Muslim tourists look out towards Jerusalem's Old City from the Mount of Olives. (AP/Dan Balilty) (AP/Dan Balilty)
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Good News Israel presents a rise in tourism from Arab and Muslim countries; empowering women in business and much more.

By: Michael Ordman



Empowering women in business

Over 600 women attended the 6th annual Temech Conference in Jerusalem. The Hebrew and English tracks featured prominent speakers from across Israeli society. Temech’s support for religious Jewish women in business includes training courses and Jerusalem workspaces.

Rise in tourism from Arab and Muslim countries

The number of people visiting Israel from Arab countries is increasing. 14,200 tourists from Jordan, Egypt and Morocco visited Israel from January to May. In addition, tourists from Moslem countries included 13,300 from Turkey, 1,900 from Malaysia and 9,700 from Indonesia.

Major benefits for Israeli Arabs and Druze

The far-left Ha’aretz newspaper called the new initiatives of the Netanyahu government to benefit Israeli Arabs “praiseworthy” and “revolutionary”. These address housing shortages and education. The Israeli Cabinet also approved a $500+ million 5-year plan to develop Druze and Circassian (Moslem) communities.

Israel’s new annual Arab Book Day

The first-ever Arab Book Day was celebrated in a special ceremony at the Israeli parliament. The ultimate aim of the event was to underscore the role literature can play in spanning the divide between Jews and Arabs in Israel. Israeli Arab MK Issawi Frej said, “Books build bridges”.

Israel allows 300 Gazans to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque

An official at the Palestinian liaison office told Ma’an that 300 Gaza residents were driven to Jerusalem via the Erez crossing to pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque. Israel traditionally eases travel restrictions during Ramadan.

Israeli products in PA shops

There is no sign of the Palestinian Authority’s BDS policy in Bethlehem. During Kay Wilson’s visit, she saw plenty of Israeli products in the supermarkets. She saw some Arabs driving cars that the rest of us could only dream of. Kay’s Facebook post went viral.

A meeting of Israelis, Sunnis and Shiites

In the Indian city of Lucknow, Indian Shiite Moslems met with Saudi Arabian Sunni Moslems and Israeli Jews. They discussed religious extremism and the mutual understanding necessary for solving the many problems in the Middle East.

100 German company heads to visit Israel

100 German industry leaders are to visit Israel at the end of June. They include from SAP SE, BMW, Bosch, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, Merck & Co., Inc., Mercedes-Benz and Lufthansa. They will attend an investors’ conference and meet Israeli innovators and researchers.

Israeli agro-tech for Goa

Goa has been actively wooing Israel to resurrect its agriculture since the 2012 Indian election. Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Narayan Bandeka met with Israeli consul general in Mumbai David Akov to discuss crop, post-harvest technologies and water management.

Israeli vets in Georgia floods rescue

A day after severe floods sent animals from Georgia’s Tbilisi Zoo to towards city streets, a team of veterinarians from Tel Aviv’s Ramat Gan Safari and Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo arrived in the Georgian capital to advise zoo officials and dispense medicines and anesthetics.


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