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Artistic Director of Portuguese National Theater Joins Cultural Boycott of

May 18, 2018 / By Lusa / Portugal The artistic director of the D. Maria II National Theater, Tiago Rodrigues, canceled his participation in the Israel Festival, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem next month, and announced his decision to join the cultural boycott of Israel, according to a statement released by the theater today. "I have decided not to present my show at the Israel Festival in June because I believe it is the only way to ensure that my artwork will not serve to justify or support a government that commits deliberate human rights violations and is currently violently attacking the Palestinian people," says the author, actor and director. Rodrigues says that although his decision as the artistic director of a national theater "could cause discomfort in the diplomatic plane”, "it was a well thought-out decision and I must, above all, obey my conscience. I have consulted with friends and colleagues whom I trust, and I have read statements by many intellectuals and artists, notably Israelis. Also I bear witness to the Israeli government’s terrible and violent conduct in this moment.” In his statement, Rodrigues says that although he “vehemently opposes the Israeli government’s oppression of the Palestinian people", he accepted the invitation to present the play 'By Heart' at Israel Festival in Jerusalem because it was "promoted by a non-profit organization that presents itself as an artistic project that promotes a plural and peaceful society." Rodrigues also says that he accepted the invitation believing "that the people of a country and its political administration are not the same thing.” He says "when I play shows in the US, for example, I do theater for Americans, but I am not subscribing to the Trump administration. If I were to be associated with the Trump administration, I would be against it." However, the director became aware "through the official communications of the festival," that this year's edition "marks the 70th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel." “The festival’s celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary was not accompanied by a single word of criticism of Israel’s conduct vis-à-vis the Palestinian people during the last 70 years. This notice is of great political significance and I was not informed about it when I was invited to participate in the festival. I do not accept the use of my artistic work for political reasons without my consent,” reads the statement. In addition, "the festival prominently announces the support of various branches of the Israeli government, but remains silent about the unacceptable acts of violence ordered by the same government against the Palestinian people. This omission is deeply disturbing and I cannot accept it," he says. In addition to his decision to boycott Israel Festival, Rodrigues also decided to publicly "join the cultural boycott movement of Israel, with the conviction that global and collective pressure could produce results similar to the boycott of South Africa during apartheid.” 'By Heart', a play in which Tiago Rodrigues teaches a poem to ten people of the public, without previous preparation while unraveling stories of his grandmother mixed with fiction and characters of books, was already presented in Rome (Italy), Trodheim (Norway), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Rennes and Marseille (France) and Athens (Greece). .

Friends of Ziv Medical Center

Friends of Ziv Medical Center Gala Evening In Honor and Support of Israeli Doctor's Humanitarian Efforts December 2, 2018 Miami Beach, FL. USA December 2 Presenting this year's humanitarian Award to Dr. Salman Zarka Director General of Israel's Frontline Hospital Ziv Medical Center, Sefat Israel for the hospital's outstanding assistance to the wounded and sick, women and children of Southern Syria “If every Syrian child, woman and man return to their homeland after having received medical attention in Israel, treasuring in their hearts the human encounter which saved their lives, a memory of an embrace from people who they used to consider enemies and who turned out to be human at the most critical time, and if every Syrian who leaves us lets his experience flourish—we may then be able to dream about abetter future, for our children and for theirs.” Dr. Salmen Zarka


Hungary, 2017 Hungarian (with English subtitles) 91 minutes Critics' Top Ten Film of the Year! Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes! Los Angeles Times Critics Pick! Based on the acclaimed short story "Homecoming" by Gábor T. Szántó On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back. Director Ferenc Török paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with the recent horrors they’ve experienced, perpetrated, or just tolerated for personal gain. A superb ensemble cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama that reiterates Thomas Wolfe’s famed sentiment: you can’t go home again.

Nike Acquires Israeli Fashion-Tech Firm Invertex

Nike Logo Sports shoes and apparel giant Nike has acquired Invertex, a Tel Aviv-based computer vision firm that develops scan-to-fit shopping platforms. The fashion tech company recently launched ScanMat, a 3D scanning device that uses deep learning to help customers determine the right shoe size. Advertisement Financial details of the deal were not revealed. Invertex raised $2 million in seed capital last year in a funding round led by Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding VC OurCrowd, along with international retail and fashion group Permoda and angel investors. “The acquisition of Invertex will deepen our bench of digital talent and further our capabilities in computer vision and artificial intelligence as we create the most compelling Nike consumer experience at every touch point,” said Nike Chief Digital Officer, Adam Sussman. Invertex CEO David Bleicher said: “Nike’s connection to and understanding of their consumer is unsurpassed and we look forward to joining their team to help drive the Consumer Direct Offense.” Jewish Press

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Kids with cancer learn the power of a punch

Martial artists in Israel plan to help kids suffering from cancer learn how to punch and breathe out their anger, pain and frustration. By ISRAEL21c FEBRUARY 14, 2018, 8:49 AM Hundreds of young cancer patients throughout Israel will be learning how to banish their anger, pain and frustration through martial arts and breathing techniques thanks to a new organization, Kids Kicking Cancer, setting up in Israel. “The children teach others, so instead of being victims, they become teachers. They’ve got a purpose to teach the world,” says Danny Hakim, chairman of Budo for Peace, and Kids Kicking Cancer. please see video on our Facebook page:

Israel-Egypt $15 Billion Gas Deal Boosts Energy Hub Prospec

By David Wainer and Yaacov Benmeleh ýFebruaryý ý19ý, ý2018ý ý6ý:ý45ý ýAMý ýCST Updated on ýFebruaryý ý20ý, ý2018ý ý2ý:ý07ý ýAMý ýCST A $15 billion deal to export Israeli gas to Egypt is moving forward after months of talks, bringing the Jewish state a step closer to becoming an energy exporter to the most populous Arab country. Noble Energy Inc. and Delek Drilling-LP said they plan to supply around 64 billion cubic meters of natural gas over 10 years to Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings Ltd. from Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan reservoirs. Shares of Israeli gas companies soared the most in nine years on Monday. The deal needs regulatory and government approvals in Egypt and Israel. The move could add an economic plum to a relationship that has focused on security since the two countries signed a peace accord that changed the face of Middle Eastern politics nearly four decades ago. Tavy Rosner, an analyst at London-based Barclays Plc, said he expects more agreements to follow, including the sale of Israeli gas to Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which operates a liquefied natural gas plant in northern Egypt. The deal with Egypt follows an agreement with Jordan in 2016. Egypt, for its part, is trying to leverage the discovery of the giant Zohr field to attract investment and foreign currency. Egypt has idle liquefaction plants such as Shell’s, making it a suitable location for a regional hub. “This paves the way for further deals and cements Egypt as a regional energy hub,” Yossi Abu, Delek Drilling’s chief executive officer, said in a phone interview. “This will be an engine for both the Egyptian and Israeli economies alike. We’re proud to be part of this moment.”

Israel’s Technion Wraps Up Innovation Program For Teens

By NoCamels Team December 24, 2017 0 Comments December 24, 2017 | The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, dubbed “Israel’s MIT,” is wrapping up its inaugural HaifaTeenTech 2017 program, an initiative aimed at young tech entrepreneurs from Israel and Jewish teens from around the world. The 10-day program started on December 12, bringing 60 teens — 30 from Israel, 30 international students — ages 16 to 18 together for a series of tours, events, meetings across Israel and a hackathon. Over the course of the program, the teens were hosted by the City of Haifa and traveled to a number of cities and spots such as Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea and Tel Aviv, met with representatives of various Israeli startups, and went on a tour of high-tech companies, the Technion and Rambam Medical Center in the city. The participants will continue to be involved in the program through a “virtual technological incubator,” which according to the program’s website, will “serve as the main tool for the ongoing relationship.”

Announcing the Jewish National Fund Wine Contest!

Announcing the Jewish National Fund Wine Contest! As part of JNF's efforts to showcase art, culture, good food, and wine in Northern Israel, we work to support local businesses such as Johnny Stern’s, whose award-winning Western Galilean wines are loved the world over. Now, he is launching a new Kosher line and to celebrate this occasion, we are looking for the hippest, most creative label to adorn its bottle! Entering is easy. After you design a label, take a photo of your design and upload it to your Instagram. Tag @JNFUSA and use the hashtag #LchaimDesignContest (make sure your account is public so we can see it). The deadline for entering is December 31st, 2017; the winner will be chosen in January 2018. You will be contacted via Instagram if you are chosen. The winning design will grace the wine label bottles for commercial sale (with your name on it), and you will receive bottles of the wine as well. See our website for more details. We can’t wait to see what you come up with. L’Chaim!

Israel Wine Exports to China Skyrockets

BY LINDA GRADSTEIN, THE MEDIA LINE | PUBLISHED SEP 12, 2017 | FOOD ________________________________________ An Israeli winery is set to build an $8 million facility in central China, hoping to take a piece of what has become one of the largest wine markets in the world. The winegrower, Hayotzer, has signed a preliminary agreement with the Pen Dun Group to build the joint project. Hayotzer, which is owned by Arza, one of Israel’s largest wineries, will hold a 20-25 percent stake and will advise on winemaking and viticulture of the proposed venture. China is currently the world’s fourth largest wine consumer, and is set to surpass France and the United Kingdom by 2020, making them second only to the United States. “They welcomed me like I was a Jewish Nobel Prize winner,” Guy Edri, the CEO of Hayotzer told The Media Line. “They are very enthusiastic about Jews and Jewish creativity. They say that Jewish culture is very close to Chinese culture and both are thousands of years old. They also see the kosher symbol as a mark of quality.” China is already buying a lot of Israeli wine. When Edri met Chinese importers at a recent wine fair in China, they placed an order for 40,000 bottles. That’s the kind of market Israel, with its total population of just eight million, can only dream about. “China is a nirvana for Israeli winemakers – it’s one of the biggest wine markets in the world,” Adam Montefiore, a wine writer for the Jerusalem Post told The Media Line. “’We joke that if we can sell wine to just one village in China, we can all retire. The Chinese have great respect for Israel’s history and its technology.” But he said, the Chinese bureaucracy can make it difficult for new companies to succeed. And oenophiles might cringe if they saw their product being mixed with Sprite to appeal to the Chinese, who like sweet drinks. “Drinking wine is more about status than actually liking wine,” Montefiore said. The plan for the winery is only the latest agreement between Israel and China. This week Israel’s finance minister, Moshe Kahlon, was in Beijing for the signing of a $300 million trade agreement for “clean-tech” Israeli companies, meaning environmental-friendly energy and agricultural technology. In a statement, Israel’s foreign ministry said that the new deal, “allows the two sides to expand bilateral economic activity into other environmental-friendly technologies, including advanced agriculture technologies and smart and green energy technologies, which the Chinese government wants to implement using Israeli experience and expertise.” China is hungry for Israeli technology and Israeli companies are happy to provide it. Press reports say that more than 1,000 Israeli companies have set up shop in China, and large delegations of Chinese businessmen visit Israel every year. China has also recently bought a controlling interest in Tnuva, an iconic Israeli food company, and Ahava Dead Sea products. “We are looking for investment opportunities in Israel and we will help them in development and marketing,” Liu Hao Peng, of New Alliance, a Shanghai based investment fund told The Media Line. “We aim to help them settle down in China and to manufacture their product in China.” China is Israel’s third largest trading partner after the US and the European Union. Israel’s exports to China were more than $3.2 billion last year, up from just $300 million a few years ago. In recent years, China has invested more than $15 billion in Israeli technology companies. Israel and China established diplomatic relations in 1992, and recently marked 25 years of close ties. As criticism of Israel’s actions in the West Bank has grown in Europe, and calls to boycott Israeli products have grown, China offers an alternative market where the Palestinian issue is not seen as crucial.

Meet Israel's anti-BDS dream team of Arab minorities

An unlikely delegation of Arab, Muslim and Christian Israelis and Palestinians head for US and Europe to show ‘the beautiful face of Israel’ and urge BDS groups to stop their activities. Israel Moskowitz|Published: 11.10.17 , 11:09 A small, unlikely “dream team” delegation comprised entirely of minorities in Israel is preparing to embark on a trip to the US and Europe as part of a concerted effort to debunk the campaigns circulating on university campuses slamming Israel’s treatment of different groups in the country. Hailing from different locations across the country, the participants are vocal in their common belief that Israel affords them equal opportunity. Expressing their love for and faith in the state, they are determined to disseminate their message and counter the smear campaigns against Israel that have permeated college campuses, often spearheaded by the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Dima Tiya, 25, is an Arab Muslim, originally from Qalandiya and today is a resident of Kafr Manda in the lower Galilee. With a fluent command of the Englishlanguage, Tiya explains why her own ideals dictate that she shares her experiences of Israel. “The State of Israel is important to me on a personal level and is important for all minorities who live there,” Dima says. “I am happy to represent the state. My father is a liberal and taught me the meaning of co-existence.” Qassem Halila, 24, an Arab Muslim originally from Iksal in northern Israel explained that he had agreed to take part in the initiative despite the resulting ostracization he has faced from family and friends. “I pay a heavy personal price for my opinions. My cousin kicked me out of the house, another uncle stopped me from being invited to a wedding, and I was even kicked out of the family WhatsApp group,” said Qassem. Despite his estrangement, nothing could throw the national character of the country into dispute. “Thankfully, my parents support me. At the end of every week I go to my village and believe that this is a Jewish and democratic state. I feel equal in everything and I have no feelings of discrimination,” he insisted. Bassem A’yid, a 59-year-old Palestinian from Beit Hanina in east Jerusalem, who is also embarking on his new journey as an Israeli ambassador, emphasized the damaging impact that boycott movements are having on the Palestinians themselves. “The BDS is endangering the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians,” A’yid complains. “I have come to defend the Palestinian economy and not to endanger my life with my opinions. I intend to say this any place I want in the US.” Jonathan Alhori, 25, an Arab Christian from Haifa who is the son of an officer in the South Lebanon Army, stated the importance of the mission, believing it would serve as an eye-opener for many. “This is an extremely intensive journey, a very important mission. People who have never heard about a minority in Israel will meet them for the first time. People will change their minds after they meet me,” he adds optimistically. Dima lamented what she described as “baseless hatred in the US and in Europe for Israel. They think we live in the desert, the media propagates anti-Israel information. I am the beautiful face of Israel.”


KANSAS CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRLS BOAST OF SWASTIKA BEER PONG BY KATY BERGEN/KANSAS CITY STAR SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 13:24 Reports of teenagers playing a beer pong game with a “Jews vs. Nazis” theme have circulated throughout the country. urious alumnae of an all-girls Catholic high school in Kansas City bombarded their alma mater this week calling for more severe punishment for a group of girls who played beer pong with cups in the shape of a swastika. But the president of St. Teresa’s Academy said Friday that expulsion for the students involved was the “wrong solution.” “Many of you have questioned the consequences and called for expulsion of the students involved,” president Nan Bone wrote in a message posted to the school’s Facebook page. “While we respect your opinion, expulsion is the wrong solution in this situation. We live the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Our students are taught to care for the dear neighbor, ‘neighbor to neighbor, without distinction.’ That teaching guides us in every decision we make.” More than a dozen alumnae, parents and current students have contacted The Star to express outrage over the school’s handling of the incident. Citing privacy reasons, St. Teresa’s Academy did not say how it disciplined the group of students. It did say the school had conducted an internal investigation and concluded students had been drinking underage. Sources told The Star that the students received an in-school suspension, called a reflection day. Some have suggested that students briefly had to skip athletic or extra-curricular events but played in major sports games and will attend an upcoming school dance. In the images, which were posted on the social media application Snapchat, a group of girls gather around a ping-pong table, smiling and pouring beer into Solo Cups. The cups are arranged in the shape of a swastika. “Girls night,” reads one caption. Reports of teenagers playing a beer pong game with a “Jews vs. Nazis” theme have circulated throughout the country. One student was expelled, five students disciplined and two more banned from extra-curricular activities at an Atlanta school after pictures surfaced of such a beer pong game. In the photos shared with The Star of the Kansas City students, the swastika is left-leaning, a traditional version of the symbol. The Nazis used a right-leaning swastika. School officials called the swastika a “hate symbol” in statements made this week. Alumnae said they interpreted the symbol as one of bigotry, and that students should be punished more severely to reflect that. “Their core values are mutual respect, integrity, compassion and justice,” alumna Maddie Summers told The Star on Thursday. “From my point and view, we are not seeing the justice we deserve from this.” Bone said Friday that new initiatives would be announced in the coming weeks to address issues raised by the incident. “The last week has been a challenging one,” Bone wrote. “Our job as educators is to use these incidents, when they occur, as opportunities to teach our young women what it means to care about their dear neighbor. We have more work to do.” ©2017 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency.

Tough day for Israel's Oliel

September 7, 2017 04:03 A difficult day for the youngster. By Howard Blas NEW YORK – Yshai Oliel’s US Open run was cut short Tuesday with shocking second-round upsets in both juniors singles and doubles. In late afternoon action, the Israeli No. 6 seed lost to Uisung Park of South Korea 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, with the final set lasting only 22 minutes. Then, under the lights and with the wind kicking up, just a few steps from Arthur Ashe Stadium where the crowd was cheering on women’s quarterfinalists Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova, Oliel and Russian Alexey Zakharov, the seventh-seeded duo, were sent packing in just 58 minutes by the unseeded team of Alafia Ayeni of the US and Jakub Paul of Switzerland 6-2, 6-4. In singles, Oliel and Park exchanged hard hit groundstrokes from the baseline in the first two sets before Park pounced, quickly closing out the third set. After a short rest to change clothes, Oliel was back in action for doubles, where he didn’t fare any better. He spoke with The Jerusalem Post at the conclusion of both disappointing matches. “They were both tough matches. In singles, I played well in the first set. In the second and third sets, I didn’t focus on my serve and he broke me both times in the first game of the set.” Oliel felt he wasn’t aggressive enough and had a lot of pressure on himself. “He played well and I missed too much – and he was just better than me in the third set.” The 17-year-old from Ramle felt the doubles match followed a similar script. “They were aggressive and didn’t miss much.” Oliel noted that the match was closer than they score may indicate. “We had like eight deuces,” he said In juniors doubles, there is no “ad” scoring. At deuce, the one additional point is played to decide the game with the receiving team deciding which player will receive the serve. For now, Oliel will rest, return home to Israel, and join his classmates for the start of the academic year. He was not selected to participate on Israel’s Davis Cup team, which will be hosting Ukraine September 15-17. The team will include Dudi Sela, Jonathan Erlich, Edan Leshem and Mor Bulis.

