Monday, July 24

This Just In: Jews, Arabs in int'l origami parley near Gaza. Really.

Machine gun
In radio broadcasting, too-surreal-too-believe stories like the following are often referred to as an, "...and finally," as in a final oddity mentioned at the end of the news report, to lighten the usually grim mood:

Origami tank and driver

Days of peace in Kibbutz Zeelim in Eschol regional council:

Jewish and Arab people will be preparing artistic paper folding models side by side in an International Origami conference taking place in Kibbutz Zeelim from July 26th.

On Wednesday July 26th an international Origami conference will begin in Kibbutz Zeelim in Eschol regional council. During this conference Jews and Arabs will participate side by side and for 4 days will be creating special artistic paper folders in the "Origami magic inspired by desert magic" conference.

The conference will include paper folding workshops and an exhibition featuring special paper folding models. The conference will be hosting two worldwide known paper folding artists:

· Mr. John Montrol U.S.A which has written over 20 Origami books including complicated paper folding insects and animals models without using glue or scissors.

· Mr. Paul Jackson- An international Origami artist and master which has written over 26 Origami books that have been published in over one million copies and translated to many languages.

The conference will be open from July 26th until July 29th, during these days the exhibition will be open freely for the public and will include paper folding models and Origami books sales. This is an extraordinary opportunity to get acquainted with this unique art. The conference will also include workshops for the general public enabling everyone to experience paper folding.

The conference participants and visitors will be offered accommodation in Kibbutz Zeelim's guesthouse and other settling populations in the area. This is a great opportunity to combine between a visit in the conference and exhibition and the wide variety of family attractions the Habsor district can offer:

A tractor ride, wildlife reserve, "Hamam Zeelim" including a pool and Jacuzzi with termomineral natural water and dried sauna, Spa treatments, a tour to Israel's longest rope bridge above the Habsor stream, Bedouin tent and many more.

For further information regarding accommodation, attractions, and restaurants please visit the following web site:, for further details about the Origami conference:,

Origami rocket

...and who knows, the damn things might even work...

Meanwhile, for the as-yet-origami-challenged, from Haaretz:

An Israel Defense Forces shell landed near a crowd of people in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya on Monday, killing at least two people, Palestinian hospital officials said.

An IDF spokeswoman said she was checking the report.

Earlier Monday, an Israel Air Force helicopter fired a missile at a two-story house at the entrance to the Shati refugee camp next to Gaza City, causing damage but no casualties, Palestinians said.

A Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the western Negev town of Sderot on Monday. No injuries or damage were reported.

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