The call for boycott is directed not only at products made in Israeli settlements but at Israeli products altogether – even though the sticker notes the product was made in the West Bank. Similar stickers were placed on other products in the Tesco supermarkets chain.
Israeli dates in Ireland grocery store marked with yellow sticker
Tesco is a British chain originally established by Jewish businessman Jack Cohen, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland. Cohen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren reside in Israel. The chain operates hundreds of grocery stores in Ireland as well.
From http://www.nytimes.com – Today, 6:02 AM A company has developed a camera-based system intended to give the visually impaired the ability to both “read” easily and move freely. Liat Negrin, an Israeli who has been visually impaired since childhood, walked into a grocery store here recently, picked up a can of vegetables and easily read its label using a simple and unobtrusive camera attached to her glasses. Ms. Negrin, who has coloboma, a birth defect that perforates a structure of the eye and afflicts about 1 in 10,000 people, is an employee at OrCam, an Israeli start-up that has developed a camera-based system intended to give the visually impaired the ability to both “read” easily and move freely.
Until now reading aids for the visually impaired and the blind have been cumbersome devices that recognize text in restricted environments, or, more recently, have been software applications on smartphones that have limited capabilities.
In contrast, the OrCam device is a small camera worn in the style of Google Glass, connected by a thin cable to a portable computer designed to fit in the wearer’s pocket. The system clips on to the wearer’s glasses with a small magnet and uses a bone-conduction speaker to offer clear speech as it reads aloud the words or object pointed to by the user.
The system is designed to both recognize and speak “text in the wild,” a term used to describe newspaper articles as well as bus numbers, and objects as diverse as landmarks, traffic lights and the faces of friends.
It currently recognizes English-language text and beginning this week will be sold through the company’s Web site for $2,500, about the cost of a midrange hearing aid. It is the only product, so far, of the privately held company, which is part of the high-tech boom in Israel.
The device is quite different from other technology that has been developed to give some vision to people who are blind, like the artificial retina system called Argus II, made by Second Sight Medical Products. That system, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in February, allows visual signals to bypass a damaged retina and be transmitted to the brain.
I don´t love to speak about my faith; but this time I want to blog an e-mail written by David Wilkerson. Why I am doing this?
Because I am deeply convinced that God can change each and any life,
like here, and even use it!
WHO IS ON the LORD´S SIDE? by David Wilkerson
“Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him” (Exodus 32:26).
How would God crush the corruption in Israel? Who would He choose to be His instruments in a time of evil? Would angels come down and execute righteous judgment? Aaron and his sons had already corrupted themselves so who would God raise up to shine forth as His soldiers of holiness?
Of all people, He chose the sons of Levi-sons of that murderer who, with his brother Simeon, had caused Jacob´s family to be shamed before the heathen. Simeon and Levi each took a sword and slew Shechem for raping their sister Dinah. They also killed his father Hamor and then took their sheep, oxen and donkeys, their wealth, and their wives and children.
Oh, the matchless grace of God-to choose the most unworthy, the weakest of them all-to be His instruments. “All the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. . . . And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses” (Exodus 32: 26, 28).
Perhaps there was something deep within them that said, “We will not fail God as our father did! We will not bring reproach on the name of our God; we will step out and take our stand with the Lord!”
Moses had promised them, “God will reward you if you consecrate yourself and take a stand among your family, friends and brothers” (see Exodus 32:29). And God did reward them with a semi-priestly order called the Levites, who were given to the service of God´s house.
Being on the Lord´s side is taking His sword and using it to combat the forces of unbelief, putting down all doubts and fears. It means standing true to God and His Word no matter what the crowd does; no matter how faithless our friends become; no matter how worldly our dearest loved ones are. We must step out and declare, “I am on the Lord´s side! I come out against all attacks on the majesty and faithfulness of our God!”
Marie Mason’s 51st birthday is coming up on January 26, 2013. We are asking that folks hold events for Marie around her birthday as part of what will be an annual time to celebrate her life and keep her spirits up while she remains imprisoned.
We know that the mid-winter holidays are a busy time for everyone, but they are a sad time for the prisoners who remain inside – and everyone wants some cheer on their birthday! So we hope that folks can find time to plan a small event for Marie, such as a letter-writing or birthday party. (If time permits, we recommend that you might want to hold letter writings a week or more earlier so the cards can reach her before the 26th.)
Some people are confused about Marie’s mail situation. It is true that she can only send letters to a pre-approved list of 100 people. However, she can receive letters from anyone and so she will be able to receive all these birthday wishes. (Please be sure that the sender’s first and last name are on the envelope, that letters are all in English – she can receive letters in other languages but will be delayed – and that cards do not have glitter or other things added to them.)
Last, if you are planning a public event for her birthday, please tell us and we’ll include the information on the website. Several cities have started making plans, including NYC, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Bloomington, Lake Worth and Haifa (Israel). A current listing of events can be found here. If you are organizing an event and would like it listed on the site email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The original call out for Marie’s birthday can be found at www.supportmariemason.org, along with her current address, artwork, interviews, letters and more ways to get involved.