Teaching the world how to make the desert bloom

People come to the Ramat Negev Agro-Research Center from all over the world to study how Israel grows things in the desert and how to fight desertification. By Lin Arison & Diana C. Stoll/The Desert and the Cities Sing AUGUST 15, 2017, 7:00 AM At the Ramat Negev Agro-Research Center, acacia trees bloom, casting long shadows by the greenhouses, and fat pumpkins ripen on the ground. Everywhere you look, jewel-like cherry tomatoes dangle above the sand, on vines strung to wires, carefully irrigated and nourished. While tiny tomatoes have been around for centuries, certain varieties of cherry tomatoes – including the popular tomaccio – were developed in Israel back in the 1970s. Here they grow in abundance, as do sweet peppers of all colors – yellow, green, red, chocolaty-brown, and purple. The Ramat Negev Regional Council oversees this center, and agricultural experiments are conducted by onsite researchers as well as by scientists from Ben-Gurion University, the agriculture faculty of the Hebrew University, the Volcani Center, and elsewhere, in consultation with the Israeli Extension Service. It is a hotbed of innovation and discovery. “People come here from all over the world to study how we grow things in the desert and how to fight against the desert’s continuing conquest of their land,” Gadi Grinblat explains. It was here that scientists determined the importance, when irrigating with brackish water, of directing the water underneath the plant, so that it goes directly to the roots and doesn’t touch the upper parts. Otherwise, the salt in the water will harm the plants’ sensitive green leaves. Like most Israeli agricultural endeavors, the Agro-Research Center makes use of the drip-irrigation system, which was developed by the country’s Netafim company – the headquarters of which are also located in the Negev, at Kibbutz Hatzerim. Like the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, the Ramat Negev Agro-Research Center is happy to spread the word about its findings with the rest of the world. Israel’s MASHAV (Agency for International Development Cooperation) helps to make that happen through its agricultural/outreach arm, CINADCO (Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation), and with the scientific research capabilities of the Volcani Center. Israeli agro-scientists are regularly sent out to demonstrate their findings, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central Europe, and the Middle East – and farmers and scientists from abroad are brought into Israel to study and share their knowledge as well. Not surprisingly, the focus is on Israel’s areas of expertise: growing food in semi-arid and arid zones, combating “desertification,” irrigation and water management, dairy farming, and strategies for the small farmer. The goals are vast and vital: to ensure food security and economic self-sufficiency.

New Hotel In Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - The Villa Brown Jerusalem, the newest addition to the Brown Hotels group, is a 24-room boutique hotel property that redefines contemporary hospitality in the holy city of Jerusalem. Just a five minute walk to Jerusalem's Old City sites and situated in the heart of the bustling city center, the Villa Brown Jerusalem is officially open. Known as the 'Grande Dame' of the Brown Hotels collection, the Villa Brown Jerusalem is exquisitely draped in jewel-toned fineries. The hotel's distinct aesthetic is a multilayered interpretation of the East-Meets-West social and cultural pinnacle of Jerusalem during the British Mandate period, merging Neoclassical, Ottoman and Eclectic-design-styles with contemporary interior influences, exemplified through velvety pigments of red, emerald and mauve that adorn the public and private spaces throughout the property. The Villa Brown Jerusalem is housed within a one-time private villa from the 19th-century belonging to a famed doctor and general manager of Jerusalem's historic Rothschild Hospital. The original walls of exposed stone within the property date back to more than 100 years ago, and pay homage to the timeless signature architecture for which Jerusalem is known. The Villa Brown Jerusalem's lobby, outdoor spaces, restaurant, underground bar, bedrooms and suites, and spa are furnished in deep and warm hues, soft textiles and fine, vintage accessories that portray the signature Brown Hotels aesthetic while reminiscent of the opulence of Jerusalem's 19th-century zeitgeist. Following a complete restoration by Jerusalem based architects, Galit Shifman Bar-Natan and Michal Cohen Magen, and the addition of two extra floors, the exquisite residence has been reimagined as the Villa Brown Jerusalem. Amenities at the Villa Brown Jerusalem include: • A Garden Bistro-Cafe serving an international interpretation of classic regional dishes • Daily breakfast and brunch in a stunning open-air veranda • High Tea sessions in the property's verdant garden at five o'clock and each night • Subterranean "Cave Bar" located in the one-time cistern from the private residence serving season cocktails, Israeli and international wines and beers • Rooftop spa and open-air Jacuzzi • Rooftop Terrace and lounge overlooking the city • Stylish and well-equipped meeting facilities • The Brown Hotels' signature lobby library featuring a curated collection of design & lifestyle publications in multiple languages The Villa Brown Jerusalem is located at 54 HaNeviim Street smack in the middle of the cosmopolitan heart of Jerusalem, an emerging destination that compliments its Holy City sites with trendy cafes, high-caliber museums and art galleries, restaurants, bars and the famed Mahane Yehuda food market, and which was listed amongst the "Best Places to Travel in 2017" by Conde Nast Traveler. The hotel itself neighbors the city's stunning Russian Compound and new Bezalel Academy of Design and Arts, while its rooftop offers a bird's eye view of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

A Library Program For Future Generations

Writing The Books I Wish I Grew Up With by Laurel Snyder When I was a kid, “Jewish books” meant Zlateh the Goat and All of a Kind Family, and how I adored them! In general, I loved books, and in particular I loved books about the past. I longed to live in a simpler time. I remember how I’d tie a towel around my head, pretend it was a bonnet, and that I was a happy village girl, fetching water from the well. But the truth was that while those books were “Jewish books” to me, they didn’t resemble my life very much. I didn’t have Yiddish-speaking grandparents, with memories of the old country, or the Lower East Side. I had a grandma with a Mercedes the color of a tomato. I had a diverse elementary school, a non-Jewish neighborhood, and a Catholic mother. Never mind that I went to Hebrew school and shul, that I fasted on Yom Kippur and meant it. There were no books about my Jewish life. The sad thing is that my way of reconciling this fact was to assume that my own Jewish experience was somehow wrong. I felt like real Jewish kids had grandmas who baked challah and kept carp in the bathtub. All the books told me so! And for sure, real Jewish kids didn’t have moms who went to church and kept Irish fairy tales on their shelves. I was a fake and I knew it. Years passed. I grew up, and became a writer. I also became a mom. One day, I found myself reading Jewish picture books to my own son. Only, as much as the world had changed in the intervening years, it felt like the stories hadn’t. Most of them were still set in the shtetl or the Lower East Side. Of course, these books were wonderful, but they weren’t enough. They weren’t the whole story. I knew that now, and I didn’t want my son to feel like a fake. This was how my first Jewish picture book, Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher, came to be. This was how, as a mom and writer, I found myself working with PJ Library. Trying to craft stories that would resonate for my own kids, and also resemble them. What an amazing opportunity this has been—a chance to create the literature my own family needs. A chance to write the books I’d have wanted when I was a kid. And I really do see the effect. I see the change. I travel around the country, speaking to JCCs, synagogues, and day schools, and kids and parents approach me, and thank me. “I feel like Baxter sometimes,” people say. And then, suddenly, we’re a community. It’s an amazing thing. LAUREL SNYDER is the author of many books for children, as well as a PJ Library mom. She also works as the Project Manager for InterfaithFamily/Atlanta.

"The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regrets the outcome of the wine

BYEYTAN HALON JULY 14, 2017 04:11 All Israel-labeled bottles of wine may be sold once again in Ontario, Canada, after a directive to remove wine products produced in the West Bank from shelves was retracted. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) backtracked on their ruling on Tuesday that wine products labeled as "Product of Israel" should be removed from sale if their production could be traced to the West Bank. This led to the province of Ontario’s regulatory agency for liquor (LCBO) ordering vendors to remove such products from their shelves. All Israel-labeled bottles of wine may be sold once again in Ontario, Canada, after a directive to remove wine products produced in the West Bank from shelves was retracted. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) backtracked on their ruling on Tuesday that wine products labeled as "Product of Israel" should be removed from sale if their production could be traced to the West Bank. This led to the province of Ontario’s regulatory agency for liquor (LCBO) ordering vendors to remove such products from their shelves. CFIA overturned their decision in a statement posted on their website on Thursday. "The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regrets the outcome of the wine labelling assessment which led to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario's (LCBO) response regarding products from two wineries labelled as 'Product of Israel'. In our assessment, we did not fully consider the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA)," said the statement. We can confirm that the products in question can be sold as currently labelled. The CFIA will be following up with the LCBO to correct our original response." The CIFTA agreement, which came into effect in 1997, seeks to eliminate trade barriers and tariffs as well as increasing investments between Israel and Canada. The LCBO wrote to wine vendors in Ontario to remove wines from the Psagot and Shiloh wineries, explaining that "'Product of Israel' would not be an acceptable country of origin declaration for wine products that have been made from grapes that are grown fermented, processed, blended and finished in the West Bank occupied territory." Jewish and pro-Israel groups welcomed Thursday's decision to overturn the ruling. Canada's Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) organization, which aims to improve the quality of Jewish life in Canada, commended the revocation of the directive. "We thank the Government of Canada for its rapid action in resolving this matter, and for reaffirming the strength of the Canada-Israel relationship,” said CIJA Chair David J. Cape. The initial decision drew sharp criticism from Israel's embassy in Ottawa. "Israel supports free trade and objects to its politicization. We are currently in touch with the Canadian authorities and are discussing this matter," said the embassy's head of public diplomacy, Itay Tavor.

Earliest mosaic of Jonah and the whale found in Galilee synagogue

Artwork uncovered at Roman-era synagogue in Huqoq also shows building the Tower of Babel and a Greco-Roman calendar BY AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN July 7, 2017, 5:22 pm 18 Amanda Borschel-DanAmanda Borschel-Dan is The Times of Israel's Jewish World editor. According to the team of specialists and students led by University of North Carolina, this is the first known depiction of the story of Jonah in an ancient synagogue in Israel. This is the team’s seventh season at the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq. Beginning in 2012, a series of other prominent biblical scenes, including Noah’s ark and the splitting of the Red Sea, in which Pharaoh’s soldiers are swallowed by large fish similar to the fish swallowing Jonah in the mosaic uncovered this summer, were previously found at the archaeological dig. In addition to the Roman synagogue, the site also houses remains of what is possibly a Medieval synagogue as well. According to UNC Prof. Jodi Magness, “The Huqoq mosaics are unusually rich and diverse. In addition, they display variations on biblical stories which must represent oral traditions that circulated among the local Jewish population.” “These scenes are very rare in ancient synagogues,” said Magness. The director of the excavations continued, “The only other examples that have been found are at Gerasa/Jerash in Jordan and Mopsuestia/Misis in Turkey, and at Khirbet Wadi Hamam in Israel and Dura Europos in Syria.” The excavation is co-directed by Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority and sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill, Baylor University, Brigham Young University, the University of Toronto and others. There are plans to continue work in 2018. Among the other rich mosaic finds this season was a detailed scene of men at work constructing a stone tower, which the team hypothesizes is a depiction of the building of the Tower of Babel. Also, a mosaic medallion shows the Greco-Roman sun god Helios in a four-horse chariot. He is surrounded by personifications of the months, the signs of the zodiac, and personifications of the four seasons. Other notable mosaic scenes found at the Huqoq site include the story of Samson and the foxes (Judges 15:4), which was found in the synagogue in 2012. In 2013, a nearby mosaic was found which depicts Samson carrying the gate of Gaza on his shoulders (Judges 16:3). Interestingly, the synagogue also housed a mosaic without a biblical tie. The 2013 and 2014 dig seasons uncovered what could be the legendary meeting between Alexander the Great and the Jewish high priest. “One of the distinguishing features of the Huqoq mosaics is the incorporation of numerous classical [Greco-Roman] elements such as putti, winged personifications of the seasons, and — in the Jonah scene — harpies [large birds with female heads and torsos] representing storm winds,” said Magness. In addition to their artistic value, the mosaics are a window into the lifestyles and craft techniques used some 1,500 years ago. “The mosaics also provide a great deal of information about ancient daily life, such as the construction techniques shown in the Tower of Babel scene uncovered this summer,” said Magness.

Symantec to buy Israeli cybersecurity firm Fireglass

By Liana B. Baker | SAN FRANCISCO Symantec Corp (SYMC.O) is acquiring Israeli cybersecurity startup Fireglass, the company said on Thursday, in a small deal designed to boost its products that protect corporate email and web browsing from threats. Symantec is paying an undisclosed sum for the Tel Aviv-based company of about 40 employees. Fireglass specializes in an area of security called "browser isolation," a technology that creates virtual websites allowing users to browse any content without having viruses touch their network. "Browser isolation" is an area that Symantec had been looking to enter for some time, Chief Executive Greg Clark said in an interview. He cited a Gartner report that projected that 50 percent of enterprises would adopt browser isolation by 2021. Healthcare companies, financial institutions, government and telecommunications firms have been early adopters of the technology, he said. "While it's what I would call a 'tuck-in' acquisition, it will be very valuable to us as we bring it to our customers," Clark said. Symantec has been one of the most serial acquirers in security companies in recent years, gobbling up Lifelock Inc for $2.3 billion earlier this year and Blue Coat Inc for $4.65 billion in 2015. The deal will also increase the company's footprint in Israel, a hotbed for cybersecurity, where Clark said Symantec has been looking to expand. Israel, which has more than 400 cybersecurity startups, attracts about 20 percent of private global cyber investment, Reuters has reported. Large U.S. technology companies often go "shopping" in Israel when they are looking for acquisitions and engineering talent. Last month, Microsoft (MSFT.O) agreed to acquire Hexadite, a U.S.-Israeli provider of technology to automate responses to cyber attacks for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of the calendar year. Fireglass, founded in 2014 by a former Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP.O) executive, was backed by investors such as Lightspeed Venture Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. It had raised $20 million in early 2016 and competes with Menlo Security. (This version of the story corrects Symantec's CEO surname from Brown to Clark throughout) (Reporting by Liana B. Baker in San Francisco; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

New UK Student Leader Speaks at ‘Women in Jewish Leadership’ Event, In Firs

June 22, 2017 3:01 pm 0 New UK Student Leader Speaks at ‘Women in Jewish Leadership’ Event, In First Public Appearance Since Election to Head NUS by Rachel Frommer NUS National President-elect Shakira Martin. Photo: Screenshot. The incoming president of the UK’s largest student group spoke at an event this week promoting gender equality in the Jewish community, in her first public appearance since the student elections two months ago, the Jewish News reported on Wednesday. Shakira Martin, who will take office as the president of the National Union of Students (NUS) on July 1, attended the Women in Jewish Leadership program as a the guest of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and spoke of her own challenging upbringing in an economically-disadvantaged, single-parent family “where drug abuse played a major part.” Martin, now a single mother of two, was quoted as saying, “I knew I wanted to make something of myself but never had the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and confront the obstacles, challenges and stereotypes I faced just for being a black, working class woman.” June 22, 2017 1:03 pm 0 After UK High Court Rules in Favor of BDS, Expert Says British Government Needs ‘Primary Legislation’ to Counter Israel Boycotts British Jews have reacted with disappointment to a High Court ruling on Wednesday that the UK government acted unlawfully in restricting... “All of us will have dealt with the barriers of being a woman from an ethnic minority background,” Martin noted. “When we come together in rooms like these, we’re saying that we want the next generation to have more than what we had. It is important that we women share this journey together to achieve success, we help each other out and not be afraid to dream big. If we can inspire, empower or motivate one person, then it will all be worth it.” Martin also addressed the difficulties Jewish students have faced on campus, including the strained relations the community has had with student politics in recent years. She made clear that she would support Jewish students and work to unify university-goers. The tenure of former NUS president Malia Bouattia was marked by allegations of antisemitism, and many Jewish students felt alienated by the group under Bouttia’s leadership, with some considering or severing ties with the NUS over her rhetoric and activities, which included calling the University of Birmingham a “Zionist outpost” because of the size of its Jewish community and attending a conference funded in part by a Hamas apologist. Bouattia’s last words spoken as NUS president was “Free, Free Palestine.” Many in the UK Jewish community rejoiced after Martin’s unexpected landslide victory over Bouattia in the April elections, with Martin’s perceived strong ties with the Jewish community giving some hope for reform in the NUS.

Israel Economic Outlook

June 7, 2017 Israel’s economy lost momentum in the first quarter of the year according to recently released figures, although this was largely due to tough Q4 comparatives, as private consumption fell sharply compared to Q4 due to fewer car imports. The country’s economic fundamentals remain fairly solid, with business confidence hitting a multi-year high in April as firms enjoy healthier global demand and exports growing significantly in Q1, despite dropping in April. Although the shekel remains strong, hurting companies’ price competiveness, the effective exchange rate remained relatively stable last month thanks to a stronger euro. In a bid to boost household incomes, the government recently approved the "Net Family" plan, which includes tax breaks and subsidies for families with young children. While the cost of the program is expected to amount to ILS 5 billion (USD 1.4 billion), critics claim that the plan contains no extra revenue-raising measures and will increase the budget deficit this year.

