Showing posts with label news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label news. Show all posts

Sunday, September 4, 2011

March of the Million: 14 Spectacular Photos from Israel's Biggest Ever Demonstration

Some say 400K, others count 430K and - as a matter of fact - the official title was actually 'March of the Million' but the exact figures are obviously minor by now. This way or another Israel saw its biggest ever cross-country demonstration yesterday night, demanding social justice and a lower cost of living. The largest demonstration took place in Tel Aviv, where approx. 300K took part. Additional 50,000 protested in Jerusalem, 40,000 marched in Haifa and many others in smaller protests in dozens of other towns and cities. The following are 14 of the most spectacular moments from yesterday's events.

Bird-Eye Views

The following bird-eye views were taken above Kikar Hamedina square in Tel Aviv from a police helicopter. More in the official Facebook album of the Israeli police.

And here are a couple above Iben Gavirol St. nearby the Kikar Rabin square:


Ground Views

The following faceshots were all published on Haaretz newspaper's Facebook page. More in this Facebook album.

Nearby Building Views

And here are 3 more of Kikar Hamedina, taken by Oren Ziv of ActiveStills.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Robber Beaten by Hair Salon Owner and Sex-Slaved for 3 Days Fed Only Viagra

Robber Beaten by Hair Salon Owner and Sex-Slaved for 3 Days Fed Only Viagra

Planning to rob any Russian hair salons in the near future? Better make sure the owners are not Pulp Fiction fans with a black belt in Karate, first. Viktor Jasinski (32) who tried doing just that ended up as a sex victim after the female shop owner Olga Zajac (28, shown above at the top) overpowered him with a single kick and decided to 'teach him a lesson'.

Then, in a nearly perfect remake of the famous 'gimp scene' in Tarantino's 1994 Pulp Fiction (starring Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis, need a reminder? check the video below) the lady dragged the semi-conscious kicked 'robber' to a back room of her salon and stripped him naked. She then tied him up 'to a radiator' using a 'hair dryer cable' and used him as a sex slave while force feeding him Viagra to 'keep the lesson going'.

According to the local police the above procedure went on for 3 consecutive days, until the would-be robber was eventually released with Zajak saying 'he had learned his lesson'. We're pretty sure that he did. Anyways, both Jasinski and Zajac have now been arrested. More details? Read the full story here

Collage images

Top: Olga Zajac (via DailyMail) | Bottom left: Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction | Bottom right: Official Pulp Fiction poster

Friday, July 3, 2009

Man Comes Back From The Dead in Israel

Man comes back to life in Israel after being pronounced dead

An ambulance crew dispatched to the apartment of an 84 year old man in the city of Ramat Gan in Israel, found him lying on his stomach amid filth in his living room. Maggots and blue death marks were all over the body that was already cold. There was also no pulse or breathing or other life signs and there could be no mistake about the strong putrid smell in the apartment. In other words, the man was dead. So, after a doctor arrived to the scene and examined the body he signed the death certificate shown in the above photo.

But as the saying goes, it ain't over till it's over. A few minutes later, when the body evacuation crew was waiting for the CSIs to complete their documentation process, a policeman came near to the "corpse" and could see it is, well... moving his hand. The paramedics were called back, and the man was taken, conscious, to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. Naturally, until the recommendations of the special investigation team that had been set up following the incident are issued, the team that declared the man dead was suspended from all medical activity.

We're relived.

Via JPost and Ynet
Photo by paramedic team member Berale Yaakobovitch, via Ynet

Monday, June 29, 2009

Worst Parking Fail Ever

Worst Parking Fail Ever (1)

Gladly, most of us know that "the art of parking" go hand in hand with "the art of driving". Some of us, unfortunately, tend to focus on "driving" and forget about the "parking" part. Take that 23 years old woman, for example, was - sadly - severely injured today after falling 3 stories with her Mazda due to a failed parking attempt at the Malha shopping mall in Jerusalem.

Worst Parking Fail Ever (3)

Furthermore, according to the Israeli news portal Ynet, her husband who was standing outside the car was also injured after getting hit by the running car on its way down.

