Hundreds of Eritrean asylum-seekers marched in Tel Aviv in support of a UN probe into the African state’s regime, considered one of the world’s most repressive; The 3 Million Club is an Israeli NGO that works in Haiti, Nepal, and is now starting in India to save children from malnutrition, and much more.
By: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
Eritrean refugees praise Israel’s democracy
Hundreds of Eritrean asylum-seekers marched in Tel Aviv in support of a UN probe into the African state’s regime, considered one of the world’s most repressive. One typical demonstrator said, “for a march like this one we would already be dead in Eritrea.”
Saving children from malnutrition
The 3 Million Club is an Israeli NGO that works in Haiti, Nepal, and is now starting in India. It supplies nutritional bars that are specially formulated to cure children from malnutrition within 12-weeks.
The film “Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew,” has just been released. Mekonen Abebe is a young Ethiopian shepherd who overcame financial and familial hardships to realize his dream of becoming an officer in the IDF.
Dogs visit Knesset on Blind Day
Dogs training to be guides for the blind visited the Knesset Tuesday, in honor of Israel’s sixth annual “Blind Day.” The Israeli parliament voted to introduce fines for (a) refusing to admit a blind person with a guide dog or (b) not employing a blind person because he or she uses a guide dog.
Israeli youth village fosters Jewish-Christian bonds
The Ahava Village in Kiryat Bialik near Haifa, treats over 250 at-risk child residents in 15 family units. Ahava receives funds from the many Jewish and Christian supporters of Bnai Zion Foundation, a century-old Jewish organization that funds Israeli humanitarian projects.
Israel gets recognition at last
My criticism of the BBC last week, for ignoring the Israeli source of life-saving melanoma treatment, was picked up by Israel National News. But more importantly, it looks like the BBC has also taken notice. This week, the BBC World Service (and others) featured a report on the largest solar tower being built in Israel’s Negev desert.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03y4hg9#play (from 49mins).
Hatikva rings out at Antwerp Cathedral
The Belgium city of Antwerp greeted Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with the Israeli national anthem played on the bells of the city cathedral.
Special Israeli delegation at the UN
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon invited a delegation from the Special in Uniform (SIU) initiative to the U.N. to share their stories about how people with disabilities can contribute to society and to a nation.
Israel helps fight fires in Cyprus
The IDF sent three military firefighting planes and a cargo plane together with personnel to Cyprus to help combat raging fires near the Cypriot city of Paphos. It was the biggest fire Cyprus had seen in recent years, with strong winds making it difficult to bring the fire under control.
Israel’s benefit to Massachusetts’ economy
In 2012 Israel-founded companies contributed $6 billion in direct revenue and over 6,600 jobs in Massachusetts. For 2015 the figures are $9.3 billion and nearly 9,000 jobs. Israeli companies directly generate nearly 4% of the State’s GDP.
Israel South Africa Water Week
The first annual Israel South Africa Water Week held successful sessions in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Over a dozen Israeli companies were joined by South African partners, NGO’s and high ranking members of national and provincial governments to focus on solutions for water scarcity in South Africa. http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/successful-israel-south-africa-water-week-creates-partnerships-2016-06-09/
Liberia’s president praises Israel
Israel hosted the “Entrepreneurship Conference for Developing Countries” where Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed delight in Israeli entrepreneurs whose commitment to innovation has transformed their nation and improved the lives of its people.
Israeli universities go global
Good article detailing some of the international partnerships of the Technion (US), Tel Aviv University (China), Ben Gurion University (China), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Singapore), University of Haifa (China), Weizmann Institute (France) and Bar Ilan University (China). Also, the HUJ and TAU are in the Times Higher Education’s top 20 Asian universities.
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