History of Israel's Good News Apr - June 2013

Israel Good News Archive – 7th Apr to 30th June 2013

In the 30th Jun 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Israeli researchers have discovered how to switch off alcohol dependency
·        Israeli surgeons treat 4 Syrian children who were badly wounded in the civil war.
·        Israel has appointed the first woman Ambassador to a Moslem country.
·        Israeli software restores archaeological ruins on your smartphone screen.
·        Only in Israel, start-ups donate part of their success to charitable causes.
·        The Russian Bolshoi Opera makes its first ever visit to Israel.
·        London marathon paraplegic celebrity Clare Lomas meets ReWalk’s inventors.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary
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Alcohol addiction?  Forget it.  Researchers in Israel and San Francisco have been able to switch off a memory pathway in the brains of rats responsible for alcohol dependency.  Tests on humans are expected soon.  The results may also lead to the treatment of nicotine craving.

Repairing the faces of twins.  Surgeons at Haifa’s Ramban hospital treated two 14 year-old twins for similar defects: cleft palate and nose, and fused fingers. During the two three-hour operations, the doctors reconstructed both brothers’ upper palate. 

Safer bone augmentation.  Israel’s RegeneCure has developed an innovative synthetic membrane for those needing dental implants.  Alternative animal-tissue-derived collagen membranes risk being contaminated from pathogens.  RegeneCure’s membrane also degrades slowly, giving the natural bone more time to regenerate.

Seeing Israel in a new light.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Field of Vision, a new series by photographer Vardi Kahana, documents the people touched by Eye from Zion, an Israeli organization that provides free ocular medical treatment to needy populations around the world.

This is how Israeli doctors save Syrian lives.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Over the past few weeks I have been reporting only headline stories of wounded Syrians being treated in Israeli hospitals.  Here is an amazing in-depth feature about what happens on the front lines (at the border and at the hospital).

Israel’s Brain exhibition.  One of the exhibits at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem spotlighted on Israel’s top research into the human brain.

More medical research for children.  The Hebrew University is to establish a center for pharmaceutical research and treatment of children.  Its focus includes incurable genetic diseases, building new models for testing drugs for children and synthesizing new molecules suited for children, despite being unprofitable.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  In the week ending 22nd June 2013, 1216 trucks carried 32,660 tons of goods into Gaza from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing.  They included 324 trucks of food and 391 trucks of construction materials.

Gaza farmers transported to Tel Aviv conference.  The Israeli army invited and facilitated the transport of 50 Palestinian Arab farmers from Gaza to an agricultural conference in Tel Aviv. The goal was to help boost agricultural output in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip

An emotional meeting.  10-year-old Yakub Ivachisad, the Palestinian Arab boy who received one of the kidneys from Israeli boy Noam Naor, received a visit in Schneider Children's hospital from Noam’s parents.   Noam's mother, said, "To see Yakub today is very exciting. I wish him only health, a full and speedy recovery.

Muslims who want to defend Israel.  Brothers Milad and Muhammad Atrash, Arab Muslims from the Galilee, volunteered to defend their country by enlisting in the IDF.  Muhammad has just sworn allegiance to the State of Israel, and in two weeks his brother Milad will start his officers’ training course.

An ordinary day in Israel.  Read about a typical day for Israeli Diana Bletter, interacting with Muslims, Christians, Druze, Ethiopian Jews and a Baha'i woman.  How many different people have you spoken to today?

Four Syrian children treated in Israel.  A 16-year-old boy suffering from gunshot wounds, a 13 year-old girl and two boys aged nine and fifteen are the latest Syrian casualties to be taken to Israel hospitals. The source for the final story is the Lebanese Daily Star – usually very anti-Israel. In total, Israel has treated over 100 Syrians.

Feeding the world.  Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), visited Israel for the first time.  MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) is working with the WFP in South Sudan and alleviating the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Arab countries fail to block an Israel sponsored UN conference  (Thanks to www.israelandstuff.com) Arab states have failed to block Israel from leading the UN Entrepreneurship for Development Debate in which Israel’s agriculture, solar energy and medical equipment were showcased for developing countries.

Israeli ambassador to Uzbekistan is a woman.  Carmela Shamir will soon begin her term as Israeli ambassador in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, making her the first female Israeli envoy to serve in a Muslim country.  Another woman, Hagit Mualem, will serve as the deputy ambassador in the Israeli embassy in Tashkent.


Sweet seedless Israeli peppers and more.  At Fresh AgroMashov 2013, Israel’s Zeraim Gedera presented its seedless sweet pepper “the Angello™”and its disease-resistant long-life seedless watermelon “the Fascination”.

Hello Doctor.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) For patients with complex medical conditions, Israeli-developed Hello Doctor is a new mobile application that organizes all your medical records. It makes sure you can easily navigate and access them, no matter how many different doctors or clinics you visit.

The magic touch.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Israel’s N-trig has announced that its pen and touch controller powers Sony’s VAIO® Duo 13 Ultrabook. N-trig’s DuoSense provides a single sensor for both pen and touch.

Bringing archeology to life.  (Thanks to NoCamels) Israeli startup Architip’s app will show an image of what a site used to look, or informative text, when a smartphone is held up to the landscape. Point it at a faded mosaic and Architip displays it in full color, with all its drawings intact.

Chicago wants Israeli water technology.  Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to purify his city’s water using new technologies developed by the University of Chicago and Ben-Gurion University. 

Aiming for the Moon.  Kfir Damari of Israel’s SpaceIL came to the downtown Jerusalem Startup Hub to make a presentation on his lunar exploration startup, Israel’s sole entrant in Google’s Lunar X competition, which offers a $30 million prize to whichever team’s craft can make it to the moon first.


Israeli pilot flies new Boeing to Tel Aviv.  Lufthansa’s First Officer, Israeli Yaniv Emanuel, flew the airline’s new Boeing 747-8 from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv.  The first arrival of the World’s longest commercial plane also marked the improvements to Ben Gurion airport to satisfy aviation regulations.

Record May for tourists to Israel.  May 2013 was a record-breaking month for tourism to Israel. The 336,000 visitor numbers were 5 percent higher than in May 2012. The total for 2013 so far is also a record 1.4 million.

European Life Sciences rush to work with Israel.  Over a dozen international delegations attended the 2013 BioMed show in Tel Aviv.  The German group was also visiting Israeli universities to seek cooperation in research projects.  The Italian delegation was looking to buy or invest in Israeli life science companies.

Israeli start-ups must give to charity.  Israel’s OurCrowd is the first Venture Capital Funding Organization to insist its portfolio companies donate a portion of equity to a charitable foundation.  Start-ups allocate shares to the non-profit Tmura.  If the start-up is taken-over, Tmura gives 90% of the share value to charitable projects.


Old house / new house.  Before David Cohen demolished his house, his daughter invited 85 Israeli artists to transform it, and raise money for children’s charities.

Russia’s Bolshoi Opera makes first visit to Israel.  For the first time, the Israeli Opera is hosting the Bolshoi Opera House from Moscow, one of the world's leading opera houses and the biggest in Russia.  It will be performing Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, "Yevgeny Onegin," perhaps the most "Russian" opera of all times.

Four prizes for Jerusalem film school.  Filmmakers from Jerusalem’s Ma’aleh School of Television, Film & the Arts won 4 prizes at the International Student Film Festival in Tel Aviv.

