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Israel Update 24.10.19



The goal of the NGO Shevet Achim is to help non-Israeli children receive life-saving medical care in Israel.. In the last 10 months, they have arranged treatment at Sheba Medical Centre and visas for 41 Iraqi Kurdish children, as well as three from Syria. Despite recent escalations, efforts are continuing. Two new patients are expected to arrive from the war-torn areas on Sunday. Read more here 



Over the years, Israel has sent aid to help people in crisis all over the world. This map tells the story:                   View map here


After Hurricane Dorian made the vast majority of water reservoirs in the Bahamas salty and unusable in September, Israel sent a mobile water distribution station as a gift.A senior hydrologist from the Israel Water Authority was sent to assist in the restoration of the water reservoirs. Read more here

Video of Israeli aid to Bahamas here (1min30’):Watch video here



A senior Israeli Air Force commander, said, “This has been one of the most intense years we’ve had since the onset of the campaign between the wars. We’ve mounted hundreds of strikes.” He noted that “over the past year alone, the number of surface-to-air missiles fired from Syria at Israeli aircraft has exceeded their number in wars. They’ve fired hundreds of missiles, everything they have.” …He also noted that there have been cases when the IAF aborted missions because Russian jets had crossed into the target airspace. Read more here

Israel is reportedly readying for a direct cruise missile or drone strike by Tehran… Unlike ballistic missiles, which usually fly through a high arc on the way to the target, cruise missiles and drones fly at low altitude, making them harder to detect. The report cited anonymous “Israeli sources,” who said the IDF was already on highalert for the possibility and that Israel’s security cabinet will convene for an “unplanned” meeting next Tuesday against a backdrop of tensions with Iran. Read more here



A senior Israeli official took part in a security conference in Bahrain on Monday, in a fresh sign of warming ties between Israel and some Arab states. Dana Benvenisti-Gabay, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s regional security and counter-terrorism department, represented Israel at the conference, known as the Working Group on Maritime and Aviation Security.Read more here

Business ties and warming diplomatic relations between Israel and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf have been an open secret for years. Those ties will be unveiled with fanfare next October when Israel opens its pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ largest city. Read more here



Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic celebratory launch flight from London to Tel Aviv touched down at Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday.The new route has been flying since September 25 and, the carrier has already taken 14,000 passengers between Britain and Israel. Branson said that he was very open to pitches from Israeli startups for future tech cooperation and he is due to meet a number of Israel’s space industry leaders during his brief stay. Read more here



An Israeli start-up that promotes home-grown marijuana has signed up American rapper Snoop Dogg as a brand ambassador. Snoop will promote Seedo’s small refrigerator-like machine that allows users to auto-grow plants at home. Israel is considered a global leader in medical cannabis research and Seedo holds a medical cannabis license from the Israeli Health Ministry. Read more here




An Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem was seriously injured early Tuesday after his car caught fire when it was hit by a firebomb thrown at police in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya.. Officers pulled the man from the burning vehicle and took him to the hospital. Police entered the neighbourhood after firebombs were thrown at vehicles travelling on the Jerusalem-Ma’ale Adumim highway. Read more here




Israeli security guards shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian man who ran toward them at a checkpoint near Tulkarem on Friday.  Read more here




The IDF caught seven infiltrators crossing into Israel from Jordan on Saturday. Reportedly, they were Turks looking for work, and this was the third such infiltration in recent months. Read more here



Hospital bedding and patient gownsare a major conduit for transferring dangerous bacteria which infect millions of patients worldwide.  Two Israeli chemistry professors have developed a new way to bacteria-proof the hospital fabrics. The technology, which uses far fewer chemicals than existing ones, maintains a fabric’s antibacterial properties for up to 65 launderings at 92 degrees Celsius or 100 washing cycles at 75 degrees Celsius, andcan make fabrics fire resistant, water repellant and even body odour-proof. Read more here


Israeli alternative protein startup Flying SpArk which makes protein powder out of fruit fly larvae, has announced a new investment and strategic partnership with Thai Union Group, a leading Thai seafood producer. The partnership will enable Flying SpArk to progress its insect growing and processing capabilities in Thailand and dedicate efforts towards cost reduction and process improvements. It will also allow for the promotion of larval insect protein as a sustainable, nutritious contender in the alternative protein market. Read more here


Over 50 cutting-edge Israeli tech companies are featured in the first season of a new series released on Amazon Prime Video on October 18 called “TechTalk. Read more here




A P.A. court issued an order on Oct. 17 to block 59 websites deemed critical of the PA and its leaders, stating that they published articles and photos that “threaten national security and civic peace.” Most of the websites are affiliated with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Mohammed Dahlan, an Abbas rival in Fatah. Read more here


A 50-year-old Palestinian from Hebron who officially converted to Judaism in Israel three weeks ago, was arrested by P.A.security forces over two weeks ago while meeting with one of his children in PA territory and has been held in custody ever since. He said he was tortured on multiple occasions, which left his hands and feet badly burned. According to a leader of the Jewish community in Hebron, the man’s grandfather helped save 26 Jews during the 1929 Hebron massacre. Read more here




The Arava region of southern Israel, which includes the city of Eilat, will become 100% reliant on solar energy during the daytime by 2020. Read more here




The number of Arab university students has doubled in Israel over the last decade, jumping from 24,000 in 2008 to 51,000 in 2018, Israel’s Council for Higher Education said Monday.Arab students constitute 18% of the total and 61% are female.The number of Arab students pursuing a master’s degree has risen from 2,855 in 2008 to 9,274 in 2018. Read more here



More than 5,000 Christians from 100 nations joined 5,000 Israeli marchers last Thursday in Jerusalem for the 64th annual Sukkot ( feast of Tabernacles) festive parade. Read more here



Iran has been banned from international judo competitions for refusing to let its athletes fight Israeli opponents. The International Judo Federation imposed an indefinite ban “until the Iran Judo Federation gives strong guarantees and prove that they will respect the IJF Statutes and accept that their athletes fight against Israeli athletes.” Read more here

The Israeli delegation to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be the biggest the country has ever assembled. Currently, 85 Israeli athletes will compete in 18 sports.  Read more here