Novel therapy could prevent heart failure

Innovative nano-polymer developed in Israel reduces cardiovascular inflammation and plaque, and improves the heart muscle. By ISRAEL21c Staff JUNE 4, 2017, 7:00 AM Israeli researchers have developed a new therapy to treat atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) and prevent heart failure, using a new biomedical polymer that reduces arterial plaque and inflammation in the cardiovascular system. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease causes 56 million deaths annually worldwide, according to the 2015 Lancet Global Burden of Disease Report. Arteries are lined by a thin layer of cells, the endothelium, which keep them toned and smooth and maintains blood flow. Atherosclerosis begins with damage to the endothelium, typically caused by high blood pressure, smoking or high cholesterol. When endothelial cells become inflamed, they produce a molecule called E-selectin, which brings white blood cells (monocytes) to the area. That leads to dangerous plaque buildup in the arteries. At present, there are several available treatment options for atherosclerosis, but no therapy can reverse arterial damage and improve the heart muscle. An innovative nano-polymer made in Israel shows promise in actually reducing arterial damage and improving the heart muscle. This E-selectin-targeting polymer selectively repairs damaged tissue without harming healthy tissue, so it has no side effects — unlike statins, which are currently the leading medication used for treating atherosclerosis. “Our E-selectin-targeting polymer reduces existing plaque and prevents further plaque progression and inflammation, preventing arterial thrombosis, ischemia, myocardial infarction and stroke,” says Prof. Ayelet David of the Ben-Gurion University (BGU) department of clinical biochemistry and pharmacology. Patented and in preclinical stage, the new polymer has been tested on mice with positive results. Stunned by the results In a study soon to be published, David and fellow researchers describe how they treated atherosclerotic mice with four injections of the new biomedical polymer and tested the change in their arteries after four weeks. “We were stunned by the results,” said Dr. Jonathan Leor, director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Sheba Medical Center and professor of cardiology at Tel Aviv University, who collaborated with David on this research study. “The myocardial function of the treated mice was greatly improved, there was less inflammation and a significant decrease in the thickness of the arteries,” said Leor. David and Leor suggest that this polymer-based therapy may also be helpful to people with diabetes, hypertension and other age-related conditions. “As such, the new polymeric therapy may have life-changing benefits for millions of people,” they stated. “We are now seeking a pharmaceutical company to bring our polymer therapy through the next stages of drug development and ultimately to market,” said Ora Horovitz, senior vice president of business development at BGN Technologies (BGN), BGU’s technology and commercialization company. “We believe that this therapy has the potential to help a great number of people,” said Horovitz.

Israeli device simplifies hernia surgery and recovery

FasTouch gives surgeons a new tool for attaching mesh to tissue, leading to fewer complications, less pain and faster recovery from hernia procedures. By Abigail Klein Leichman JUNE 1, 2017, 7:30 AM On May 8, the first batch of FasTouch devices was shipped from the Israeli manufacturing facility for distribution across the United States by Progressive Medical. “Surgeons are very excited about it,” says Levin. “Hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries.” Approximately 1 million of these surgeries are performed annually in the US alone, about half of them laparoscopically. “We need a device that allows us to fixate the mesh to the abdominal wall without causing chronic pain,” said Via Surgical Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Brian Jacob, associate clinical professor of surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and founder of the International Hernia Collaboration. FasTouch is “very low profile … and it allows us to place a suture through the mesh into the fascia with the simple application of a tacking device. Frankly, it’s amazing we haven’t seen this before,” Jacob said. “Using the FasTouch was exciting and it was very easy to use laparoscopically,” added Dr. Amy Banks-Venegoni, assistant professor of surgery at Tufts University Medical School, who participated in the preclinical study. “It didn’t require the counter-tension that you [ordinarily] need to put on the abdominal wall.” FDA cleared FasTouch was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2016. The device was invented by Levin and her two cofounders, Ofek Levin and Arik Levy. The same trio previously founded and led PolyTouch Medical, where they developed an advanced mesh-positioning device for greater accuracy and shorter procedure time in hernia repair. That company was sold to Covidien in 2011. “We three have been working together since university, and we continued working together after we sold our first company, as we recognized a new need: Surgery was becoming less invasive but the tools were remaining the same,” Levin tells ISRAEL21c. Last year, Via Surgical raised $6 million in a funding round led by Benslie Investment Group. In addition to the three founders, the company has nine employees and a marketing office in Boston.

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An American President in the Service of BDS

By Ben-Dror Yemini May 22, 2017 , 10:00 am As times goes by, the chance increases that Israel will eventually miss former US President Barack Obama, despite his conduct on the Iranian nuclear issue. While he made quite a few mistakes, he was a friend. He strengthened the Israeli-American security cooperation and approved multi-year aid which no other president before him had approved. When he visited Israel and the Palestinian Authority in March 2013, he presented a political vision which most Israelis would embrace. In Ramallah, in front of the Palestinian political echelon, he said: “We seek an independent, a viable and contiguous Palestinian state as the homeland of the Palestinian people, alongside the Jewish state of Israel.” Who needs the “nationality law” when we have Obama? image: Two draft agreements were presented as part of former Secretary of State John Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy. The first, which was presented in January 2014, received quite a lot of support from Israel’s decision makers. Then-Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman gave his full backing to Tzipi Livni, who led the negotiations, and even stated: “Kerry’s proposals are the best Israel could hope for.” It wasn’t much different from the Clinton Parameters. Peter Beinart, the guru of the Jewish Left in the United States, wrote at the time that “Kerry’s peace mission should worry liberal Zionists,” as it was not generous enough towards the Palestinians. That was foolish. Three days after the article was published, on March 17, 2014, Obama presented a peace plan to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. It had everything in it, including Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital. It didn’t do any good. Abbas said no. And US President Donald Trump? His understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is likely no different from his understanding of other international issues, which isn’t much. His diplomatic vision is: “Do whatever you like, one state, two states.” Never before has an American president given equal importance to a solution presented by the BDS movement, which is in fact the solution of Israel’s radical right as well—one state. image: In 1988, then-Secretary of State George Shultz’s condition for a dialogue with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was a declaration recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. Yasser Arafat agreed and made the declaration. Abbas reneged on the agreement. Obama, unlike Trump, knew that “one state” is a codename for an elimination of the Zionist vision. Trump has absolutely no idea. In Trump’s case, it was possibly a slip of the tongue. As a matter of fact, his entire conduct looks like a series of slips of the tongue, including the slip of the tongue which could jeopardize an intelligence source who reached a high position in the Islamic State. There were enough warning signs regarding Trump before the elections. The Right didn’t want to see it. It still refuses to see it. The blindness that could lead Israel to a “one-state” disaster may find a partner in Trump. Trump is coming here next week. Welcome to Israel. But if he doesn’t change, we will have both a cause for great concern and a good reason to miss Obama. Reprinted with author’s permission from YNet News Read more at,7340,L-4964031,00.html#Cuqvow4rgk4yf70I.99

Trump Mid East Visit "All About' Backing Israel, Opposing Iran

US President Donald Trump will serve as the US “front man” for “additional conflict” in the Middle East during his scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel to foster animosity against Iran, says an American author. “Part of his trip is allying with Arab states in Riyadh, [where] he’ll meet with leaders of other Arab states,” Stephen Lendman told Press TV in a Sunday interview in regard to remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who directly mentioned “unity” against Tehran as an objective of Trump’s first foreign trip as the president of the United States. The US president will start his first ever foreign tour by visiting the Saudi capital on Friday and then will leave for Israel on Monday. “It’s all about supporting Israel; It’s about opposing Iran; it may be about plotting additional conflict in the region; it certainly has nothing to do with fostering peace and stability. That never is America’s agenda, never Israel’s agenda,” said Lendman, who is also a radio host based in Chicago. He further noted that Trump’s pro-war agenda is supported by others in the administration and US Congress, who are “involved in planning these things.” “They’re all up to no good, they want continued wars, rejection of peace and stability, and I can see nothing good coming out of his trip,” said the political commentator. ‘Prelude to something more serious’ Trump has been a staunch opponent of the Iran nuclear deal as it was negotiated under his predecessor, President Barack Obama, despite the Republican Party’s opposition. According to Lendman, while the deal is not “perfect,” Trump probably cannot “cancel it.” However, he cautioned that “the idea of attacking Iran verbally may be a prelude to something more serious.” Read More: ‘Saudi prince to seek Trump’s help for new war’ ‘US trying to save Zionist-Wahhabi axis’ On Monday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned Iran's enemies against “any mistakes in calculation or [perpetration of] the smallest act of aggression against the establishment and the Muslim territory.” His remarks came as Saudi Arabia was reportedly teaming up with Tel Avis against Iran in the wake of the 2015 nuclear deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Monday, May15,2017

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Israel Economic Outlook

April 4, 2017 The economy has started 2017 on a broadly steady footing after growing robustly in 2016 on the back of surging domestic demand. In January and February, monthly indicators painted a mixed picture: the state of the economy index compiled by the Central Bank saw little change, business confidence surged to a record high but consumer confidence declined and remains lingering in pessimistic territory. The upbeat sentiment among businesses is likely related to the USD 15 billion takeover of Israeli Mobileye by the American tech giant Intel, a deal secured in March. Aside from lifting fixed investment and boosting job growth, the deal is expected to yield government revenues of USD 1.1 billion. Israeli leaders have hinted that they will use the windfall to decrease taxes.

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Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the 21st century railway line. For the line originally built in the 19th century, see Jaffa–Jerusalem railway. The bridge over the Valley of Ayalon, possibly the most recognizable landmark of the project The Tel Aviv–Jerusalem railway (also high-speed railway to Jerusalem, Plan A1, and Railway 29) is a railway line that will connect the cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel. It has been under construction in stages since 2001, with service expected to commence in March 2018.[1][2][3] It will be the first heavy rail line in Israel to be electrified and will serve as the main rail link between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, complementing the old Jaffa–Jerusalem railway. As such, the railway is often referred to in Israel as the high-speed railway to Jerusalem to distinguish it from the older, longer and slower line. The newly constructed railway will span about 56 km of electrified double track, costing approximately NIS 7 billion[4] (about US$2 billion) due to the extensive bridging and tunneling required along the mountainous route. The design speed is 160 km/h[5] with a projected travel time of approximately 28 minutes to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv HaHagana Railway Station and 20 minutes to Jerusalem from the Ben Gurion Airport Railway Station.

No-stitch corneal transplants Groundbreaking fiber-optic laser system seaml

of tissue-bonding apparatus integrated with an optical probe. There’s good news out of Tel Aviv for the people facing corneal transplants. Prof. Abraham Katzir, head of the Applied Physics Group at Tel Aviv University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, suggests a radically new way to seal the incisions in the eye using a technique he devised called temperature-controlled laser bonding. “Every year, for 50,000 Americans on the verge of losing their sight, corneal transplants are the only option. It is a torturous procedure followed by many months of painful recovery caused by sutures left in the eye,” said Katzir. “Using our special optical fiber, we were able to seamlessly bond corneal tissue without causing damage to the surrounding eye or leaving lingering stitches.” He and colleagues from the university and from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center described the procedure in a recent issue of the Journal of Biomedical Optics. “A surgeon needs great skill to perform internal stitching, to bond tiny blood vessels or to mend cuts on the skin almost without a trace,” said Katzir. “Therefore, there has been great interest in the medical community in levelling the playing field, devising new technology that all surgeons — even those without years upon years of suturing experience — can use.” An innovative fiber Katzir’s group developed optical fibers made of silver halides. The fibers deliver an infrared laser beam that heats spots on the edges of an incision in a carefully controlled manner, and also deliver infrared light from the heated spot to an infrared detector, which monitors the temperature. This makes it possible to heat each spot to just the right temperature –140 to 150 degrees F — to create a strong bond without causing thermal damage. “The most important aspect of our technique is temperature,” said Katzir. “Take an egg, for example. If you cook it at 70-80 degrees F, nothing happens. However, if you fry it at 250 degrees F, you destroy it altogether. At an intermediate temperature, however, one gets a hard-boiled egg. The same goes for laser bonding, where heating at an intermediate temperature, under precise controls, ensures strong bonding without scarring.” In collaboration with surgeons from Tel Aviv and Sheba medical centers, Katzir and his team did corneal transplants in eyes taken from deceased cows and pigs. They used the fiber-optic laser system to achieve a permanent tight seal with minimal thermal damage to the surrounding eye tissue. Conducting biopsies on the eyes, the researchers found neither leaks nor signs of overheating. For robotic surgeries, too Based on these results, Katzir has received approval to conduct corneal transplant experiments on live animal models. In parallel, he is applying his technique to endoscopic surgeries. “This least invasive surgery is the way the medical world is moving,” said Katzir. “One of the most difficult tasks facing surgeons is the closure of incisions in such surgeries. Our technique is based on thin and flexible optical fibers that can be inserted through the endoscope to facilitate laser bonding within the body. This new technique is poised to be a major player in such surgeries and in the fast-growing field of robotic surgery in particular.” In recent clinical trials involving 10 human patients, skin wounds treated with the fiber-optic laser technique successfully healed, with almost no scar tissue. “There are endless applications for the fiber-optic laser system,” said Katzir. “Plastic surgery, urology, ENT, brain surgery, emergency medicine, battlefield wounds — the possibilities are truly endless. I hope that we will be able to apply our innovative technology to some of these fields.”

Universities urged to crack down on anti-Semitism ahead of Israel Apartheid

24 February 2017 • 9:54am Universities have been warned over anti-Semitism ahead of Israel Apartheid Week as Jo Johnson urged institutions to tackle “intimidation and violence” against Jewish students. Mr Johnson, the universities minister, has written to the chief executives of the representative bodies for higher education institutions, reminding them of their responsibility to ensure students do not suffer “discrimination, harassment or victimisation”. It comes after a spate of recent anti-Semitic incidents on campus, including Holocaust denial leaflets distributed at Cambridge University and swastikas discovered at Exeter University. Mr Johnson said: “I am sure you share my concerns about the rising reports of anti-Semitic incidents in this country and will want to make sure that your own institution is a welcoming environment for all students and that the legal position and guidelines are universally understood and acted upon at all times. Too many Israel Apartheid Weeks very quickly morph into anti-Semitic activity, violent activity and discrimination against Jewish studentsBaroness Ruth Deech “This will include events such as those that might take place under the banner of ‘Israel Apartheid’ events for instance. Such events need to be properly handled by higher education institutions to ensure that our values, expectations and laws are not violated.” IAW is a series of events that seek to raise awareness about "Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people", as well as encouraging the movement to boycott Israel. Events run under the IAW banner have courted controversy in the past. The co-chair of Oxford University’s Labour Club resigned in protest at its “problem with Jews” following its decision to endorse IAW last year.The Telegraph revealed that an internal report found that Malia Bouattia, the president of National Union of Students, had made comments which “could be reasonably capable of being interpreted as anti-Semitic” during an IAW event held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Baroness Ruth Deech, who has previously warned that some of Britain’s leading universities are gaining reputations as institutions where Jews are unwelcome, said that Mr Johnson's intervention was “a great step forward.” Lady Deech, a cross-bench peer who formerly held the highest office dealing with student complaints, said that the timing of the letter is important beIn the annual grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), sent yesterday [THURS], Mr Johnson said he is “concerned” by the number of recent reports of anti-Semitism on campus. In the letter, in which Mr Johnson outlines the funding allocation for the next financial year, he urged HEFC to work with universities improve their record on tackling such incidents. In October police were called to University College London to quell a violent anti- Israel protest which left Jewish students barricaded in a room, after being told their safety could not be guaranteed if they left alone. It echoed an earlier event where Jewish students at King's College London were attacked by demonstrators after hosting a talk by the former head of the Israeli secret service Shin Bet cause “too many Israel Apartheid Weeks very quickly morph into anti-Semitic activity, violent activity and discrimination against Jewish students”.

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Israel smart tracker aims to keep tabs on insulin shots

Device snaps on to disposable insulin pens, helps patients monitor dosage times and quantities BY SHOSHANNA SOLOMON December 8, 2016, 12:11 pm 1 Insulog's clip on device helps keep track of insulin doses Israeli startup Insulog, which has created a device that helps diabetes patients keep track of their insulin doses, on Wednesday started a campaign to raise $50,000 via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The funds, said CEO and founder of the Ramat Gan-based firm Menash Michael, will help the company get the necessary US Food and Drug Administration and European permits to market the product. Contributors to the campaign will be able to get the product for $119, delivery of which will take place in summer 2017 when the approvals are in place, he said. Diabetes patients who use an insulin pen to inject the hormone must remember to take the right dose at the right time, to help maintain stable sugar levels in the blood and to avoid over- or under-dosing, which could lead to life-threatening situations. Even the most conscientious of patients can have a tough time managing the condition: they need to remember what they ate along with when they took their last dose of insulin and how many units they injected. Indeed, Michael, who has suffered from Type 1 diabetes for over 30 years, ended up in the emergency room after he accidentally over-injected himself with insulin. After that experience, he came up with the idea for the smart, connected insulin tracker, the Insulog, to help diabetic patients like himself keep track of their medication regimen. Smart sensors The device, which snaps on to most types of disposable insulin pens, is equipped with smart sensors follow the pen vibrations and that reset each time a new dose of insulin is administered. An algorithm analyzes the clicks of the insulin pen, record the amounts taken and sends the information to a smartphone app. The pairing with the app enables users to view their entire injection history and share the information with their physician. When the Insulog device is turned on for reuse, it displays data from the user’s most recent dose, showing when the last injection was administered and the quantity taken. After his overdose, “now, I am hyper-alert of my insulin intake, and Insulog helps me to never make that mistake again,” said Michael, who founded the company in 2014. “There are hundreds of millions of people in the world who could greatly benefit” from the device, he said. In 2012, 29.1 million people in the US had diabetes, or 9.3 percent of the population, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the US in 2010. Some 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. The company is also in talks with foreign and Israeli medical devices distributors, Michael, a former diamond manufacturer, said.