A long White Night.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Tel Aviv’s 10th annual White Night featured theater, dance, public sing-alongs, operatic arias, classical music, jazz, rock, alternative music, video displays, artists, art sales, storytellers, literature, philosophy, beach volleyball, yoga, folk dancing, ballroom dancing, fashion events, an accessories fair, shopping, street parades, club parties and tours.  What, you wanted more?

Israeli wins International chess tournament.  Israeli chess grandmaster Boris Gelfand took first place in the Tal Memorial international competition in Moscow.  Gelfand was undefeated on six points, ahead of the current World Number 1 Magnus Carlsen.  The current world champion, Viswanathan Anand came ninth.


UK paraplegic meets ReWalk inventors.  Claire Lomas, the young British paraplegic woman who completed the London marathon wearing an Israeli invention that enabled the use of her legs, has visited the Jewish state to meet the Argo Medical team behind the technology.

Look what they’ve found in Jerusalem.  More proof of Jewish settlement in Israel’s capital 2000 years ago.

That’s a lotta bottle.  Israelis recycled over 200 million 1.5 liter plastic bottles in 2012 – a seven percent increase on the previous year.  The 29 bottles-per-person average was easily exceeded by yours truly, who personally picked up at least one discarded bottle every day and deposited it into Netanya’s recycling bins.

Netanya is the coolest.  Netanya is the only large town in Israel that preserved its original cliffs, instead of cutting them down to the sea level. As a result, Netanya’s homes are built at 40-50 feet above the sea level, endowing the city with a lovely, cooling breeze most days of the summer.

“This is The Land”.  On her first visit to Israel recently, Dr. Qanta Ahmed saw the country ‘as God sees it.’ The Muslim physician, and daughter of Pakistani immigrants to the US, was smitten by the natural beauty, history and modern achievements that came into vivid focus on a helicopter tour of the Jewish State.

High flyer.  Israel’s new pilots included 21-year-old Lt B who made Aliya from New Jersey in 2009.  "I knew from a young age that Israel was an amazing country, and that I was destined to fall in love with it," he said.

The SuperMoon over Jerusalem.  The Moon came to its closest point of the year to Israel last week.


In the 23rd June 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        30,000 visitors came to Israel in 2012 for vital medical treatment.
·        The courage of Israel’s Miss World 1998 is shown in a new documentary film.
·        An Israeli company is building a solar farm in Rwanda.
·        Elbit’s Clear Vision system can land airplanes in any weather.
·        New fiber optic cable will turn Israel “into the first digital nation”.
·        A quality performance by Barbra Streisand at the President’s Conference.
·        Israel’s U21 Euro soccer tournament was hailed as a great success.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary
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Come to Israel – get healed.  30,000 of Israel’s 3.5 million visitors in 2012 came to get medical treatment at Israel’s top health institutions.  Treatments include IVF, brain diseases, laser surgery and heart bypasses. Please read about Dr. Jason Bodzin of West Bloomfield who had stem cell treatment for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) – the condition also suffered by Professor Stephen Hawking, who boycotted Israel’s Presidents’ Conference.

Boost for Israel’s icy cancer treatment.  IceSense3 cryoablation cancer treatment is to be covered by US medical insurance giant HCSC.  Vast numbers of US patients will now be able to have breast tumors removed by the minimally invasive ultrasound-targeted freezing process developed by Israel’s IceCure Medical.

Why some cancer treatments fail.  An international research team, including Hebrew University Professor Raphael D. Levine, has discovered that brain tumors switch their signaling network to evade growth inhibitor medication.  New treatments can now be developed that take advantage of this knowledge.

Get your heart fat checked.  Researchers at the Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tikva have proved scientifically that the thickness of the layer of fat enveloping the heart can predict heart disease.  It is not the weight (BMI) of an individual that matters, but whether the tissue supporting the heart muscle grows too large.

Treating Gaucher’s disease in Brazil.  Israel’s Protalix Biotherapeutics has entered into a supply and technology transfer agreement with Brazil for its Gaucher treatment Uplyso. Brazil’s Health Minister said he was pleased to be able to improve the health of Brazilian citizens impacted by the rare disorder.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  In the week ending 15th June 2013, 1313 trucks carried 36,026 tons of goods into Gaza from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing.  They included 265 trucks of food and 418 trucks of construction materials.

National service by Arabs up 76 percent.  A ceremony was held in Haifa to recognize the record-high 3,000 Arabs volunteering in the national service program this year.  This represents an increase of 76 percent over last year, when 1,700 participated.  85 percent of participants either study or enter the workforce afterwards.

Arab Muslim, female, activist, professional and graduate student.  This photo says it all.

Brave Miss World.  In 1998 Miss Israel, Linor Abargil from Netanya, became Miss World.  But her real story has only just been made into a documentary film.  She went around the world, speaking out about her ordeal, speaking with others who had also been assaulted, working with survivors and those who help survivors.

Helping India grow food.  Israeli is to provide technology and training to India to diversify its fruit and vegetable crops and raise yields. Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (Mashav) would help set up 28 centers of excellence in 10 Indian states - each focused on specific fruit and vegetable crops.

Solar power for Rwanda.  Jerusalem-based Energiya Global is bringing light to the nations with a project for an 8.5- megawatt solar field in Rwanda.  The country’s first solar field will be located at the Agahozo- Shalom Youth Village, a boarding school east of the capital Kigali, for orphans of the Rwandan genocide.


Israel gets cyber-tough.  Interview with Gadi Tirosh of Jerusalem Venture Partners, which is building a cyber incubator in Beersheba.  It will grow IT security companies from some of the most talented Israelis in academia and the military in order to tackle the growing threats that firewalls and anti-virus cannot handle.

Turn your mobile phone into a smartphone.  (Thanks to Israel21c) An estimated 4 billion people own a simple mobile phone – mostly in countries where a smartphone would not work.  Israeli start-up VascoDe provides a 2G system to provide email, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia etc. via national mobile providers.

Landing in any weather.  Elbit’s Clear Vision system was put on show yesterday at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. The system’s advanced multi-spectral camera displays real-time pictures on transparent glass in front of the pilot, enabling passenger aircraft to land even in storms and fog.  The video is of an earlier version.

Israeli planes get new missile protection.  An El Al 737 plane has completed trials with the new C-MUSIC DIRCM system to protect against terrorist shoulder-fired missiles.  Every El Al, Arkia and Israir civilian plane will be equipped with the new system.

Free courses at TAU and the Technion.  Tel Aviv University and Israel’s Technion have partnered with free-course provider Coursera to offer especially developed classes in four study areas – including engineering, archeology, biology and cultural studies.

National Science Day, at a venue near you.  Israel marked National Science Day with lectures in unlikely places.  In people’s homes, the Israel Museum, and (because it was also Einstein’s birthday) the Einstein Pub.

Technion Innovation for a Better World.  Good video of some of Israel Technion’s top developments.  It features robotics, ReWalk, focused ultrasound, stem cells, sustainable engineering and new energy research.

No electric cars, but maybe electric scooters.  The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality is launching a pilot program to replace its fleet of 300 motorcycles with electric versions.  It is part of part of a broader citywide program to reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and noise.

Israel’s 1Gigabit Internet.  Israel has commenced a ten-year, multi-billion-shekel project to lay a national fiber optic network that will allow Internet download speeds of up to a gigabit (1,000 megabits) per second. 

