Of the 141,200 citizens of Ethiopian origin in Israel graduating from high school, 89% took the matriculation tests compared with the national average of 94%; 20 women have enrolled in the IDF Paratroop Brigade’s instructors course; Eitan Na’eh arrived in Ankara to take up the position of Israel’s new ambassador, and much more.
By: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
Ethiopian-Israelis are closing educational gaps
There are currently 141,200 citizens of Ethiopian origin in Israel. Of those graduating from high school, 89% took the matriculation tests compared with the national average of 94%. The dropout rate of 1.21% was slightly lower than the 1.4% among all Jewish students.
Scholarships to mark Sigd
Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Ministry has announced that is marking the Ethiopian-Jewish holiday of Sigd by allocating scholarships totaling some NIS 1.8 million to Ethiopian students.
Disabled cross the Negev
75 Canadians were among the participants of the 9th annual cross-Negev hike for the disabled, organized by OneFamily and Paratrek. Hikers included those who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and brain injuries, blind hikers and (for the first time) wheelchair users.
Parachuting beyond the glass ceiling
Two decades after Ronit Budette became Israel’s first female parachuting instructor, 20 women have enrolled in the IDF Paratroop Brigade’s instructors course. Ronit was inspired by seeing the historic images of paratroopers reconquering the Western Wall from Jordan in 1967.
Israeli firms are socially responsible
Israel has just held its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Experience Conference. The Maala CSR Index – set up to promote social and environmental innovation – comprises 98 Israeli companies that employ 310,000 with $94 billion sales – about one-third of Israel’s GDP.
Israel’s Heron completes first mission for Germany in Mali
Germany is currently in charge of the UN peacekeeping intelligence unit in Mali and successfully completed its first mission using an Israeli-made Heron 1 drone. Germany has leased 3 Israeli Aerospace Industries Heron drones for $100 million.
Israel’s new Ambassador to Turkey
After five years, Israel and Turkey have resumed full diplomatic ties. Eitan Na’eh arrived in Ankara to take up the position of Israel’s new ambassador.
Guatemala’s president makes historic visit
During Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ state visit to Israel he and Israeli Prime Minister signed agreements in agriculture, science, technology and security. He was honored at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University for Guatemala’s mobilizing of support for the 1947 UN partition plan that led to the establishment of Israel.
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