The Two Words the PLO Doesn’t Want the Media to Use

It’s Judaism’s holiest site — but reporters are being told not to call it by its Jewish name.

Temple Mount compound with The Dome of the Rock

Temple Mount compound with The Dome of the Rock

TheBlaze (Nov 9) — The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has issued an advisory to the international media expressing “concern” over reporters’ widespread use of the term “Temple Mount” which it called “inaccurate” when referring to the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site in the Jewish faith.

Instead, it suggested reporters use the term the “Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound.”

The official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA Saturday reported on the advisory which was issued on Wednesday by the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department.

“All international media representatives are advised to adhere to international law and correct any other existing terminology used,” read the statement. “The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is not a disputed territory and all other terms, therefore, are null and void.”

Supporters of Israel – and even some journalists – have contended that Palestinian officials, including from Hamas, have tried to hide information and intimidate reporters in an effort to secure more favorable coverage.

The pro-Israel media watchdog, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), called the PLO advisory the latest attempt “to erase the perception among the public of Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and to Jerusalem.”

“It remains to be seen which international media outlets will dutifully follow these marching orders,” CAMERA sarcastically noted.

The PLO media advisory did not once refer to the Jewish connection to the site. The Temple Mount is believed to be where both the First and Second Temples once stood, and Jews worldwide pray in its direction.

… Also absent from the advisory was any mention of Palestinians throwing rocks and firecrackers from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque at Israeli police as documented in video posted of clashes last week.

During the summer hostilities, the Foreign Press Association issued a protest about harassment and threats international journalists working in Gaza faced. The use of reporters as human shields was documented when Palestinian terrorists were seen launching rockets next to live network television positions.

The PLO advisory came one week after the shooting of Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent advocate for the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount who was shot at point-blank range by a Palestinian gunman.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a condolence letter to the family of the gunman, Mu’taz Hijazi who was killed in a subsequent shootout with Israeli police, praising him as a “martyr” who was “defending the rights of our people and its holy places.”

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 25th May 2014

From the free weekly newsletter verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

In the 25th May 2014 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

  • Bone grown in an Israeli laboratory was transplanted back into the original donor.
  • Israel has sent medical and humanitarian aid to Serbian flood victims.
  • Two Israeli companies have joined forces to develop night-vision display glasses.
  • A new Israeli robot can clear landmines without human intervention.
  • France’s top association of cheese makers has recognized Israeli boutique cheese.
  • Novak Djokovic and Billie Jean King have invested in an Israeli tennis training system.
  • This year’s Israel Festival in Jerusalem promises to be the best yet.
  • Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv won the Euroleague Basketball Championships.
ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
 
First-ever bone graft, using bone grown in lab.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) A human patient with deficient jawbone has received a successful bone transplant using bone grown by Israel’s Bonus BioGroup using the patient’s own fat cells. The company expects the graft to be fully tolerated, without immunological rejection.
 
Protein could reverse Alzheimer’s damage.  A protein discovered by a Tel Aviv University research team may reverse the damage caused by Alzheimer’s.  Laboratory tests showed that TAU (tubulin-associated unit) restored levels of the dementia-protecting protein NAP.  It also restored disease-shrunken brains to normal size.
 
Protecting the brain during heart operations.  Israeli biotech Keystone Heart’s TriGuard is a cerebral protection device specifically designed to minimize the risk of brain damage during heart valve replacements and other cardiovascular procedures.  Keystone has just raised $14 million of investment funding.
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
 
PA and Gaza farmers learn Israeli techniques.  Palestinian Arab farmers participated in a five-day course in post-harvest techniques held at the Volcani Institute, within the Israeli Agriculture Ministry complex in Beit Dagan.  The farmers explored a variety of issues related to the packing and storage of fruits and vegetables.
 
Sheriff surprised by Israel.  Virginia State Sheriff Danny Diggs was one of 17 National Sheriff’s Association members visiting Israel for the first time. He said, “You saw people in traditional Muslim attire, traditional Jewish attire and in modern clothing walking along the street, working side-by-side and coexisting”.
 
Arabs want Israeli justice system.  Three Arab writers admired Israel for jailing ex-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert.  No similar result would have occurred in Arab countries.  One said, “Law is above all and this is real democracy. Israel is the only real democracy in the Middle East.”
Israel sends aid to Serbian flood victims.  Israel has sent 1.5 million tons of medical and humanitarian aid to Serbia.  The first shipment of emergency aid included medicine, food, blankets and rain gear.  Israel is due to send more aid, including water pumps. The second link includes both aid to Serbia and to other disaster areas.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
 
Israeli glasses can see in the dark.  “Lumus” and “Opgal“, two cutting-edge Israeli optics companies, have collaborated to develop a Google Glass-style night-vision display system. The Therm-App mobile device, mounted on headgear, transmits high-resolution images to the Lumus wearable display.
 
Blazing performance.  Israel’s BlazeMeter has developed a cloud-based platform for self-testing of mobile and Internet performance.  Its systems include the JMeter mobile testing platform and have conducted more than 500,000 tests over 50,000 users, including Fortune 100 companies.  It has just raised $6.5 million in finance.
 
Joint cyber defense research with the UK.  Britain’s Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance and Israel’s National Cyber Bureau have signed a pact in London to finance joint cyber defense research. 
Robot to clear landmines.  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has presented SAHAR – an autonomous robotic route clearance system.  The system handles functions such as environmental terrain mapping, surveillance, removal of roadblocks, and disposal of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS
 
National debt ratio falls again.  Israel’s debt-to-GDP ratio – the most important index for measuring a country’s fiscal and financial soundness – fell to 66.1% in 2013 from 67.1% in 2012.  In 2006 the ratio was 82% and in 2002 it was over 100%.  The average debt-to-GDP ratio among developed countries is 108.5%
 
Israel becomes a “big cheese”.  The France-based international cheese makers’ association, La Guilde Internationale des Fromagers, is opening its first office in Israel.  A delegation from the prestigious association awarded membership to chef Meir Adoni, gastronomist Michal Ansky and six local boutique cheese makers.
 
Global Confidence in Israel’s Long-Term Viability.  Ex-Ambassador Yoram Ettinger writes a positive summary of Israel’s recent business and economic activity.
Tennis stars invest in Israeli training system.  World number two tennis player Novak Djokovic and tennis women’s legend Billie Jean King have joined in the latest $3.5 million round of funding into PlaySight Interactive – the Israeli company that has developed the SmartCourt sports analytics system.
CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT
 
Jerusalem Light Festival.  The annual Light in Jerusalem Festival Jun 11-19 is free to the public. Highlights for 2014 include four light trails to follow; Light body designers and amazing street performers; 17-meter high light towers.  The two videos below are of last year’s event.
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Don’t miss the Israel Festival.  (Thanks to www.Janglo.net) The Israel Festival (May 29 – Jun 20) is hosting free jazz and street theatre performances at the First (railway) Station in Jerusalem. Events also take place at Sultan’s Pool, the Israel Museum, the Jerusalem Theater and the Convention Center.
 
Israeli beer.  Please watch this new video and maybe plan a visit to Tel Aviv’s “The Dancing Camel”.
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Maccabi are European Champions.  What was deemed as impossible just a few months ago became a reality on Sunday night, with Maccabi Tel Aviv recording a stunning 98-86 overtime victory over Real Madrid in Milan to claim a sixth European basketball championship title in club history.

Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 18th May 2014

Highlights from the free weekly newsletter at verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

  • Israeli trials show that a synthetic vitamin reduces fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis sufferers.
  • An Israeli is the first female Arab Bedouin doctor in the world.
  • Israel offered to help rescue kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and also trapped Turkish miners.
  • An Israeli company is building a power plant in North Carolina that uses energy from a landfill site.
  • An Israeli smart water filter irrigates trees and plants only when they are thirsty.
  • Egypt wants to buy Israeli natural gas.
  • Hundreds of exhausted migrating birds recover in Eilat.

 

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Vitamin reduces fatigue in MS patients.  Dr Anat Achiron of the Israel’s Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Hashomer has reported that in controlled trials, a synthetic analog of vitamin D significantly reduced fatigue, which is common in patients with multiple sclerosis.  The compound is 1a-hydroxyvitamin D3 (alfacalcidol).

http://eng.sheba.co.il/Sheba_News/412.htm

 

Preventing dangerous growth in heart muscle.  Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered that the protein Erbin is an important brake that helps prevent cardiac hypertrophy – the stage before heart failure when the heart grows in an attempt to increase its output.

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/21138   http://www.pnas.org/content/111/16/5902.abstract

 

Breakthrough in understanding genetic disease.  Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have demonstrated the molecular basis of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) – perhaps the most studied among the class of diseases that involves defects in parental imprinting. PWS is due to a defective gene on chromosome 15.

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/21168

 

The genetic “switch” that thalidomide corrupted.  It is 57 years since the thalidomide tragedy that resulted in thousands of deaths and babies born with severe limb deformities.  Now Tel Aviv University scientists have pinpointed the genetic regulator “switch” responsible p53 and its downstream target gene, MicroRNA34.

http://www.aftau.org/newsroom?b1c560a6-bf84-4a99-94b6-84502b651338

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

 

Special Service.   Teenagers that are unable to join regular Israeli Defense Forces units are not forgotten in the Jewish State.  Please watch, as they (and their parents) are proud to help serve their country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZC42c8lMqg&feature=youtu..be

 

Academic campus for Israel’s haredim.  Rivka Yeruslavsky was born into an Israeli ultra-Orthodox family and studied computer science. She then went on to open the Strauss Campus of Lomda – Israel’s largest vocational institute, designed to bring more haredim into the workforce.

http://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=37&ARTICLE_ID=48774

http://www.strausscampus.co.il/en/    http://docstalk.blogspot.co.il/2012/07/lomda-bridge-to-equal-burden.html

 

Israeli Arabs entrepreneurs get more help.  The Israeli government is offering promising Israeli Arab entrepreneurs and scientists 200 hours of free business consulting, plus research and development grants of up to 85 percent of the funding required to produce their new ideas in the lab.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/05/11/israels-chief-scientist-bringing-innovation-economy-to-israeli-arabs-with-200-hours-start-up-consulting-85-rd-funding-interview/

 

The first female Bedouin doctor is Israeli.  Israel’s Dr. Rania Okby, a specialist in maternal fetal medicine, is the first female Bedouin doctor in the world and a role model for Bedouin women in Israel.

http://www.aabgu.org/media-center/bgu-making-a-difference/bedouin-role-model-rania-okby.html

 

Nigeria thanks Israeli offer to help locate abducted schoolgirls.  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan welcomed the offer by Israel’s Prime Minister to send a team of counter-terrorism experts to assist in the search and rescue operations for nearly 200 Christian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic terrorists Boko Haram.

http://www.jspacenews.com/israel-aid-recovery-276-kidnapped-nigerian-girls/

 

Israel’s MDA offers Turkey help in mining disaster.  Israel’s emergency service Magen David Adom has offered the Turkish Red Crescent assistance after an explosion and fire in a coalmine in the town of Soma that killed more than 200 people.  MDA said they could provide valuable manpower and medical equipment.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Israels-Magen-David-Adom-offers-Turkey-assistance-as-death-toll-in-mine-blast-tops-200-352227

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Transforming phone camera imaging.  Israeli startup Corephotonics has developed a dual-lens phone camera that can produce crystal-clear images on a smartphone even when the zoom function is used.  It uses two 13-megapixel lenses with their own sensors, thus improving low-light performance and producing cleaner images.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-technology-transforms-phone-camera-imaging/

 

Turning waste into energy in North Carolina.  Israel’s Bluesphere is to construct a 5.2-megawatt power plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the fuel for the plant coming from organic waste from the city’s landfill site.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-trash-to-gas-tech-to-make-power-for-nc/

 

Israeli teens take another top international physics prize.  Pupils from Ilan Ramon Youth Physics Center in Beer-Sheva have won their 45th prize in the “First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics” competition.  Israel has won the most prizes since the US-based competition began in 2007 – more than the USA, Russia, South Korea etc.

http://www.aabgu.org/media-center/bgu-making-a-difference/high-schooler-physics-prize.html

 

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

 

UK on-line retailer uses Israeli software.  UK’s online retail giant Shop Direct, based in Liverpool, has teamed up with Israel’s Cimagine Media and yRuler to launch a new service that will allow shoppers to try-out products virtually before they buy them. The brands include Very, Isme and Littlewoods.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/shop-direct-technology-offers-shoppers-7092638

 

El Al boost number of flights from USA by 30%.  El Al Airlines’ Spring schedule now has 31 weekly nonstop flights between North America and Israel.  They include 22 flights from New York (JFK/Newark), five from Los Angeles and four from Toronto, Canada.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4517757,00.html

 

Tourism at new record levels.  (Thanks to algemeiner.com) The number of tourists visiting Israel in April was a record-breaking 385,000 – 9% more than in Apr 2013.  Even after accounting for the Passover/Easter effect, the increase was still 5%.  Over 1 million tourists have visited Israel in 2014 – 16% more than in 2013.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/05/12/april-sees-four-new-records-for-israel-tourism-upward-trend-continues/

 

Finance raised to drill Leviathan gas.  The developers of Israel’s massive natural gas deposits at the Leviathan field have successfully raised the $2billion necessary to continue the project.  Leviathan’s 18 trillion cubic feet of gas should start flowing in 2016, ensuring Israel’s future energy requirements are secure.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2014/05/12/Leviathan-part-of-Israeli-gas-revolution-exec-says/9001399902921/?spt=sec&or=bn

 

First Turkey, now Egypt wants Israeli gas.  Israel’s new found energy resource could be a big peacemaker.  Following Turkey’s announcement that it was buying natural gas from Israel, now Egypt’s suppliers have signed a letter of intent to purchase supplies from Israel.  Israel used to import Egyptian gas but not any more.

http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/Tamar-partners-sign-letter-of-intent-to-supply-gas-to-Egyptian-liquefaction-facility-351430

 

THE JEWISH STATE

 

Green Eilat “saves” hundreds of birds.  The recent sudden heat wave affecting the Middle East took its toll on migrating Corncrakes as they ran out of fat and muscle during their flight from Africa to Europe and Asia.  Luckily they were able to reach Eilat – the first patch of green habitation after endless deserts.

http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/Hundreds-of-Corncrake-birds-land-in-Eilat-due-to-heat-wave-351559

 

The future is bright.  Gideon Israel writes the facts that refute any claims that Israel is isolated.  He cites Israel’s improved relations with China, India, Central Asia, South Korea, the USA, Latin America and eleven European countries. (Without even mentioning friendships with Canada, Australia, Japan, Africa, etc. etc.)

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/gideonisrael/israel-at-66-not-a-pariah-not-isolated/

 

UK Rabbis learn more about Israel.  UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and 49 Orthodox British Rabbis have completed a 4-day mission to Israel.  Northwood Synagogue’s Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman said that the trip would help him communicate to congregants not to be emotional about Israel but to seek more information.

