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Hebrew University receives a mighty grantby michael • May 10 2008
Imagine it green.
Prepare to insert all the puns you want about planting seeds for the future, because Jerusalemite is going to resist the impulse: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's agricultural school, which is in, um, Rehovot (probably because there's little decent farm land in the scrubby, rock-strewn hills of Jerusalem), has just received a $15 million grant from an American foundation. The Staten Island Advance, a newspaper with the enticing slogan "Everything Staten Island," has the scoop:
This can't be anything but a positive development; the kibbutzim, the breadbaskets of Israel, are flagging as the founding generation passes away and their best and brightest leave home to make a grab for the shiny gold ring of capitalism (leaving an increasing amount of agricultural labor to foreign workers), meaning that a reassessment and rearrangement of Israel's agricultural system may be inevitable. Meanwhile, there still remains a whole lot of desert that nobody has bothered to get a-bloomin'. Hopefully the revitalized Hebrew U agricultural program will inspire more Israelis to tap into the vein of affection and respect for working the land that runs through the Zionist narrative.
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