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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”,7340,L-4484311,00.html

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