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Type 1 diabetes treatment success. Clinical trials of Alpha 1 Antitrypsin (AAT), developed by Dr Eli Lewis of Ben Gurion University, reduced insulin dependence in Type 1 diabetes sufferers and cured several of the disease. Some physicians are now prescribing AAT as an off-label treatment ahead of FDA approval.
Israel honors Israeli-Arab volunteers. 700 Israeli-Arab volunteers gathered in Karmiel for a celebratory, upbeat and heartwarming event to show them appreciation. Congratulations and affection was showered upon the plucky volunteers who resist blatant bullying in order to perform civic service inside their communities.
IDF Diversity Week. Every year, thousands of minority recruits join the Israel Defense Forces. Immigrants have brought their unique culture and traditions from their countries of origin. The IDF also contains hundreds of Bedouin, Circassians, Druze, Arab Christians and Arab Muslims who want to serve their country.
Finland looks to Israel for inspiration. Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen is determined to overhaul his economy, and cites Israel’s success as a “start-up” nation brimming with high-tech innovation as his model. Meanwhile, Finland has been purchasing millions of Euros of Israeli technology.
What does everyone want? Israeli Technology. Israeli PM Netanyahu told the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations that all visiting foreign Heads of State have been asking for three things: Israeli technology, Israeli technology and Israeli technology.
Most innovative app. 190 Israeli companies presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Israel’s PointGrab won “most innovative app” with CamMe that lets users make gestures to take “selfies” (photographs of themselves) from their iPhone from up to 16 feet away. Israel’s EverythingMe was also one of five finalists.
Clean water for Angola. Amiad Water Systems won a $1.1 million contract to supply 50 filtration systems to a project providing clean drinking water in Angola. Meanwhile the Israeli government honored Amiad an Outstanding Exporter award for exporting products totaling $83 million in 2012.
Here come the birds. A recent IBA broadcast featuring some of the 1 billion feathered visitors to Israel.
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