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Palestinian Teen Inventors

A trio of Palestinian high school students invented a new walking stick for the blind, and their invention won them a trip to a science fair in San Diego. Story here at abc news online.

Three teenage Palestinian girls from Nablus are on the verge of scientific stardom, inspired by a desire to help blind people in their West Bank hometown. They have invented a revolutionary beeping walking cane for the blind.

Their successful breakthrough will be rewardedwith a trip to a science fair in California next month.

Asil Abu Lil, 14, along with two friends Asil Shaar and Nour Al-Arda, entered their invention into an Intel Corp.-sponsored international youth science fair scheduled next month in San Jose.

The girls will become the first Palestinians ever to attend the prestigious event.

All three go to a U.N.-funded school in Nablus and “are the Albert Einsteins of tomorrow,” U.N. spokesman Chris Guness said.

The school is so overcrowded that it runs two different shifts a day.

The girls beat out dozens of other projects designed by competing Palestinian kids but had one major obstacle to overcome before realizing their dream of going to California next month; a shortage of money.

There was only enough for two of the girls to make the trip. After drawing lots, Asil was destined to be left behind. But U.N. staff decided to pool some of their own money to purchase an additional ticket. When she heard the news Monday, Asil burst into tears and hugged her classmates.

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Take a Gander at these Tee Shirts

Richard Silverstein’s Tikun Olam blog has a post about t-shirts being sported by IDF soldiers to commemorate their experiences in Gaza.

G. [soldier in an elite unit]: “These are shirts for around the house, for jogging, in the army. Not for going out. Sometimes people will ask you what it’s about.”

Of the shirt depicting a bull’s-eye on a pregnant woman, he said: “…It doesn’t really mean anything. I mean it’s not like someone is gonna go and shoot a pregnant woman.”

What is the idea behind the shirt from July 2007, which has an image of a child with the slogan “Smaller – harder!”?

“It’s a kid, so you’ve got a little more of a problem, morally, and also the target is smaller.”

The article includes pictures of several such shirts. It’s eye-opening.
By the way, the caption on the tee shirt of the pregnant Arab woman in the crosshairs is, “1 Shot 2 Kills.”

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Well Said

Sir Gerald Kaufman, British member of Parliament, addresses his colleagues.

“My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.”

“The boycotting of Hamas, including by our own government, has been a culpable error, from which dreadful consequences have followed.”

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