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/118038/we-need-understand-israel-better-says-chief-rabbi-ephraim-mirvis

Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 5th May 2014

Highlights from the free weekly newsletter by verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

V Wave heart device implanted in first patient.  The implant-able shunt developed by Israel’s V Wave treats congestive heart failure patients by reducing pressure on the muscle controlling the blood flow between the heart chambers.  The first patient to receive the shunt is already experiencing an improved condition.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-v-wave-heart-device-implanted-in-first-patient-1000934440

 

Israeli Parkinson’s treatment is used in 40 countries.  Japan’s Takeda has signed a deal to commercialize Teva’s innovative treatment for Parkinson’s disease, rasagiline, for use in Japan.  It follows Takeda’s deal in Dec 2013 to develop Teva’s glatiramer acetate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-takeda-to-sell-teva-parkinsons-treatment-in-japan-1000934433

 

Relief for back pain sufferers.  Israel’s Teva reported success in a Phase III clinical trial for its abuse-deterrent extended-release CEP-33237 treatment for chronic low back pain. The results showed significant improvement as measured by both weekly average Worst Pain Intensity and weekly Average Pain Intensity scores.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-teva-reports-success-in-back-pain-treatment-study-1000935409

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

IDF medics save choking Palestinian Arab baby.  2nd Lt. Ben Tzanani and his medical team rushed to save a one-month old baby from the village of Beitin near Ramallah.  The baby began to choke whilst her sister was playing with her.  Afterwards many Beitin villagers phoned the division headquarters to express their gratitude.

http://www.idfblog.com/2014/04/26/idf-doctor-saves-life-month-old-palestinian-baby/

 

Arab Bedouins protect Israelis border.  Meet Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib, the commander of the Northern Tracking Unit that operates near the Lebanese border and consists only of Muslim Arab Bedouin soldiers.

http://www.jspacenews.com/bedouin-tracking-unit-combats-hezbollah/

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The other Zoabi – the Muslim Arab Zionist.  Muhammad Zoabi is a relative of anti-Zionist MK Hanin Zoabi but their surname is all that’s in common.  Muhammad says, “we are living freedom”, “the Jews are a great nation and they always accept others” and vows to “stand with the Jewish people until the last day of my life.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/179359#.U1zpgaKoVex

 

Where Christians celebrated Easter in the Middle East.  According to David Parsons, media director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Christians living in Israel have much to be thankful for and little to complain about compared to their Christian brethren in neighboring countries.

http://bristolpress.com/articles/2014/04/19/news/doc5351b84ab42dd333983127.txt

 

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

No need for a periscope.  (Thanks to algemeiner.com) Israel Technion researchers have developed a new camera that enables divers and submarines to see above the surface of the water without a periscope.  The Stella Maris (Marine Refractive Imaging Sensor) counters distortions from the dynamic refraction of water waves.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/04/30/israeli-invention-obviates-divers%E2%80%99-need-for-periscopes/

 

If you can imagine it – we can print it.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Industrial designers Oded Marcus and Shaul Cohen have set-up Tel Aviv’s 3D Factory – a three-dimensional printing shop.  It features a do-it-yourself ‘experience store’ where anyone can print an actual object from a computer design.

http://israel21c.org/technology/3d-print-magic-in-israel/

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Israel is “the wi-fi nation”.  It starts when you arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and are treated to free wifi. Then you get on the train; for over a year now, Israel Railways provides free wifi. The Kavim bus to work offers free wifi.  Enter a restaurant in Tel Aviv and you will likely be served free wifi. It’s not the same in Europe or USA.

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israel-the-wifi-nation/

 

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Israel is the place to become a billionaire.  A report by the UK’s Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) shows that after Hong Kong, Israel is the best place to become a “super-entrepreneur”. The CPS report analyzed billionaires on Forbes’ lists of the world’s richest people who earnedtheir fortunes instead of inheriting them.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/report-want-to-be-a-billionaire-come-to-israel/

 

New Trade Offices in Asia, Africa and South America.  Israel will open more trade attaché offices in Asia, Africa, and South America, to follow the growth of its trade balance.  For 2018, Israel forecasts Asia buying 24.5% of its exports, the U.S. 20.3% and European Union 40%.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/04/28/israel-to-open-trade-attache-offices-in-asia-africa-south-america/

 

Venture capital up 53%.  Israeli private high-tech firms raised $673 million in venture capital in the first quarter, up 53 percent from a year earlier.  Foreign investment was the main reason for the increase.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/29/israel-venturecapital-idUSL6N0NL2AG20140429

 

Another Israeli company protects Soccer World Cup.  Israel’s Risco Group has implemented a command and control system for the 44,000-seat Arena Patanal World Cup stadium in Cuiabá, Brazil. In previous news, Israel’s Elbit Systems is providing a Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicles for the Brazilian Air Force.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-risco-to-protect-world-cup-stadium-in-brazil-1000935527

 

Intel to invest billions in Israel.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Intel has presented the Israeli government with an investment plan to upgrade its Kiryat Gat semiconductor-manufacturing facility. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said that the investment could reach $6 billion.  The project would require 1000 new employees.

http://israel21c.org/news/intel-to-invest-6-billion-in-israel/

 

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT

The number of Blue Flag beaches doubles.  21 Israeli beaches and two marinas have just received the Blue Flag international accolade for environmental excellence.  In 2013 only nine Israeli beaches and two marinas reached the sufficient standard.  This year, the Blue Flag was awarded to eight beaches in Netanya alone.

http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/21-Israeli-beaches-2-marinas-receive-Blue-Flag-label-for-environmental-quality-350675

 

Jerusalem is the place to visit.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Leading travel website TripAdvisor has released a new list citing the Top 10 Destinations on the Rise around the world, and ranks Jerusalem as the fourth most popular site to visit. There are over 5,200 Jerusalem related posts on the global travel advice website.

http://israel21c.org/news/tripadvisor-slots-jerusalem-in-top-10-destinations-on-the-rise/

 

La Traviata in Masada.  Following the successes of Nabucco, Aida, Carmen and Turandot, the Israeli Opera will temporarily relocate Paris to the Judean desert.  They will perform a new ravishing production of Verdi’s most popular opera at the footsteps of the majestic Mount Masada from June 12 – 17.

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http://www.israel-opera.co.il/Eng/?CategoryID=498

 

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 8th Apr 2014

Highlights from verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com‘s weekly newsletter:

The year in 2 minutes.  A new Israeli Government video heralds its achievements since coming to power.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4500499,00.html

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Go tell the world. Moslem physician, author and women’s rights activist Dr. Qanta Ahmed visited the Technion and praised Israel’s academic freedom, plus its freedoms of expression and religion as unique in the Middle East.  And the way to silence the BDS movement is to publicize Israel’s success.

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Israeli system saves Chileans from tsunami.  No Chileans died in the tsunami caused by the recent 8.2-level earthquake, thanks to the automatic alerts sent by the geo-targeted notification system developed by Israel’s eVigilo. The system was installed after 400 Chileans died in an earthquake and tsunami in 2010.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=16615

 

Surviving heart failure.  Cardiologist Prof. Ilan Goldenberg from Israel’s Sheba Medical Center led an international study into cardiac insufficiency – also known as heart failure.  It reported that an automatic cardiac pacemaker/defibrillator implanted at an early stage of common heart failure could extend life significantly.

http://www.jpost.com/Health-and-Science/Sheba-Medical-Center-team-heads-important-heart-failure-research-346957

 

Career skills for Ethiopian-Israelis. Hundreds of Ethiopians study at Jerusalem College of Technology’s “Education for Ethiopians” program. Similar numbers attend the Ethiopian-Israeli program at Ono Academic College. There are also special tracks at Kibbutzim College and Yezreel Valley College.

http://israel21c.org/social-action-2/ethiopian-israelis-achieve-their-dream/

 

IDF treats 20 Palestinian Arabs after bus crash.  Israel Defense Force medics treated 20 Palestinian Arabs wounded when their mini-bus crashed into a car.  Captain Karin Yamin said, “… saving lives is a priority. Whether the patients are Israeli, Palestinian, Christian or Druze, we take care of them all in the same way.”