Hundred-buck wheelchair brings hope to disabled kids

Starting this month, Wheelchairs of Hope project provides freedom of movement to children in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and globally BY SHOSHANNA SOLOMON December 5, 2016, 6:08 pm 2 Millions of disabled people lack minimal mobility as the third world has a shortfall of 20 million chairs to serve them. Children aged five and older sometimes need to crawl to get around, or can’t attend school because of lack of accessibility. So Pablo Kaplan, who served for almost 30 years as the vice president of Marketing at Keter Plastic, an Israeli manufacturer of plastic household and garden products, decided to come to their aid and set up the Wheelchairs of Hope project. The aim was to produce wheelchairs for disabled children in Third World countries. After he spent three years working on the project, the first shipment of 250 wheelchairs for children in institutions in Israel and the Palestinian Authority is to be sent this month, with a batch for residents of the refugee camps in Syria soon to follow. Distribution of the wheelchairs is being done through institutions including the Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem and Beit Issie Shapiro in Ra’anana. To develop the optimal chair that can withstand harsh conditions but at the same time be comfortable for children, Kaplan contacted his friend and colleague back from his days at Keter, Dr. Amir Ziv Av, now the owner of engineering company Ziv Av Engineering Group. Together they developed a lightweight chair — it weighs 10 kilograms (22 pounds) as opposed to the standard 15 kilograms — that can handle off-road conditions, requires zero maintenance and is robust and simple to assemble. More importantly, the chair costs just $100. “We also took the child’s self esteem into our design,” said Kaplan. “It is a chair designed for children that looks more like a high chair and not like a medical device. It is not a wheelchair for adults adapted to children.” The prototype of the product was created using a giant three-dimensional printer, the first of its kind in Israel. Funding came from private money and from a grant from Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy, said Kaplan, an Israeli who was born in Argentina. The chair also passed all the international standards tests, he said. The wheelchairs have a metal skeleton combined with plastic elements. “The parts that come in contact with the child are plastic,” said Kaplan in an interview. The first chairs are aimed at 5- to 9-year-olds, who are semi-active and can push themselves, he said. Alyn’s occupational therapy seating specialists provided the much needed insights for the design of the wheelchair. In addition to the chairs distributed in Israel and the PA, over 600 wheelchairs are being delivered to disabled children in Peru and Tajikistan, funded by a philanthropic foundation and the World Health Organization. Other organizations globally are in advanced stages of negotiations for chairs. Alyn Hospital will host a ceremony to launch the project on December 7, with representatives of the World Health Organization in Geneva, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, UNICEF, the Office of the Chief Scientist, the American aid organization USAID, and rehabilitation organizations from Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The World Health Organization in Switzerland, the Red Cross and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) all joined hands in the project, including Nobel laureate Aaron Ciechanover, a personal friend of Kaplan, who promoted the chair worldwide. Kaplan, who was joined in the venture by his life partner Chava Rotshtein, said their vision is to distribute one million chairs over the next decade and they aim to turn the project into a social business venture

Why are these billionaires doubling down on Israeli Investments?

What do Bill Gates, Carlos Slim Helu, Mark Cuban, Donald Trump, and Warren Buffett all have in common? Of course, they’re all multi-billionaires. But there’s something lesser known about these five: They stand amongst an ever-growing number of people that have or are currently investing millions of dollars in the Israeli tech industry. More specifically, Israeli tech startups. The next question is, why? What makes the Israeli tech industry so unique that these well-known billionaires are readily investing in meaningful amounts? Bill Gates attributes it to the people. The unique experiences and skillsets in Israel set it apart from similar types of companies in Silicon Valley. He has been quoted as saying, “While startups in Israel are similar to those in Silicon Valley, there are specialists in Israel in fields like information security who get much of their experience from their service in the army. The science and technology curriculum in Israeli universities is also of a very high standard,” he continues, “The level of technological integration in the country is evident. The use of fast speed internet, lap tops and cell phones is advanced here and puts Israel at cutting edge of world technology.” Warren Buffett, on the other hand, attributes it to the Israeli government. In an interview with an Israeli paper, Buffet commented on the positive climate for investors provided by the Israeli government. He said that Israel is “a nation of entrepreneurs with fantastic capabilities. You [Israel] need to continue providing the best and most comfortable conditions for investors. This is the responsibility of the government, which ensures a positive climate for investors.” Carlos Slim Helu, however, invests because he views Israel as a pioneering leader in the tech industry. He was quoted saying, “We like to have our finger on the pulse of everything regarding new technologies and I know that in this Israel is a world leader, so we are interested in Israeli developments.” Ready to play in the big leagues? Regardless of your reason why, the tricky question is: how? For the everyday investor, getting access to profitable, potential investment opportunities can be quite daunting, especially from oversees. To combat this, a number of investment-based companies have sprung up to help international investors benefit for Israel’s famous ‘tech boom’. Until now there have been only two options for this. Firstly, an individual could join a venture capital fund and leave to the discretion of the fund managers to choose the companies in which to invest your capital. In addition to handing over control of the portfolio, the major drawback is that only ultra-wealthy and well-connected investors have access to these types of opportunities. Alternatively, you can go the route of the angel investor and hand-select in which companies you invest. The main downside to this is that in order to access early stage startup investments, you need a broad network of contacts within the startup ecosystem. These are the challenges that lead to the vision behind OurCrowd, using an equity-based crowdfunding model for startup investing. This allows any accredited investor to access exciting startup investment opportunities and take part in the “Startup Nation.” Regardless of whether or not one chooses to dive in and invest in Israeli startups via any of the available channels, it’s worth keeping an eye on the developments in Israel’s startup scene. After all, that’s what the most successful investors in the world are doing.

Source of "yo Yo" obesity revealed by Weizmann Institute Researchers

Microbes in the gut are involved in “yo-yo” obesity in which dieters manage to lose weight that easily returns, according to a lab study by Weizmann Institute of Science researchers. The research on mice, published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, may in the future help dieters keep the weight off, according to Dr. Eran Elinav of the immunology department and Prof. Following a successful diet, many people are discouraged to find their weight rebounding – an all-too-common phenomenon termed “recurrent” or “yo-yo” obesity. Even worse is that the vast majority of recurrently obese individuals not only rebound to their pre-dieting weight but also gain more weight with each dieting cycle. During each round of dieting and weight-regain, their proportion of body fat increases, and so does the risk of developing the manifestations of metabolic syndrome, including adult-onset diabetes, fatty liver and other obesity-related diseases. Researchers at the Rehovot institute showed that intestinal microbes – collectively termed the gut microbiome – play an unexpectedly important role in exacerbated post-dieting weight gain and that this common phenomenon may in the future be prevented or treated by altering the composition or function of the microbiome. The researchers found that after a cycle of gaining and losing weight, all the mice’s body systems fully reverted to normal – except the microbiome, which remained abnormal for about six months after losing weight. “We’ve shown in obese mice that following successful dieting and weight loss, the microbiome retains a ‘memory’ of previous obesity,” said Elinav. “This persistent microbiome accelerated the regaining of weight when the mice were put back on a high-calorie diet or ate regular food in excessive amounts.” The study was led by doctoral student Christoph Thaiss, working in Elinav’s lab, who collaborated with master’s degree student Shlomik Itav, doctoral student Daphna Rothschild of Segal’s lab, as well as with other scientists from Weizmann and elsewhere. Recurrent obesity is an epidemic of massive proportions, in every meaning of the word, Elinav said. If the results of our mouse studies are found to be applicable to humans, they may help diagnose and treat recurrent obesity, and this, in turn, may help alleviate the obesity epidemic.” Jerusalem Post

Bennett: 'Fire terrorists tried to kill an Israeli town'

During a visit to the Israeli settlement of Halamish, in which 18 homes were burnt by the recent fires, Minister Naftali Bennett says terrorists 'tried to kill an entire town'; both he and Lieberman advocate more construction in response. Elisha Ben Kimon and Attila Somfalvi|Published: 27.11.16 , 13:11 Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) blamed terrorists on Sunday morning for the wave of fires which scorched a number of towns and cities in Israel over the past few days, causing untold damage. “We are seeing a wave of nationalistic terror here. ‘Fire terrorists’ tried to kill an entire town and its residents,” Bennett said during a visit to the settlement of Halamish in the Binyamin area of the West Bank, which was struck hard by the relentless flames. “The aim was to burn and kill in an Israeli town.” Bennett’s remarks came on the heels of the findings of a special investigations unit which discovered evidence of arson in two areas of Halamish. Meanwhile firefighters were forced to contend with a massive brush fire which erupted near Hadera in the moshav of Talmei Elazar in northern Israel on Sunday morning. The fire broke out after authorities believed that the flames had finally been brought under control or extinguished across the country. “In the last few days I was in Haifa during the fire and now here I see destroyed homes, burnt to the core,” Bennett continued. “We are facing a new wave of national terror whose goal is to murder and intimidate Jews. That is the definition of terror. This terror too, we will defeat.” He went on to praise Israel for the actions taken to suffocate the fires, and the camaraderie displayed as the disaster battered large areas of the country. “As usual, Israel drew in all layers of society, for each other, in a way that is unprecedented. We see the volunteers and the mutual help. For every home here we will build an even bigger home, many more, because that is the real answer to terror. We will prevail,” he declared.

Jews Now Have As Many Children As Arabs

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Israel Today Staff Israel’s Bureau of Statistics this week announced that for the first time in the history of the modern State of Israel, the Jewish birth rate is on par with the Arab birth rate. Both Jewish and Arab women are having an average of 3.13 children. Several years ago, the birth rate for Arab women stood at 4.3 children, while their Jewish counterparts were only having 2.6 children on average. But for around a decade now, the birth rates have been converging, with Jewish women having more and more children, while the trend in the Arab sector has been the opposite. Further to the birth rates, the government body noted that at the end of 2015 there were 2,798,000 children in Israel (33 percent of the population), out of which 1,996,000 were Jewish and 718,000 were Arab (the discrepancy between these two numbers and the total number of children is due to other, smaller minority groups). Taken as a whole, these new statistics are yet another repudiation of the notion that Israel faces a demographic threat if it does not surrender Judea and Samaria for the creation of a Palestinian Arab state.

Israeli start-up advancing solid state laser detection system for autonomou

Israeli-Innovation By SHARON UDASIN \ 11/08/2016 16:37 Israeli startup is aiming to make autonomous vehicles more affordable by revamping a key piece of the detection technology. Model of driverless cars. (photo credit:COURTESY OF INNOVIZ) Share on Facebook Share on Twitter As driverless cars begin to emerge on roads around the world, one Israeli startup is aiming to make such autonomous vehicles more affordable by revamping a key piece of the detection technology. By the end of 2016, the Kfar Saba-based Innoviz Technologies Ltd. plans to release a prototype of its High Definition Solid State LiDAR, a radar detection system that employs light from lasers to scan an area. While LiDAR systems are already being employed in autonomous vehicles, such as the Google Self-Driving Car Project, entrepreneurs at Innoviz say they are creating a product that makes the laser technology more precise and cost prohibitive. “But the problem with [the existing LiDAR] solution is that it’s very, very big and very heavy,” Omer Keilaf, CEO and co-founder of Innoviz told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “It’s not reliable and costs tens of thousands of dollars.” Innoviz, on the other hand, is promising a detection device that costs only $100 and measures 5 cm.x5 cm.x5 cm. in size. The company, which began looking for funding in January, announced the receipt of $9 million already in August. The entire $9m. was actually raised in just two weeks, in January, after entrepreneur Zohar Zisapel, who served in the same army intelligence unit as Keilaf, invested the initial $1m. “LiDAR is a light radar,” Keilaf told the Post. “It’s a laser scanner, it meets light in different areas of the environment and measures the time it takes for the light to be reflected back.” By understanding precisely how far everything is from the camera, the system is able to construct a 3D image of the entire scene, he explained. The large LiDAR cameras in today’s autonomous cars contain dozens of lasers inside, shooting pulses and measuring the light reflection time, Keilaf said. Using a motor to move around, these LiDARs typically spin with the dozens of lasers stacked vertically, allowing them to “naively scan the environment” at a cost of about $75,000, according to Keilaf. Although the Innoviz detection concept is similar, the company’s solid state LiDAR uses just one or two lasers to scan the area by means of silicon chips, instead of moving parts. “We use a very small size detector that we are designing,” Keilaf said. “The reason that we are able to create the whole solution for $100 is because of that. We don’t need so many components. It’s not that hard to assemble the device. We are actually achieving performance that is exceeding the best in class LiDAR today.” The chip, he explained, scans the entire scene and controls the direction of the laser beam at each point, enabling greater precision. While the California-based company Quanergy Systems is also working on a 3D-sensing LiDAR that likewise lacks moving parts and has a similarly low price tag, Keilaf stressed that the Innoviz technology will be higher performance, with a greater frame and pixel rate. “We are targeting something that is above several megapixels per second,” he said. The company hopes to unveil a demo at the end of the year, followed by a release of engineering samples during the first quarter of 2017, according to Keilaf. About one year later, he and his colleagues intend to roll out the full-fledged product. Keilaf will be addressing the annual Electricity 2016 International Convention on Thursday in Eilat, organized by the Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel, where he said he plans to further discuss the autonomous driving industry and its key players.

Israel to assist Egypt's fragile economy

After years of political turmoil, economic frustration is putting pressure on the al-Sisi administration to remedy its multi-faceted shortcomings; Israeli and American officials see assisting Egypt as a vital security interest. Alex Fishman |Published: 18.10.16 , 13:14 Israel is preparing for a series of large-scale projects with Egypt after many years of separation in economic cooperation between the two countries. The joint discussions on the projects reflect not only a rapprochement between the two countries, but also an urgent need for improved infrastructure in Egypt given the severe economic crisis that threatens the political stability of the country. After the signing of the 1979 peace agreement, economic cooperation between the two countries saw a significant boost, which was gradually reduced after Egypt expressed little interest in its renewal. More recently however, Egypt has raised interest in several projects with Israel—among them, desalinization of sea water to address concerns over water levels in the Nile River, which could lead to a dramatic shortage of water available for drinking and irrigation. Israel is also preparing to provide cooperation and assistance to Egypt in the fields of solar energy, electricity production, agriculture, irrigation and gas. Additionally, Egypt is also examining the possibility of extending its cooperation to the tourism sector, as the billions invested in an expansion program in the Suez Canal have yet to yield the expected revenue. One of the major factors providing the impetus to the new cooperative efforts stems from political factors which intimately affect Israel’s security. Indeed, in talks recently held between senior Israeli and American officials, concerns were raised over the stability of the Egyptian regime, with the two allies agreeing that in the absence of any fundamental improvement in the Egyptian economy, social unrest could precipitate the pouring of Muslim Brotherhood forces into the streets to undermine the rule of General al-Sisi. Similarly, heads of government in Egypt view the economic crisis as a major strategic threat to their country and, as such, they are placing emphasis in Egypt and abroad on efforts to increase revenue and expand infrastructure. Egypt's economic crisis has been greatly exacerbated by the ongoing fighting raging in Sinai and Libya as well as its support to Saudi Arabia in Yemen. In addition, only a portion of the financial commitments from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait have been received. Furthermore, the request to the IMF for $12 billion was granted on a series of conditions regarding a reduction of bureaucracy, increasing taxes and reducing subsidies—measures which, in the short term, could incite the Egyptian public.

Archeologists: The Biblical Story Happened Right Here Monday, October 10,

Next to Jerusalem, Lachish was the most important city from the time of King Rehoboam until the exile of Judea in 586 BCE. The archeological site of Tel Lachish has been undergoing excavation for decades, but, given its enormous size, only in March of this year was the elaborate structure of the city gate fully revealed.  According to excavation director Sa'ar Ganor, the "Gate Shrine," the specific site that now is being fully exposed, points to none other than King Hezekiah. More specifically, the findings at the Gate Shrine are linked to Hezekiah's religious reforms mentioned in 2 Kings 18:4: "He [Hezekiah] removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah."  The broken horns of the twin alters located within the Gate's elaborate structure were broken to desecrate the pagan alters. The latrines found within the Gate also point to a common practice used to desecrate pagan holy places, first mentioned in connection with King Jehu: "They also broke down the sacred pillar of Baal and broke down the house of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day" (2 Kings 10:27).  Tests conducted by the Israel Antiquity Authority found that these latrines were never used, adding weight to the notion that they served as a sign of defilement. The Gate also reveals that the biblical institution of the "City Gate" was real. Ganor points to well persevered benches located within the gate's chambers: "According to biblical descriptions, the gate of a city was where everything happened. The elders of the city, the judges, governors, kings, and bureaucrats – all of them sat on the benches at the city gates," which now can actually be seen for the first time. As expected, politicians were quick to seize the opportunity to emphasize modern Israel's connection to its biblical past.  Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev said that this discovery is one of many in a long line that "give us a glimpse into our rich past." Minister of Environmental Protection Ze’ev Elkin said that the excavation is another example of how stories from the Bible are confirmed in archaeological records.

Chinese-Israeli fund to invest $250m in med tech

Chinese IT corporation Neusoft and Israeli-Chinese private equity fund Infinity Group said they would jointly set up a $250 million fund to invest in Israeli medical technologies over the next three years. As part of the cooperation agreement, Neusoft will also make available to Israeli healthcare companies BY SHOSHANNA SOLOMON September 25, 2016, 4:40 pm 2 its cloud database via which they can gain access to clients in China and obtain approvals from China’s equivalent of the US Food and Drug Administration, the two companies said in an e-mailed statement. This is a first collaboration between Infinity Group, which is backed by investors and partners like the China Development Bank and Israel’s Clal Industries, and Neusoft, among China’s largest IT companies, which offers services and solutions to industries in the mobile, automotive and medical industries, according to their website. The announcement was made at the start of the China-Israel Investment Summit, which is being held in Tel Aviv as part of the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Conference that will run until Sept. 29. Ambassadors, government officials and representatives of Israeli and Chinese private companies are attending the event. “The establishment of this fund is another step in deepening the economic ties between Israel and China,” said Amir Gal-Or, Infinity Group founder and chairman of the summit. The bi-national Israel-China summit, supported by the governments of China and Israel, follows that of the first China-Israel Technology, Innovation & Investment Summit, held in January 2016 in Beijing. During the conference, meetings will be held between hundreds of Israeli start-ups and Chinese investors and funds. Israeli entrepreneur Yossi Vardi is co-chairman of the summit and chairman of DLD Tel Aviv. At the start of the conference on Sunday in Tel Aviv, Likud Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to attend the next summit in Beijing, as a recognition of the growing cooperation between the two nations. Amit Lang, director general of Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry said that despite their differences in size, Israel and China have complementary economies and their cooperation can lead to “incredible results” for the world. “Only now are we starting to understand the huge potential,” he said, adding that these kinds of meetings will further strengthen the bond and expand investments. Chen Lichtenstein, the president and CEO of Israeli chemicals manufacturer Adama, which was acquired by ChemChina in 2011, said it took the Israeli company “a while” until it understood how best to cooperate with its Chinese owners. Adama will have a presence in about 19 Chinese districts by the end of the year, he said.

