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SNAKEBITES IN ISRAEL
A 66-year-old man from the Misgav area was bitten by a snake in September and was admitted to Ziv Hospital in Tzefat in serious condition requiring being ventilated and sedated.
Magen David Adom’s 101 call centre had received a report of a man bitten
on the foot by a snake. Following the bite, the victim developed signs of
shortness of breath, abdominal and chest pains. After receiving on-the-spot treatment from a team of MDA medics and paramedics, he was taken to the hospital’s intensive care unit while under sedation.
A similar incident occurred in May, when a 24-year-old man died two days after he was bitten by a viper near the village of Bir al-Maksur. The following month a soldier was left in serious condition after being bitten by a snake at a military base in northern Israel. The serviceman was taken to a hospital for treatment and his family informed. In fact, there has been a spate of injuries caused in our area by venomous snake bites this summer.
The most common venomous snake in Israel is the Vipera palaestinae (also known as Daboia palaestinae) which grows to an average length of some 90 centimeters, although it can reach 130 centimeters. They are mainly nocturnal. Their venom contains a haematoxin that damages blood circulation and the lymphatic system. They generally feed on small rodents, toads and birds
CLEOPATRA, THE ISRAELI ACTRESS AND
THE JEWISH CONNECTION
In the autumn of 2020, Israeli actress, Gal Gadot, was announced as the bearer of the title role in the upcoming movie about the legendary Egyptian
queen, Cleopatra. Predictably there was a howl from the Left about whitewashing’, i.e. hiring a Caucasian actor to portray a perceived non-white historical character.
n this case the actress was not only not Egyptian but Jewish and -horror of horrors- Israeli too! The social media world almost went into meltdown,
suffused as it was with righteous indignation. (One might just have easily asked why a real Roman slave wasn’t hired to play Spartacus but we’ll let
Speaking of her IDF service in an interview, Ms. Gadot said that that the biggest lesson it taught her was to be less selfish. Also this film is not about her, she added and that she is not the centre of the world. When one is 18,one feels like the world surrounds oneself. Her army service showed her that it actually doesn’t.
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