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Jewish Nobel Prize Winners 2013

So I haven’t really been keeping this blog up to date. The little I have posted has just been random rants. But I thought for the Nobel Prizes, I’d go back on topic again.

This year’s Nobel prizes were awarded this past week. The laureattes were as follows:

Physiology or Medicine: James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof
Physics: François Englert and Peter Higgs
Chemistry: Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel
Literature: Alice Munro
Peace:  Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Economic Sciences: Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, Robert J. Shiller

The Jewish laureates are in bold. Of the 12 individuals to win awards, 6 were Jewish. This should be a surprising figure if you consider that only 0.2% of the world’s population is Jewish, or that less than 2% of the American population is Jewish. But it’s something we’ve come to expect. This happens year in year out. What’s the explanation for it? I don’t know. If you look around this blog, you’ll see various attempts at explaining the phenomena. None of them really do it for me. The explanation would have to be a multitude of reasons combined together I think, but I don’t really know.

Two of the winners, Levitt and Warshel are Israeli, but they now live in the US. A pity they’re not teaching or doing research at Israeli universities.

Source for which winners are Jewish: jinfo.org.

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Why Recognition Matters

Why is it so important that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state?

The answer is simple. The reason is because so long as it doesn’t, we can never achieve peace. Recognizing that the majority of the land of Israel belongs to Israel and the Jewish people means the Palestinians agree that it isn’t theirs and they will not try and capture after any peace agreements. The problem is that the Palestinians refuse to recognize this fact. Any land Israel gives away will not lead to peace. The Palestinians will always demand the rest of Israel to be included in their state and they will continue fighting for it, till they have it or until they are no longer alive to fight.

This is why recognition matters and this is one of the reasons we are so, so far from ever reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Israel – Palestine conflict. When will it end?

Many people think there will be peace in the Middle East when there is a Palestinian state. These people are wrong. The Palestinians want all of Israel and they will not stop till the have it all.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, making his first ever visit to the Gaza Strip, vowed on Saturday never to recognize Israel and said his Islamist group would never abandon its claim to all Israeli territory.

“Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on an inch of the land,” he told a sea of supporters at an open-air rally marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas and a celebration of the organization’s “victory” over Israel.

Israel left Gaza in 2005, but that did not help the peace process at all. Despite thousands of Israelis being evicted from their homes, the only thing Israel got back in response was thousands upon thousands of rockets fired at civilians.

It’s a problem that doesn’t look it’s going away. What bothers me tremendously is that Israel is always seen in a negative light by the world and the media. People argue this isn’t true, since the Palestinians also seem to think that the media is against them, but sadly, the media is heavily against Israel in many countries and many people are too. Israel really does want peace and perhaps even a minority (yes, I think it’s only a minority) of the Palestinian people would like this conflict to end. But how can we have peace when the Palestinians are demanding all of Israel?

This war started many years ago. Jews have always been living in Israel and Israel has always been the Jewish homeland. In the 19th and 20th centuries when Jews started moving to Israel, this angered the Arabs and they started attacking Jews, murdering many. This is where the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began. Jews from all over the world started moving to Israel. First the Turkish were in charge and then the British. Jews moved here peacefully and bought the land they lived on. Land was not stolen from the Palestinians, but the Arabs living just didn’t like the influx of Jews and started attacking them. Thank God the Jews here managed to defend themselves. Ironically, these wars against Israel only caused Israel to expand it’s territory. The wars in ’48, ’67 and ’73 were all due to Arab aggression. Had these wars never have happened, the Palestinians would have their land and the Jews theirs. We would be living in Israel happily and peacefully together. This wasn’t to be though and now we’re in the situation we’re in today.

I think the only way this conflict can ever end, is after a big war where Hamas and Israel’s haters are wiped out or if the Palestinians completely change their attitude towards Israel. Recognition of Israel as the Jewish homeland would go a long, long way. I don’t want to see another war, but it will surely happen, since Hamas has made it clear, it will not give up till it has conquered all of Israel.

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Netanyahu On The Meaning And Mission Of Israel And Jewish Destiny

Good article by the Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Warren Goldstein at Aish.com:

http://www.aish.com/jw/me/Bibi–the-Bible.html

BTW, this blog has no connection to Netanyahu. I just think he’s a great leader.

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And yet another Jewish Nobel Prize Winner…

Today, Alvin Roth, an American Jew (source: JINFO.org), along with Lloyd Shapely were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Economics. They received the prestigious award along with $1.2 million “for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design”.

That makes a total of three Jewish Nobel Prize winners this year: Serge Haroche, Robert Lefkowitz and Alvin Roth. All together, nine people were awarded Nobel prizes this year (not including the EU that won the Nobel Peace prize).

Jews have won 41% of all the Nobel prizes for Economics.

Last year, 5 out of the 11 Nobel laureates were Jewish.

Historically, approximately 20% of Nobel laureates have been Jewish. An astounding statistic, considering that only 0.2% of the world’s population is Jewish.

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Second Jewish Nobel Laureate of 2012

Well done to Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka for winning this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry. They received the award “for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors”.

Robert Lefkowitz is Jewish according to JINFO.org. So far 2 of the 6 Nobel Prize winners this year are Jewish. Serge Haroche won the Nobel Prize for Physics yesterday – a French Jew of Moroccan descent.

 

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Jewish 2012 Nobel Prize Winner for Physics

Well done to Serge Haroche for winning this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics with David Wineland. They were awarded the prize “for groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems” according to the Nobel Prize website.

Haroche is a French Jew of Moroccan descent. Wineland definitely sounds like he could be Jewish, but I haven’t been able to clarify for certain whether he is Jewish or not. I assume he isn’t, but only because I haven’t found a source saying he is Jewish online yet and everyone has been writing about how Haroche is Jewish.

See here for a full list of this year’s Nobel Prize winners. So far only the Physics and Physiology/Medicine Nobel prizes have been awarded this year. The other Nobel prizes will be awarded in the next week.

Last year, there were five Jewish Nobel Prize winners. Overall, Jews have won approximately 20% of the Nobel Prizes awarded to date. An extremely impressive statistic considering Jews constitute only 0.2% of the world’s population.

 

And finally here’s an inspirational story that I read on Wikipedia today:

John Gurdon was awarded the Lasker Award in 2009 and this year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. But this is what Wikipedia his past:

Gurdon attended Eton College, where he ranked last out of the 250 boys in his year group at biology, and was in the bottom set in every other science subject. A schoolmaster wrote a report stating “I believe he has ideas about becoming a scientist; on his present showing this is quite ridiculous.”

Quite impressive. Now he was obviously very bright, since he attended Oxford University, but that was to study Classics. He wasn’t a very good biologist at a young age. Just goes to show “Impossible is Nothing”.

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