Samsung opens Tel Aviv branch to invest in local software tech

Samsung Global Innovation Center (GIC), part of Samsung Electronics, opened on Sunday a branch in Tel Aviv to invest in Israeli start-ups and entrepreneurs with a focus on software development. Called Samsung NEXT, the Tel Aviv office follows similar ones set up in South Korea, San Francisco and New York by the South Korean conglomerate in an effort to stay ahead of competition by entering into early-stage technologies. In Israel you have perhaps the greatest amount of talent per square foot than anywhere in the world,” said Kai Bond, the general manager of Samsung GIC New York at the opening of the offices at Tel Aviv’s Sarona complex. “If you want to leapfrog competition you can’t wait to play in an established market.” Samsung NEXT Tel Aviv will invest and work with start-ups at every stage of development through incubation, investment from seed to Series B, acquisition and partnership, Eyal Miller, Managing Director and CEO of Samsung NEXT Tel Aviv, said at a press conference. The idea is to get projects off the ground, help them grow and get them ready for an acquisition by Samsung or any other exit that best suits the companies, he said. Samsung NEXT Tel Aviv will focus primarily in such areas as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, virtual and augmented reality technologies, the Internet of Things, and big data technologies. “Samsung is known for its hardware,” Miller said, “but we want to build a significant center for investments in software.” The company believes that its way forward will be by combining its hardware activities with software, he added. There is no limit to the budget or number of start-ups the company can invest in, said Miller, and investments will be made according to opportunity. Typically investments range from Seed to Series B, at an average of $1 million. Samsung will then either acquire the successful companies and incorporate them into its product lines, or help them raise funds to grow further, he noted. Under a special Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program, Samsung NEXT Tel Aviv will also make investments in experienced entrepreneurs for up to 24 months. The program is designed to help entrepreneurs with ideas, and rapidly develop, test, launch and scale new products using Samsung’s global resources. The goal is for them to achieve funding or an acquisition offer by the end of the program, Miller said, adding Samsung NEXT is already working with a number of Israeli entrepreneurs and will announce its first start-up investment shortly. “We want to help Israeli software companies grow by leveraging Samsung’s unique expertise and scale,” said Miller, who formerly worked for Google and set up Google’s Tel Aviv campus. “While our focus is working with entrepreneurs and start-ups who are primarily developing software technology, we will also provide a community and resources for entrepreneurs of all kinds.” Samsung’s Tel Aviv office, which will provide companies it invests in with the ability to use its offices as a base, will increase the number of workers it employs to up to seven from a team of three people today, Miller said. Samsung NEXT, which operates within GIC, would be the fourth Samsung program set up in Israel over the past 10 years. Other activities in the country include investments by Samsung’s venture arm, the Runway program in Yakum which integrates Israeli technology into Samsung business units, and Samsung’s Ramat Gan offices which invest in early-stage technologies.

Israel Exports 1959-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast | News

Exports in Israel increased by 3.6 percent year-on-year to $3844.8 million in August 2016, driven by sales of pharmaceutical products (+8.7 percent); fabricated metal products, machinery and equipment (+17 percent); electrical equipment (+31.4 percent); agriculture, forestry and fishing (+4 percent); worked diamonds (+122.5 percent) and wholesale diamonds (+64.8 percent). Exports in Israel averaged 1419.84 USD Million from 1959 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 5848.30 USD Million in March of 2011 and a record low of 10.80 USD Million in July of 1959. Exports in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics. In Israel, exports account for around 40 percent of GDP. Israel main exports are: cut diamonds, pearls and other precious metals and stones (31 percent of total exports); electrical machinery and equipment, mechanical machinery and appliances, sound and TV recorders and reproducers and computer equipment (18 percent) and pharmaceutical products and fertilizers (13 percent). Main export partners are: United States (28 percent of total exports) and Hong Kong (8 percent). Others include: Belgium, United Kingdom, India and China. This page provides - Israel Exports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Israel Exports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2016. Trading Economics

Stop BDS A New and Creative Way

Article in the Jerusalem Post: The IBOX is based on the surprise box concept which is very familiar in the United States and is now growing all around the world. Each IBOX will include 5-7 items from small Israeli businesses. Each item will relate to at least one of the 5 senses (smell, taste, sight, sound, feel) from Israel. In each IBOX we provide the customer with detailed information about each product, including its value and a direct link to the company's website, so that if one enjoyed the product they can continue and purchase more of it on their own. Therefore, the IBOX has the power to supply small local businesses with a direct link to the entire world. Our Website:

Water Technology

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Like Page Yesterday at 4:11am · . Israel is famed for its advanced water technology. Yet one intriguing Israeli invention is so low-tech that it doesn't even need electricity. A simple rainwater utilization technique invented by an Israeli science teacher is used at about 140 Israeli schools, three in the U.S. (watch that number rise), and is bringing potable water to schools in Kenya where the kids don't only drink it during school, they take clean water home in bottles too.

Israel beats out nine countries to take European Youth Team Champion 2016 t

By Viva Sarah Press JULY 18, 2016, 10:20 AM Team Israel celebrates its win at the European Youth U18 Team Chess Championship 2016 in Celje, Slovenia. Photo via European Chess Union/Facebook Israeli chess players Igor Bitensky, Evgeny Zanan, Nitzan Steinberg, Eyal Grinberg and Ariel Erenberg dominated the Open section of the European Youth U18 Team Chess Championship 2016 in Celje, Slovenia, to win the gold medal. Team Israel defeated Austria in the final round to win the European Youth Team Champion 2016 title. Second place went to Hungary and third to Ukraine. Other countries taking part in the contest included Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Slovenia and England. The European Youth U18 Team Chess Championship was organized by the Slovenian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union, and took place July 9-16, 2016.

Analysis: How do you stop a lone wolf terrorist?

Last week's truck rampage in France and Monday's axe attack aboard a train in Germany have raised European concern about self-radicalized assailants. Investigators continue at the scene near the heavy truck that ran into a crowd at high speed killing Investigators continue at the scene near the heavy truck that ran into a crowd at high speed killing scores who were celebrating the Bastille Day July 14 national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, July 15, 2016. . European powers are trying to develop better means for pre-emptively spotting "lone-wolf" militants from their online activities and are looking to Israeli-developed technologies, a senior EU security official said on Tuesday. Last week's truck rampage in France and Monday's axe attack aboard a train in Germany have raised European concern about self-radicalized assailants who have little or no communications with militant groups that could be intercepted by spy agencies. "How do you capture some signs of someone who has no contact with any organization, is just inspired and started expressing some kind of allegiance? I don't know. It's a challenge," EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove told Reuters on the sidelines of a intelligence conference in Tel Aviv. Internet companies asked to monitor their own platforms' content for material that might flag militants had begged off, De Kerchove said. He said they had argued that the information was too massive to sift through and contextualize, unlike pedophile pornography, for which there were automatic detectors. "So maybe a human's intervention is needed. So you cannot just let the machine do it," De Kerchove said. But he said he hoped "we will soon find ways to be much more automated" in sifting through social networks. "That is why I am here," he said of his visit to Israel. "We know Israel has developed a lot of capability in cyber." ADVANCE WARNING Beset by Palestinian street attacks, often by young individuals using rudimentary weapons and without links to armed factions, Israeli security agencies that once focused on "meta data", or information regarding suspects' communications patterns, have refocused on social media in hope of gaining advance warnings from private posts. Israeli officials do not disclose how far the technology has come, but private experts say the methods are enough to provide often basic alerts regarding potential attackers, then require follow-up investigation. "Nine out of 10 times, the terrorist has contacts with others who provide support or inspiration, so meta data still applies," said Haim Tomer, a former Mossad intelligence division chief turned security consultant. When it comes to true lone wolves, even a valedictory Facebook message can often be picked up by Israel, he said. "But in such cases, it would be a low-level 'green alert', meaning the person should be looked at further, whereas a 'red alert' would warrant instant action. That leaves the security services to decide how to handle matters," Tomer said. As De Kerchove was at pains to make clear to the conference, European standards of civil rights, such as privacy, make the introduction of intrusive intelligence-gathering technologies in the public sphere and aggressive police follow-ups difficult. While Israel's emergency laws give security services more leeway, its intelligence minister, Yisrael Katz, called for cooperation with Internet providers rather than state crackdowns. He cited, for example, the encryption provided by messaging platform WhatsApp which, he said, could be a new way for militants to communicate and evade detection. "We will not block these services," Katz told the conference. "What is needed is an international organization, preferably headed by the United States, where shared (security) concerns need to be defined, characterized."

Noninvasive brain stimulation through ultrasound

Noninvasive brain stimulation through ultrasound Israelis reveal a mechanism for accurate and individualized control of brain activity using ultrasonic waves. By Abigail Klein Leichman JULY 10, 2016, 2:18 PM Accurate and noninvasive artificial brain stimulation is one of the holy grails for neuroscientists looking to advance brain research and treatment. Ultrasonic neuromodulation – exciting the neurons using ultrasound waves – shows great promise as a way to complement or even replace treatments that require risky surgical insertion of electrodes through the skull. Researchers from the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa have added critical new insights to the understanding of the mechanisms that enable ultrasonic neuromodulation to activate and suppress brain cells. In a study just published in the journal eNeuro, professors Shy Shoham and Eitan Kimmel and PhD student Misha Plaksin reveal that the ultrasound’s waveform pattern dramatically affects its interaction with neurons, and consequently certain ultrasound patterns have a different effect on different types of neurons. This understanding makes it possible to predict the outcome of complex interactions in realistic brain neural networks and to improve the use of ultrasonic neuromodulation in the noninvasive medical treatment of neurological diseases. “Right now, the brain is still something of a closed box,” said Shoham. “Ultrasound could help to pry open that box.” “Now, for example, for the first time at the Technion and in cooperation with InSightec [a pioneer in using ultrasound beams instead of scalpels] and Prof. Itamar Kahn of the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, we are using functional MRI technology to examine the effect of ultrasound on brain activity, so that we can both excite and monitor it without recourse to electrodes and other invasive means.” 21c

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Endoscopic capsule

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Given Imaging Ltd. Website Endoscopic capsule end-on, showing six LEDs and camera lens. Given Imaging (Hebrew: âéååï àéîâ'éðâ) is an Israeli medical technology company that manufactures and markets diagnostic products for the visualization and detection of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Until March 2014, it was dual-listed on both the NASDAQ and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, where it was a component of the TA-100 Index and the TA BlueTech Index. In March 2014 it was acquired by Covidien and became a private company. Given Imaging pioneered the capsule endoscopy technology and has also developed capsule-based pH monitoring.[1] Through Sierra Scientific Instruments, a subsidiary, Given Imaging also provides an array of diagnostic modalities including high-resolution manometry and ambulatory reflux monitoring. Given Imaging's technology is currently marketed in over 60 countries.

Israel to receive its first F-35 stealth fighter jet

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to welcome into the Israeli Air Force the first of 33 aircraft in a festive rollout ceremony at the Lockheed Martin plant in Texas • Four women graduate grueling IAF training course, join Israel's military flight crews. The Israeli Air Force will receive its first F-35 fighter jet on Wednesday -- the first of 33 aircraft Israel has acquired -- in a festive rollout ceremony to be held at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The aircraft is expected to arrive in Israel by the end of the year. The F-35, or the Adir as it has been named in Hebrew, is a fifth generation stealth fighter jet that will position Israel's air force at the cutting edge of technology. Questions regarding the aircraft's capabilities have been raised but the Israeli Air Force is convinced that all the challenges facing its development have been nothing more than growing pains and that the aircraft is essential to Israel's qualitative military superiority in the region. On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter held a closed-door meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who only assumed the post late last month. Carter and Lieberman discussed regional security challenges in the Middle East and areas of mutual defense cooperation before Lieberman headed to Texas for the rollout ceremony. Israel will be the first country outside the U.S. to receive the F-35. Lieberman's visit to the Pentagon came as the U.S. and Israel were in the process of negotiating a new 10-year defense aid agreement to replace the current one, which expires in 2018. Lieberman is interested in finalizing a deal with the U.S. before the next American president takes office in January. It should be noted, however, that the main player in the talks with the Americans is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (via the National Security Council), not Lieberman.

Israeli economy grows by 2.5% in 2015

Central Bureau of Statistics: Growth rate in 2015 the lowest in six years • GDP up 3.9% in the fourth quarter of 2015 • High-tech exits, development of natural gas fields create record surplus of $13.8 billion in Israel's balance of payments. The Israeli economy grew by 2.5% in 2015, a slight downturn from recent years, the Central Bureau of Statistics revealed over the weekend. The report found that while the economy grew by 3.3% in 2013 and by 2.6% in 2014, growth rates in 2015 were the lowest in six years. Nevertheless, Israel's growth rate was relatively higher than in other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development states, which averaged 2%. Overall, Israel's gross domestic product marked an annualized increase of 3.9% in the fourth quarter of 2015. The GDP rose 2.5% in the first quarter of 2015, followed by 0.3% growth in the second quarter, and a 2.4% increase in the fourth quarter of 2015. The report said that the GDP per capita, used to gauge the standard of living, added only 0.5% in 2015, compared to 0.6% in 2014 and 1.3% in 2013. GDP per capita in terms of purchasing power parity was 85.3% the average per capita GDP in other OECD countries. In terms of GDP-to-price levels, the ratio of purchase power to exchange rates in Israel was 116% of the prices noted in other OECD states. The CBS further noted that overall, Israel's available resources increased by 2% in 2015, a drop from 2.7% in 2014. There was a 4.9% increase in private consumption expenditure in 2015, as well as a 3.1% increase in public consumption, a 1.3% decrease in the exports of goods and services, and a 1.4% decrease in investment in fixed assets. Real domestic income, however, rose by 4.8%, which the report attributed to improvement in trade and commerce terms. The business sector's output, the economy's main growth engine, rose by 2.3% in 2015 -- the lowest improvement rate since 2003. The government sector's deficit in 2015 came to 16.4 billion shekels ($4.23 billion), or 1.4% of GDP -- an improvement from a deficit of 18.5 billion shekels ($4.77 billion), or 1.7% of GDP in 2014, and of 23.7 billion shekels ($6.11 billion), or 2.2% of GDP, in 2013. Exports of goods and services dropped by 1.3% in 2015, after rising 1.5% in 2014, while diamond exports fell by 20.4%. The imports of goods and services increased by 0.6% in 2015, following a 3% increase in 2014, while diamond imports fell by 14.8%. According to the CBS, the large number of exits in the high-tech industry and the acceleration in the development of the Tamar offshore gas field have created a record surplus of $13.8 billion in Israel's current balance of payments. The overall surplus in the balance of payments over the past three years -- $33.5 billion -- means more dollars are flowing into the Israeli economy than out of it, translating into a low shekel-dollar exchange rate, which averaged 3.9 shekels in 2015. This trend has seen the Bank of Israel purchased billions of dollars over the past three years, to offset low shekel-dollar exchange rates Zeev Klein and Israel Hayom Staff

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• 21 injured in Jerusalem bus bombing; Hamas claims responsibility • Israel finds & destroys new terror tunnel from Gaza into Israel • Saudi Arabia commits to upholding peace treaty with Israel in islands transferred from Egypt • Prime Minister Netanyahu visits Moscow, receives assurances over Syrian threat • Jewish extremists arrested for praying on Temple Mount • IsraAID teams deliver earthquake relief in Japan and Ecuador • Israeli government reaffirms sovereignty over (but not annexation of) Golan Heights • The UN Human Rights Council on voted to establish blacklist of companies “profiting from settlements”; UN Commission on the Status of Women condemned only Israel for violating women’s rights; UNESCO denies Jewish connection to Temple Mount • U.S. Universities Debating Association national championship features anti-Israel debate topic • Francisco Partners Buys Israeli Company SintecMedia, for $400 million; Oracle buys Israeli big-data company Crosswise for $50M; China’s Fosun to buy Israeli skin-care company Ahava for $77M; other acquisitions include Genome Compiler, cybersecurity company NorthBit, and mobile-ad startup Inneractive; overall, 81 Israeli startups raised $1 billion in the first quarter of 2016; pharma giant Bayer to invest $10 million in Israeli agriculture tech fund • Professors sue American Studies Association over Israel boycott • Israel’s former president, Shimon Peres, sent Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II a happy birthday video message telling her that “life begins at 90.” • 83% of U.S. Senators sign letter to President Obama supporting increased military assistance to Israel • Boycott resolutions approved by City Univ. of NY doctoral students, graduate students at NYU (rejected by the university president and notable alumni) and Univ. of Massachusetts–Amherst, and University of Chicago undergraduate student government; rejected by Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn Faculty Senate and Univ. of Minnesota student government • Statements supporting Israel and opposing anti-Israel boycotts recently issued by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, British Justice Minister Michael Gove, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, and the Iowa state legislature • Israel strengthens ties with Russia • Israelis win international awards and honors in rhythmic gymnastics (again), tennis, judo (again), wrestling, car racing, wine, digital diplomacy, universities (6 of the world’s top 100), political campaign TV ads, water technology, agricultural machinery, and best places to raise a family (#4) • Israeli innovations show promise in preventing diabetes and treating asthma, leukemia, and prostate cancer • Recent visitors to Israel include U.S. House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (with a 60-member delegation), Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee, Austrian far-right political leader Heinz-Christian Strache, energy expert (and Donald Trump foreign-policy advisor) George Papadopoulos, 600 young innovators, nanotech scientists, entrepreneur Elon Musk, actor Kevin Costner, Scottish musician Donovan, British R&B star Craig David, singer and TV star Pat Boone, 20 Eurovision contestants, supermodel Naomi Campbell, Monica Lewinsky, Forbes’ under-30 leaders, robotics experts, an Iraqi former diplomat, the brother of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (treated for cancer at a Tel Aviv hospital), a Syrian bone-marrow donor, and thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christian pilgrims.

The Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal: I am proud to be the first Saudi hono

Top News 15 April 2016 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 (Jerusalem) —- According to al-Okaz –a Saudi Arabian daily newspaper– the Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal was welcomed warmly by Israeli officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to become the first Saudi honorary ambassador to Israel. "We are so delighted today to see that Arab mentality changes and the Arab states do not consider Israel as their enemy anymore. We must work diligently to expunge past's bitter memories and help the Arab nations to develop and embrace democracy," Tzipi Hotovely, the Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs told AFP on Thursday. "I am indeed proud to be the first Saudi ambassador to this beautiful country. Israel is an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world and I can express my appreciation of lofty ethics which Israel's founding fathers built this country upon," Turkish Anadolu News Agency quoted the Saudi multi-millionaire media tycoon as saying. Today, we laid the ground for a peaceful Middle-East, added Prince bin Talal, where the next generations can live in wonderful harmony and absolute religious tolerance. The Saudi Prince also referred to 2002 Arab League summit in Beirut and the Saudi peace initiative ,saying the Saudi monarch will recognize the State of Israel as a Jewish nation according to the two-state solution, adding, the only obstacle to this bright future is obdurate Iran which doesn't conceal its dangerous agenda,— to purge Israel from the political map. The Saudi Arabia has bought a sumptuous three-story building in David Flusser St 14, in the vicinity of U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and the Saudi Prince shall begin his task after an official banquet, inviting President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu and eminent members in Israeli Knesset (parliament).

Google gives $700K to Israeli disabilities technology initiative

Adele Thursday, 14 April 20 Google will grant $700,000 to an Israel-based initiative aimed at producing technology to help people with disabilities. The search engine giant’s grant to Tikkun Olam Makers, or TOM, was announced Tuesday as part of the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities campaign. Google’s funding will “underwrite TOM’s plans to support a global movement of innovators creating extremely affordable solutions to neglected needs of people with disabilities, with the goal of improving the lives of 250,000,000 within a decade,” according to a statement from The Reut Group, the Tel Aviv-based nonprofit think tank that started the initiative.

Jay Leno raises $50K in one minute for Israeli EMS service

Tells United Hatzalah: "I have 117 motorcycles in my collection but none of my motorcycles save lives." Then donates money for an ambucycle. Jay Leno may have broken a record when he raised $50,000 for Israeli EMS organization, United Hatzalah, in just one minute. The former Tonight Show host also donated $36,000 out of his own pocket to buy a fully equipped ambucycle for the organization to use to save lives in Israel. Leno’s latest philanthropic pursuits came about at a special concert fundraiser for United Hatzalah at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. Leno performed a comedy set at the event. He then called Eli Beer, founder and president of United Hatzalah, to the stage. “What you guys are doing is so special I am so proud to be here and be part of it,” Leno told Beer. “I have 117 motorcycles in my collection but none of my motorcycles save lives. I want to donate an ambucycle with all of the trappings.” The organization says it will put Leno’s name on the new ambucycle. United Hatzalah has a fleet of over 400 ambucylces used by the volunteer EMS organization to provide free treatment to anyone who needs it. Leno also challenged the audience to join him in supporting lifesaving activities in Israel by donating on the spot to the organization. He said anyone who donated at least $1,000 would receive a free tour of his rare car and motorcycle collection. An additional $50,000 was raised in one minute. “People want to do good deeds,” said Beer. “So, for those who cannot physically come to Israel . . . but still want to help, the concert was a golden opportunity to come out and support the country while performing one of the greatest gifts of loving kindness that there is, saving lives. What Jay Leno, Lipa, 8th Day and the audience did here tonight is an act of charity that keeps on giving for generations and generations to come.” In 2013, Beer and Arab-Israeli United Hatzalah-East Jerusalem leader Murad Alyan were chosen to receive the Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the New York-based Institute of International Education. At the end of his set, Leno told the crowd, “See you next year in Jerusalem.” Whether he was just saying the Jewish refrain or actually hinting at another visit will only be known when his plane touches down at Ben-Gurion airport once again.

Aqwise dedicates wastewater plant in Mexico

Israeli provider of advanced water and wastewater treatment solutions inaugurates new $3 million facility in Durango. By Viva Sarah Press APRIL 10, 2016, 9:00 AM Aqwise, a global provider of advanced water and wastewater treatment solutions for the industrial and municipal markets, has officially dedicated its new wastewater treatment facility in Durango, Northern Mexico. Plans for the $3 million Turn-Key wastewater treatment project were signed in 2013, during an official visit by then President Shimon Peres to Mexico. The presidential visit came after Mexico turned to Israel’s water experts for help in improving their water. The Durango plant will employ Aqwise’s AGAR (Attached Growth Airlift Reactor) technology solutions — a proprietary process that “utilizes biofilm grown on carrier media which aerobically degrade soluble organic pollutants in wastewater.” “This is an important project for Aqwise, and it expands our activities in Mexico where we already have numerous water treatment facilities in place,” said Elad Frenkel, Chief Executive Officer of Aqwise. “We’re happy to dedicate this treatment facility, which came about on the presidential visit, and we hope the relationship between Israel and Mexico will continue to strengthen – economically and culturally.” Aqwise has over 400 municipal and industrial installations in 35 countries. The company was founded in 2000, has headquarters in Israel, and has regional offices in Latin America, as well as commercial representation in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

New radar gives Gaza-area residents 15 seconds to take shelter from shells

BY TAMAR PILEGGI April 11, 2016, 10:05 am 3 The Home Front Command has reportedly finished work on a new radar that will improve the warning system for residents of southern communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip of incoming mortar shells. The system will shorten the time between the launch of a shell and when warning sirens are triggered, giving residents of communities adjacent to the Palestinian enclave a full 15-second warning of incoming shells, Army Radio reported Monday. Though Israel’s current alert, based on the Iron Dome radar, warns of incoming rockets and gives communities about 15 seconds to reach shelters, it has proved less effective against short-range shells, often leaving residents little to no warning of attacks. Alon Schuster, the head of the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, welcomed the new warning system, saying the improvements could save lives “Those 15 seconds are important. They improve the response time for anyone who needs to find shelter,” he told Army Radio. “People come to live here because they know that Israel does whatever it can to protect its citizens from existential threats, whether they come from the sky or from underground,” Schuster said, alluding to Hamas efforts to tunnel under the border. Development of the system began in the wake of Israel’s war with Hamas in 2014, when the Gaza-based terror organization lobbed hundreds of rockets and mortars at Israeli cities and towns. During the 50-day conflict, mortars proved to be one of the deadliest means of attack, claiming the lives of 10 IDF soldiers in a single week, three Israeli civilians and a Thai national. Although the area has been relatively calm since the end of the war, sporadic rocket fire and attacks on IDF patrols have often originated in areas adjacent to the Sha’ar Hanegev region. The project which cost an estimated at NIS 500 million ($132 million) according to the Haaretz daily, was due to be completed in 2015, but was delayed due to budget constraints. Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Ethiopian aliyah to restart in June

April 7, 2016 3:27pm JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 1,300 Ethiopians who claim Jewish descent will begin arriving in Israel in June, with 9,000 coming over the next five years, under a new Israeli government agreement. The agreement to find money in the budget for the aliyah of the Ethiopians was signed Thursday, avoiding a government crisis. Two Likud Party lawmakers had boycotted voting in the Knesset for the past two months over the dispute, leading to the failure of a party-sponsored bill. The coalition government has a one-vote majority in the Knesset. The Knesset unanimously approved a plan in November 2015 to bring the remaining 9,000 Ethiopians who claim Jewish heritage following a public campaign launched by the Ethiopian community in Israel and volunteer organizations. The plan did not deal with the finances. In February it was announced that the government approval to bring over the 9,000 Ethiopians, known as Falash Mura, would be on hold indefinitely until the nearly $1 billion needed to fund the immigration was found in the budget. Falash Mura are Ethiopians who claim links to descendants of Jews who converted to Christianity generations ago but now seek to return to Judaism and immigrate to Israel. Their permanent entry into Israel will be dependent on completing the conversion process. About 135,000 Jews of Ethiopian descent are living in Israel. Tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel during Operation Moses in 1984 and Operation Solomon in 1992. Israel announced in August 2013 that it had brought the last of the eligible Falash Mura to the country after a steady trickle of approximately 200 Ethiopian immigrants per month had been coming to Israel since 2010, when Israel launched Operation Wings of a Dove after checking the aliyah eligibility of an additional 8,000 Ethiopians. Many of those remaining have family who are already in Israel. JTA

Saving water - in the Israel Navy

International Water Day 22 Mar 2016 In honor of International Water Day, the Israel Navy presents its water-saving projects, most notably water desalination aboard naval vessels, even for generators and batteries that require filtered water. Israeli navy vessels use water desalinated on board Copyright: IDF Spokesperson On March 22, the world marks International Water Day, addressing primarily the importance of water conservation. The IDF has in recent years attached great importance to saving water and the optimal green use of this scarce resource. As part of this effort, the Israeli Navy has launched several projects, most notably water desalination aboard naval vessels - an important project that saves of thousands of gallons per day per vessel. "Today, all large naval vessels carry out desalination for various uses, including drinking water and showers," said Lt. Commander Gideon Ayeach, Head of Sales and Economics Field for the Israel Navy, responsible among other things for renewable energy, efficiency and water conservation. This project is yet another example of the high capabilities of Israel in the field of water desalination. Several large desalination plants have been established in recent years in Israel, using the most innovative technologies, which may in the future transform Israel from an arid country to a water exporter. The Navy also uses advanced technologies of desalination for generators and batteries that require filtered water. "Until recently, we would buy filtered water from an external supplier," said Ayeach. "But we invested money and developed our capabilities, and today we produce desalinated water that can be used for all batteries and generators." The Navy recently launched another groundbreaking project designed to make optimum use of fuel residues and oil remaining in the bottom of tanks. In the past, the IDF would have hired a company to remove the dirty residue that collected at the bottom of its tanks and ships. Today, the Navy applies technology that allows it to pump out the dirty fuel, which is cleaned and filtered for reuse on its ships. In addition, the Navy treats the gray water after use board and returns it to the sea after a process that includes bacteria as a cleansing agent. "This way we help keep Haifa Bay clean and try to reduce pollution," said Ayeach. The Navy's concern with the environment is not limited to its water-saving projects. It has increasingly replaced electric boilers with use cost effective solar water heaters - also based on Israeli technology. Investment in increased efficiency of the Navy, including the water-saving projects, has in recent years amounted to a savings of over NIS 200 million. In some cases, technologies developed in Israel were adapted for use by the military.

Haim Saban to invest $100 million in Israeli startups

Saban Ventures fund to invest in mobile, social networks, e-commerce and digital media. By Viva Sarah Press MARCH 2, 2016, 10:00 AM Expat Israeli billionaire Haim Saban has announced a new fund – Saban Ventures – to invest $100 million in Israeli startups. According to a Globes report, the fund will invest primarily in mobile, social networks, ecommerce and digital media startups, with a side interest in cloud computing and fintech. Saban, known for the Power Rangers franchise, is said to be worth $3.5 billion. The 71-year-old business magnate has previously invested in Israeli companies like PlayBuzz, Elbit Systems, Everysight, and others. He also counts Partner Communications among his holdings. Reports cite Barak Pridor, former CEO of the Tel Aviv-based Thomson Reuters tech subsidiary ClearForest, as the new manager of the fund.

StandWithUs Commends Florida for Overwhelmingly Passing Nation's Strongest

StandWithUs Commends Florida for Overwhelmingly Passing Nation's Strongest Anti-Boycott Legislation to Date on February 24, 2016 (Tallahassee, FL - February 24, 2016) -- StandWithUs commends the Florida legislature for passing anti-boycott/anti-discrimination legislation SB-86 on February 24 and urges Governor Rick Scott to sign it. The bill passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 112-2. Through the bipartisan efforts of Senator Joe Negron (R- 32) , Representative Ritch Workman (R-52), Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-52) and Representative Kevin Rader (D-81), and overwhelming grassroots support of Florida's citizens, the state is set to have a new law to defend itself against the bigotry and discrimination of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement, and the economic harm it causes. Roz Rothstein, CEO StandWithUs, commented, “The (BDS) movement is a dangerous front in the war against Israel. It is a propaganda campaign that is designed to erode support for Israel, isolate it as a pariah of nations, and marshal international forces to deligimitize and eventually eliminate the Jewish state. The movement, while being anti-Israel is not pro-peace or even pro-Palestinian. Its goals, if achieved, would leave Palestinians impoverished. We welcome the fact that Florida is joining Illinois and South Carolina in rejecting the boycott campaign.” While the law makes clear that the State of Florida will not engage in commerce with boycotters, it does not infringe on the 1st Amendment right to free speech. This law does not say a group cannot boycott Israel or advocate for boycotting Israel. It does not penalize any private party's exercise of free speech. What this law does say is that the legislature controls taxpayer money, and it decides where to invest it and where to spend it. Florida is exercising its financial discretion to support public policy and the basic ethical standards of government. As there is overwhelming documentation that the BDS movement is thinly veiled anti-Semitism, with this law, Florida makes clear that anti-Semitism is against its public policy. Israel Allies Foundation Deputy Director Joseph Sabag stated: “Florida's new anti-discrimination/boycott law is good as a matter of economic policy, public policy and foreign policy. This is a great accomplishment for the pro-Israel community, and a resounding defeat for the BDS Movement. We want to thank our friends at StandWithUs for helping to lead the way with terrific community engagement in this effort.” Sara Gold Rafel, director, StandWithUs Southeast added, "We urge Governor Scott to sign the legislation immediately and put Florida on the map as a leader against ethnic and religious discrimination." About StandWithUs StandWithUs (SWU) is a fourteen year-old, international, non-profit Israel education organization that supports people around the world who want to educate their campuses and communities about Israel. SWU educates through social media, videos, hosts speakers, programs and conferences in cities around the world, offers website resources and creates materials about Israel in different languages and on a variety of topics that are distributed globally. Based in Los Angeles, the organization has chapters throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK and Canada, including Florida. and and

Israel creating first ever sculpture in outer space

The project will take a digital representation of human laughter and beam it up to space, where it will be created on a specially designed 3D printer that works in zero gravity. In space, nobody can hear you scream, but in 2016 they will be able to see you laugh. Israeli concept artist Eyal Gever is working with NASA on a project called #Laugh, which will be the first art piece created in space. The project will take a digital representation of human laughter and beam it up to space, where it will be created on a specially designed 3D printer that works in zero gravity, made by US-based firm Made in Space. The company was created in 2010 “with the idea that people should be living in space now,” according to its CTO Jason Dunn. The project, Gever said at the IMTM tourist conference on Wednesday, is part of a wider effort by NASA to use 3D printing to help create a more self-sustaining environment for astronauts in space. Instead of launching hardware or parts from earth, they would be able to simply upload and 3D print them. “One of the areas that we are excited a lot about is art and how we can design new types of art that maybe we can’t even bring back to earth, because we’re building a sculpture that wouldn’t even survive in gravity,” said Dunn in a video promoting the project. The concept of creating a sculpture representing laughter, Gever said, was an attempt to showcase something fundamentally human that is absent in space, where sound cannot travel. “I realized, you know, maybe I shouldn’t even think about using a person or a certain language that has a political connotation or culture or time or race, and then a friend of mine said, ‘Why don’t you do a human laughter?’” he said. The project will also have a crowdsourcing element. People around the world will be invited to record and submit their laughter online, and then vote on which clip should be represented in the sculpture. The project is somewhat reminiscent of the NASA voyager Golden Records in 1977, cultural artifacts sent into space that included sounds and scenes from earth, which other advanced societies could potentially interpret. The spectrograph of the laugh, says Gever, could be read and recreated into sound in the future. Gever’s other work revolves around realistic digital representations, some of which he prints in 3D for effect. Among them: a video of a watery dancer with a constant stream shimmying off its body, a square of uber-realistic ocean surface, and a waterfall 3D printed in a surreal shiny plastic. According to Gever, the project, which will be featured in a VICE documentary, will come to fruition at some point in 2016.

Israeli Research Into Zika Virus Contradicts World Health Organization Find

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS Haifa University has conducted a preliminary study that has identified a correlation between the exceptionally hot and dry winter of northeast Brazil and the recent outbreak of the Zika virus which has led to numerous of birth defects. The study was led by Dr. Shlomit Paz of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa and Professor Jan Semenza of the Stockholm-based European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The main findings of the provisional research contradict the conclusions drawn by the World Health Organization (WHO), which declared a state of emergency last week over the outbreak of the virus. According to the WHO, the virus is associated with heavy rains in parts of Central and South America as a result of El Nino, a phenomenon that involves a substantial increase in Pacific Ocean water temperatures. Preliminary research led by Haifa University, however, indicates that the relevant factor associated with the virus is in fact the wave of exceptionally hot and dry conditions, which have reached record levels in the latter half of 2015 in northeastern Brazil where the Zika virus has broken out. The research argues that the outbreak is not attributable to heavy rains rather it can be attributable to another factor involving climate change and global warming patterns that have affected the planet over recent decades. “It is very preliminary research, but we found a linkage and overlap between regions in northeastern Brazil with extreme climatic conditions such as record-level extreme temperatures and a severe drop in water levels,” Dr. Paz told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). She added that it is well known that the high temperatures encourage the growth rates of the Aedes mosquito population through which the Zika virus is transmitted. The dry conditions, however, deprive the mosquitoes of the water they need for survival. In turn, the mosquitoes swarm around water containers left in the open by local residents. She also explained why the findings of her research undermine those of the WHO. “The WHO’s conclusions are a mistake. They talk about a linkage with El Nino and about extreme rainfalls, etc. We found, however, that the main regions of the Zika outbreak were characterized by a severe drop in water levels.” While Paz acknowledged that mosquitoes are known to prevail under conditions of intense rainfall as suggested by the WHO, she cited previous studies that demonstrate the correlation between dry conditions and the risk of an upsurge in mosquito populations. “People don’t know it, but by putting all their water in open containers, they prepare very comfortable conditions for the mosquitoes,” she said. The Zika virus has been known to researchers for several decades, but the reason for the sudden severe outbreak has not yet been found. “It is very important to highlight that the reasons are multifactorial and the climate is only one of the factors that may have an impact and that is very important. But it is not the only factor,” Paz said. She concluded that further research would take significant periods of time and that the University of Haifa is currently continuing its research through the collection and analysis of related data on a broader scale. About the Author: TPS - The Tazpit News Agency provides news from Israel.