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/04/02/idf-medical-team-treats-20-wounded-palestinian-arabs-in-bus-crash/

 

Cool Technion technology.  Two student projects from the Control Robotics and Machine Learning Lab at Israel Technion’s faculty of Electrical Engineering. First, a tiny drone follows someone by tracking his face. Secondly, a Kinect device for the blind, that directs a blind person by telling him or her where to walk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1XCP6zugPI

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Israeli mom invents the Upsee.  Israeli mother Debby Elnatan’s son, Rotem, has cerebral palsy. She would not accept that Rotem would never walk, so she invented the Firefly Upsee. The harness places the child on top of the shoes of an adult who wears specially designed sandals. The child “walks” as the grown-up moves.
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Another A+ from S&P.  Standards & Poors has given Israel yet another top rating.  S&P expected average per capita income to grow to almost $42,000 by 2017, up from $28,000 in 2009.  Meanwhile, confidence in Israel’s stock market has resulted in the largest increase in investment into Israeli mutual funds since 2002.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-sp-affirms-israels-credit-rating-1000927969

http://www.timesofisrael.com/sp-israel-now-a-high-income-country/

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-mutual-fund-inflows-hit-12-year-high-1000929447

 

3,800-year-old fortress excavated.  Israeli archeologists have finished uncovering a massive Canaanite fortress dating back to the time of Kings David and Solomon.  The 3,800-year-old “Spring Citadel” was excavated in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem.

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/3800-year-old-biblical-fortress-discovered-in-City-of-David-347256

 

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2,000 year old unopened tiny Dead Sea Scrolls uncovered in Jerusalem

Researcher finds tantalizing tefillin parchments from Second Temple era, overlooked for decades and unread for 2,000 years.

212-Fg002-e1394457908315The Times of Israel (March 12) — They’re not much larger than lentils, but size doesn’t minimize the potential significance of nine newfound Dead Sea Scrolls that have lain unopened for the better part of six decades.

An Israeli scholar turned up the previously unexamined parchments, which had escaped the notice of academics and archaeologists as they focused on their other extraordinary finds in the 1950s. Once opened, the minuscule phylactery parchments from Qumran, while unlikely to yield any shattering historic, linguistic or religious breakthroughs, could shed new light on the religious practices of Second Temple Judaism.

The Israel Antiquities Authority has been tasked with unraveling and preserving the new discoveries — an acutely sensitive process and one which the IAA says it will conduct painstakingly, and only after conducting considerable preparatory research.

Phylacteries, known in Judaism by the Hebrew term tefillin, are pairs of leather cases containing biblical passages from the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. One case is bound by leather thongs to the head and one to the arm during morning prayers, as prescribed by rabbinic interpretation of the Bible. The case worn on the head contains four scrolls in individual compartments, while the arm phylactery holds one scroll.

At least two dozen tefillin scroll fragments were known to have been found during excavations of the limestone caves overlooking the Dead Sea at Qumran in the 1950s (several phylactery boxes and straps were unearthed as well). They were among the world-famous cache of thousands of scrolls and scroll fragments containing biblical and sectarian texts from the Second Temple period. Since their discovery, the Qumran scrolls have been housed at the Israel Museum, and scholars have pored over the ancient documents and opened a window into ancient Jewish theology.

But these nine latest tiny scrolls had been overlooked — until now.

…While that analysis has yet to be confirmed, Adler was spurred on by the discovery, and in December visited the Dead Sea Scroll labs at the Israel Museum. There he found two tiny scrolls inside the compartments of a tefillin case that had been documented but then put aside some time after 1952. The scrolls were never photographed or examined, and so have remained bound inside the leather box for roughly 2,000 years.

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Make sure you are fully armed for ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’

‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ as seen by a Black South African who actually lived under apartheid.

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“Israeli Apartheid Week 2014″

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Source 2: Zionist Organization of America

MYTH 1: JEWS HAVE LITTLE HISTORICAL CONNECTION TO ISRAEL
Jews have lived continuously in the land of Israel for over 3000 years; the Arabs arrived through multiple invasions, beginning in the 7th Century AD. In the year 70 AD, when the Jewish civilization was already over 1000 years old, the Romans forced most of the Jews of Judea and Samaria (now the West Bank) into exile. By the end of the 19th Century, the majority population of Jerusalem was Jewish.

MYTH 2: ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE
“Apartheid” refers to the system created by South Africans in which “non-white” residents of that nation were denied citizenship and basic civil rights, and were forced to live in separate residential areas with segregated and inferior educational and medical services. Those wishing to demonize and destroy Israel now falsely call it “an Apartheid state.” But the only true Apartheid states in the Middle East are Islamic states in which Jews are not allowed to live and where Christians, Baha’is and other religious minorities are objects of discrimination and persecution.

There are 1.4 million Arabs living in Israel with civil rights that are the envy of the Arab world. Israeli Arabs vote in Israel’s elections, have representatives in the Israeli Parliament, sit on Israeli courts and on the Israeli Supreme Court, and serve as tenured professors teaching in Israeli colleges and universities. The Arab citizens of Israel have more rights, and enjoy more freedom, education, and economic opportunity than the inhabitants of any Arab or Muslim state.

MYTH 3: THE HOLOCAUST IS EUROPE’S PROBLEM; PALESTINIANS HAD NO ROLE IN IT
The Arabs generally and the “Palestinians” specifically were supporters of Hitler in the 1930s. The father of Palestinian nationalism, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, was a devoted Nazi who spent the war in Berlin and worked with members of the Third Reich to plan death camps for the Jews of the Middle East. Today he is revered by the Palestinians as the George Washington of their cause. The Muslim Brotherhood translated Mein Kampf into Arabic in the 1930s and called for the destruction of the Jewish state at its birth. Today Arab leaders call for the destruction of the Jewish state and routinely deny that the Holocaust with which their forbears collaborated actually took place.

MYTH 4: ISRAEL OCCUPIES ARAB PALESTINE
Since Roman times when the Philistines inhabited the region around Jordan (hence the name “Palestine”) there has never been a political entity – neither a province nor a state – called “Palestine” and no one claimed there was until well after the United

Nations created Israel in 1948. The land on which Israel was created by the U.N. was also used by the colonial powers to create Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. It was land that had belonged to Turkey for 400 years. The Turks are not “Palestinians” and are not even Arabs.

There never was an Arab country called “Palestine” or inhabited by “Palestinians.” Before the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1964, which was sixteen years after the birth of Israel, no Arab political entity was called by that name.

MYTH 5: THE KORAN DESCRIBES JERUSALEM AS HOLY TO ISLAM
The Koran does not mention Jerusalem because Mohammed never set foot in the city. Jerusalem was conquered by Muslim armies in 636 after the death of Mohammed. Muslim jihadists claim that the Koran mentions “The Furthest Mosque” — Al-Aqsa in Arabic – and that this is a Koranic reference to Jerusalem. This is a lie. The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem had not been built when the Koran was written, so the reference is to some other (or any other) “furthest mosque.” In contrast, Jerusalem is and has always been a holy city to Jews. The daily prayers of the Jews are focused on Jerusalem. The Hebrew Bible mentions Zion and Jerusalem a total of 809 times.