Israel will be the first end-to-end-digital nation.  Cisco CEO John Chambers’ prediction came after meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu and agreeing to help upgrade Israel’s digital infrastructure.  Israel is moving to connect fiber-optic networks and infrastructure to homes, businesses, education and healthcare all at once.


After Waze – who’s next?  Here is fastcompany.com’s “6 Israeli Startups To Watch” following Google’s purchase of Israel’s Waze for a cool $1 billion.

Deutsche Telekom incubates Israeli start-ups.  Germany’s communications giant Deutsche Telekom is preparing Israeli start-ups for the European market.  During the three-month program, DT provides mentoring, pilot customers, offices in Berlin plus travel & accommodation costs.

Another road for Nigeria.  Israel’s Solel Boneh has won a $580 million Nigerian government tender to rebuild and widen an 84km section of the Ibadan-Lagos highway in southwest Nigeria. The deal follows a $390 million contract in Oct 2012 to build a road in the Shgamu-Benin area of Nigeria.

Cisco wants more Israelis.  Cisco CEO John Chambers announced plans to open a development center dealing with information technology in Israel.  The technology giant plans to hire up to 100 more Israeli employees, who will join the 2,000 Israelis that the organization currently employs.

Record Israeli food exports to USA.  Exports of Israeli Foods and Beverages to the United States reached a record $224 million in 2012 – an increase of 50% in five years.  One of the reasons cited was “quality”.

14 projects will “get the BIRD”.  No, it is good news. In its latest round of investment, the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation will provide $10.95 million for fourteen Israeli projects.  BIRD finds US partners and provides up to a third of total projected costs.


International Student Film Festival.  The 15th International Student Film Festival, sponsored by Tel Aviv University, is presenting 250 movies at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and other venues around the city. 

Barbra.  “Avinu Malkeinu” at Shimon Peres’ 90th http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOqjCENDhyk
Also “People” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnKkYig6ROk and a beautiful HD sound quality version from Newsletter subscriber Paula http://vimeo.com/64798140 (with appearances by Peres and Gilad Shalit)

Comedy is a serious business in Israel.  LA-based comedian Avi Liberman visits Israel twice a year, bringing with him some of America’s best comics.  They raise funds for the Koby foundation – formed by the parents of Koby Mandel who was murdered by Arab terrorists in 2001.

Israel wins bronze (and more) at World Ball Hockey finals.  A hastily assembled Israeli team beat Hong Kong 3-2 in a shoot-out for third place at the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.  It was Israel’s first appearance at this tournament.  Israel also won the Fairplay award.

You have never seen Jerusalem from this angle.  An amazing video of a Formula 1 Ferrari speeding through Jerusalem in front of 100,000 spectators.

A great U21 Euro soccer tournament.  UEFA’s president Michel Platini praised Israel, saying "The stadiums were wonderful and well-organized, the pitches excellent and the atmosphere in the stadiums was great with many families with young children attending. That is exactly the type of tournament that I like to see".  It was the most important international sporting event to be held in the Jewish state since the 1968 Paralympics.


Cherry picking in the Golan.  It’s so lovely to have an almost positive article about Israel from the BBC.  We may get a few more, now that most of their news reporters can’t risk working in any of the nearby war zones.

Tel Aviv is one of the world’s top 10 beaches.  (Thanks to Size Doesn’t Matter) National Geographic Traveler has selected Tel Aviv in its top ten choices for the best beaches in the world.

Comedy writer’s view of Israel.  There are some classic one-liners in Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Dave Barry’s description of his first visit to the Jewish State.

Welcome to the chiffchaff.  For the first time in recorded history, 20 pairs of the common chiffchaff have been found in Israel.  The birds are nesting in a remote valley in the Hermon. Turkey is the furthest South previously detected.  534 species of birds can be found in Israel.  500 million birds migrate through Israel.

Only in Israel.  See these clips of some unusual Israeli buskers at the Mamila shopping mall in Jerusalem.


In the 16th June 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Israeli researchers have discovered a new protein that can save women’s lives
·        Israeli technology prevents scars both during and following surgery.
·        Israeli doctors successfully delivered the conjoined twins of a Palestinian Arab woman.
·        The Hebrew University has given an award to the Israeli who saved the bees.
·        Google bought Israel’s Waze for a record $1 billion.
·        Jews, Christians and Moslems cheered as F1 racecars roared through Jerusalem.
·        An inspiring speech by the UK’s Chief Rabbi at London’s pro-Israel rally.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary
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New protein can save women’s lives.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered a protein code-named PEDF that treats pain and fertility problems in women suffering from angiogenesis of the uterus.  It can also cure potentially life-threatening side effects caused by IVF treatments.

Good results in cancer vaccine trials.  Israel’s Vaxil Bio announced strong immune and antibody responses in Phase I/II trial patients receiving injections of its ImMucin cancer vaccine.  A reliable source informed me that Vaxil paid to transport one of the cancer patients from Gaza to Jerusalem and back for his regular treatments.

Israeli cancer centers in Moscow?  At the "Moscow Days in Israel" economic conference in Tel Aviv, Mark Groysman of Africa Israel announced plans to develop oncology centers in Moscow.  Over 500,000 Russians contract cancer each year, where there is a lack of medical devices, equipment, doctors and clinics.

Israeli glucose monitor approved.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Israel’s Integrity Applications has received CE Mark approval for its non-invasive blood glucose measurement device. GlucoTrack’s ultrasound, electromagnetic, and thermal earlobe sensor obtains blood glucose measurements in less than a minute without drawing blood.

China to use Israeli Hepatitis Vaccine.  Israel’s BioLineRx has licensed its BL-8030 oral treatment for the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) to China’s Jiangsu Chia-tai Tianqing.  Approximately 43 million Chinese suffer from Hepatitis C – a chronic and debilitating disease.

Treating illness through the skin.  Marganit Cohen-Avrahami of the Hebrew University has won a Kaye Award, for her development of nano-structured gels containing skin-permeable proteins to treat illnesses without causing many of the side effects accompanied by oral-based medications.

All eyes on your loved one.  The Amity platform from Israel’s Xorcom provides 24/7 remote supervision for the elderly or infirm, whether they are alone, in sheltered accommodation, or a hospital or nursing home.  Sensors and cameras monitor pulse rate, breathing, movement; even checking if the stove has been left on.

Children will breathe easier.  (Thanks to Israel21c) The Inspiromatic smart dry-powder inhaler for children from Israel’s Inspiro Medical has just passed a critical clinical trial at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikvah.  The Inspiromatic has an internal micro controller and flow sensor that dispenses the particles of medication at the right time and of the right size, without need for forceful inhalation.

Scarless surgery.  Israel’s Eon Surgical has developed technology to perform microlaparoscopy – a single minimally invasive surgical procedure through a tiny incision in the abdomen. Even before selling its first product, Eon has been bought by US giant Teleflex, indicating that Eon’s technology is exceptional. 

And scarless closure.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Even if you need a major operation – such as a caesarian – Israel’s IonMed will ensure you won’t have unsightly scars from the stitches.  BioWeld1 uses cold plasma (partly ionized gas) to weld together the openings from surgical incisions.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  In the week ending 8th June 2013, 1239 trucks carried 35,177 tons of goods into Gaza from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing.  They included 302 trucks of food and 433 trucks of construction materials.

