Israel Update: 6 April 2017
INTERNATIONAL AID & PROJECTS
The Israeli NGO IsraAID is helping teachers in Peru prepare to reopen their schools after more than two weeks of flooding and mudslides that have devastated areas of the country. Head of mission Naama Gorodischer said “The IsraAID team is offering water purification solutions….Our approach is relying on rebuilding the capacity of the community to respond to their own needs”
IsraAID said that it was also preparing to provide necessary assistance in neighbouring Colombia, which was hit by a similar disaster last Saturday
Azerbaijan’s deputy prime minister since 1995, was flown to Israel last week after doctors in Baku determined his heart problem was life-threatening. In Haifa, Rambam doctors fitted him with a pacemaker and defibrillator to help manage his heart rate and treated him for a clogged artery
Water Gen an Israeli company whose technology produces drinking water by extracting it from the air has signed agreements with in India and Vietnam, two countries that have long faced water shortages. The technology is to supply drinking water to remote villages in India with solar power from Vikar Solar. The Vietnam project is to generate tens of thousands of litres of water a day for the people of Hanoi.
An Israeli soldier, Sgt. Elchai Taharlev, 20, was murdered and another wounded in a car-ramming attack at a bus stop in the West Bank on Thursday. His father, Rabbi Ohad Teharlev, is the head of MIdreshet Lindenbaum, an educational institution in Jerusalem. He is one of the leading rabbis who encourage religious women to enlist in the IDF. His mother, Avital Teharlev, is a psychologist. The Palestinian Arab attacker was arrested.
A teenage Palestinian Arab attacker stabbed two Israeli civilians aged 18 and 20 and a border policeman on Saturday in Jerusalem’s Old City before he was shot and killed by security forces.
A Palestinian Arab took a knife from the bakery in Lod where he worked and attacked a Jewish woman, Revital Kenino, a local school principal, in a parking garage on March 27.He was arrested the following day
The Palestinian Authority’s new textbooks for first to fourth grades demonize Israel and glorify “martyrdom,” according to a report published Sunday by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), citing an “alarming deterioration” since a previous study. The report says that the 2016-2017 elementary school curriculum in the PA “teaches students to be martyrs, demonizes and denies the existence of Israel, and focuses on a ‘return’ to an exclusively Palestinian homeland.” The IMPACT CEO cited phrases such as, “the volcano of my revenge, the longing of my blood for my land, I shall sacrifice my blood to saturate the land… and asked “are these suitable messages for a 9-year-old?”
Hamas is looking undersea, not just underground,for attack routes into Israel. An Israeli naval officer warned that the terrorist group is training and manufacturing weapons for naval warfare.
Israeli border security personnel at the Kerem Shalom crossing thwarted the smuggling of 30 diving suits apparently intended for terrorist elements in Gaza including the Hamas naval commando unit.The suits were concealed in a shipment of sports clothing imported from abroad.
Ayala Shapira, 13, spoke last week in Brussels about the impact of a firebomb landing on the car seat next to her in December 2014, as she urged the European Union to stop the Palestinian Authority from funding terrorism. Ayala suffered horrific burn injuries and after six operations and several months in hospital she must wear a pressure garment 24 hours a day and cannot be exposed to sunlight. She wears a special mask to protect her face, so that only her eyes and lips are showing.
On March 23, 2017, four Palestinian attackers drove up to the perimeter of the Jewish community of Beit El, north of Jerusalem, and began hurling firebombs toward homes there. Israeli soldiers fired at them, killing one – a 17-year-old – and wounding three others.
HEALTHCARE & MEDICAL INNOVATION
MedyMatch Technology Ltd. and the healthcare unit of Samsung Electronics will collaborate to integrate the Israeli startup’s artificial intelligence software with Samsung’s medical imaging hardware for emergency use. MedyMatch technologies will be integrated into mobile stroke units and specialized ambulances equipped with a Samsung CT scanner and will help clinicians to quickly and accurately assess patients in environments in which hospital specialists are not always at hand.
Researchers at Ben Gurion University Israeli scientists have developed an improved model for detecting the polio virus before it spreads and causes an outbreak.
A new Tel Aviv University study published last month in Oncotarget discloses the role of three proteins in killing fast-duplicating cancer cells while they’re dividing… The researchers are currently investigating the potential of one of the Phenanthridine derivatives to treat two aggressive cancers known to be unresponsive to current chemotherapy: pancreatic cancer and triple negative breast cancer.
El Al Airlines won first place in the World Innovation Competition at the Hamburg International Airport Fair for its “wearable blanket.” The blanket has holes for the head and arms, allowing passengers to slip into it without it falling off as they sleep.
The Israeli economy grew by 4% in 2016, double the U.S. growth rate and 2.3 times higher than the average growth among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development members. Israel had a record $12.4 billion surplus in its current account balance of payments; unemployment dropped to 4.8%; and public debt dropped to an all-time low of 62.8% of GDP.
Rasha Atamny, Israel’s first female Muslim diplomat has been appointed as the Israeli Embassy’s in Turkey’s first secretary. Christian-Arab Rania Jubran was Israel’s first female Arab diplomat 2006-2009. Israel also has several male Muslim and Christian diplomats.
COMMENT & OPINION
Alan Dershowitz: Intersectionality – the radical academic theory which holds that all forms of social oppression are inexorably linked – has become a code word for anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bigotry… The linking of unrelated “victimizations,” despite their tenuous connections, leads to the forming of alliances between causes that at best, have nothing to do with each other. Their only common feature is that to join, they must demonize the nation-state of the Jewish people.
Jonathan S Tobin: Rather than advocate a surrender of the disputed territories in order to create a Palestinian state as soon as possible, the two (Israeli) opposition leaders agree peace is nowhere in sight. Their reason is that Palestinian intentions toward Israel are such that all Israel would be doing is attempting to trade land for terror, rather than for peace. In a remarkable demonstration of a broad consensus, Netanyahu, Herzog and Lapid all understand that until a sea change occurs within their political culture that will render peace acceptable to most Palestinians, Israel has no alternative but to hold its ground.
Benjamin Pogrund: What the BDS movement calls the “apartheid wall” – in fact, mainly a wire fence – was erected between Israel and the West Bank for security reasons, primarily to keep out would-be suicide bombers. Suicide bombings and murders by ramming pedestrians with vehicles never happened in South Africa, yet Israel has had them aplenty. Security concerns have dictated Israel’s precautions and responses, not an ideology of apartheid racism.(The author is a South African-born journalist)
Ben-Dror Yemini: An Open Letter to Richard Gere
Richard Kemp rejects the “contemptible accusations of Sayeeda Warsi.
“She would also condemn the hundreds of thousands from her parents’native Pakistan who served in the British Army….including both her grandfathers”
Marc Goldberg: Time after time British fringe politicians have attempted to use the Jewish connection to Israel as a stick to beat the community with. Warsi’s comments serve only to show that this kind of attitude exists among prominent politicians on both sides of the House of Commons, in all political parties. It should be stamped out.