Israeli architect Haim Dotan designed the world’s highest and longest transparent glass bridge spanning China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon; Israel’s latest political reshuffle has brought the number of women lawmakers to a 33 – an all-time high, and much more.
By: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
China’s incredible glass bridge
Israeli architect Haim Dotan designed the world’s highest and longest transparent glass bridge spanning China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, one of the most popular scenic spots in China. It is 430m long and 300m high and took only 18 months to complete at a cost of approximately £48 million.
Record number of women in Israeli Parliament
Israel’s latest political reshuffle has brought the number of women lawmakers to a 33 – an all-time high. Yulia Malinovsky was sworn in as a Yisrael Beytenu Member of the Knesset on 7 June. She plans to focus on issues of welfare, education, housing, and the cost of living.
Supporting social startups
TechForGood has announced registration for the third cycle of its Israeli accelerator program, which supports startups that leverage technology in order to address social issues. It seeks Israeli startups with ideas for the elderly, the environment, food quality, healthcare, etc.
Israeli-Arab is University dean
Professor Michael (Mousa) Karayanni is the first-ever Israeli-Arab to be appointed dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Professor Karayanni, is from a Christian Greek Orthodox family in the Galilee town of Kafr Yasif.
Finance for Arab businesswomen
SAWA is a microfinance initiative from Koret Israel Economic Development Funds that offers loans to women with promising business ideas. SAWA began in the country’s South focusing on Bedouin women, and has recently expanded further north.
150 PA farmers attend expo in Tel Aviv
The Civil Administration for the Territories (COGAT) arranged for 150 Palestinian Arab farmers to attend an international exhibition of agriculture (Agro-Mashov) in the heart of Tel Aviv in order to learn about cutting-edge agricultural technology to develop their businesses.
Employment for Georgia
Jobs will be created in the US State of Georgia when Israel’s Polymer Logistics opens its third US distribution center in Dublin, Georgia. The $4 million center will eventually employ 110 people, adding to those already employed in its California and Texas service centers. In addition, Georgia Ports Authority reported a 23 percent increase in trade with Israel last year.
Israeli greenhouses to employ Philippines’ homeless
The Secretary of the Department of Agriculture in the Philippines is to train the street dwellers in the capital Manila to work in agricultural projects supported by Greenhouse Israeli Agro-Innovative Technology.
University leaders visit Israel
Presidents and chancellors from top US universities and colleges have been visiting Israel to learn about innovation and opportunities for bilateral academic partnerships.
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