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  1. Studying marijuana and its loftier purpose

    31 December 2012
    Other news

    Marijuana is illegal in Israel, but at a government-approved medical marijuana farm at a secret location near the city of Safed, is at the cutting edge of the debate on the legality, benefits and risks of medicinal cannabis. When Zach Klein, a former filmmaker, made a documentary on medical marijuana that was broadcast on Israeli television in 2009, about 400 Israelis were licensed to receive the substance. Today, the number has risen to about 11,000.

  2. Israel is right to back away from war with Iran despite nuclear fears

    Praful Bidwai
    05 December 2012
    Article

    Iran has shown itself amenable to diplomacy, while Israel's security establishment advises against military intervention

  3. US backing crucial to Gaza attacks

    Phyllis Bennis
    20 November 2012
    Multi-media

    Israel's attack on Gaza could not have happened without the strong support of US administration, but the political changes in the Middle East have left Israel and the US more isolated than ever.

  4. Israel escalates Gaza attack with assassination

    Phyllis Bennis
    16 November 2012
    Article

    Why has the Israeli government decided to escalate the conflict with Gaza by assassinating Hamas military leader Ahmad Jaabari?

  5. Support growing for medical marijuana in Israel

    01 November 2012
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    More than 10,000 patients who have official government permission consume marijuana in Israel, a number that has swelled dramatically, up from serving just a few hundred patients in 2005. The medical cannabis industry is expanding as well, fuelled by Israel’s strong research sector in medicine and technology – and notably, by government encouragement. Unlike in the United States and much of Europe, the issue inspires almost no controversy among the government and the country’s leadership.

  6. The Israeli pharmacologist who kick-started marijuana research

    13 May 2012
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    Half a century ago, Hebrew University Prof. Raphael Mechoulam isolated and synthesized THC, the main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. By 1963, Mechoulam and his research partners had revealed the structure of cannabidiol (CBD), a key ingredient in cannabis. By the following year they had isolated THC for the first time, established its structure and synthesized it.

  7. The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

    Phyllis Bennis
    19 April 2012
    Article

    The U.S. is 11 years into its current war in Afghanistan and still losing. We never had a chance to "win" this war of vengeance – and while few in Washington are ready to admit that, they’ve continued to revise and redefine just what "winning" might look like.

  8. Israeli medicine goes to pot

    28 March 2012
    Other news

    Israel’s inroads into legalizing cannabis for pain relief and managing terminal illness rest on the seminal research of Prof. Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem’s Center for Research on Pain. Back in 1964, working from bags of hashish seized by the local police, Mechoulam isolated the active compound from cannabis, THC. He came to be a trusted consultant on the topic to governments and individuals and urged that derivative compounds called cannabinoids be legalized for medical purposes in Israel.

  9. Could there really be a war against Iran?

    Phyllis Bennis
    20 February 2012
    Article

    Although political brinksmanship with Iran is nothing new, escalating tensions do not bode well for the region.