President Trump succeeds in extracting green light from Saudi Arabia to promote normalization with Israel.
A New Pact in the Middle East
The decision of Hemed Melech Bahrain – contrary to what he said last week – to run for normalization with Israel, indicates a different development. As important as it is in itself, the main implication of the decision is that the Trump administration has managed to extract from Saudi Arabia a green light to the small island state, which is completely dependent on Riyadh. In the face of this significant Saudi signal, there is already an Iranian signal: a warning that the Islamic Revolutionary authorities will encourage the Shiite majority, of two million Bahraini residents, to protest the move and perhaps even initiate terrorist attacks as has not been the case in the past.
The King of Bahrain has been in preparations for making peace with Israel for more than three years. The semi-secret contacts with Israel continued throughout this period, but it was precisely the public signals that came from Manama that were of an interesting nature.
Rabbis’ Marvin Haier and Abe Cooper, heads of the Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, who have also been building a large museum of tolerance in the heart of Jerusalem in recent years, have played a key role. In February 2017, the two were invited to King Hemed’s palace. The airman held the king’s hand, which was not according to the protocol – and greeted him in Hebrew. After the meeting the king told his advisers that this was the first time anyone had come to greet him and not ask him for anything. At that meeting it became clear that both the rabbi and the king were great followers of Frank Sinatra. The king made it clear that he would indeed he would not act against Israel, as in Sinatra’s song “In My Way,” as opposed to other world leaders.
Immediately afterwards, the king published the “Bahrain Declaration on Religious Tolerance” and sent his son, Regent Sheikh Nasser, to read the declaration to 400 members of all religions in Los Angeles. The continuation was expressed in the establishment of a small synagogue in the capital for the 40 Jews who still live on the island and who generally preferred to pray in their homes. The highlight was the day after Trump announced the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem: a delegation of 24 clerics and figures from Bahrain’s cultural world arrived, with the king’s encouragement, for the first time for an open visit to Israel. They were cursed as they ascended the Al-Aqsa Mosque and ended their visit by lighting Hanukkah candles at the foot of the Old City Wall.
The Possibility of Peace
The Bahraini authorities were ready and willing to take the final step, but had to wait for the approval of the Saudis – whose country is linked to Bahrain by a wide bridge. From the moment this approval was given, the Bahraini presented to Jared Kushner and his men not exaggerated demands regarding American guarantees for their safety and financial assistance. As far as is known, at no stage did any claims arise from them on the Palestinian issue. Anyone who reads the opinion pieces in Bahrain’s major newspaper, Akhbar al-Khalij, will soon discover a negative and even insulting attitude towards the current Palestinain leadership in Ramallah.
We will now have to keep a close eye on how the Iranians will react and whether they will be content with condemnations and insults, or take other steps. Recall that for many years Iran claimed sovereignty over Bahrain. King Hemed is also worried about the reaction of Qatar, a close neighbor of Bahrain and that there is a historic conflict between them. The locomotives are already attacking Bahrain with all their noisy propaganda machine, but they may do well beyond that. This is with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which in recent years has been under joint Qatari-Turkish auspices.
After the ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, the question of the direction in which the King of Saudi Arabia will move will be re-examined. Recall that three years ago, Saudi Arabia actually became a third, silent party to the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. With the return of sovereignty with the islands of Tiran and San from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, the Saudis have already undertaken in writing to respect all clauses of the peace treaty relating to free shipping in the Straits of Tiran, coming to Eilat.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whisper back. Those who wish to sing always find a song.
Holy Land Man explains: you can be happy on your own but not completely happy. When you find your soul mate, your song becomes complete. Yet, don’t wait for the love to find you. You start singing (being happy) and you will find love.
Brides haven’t always worn white wedding dresses. Don Juravin reveals that Queen Victoria, who wore a white lace and silk-satin gown when she married Prince Albert in 1840. The dress outraged English aristocrats as white was traditionally the color of mourning. In the years that followed, it became fashionable for brides to wear white.
A wedding dress or bridal gown is the dress worn by the bride during a wedding ceremony. The color, style and ceremonial importance of the gown can depend on the religion and culture of the wedding participants. In Western cultures, the wedding dress is most commonly white, which fashion was made popular by Queen Victoria when she married in 1840. In eastern cultures, brides often choose red to symbolize auspiciousness.
Air pollution affects all regions of the world. However, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted. According to the latest air quality database, 97% of cities in low- and middle- income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants do not meet WHO air quality guidelines. However, in high-income countries, that percentage decreases to 49%.