MYTH 6: THE ARABS WANT PEACE AND A STATE ON THE WEST BANK
The Arabs rejected peace and a state on the West Bank first in 1948 when it was offered to them by the U.N. and then in 2000 when it was offered by Presidents Clinton and Barak. In 1949, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which the U.N. had designated as a homeland for the Arabs, were annexed respectively by Jordan and Egypt. When the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was formed in 1964 its covenant made no mention of liberating the West Bank or Gaza from Jordan and Egypt. The PLO leadership stated that its goal was to “push the Jews into the sea.” Today the “liberation” of Palestine “from the river to the sea” is still the goal of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA). The war in the Middle East is about the desire of the Arabs and Muslims to destroy Israel; it is not about the desire for a Palestinian state.

MYTH 7: THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON IS NOT JEWISH
This lie is one of many designed to steal the history of the Jews in order to justify erasing them from the Middle East. When the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994, it immediately began a campaign to delegitimize Israel by rewriting history with the intention of denying Israel’s right to exist. Among its false claims is that the remains of the Temple of Solomon – the Western Wall – are in fact the remnants of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Al-Aqsa Mosque was deliberately built on top of the Temple after the Muslim conquest to humiliate the conquered. This is the same imperialistic tradition that prompts jihadists today to build a mosque at Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 attack.

MYTH 8: ISRAEL’S SECURITY FENCE IS AN “APARTHEID WALL”
This is two lies in one. The West Bank fence is a fence, not a wall. About 97% of the fence is made of chain-link material. The remaining 3% is concrete, designed to repel sniper fire in particular areas. The fence was built in 2003 in response to thousands of suicide bombings and rocket attacks on Israeli citizens by Palestinian terrorists, sponsored and armed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. The fence was built to keep out terrorists, not Arabs.

In the years since the construction of the fence, terrorist attacks have declined by more than 90%. The fence is Israel’s legitimate defense against a ruthless and amoral terrorist aggressor.

MYTH 9: ISRAEL IS THE CAUSE OF THE REFUGEE PROBLEM
The Palestinians claim there are 5 million Palestinian refugees who fled Israel during the 1948 war. This is false. There were only 500,000 Arab refugees from the 1948 war – an unprovoked war that Egypt and four other Arab states had launched against the newly created state of Israel. In the aftermath of the war, more than 500,000 Jewish refugees were driven out of the Arab states in the Middle East. There are no Jewish refugees today, sixty years later, because Israel resettled them.

Why are there still Arab refugees? The Arabs have been given billions of dollars by Israel and the United States to relocate their refugees. But the Arabs are still in refugee camps. While Israel resettled Jewish refugees, no Arab country would take in the “Palestinians” who were forced into camps and were kept there by the Arab regimes to stir up hatred against the Jews. The refugee “issue” has been created by the Arab regimes as a weapon in their war against the Jews. It should be resolved by resettling the inhabitants of the refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza where almost all of them have lived all their lives.

MYTH 10: ISRAEL COMMITS WAR CRIMES BY KILLING CIVILIANS
This is the Big Lie, coming as it does from Palestinians who have made terrorist attacks on civilians a weapon of choice, and who make martyrs and national heroes out of suicide bombers.

The Gaza strip was a base for 7,000 rocket attacks against schoolyards and townships in Israel before the Israelis responded in 2007. During Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza rocket sites there was one civilian death for every 30 terrorists.

By contrast, a 2001 study by theInternational Committee of the Red Cross found that the civilian-to-military death ratio in wars fought since the middle of the 20th Century has been 10:1 – ten civilian deaths for every soldier death. In other words, the Israelis protect civilians at a rate 300 times greater than any other national army. As Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz observes, “No army in history has ever had a better ratio of combatants to civilians killed in a comparable setting.”

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 23rd Feb 2014

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The largest Israeli buyout by an Asian company.  Japanese Internet giant Rakuten has just bought Israeli-developed video and voice communications app Viber for $900 million.  Viber allows users to make free phone and video calls within its network, and has over 200 million users all over the world.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/japanese-internet-giant-snags-viber-for-900m/

 

How isolated is Israel?  Good economic summary by Yoram Ettinger.

http://theettingerreport.com/Overseas-Investments/How-Isolated-is-Israel-.aspx

 

Google buys advanced Israeli security.  IT giant Google has acquired the staff and intellectual property of Israeli start-up SlickLogin.  The Israeli company is developing applications using ultrasound and smartphones, to allow users more easily to login securely. SlickLogin’s founders served in the IDF elite cyber security unit.

 

The invisible keyboard for both blind and sighted.  Israel’s Inpris is using crowdsourcing to raise the finance to launch two versions of its invisible keyboard: the UpSense Super Keyboard for single-handed gesture typing, and the UpSense Super Braille Keyboard for a blind person to type with two hands.
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Explore Israel. Try out this exciting interactive video tour of the Jewish State.

 

Israeli wins BAFTA award.  Israel’s Niv Adiri won a British Academy of Film and Television award for his work in the team responsible for the groundbreaking sound work on the blockbuster “Gravity.”  The team has also been nominated for an Oscar.

 

Easing immigration for French Jews.  Israel’s minister of immigration absorption was in Paris and promised to “erase all bureaucratic hurdles” for new immigrants.  Sofa Landver plans to submit her ideas at a future Israel cabinet meeting.  3,301 French Jews immigrated to Israel in 2013 – the largest figure out of France since 2000.

 

Ancient Judean village revealed.  The remnants of a 2300-year-old rural village have been excavated on the outskirts of Jerusalem.  It was discovered in June, when work began on building a pipeline to deliver natural gas from the coast. The Israel Antiquities Authority has been excavating the Second Temple era site ever since.

 

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 16th Feb 2014

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IDF and USAF medics sign agreement.  (Thanks to Herb) The IDF Medical Corps and the American Air Force Medical Department signed a cooperation agreement to share and develop techniques and technologies that will save lives on the battlefield and during humanitarian rescue missions.

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/10778/new-agreement-idf-u-s-air-force-will-help-save-lives/

Israeli wins global young scientist gold medal.  Hebrew University of Jerusalem doctoral student Yossi Kabessa won the Singapore Challenge gold medallion and $100,000 at the Global Young Scientists Summit in Singapore. He designed a system to detect dangerous materials in large water supply systems.

http://www.afhu.org/hebrew-university-phd-student-wins-gold-medal-global-young-scientists-summit-singapore

Sorek goes live.  As Israel prays for the end of its current drought, the new Sorek large-scale desalination plant has completed testing and is now fully operational.  Its reverse osmosis membranes can produce 624,000 cubic meters of water a day – two-thirds of the combined output of the existing Ashkelon and Hadera facilities.

http://www.waterworld.com/articles/wwi/print/volume-28/issue-6/technology-case-studies/desalination/sorek-stands-tall.html

Israel is creating a water surplus using desalination.  The above, plus this article explains why, despite current drought conditions throughout the Middle East, Israel is currently supplying ample water to all of its citizens – and (in future) possibly most of its immediate neighbors.

http://www.eenews.net/stories/1059994202

What makes Israel a Start-up Nation? There was rare praise from the BBC, when its technology correspondent paid a visit to Israel. The report includes filmed items shown on BBC TV news.

http://bbcwatch.org/2014/02/11/bbc-technology-correspondent-visits-the-start-up-nation/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26071818

Foreign investors flock to Israel.  Overseas investment in the Israeli Stock Exchange tripled in 2013 from $410 million in 2012 to $1.5 billion.  Bio-techs, banks and communications companies were the most popular.

