6 April 2020 - 13 Nisan 5780 - י"ג ניסן ה' אלפים תש"פ
Egyptian doctor recognised as Righteous Among the E-mail

Yad Vashem recently recognised Dr. Mohamed Helmy and Frieda Szturmann as Righteous Among the Nations. Dr. He lmy, an Egyptian physician living in Berlin and Szturmann, a local German woman, worked together in the heart of Nazi Germany to help save a Jewish family during the height of the Holocaust.

Dr. Helmy is the first Egyptian to be recognised as Righteous Among the Nations. Yad Vashem is currently searching for the rescuers’ next of kin to posthumously honor their relatives in a ceremony and present them with the certificate and medal of the Righteous.

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Dr. Mohamed Helmy was born in Khartoum in 1901 to Egyptian parents. In 1922, Helmy went to Germany to study medicine and settled in Berlin. After he completed his studies, he went to work at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, but was dismissed in 1937. (A study conducted by the Robert Koch Institute in 2009 showed that the Institute was heavily involved in Nazi medical policy).

According to Nazi racial theory, Dr. Helmy was defined as a Hamit or Hamitic (the descendants of Ham, son of Noah) – a term adopted from 19th century racial science and used to define the natives of North Africa, including ancient Egyptians, the Horn of Africa, and South Arabia.

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The Technion- Israel Institute of Techology E-mail

The recent annnouncemnt of Technion– Israel Institute of Technology - establising a presence in China has caused a lot of interest in the region and around the world.

Why did Li Ka Shing look so favourably to this joint venture? There are so many truly established higher education institutions.

Israel’s emergence as a world leader in high-tech can be largely credited to the Technion, a global leader in cuttingedge research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Three Technion scientists have won Nobel Prizes in the past decade, and Technion researchers have made countless contributions to science, technology and medicine.

Technion is a public research university located in Haifa, Israel. Founded in 1912, it is the oldest university in Israel. The university offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management and education.

Technion’s 13,000 students and researchers study in 18 academic departments and some 52 research centres. Since its founding, it has awarded over 95,000 degrees and its graduates are cited to have provided the skills and education behind the creation and protection of the State of Israel.

The university’s principal language of instruction is Hebrew, and Technion was the scene of a critical struggle over the language of instruction which helped consolidate Hebrew as the spoken language in the country.

On 19 December, 2011, a bid by a consortium of Cornell University and Technion won a competition to establish a new high-tier applied science and engineering institution in New York City.

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Archaeologists find the Land of Milk, Honey – and Cinnamon E-mail

Israel is known to have been on the route of the ancient spice trade, but some archaeologists now think that at least one of the spices - cinnamon was made in Israel at the time.

A very common and popular spice found in many Asian countries comes from the bark Cinnamomum verum. It is found naturally in southern India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Another form of cinnamon comes from Cinnamomum cassia, found naturally in China, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

Cinnamon, once thought to have been carried on trade routes in ancient Israel, may have been made along the northern Israeli coast and not just in Africa and India, Israeli researchers told LiveScience.

The archaeologists analysed 27 flasks from sites in Israel dating back 3,000 years and found that the compound that gives cinnamon its flavour was in 10 of the containers. The discovery made in Israel “raises the intriguing possibility that long-range spice trade from the Far East westward may have taken place some 3,000 years ago,” the Tel Aviv University and Weizmann Institute researchers wrote in a paper to be published in the journal Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry.

“We don’t think they sailed directly to the Far East; it was a very hard task even in the 16th century A.D.” Dvory Namdar, a researcher with the Weizmann Institute of Science and Tel Aviv University, told LiveScience in an interview.

Namdar and research colleague Ayelet Gilboa of the University of Haifa said the flasks, which at that time were in area that was part of ancient Phoenicia, feature a narrow opening with thick walls, indicating their contents were highly prized.

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