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>JN March 23, 1998, Vol 6, No. 53

Independence Day: A Two-Day Event

By IINS News Service

The Cabinet decided to accept the Prime Minister's proposal for a two-day Independence Day holiday this year -- on the occasion of the State of Israel's Jubilee anniversary, which is a unique milestone in the history of the nation. As such, Independence Day will be observed on Thursday and on the next day, Friday. The Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs will formulate, on behalf of the Cabinet, a bill to this effect.

Costner, Douglas Co-Host Israel Salute

By IINS News Service

America loves a celebration, and on April 15, the U.S. will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel with an unforgettable television special event.

According to the show's celebrated executive producers Don Mischer and Gil Cates, Academy Award-winning actors Kevin Costner and Michael Douglas will co-host this two-hour entertainment special called "To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th." Veteran composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch will be the music director. The show will air from 9-11 p.m. on CBS.

"This distinguished television event from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles salutes the triumph of the first 50 years of Israel's remarkable birth and growth, its struggle for survival and the joy and spirit of its people," said Mischer.

"Our intent is to focus on America's shared experiences and common bonds," explained Cates. The show will be an Americawide celebration reflecting many forms of American culture. It will also include a "live" interconnection with an audience in Israel at the Tower of David in Jerusalem.

Industry leaders, including Lew Wasserman, Steven Spielberg, Gerald Levin and Terry Semel, join the international co-chairs of the Israel 50th anniversary Committee Merv Adelson and Marvin Josephson in supporting this event.

The "Jubilee Chimes" Event -- Main Details

By IINS News Service

Approximately 5,000 people are expected to participate in "Jubilee Chimes", the main event of Israel's 50th anniversary celebrations April 30, at 8:30 p.m., at Givat Ram Stadium, Jerusalem. "Jubilee Chimes" will open with a state ceremony under the aegis of President Ezer Weizman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Dan Tichon.

The entire event is planned as a television show, effectively making the Givat Ram stadium a giant television studio, in which the audience shall form an integral part of the television show. The events producer is Shuki Weiss. The emcee will be Israeli television personality Chaim Yavin.

The show is composed of excerpts and pictures dealing with different aspects of Israel's history and the Jewish experience during the past 50 years. As is the custom with giant shows abroad, multimedia, giant screens, laser shows, special effects and recorded television segments will be combined in the event.

The event will be filmed in multi camera, 11 cameras directed by Chris Sven in partnership with the Israeli director Benny Carmeli. The event will be broadcast live through satellite and optic cable to television stations in Israel, Europe and the United States and to dozens of Jewish communities throughout the world. The complex television production and broadcasts will be produced by Omri Meron of April Com Company.

Hundreds of media people, print, radio and television journalists from around the world will cover the event. A communications center will be established at the stadium which will enable journalists to broadcast directly via satellite in real time, as well as to tape selections from the event.

Vice President Al Gore will head a 100 member delegation of visitors and American journalists.

Hebrew U. Team Finds New Value in Iodine

By Arutz-7 News Service

Ordinary iodine ointment is highly effective in preventing damage caused by skin burns. This discovery was made as the result of work carried out by a team of researchers headed by Dr. Uri Wormser at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem School of Pharmacy.

They found that when iodine ointment is applied immediately after a burn occurs, the burning sensation is nullified or reduced, and the expected skin lesion is prevented. The longer the delay between the burn and the application of the iodine, the less effective the treatment was found to be.

Liquid iodine can also help, but must remain on the burn for a much longer time. Wormser acknowledges that aloe vera plant sap is also effective in preventing the development of burn damage.

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