http://www.jpost.com/Business/Business-News/Foreign-investment-in-Tel-Aviv-Stock-Exchange-tripled-in-2013-340834

What is Israel worth to the EU? Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar presented a report on January 30 arguing that Israel is strategically vital for a secure, prosperous and influential Europe.  Key areas include intelligence on terrorism threats, natural gas and 11% of European Research Council projects.

http://www.foi.org/israel-in-the-news/news-archives/israels-strategic-worth-eu-oren-kessler-and-alice-/

Two top hotels.  Two Israeli hotels have made it into Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2014 It List, which introduces the 70 most promising new hotels in the world: The Ritz-Carlton in Herzliya and Alma Hotel & Lounge in Tel Aviv.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4486548,00.html

What a goal!  The sports world is heralding the incredible goal that Israeli soccer player Barak Yitzhaki scored for Maccabi Tel Aviv against Maccabi Haifa recently.  He performed the famous bicycle kick to perfection.

http://www.jerusalemonline.com/culture-and-lifestyle/israeli-soccer-player-wows-world-with-bicycle-kick-3578

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Valentine’s Day Tips: The top 10 most romantic places in Israel

Maybe it’s too late to go there tonight, but how about next year?

ISRAEL21c (Feb14) — With Valentine’s Day upon us, advertising and marketing blitzes on how to show your love are everywhere. Instead of buying the usual gifts, why not take the one you love on a romantic day out?

In fact, finding that ultimate romantic spot is a worthwhile quest any time of year.

With beautiful countryside, incredible beaches, spectacular public gardens and great weather year round, Israel offers up a plethora of places perfect for rekindling your love.

Get started with these suggestions from ISRAEL21c:

1. Wohl Rose Garden, Jerusalem

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The rose has long been a symbol of love and romance. And Israel is one of the world’s largest producers of flowers, especially roses.

So, where better to head than the Wohl Rose Garden in Jerusalem for a romantic stroll?

A walk along the path, past 15,000 rose bushes representing more than 400 varieties, is one of the most romantic ways to celebrate your love. The garden is also set up with secluded benches to keep couples from being disturbed during romantic pauses.

2. Stargazing over Mitzpe Ramon

Mercury (right) and Venus (left) at sunset above the Weiss Observatory in Mitzpe Ramon.

Mercury (right) and Venus (left) at sunset above the Weiss Observatory in Mitzpe Ramon.

Desert surroundings, a starry sky and the world’s largest natural erosion crater make Mitzpe Ramon the perfect romantic getaway spot.

After watching the sun set behind the sand dunes, head over to astronomer Ira Machefsky – the Starman of Mitzpe Ramon – for a night astronomy tour you won’t soon forget.

Machefsky shows visitors how to find the constellations, identify bright stars, explore celestial marvels and experience the sky’s wonders. He also has a standing offer of a free star tour open to any couple who propose on one.

Bring a bottle of wine or hot tea to keep warm.

3. El Mona Gardens, Julis, Western Galilee

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Follow the brides and grooms to the Druze village of Julis in the Western Galilee. This off-the-beaten-track community is the setting for the magical El Mona Garden, a privately owned garden that is open to the public.

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The gardens boast a waterfall, fruit trees, countless flowers, mosaic artwork, wooden and stone sculptures and perhaps most importantly, secluded corners for a romantic rendezvous.

4. Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem

The night spectacular at the Tower of David Museum.

The night spectacular at the Tower of David Museum.

A night stroll in Jerusalem’s Old City is always romantic. But Cupid’s arrow seems to be pointing specifically at the Tower of David Museum in the capital.

Watch the sunset from the top of the citadel and enjoy the Night Spectacular show — a breathtaking sound and light show projected directly onto the 3,000-year-old walls.

Ambling along the museum’s ancient stone ramparts with their intimate nooks and crannies is another common romantic pastime. Just the right place for a kiss.

5. Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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There are many romantic spots in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area, but Old Jaffa is by far the most dreamy.

Take the arm of someone you love and walk along the beach promenade from Tel Aviv southward to Jaffa. Enjoy spectacular views of the beaches and the sun-drenched waves of the Mediterranean Sea.

The renovated Jaffa Harbor pier is a beautiful place to walk around or dine. Or climb up the stairs to the old winding stone alleyways that lead past quaint galleries and cafes to the popular Kedumim Square.

Old Jaffa is a picturesque district that offers a blend of European ambiance with Middle Eastern warmth – and perfect for a passion-filled day or night out.

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Good news from Israel February 9th

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Arab, female and an IDF commander. Mona Lisa Abdo is Arab, Christian, Israeli and a brave defender of all citizens of the Jewish State. She wasn’t required to enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces, but her determination to protect Israel motivated her to volunteer. She has just completed 3 years service.
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Back to Africa. Building business relationships with Africa is a win-win, both for Israeli start-ups and for the Africans who will benefit from technology. The Pears Challenge encourages Israeli start-ups to connect with the needs of Africans, developing solutions in agriculture, health, water, ICT, education, and renewable energy.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/africa-the-next-big-destination-for-israeli-start-ups/

The “Waze” of agriculture. Israel’s ScanTask has developed AgriTask, to help farmers make decisions on planting, harvesting and the use of pesticides. Its algorithms utilize weather reports, GIS data, information about agriculture from local governments and crowdsourcing data from individual farms.
http://israel21c.org/headlines/the-waze-of-agriculture/

What is China doing in Israel? This brief summary shows how the Chinese discovered the start- up nation Israel and started to invest billions of dollars in Israeli technology. From agro-tech, medical, chemicals, tourism, solar energy and education to the massive project to turn Eilat into an alternative to the Suez Canal.
http://chinalawflash.com/2013/12/04/the-secret-is-out-chinese-are-investing-in-israel-in-billions-by-amit-ben-yehoshua-clara-eriksson/

Israeli film wins Sundance film award. Tel Aviv University student Yuval Hameiri won the Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction category at the Sundance Film Festival, one of the world’s largest cinematic competitions for independent filmmakers. “I Think This Is the Closest To How the Footage Looked,” beat 8,161 entries.
http://english.tau.ac.il/sundance_2014 http://www.sundance.org/festival/stories/award-winners/

12 survivors celebrate coming of age. Twelve Holocaust survivors, five men and seven women, celebrated a joint bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah ceremony in Haifa, which they were unable to mark during their youth. “At the age of 13 I was in Auschwitz,” one of them said. “There wasn’t really anyone to talk to about celebrations.”
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4484311,00.html

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 2nd Feb 2014

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SodaStream Arab workers – “don’t boycott us”.  Palestinian Arab workers at Israel’s SodaStream factory in Judea say they would be the losers of a successful consumer boycott of the fizzy-drink maker.  They back actress Scarlett Johansson’s endorsement of the company.

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2014/01/arab-sodastream-workers-applaud-their.html#.UutfdPuSN3E

 

2,600 years of friendship.  Georgia’s Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili, visited Israel to increase economic cooperation between the two countries.  He said “the bond between the Georgian and Jewish people goes back 2,600 years, when the Jewish people first came to Georgia after the destruction of the First Temple.”

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/01/28/israeli-president-georgian-prime-minister-tout-2600-years-of-friendship/

 

World’s first 3D color printer.  US-Israeli Stratasys Inc has launched the world’s first 3D color printer – the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer. The company calls the product “a game-changer for product design, engineering and manufacturing processes.”