Worst Parking Fail Ever (2)

Please don't get us wrong here, this is not about female drivers! Women are often more careful than men and known to account for fewer car accidents. It's just that this one is not a very good example to all that. Photographs by Gil Yochanan, Ynet.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Polar Bears Prefer (Unstable) Chubbiness

Polar Bears Prefer (Unstable) Chubbiness

We already know Lions Prefer Blondes and make great Photojournalism dramas but other than the Grizzly Man we had very little explicit visual information about the human oriented culinary preferences of bears in general and polar bears in particular. Thanks to CNN News, we can now report that polar bears prefer unstable chubby young women. This preference is clearly demonstrated here with a German 32-year-old lady during a casual visit to the Berlin zoo and, well... after climbing into the moat surrounding the bear pen during feeding time.

Swimming towards the bear

Swimming. watching (via

Woman is mauled. Bear is eating...

According to local police the woman jumped into the water-filled ditch that separates visitors from the enclosure that houses the bears. Not surprisingly we should say, one of the bears dived into the water and "mauled the woman" a little bit causing "serious injuries". Above: bear is eating (via nydailynews)

Saved from Polar Bear (1)

Luckily for our young friend a few brave Zoo workers came to the rescue and tossed their always waiting rescue rings to hoist her out.

Saved from Polar Bear (2)

The polar bears swam nearby and the whole scene was captured on cameras, video included.

Saved from Polar Bear (3)

Official police spokesman said that "The woman has proved herself to be careless by jumping into the enclosure." adding that "Logic tells us that polar bears will do this type of thing in this situation." We tend to agree with the German police in this case only we are not sure if that's a matter of logic or a simple appetite for a chubby meal. Rescue video below.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Inspiration 3! An Open Call for Art from the Streets of Tel Aviv

if you are a regular reader on CultCase you may already know that Israeli street-art and graffiti scenes have been gaining strong International momentum recently. Much of this trend is attributed to talented immigrants from former U.S.S.R. countries, Europe and North America. INSPIRATION 3! - the third art exhibition produced by INSPIRE COLLECTIVE and Israeli street-artist and media activist idiotthewise – is one more example to how alive Israeli street-art scene really is. Focusing in posters, print works and clothing, this year's show is already in production and a "call for action" has been published:
"There is such a feeling of impending seasonal change here in Tel Aviv. Inspiration comes in with the spring & for the third year, the INSPIRE Collective asks you to show off some inspiration! It’s during these pre-spring months, for the last few years, that we really get working and organized in order to time the show with these weather and seasonal changes as a type of metaphor for inspiration..."

As the two previous Inspiration exhibitions the show is open to artists from all over the world, not just Israel so verity is accordingly. For pictures of the first Inspiration Art Exhibition at the Barbur Gallery in Jerusalem see here. For pictures of the second show at the Legal Action Gallery / Casco Urban Lab in Tel Aviv see here. The following are a few selected works already submitted to the INSPIRATION 3! project.


Stencils on water cylinders in the City Bowl. Cheers to Warren Lewis, also known as worldwarwon, a visual artist working from Cape Town, South Africa who will be exhibiting this enlightening work simply-titled Beer. More works from worldwarwon here.

Israeli match 1 and 2

Israeli match 1 and Israeli match 2 are two powerful art pieces by another interesting artist from Cape Town, South Africa named senyol. It's hard to think of a more appropriate image to express the reality in Israel at the moment. Other than being a sharped-eye artist and running an active Flickr account, senyol also run his own blog. For more mathcstick art by senyol see here.

The Kotel

We are usually not very big fans of holy places here at CultCase yet this fabulous piece by Jehan King is just too interesting to ignore. Kotel fits just well with how King describes her own work – energized, vibrant, colorful, raw and bold. King is a self taught abstract contemporary artist from USA. Check on her Etsy store here.

The Beach

The Beach is a vector-graphics styled painting by Yael Reshef from Tel-Aviv, Israel. As opposed to senyol's Reshef's images somewhat focus on images of how Israel could have looked like.

State is A Fear of Mind

We love simply implemented statementual conceptual creations such as this stencil work from Melvin Design also known as melvind from Birmingham, UK. Made with reused materials.

