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Chants launch Israeli Pavilion

CONSTRUCTION started on the Israeli Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo yesterday, the 61st anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

The Israeli Expo team held rituals and chanted "A Song for the Ascents" and "Jerusalem of Gold" to celebrate the anniversary before construction began. The pavilion, shaped like two clasped hands, will showcase Israeli innovation and ancient Jewish culture.

The design symbolizes Israeli innovation and technology, said Yaffa Ben-Ari, Israel's deputy commissioner general for Expo 2010. She said the pavilion could also represent the dialogue between humanity and nature, the earth and the sky, as well as the past and the future.

Israel's slogan for the Expo is "Innovation for Better Life," echoing the Expo theme "Better City, Better Life," said Ben-Ari.

The pavilion will have three areas: Whispering Garden, Hall of Light and Hall of Innovations.

The Whispering Garden is an orchard that greets visitors as they enter the building. With the use of technology, the trees will "whisper" in English and Chinese.

The Hall of Light will show films on a 15-meter screen that highlight the country's innovations and technological achievements.

In the Hall of Innovation, Israeli children, scientists, doctors and inventors will share with visitors their hopes for the future on hundreds of screens.


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