Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Worldly Wednesday: Israel
While Israel is a hot spot for violence, I am going to stick with the more peaceful facts when teaching about it.
Flag: Shown at top of post. The star in the middle is known as the Star of David.
Location: Israel is located in Western Asia along the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan, as well as The West Bank and The Gaza Strip.
People: The majoirty of the people living in Israel are Jewish (just over 75%). Israel is the only Jewish state in the world. Although it is a Jewish state, there are many people of other religions who live there as well.
Government: The Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, is the head of the government and the Knesset is the legislative body.
Capital: Jerusalem (Tel Aviv is another major city and the center of Israel's economy)
Official Languages: Hebrew and Arabic
Currency: Israeli New Shekel (ILS) (4.402 ILS = 1 US dollar)
Food: I found a page on North Carolina State University's website that lists 3 Israeli recipes: Falafel, Israeli Salad and Three Bean Salad