Palestinian Arab’s conjoined twins born in Israel.  In an extremely rare case, Hadassah doctors performed a four-hour caesarian operation to deliver “Siamese” twins, sharing a heart, weighing 4.9 kg.  The mother, Basma from the Arab village of Yatta near Hebron, is now back home with the twins, under medical observation.

More Syrians treated in Israel.  Two more Syrians wounded in their country’s conflict were brought into Israel for treatment last week. The IDF transported them to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, to get emergency care.  One of the Syrians treated the previous week had a note from his Syrian doctor with details of his injuries.

Israeli activist promotes women’s rights in South Sudan.  Ophelie Namiech, has made Aliyah to Israel and serves as Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID ‘s country director for South Sudan.  Namiech trains social workers, community leaders and teachers to be able to address gender-based violence.

20 years of repairing homes.  Over the last two decades, 24,000 volunteers have helped Israeli charity Livnot U’Lehabanot repair over 2,700 houses for the less fortunate of Israeli society.  It is just one of Livnot’s many projects at the core of its mission to bring immigrants and native Israelis closer to the Land of Israel.


Israel is a smartphone superpower.  57 percent of Israelis have a smartphone - up from 35 percent last year – and the highest global annual increase.  Only the UK (62 percent) is higher in smartphone ownership.  But Israelis beat the world when it comes to smartphone usage (Internet, apps, maps etc).

Israeli oil protects vegetables from pests.  (Thanks to Ophir) The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture has approved the use of "Tamar Tech" pesticide based on non-toxic and edible oils. When sprayed on the plants in the field or in the greenhouse it protects leaves, stems and fruits from attacks by insects, spider-mites and fungi.

Chinese rice – Israeli style.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Israel’s Evogene is working with Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group (DBN) to increase fertilizer uptake and drought tolerance in rice.  Evogene has discovered several candidate genes and these will be introduced into DBN’s pipeline for the development of improved rice.

Another Israeli safe driving device.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Israel’s Cellocator has launched Cello-IQ, a driver safety and eco driving solution, designed to improve fleet safety and reduce fleet operation costs.  Over one million vehicles have a Cellocator device. (Now we just need these installed in every Israeli car!)

Keep cool on your bike.  Israelis Arik Bar-Erez and Kobi Rein have invented Q-Fog – the world’s first spray device for cyclists.  The lightweight Q-Fog provides 400 sprays of cooling water that evaporates of your body.  The Israelis are now seeking funding via crowdsourced fundraising site Indiegogo.

Israeli technology wins top Network award.  Israel’s RAD Data Communications won the 2013 NetEvents Technology Innovation Award for “infrastructure equipment and innovative solutions to Service Providers’ current challenges”.  RAD’s MiNID device configures nearly any telecom equipment just by plugging it in.

Israel is top in cyber security.  Tel Aviv University hosted the 3rd International Cyber Security conference just as Israel found it was ranked as the world’s leader in cyber security – up from 19th place in 2012.

Israeli awarded for saving the bees.  Professor Ilan Sela of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been awarded first prize in this year’s Kaye Awards for Innovation.  Sela discovered the IAPV virus responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and then founded Beeologics, the developers of CCD treatment “remebee,”

Israeli wins top Blackberry award.   Gadi Mazor, Chief Technical Officer of Israel’s OurCrowd, has won the Blackberry Achievement Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.  Gadi developed Nobex Radio for BlackBerry - an innovative mobile radio app that has reached over 12 million registered users.


UK-Israel bilateral trade up 21%.  Trade between the UK and Israel increased from $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2013.  Exports from Israel to the UK increased by over 50 percent.

The long goodbye.  Governor of the Bank of Israel, Professor Stanley Fischer has begun his wind-down to retirement.  He has already taken his leave of the Knesset Finance Committee and the Bank of Israel will host a professional Farewell Conference in his honor on June 18.  A great national asset – he is a hard act to follow.

Google buys Waze for over $1 billion.  Traffic crowd-sourcer Waze became one of the largest purchases in Israel’s history.  Waze, founded in 2008, now has nearly 50 million users. The ability to produce such a high-value application is also very good news for Israel’s growing hi-tech scene.


Welcome stars of Latin America.  US hasbara organization America’s Voices in Israel brought five major names in Latin media to Israel. Among them was Don Francisco, the Chilean host of Univision’s “Sábado Gigante,” the longest-running entertainment program in history.  Francisco, born Mario Kreutzberger, is Jewish.

Two Israeli kickboxing world champions.  Israel’s Sara Avraham – an Indian convert to Judaism – is the new Muay Thai kickboxing world champion in the 60-63kg category for the 16-19 age group.  She joins her Israeli friend Nili Block who is the world champion in the 52-56kg category for the same age group.

The peaceful roar of Formula 1.  On the streets of Jerusalem 100,000 spectators - Muslims, Christians and Orthodox Jews – cheered as the roaring state-of the art Formula 1 racecars sped by.  There was not one incident of violence.  Elizabeth Awwad, of east Jerusalem, said “I am Muslim and they are Jewish, and we are together.”


Israel the stabilizer.  (Thanks to Michael Neifeld) I don’t usually post political articles, but this one by Professor Norman Bailey in Globes seemed particularly positive (for Israel) in the way it summarizes what has happened to the Middle East in the two and a half years since I started these newsletters.

Colombian President visits Israel.  Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, Israel's most loyal ally in Latin America, was received warmly in Jerusalem. He signed a free trade zone agreement between Israel and Colombia, an air services agreement and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in matters of innovation.

The Memphis Israel Festival.  Two of Memphis Tennessee’s most famous personalities - Elvis Presley and Martin Luther King - were pro-Israeli.  But it is still amazing that a US state with only 9,000 Jews held its 6th annual Israel Festival that attracted 13,000 visitors.

“Israel is a blessing not just to its citizens but to the world.”  UK Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks gave an inspiring speech at the “Closer to Israel” event in London.  He listed dozens of Israel’s innovations and humanitarian activities as well as the successful lives and the benefits that Arabs enjoy in the Jewish State.


In the 9th June 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Israeli scientists have discovered the cause of a rare Arab genetic disease.
·        At Haifa’s Rambam hospital a Jewish and Arab family have swapped kidneys.
·        An Israeli humanitarian organization is helping victims of the Oklahoma tornado.
·        Israeli super-specs “read” to the visually impaired in any environment.
·        Israelis have helped develop the “Haswell” – Intel’s new 4th generation microchip.
·        Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg won the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Competition
·        A million Americans celebrated Israel on the streets of New York.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary
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Insulin pumps for type 2 diabetes.  Israeli biotech Valeritas has developed a cheap, disposable mechanical pump for delivering insulin to type 2 diabetes patients.  The device is important as health insurance companies are not prepared to cover expensive insulin pumps and cheap pumps previously were easily damaged.

We don’t have to start from scratch.  A research team led by Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Dr Alex Binshtok has isolated the neurons that carry the signals of itching to the brain.  The findings can lead to therapies for previously largely untreated dry skin itch and allergic dermatitis itch.

Israeli researchers uncover Arab genetic disease.  An Israeli-led international research team has discovered a rare bone marrow mutation, called congenital neutrophil defect syndrome.  It affected five Palestinian Arabs at Sheba Hospital and two Moroccan Arabs in Munich.  Israeli doctors are now working on a potential treatment.

