There are 70 school days before Yom Ha'atzmaut when we will celebrate 70 years of Israel's independence! As we count down to our celebration, we will be sharing a daily fact about Israel and what makes the country so unique. Enjoy!
Today’s fact is….
On May 14, 2018, Israel is turning 70.
The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated 9 World Heritage Sites in Israel.
1. Bahá'i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
2. Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba
3. Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev
5. Old City of Acre
6. White City of Tel-Aviv—the Modern Movement
7. Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me'arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves
8. Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves
9. Necropolis of Bet She'arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal
Israel has the highest number of people with university degrees per capita.
Israel's national flower is the cyclamen persicum.
On Sunday in Israel, children go to school and adults go to work. Many people don't work on Friday instead, to prepare for Shabbat.
All the forests in Israel are man- made. New trees are planted every year on Tu B'Shevat.
Yaffa harbor in Israel is 3500 years old, the oldest harbor in the world.
The Negev includes geological formations called the Machtesh. Though mistranslated as "crater," these formations are not the result of meteorites but rather millions of years of erosion.
Every year, an Israeli Arab hotel manager called Jaaber Hussein buys all of the state's chametz for Pesach.
In many Israeli bus stops, you can find a box for tzedakah.
Israel has 34 political parties.
The town of Kiryat Shemona is named after eight men who fell defending Tel Hai in 1920.
Israel was the first country to sign up to the Kimberly process, the international standard that certifies diamonds as being "conflict free".
More than nine out of 10 Israeli homes use solar power to heat water.
An Israeli company has developed the world's first jellyfish repellent.
The world's largest pepper was grown in Israel's Moshav Ein Yahav, as recorded by The Guinness Book of World Records in 2013.
Israel won the Eurovision song competition three times.
Because of Israel's variety of terrain and climate, the country has a large variety of animals. Boars roam the damp oak woodlands of the Golan Heights. Caspian turtles live in the marshlands along the coast. And hyenas are prevalent in the Negev Desert region in the southern Israel.
Israeli scientists have ruled that giraffe meat and milk are kosher.
On March 8, 1949, Ben Gurion and Israel's first government take office.
Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing country in the world, in proportion to its population size. With people from more than 100 countries from five continents.
Israeli dairy cows are the most productive in the world. An average Israeli cow produces about 25,500 pounds of milk per year. The runner up is the average American cow at 19,000 pounds, followed by Canada at 17,000 pounds, Europe at 14,000 pounds and Australia at 10,000 pounds per year.
Israel is in one of the driest regions in the world, but no longer worries about drought or water shortages. Why? Because desalinated water is the source of almost half of the nation's water and should provide 70% within a decade. Israel has the largest and cheapest desalination plants in the world, thanks to improved engineering of desalination technology.
Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, with the first settlement there dating back 11,000 years ago to the year 9,000 BCE.
Israel has won five bronze Olympic medals, one silver and one gold.
On February 14, 1949, the Israeli Knesset met for the first time.
2,000-year-old seeds were discovered in 1963 inside an ancient jar in Israel. They were planted in 2005 and a tree that had been extinct for over 1800 years sprouted.
Israel is the only country in the world with a mandatory military service requirement for women.
Israeli bank notes have Braille on them.
Israel became the first country to place a ban on the use of underweight models on catwalks.
In 1966, Shai Agnon became Israel's first recipient of a Nobel Prize — for literature.
With peanuts introduced to their diets earlier (mostly in the form of the snack, Bamba), babies in Israel are 10 times less likely to suffer from a peanut allergy than Jewish children in the UK.
Israeli academics produce more scientific papers per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Akhzivland, near Nahariya, was declared independent by resident Eli Avivi in 1970, after years battling with the government over planning permission.
There are roughly 273 kibbutzim in Israel.
The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers TV series was produced by Israeli Haim Saban.
Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv is the most expensive site on the official Israeli Monopoly board.