largest Chemistry Lesson

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Israeli students have earned the recognition of the Guinness World Records organization for holding the “largest chemistry lesson”.

 

The lesson, which was a reenactment of an experiment conducted by Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon in space, was conducted on September 22 in 13 locations with a total of 4,207 participants.  It involved growing crystals in a gravity-free environment.

 

Ramon, hero of Operation Opera against Iraq’s Osiraq nuclear reactor in 1980 and Israel’s first astronaut, was killed along with rest of the crew of the Columbia space shuttle in 2003, when the craft exploded during re-entry to Earth’s orbit.

 

Guinness World Records sent confirmation that the record had been achieved on November 24.

 

Director of Israel’s Science and Technology Ministry Menachem Greenblum says the record “brings additional world honor to Israel as a scientific powerhouse.”

 

A major achievement in chemistry was also performed by Israeli scientist Dan Schechtman  this year, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of “quasicrystals”.

 

This is not Israel’s first Guinness world record.  In 2010, the city of Abu-Gosh received an award for the largest-ever plate of hummus.  The same year, Alik Gershon won the award for the most simultaneous games of chess played, taking on 523 opponents in Tel Aviv.  The world’s largest flag was unfurled on Masada in 2007 – a flag of the State of Israel.  In 2009, the world’s largest banner was displayed in Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium, sporting a picture of Jerusalem’s emblem, the Lion of Judah.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel-wins-record-for-largest-chemistry-lesson/2011/11/27/

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