Too much medicine.  Israel’s Dr Doron Garfinkel is a pioneer of intervention to prevent elderly patients taking many treatments.  The complex interactions due to “polypharmacy” can lead to alzheimer’s-like symptoms.  Dr Garfinkel visits patients to review and agree which medicines are essential and which can be stopped.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  In the week ending 1st June 2013, 1300 trucks carried 35,996 tons of goods into Gaza from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing.  They included 156 trucks of food and 436 trucks of construction materials.

Blood brothers.  At Haifa’s Rambam hospital, Israeli-Arab Mohammed Eckert received a kidney from David Ben-Yair’s son whilst simultaneously Israeli-Jew David Ben-Yair received a kidney from Mohammed’s wife.  "We bonded both physically and mentally," said David. "Here, in our country, and in the world at large, we have to realize that we have the power to save people, all people."

3-year-old Israel’s kidney saves PA Arab boy.  When young Noam Naor fell out the window and was pronounced clinically dead, his parents decided to donate his organs. Doctors at Schneider’s children hospital transplanted one kidney into an Israeli child and the other saved the life of a 10-year-old Palestinian Arab boy.

A tablet for every child.  Israel’s “Computer for Every Child” project is designed to close the digital gap and allow Israeli boys and girls from families with reduced means to receive the latest technology, such as computer tablets.  Over 55,000 computers have been distributed in approximately 200 localities, in all sectors of Israeli society: Ultra-orthodox, Arab, Bedouin, Druze, new immigrants, special needs children, etc.

Aid to victims of Oklahoma tornado.  Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAID is providing disaster relief to tornado victims in the Oklahoma towns of Moore, Bethel and Little X.  They have been clearing debris from homes, helping families salvage possessions and providing specialist trauma counseling.


Israeli schoolchildren develop Apple apps.  Apple Inc. will inaugurate the first entrepreneurship development center of its kind at the interdisciplinary arts and sciences Amal High School in Hadera next week. The students will develop iOS-based apps for iPads and iPhones.  Sixty 9th and 10th grade students will join the project.

Safely deleted.  (Thanks to NoCamels) When old computers are disposed of, sensitive personal information recorded in them may still be readable by malicious individuals and organizations.  Israeli start-up Sure Erasure removes the data completely, allowing equipment and parts to be recycled without compromising security.

Israeli glasses allow the blind to read.  Israeli start-up OrCam has developed a camera-based system that will “read” to the visually impaired whilst on the move.  So OrCam employee Liat Negrin, visually impaired since childhood, can pick up a can of vegetables in a grocery store and easily read its label.  Ships in September.

Using personal smartphones for work.  Israeli hi-tech Red Bend’s systems allow employees to use their own mobile devices to check company emails and do other work while protecting the company from exposing sensitive information.  In the video, my cousin Roger describes Red Bend’s TRUE (TRUsted) solution for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) at Mobile World Congress.  (Warning – it’s a bit technical!)

WIZO’s agricultural high school.  Teenagers from the WIZO Nachlat Yehuda School and Youth Village in Rishon Lezion, an agricultural high school that specializes in life sciences, took their agriculture matriculation exam last week.  The curriculum covers animal care and dairy cow production

Obama and the Technion.  Here is a new video of US President Obama seeing a selection of Israel Technion’s innovations during his recent visit to Israel. It features robots, ReWalk and nano-technology.

Israeli frog 'is a living fossil'.  This is essentially an old story, but I’ve included it mainly because it is rare that the BBC includes any good news from Israel.

A fifth of global biotech originates in Israel.  20.5% of the global biotechnology industry's turnover - $24.6 billion out of $120 billion - is based on products that originated in Israeli research. This figure does not include several very important products by Israeli researchers who are currently abroad. 

Israel helps design new Intel chip.  The new 4th generation Intel Core processor, codenamed Haswell, were partly developed in Israel.  The Haswell extends battery life by 50 percent compared with the third generation processors, and will give ultrabooks more than nine hours working time.


High growth, low unemployment and health costs.  Israel’s growth exceeds most of the other OECD countries.  Unemployment is one of the lowest at 6.9 percent. Despite having one of the lowest mortality rates and highest life expectancies, Israel spent the fifth least on health (7.7% of GDP).  And then there’s the gas…

Lockheed Martin to set up Israeli development center.  Lockheed Martin Company, the world's biggest defense company, will establish a development center in Israel. With Israel’s Bynet Data Communications it is building the IDF Intelligence Corp's technology campus in the Negev, known as the 5/9 project.

Israeli bubbles clean UK’s water.  More about the deal that UK water company Anglian Water has done with Israel’s Mapal.  Mapal’s bubble-spreaders will be installed in as many as 400 of Anglian’s 1,100 wastewater treatment facilities, and Mapal is in “advanced talks” with other UK water treatment companies.

“We will bring 4-5 million tourists to Israel”.  Ryanair’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Cawley was upbeat at meetings with Israeli officials. “Ryanair has boosted the number of tourists in 28 countries in Europe and the world, and we intend to do this in Israel too." Cawley said.  3.5 million tourists visited Israel in 2012.


Positive Israeli art.  The Arthur Szyk Prize of Disruptive Thought and Zionist Art project is a $1000 award that hopes to create a platform for those pro-Israel artists who want to express a more nuanced, intimate relationship with the Jewish State.  The contest is about creating honest artwork.

Israeli Pianist Wins Prestigious Piano Competition.  Boris Giltburg from Tel Aviv won the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, one of the most prestigious in the world.  Giltberg won thanks to his originality, impeccable technique and emotional performance.

The Technion’s Garden of Eden.  On the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology campus on Mt. Carmel in Haifa, Israel is an ecological garden. The idea of Prof. Emeritus Zev Naveh became a reality that is beautiful and serene, providing a wonderful landscape for learning about nature.

No Clouds this summer.  Cleveland Ohio-based indie-rock group Cloud Nothing will perform concerts in Tel Aviv and Haifa at the end of July.

Israeli actress is mother of Superman.  The latest Superman film “Man of Steel” opens on June 14th in the USA with Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer in the role of Superman’s Kryptonian mum.  Ayelet returns to Israel on June 17th for the local premiere.


Mendy convinces Israel-haters that they’re wrong.  I never thought it possible, but kibbutznik Menachem (Mendy) Neeman uses simple but very effective arguments to change how Israel’s opponents view the Jewish State.  If you run an organization supporting Israel, please email an invite to him to teach you how to do this.

A million New Yorkers celebrate Israel.  More than a million Americans came out Sunday to show support for Israel by attending New York City’s annual Celebrate Israel Parade. Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the route of the parade along Fifth Avenue, drowning the street in a sea of blue and white.

Good show from the Brits.  They couldn’t match New York for numbers, but thousands of UK’s true Blue & White supporters young and old made themselves heard in London’s Trafalgar Square at the “Closer to Israel 65” event.

Druze News.  A poor report in the UK Guardian newspaper led to me finding some positive news about the Druze of the Golan.  The Mayor of Majdal Shams, who says living in the State of Israel “is a privilege”. And Shefaa Abu Jabal - the first Syrian Druze woman resident of Israel to graduate from an Israeli university.

Where is Gilad Shalit?  In the last three months, Gilad Shalit - former prisoner of Hamas terrorists – has been promoting Israel in Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and South America.  He has raised millions of dollars for the Jewish State, telling the story of his captivity and thanking people for not forgetting him.

