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The Daily TIP: Could a Tree Grown from an Ancient Seed in Israel Help Cure Diseases in the Future?

Posted by Tip Staff - September 05, 2018

Could a Tree Grown from an Ancient Seed in Israel Help Cure Diseases in the Future?
Hamas Leader Sinwar: March of Return Orchestrated to Divert Attention from Internal Crisis
Corbyn Calls Israel “Racist,” as Labour Reluctantly Accepts IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism
Rapper Drake to Produce Israeli-Developed Teen Drama for HBO

Could a Tree Grown from an Ancient Seed in Israel Help Cure Diseases in the Future?

Two Israeli researchers have launched an initiative that has transformed the way we understand the meaning of extinction and created a collaborative platform for Arabs and Israelis to explore. In fact, scientists throughout the Middle East, including in Jerusalem, Riyadh and Marrakesh, are looking to J-Date to solve global challenges. This J-Date, however, isn’t the well-known Jewish dating website, but an ancient variety of Judean date palm that vanished two thousand years ago when the Romans drove the ancient Israelites out of their homeland.

In 2004, Sarah Sallon, a Hadassah Medical Center expert in Middle Eastern plants, contemplated an idea that some would call insane: bringing ancient seeds back to life to examine their value in healing human disease. Over the past few decades, a number of reports in scientific journals and popular newspapers have suggested that scientists could germinate ancient seeds. Many were myths. A few are true. No one, however, had ever brought an extinct plant back to life.

In 72 CE, Jewish rebels under siege committed mass suicide at Masada – Herod the Great’s ancient cliff-top fortress – choosing death over Roman bondage. Nearly two thousand years later, in November 1963, a team of archeologists dug through the rubble and found evidence of widespread destruction: shattered frescoes, charred beams, gold coins, bronze arrows, ragged clothing – and containers of ancient seeds.

In 2004 Sallon secured a few seeds from Israel’s Antiquities Authority, then contacted Elaine Solowey, one of the country’s foremost experts in sustainable agriculture. When Sallon broached her resurrection idea, Solowey’s initial response was disbelief, but she agreed to try and hatched a plan to draw the seeds out of dormancy.

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Hamas Leader Sinwar: March of Return Orchestrated to Divert Attention from Internal Crisis

Hamas's Gaza-based leader said that the violent riots at Israel's border, known as the Great March of Return, that began in late March were orchestrated to shift attention away from the failure of the main Palestinians political factions to arrive at a power-sharing agreement, Ynet reported Tuesday.

“After the reconciliation efforts (between Hamas and Fatah) reached an impasse, a number of factions planned to cause an internal explosion in the Gaza Strip, but the Marches of Return thwarted the plan,” Yahya Sinwar told a conference of the terror group, which exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip.

Sinwar blamed the failure of the reconciliation agreement on an alliance of unnamed Palestinian officials and Israeli intelligence. He offered no proof for his charge.

“Gaza did not want to stand idly by when the American Embassy was transferred to Jerusalem,” Sinwar added.

Sinwar praised residents of Gaza for creating "means of pressure, like the incendiary balloons, and they write the history of those under siege in Gaza, who have nothing, and they cause Israel to think again.”

He also spoke of a "maritime route" to Cyprus to help alleviate the poverty of Gaza, but rejected rumors of an airport being built in the Sinai. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the idea of building a seaport in Cyprus to facilitate the transfer of goods to Gaza, having said that it would be "destructive to the Palestinian cause and would kill the Palestinian dream of establishing a Palestinian state.”

Corbyn Calls Israel “Racist,” as Labour Reluctantly Accepts IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged to protect “Palestinian rights” as the party reluctantly adopted the full definition of anti-Semitism drawn up by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

The National Executive Committee (NEC), the party’s highest-ranking body, however, also adopted a parallel statement clarifying that the adoption of the IHRA definition will not “in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of the Palestinians.”

Corbyn personally interfered in the process and attempted to include an addendum to allow party members to describe Israel as “racist,” which was rejected. Corbyn wrote that it should not “be regarded as antisemitic to describe Israel, its policies or the circumstances around its foundation as racist because of their discriminatory impact, or to support another settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict.”

He also said that “Anti-Zionism is not in itself antisemitic and many Jews themselves are not Zionists,” raising questions over Israel’s right to exist.

Following the vote, Labour Friends of Israel issued a statement regarding Corbyn’s document denouncing the leader and saying that Corbyn himself was a key obstacle in attempts to rid Labour of racism.

“It is contemptible but utterly unsurprising that Jeremy Corbyn prioritized and fought for the right of antisemites to describe the world’s only Jewish state as racist in a meeting supposedly about combatting antisemitism,” the group said in response to the report. “It is now even more clear that Jeremy Corbyn is part of the problem not the solution.”

Rapper Drake to Produce Israeli-Developed Teen Drama for HBO

Ten episodes of gritty Israeli teenage drama TV series “Euphoria” are being created for an English-speaking audience by HBO. The series will be produced by Canadian rapper Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) and his manager and DJ, Adel Nur, whose stage name is Future the Prince.

In a way, Drake is going back to his roots. Before his singing career, he acted in a teen drama in the early 2000s. But he won’t be on screen in HBO’s “Euphoria,” described as “a sexy, troubling, and bold profile of the teens of the Nineties” aimed at adult viewers.

The male actors will include Eric Dane (“Grey’s Anatomy”), while the female lead role will be played by 22-year-old performer Zendaya (“Spider-Man”).

Original series creators Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin also will be on the team of executive producers for the American version. No release date for the series has been announced yet.

Drake, who is Jewish, is popular with Israeli fans. In the first month after Spotify launched its music-streaming service in Israel last March, Drake’s “God’s Plan” was the most listened-to single on the platform, and Drake himself was the second most listened-to artist on Spotify Israel (No. 1 was Omer Adam).

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(via Israel21c)

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