Cyber unicorn: ForeScout hits billion-dollar mark

Israel-US agentless cybersecurity company, ForeScout, raises $76 million; mPrest and TravelersBox also announce million-dollar funding rounds. By Viva Sarah Press JANUARY 25, 2016, 10:38 AM A cyber unicorn (a private company valued at $1 billion or more) announced in Israel this week and two companies reeling in big bucks in the IoT sphere. ForeScout Technologies, the US-Israeli pioneer in agentless cybersecurity, has announced $76 million in additional financing to push its value to $1 billion. The additional capital will be used to expand global field operations, build a world-class support organization and increase R&D efforts to accelerate leadership in the underserved Internet of Things (IoT) security space, according to a company statement. ForeScout is headquartered in California and has a development center in Tel Aviv. The company – which boasts award-winning technology that provides the unique ability to see and control the rapidly growing population of unsecured and dark devices — was founded in 2000 by Chairman Prof. Hezy Yeshurun from Tel Aviv’s Faculty of Computer Science, CTO Oded Comay, and senior manager Doron Shikmoni. “It took 25 years for the world to get to five billion connected devices, but with the explosion of the IoT we’ll see around 30 billion by 2020—an entirely new approach to security is required,” said Michael DeCesare, ForeScout CEO & President. “Device proliferation and IoT deployments are easy entrances for cyber criminals if not detected and protected. With agentless visibility, intuitive automated controls and a commitment to integrating with leading security and IT management solutions, ForeScout is well-positioned to own the burgeoning IoT security market.” In related news, mPrest, a global provider of mission-critical monitoring and control software for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced a $20 million Series A round of funding. The round was led by GE Ventures, the venture arm of GE, and OurCrowd, one of the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms. mPrest will use the investment to expand its international presence in the industrial and commercial markets and rapidly scale to meet the soaring needs of the IoT world. “mPrest is an exciting company with significant revenues, a real track record and a very promising future,” said Jon Medved, OurCrowd CEO. “Just as its Iron Dome technology has played an invaluable role in protecting millions of citizens, we are confident that mPrest’s real-time platform will deliver enormous value to its large industrial customers for years to come.” And Israeli startup TravelersBox, which offers a solution allowing travelers in airports to convert leftover foreign currency into usable digital currency, has announced a successful Series A funding round to the tune of $10 million. The company has raised $15.5 million to date. “There are more than three billion international travelers every year, and our mission is to provide an easy way for those travelers to regain the lost value of their unused foreign currency,” Tomer Zussman, founder and CEO of TravelersBox said in a statement. TravelersBox was founded in 2012. It has its headquarters in Gibraltar and an R&D center in Kadima. Illustration of unicorn by

Honda Turns to Israel for Help in Building Safer Vehicles

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World leaders, experts heading to CyberTech

Israel enjoys cyber superpower status as startups sell at least $3 billion of cyber security products and services in 2015. By Viva Sarah Press JANUARY 18, 2016, 4:12 PM Israeli cyber startups notched a very profitable year in 2015 and this upcoming year’s cyber arena looks ripe for even further growth. According to a new report, Israel exported at least $3 billion worth of products and services last year. Israel Export Institute figures show that Israel is a cyber superpower. New cyber technology startups – being formed and making exits – proves the country’s stronghold in the global cyber arena. In fact, state leaders and international cyber experts are heading over to Israel for the January 26-27 CyberTech in Israel convention. Hundreds of delegations from across the globe will attend CyberTech — the second largest exhibition of cyber technologies worldwide — including a large delegation from Japan, a US delegation led by the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, a delegation from developing countries organized by the World Bank, as well as a Canadian delegation comprising senior executives of Canada’s central banks. Also on the guest list: delegations from Germany, the UK, Italy, Holland, France, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Kenya, South Africa, Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Albania, Estonia, the EU and NATO. The delegation from Japan includes a group looking for suitable technologies to secure the Tokyo Olympics 2020 from potential cyber threats. Israel Aerospace is leading a consortium of Israeli cyber security companies – including Check Point Software Technologies, Verint Systems, Bynet, ClearSky, CyberX, and ECI Telecom – that are hoping to attract Japanese interest with a special exhibit at CyberTech. The CyberTech event will allow B2B, startups, investors, government officials, military personnel, ambassadors and exhibition visitors to focus on networking, strengthening existing alliances, and forming new ones. CyberTech presents problem solving strategies and solutions to challenges in a wide range of sectors including finance, defense, transportation, utilities, R&D, energy, manufacturing, service sectors, health, media, and government.

13-Year-Old Israeli Girl Develops Satellite System for Producing Oxygen in

Author: Ruthie Blum A 13-year-old Israeli girl has invented a system for the production of oxygen in space, the Hebrew youth paper Ma’ariv L’Noar reported on Thursday, along with an interview with the budding tween scientist from Ramat Hasharon. The recent winner of the “Satellite Is Born” award from the Israel Space Agency, Roni Oron developed BioSat “to solve a problem for astronauts trying to prove that life on Mars is possible.” Oron said her satellite is “built like a large bubble on one side of which there is a mirror and the other is transparent, enabling the penetration of sunlight. In the middle there is a capsule, which will be made of a membrane through which air can pass but water cannot. Inside of it there will be water and algae, and outside there will be carbon dioxide. Through a process of photosynthesis, the satellite will produce oxygen. There will be additional mirrors inside the satellite that will enable sunlight to reach the capsule, but not by direct radiation, which would harm the algae.” Oron told Ma’ariv L’Noar about her parents’ support. “My father, an orthopedist, was very happy when I began my research,” she said. “From my mother I learned the wisdom of looking at life creatively.”

#BDS_Fail: Spanish government makes forced donation to Ariel University

After banning Samaria's Ariel University from a competition that it would have won, the government of Spain has been forced to contribute more than $100,000 to the university's coffers. Spain refused to allow Ariel University students to take part in a competition to design "green" environmentally-friendly buildings, which was meant to be open to students from all universities worldwide. Ariel University students reached the finals of the competition with their design, according to Yedioth Aharonoth. Their design, entitled "Abraham's Tent," garnered great international interest, but the boycott movement began working overtime to have the students banned from the competition for the simple fact that they study in Samaria. Eventually the anti-Israel activists succeeded, and even though the Israeli students had arrived in Spain in order to take part in the finals, they were informed by the Spanish construction ministry that funded the competition that they were being banned. The University responded by petitioning the decision via an attorney in Spain, suing the Spanish government for compensation and demanding that the students be allowed to return to the competition. The Spanish construction ministry reportedly tried to fight the petition, but after realizing they were going to lose embarrassingly, they decided to admit that they had discriminated against the students and the university and offered to pay 430,000 shekels in compensation. That amount was recently transferred to the university nuary 06, 2016

New Israeli Treatment For Fibromyalgia Helped 100% Of Sufferers In New Stud

A clinical trial involving women diagnosed with fibromyalgia showed the painful condition improved in every one of the 48 who completed two months of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Brain scans of the women before and after treatment gave credence to the theory that abnormal conditions in pain-related areas of the brain may be responsible for the syndrome. Above: The interior of a hyperbaric chamber at the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research in Israel, used to treat patients with fibromyalgia in a recent trial. Courtesy of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicineand Research The interior of a hyperbaric chamber at the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research in Israel, used to treat patients with fibromyalgia in a recent trial. Courtesy of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research – See more at: Hyperbaric Hope For Fibromyalgia Sufferers Mike Williams • Rice University Rice University part of Israel study to test novel treatment for little-understood condition Women who suffer from fibromyalgia benefit from a treatment regimen in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, according to researchers at Rice University and institutes in Israel. A clinical trial involving women diagnosed with fibromyalgia showed the painful condition improved in every one of the 48 who completed two months of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Brain scans of the women before and after treatment gave credence to the theory that abnormal conditions in pain-related areas of the brain may be responsible for the syndrome. Results of the study appear in the open-access journal PLOS One. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that can be accompanied by – and perhaps related to – other physical and mental conditions that include fatigue, cognitive impairment, irritable bowel syndrome and sleep disturbance. More than 90 percent of those diagnosed with the syndrome are women, said Eshel Ben-Jacob, a lead author of the proof-of-concept study who developed the analytical method used to show the association between patients’ improvement and changes in their brains. He is an adjunct professor of biosciences at Rice University, a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and a professor of physics and member of the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. “Symptoms in about 70 percent of the women who took part have to do with the interpretation of pain in their brains,” Ben-Jacob said. “They’re the ones who showed the most improvement with hyperbaric oxygen treatment. We found significant changes in their brain activity.” Scientists have not pinned down the syndrome’s cause, although another recent PLOS One study identified a possible RNA-based biomarker for its diagnosis. A variety of treatments from drugs to lifestyle changes have been tried to relieve patients’ suffering, with limited success, Ben-Jacob said. “Most people have never heard of fibromyalgia,” he said. “And many who have, including some medical doctors, don’t admit that this is a real disorder. I learned from my M.D. friends that this is not the only case in which disorders that target mainly women raise skepticism in the medical community as to whether they’re real or not. However, these days there are increasing efforts to understand the effect of gender on body disorders.” your medical guide December2015

ApiFix® Reports “Substantial Reduction” of Scoliosis Curvature at One-to-Th

July 13, 2015 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time CHARLESTON, S.C. & MISGAV, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ApiFix® Ltd. announced today that the company’s ApiFix® system, which has now been used to correct scoliosis in 50 adolescents since the system was approved for marketing in Europe, continues to demonstrate impressive results at one-to-three years of follow-up with 25 of these patients. “Scoliosis curve correction at one-to-three years follow-up is substantial for these adolescents. Equally important, patients are pain-free and happy with their new back shape. No implant failure has been observed,” said Prof. Yizhar Floman, M.D., principal investigator for the ApiFix® clinical study. ApiFix® is a commercial-stage company that has developed the CE-marked ApiFix® System — a non-fusion minimally invasive treatment alternative for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS). Scoliosis surgery is the most invasive procedure in spine. The average procedure fuses 10 vertebrae together using 20 screws, resulting in significant and permanent loss of spine mobility. “There is a dire need for an alternative to today’s standard for scoliosis correction in adolescents 12 to 18 years old, the age when rapid growth typically occurs,” said Uri Arnin, CEO, headquartered in Misgav, Israel. “In 80 percent of these children, the cause of their scoliosis is ‘idiopathic’, or unknown. While the reduction in spine mobility is certainly a difficult consequence of long spinal fusions, which are the gold standard of treating scoliosis today, other critically important negative consequences include high chance for back pain and additional spine surgery during the first 20 years post-original surgery.” “Now, there’s the ApiFix system,” added Ted Bird, Chairman, based in Charleston, S.C., USA. “It is approved for sale in Europe. We are currently raising funding in order to fast-forward our sales-and-marketing efforts to launch a device that is designed to be a new standard for correcting scoliosis in adolescents.” A clinical study of The ApiFix® System led by Prof. Yizhar Floman, M.D. past President of the Israel Spine Society, published this year in the peer-reviewed medical journal Scoliosis concluded that “there are many drawbacks to the current gold standard of AIS surgery, which are almost nonexistent with the use of ApiFix: considerable blood loss leading to blood transfusions, neurologic deficit including spinal cord lesions, late infections, pseudoarthrosis, limitation of spinal motion also affecting non-fused levels, back pain and disc degeneration in the non-fused spinal segments. Almost all of these complications can be avoided by the use of Apifix.” Contacts Ronald Trahan Associates Ronald Trahan, APR, +1 508-359-4005, x108

Israel Ranks In Top Ten

Israel is the sixth-healthiest country in the world and is the only Middle Eastern country in the top 10, according to recent world health rankings by media outlet Bloomberg and reported in British newspaper The Independent. The rankings, which compiled data from the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization, placed Singapore in first place of 145 countries, with a "health grade" of 89.45 percent. Italy came in second, followed by Australia, Switzerland and Japan. After Israel came Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. The United Kingdom ranked 21st and the United States 33rd. The U.S. came in after Costa Rica (No. 24), Denmark (26), Cuba (28) and the United Arab Emirates (30). Russia was in 97th place and Iraq in 98th. In last place was Swaziland, with a health grade of only 0.26 percent. The rankings were determined using a points system for positive and negative indicators of health, including life expectancy from birth, smoking rates among young people, and immunization rates.

Israeli health innovation startups wow at medical device conference in San

By Viva Sarah Press | October 20, 2015, 2:39 pm MobileODT, the company that uses mobile phones to detect cancer and other diseases, is this year’s winner of the 2015 MedTech Innovator competition. The Israeli startup beat out 300 early medtech startups from around the world and took home the cash prize of $200,000. The MedTech winners were announced recently at the AdvaMed 2015 conference in San Diego, tipped as one the leading gatherings of medical technology professionals in North America. Briteseed, an American medical diagnostic imaging company, won second place and a $50,000 cash prize. MedAware, the Israeli company that leverages big data and sophisticated algorithms to stop prescription errors, and uBiome, the San Francisco-based company behind a self-sampling microbiome testing service, were runners up in the contest. The four finalists presented their companies and the winner was selected by live audience vote.

High-pressure oxygen for fibromyalgia

Israeli study finds new treatment for pain syndrome reduces or eliminates need for medication. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are used in many countries to treat patients with embolisms, burns, carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness. Now, an Israeli study shows that the high-pressure pure oxygen treatments are also helpful for people who suffer from fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome affecting an estimated one in 70 Americans, most of them women. The study, published recently in the journal PLoS ONE, describes how the researchers were able to map the malfunctioning brain regions responsible for the syndrome, and used hyperbaric oxygen treatment to drastically reduce, or even eliminate, the need for pain medication. “As a physician, the most important finding for me is that 70 percent of the patients could recover from their fibromyalgia symptoms,” said Dr. Shai Efrati, director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research and head of R&D at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin, and a faculty member at the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University (TAU). Fibromyalgia can be triggered by head trauma, a neurological infection or severe emotional stress, and causes symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, memory loss and mood swings. Few therapies have been found to be effective in assuaging its symptoms. “It means that brain repair, including neuronal regeneration, is possible even for chronic, long-lasting pain syndromes.” Efrati and his team exposed study participants to two months of hyberbaric oxygen therapy. They found significant changes in the brain activity and symptoms of 70 percent of participants. The trial involved 60 women who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia at least two years earlier. Half of the 48 patients who completed the therapy received 40 hyperbaric oxygen treatments — 90-minute treatments exposing patients to pure oxygen at twice the atmospheric pressure, five days a week over the course of two months. Not just treating symptoms The successful treatment enabled patients to drastically reduce or even eliminate their use of pain medications. “The intake of the drugs eased the pain but did not reverse the condition. But hyperbaric oxygen treatments did reverse the condition,” said Efrati, who added that the findings are significant enough to warrant further study. “Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are designed to address the actual cause of fibromyalgia — the brain pathology responsible for the syndrome,” he said. “It means that brain repair, including neuronal regeneration, is possible even for chronic, long-lasting pain syndromes, and we can and should aim for that in any future treatment development.” The researchers did find some discrepancies among patients depending on the origin of the condition. When fibromyalgia was triggered by a traumatic brain injury, for example, they witnessed a complete resolution without any need for further treatment. But when the trigger was attributed to other causes, such as fever-related diseases, patients required periodic maintenance therapy. The researchers are continuing to conduct comprehensive studies on the renewal of brain tissue under hyperbaric conditions. A previous study led by Efrati and the late Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob, published in the same journal in 2013, showed that hyperbaric oxygen therapy increased neuronal activity in post-stroke patients and may be effective in treating and preventing many other brain disorders. The current study was carried out by Efrati, Ben-Jacob and scientists affiliated with TAU, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University, Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Ashkelon Academic College, Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot and Rice University in Texas. Israel 21c

Israeli Researcher Makes Key Breakthrough In Combating Antibiotic Resistanc

By NoCamels Team June 09, 2015 0 Comments At its annual assembly in Geneva last week, the World Health Organization approved a radical and far-reaching plan to slow the rapid, extensive spread of antibiotic resistance around the world. The plan hopes to curb the rise caused by an unchecked use of antibiotics and lack of new antibiotics on the market. Now Tel Aviv University research published in PNAS introduces a promising new tool: a two-pronged system to combat this dangerous situation. The system wipes out antibiotic resistance in selected bacteria, and renders other bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics. The research, led by Prof. Udi Qimron is based on bacterial viruses called “phages”, which transfer “edited” DNA into resistant bacteria to kill off resistant strains and make others more sensitive to antibiotics. According to the researchers, the system, if ultimately applied to pathogens on hospital surfaces or medical personnel’s hands, could turn the tide on untreatable, often lethal bacterial infections. “Since there are only a few pathogens in hospitals that cause most of the antibiotic-resistance infections, we wish to specifically design appropriate sensitization treatments for each one of them,” Prof. Qimron says. “We will have to choose suitable combinations of DNA-delivering phages that would deliver the DNA into pathogens, and the suitable combination of ‘killing’ phages that could select the re-sensitized pathogens.” “Antibiotic-resistant pathogens constitute an increasing threat because antibiotics are designed to select resistant pathogens over sensitive ones,” Prof. Qimron says. “The injected DNA does two things: It eliminates the genes that cause resistance to antibiotics, and it confers protection against lethal phages. “We managed to devise a way to restore antibiotic sensitivity to drug-resistant bacteria, and also prevent the transfer of genes that create that resistance among bacteria,” he continues. Earlier research by Prof. Qimron revealed that bacteria could be sensitized to certain antibiotics — and that specific chemical agents could “choose” those bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics. His strategy harnesses the CRISPR-Cas system — a bacterial DNA-reprogramming system Prof. Qimron pioneered — as a tool to expand on established principles. According to the researchers, “selective pressure” exerted by antibiotics renders most bacteria resistant to them — hence the epidemic of lethal resistant infections in hospitals. No counter-selection pressure for sensitization of antibiotics is currently available. Prof. Qimron’s strategy actually combats this pressure — selecting for the population of pathogens exhibiting antibiotic sensitivity. “We believe that this strategy, in addition to disinfection, could significantly render infections once again treatable by antibiotics,” said Prof. Qimron. Prof. Qimron and his team are now poised to apply the CRISPR/phage system onpseudomonas aeruginosa — one of the world’s most prevalent antibiotic-resistant pathogens involved in hospital-acquired infections — and to test whether bacterial sensitization works in a more complex microbial environment: the mouse cage. Prof. Qimron is a member of the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine.