More Israelis are reading books.  Israel’s annual Book Week is currently taking place in 45 cities. Israel's annual survey of libraries reveals that the People of the Book increased the number of books borrowed by 25% in the last 4 years to 12.6 million books last year.  Israeli Scouts are collecting, repairing and donating used books to organizations that help children in need and long-term hospitalized children.

Happy Israel.  Daniel Pipes writes that Israelis have plenty of reasons to smile.  GDP, birthrate, natural gas, low terror rate, US support, cultural excellence and good diplomatic relations with 156 countries.  “Israel’s enemies should give up and find some other country to torment”.

A great Bar/Bat Mitzvah present – MDA training.  For just NIS 120 (about $33) you can present your Bat/Bar Mitzvah celebrant with the gift of a four-session Magen David Adom lifesaving course.  Jewish girls aged 12 and boys aged 13 are obligated to keep the commandments – saving life being the most important.


In the 2nd June 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Haifa doctors have rebuilt the chest of a baby born with an exposed heart.
·        Israeli computerized shoes are teaching brain-damaged patients to walk again.
·        Israel’s Euro U21 Soccer Championship squad contains Arabs, Druze and Ethiopian Jews
·        Israeli and Iranian researchers are working together to benefit pregnant women.
·        Israeli technology keeps fruit and vegetables fresh for many months.
·        Coca Cola prints your name on their bottles using Israeli-developed printers.
·        Jerusalem is truly a “light to the nations” with this week’s Light Festival.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News Special article
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Fixing the rarest of heart conditions.  In only the second case in Israel in the last 30 years, a baby was born without a breastbone to protect its heart.  Using 30-year-old medical notes, doctors at Haifa’s Rambam hospital removed deformed bones and re-assembled the baby’s chest.  After one week, the infant was able to go home.

Technion scientists develop advanced biological computer.  Using only bio-molecules (such as DNA and enzymes), scientists at the Israel’s Technion have constructed an advanced biological transducer - a computing machine capable of manipulating genetic codes - and used the output as new input for subsequent computations.

A valve to fix faulty heart valves.  (Thanks to NoCamels) 7-8 million people a year suffer blood leakage from their heart’s mitral valve.  Now Israel’s MitrAssist is developing a valve implant that will to work in unison with the body’s own valve to prevent leakage and restore normal blood flow.

Israeli nanobots will change medicine.  Founder of several biotech companies, Dr Ido Bachelet is also assistant professor in the faculty of Life Sciences and the Nano-Center at Bar Ilan University.  He explains what computers the size of molecules can do inside the body.  These tiny computers exist in Israel today.

Dental implants give children confidence.  Children with Ectodermal Dysplasia have no teeth.  Doctors used to wait until the children grew up, but a new rehabilitative process at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem fits implants and dentures to 5 and 6 year-olds.  It benefits the children’s appearance, eating and social interaction.

Doctors saves stroke victim.  A medical miracle – a Haifa man suffered a massive stroke and had only a 10 per cent chance of survival.  Doctors at Rambam Hospital operated even after they believed it was too late.  Next morning, the man awoke from his coma with no brain damage and plans to dance at his wedding this summer.

One small step.  Israel’s Re-Step has developed a “magic” shoe called “step of mind” that allows people with brain damage to re-learn how to walk.  The first treatment cycle using the computerized shoe at Israel’s Reuth Medical Rehabilitation Center has improved the walking competence of 10 people with brain damage.

An all-round endoscopic success.  I reported in January that Israel’s Peer Medical merged with EndoChoice of Atlanta, USA.  Now the combined company has released “The Fuse” –a next generation endoscope for examining the colon.  It has two cameras providing a 330-degree view to detect more cancerous polyps quicker.


Conference for religious businesswomen.  The Temech Conference for Women in Business took place in Jerusalem and featured world-class speakers on business development, management and marketing.  It included interactive workshops, guidance on individual business issues and focused on formal and informal networking.

Israel’s united soccer team.   The Israeli squad for the European Under-21 Soccer Championships contains Jews, Arabs, Druze, Russians and Ethiopians.  It is a true representation of the many cultures in the country.

Israeli-Arab is oldest pediatric heart transplant patient.  Balal Kalash, 28, from Kfar Qara underwent a heart transplant at Schneider Children's Medical Center. The young man had a complex congenital heart defect and underwent several cardiac operations at Schneider’s in the past.  He has recovered and been discharged.

Israeli-Arabs proud to serve in the IDF.  Many Israeli Arabs want to contribute toward Israeli society by serving in the Israel Defense Forces and integrating into their home country. Bedouin and Druze Israeli communities actively encourage IDF service. Christian and non-Bedouin Muslim Israeli Arabs volunteer to proudly serve in the IDF, often in units comprised entirely of Israeli Arab citizens.  Here are some testimonials.

A very “special” recycling factory.  The employees of the new Ecommunity Group’s electronic waste recycling facility in Karmiel are almost entirely from Israel’s special-needs population. Workers with autism, Downs syndrome, ADD/ADHD etc. transform technological trash into usable parts and refurbished equipment.

Iranian and Israeli doctors unite to help pregnant women.  Israeli professor from Georgetown University, Offie Soldin, has published a report with a group of Iranian researchers analysing guidelines of how to deal with thyroid problems affecting pregnant women. The thyroid hormone is vital for developing healthy babies.


Fruit and veg stay fresh for a year.  At Israel’s Volcani Center, Potatoes sprayed with spearmint oil are not sprouting for months; Granny Smith apples deprived of oxygen stay fresh for over a year.  Tomatoes are flourishing despite being infected with the common yellow leaf virus.

Fill her up – Israeli style.  Israel’s Gasngo has developed technology solutions to enable authorized drivers to refuel without having to use a credit card or perform a cash transaction.  A Radio Frequency (RFID) tag on the vehicle is read by the pump’s nozzle.  The solution has been installed in more than 3,000 gas stations.

Piecing together the fragments.  In the basement of Tel Aviv University, a network of 100 computers is running a sophisticated artificial intelligence program to re-assemble the 157,514 fragments from the Cairo genizah.  The pieces from documents dating from the 9th to 19th centuries should be matched by June 25.

Science on the streets.  Visit Rehovot on June19th to hear top Weizmann lecturers at the 4th annual “Beer, Science and Good Spirits” event. In local bars and cafes you can learn about secrets of the universe, curing cancer, growing body parts, quantum computing, the origins of life etc. over a glass of beer, wine or coffee.

Israel’s scientists of tomorrow.  Once a week, 76 excelling and gifted students from Haifa’s Hebrew Reali School visit Haifa’s Science Museum (MadaTech) to crack codes, discover the secrets of chemistry, engage in mathematical thinking, construct robots and explore the world of space.  They conduct their own in-depth research, develop problem-solving strategies and strengthen their critical thinking, originality and creativity.

Sorek desalination plant comes on stream.  Starting this month, the new Sorek desalination plant will provide up to 26,000 cubic meters – or nearly 7 million gallons – of drinking water every hour. When it is at full capacity, it will be the largest desalination plant of its kind in the world.

A bumper crop of Israeli olives – in India.  The Israeli firm Indolive is helping farmers to grow olives in the Rajasthan – a desert state with complex soil conditions in the west of India. 