For more information about Inspiration 3! or to submit your own works go to

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Premature Humor at the Bnei Zion Medical Center in Haifa

Premature Humor at the Bnei Zion Medical Center in Haifa

Israel's most widely circulated paper Yedioth Ahronoth has amazed the country last Sunday with a huge photograph on its cover, showing a senior Neonatal nurse smiling to the camera with, well, a premature baby inside her uniform pocket. Apparently the photograph was taken as a "humorous gesture" during a hospital teaching presentation at the Bnei Zion Medical Center in Haifa. Here is a closer look:

Premature Humor: detail

Furthermore - believe it or not - senior management of Bnei Zion Medical Center confirmed that the photos, were also published on the hospital's intranet website. The nurse, in case you wonder, now faces disciplinary action for her somewhat premature sense of humor.

Original story on Yedioth's website (Hebrew)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The UN Voices Project: Print Advertising That Talks

A truly groundbreaking advertising campaign titled 'The UN Voices Project' was launched by Saatchi & Saatchi Australia earlier this week. Tailored for the United Nations, the new campaign combines innovative creative thinking with cutting edge mobile phone and image recognition technologies. According to Saatchi & Saatchi The UN Voices Project is probably the first attempt to make outdoor posters and press advertisement voice communicating with their targeted audience. Here is how this is done according to and four examples already printed (Click images for high-res versions).

"The campaign features outdoor posters, print and online elements. These are combined to reinforce the message of giving a voice to those whose plight normally goes unseen and unheard."

"People around Sydney are encouraged to take a mobile phone photo of the featured person’s mouth and send it to a number on the poster as a text message."

"Using digital image recognition technology and an Australian first call back service, the sender receives a return phone call with a pre-recorded message from the person they have photographed, giving a brief insight into how they live and highlighting some of the issues they face."

"The message then directs people to a UN website where visitors can leave their own comments and thoughts, turning the original seven voices into thousands."


Product: United Nations
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Sydney
Creatives: David Nobay and Steve Back (Creative Director), VINCE LAGANA (Creatives), Steve Jackson (Creatives)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Lions Prefer Blondes: a Perfect Photojournalism Drama with a Happy End

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, we know that since 1953. But did you know 180kg lions also like them very much? Well, at least according to this Daily telegraph story that might just be the case. It is not everyday that death grabs one's soul and hands it back while the entire process gets captured on camera in a perfect photojournalism drama with a heart and a happy end. Yet, for British primary school headmistress Kate Drew that is more or less how things turned out when a 180kg cat pounced on from behind and dragged her to the ground, sinking its teeth into the back of her neck.

Those amazing photos are signed with the watermark "Austral" but it is not clear who is the cool headed person who should be thanked for them.

Working as a volunteer teacher in Tanzania, Drew (28) was spending a few weeks "traveling across Africa on a bus with other backpackers". During this tour the group visited a reserve in Zimbabwe where lions are bred to be released back into the wild and tourists can pay $50 to "walk with several of the big cats" which are "considered tame enough to be allowed contact with humans". Here is what happened in Kate Drew's words:

"We were just leaving and everything seemed to have gone well - until one jumped at me from behind. I was scared enough when he pinned me to the ground, but when I looked up and saw the other two, I thought I'd had it.''

It may have been a miracle or just a random coincidence. Though the wounds on Drew's head left her with 13 stitches (below) they missed her brain stem and she was rescued by the brave reserve wardens (above) who "rushed in with sticks and wrestled the animal away."

According to the Daily Telegraph the lion was not on his way for it's lunch when it grabbed poor Drew but was apparently just playing around a little bit after being "attracted by her mane-like long blonde hair". There goes at least one advantage of being a blonde, ha?

Unfortunately, Drew's story is not always how things end in this genre. According to, a website focusing on endangered large cats, only three out of every one thousand tigers will resort to attacking people, making their reputation as a man-eater "quite inaccurate". Yet, also according to this website, even this low number has been enough to make the tiger responsible for more human deaths than any other predator. Lions are cute but if you are still not sure they also kill people, here is a list of Mountain Lion Attacks On People in the U.S. and Canada since 1986.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

PROGRESS: Obama screenprints by Shepard Fairey

PROGRESS by Shepard Fairey

Frank Shepard Fairey who usually goes under his middle and last name Shepard Fairey, is a contemporary artist, graphic designer and illustrator who believes that Barack Obama should be the next President of the United States. Starting next Wednesday, January 30th, Fairey's screenprints titled PROGRESS will be put on sale online to support a larger statewide poster campaign. The screenprints are edition of 350 sized 24" x 36".