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-stratasys-introduces-color-3d-printer-1000912497

 

Jerusalem’s water is the best.  Thanks to Israeli clean-tech Hagihon, Jerusalem’s Water and Wastewater Utility was one of the top 5 cities cited in the recent EU report “EIP Water, City Blueprints of 25 Cities and Regions, Interim Report.”  Jerusalem top-scored in planning, drinking water quality, and water efficiency.

http://israelnewtech.com/2014/01/hagihon-provides-platform-israeli-water-technology-innovations/

 

A robotic revolution.  This 17-minute video of Israel’s IDC Professor Guy Hoffman had over 1.2 million views in four days.  YouTube ranked the lecture “The Interaction between Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and Art” as one of the three most viewed videos in the world.

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http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/01/23/israeli-profs-artificial-intelligence-robots-and-art-lecture-at-tedx-goes-viral-video/

 

Israel is leading West’s cyber-security fight. The PM then spoke at Israel’s first-ever cyber-technology show, Cybertech 2014.  “Hackers are killing the Internet, and Israel is one of the few players that can save it” he said.  Bloomberg has also picked up on this fact, noting that Israel now has over 200 computer security companies.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-israel-is-leading-wests-cyber-security-fight/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-29/israel-s-cyber-security-prowess-is-attracting-foreign-firms.html

 

SodaStream’s uncensored advert.  The Super Bowl organizers banned Scarlett Johansson’s original advert for Israel’s SodaStream as it mentioned two competitor drinks manufacturers. But you can watch it here.

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Half of the Knesset visits Auschwitz.  58 of the 120 members of Israel’s Parliament marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Auschwitz for the 69th anniversary of the camp’s liberation.  They marched to the Birkenau death complex in formation, flanked by the Knesset guard and flying Israeli flags. Amid the snow-filled crematoria, they stopped to sing the Israeli national anthem before breaking into groups to pray or reflect.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/nearly-half-the-knesset-marks-holocaust-at-auschwitz/2014/01/29/

National Park Declared Where David Fought Goliath

An aerial view of the Khirbet Qeiyafa dig

An aerial view of the Khirbet Qeiyafa dig

IsraelNationalNews (Jan 30) — A national park will be declared at Khirbet Qeiyafa and the Ela Valley, southwest of Jerusalem, and a residential neighborhood that had been planned next to the location will not be built. The area is believed to be the spot where the young David fought Goliath, according to the Bible.

The decision was made by the Jerusalem District Committee for Planning and Construction. The national park will stretch from Beit Natif in the east to Khirbet Qeiyafa in the west, and the construction of the southern neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh will be scrapped.

The decision is being hailed as a major accomplishment for the preservation of nature in Israel, and as the product of successful cooperation between the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority.

Khirbet Qeiyafa, an ancient ruin atop a hill that borders the Ela Valley from the north, is thought to be the Biblical city of Sha’arayim. The city is heavily fortified, and is typical of other Judean cities that were established during the period of the Kings, before the destruction of the First Temple. It has been excavated since 2007 by archeologists Prof. Yosef Garfinkel from Hebrew University, and Saar Ganor of the Antiquities Authority.

The site features three unique public buildings, the first of their kind ever found in the Judean area. The buildings date to the tenth century before the Common Era – the period in which King David reigned in Jerusalem.

Garfinkel and Ganor have claimed that one of the buildings is indeed a palace used by King David himself.

The Head of the Preservation Administration within the Antiquities Authority, Raanan Kislev, issued a statement hailing what he called a “dramatic” and “unprecedented” decision, that establishes “a policy of planning that sees preservation of heritage a value equal in importance to the urgent need for housing units and development.”

Yuval Peled, who heads the Development Section in the Nature and Parks Authority, also congratulated the District Committee for its decision, which “will enable future generations to feel the past in the scenery of the present, and to understand the setting of the historical story of the battle of David and Goliath, a battle that has historical significance for the nation in Zion and the entire world.”

Good news from Israel January 26

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Tests success for Israeli universal flu vaccine.  Israeli biotech BiondVax announced that tests prove its universal flu vaccine matches all six pandemic strains in the world today.  They include bird flu strains H5N1 and H7N9, which have spread to humans and killed hundreds of people.

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000911070&fid=1725

 

Take the “Israel-Apartheid” test.  Use Seth Segal’s academic tool to examine the intellectual integrity of the apartheid allegation.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0112-siegel-israel-boycott-apartheid-20140112,0,546937,full.story#axzz2qDLnnzd8

 

Al-Jazeera praises IDF.  In a debate on the Al-Jazeera’s Arabic service, the presenter and a guest question an Assad supporter as to why the Syrian army, Hezbollah and other Islamic military groups cannot be more humane like the Israeli and French armies.  Please inform the UK’s Guardian, Independent and the BBC.

http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001423.html

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Welcoming Canada’s PM.  Canadian Premier Stephen Harper has arrived in Israel. Though Canada has always been a friend of Israel, under Harper’s rule there has been a significant strengthening in support for the Jewish state which some have called the most dramatic shift in the history of postwar Canadian foreign policy.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Editorials/Welcoming-Harper-338694

 

Israel signs security accord with Kazakhstan.  (Thanks to Herb) Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and his Kazakh counterpart, Adilbek Dzhaksbekov have signed a security cooperation accord formalizing military and defense industrial ties between the two nations.

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140120/DEFREG04/301200028/Israel-Khazakhstan-Ink-Cooperation-Accord

 

Iron Beam – a light to the nations.  Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will unveil its Iron Beam laser air-defense system at next month’s Singapore Air Show. Iron Beam is a high-energy laser based system against rockets, mortar, and airborne target attacks. It complements Iron Dome by intercepting very short-range rockets.

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000910440&fid=1725

 

Boost your Wi-Fi signal.  Israel’s Wi-Fi chip manufacturer Celeno is to deliver its unique “implicit beamforming” technology into the hardware of global company broadband company Ubee.  The effect will be to extend the coverage and boost the Wi-Fi signal to any device, whether laptop, tablet or smartphone.

http://www.celeno.com/media-room/press-releases/301-ubee-and-celeno-announce-implicit-beamforming-powered-wi-fi-gateways.html

 

Software AG needs Israel’s creativity.  Software AG acquired Sabratec in 2005. In 2007, the company bought SPL and Jacada.  Together, the Israelis’ free and open start-up culture combines with the German company’s well-organized and methodical culture to make Software AG’s Israeli R&D center into a very effective unit.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/local-start-up-spirit-boosts-staid-german-software-giant/

 

Larry King to promote Israeli high tech.  Former CNN host Larry King and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology are establishing the Israel Silicon Valley Chambers of Commerce.  King and Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie will serve as the presidents of the ISVCC.

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000911128

 

Rose the singer.  Israel’s Ministry of Interior has confirmed that Rose Fostanes, winner of Israel’s X-Factor, has been given granted a full work permit for artists that will enable her to sing for her livelihood.  Rose was previously only allowed to work as a Filipino caregiver but now can pursue her singing career in Israel.

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000910983&fid=1725

 

That’s what I call a great speech!  Please read Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) during his historic visit to the Jewish State.

http://www.israpundit.com/archives/63593300#more-63593300

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British Museum: Prototype for Noah’s Ark was round

Curator Irving Finkel calls 4,000-year-old Mesopotamian tablet telling flood story ‘one of the most important human documents ever discovered.’

Irving Finkel, curator in charge of cuneiform clay tablets at the British Museum, poses with the 4,000 year old clay tablet containing the story of the Ark and the flood.

Irving Finkel, curator in charge of cuneiform clay tablets at the British Museum, poses with the 4,000 year old clay tablet containing the story of the Ark and the flood.