Researchers at Israel's Weitzman Institute First

To Grow Immune System Cells In Lab by ISRAEL21c | 05.21.15 5:55 pm The global science community is looking to Rehovot, where a team of Israeli scientists at the Weizmann Institute managed to grow lymphatic cells in the lab for the first time ever. For over a century, scientists have debated the origins of the lymphatic system—a parallel system to the blood vessels that serves as a conduit for everything from immune cells to fat molecules to cancer cells. This issue has now been resolved by Dr. Karina Yaniv of the Weizmann Institute’s Biological Regulation Department. In a study reported in Nature, Yaniv and her team revealed how the lymphatic system develops in the embryo. In the initial stages of the research project, Yaniv’s team members Julian Nicenboim and Dr. Guy Malkinson obtained images of developing zebrafish embryos, whose transparent bodies make it possible to document embryonic development in real time over several days. The scientists then played the movies backward, to identify the point at which the lymphatic system began to form. To their surprise, they discovered that the cells that give rise to lymphatic vessels always originated in the same part of the embryo’s major vein. In that spot, the scientists found a niche of angioblasts, the same cells that a hundred years earlier were thought to be the source of lymph vessels, but were later neglected by researchers. An in-depth genetic analysis, performed with the participation of graduate students Tal Lupo and Lihee Asaf, pointed to a gene called WNT5B, which was revealed to be the factor prompting stem cells to differentiate into lymphatic cells. When postdoctoral fellow Dr. Yogev Sela added WNT5B to human embryonic stem cells, these cells indeed differentiated into lymphatic cells—the first time such cells had been grown in the lab. “We started out by imaging zebrafish, and ended up finding a factor that makes it possible to create lymphatic cells,” said Yaniv. “That’s the beauty of research in developmental biology: The embryo holds the answers, and all we have to do is watch and learn.” The new research not only answers a longstanding question of how the lymph system arises, but can also provide important insights into disease, from metastasis to the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluids, particularly in the wake of surgery to remove cancerous tumors. The research was performed in collaboration with the laboratories of Prof. Itai Yanai from the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Dr. Jacob Hanna of Weizmann’s Molecular Genetics Department, and Prof. Nathan Lawson of the University of Massachusetts.


The BDS supporters do not hesitate to make use of the medical discoveries and services of Israeli and other Jewish doctors and institutions. Following is a very abbreviated list: Blood group identification for blood transfusion, Smallpox eradication, Penicillin, Diphtheria & Tetanus Antitoxin, Hepatitis-B Vaccine, Mammograms, Polio Vaccine, Polio vaccine, Aspirin, Warfarin (prevention of heart attacks & strokes), Cancer chemotherapy, Breaking the genetic code, Nuclear magnetic resonance, Flexible endoscope, Streptomycin (Tuberculosis), Cancer chemotherapy, Lasik eye surgery, Cardiac defibrillator, Controlled chlorination of drinking water supplies, Medical treatment at Israeli hospitals: Over 1500 wounded Syrians, Treated daughter of a high Hamas leader, Treated niece of Ayatollah Khomeini for reproductive issues and many more. It has been estimated that, depending on the assumptions used, the number of lives saved by Israeli and other Jewish discoveries has been 2.8-4.3 BILLION!! For more information, see

Israel’s Exelon inventor sees an end to Alzheimer’s

BY DAVID SHAMAH April 22, 2015, 5:08 pm 9 Dr. Marta Weinstock-Rosin, inventor of Exelon, a drug that improves memory and slows its decline in subjects with Alzheimer’s disease, is a big believer in the ability of medical science to help people live longer and better-quality lives. Alzheimer’s is a modern phenomenon; 100 years ago you never saw people like that, because they all died of other diseases before the brain degenerated.”And eventually, she believes, a preventive treatment will be found for Alzheimer’s and the other maladies of the brain, along with cancer, heart disease, and the other great medical challenges of the modern era. Exelon, the drug she created to treat Alzheimer’s, is just the beginning. “A young person today may live to see a time when Alzheimer’s and many of the other great challenges are preventable,” she said.Rivastigmine, commercially known as Exelon, is one of the most important drugs to have emerged from Israeli medical research labs in recent years. In recognition of this fact, its chief developer, Weinstock-Rosin, was awarded the Israel Prize for Medicine last year for her work. In many ways, Exelon, and its inventor, paved new paths in Israeli medicine, and Israeli society. Weinstock-Rosin, who is Orthodox, was born in Vienna and fled with her family to Britain in 1939, narrowly escaping from the Nazis. She came to Israel with her family in 1969, and became a professor at Hebrew University in 1981. In 1983, she became head of the Pharmacology department at the Hebrew University (now part of the Institute for Drug Research) in the Faculty of Medicine.Weinstock-Rosin’s drug Rivastigmine was incorporated by Novartis into the Exelon Patch, the first and only FDA-approved skin patch for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, in which many researchers believe the cognitive decline results from a loss a brain neural transmitter called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is necessary for communication between nerve cells. Rivastigmine prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine by an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase. Weinstock-Rosin’s research showed that by so doing it can slow the progress of memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.As there currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s, Exelon is considered one of the more effective treatments for the disease. Used by patients either twice a day in capsules or once a day in patch form, Novartis sold more than $1 billion worth of Exelon in 2013.Novartis acquired Exelon from the Hebrew University’s technology transfer company, Yissum, which since 1964 has established numerous companies based on research done by Hebrew U scientists, including road safety innovator Mobileye. Altogether, products based on Hebrew University technologies that have been commercialized by Yissum generate $2 billion in annual sales. Weinstock-Rosin’s current research involves a drug called Ladostigil, originally developed together with Prof. Moussa Youdim of the Technion and Teva pharmaceuticals to treat Alzheimers like rivastigmine. Weinstock-Rosin discovered that at a much lower dose it can prevent the deterioration of memory in aging rats by a different mechanism of action and may also be able to do this in mild cognitive impairment (MCI), an early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The drug is now undergoing a three-year Phase II clinical trial in Israel and Europe in subjects with MCI for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.For doctors, researching diseases of the brain is the next great challenge, said Weinstock-Rosin. “We have done a great deal to keep people alive longer, but now we have to help them live better-quality lives by discovering ways to slow down or even prevent mental deterioration. What good will it be to live to be 150 but without mental faculties?”

Israeli-American Team Unveils Revolutionary Drug in Fight Against Skin Canc

Team member Jacob Schachter of Sheba Medical Center believes the new treatment 'will turn melanoma into a treatable chronic disease.' Nechama Duek Published: 06.08.14, 16:32 / Israel Culture A groundbreaking biological treatment for cancer jointly developed by Israeli and American researchers has been presented at an international conference on cancer research in Chicago. "This medicine is a miracle cure - it's a real breakthrough," says Prof. Jacob Schachter, head of research and treatment of melanoma and skin cancer at Sheba Medical Center, who is part of the international research team for the medicine. The new treatment comes from the field of immunotherapy, which helps the immune system fight cancer, unlike chemotherapy, which attacks the tumor itself. There are various types of cancerous tumors, such as melanoma, that use a "shield" to protect themselves from being identified by the immune system. The new medicine paralyzes this type of screening mechanism, so the immune system can recognize the cancer and attack it. The results of the international research suggest that using the medicine Pembrolizumab, also known as MK-3475, yields impressive survival rates in patients with advanced cancer, with 69 percent surviving one year and 63 percent surviving 18 months. Without this treatment, patients with metastatic melanoma die from the disease within 4-5 months, after reaching stage four cancer. The research tested 41,818 patients, 1,800 of them in Israel. The research took place over a decade, while the clinical stage took four years. The new medicine, which belongs to a new generation of biological drugs, yielded extraordinary results to the point that the FDA approved it for "compassionate use" (the use of an investigational drug outside a clinical trial by patients with life-threatening conditions) and it will be given for free to terminally ill patients. It is also be fast tracked for approval, which is expected by October. "One of my patients who suffered metastatic melanoma in very critical condition entered the trial, and within six weeks his body was completely clean of cancer," said Schachter. He stressed that because of the biological nature of the drug; its side effects are minimal and allows patients optimal quality of life. Merck, the American company that developed the drug, has a department in Israel called MSD, which operates a research division working in tandem with medical centers in Israel."We are on our way to turn melanoma a treatable chronic disease," said Schachter. "We are also seeing positive results in other types of cancer such as the urinary bladder, head neck and lungs". Prof. Alise Reicin, who heads the American team that developed the drug, termed it "definitely a breakthrough in the war against cancer". Thousands of doctors and researchers from around the world attended the conference of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, an annual event focusing on the latest medicine and research in cancer treatment. A significant number of this year's lectures were dedicated to research in biological medicine and immunotherapy, which are seen as the new generation of cancer treatment

Successful Kosher Food & Wine Experience in US, Europe, and Israel "Getting the Message Out" Says Kedem The 9th annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience sponsored by Kedem (Royal Wine Corporation)takes place this evening at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. More than 1,000 bottles of wines and spirits from the US, France , Israel, and other fine wine regions around the world will be sampled. Initially held only in New York, the event has expanded to such cities as Miami, Paris, Tel Aviv and London. Nathan Herzog, the Executive Vice President for Royal Wines says that “ each event has its own flavor and we always make sure to get kosher winemakers from all over the globe so people can talk directly with them”. He adds “it’s the best vehicle to get the message directly to the consumers of the great kosher wines available today”. The KFWE in New York is divided into two parts, the first for trade and professionals and the second for some 1800 food connoisseurs who in addition to the wines can taste great foods from some of the New York region’s finest restaurants and caterers. Last week, more than 800 people attended a similar event in London. Wines from Israel are very much in demand - there is a lot of interest, many new wines and vintages, and a lot of growth and movement, states Jay Buchsbaum, VP marketing and Director of Wine Education, the Royal Wine Corporation /Kedem. “The single strongest growth area in the kosher wine world is Israel, hands down. We almost can’t bring it in fast enough and some of the wineries can’t produce enough volume to satisfy the U.S demand”. To date Royal Wine offers more than 20 different Israeli wineries in its portfolio. Kosher wine in America is big business – upwards of $28 million in sales, according to estimates made several years ago. kosher Today

New Jersey Rabbi develops app to support Israeli products

A free application for those who want to support Israel by helping Israeli made products is now downloadable for all major smart phones. The new app, Am Yisrael Buy was created by Rabbi Daniel M. Cohen, spiritual leader of Temple Sharey Tefilo- – Israel in South Orange New Jersey. “There is an international movement called BDS – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – aimed at boycotting Israel and its products” said Cohen. “The movement demonizes Israel and has, as some of its leading proponents, anti—Semites whose ultimate goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. When I learned there are BDS apps that make it easier to boycott Israeli products and goods and spread their hatred, and then found there was no commensurate Pro – Israel app, I just had to act. That was the impetus for creating Am Yisrael Buy.” Initially Rabbi Cohen turned to some of his colleagues in the rabbinic community to see if they would join him in helping to promote an app for Israel. Once they agreed, he contacted a developer to help him create the app. The developer had some good ideas but was moving too slowly, so Rabbi Cohen decided to create it himself using a template – driven app development software tool. He taught himself to use the interface and Am Yisrael Buy was born. The app offers a list of Israeli made products, and where to buy them, as well as additional ways to support Israel. “As I was putting together the list I realized there were other ways to support Israel, so I added a section with some of the media outlets that cover Israel, outlets that help expose media bias against Israel, and included a number of ways people can donate to Pro – Israel organizations.” Added Cohen Jewish Advocate 10/10/14

Online Gift Stores Fight Boycott of Israel

With the continued growth of online shopping, Israeli online gift stores are spending more and promoting their products abroad in an effort to encourage Jews and non-Jews around the world to support Israel's economy - and challenge the BDS campaign against Israel. They are marking their products with "Made in Israel" in a clear sign for buyers to know of the Israeli designers. While much of the cheaper products are manufactured in China, many of the fine arts and crafts are produced in Israel. IsraelGiftStore - Shop Now The BDS boycott, divesture and sanctions campaign waged against Israel has steadily advanced around the world. However, in the past 3 years, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics reports there has been an increase in exports each year between 3-6%. This is good news for the online stores which are targeting new markets. The focus of these Israeli web stores has been moving to markets beyond the Jewish community including the Christian supporters, and countries in Latin America and Asia which have strong economies. For these, the emphasis tends to be more with products from the Holy land, but not necessarily religious items. Many Jewish and Christian organizations and individuals are vocally advocating for Israel, but most still shop in their local communities (where much is imported from Asia) or online for the best price. The online stores are suggesting that the priority should be "buying blue and white". One such company, carries only products that are designed and manufactured in Israel, including the packaging. It brands its products as higher quality with lower margins and quick service to encourage the online shopping experience. IsraelGiftStore - Shop Now "We started the Israel Gift Store after seeing the force of the BDS campaign and the growing divestures of companies doing business with Israel. We felt we needed to take a proactive stance to show the amazing creativity, diversity and culture of our country. We do this through beautiful products, and through our promotions," said Tali Omer, founder of the Israel Gift Store. "It's a whole new ballgame with the social media promotions, and not any less expensive than operating a physical store. But the rewards for promoting Israel abroad are so much greater," Tali explains. The international reach of the online stores has the added advantage of fewer peaks and valleys in sales. Holidays and special events in other countries and cultures occur regularly, to create a more even ordering for manufacturers. With the statistics proving positive, the advantages of the online gift stores work both for the economy, the producers and the consumers. Thank you! We appreciate your business and your support of Israel. Tali Omer Israel Gift Store

Christians United For Israel

ornament 2014 Dear Friend , Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States with over one million members and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. We have only 25 staff, but serve over one million members and conduct over 40 pro-Israel events every month. Statement of Purpose The purpose of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) is to provide a national association through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues. BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is the latest effort to attack the Jewish people and delegitimize the Jewish State. The people promoting BDS are Israel haters who are trying to treat Israel like apartheid South Africa. They're hoping you'll forget that Israel is one of the most racially diverse countries in the world. They're hoping you'll not know that the freest Arabs in the Middle East are the Arab citizens of the Jewish State of Israel. They're hoping you won't see in their boycott of Jewish products and scholars a parallel to the Nazi boycott of Jewish merchants and academics decades ago. We are pushing back against the boycott of Israeli goods by purchasing Israeli goods. That's why our CUFI Christmas ornament is made in Israel! For your gift of $20 or more you receive a silver made in Israel CUFI Christmas Ornament. Or for your gift of $35 or more you will receive both the silver and gold made in Israel CUFI Christmas ornaments. May God Bless You and Those that You Love, Pastor John Hagee David Brog Chairman Executive Director Stand with Israel - Donate now!

Friends of Israel

Monna Young Nov 11th, 2:14pm If you've never heard of us before: Hello from Sussex Friends of Israel! We are a group who have just started up in response to intense and aggressive demonstrations in our town, by the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement outside shops that sell Israeli produce. Upset and disturbed by weekly harassment, chanting and shouting of lies and hatred by these activists outside these shops, members of the Jewish and Christian community of Brighton began a counter-protest, forming the group which is now known as Sussex Friends of Israel. We've just passed our second anniversary since we first started counter-protesting against the BDS, giving out pro-Israel leaflets, holding our own rallies, talking and engaging the public and giving them another narrative and another side to the story. Members from all religions and backgrounds have thanked us for being a presence in Brighton, UK,, not only because they have also experienced harassment by the BDS and other groups, but because they feel marginalised and threatened by such a divisive, loud and aggressive movement on their streets. Would you visit and Like (or/and Share?) our page and thus support our small but ever growing online community which aims to promote and share the truth about Israel and the wider Jewish Community? Here is Sussex Friends of Israel’s link!

How Can You Help Israel?

During these difficult times, when we can give less to help others, the Israeli organizations that rely on U.S. donations are struggling like never before. The drop in the value of the U.S. dollar means charitable donations buy far less than in the recent past. And with food prices soaring worldwide, the numbers of truly poor, keep rising. The ripple effect from the U.S. financial crisis is devastating to charities and businesses in Israel. Israel's economy has recovered admirably, but there is still suffering and crushing poverty in much of the country. Self defense is expensive. Rebuilding war-ravaged lives, homes and businesses requires support. Most social services have been reduced drastically. Over 1.6 million people in Israel live below the poverty line. One in every three Israeli children is growing up poor- without enough food, without dental care, or shoes that fit. This store is our small attempt to make a difference. Our goal is to make high quality Israeli products easier to find and purchase for U.S. consumers. We urge our customers to support both America and Israel by purchasing MADE IN U.S.A. and MADE IN ISRAEL products whenever possible. Conscious spending for everyday needs in this way helps good people keep their jobs. It is a simple way to help counter the economic damage done by terrorists. Our warehouse is in Baltimore, so you wont have to wait weeks or pay exhorbitant shipping rates to buy MADE IN ISRAEL items. Please browse through our wonderful selection of THOUSANDS of useful, affordable and beautiful items, with favorite brands like Ahava, Dr. Fischer, Elite, Osem, Halutza, Neca 7, Ayala Bar, Yair Emanuel, Natural Formula, Safed Candles, and with hard-to-find items from small manufacturers and artists too. 100% of net profits from our internet sales are donated to Israeli charities.


Malka Beer has become the first brand of Israeli craft beer to become available in the United States, and Illinois is now one of the first US markets to support it, distributed by Chicago owned and operated Louis Glunz Beer and imported by Sublime Imports. Located in the upper Galilee town of Yehiam (pronounced YEH-HEE-YAHM), at the foot of the 12th century Montfort Castle, Malka is one of the first micro-breweries in Israel. Malka maintains a tradition of hand-crafting small batches of beer, specializing in traditional Belgian, German, and English styles while imparting a local Israeli twist-using natural water from the Ga�aton Springs and local flavors. You can discover more about Malka Beer via their website: Questions about where to find Malka Beer can be directed to your favorite local craft beer retailer and/or their distributor: Louis Glunz Beer via phone or email: (847) 676-9500 and

American Business Thrives in Israel

Amazon announced during a visit to Israel in October ,"We are setting up in Israel to support our cloud activity". Amazon's service and sales center, to open in 2014, will also service the Middle East and Africa. General Motors' Israel R&D facility is working on a self driving, self parking car that decreases the number of auto accidents. Asurion Corporation, a provider of technical support to the wireless phone industry, brought Israeli high-tech startup Soluto for$130 million. (Assaf Glad, Al-Monitor; David Shamah, Times of Israel; Orr Hirschauge, Ha'aretz)


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