Air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people worldwide every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air that lead to diseases such as stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections, including pneumonia.
Data show that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants.
Air pollution is closely linked to climate change – the main driver of climate change is fossil fuel combustion which is also a major contributor to air pollution – and efforts to mitigate one can improve the other.
As air quality declines, the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, increases for the people who live in them.
Ambient (outdoor) air pollution in both cities and rural areas was estimated to cause 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide per year in 2016; this mortality is due to exposure to small particulate matter of 2.5 microns or less in diameter (PM), which cause cardiovascular and respiratory disease, and cancers.
People living in low- and middle-income countries disproportionately experience the burden of outdoor air pollution with 91% (of the 4.2 million premature deaths) occurring in low- and middle-income countries, and the greatest burden in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions. The latest burden estimates reflect the very significant role air pollution plays in cardiovascular illness and death. More and more, evidence demonstrating the linkages between ambient air pollution and cardiovascular disease risk is becoming available, including studies from highly polluted areas.
In children and adults, both short- and long-term exposure to ambient air pollution can lead to reduced lung function, respiratory infections, and aggravated asthma.
Maternal exposure to ambient air pollution is associated with adverse birth outcomes, such as low birth weight, preterm birth, and small gestational age births.
Considering the precise death and disability toll from many of the conditions mentioned are not currently quantified in current estimates, with growing evidence, the burden of disease from ambient air pollution is expected to greatly increase.
In addition to outdoor air pollution, indoor smoke from household air pollution is a serious health risk for some 3 billion people who cook and heat their homes with biomass fuels and coal. Some 3.8 million premature deaths were attributable to household air pollution in 2016. Almost all of the burden was in low-middle-income countries. Household air pollution is also a major source of outdoor air pollution in both urban and rural areas.
Registered research DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2551844, 10.5281/zenodo.2567780
While Germany chooses penalties to force vaccination, Israel chooses education
HOLY LAND MINISTRY found that across the globe, vaccines are not as common as you think. Almost no country has reached the 95% participation rate necessary to achieve the “herd immunity,” except Israel. The anti-vaxx movement has successfully planted roots in many countries in Europe as well as the United States.
What country is the most successful in vaccinating?
Canada has been heading towards mandatory vaccinations.
66 percent of Canadians agree that children should receive all of their vaccinations before going to school.
88 percent of Canadians believe vaccinations are key to preventing disease.
28 percent of parents in Canada believe that vaccinating comes with serious side effects.
Penalty way: Germany just passed a law that would fine parents $2,750 if they do not vaccinate their children.
France also passed a law that mandated that children receive 11 vaccines before starting school.
Israel is leading with more than a 95 percent participation rate in vaccines.
On the heels of the news of a little unvaccinated boy in London, Ontario with tetanus, there has been much fuss on the internet about “forced vaccination.“Vaccinations, it seems, are a very contentious issue. According to Juravin, many feel they are dangerous and thrust upon us for the wrong reasons. Others feel that not vaccinating places the public at risk and that is should be mandated.
Other countries are moving ahead of us in progress. According to Juravin’s research, the United States has been slow to respond to this epidemic of measles and other preventable diseases in terms of legislation.
🇨🇦 The Candian Way To Vaccination
In February 2015, a poll by the Angus Reid Institute revealed that two-thirds of Canadians believe that children should not be allowed to attend school or daycare if their immunizations are not fully up to date. Interestingly, the country is divided.
In Ontario and Alberta, parents strongly support mandatory vaccination by four to one, whereas citizens of Quebec are firmly divided one to one. Across the country, parents of older children are more in favor of mandatory vaccination, and parents of young children more supportive of voluntary vaccination.
Does this suggest changing times and a movement towards less complete vaccination across Canada? Why is there more doubt about vaccination safety then there was 20 years ago? Perhaps public health needs some better PR.
According to the survey, 88 percent of Canadians think vaccination is effective in preventing disease, with the skeptical 12 percent mostly falling in the younger age categories.
Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against measles in Germany could be punished with fines of up to €2,500, (which translates to $2,750 in American dollars) according to a draft law presented by the health minister, Jens Spahn.
The law, which is set to come into effect from March 2022 if it passes through parliament before the end of this year, would make vaccination against measles mandatory for all children attending nurseries and schools, as well as teachers, educators and medical staff at hospitals and surgeries.
No Vaccination, No Kindergarten
By July 2020, parents signing up their children for kindergartens or schools would need to either provide evidence that their children have been vaccinated or proof of a medical condition that prevents their offspring from getting the jab.