LONDON (AP) — It was a vast boat that saved two of each animal and a handful of humans from a catastrophic flood.

But forget all those images of a long vessel with a pointy bow — the original Noah’s Ark, new research suggests, was round.

A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia — modern-day Iraq — reveals striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah. It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle — as well as the key instruction that animals should enter “two by two.”

The tablet went on display at the British Museum on Friday, and soon engineers will follow the ancient instructions to see whether the vessel could actually have sailed.

It’s also the subject of a new book, “The Ark Before Noah,” by Irving Finkel, the museum’s assistant keeper of the Middle East and the man who translated the tablet.

Finkel got hold of it a few years ago, when a man brought in a damaged tablet his father had acquired in the Middle East after World War II. It was light brown, about the size of a mobile phone and covered in the jagged cuneiform script of the ancient Mesopotamians.

It turned out, Finkel said Friday, to be “one of the most important human documents ever discovered.”

“It was really a heart-stopping moment — the discovery that the boat was to be a round boat,” said Finkel, who sports a long gray beard, a ponytail and boundless enthusiasm for his subject. “That was a real surprise.”

And yet, Finkel said, a round boat makes sense. Coracles were widely used as river taxis in ancient Iraq and are perfectly designed to bob along on raging floodwaters.

“It’s a perfect thing,” Finkel said. “It never sinks, it’s light to carry.”

Other experts said Finkel wasn’t simply indulging in book-promotion hype. David Owen, professor of ancient Near Eastern studies at Cornell University, said the British Museum curator had made “an extraordinary discovery.”

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 21th Jan 2014

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It’s down to the wire.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Trans-Catheter Aortic-Valve Implantation (TAVI) procedures are saving thousands of lives but are extremely difficult to perform.  The Acwire from Israel’s MediValve allows cardiologists to implant these heart valves at exactly the right position.  Acwire has just received European CE mark approval.

http://trendlines.com/ce-clearance-medivalve/

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Treating sick migrants.  In a queue for a plane I met an Israeli doctor who volunteers at the Tel Aviv Central Bus station’s clinic for illegal migrants MigrantHealth:IL. The clinic also recruits nurses from within the migrant community, who then reduce the burden on the clinic by passing on health advice to sick migrants.

http://israel21c.org/social-action-2/a-shot-in-the-arm-for-refugees-in-israel/

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Israel’s flying car takes off.  The Air Mule from Israel’s Tactical Robotics has just completed its first fully automatic test flights.  The unmanned Vertical Takeoff and Landing craft can be used as an air ambulance.

http://www.jspace.com/news/israels-unmanned-flying-vehicle-ambulance-future/

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Top notch security testing.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Israel’s Checkmarx was the 2nd fastest growing security company in the 2013 Deloitte EMEA Tech Fast 500, with over 2,200% revenue growth in 5 years.  It is used by four of the world’s ten largest software companies and three of the world’s four largest IT consulting firms.

http://www.checkmarx.com/2013/12/16/checkmarx-second-highest-tanked-security-company-in-2013-deloitte-top-500/

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Filipino caregiver wins Israel’s X-Factor. Rose Fostanes, a 47-year-old Filipina caregiver who arrived in Israel six years ago, became the first winner of the Israeli version of popular singing competition X-Factor.  Now recognized on every street corner and cafe, Fostanes has become a household name in Israel.

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/140115-filipino-caregiver-wins-x-factor

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Record Taglit-Birthright arrival.  On 30th Dec, a record-breaking 1,600 Taglit-Birthright participants arrived in Israel in a single day.  The 39 groups included from the US, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Germany and Russia.  The free 10-day tour included a mega event in Jerusalem for the 2,500 participants currently in Israel.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175723#.UtKy0Pvzm0I

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/This-is-your-country-welcome-home-Netanyahu-tells-Birthright-participants-338221

 

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 15th Jan 2014

Israel’s first small intestine transplant.  Surgeons at Israel’s Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva have performed the first-ever successful transplant in Israel of a small intestine.  The patient was a 39-year-old woman who had been fed through a vein since her own intestine was removed two years ago.  The donor was an 11-year-old Israeli girl whose other organs saved four children.

http://www.jpost.com/Health-and-Science/Rabin-Medical-Center-team-performs-countrys-first-small-intestine-transplant-337101

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175950#.Usm-qvvzm0I

 

Turkish order for Israeli surgery robot.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Israel’s Mazor Robotics received its first order for a Renaissance surgical robotic system from Turkey.  Mazor’s Turkish distribution partner Cordamed Biomedical Engineering will install the system at a major hospital in Istanbul.

http://mazorrobotics.com/mazor-robotics-receives-first-purchase-order-for-renaissance-system-from-turkey-distribution-partner/

New treatment for colon cancer.  Israeli bio-med Aposense has successfully completed pre-clinical studies for the ATT-11T molecule for early stage treatment of colon cancer.  ATT-11T works in tandem with Pfizer’s Camptosar (generic name Irinotecan) to improve its effectiveness with fewer side effects.

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000908249&fid=1725

 

Instant electricity from Aluminum and water.  The Israel Technion demonstrates its eco-friendly fuel cell that works immediately you pour water into a container of activated Aluminum powder.  See it powering model boats and cars.  It is 10-15 times more powerful than the equivalent Lithium-ion battery.

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Sustainable fish farms.  (Thanks to NoCamels.com) Israel’s Moti Cohen builds aquaponic farms that provide people with both fish and plants to eat.  The crops feed off the waste created by the fish, while the fish thrive on the oxygen made by the crops. No waste or fertilizer. Moti has been advising the UN on aquaponics.

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First Israeli-Chinese car is delivered.  A 28-year old interior decorator from Shanghai took delivery of a brand new Qoros 3 sedan from Qoros Vice President Volker Steinwascher.

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000906313

 

A hero of Zion.  Charlie Newmark tells of his great uncle Max, now 100 years old who infiltrated the Hitler Youth, and immigrated to pre-State Palestine at age 19.  Max joined the British mandate police force to combat the 1936-39 Arab revolt and then fought the Syrian army in the War of Independence.  May he live till 120.

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-hero-of-zion-turns-100/#ixzz2paFt6HLg

 

Celebrating her 104th birthday at the Dead Sea.  German Christian tourist, Eleonore Kastner, stayed at a Dead Sea hotel for her 104th birthday treat, together with 40 friends and family.  Israel’s Tourism Ministry awarded Eleonore a silver-bound Bible for being an ambassador of goodwill for tourism to Israel.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/german-grandmother-celebrates-her-104th-birthday-at-dead-sea/2014/01/08/

1600-year-old kosher wine presses have been discovered in Central Israel

Archaeologists are confident the findings point to a Jewish population, probably 1,600 years ago.

Mayor of Elad

Mayor of Elad

IsraelNationalNews (Dec 31) — Did a Talmud-era Jewish community exist at the site where Elad, a religious city in central Israel, currently stands?

Archaeologists conducting digs at the site are confident that the answer is positive.

Several wine and olive oil presses have been found at the dig location, on Shamai street in the city. The wine presses include special pipes that carried wine directly to storage containers, without being touched by human hands, making it possible to employ non-Jews in the production of wine without affecting its kashrut.

Some of the oil presses included a “part-automatic” mechanism for pressing the oil, so that the wine could keep on flowing even during the Sabbath, when the Jews cannot tend to it.

Another find at the site was what archaeologists term a “heart column”. This is a corner column of a kind that was placed in numerous synagogues in the Land of Israel at the time. Its heart-shaped cross-section is created when two columns are placed in adjacency,which ends in a sharp point on one side.

There are plans to build a visitors’ center at the location.