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The 1000 Genomes Project: The Most Detailed Map of Human Genetic Variation

The 1000 Genomes Project: The Most Detailed Map of Human Genetic Variation

Mankind took a major step today as an ambitious effort codenamed The 1000 Genomes Project involving sequencing the genomes of at least a thousand people from around the world was announced in England. The 1000 Genomes Project will create "the most detailed and medically useful picture to date of human genetic variation". Multidisciplinary research teams participating in the 1000 Genomes Project will develop a mapped view of biomedically relevant DNA variations "at a resolution unmatched by current resources". According to the official announcement data from The 1000 Genomes Project will be shared with the worldwide scientific community through freely accessible public databases.

Richard Durbin, Ph.D., of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and co-chair of the consortium

The The 1000 Genomes Project is supported by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, England, the Beijing Genomics Institute, Shenzhen (BGI Shenzhen) in China and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Richard Durbin, Ph.D., of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and co-chair of the consortium (in the above photo) explains why this was unthinkable only two years ago:
"The 1000 Genomes Project will examine the human genome at a level of detail that no one has done before. Such a project would have been unthinkable only two years ago. Today, thanks to amazing strides in sequencing technology, bioinformatics and population genomics, it is now within our grasp. So we are moving forward to build a tool that will greatly expand and further accelerate efforts to find more of the genetic factors involved in human health and disease."

NHGRI Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. explains what are the new possibilities may be following this amazing breakthrough:

"This new project will increase the sensitivity of disease discovery efforts across the genome five-fold and within gene regions at least 10-fold. Our existing databases do a reasonably good job of cataloguing variations found in at least 10 percent of a population. By harnessing the power of new sequencing technologies and novel computational methods, we hope to give biomedical researchers a genome-wide map of variation down to the 1 percent level. This will change the way we carry out studies of genetic disease."

The 1000 Genomes Project

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Concern in Jerusalem

Dennis Haysbert as David Palmer. convincing and promising

It was on November 6, 2001 when Fox Network launched their later to be Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner TV series 24 and the idea of an Afro-American president to the USA was still a futuristic "what if" Hollywood experiment. Dennis Haysbert looked convincing and promising as David Palmer, commander of the world's most powerful armed forces. But it was just a TV series.

Concern in Jerusalem: Obama Gets Closer to PresidencyIn just a few hours from now Air Force 1 will be landing in Ben Gurion airport and I wonder if it might has anything to do with the fact that today, six years and two months of George W Bush later, Israel's second popular daily newspaper Maariv had the front page of its print version covered with one of the most amazingly ridicules titles any Israeli daily ever came up with.

A scan is here on the left but as you probably can't read Hebrew I'll freely translate it. It says "Concern in Jerusalem: Obama Gets Closer to Presidency". Concern in Jerusalem??! I know for some, perhaps most, Israelis saying goodbye to George and his - how shall I put it - "approach" towards the Palestinian issue, Middle East and conflicts in general must be sad. I know Obama is Afro-American. I know he is a democrat. But concern? It sounds a bit dangerous when Israel is "concerned" over something, isn't it?

My guess is that someone at Maariv came up with an idea to use this half-threat half-complaint and convince Americans they just have to make this minor adjustment to their constitution and have George elected for just four more years. Otherwise we'll all be far more concerned soon. We might all have a Palmer-Obama as our next commander of armed forces and he might just not like using them as much as we want him to.

That would be horrible. It might end up with a little peace in the Middle East.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Shot or Not? New Bhutto's Assassination Video released on Channel 4

New Bhutto's Assassination Video released on Channel 4

Slate magazine says "Bloggers are turning into ballistics experts" after the British Channel 4 released a new footage of Benazir Bhutto's last moments. The new video, according to Slate, is now compared to the Zapruder JFK assassination film and "further calls into question the Pakistani government's assertion that Bhutto died from hitting her head on the sunroof handle" as it clearly shows Ms. Bhutto was shot. Watch Channel 4's new Bhutto's assassination footage.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

A poor editorial decision or a brilliant context satire?

Context hidden messages have always been of the most powerful journalistic weapons against most kinds of censorship. Israel has an active by-law military censorship since it was founded and Israeli journalists have been practicing this strategy since that very same day. Whether the nature of the restriction is political, military or commercial, the context in which a certain information item is delivered can have a tremendous impact or even change completely the way a message is interpreted by the recipient.