Swedish prize for Israeli water company.  Israel’s Netafim, the pioneer of drip irrigation and the world’s largest irrigation company, has been named the 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award laureate.  The award committee said, “Netafim’s remarkable achievements, helping farmers across the world to ‘grow more with less’, are directly contributing to a more water and food secure world.”


Israeli company prints names on Coke bottles.  Popular names that appear on hundreds of millions of bottles of Coca-Cola are being printed on equipment produced using technology developed by Israel’s Indigo.  The campaign is running in 32 countries, and some 800 million “name bottles” will be distributed.

Funding for biodegradable packaging.  Back in August 2012 I reported that two mothers were so angry at all the packed lunch wrappings that were thrown away that they invented an environmentally friendly packaging.  Their start-up TIPA has now secured funding from GreenSoil Investments to help expand here and overseas.

Turks pleased to do business with Israel.  Zvi Oren, president of the Manufacturers Association of Israel, and Muharrem Yilmaz, president of the Turkish Industry and Business Association met to discuss strengthening business ties and tourism. "It's amazing to see how relieved they are that they can do business with us again," Oren said.

Russians love Israeli carrots.  (Thanks to Ofir) Israel’s “Uncle Moses” branded carrots are very popular in Russia.  The Hebrew inscription was found to send an “exotic” message to Russian consumers. In the harsh Russian winter, local carrots are unavailable and Western Negev carrots and radishes are a valued import.


Israel’s designer of the week.  52 Designers features one of Israel’s most talented designers each week.  This time it is Artiom Dashinsky who designs interfaces for Israeli technology, applications and innovative products such as SodaStream, Tvinci, JitBit, Spotish and GoTasks.  His website features a very impressive portfolio.

Sunbeat 2013.  The Summer Global Beats Festival returns to the Mayan Harod Park in the Jezreel Valley on 21 – 22 June. 

New Threads in Jerusalem. (Thanks to The Real Jerusalem Streets) Jerusalem Tower of David Museum’s Summer of Inspiration: “Threads” exhibit is now on view.  Ten Israeli fashion designers have created original costumes around the theme of  ’Women of Jerusalem’.

And there is light!  “Light in Jerusalem” is the name of the 2013 Jerusalem Festival of Light take place from June 5 to 13 from 8pm till midnight.  The free festival includes illumination performances, video projections on the buildings and musical performances as well as a special Rock Circus show.  See this amazing video.

Tectonics comes to Tel Aviv.  The Tectonics Festival takes place in Tel Aviv on June 6-8 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.  Famous Tel Aviv-born conductor Ilan Volkov has performed Tectonics in Iceland, Glasgow and Australia.  Tectonics is a rare fusion of classic and contemporary music that appeals to a wide audience.


Adelson donates another $40 million to Birthright. Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, donated another $40 million to the Birthright Israel Foundation.  Their overall donation to the program is now $180 million.  Birthright brings Jews aged 18 to 26 to Israel to help broaden their awareness and deepen their cultural identity.

Special celebration.  Thirteen years after discovering his Jewish roots, 64-year-old Moshe Lederman Cohen celebrated his bar mitzvah at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.  Born Mariusz Robert Aoflko in Poland, his mother told him he was Jewish just before she died. Israeli organization Shavei Israel brought him to Israel.  Moshe said, “This is the most important day in my life. I feel like I’ve come home”.

Born on the way to Israel.  The family of Zehava Elias set out from Ethiopia in 1989 to walk to Israel, carrying only a little bit of food, money and their Torah scroll.  Zehava was born on route.  Lieutenant Zehava Elias is now an officer in the IDF who have awarded her with the citation of excellence.


In the 26th May 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Israeli scientists have developed a gel that can reverse paralysis due to nerve damage.
·        An Israeli’s medical theory from 1980 is curing cancer today.
·        300 Israeli and Palestinian Arab children took part in the 2013 mini world cup.
·        IBM Israel’s computers are able to identify water leaks.
·        Israeli technology is to treat UK sewage.
·        Israeli security protects international railways.
·        Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest (the primary school version).

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News special article
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A gel to repair massive nerve damage.  Tel Aviv University researchers have invented a method for repairing damaged peripheral nerves. A biodegradable implant and a new Guiding Regeneration Gel (GRG) to increase nerve growth and healing can repair a torn or damaged nerve, relieving pain and restoring mobility.

A supercomputer replica of the brain.  It sounds like science fiction, but the European Commission has granted 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) to Weizmann Institute graduate and ex-faculty member Henry Markram to simulate the entire human brain on a supercomputer.  6,000 researchers are expected to work on the project.

Research into Mental Health.  Ben Gurion University is dedicating its new Center for the Advancement of Research on Stress Related Disorders (CARES) to the promotion of awareness and understanding of depression, anxiety and other related disorders.  Its team includes six professors and many doctors.

Reduce stress to fight autoimmune diseases.  (Thanks to NoCamels.com) Ben-Gurion University researchers have shown that chronic stress increases the susceptibility to an autoimmune disease similar to multiple sclerosis, which is characterized by damage to the nervous system in the brain. 

The Operating Room of the Future.  Another terrific video from Israel’s InSightec, which is using non-invasive ultrasound surgery to cure Parkinson’s and essential tremors, to destroy tumors and fibroids and perform hysterectomies. InSightec’s founder Dr Kobi Vortman learnt many of his skills at Israel’s Technion.

IATI-BIOMED 2013 – a conference with a difference.  Delegates at the Israeli Advanced Technology Industries’ June 2013 Biomedical Conference chose the topics in advance. Participants of the Israeli Life Science industry’s premier event sent in their suggestions, voted, and the top 250 subjects formed the program.

Weizmann scientist’s idea is now curing cancer.  In the 1980s, Zelig Eshhar, an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, conceived a cure for cancer: combine monoclonal antibodies with T cells in the immune system.  Today, the treatment has cured 20 cancer patients in Pennsylvania and at other US centers.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  862 trucks containing 23,447 tons of goods entered Gaza from Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing in the week to 18th May 2013.  The crossing was closed two days for the Shavuot holiday.

Ethiopian teen program grows.  The Malkat Shva Youth Program is expanding to include over 100 Ethiopian teens in two Jerusalem neighborhoods. Malkat Shva promotes self-esteem with traditional dance, instrument and theater.  Late night summer programs keep them busy and safe.  Please help them raise funds.

UK female Muslim doctor/writer praises Israel.  British author Dr. Qanta Ahmed spoke about the difficulties for minorities in Islamic societies and how Israel is the only country in the Middle East that tolerates them.  On her first visit to Israel, she was asked to prove she was Muslim only when she visited the al-Aksa Mosque.

Kids kick for peace.  300 Israeli and Palestinian Arab children from the Peres Center for Peace’s "twinned Peace Sport Schools" project took part in the 2013 Mini World Cup at Kiryat Gat.  All the kids played in mixed teams, representing different countries of the world.  See their facebook site for team photos.


Tel Aviv to be the world’s first ‘digitalized’ city.  This summer, “Digi-Tel,” will allow Tel Aviv residents to do all municipal business online.  Via free wifi, you can receive event information and buy tickets for the shows and sports you are interested in.

Weizmann’s lab of tomorrow.  This exciting site allows you to explore science at the Weizmann Institute and its impact on the world.  Open up each section of Tomorrow Lab to view a branch on an ever-growing “Tree of Humanity” and share in Weizmann’s ongoing efforts in pursuit of science for the benefit of humanity.