According to estimates by the health ministry, the law would also affect about 361,000 non-vaccinated children already attending a school or kindergarten, as well as about 220,000 adults.
“All parents should be safe in the knowledge that their children cannot be infected with and endangered by measles,” Spahn said.
Juravin reports that this may not be unwarranted. Governments worldwide have in recent months been forced into action by a rise in the number of measles cases and a growing trend towards “vaccination hesitancy”, driven partly by anti-vaccination scare campaigns. Germany’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, recorded 170 new cases of measles in the first two months of 2019 alone. Measles, while seemingly innocuous, can lead to complications such as pneumonia and inflammation of the brain. These complications can lead to death.
many’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, recorded 170 new cases of measles in the first two months of 2019 alone. Measles, while seemingly innocuous, can lead to complications such as pneumonia and inflammation of the brain. These complications can lead to death.
Don Karl Juravin Finds Lower Vaccination In Germany
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) is a particular focus of the “anti-vaxxer” movement. In 1998, the discredited physician Andrew Wakefield published fraudulent research in the Lancet that suggested the vaccine had a role in causing autism.
Measles can cause debilitating or fatal complications, including encephalitis, pneumonia, and permanent vision loss, to which babies and young children with weak immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
In Germany, coverage with the first dose of the measles vaccine has in recent years stalled at 93%, short of the 95% coverage, the World Health Organization states is required to prevent mass outbreaks. In 2017, only the two formerly East German states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg met the WHO’s “herd immunization” requirement, with only 89% coverage in Baden-Württemberg in the wealthy south-west of the country.
“I want to wipe out measles,” said Spahn, a former candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, hailing vaccinations as “one of humanity’s greatest achievements”.
The minister’s initiative was praised by members of the Social Democratic Party, the junior coalition partner in Germany’s “grand coalition” government. “Individual freedom finds its limits where it endangers the health of others,” said the SPD leader, Andrea Nahles, who signaled her party’s support for the draft law. “That’s why I consider it important to make vaccination against infectious diseases like measles mandatory.”
Some Green party politicians have voiced reservations about the proposals, arguing that mandatory vaccination would be more likely to increase distrust among skeptics. “Spahn should focus on convincing people … instead of coercing them,” the Green politician Kordula Schulz-Asche said.
🇫🇷 The French Way Of Mandatory Vaccination
In France, in 2017, laws were passed by the government making 11 vaccines mandatory. Previously, only three vaccines were required by law. The French are more opposed to vaccines than in other countries. A poll in 2017 noted that 41 percent of French parents are anti-vax.
Ironically, France’s vaccination rates for diphtheria and tetanus are some of the highest in the world. Yet the community there strongly objects to some of the vaccines, finds Don Juravinski.
The country has been subject to some small scandals: in 1998 a Hepatitis B vaccine was canceled due to some unexpected side effects.
The anti-vaxx community in France responded to these incidents and rose up. They created large, powerful online groups to affirm each other. Government-run websites have attempted to counteract the propaganda online but to little effect. Videos on YouTube describing the necessity of vaccines fall short of reaching the audiences desired.
When it comes to measles, a disease that should have been wiped out years ago by vaccines, France has the lowest vaccination rate in the European Union.
The government has also tried to equip family doctors with the resources they need to explain to patients the necessity of vaccines. According to Juravin, only 51 percent of doctors in France feel comfortable explaining vaccines to their patients, because of a lack of knowledge and resources.
🇮🇹 The Italian Way Of Vaccination
A case of what not to do can be found south of France. In Italy, anti-vaxx communities are having a Renaissance, in part because Italian politicians have encouraged and embraced the movement. A group called the Five Star movement refers to HIV as a hoax.
Italian legislators ended mandatory vaccines for children going to school, making Italy some sort of promised land to the worldwide anti-vaxx community. The measles have broken out, and are infecting thousands of people in Italy.
Candidates for office have been pushing “measles parties” as a way to infect children with the measles so that somehow they build an immunity to it. Obviously, according to Juravin, this has backfired tremendously.
The World Health Organization has personally called legislators in Italy out, blaming the epidemic of contagious diseases in Europe on them and their actions.
Only 82 percent of people in Italy have been vaccinated for measles and rubella, according to some statistics.
🇮🇱 The Israeli Winning Way is Education
Israel has virtually no problems with vaccines, according to the WHO (World Health Organization). More than 95 percent of children in Israel get their recommended vaccines at the recommended time.
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