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Amtul Q Farhat

A Retired Asst Professor of Pediatrics currently working in Canada.

Cult of death

The memory of the dead must not be turned into a defining element of national identity. Haaretz Editorial A new Education Ministry program – details of which are reported by Or Kashti in today’s Haaretz English edition – that would have Israeli junior high and high school students adopt memorial […]

President Obama explains borders stance

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday, President Obama sought to further explain the US position, saying ‘new demographic realities’ would also be considered. At an annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday, Israel’s staunchest American supporters were paid […]

College graduates are a new breed of terrorists

Terrorism is attracting an increasing number of creative and intellectual university graduates who differ from its stereotypical adherents of Islamic boarding school (pesantren) students and preachers. For the last several years, college graduates from middle class families have played a prominent role in plotting terror attacks. The recent distribution of […]

Setting the boundaries

The expected UN vote on a Palestinian state in September leaves me, in contradiction to the unofficial rules governing columnists, without a decisive opinion on the matter. On the one hand, despite the doomsday scenarios we’ve been hearing in recent weeks, I’m having trouble getting frightened by what we can […]

Israel 17th most competitive economy

Israel remains in the 17th place among the world’s 59 leading economies in terms of competitiveness, according to the 2011 World Competitiveness Yearbook of the International Institute Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. The annual report ranks countries according to difference economic parameters and is based on data collected from different […]