Of course the main problem with subtext messages, which is also their main source of strength, is that the better they are the less people actually manage to decode them. While some hidden context messages are exposed publicly most of them remain unknown. That is why the above frozen TV moment from Sky News caught my eye today on the DHD Multimedia gallery as, other than being very funny, it is also unclear if it was done deliberately or by mistake. What do you think? A poor editorial decision or a brilliant post-Hurricane-Katrina context satire on the account of the world's most powerful politician?

Friday, December 7, 2007

Bubble 2.0? Laugh until you cry.

"Need a good domain name, must be cheap, can't be lame
Something cool like Flickr, Meebo
Wikiyou, Mahalo, Bebo
Telephone without the T
Diggg but with a triple G
Make your elevator switch
Code it up and hit the switch."

Anyone who was part of the IT industry back in 1999 knows the word "bubble" can be quickly and easily translated into massive dismissal waves, lower salaries and dramatic changes of family budgets. Even though the 2000 dot com crisis had mainly positive impact on my life course I can still remember it very clearly as a no joke situation. Lets all hope web 2.0 is NOT bubble 2.0. Lets hope this hilariously funny takeoff on Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire will remain just a great music video joke by Richter Scales that managed to take the lead on the Guardian Viral Video Chart earlier today.

Solo, video, arrangement and lyrics by Matt Hempey, Mixed by Bill Hare, Recorded by Jason Hunter & Charlie Forkish. As they say, Web 2.0 just had it coming. Laugh until you cry.

Download Here Comes Another Bubble in MP3
Richter Scales
Dot com bubble (Wikipedia)
Second dot-com bubble (Wikipedia)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Assessing Scientific, Reading and Mathematical Literacy: Finland leads. Israel has a serious problem.

Yes, Finland once again took the lead in OECD's three-yearly PISA test of 15-year old secondary-school students, followed by Hong Kong (China) and Canada in second and third place. The tests we focused on science but also examined math and reading orientation. I happen to know one of the great teachers they have there and I can tell why. Other than solving Conceptis puzzles, being an avid puzzle blogger and community fan AND a great friend, Leena also teaches math in the past 20 years and must have a real part in Finland being where it is on this list. For further background reading, see Assessing Scientific, Reading and Mathematical Literacy, A Framework for PISA 2006.

I would offer the Israeli education ministry to consider a massive import of Leenas from Finland to Israel, no wonderly ranked by the OECD tests as number 39. That is of a total of 57 countries. With an average math grade of 56.9 within 10 years olds (Hebrew news from Haaretz) and after ranked 31 of 45 countries in recent international reading orientation tests I wouldn't expect Israel for any better. Every Israeli citizen knows we have no functioning education system in this country any more and that the future of our children is only up to our personal budget and status. Finland might be leading but Israel has a serious problem.

Official OECD announcement
OECD test results (pdf)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Annapolis Conference: all eyes are on, but also the doubts

Could it be that this time, the who know which time, some real good will grow out of the current global penguin politicians parade? Looking at what is still going on in the West Bank and listening to what the Israeli settlers and right-wingers have to say, watching the way the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are divided over the meeting, allow your humble servant to share his skeptic doubts with you on the subject.

This said, lack of vision has always been one of the worst problems of my country so, with everyone spilling his skeptic doubts all over I know I should do the opposite: According to a statement published at the Annapolis conference today Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed on launching a new round of peace talks with the goal of "reaching an agreement by the end of next year." I think that is very good. lets all cross our fingers see where this is heading to.

Meanwhile, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli TV that the "Annapolis conference is a continuation of one-sided concessions by Israel" the Associated Press reported, and earlier today Israeli officials said they will "begin reducing electric power to Gaza next week in response to rocket attacks launched against Israel from Gaza".

"Begin reducing electric power to Gaza"...? Providing the Israeli government has serious intentions towards Annapolis, this must be a way to educate the Palestinian people for something but I am not sure for what. Perhaps for how to continue manufacturing bombs using less electricity and lower carbon footprint. Perhaps this is why says all eyes are on the Annapolis summit. Low-power consumption manufacturing is a hot subject nowadays.

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