Archive for May, 2010

May 31 2010

Indonesian Jewry during WWII

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New details regarding the Japanese treatment of the Jewish population in Indonesia  during World War II were exposed at the Ninth Israeli Asian Studies Conference at the University of Haifa, particularly stating that the escalating Japanese cruelty towards the Jews was directly influenced by German intervention. Continue Reading »

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May 31 2010

President Shimon Peres to receive Outstanding Leadership Award

shimon-peresThe University of Haifa will award the “Outstanding Leadership Award” to President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, during the University’s 38th Meeting of the Board of Governors, which will take place on June 1-3. The award will be conferred upon the President in recognition of his ongoing service to the State of Israel, with self-sacrifice and endless devotion. Continue Reading »

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May 31 2010

You are invited . . .

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On the occasion of the opening of the 38th Meeting of the Board of Governors that is taking place this week at the University of Haifa, an exhibition of historical invitations and photographs from the annual meetings of the Board of Governors has been opened. “Just by chance I came across an old invitation for a meeting of the Board of Governors. It was very simple in design, but already then, the events, the people, and the projects were impressive,” said Rona Perkis, Head of the University Archive who initiated the exhibition. Continue Reading »

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May 30 2010

Health Scan: Borderline glucose levels tied to heart disease

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May 30, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

The “normal” glucose level in the blood (after a 10- to 12-hour fast) has long been regarded as 50 to 100 mg%. Above that, doctors say, there is a risk of pre-diabetes or actual diabetes, with its higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. But now a research team headed by the Sheba Medical Center’s Dr. Shai Kviti have followed up some 11,000 healthy men and women over 40 for more than a decade. Between 2000 and 2010, 1,000 of them developed heart disease or had a stroke. A new intervention – the result of a collaboration among researchers from the University of Haifa, City University of New York and Indiana University – has been found to reduce “self stigma” and improve self-esteem among people with serious psychiatric illness. Self-stigma is one of the central factors hindering social integration of people with mental illness. “Improving ease of access for people with disabilities has received much attention over the past years, but accessibility for persons with mental illness has not gained adequate attention,” says Prof. David Roe, chairman of the community mental health department of the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, who led the study.

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May 30 2010

Absentee loyalty

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May 30, 2010  Haaretz

Finally we have found two people on which to hang a new bill that, if passed, would strip the citizenship of anyone convicted of terrorism or espionage against Israel. These two people are Ameer Makhoul and Omar Said, Israeli citizens accused of contact with a foreign agent, a Hezbollah operative. But the court’s decision will only be a footnote because the two have already been convicted in the public’s eyes for violating the “obligation of loyalty” to the State of Israel. The result can be seen in a poll on relations between Israelis and Arabs, conducted by the University of Haifa’s Sammy Smooha. According to the study, 29 percent of Arabs don’t wish to have a Jewish friend, 62 percent fear they will be expelled from Israel (”transferred” ), 40 percent do not trust the court system, and a similar percentage supports boycotting elections.

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May 30 2010

Grapevine: Riding high

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May 30, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

THE INCOMING Rector of the University of Haifa is Haifa-born Prof. David Faraggi, 55, who will take up his duties in October 2010.  He succeeds Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi.  Faraggi, who is currently Vice Rector, is a bio-statistician in the Department of Statistics. He received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and completed his postdoctoral studies at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics. He has been visiting professor and fellow professor in many higher education institutions around the world, including Harvard University, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and more.

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May 30 2010

Victim of the ‘espionage game’

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May 30, 2010  Haaretz

A British coroner investigating death cases will renew the inquiry into the circumstances of the demise of Dr. Ashraf Marwan in London three years ago. The investigation is to be reopened in July, in part at the request of the family. Marwan fell to his death from the balcony of his London home in June 2007. His family claims that, contrary to initial assessments, he did not commit suicide, but was assassinated by Israeli agents. However, it is more likely that he was killed by Egyptian intelligence agents, who wanted to take revenge against him for betraying his homeland, after it was revealed in Israel that he had been a Mossad agent. Dr. Uri Bar-Yosef, a historian of the 1973 war at the University of Haifa, is convinced, on the basis of a thorough familiarity with the affair, that Ashraf Marwan was one of Israeli intelligence’s best agents.

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May 27 2010

University to award Prof. Aaron Ciechanover honorary doctorate

aaron-ciechanoverThe University of Haifa will award the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, to Prof. Aaron Ciechanover during the University’s 38th Meeting of the Board of Governors, which will take place on June 1-3. The honorary doctorate will be conferred upon Prof. Ciechanover in recognition of his scientific leadership and excellence and his standing in the forefront of biomedical research in Israel and abroad. Continue Reading »

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May 26 2010

Haifa U: 85 Year Old Receives PH.D

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May 26, 2010  Virtual Jerusalem

When he was a high school student, Shlomo Peleg liked one subject more than the others: history. Now, at age 85, upon receiving his doctorate in history from Haifa University, he feels he has come full circle. “It was pleasurable to research, to read, to argue a little at international seminars. It was a great period despite all the hardship,” he sums up the last seven years, in which he researched and wrote his doctoral thesis about “Emperor Friedrich the Second and his Relations with the Military Orders.”

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May 26 2010

University to award Ruth Dayan honorary doctorate

ruth-dayanThe University of Haifa will award the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, to Mrs. Ruth Dayan during the University’s 38th Meeting of the Board of Governors, which will take place on June 1-3. The honorary doctorate will be conferred upon Mrs. Dayan in recognition of her longstanding contribution to Israel’s economic, cultural and social strength. Continue Reading »

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