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