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Israeli Man Identified Among Passengers of Crashed Germanwings Plane

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A 39-year-old Israeli businessman was among the 150 people killed when a Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday morning. Eyal Baum of Hod HaSharon was living in Barcelona and had been commuting back and forth to do business in Germany.

It was Baum’s family who had alerted Israel’s foreign ministry to his presence on the flight, having called to report that Baum, who had business in Dusseldorf, was scheduled to board the flight from Barcelona.

Tragedy struck as French air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft at an altitude of around 6,500 feet, where it crashed in a remote mountainous area between Digne and Barcelonnette, killing all 150 people aboard. Flight 4U 9525 was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. Six crew members and 16 children were among the dead, officials said.

The low-cost Germanwings carrier is wholly owned by Lufthansa and has an excellent safety record with no previously reported accidents. The aircraft that crashed was 24 years old, however. One of the black boxes has already been found and was to be examined immediately, according to the French interior minister.

French police said search teams would stay overnight on site at altitude, and that it would likely take “days” to recover the bodies due to harsh weather, difficult terrain and snow.

Germanwings managing director Thomas Winkelman told reporters the plane began its rapid descent just one minute after reaching its cruising altitude, and continued to lose altitude for eight minutes. The aircraft lost contact with French air traffic controllers at 10:53 am local time.

The cause of the crash is not known; nor did the plane send out a distress signal, according to a report by the BBC.

Gilbert Sauvan, a member of the local council, told Les Echos newspaper, “The largest debris is the size of a car,” further deepening the mystery of why the plane went down without warning in reportedly good weather.

“This is the hour in which we all feel deep sorrow,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking to reporters at an initial briefing. Merkel added that she intended to travel to the crash site.

So far, “There is no indication of a nexus to terrorism at this time,” U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan told Fox News.

Haifa Selected ‘Smartest’ City in The Middle East

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Haifa was crowned the ‘smartest’ city in the Middle East by the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona. A research team examined 135 cities from 55 countries as part of the IESE Cities in Motion Index (ICIM), an annual survey that ranks the cities based on categories of innovation, sustainability and quality of life. The following ten different dimensions were used to establish the ranking: governance, public management, urban planning, technology, environment, international outreach, social cohesion, mobility and transportation, human capital, and economy. The smartest city in the world for 2014 is Tokyo, which received a perfect score and was described as “impressive in its civic management, technology, economy and its ability to attract talented people from around the world.” London came in second, followed by Zurich and Paris. Of the top 20 cities, 10 are European, six American, three Asian and one is Oceanian.

Haifa is leading in the Middle East, followed by Tel Aviv. Haifa was ranked 24th worldwide.

Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav expressed satisfaction by the results, stating: “Haifa has some of the best schools in the state, which have existed for over a century, including the Technion and Haifa University. Haifa is a small city with the largest number of Nobel Prizes in science and the country’s largest high-tech and life science park in Israel. I’m glad we got another seal of approval and we will continue forward with full force.”

Israel Gives up ‘HaTikvah’ Anthem for the Sake of Peres’ Peace

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Israel set itself up for humiliation last week by staging a visit of the Barcelona soccer team at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield stadium without the playing of the HaTikvah national anthem.

The visit was headlined around the world as another effort by the Peres Peace Center to try to convince itself that the Palestinian Authority really wants co-existence with Israel. The soccer team also played in Bethlehem, where the Palestinian Authority anthem was sung, according to the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot  newspaper.

Obviously, the Israeli anthem would be sung in Tel Aviv, Israel’s capital according to the entire world outside of Israel, but it was not so obvious to the office of President Shimon Peres and the Foreign  Ministry.

Before the game in Tel Aviv, a meeting was held at the stadium, where representatives from other governments said that if the Israeli anthem were to played, then the same honor would have to be extended to the Palestinian Authority , Spain and an autonomous community of Spain, with the official status of a nationality.

“After discussions with the production team and the Foreign Ministry it was said that said it would be unpleasant,” senior officials from the office of President Peres reasoned. After all, playing four anthems would drag things out a bit, so they got by with playing only the Catalan anthem.

But why didn’t the same reasoning apply when the Barcelona team played in Bethlehem?

No one really had an answer for that, but it can be assumed that the Palestinian Authority would have threatened to cancel the soccer team’s visit if anyone had dared even mentioning the word HaTikvah.

Israel, of course, is always ready to make peace, and who needs a Zionist anthem anyway? That would only contradict  chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s terms for peace.

So even though organizers had agreed for it to be sung in Tel Aviv and even though singer David D’or was to sing HaTikvah, the announcement arrived that that it was cancelled.

Education Minister Shai Piron, of the Yesh Atid party, was not so condescending and announced that his ministry would not pay its share of 1 million shekels to finance the visit.

“If there is someone whose feelings are hurt hearing the Israeli national anthem, then they shouldn’t come at all,” ministry officials told the newspaper. “It is first-class chutzpah to come to the heart of Tel Aviv and then ask us not to play our anthem. And it is even a greater audacity by the organizers and the people of the Peres Center that they lowered their heads and agreed to it. It’s a scandal that would not have  passed quietly in  any civilized country. “

Soccer Fans Follow Barcelona Team from Hotel to Western Wall

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Dozens of soccer fans booked rooms Sunday night in Jerusalem’s Inbal Hotel, where the FC Barcelona team was staying, to meet the players and then follow them to the Western Wall Monday morning as the team wrapped up their tour of Israel.

The fans cheered them at the hotel desk and asked for autographs while others waited outside for the team, which spent the night and ate three meals, tailor made for athletes’ specific dietary requirements, at the five-star hotel.

More than 100 rooms were set aside for the players, coaches, staff and families, who stayed on separate floors.

Bruno De Schuyter, general manager at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, said, “We are very proud for the opportunity to host the best football team in the world and being able to give them a five-star deluxe level of service. We were glad to have given them the variety of services requested, including healthy, balanced meals, and a full access to the gym and spa facilities of the hotel, that have been used by team management and crew members.”

Inbal , which overlooks the Old City Walls, said that the club and Comtec, the company producing the visit, picked the hotel out of all of the five-star hotels in Jerusalem due to its ability to meet the strict requirements and its level of service.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/soccer-fans-follow-barcelona-team-from-hotel-to-western-wall/2013/08/05/

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