A medical worker seen at a field hospital treating wounded from the Civil War in Syria, in the Golan Heights, Northern Israel. (Kobi Gideon /GPO/FLASH90) An Israeli medic at a field hospital treating wounded from the Civil War in Syria, in the Golan Heights, Northern Israel. (Kobi Gideon /GPO/FLASH90)
A medical worker at a field hospital treating wounded from the Civil War in Syria, in the Golan Heights, Northern Israel


Good News Israel presents Israeli medical students “adopt” Syrian boy; advancing Kenyan agriculture and much more.

By Michael Ordman



Medical students ‘adopt’ wounded Syrian boy

A Syrian boy, who lost a leg in an explosion while tending sheep, was sent to Israel for treatment. As the boy has no family in Israel, six Israeli medical students entertain him and with their own money bought him a digital tablet with headphones, games and movies in Arabic.

Advancing Kenyan agriculture

Israel’s Embassy to Kenya is hosting the Israel Kenya Agri Challenge in which 10 Kenyan agricultural entrepreneurs will compete for a fully paid trip to Israel to experience up-close the exciting Israeli start-up ecosystem. Meanwhile, Tel Aviv University’s Pears Challenge for Innovation and International Development encourages Israeli agricultural entrepreneurs to develop tech solutions for Kenyan farmers.

Palestinian Arab is Israel’s deputy chief scientist

Tarek Abu-Hamed, of Sur Baher in East Jerusalem, was named as deputy chief scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. He will be responsible for overseeing national scientific infrastructure, state intellectual property and taxation of academic institutions.

Israeli doctors save Maryam

In my March 1 newsletter I reported that 18-month old Iraqi Christian Maryam Mansour had arrived at Israel’s Hadassah hospital for heart surgery, but her survival chances were slim. Well, the good news is that the 8-hour operation was successful and Maryam should make a full recovery.

Jordanians float to Israel

A 10-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl from the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea floated to Israel after their inner tubes were swept westward by the current. A Jordanian soldier, who had tried to stop the children, was carried away as well. The children (ex-Iraqi refugees) now want to remain in Israel.

Miami learns from Israel

A delegation of leaders in the Miami tech-startup community has just spent a week in Israel with Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee, to learn from Israel’s thriving tech and innovation sector, while sharing best practices and making connections.

Helping Taiwan combat drought

Following its seminar in November, Simona Halperin, head of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, has been advising Taiwan’s government on how to deal with its worst drought in over a decade. Public campaigns, recycling and better infrastructure are a priority.

Israel’s gift to Asia: water and cyber security

A delegation of Israeli information security companies is in South Korea showing how Israeli technology can better secure the Asian state. And a Chinese delegation from Shouguang visiting Israeli water technology companies as part of Israel and China’s joint “water city” project.

More on Israeli ties with Rwanda

A delegation from Rwanda’s ICT Chamber has just visited Israel as guests of Israeli venture capital firm Kaenaat & YPO, which has been working with them for the last two years. Israel is helping Rwanda to jump-start its technology ecosystem using education, skills exchange and investment.


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