Agriculture and Health.  Technological progress must be balanced against its impact on health and the environment.  This Hebrew University International Symposium illustrates the importance that Israeli scientists place on this issue.

No debris at Tel Aviv’s airport.  (Thanks Uri) Israel Airports Authority has installed the automated Foreign Object Debris detection system FODetect developed by Israel’s Xsight, at Ben-Gurion airport.  The system identifies material on the runway that could cause a disaster like the one involving an Air-France Concorde jet.

Go-faster stripes for Israeli hi-tech.  In a twist on the usual scenario, Israeli networking equipment manufacturer Mellanox has bought California-based silicon-photonics technology pioneer Kotura.  The acquisition provides Mellanox with Kotura’s 100-megabit data transmission capability and perhaps even more.

More leaks detected.  Haifa-based IBM Research Lab scientists have developed “Big Data” algorithms that can interpret utility meter readings and sensors to detect water leaks.  Israel’s Arad Metering Technologies will integrate IBM’s new consumption pattern analytics program into their smart metering system.

These lampshades are really green.  (Thanks to NoCamels) Israeli designer Nir Meiri’s Marine Light project uses seaweed to make lampshades.  He writes that seaweed is harvested on a commercial scale, “as a result of a growing interest driven by environmental concerns.” Meiri presented his creation at Milan Design Week.

Through the looking glass.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Israel’s Dip-Tech has an innovative digital glass printing solution that turns ordinary-looking buildings into extraordinary landmarks. Examples of Dip-Tech’s glass designs can be found on a Moscow Mall, Harlem Hospital, Barclays France HQ and Exeter University.

Israel in Space.  This new video shows Israel’s satellite development. Israel is working with NASA, Italy (the Shalom project) and France (Venus satellite to study environment and vegetation).  It features Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit, Rafael & Space-IL (Israel’s moon mission).  In memory of Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut.

UK and Israel to double co-operation.  UK’s Foreign Secretary and Israel’s Minister for Science signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under the British-Israeli Research Academic Exchange, to double existing cooperation in regenerative medicine, increasing the number of research scholarships to 300 within five years.


Exports to Turkey at all-time high.  The total amount of Israeli exports to Turkey, not including diamonds, reached $560 million in the first three months of 2013, 44% higher than a year earlier. Chemicals and processed petroleum products accounted for 75% of all Israeli exports to Turkey and these rose 67% from Q1 2012.

UK utility buys Israeli water treatment system.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Israel’s Mapal has just sold its advanced sewage treatment system to UK’s Anglia Water. Mapal (Hebrew for “waterfall”) uses a unique form of “fine-bubble aeration”, which decomposes waste using only 70% of the energy of other treatment systems. Mapal’s system already operates in South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Angola and Congo as well as in Israel.

Traffilog signs $40m Chinese deal.  Israel’s vehicle fleet management solutions developer Traffilog Ltd. has signed a $40 million deal with China's biggest bus company Jiao Yun. Traffilog's Traffimech detects mechanical problems and TraffiSafe warns of dangerous and inefficient driving, helping to reduce accidents.

IKEA kitchen tops are Israeli.  Kitchen buyers at American outlets of the Ikea furniture chain will have their countertops covered by an Israeli product – Caesarstone, an engineered stone marble and granite substitute made in Kibbutz Sdot Yam. Caesarstone will serve as IKEA US’s exclusive non-laminate countertop vendor.

Making trains safer.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Tel Aviv’s Radwin has announced its unique solution geared for online video surveillance on board trains.  “Wireless broadband in motion” transmits HD video in real-time from multiple CCTV cameras onboard trains back to a control center while the train is on the move.

And securing the Dutch railway.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) ProRail, the government agency responsible for rail infrastructure in the Netherlands, is deploying Situator from Israel’s NICE Systems to manage security, safety and operations.  ProRail will be able to manage on-track malfunctions, fire incidents and other crisis situations.

Israeli wines win prizes in UK.  Israeli wineries won awards at the 2013 DECANTER competition in Britain.  A record 14,362 wines from 52 countries were entered.  The Adir Winery in the Galilee and the Yarden Golan Heights Winery both took regional trophies.  The Har Bracha boutique winery in Samaria won two medals.

More gas.  Noble Energy has announced a natural gas discovery at the Karish prospect in the Alon C license, with a gross mean of 1.8 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas.  Total discovered gas in the Levant Basin is now estimated at 38 TCF.


Israel wins Schoolovision 2013.  Children from the Savyon-Ganei Yehuda School in Israel won first place at Schoolovision 2013.  41 schools from all over Europe took part in their very own version of the Eurovision contest.  Israel’s song “I’ll Remind you to Fly” was inspired by the late Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut.

The Masada Project.  This tribute to Israeli Performing Arts takes place at the foot of Masada at the Dead Sea from May 30 – June 1, 2013.  It begins with a Shalom Hanoch concert, then a Mayumana performance and finishes with legendary Israeli singer Shlomo Artzi.

Tel Aviv Jazz Festival.  Tel Aviv’s 24th Jazz Festival brings the world’s best jazz musicians together for one of Israel’s most revered and important music events. The world-class lineup at the new Tel Aviv Cinemateque on May 29th – 31st includes Ester Rada, Daniel Zamir Quartet, Corey Wilkes Quintet, and Gary Bartz Quartet.


1st Temple era pillar found near Bethlehem.  More ancient Jewish archaeological remains have been discovered in Judea, providing additional proof of the unbreakable connection between the Jewish people and the land East of Jerusalem.

The best views in Israel.  You mustn’t forget your camera if you visit any of these 10 sites.

High school supporters.  Some young friends in New Jersey are sending out Israel’s positive message.

Stamp(s) of approval.  Jacob Richman has “posted” images of Israel’s new stamps issued during May.  They include the Israel National Trail, (10 stamps make up a map), Australian Light Horse Beersheva 1917 and the late Yitzchak Shamir – the Israeli Prime Minister who helped make Israel into an economic success.

Only in Israel.  Two lottery stories to report.  In March, A woman from the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya won in the Israeli lottery for the third time, bringing her total winnings to NIS 625,000 (some US $170,000). And last week a couple won NIS 28 million and said they are going to …. invest it in a textile business.


In the 19th May 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        An Israeli discovery can protect fertile women from the effects of chemotherapy.
·        Israeli heart doctors saved the life of a 4-year-old Syrian girl.
·        A Turkish zoo has received a shipment of 40 rare animals from Israel.
·        Thanks to Einstein, Israeli scientists have found a new planet.
·        The Israel Water Authority is opening the Kinneret dam to replenish the Jordan River.
·        Israel has begun the building of a new International airport in the South.
·        The Israeli government is subsidizing conversion to solar heating.

·        Last week’s (very popular) JPost Israel Good News special article
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Protection during chemotherapy.  Scientists from Sheba Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University have discovered how chemotherapy destroys the ovaries.  They have also developed a medication (under trials) called AS101, which protects the ovaries and should maintain fertility of women undergoing cancer treatment.

The heart can heal itself.  (Thanks to NoCamels) Doctors at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem noticed that cell tissue transplanted into the left atrial appendage of the heart in mice developed into local heart muscle tissue.  The phenomenon – similar to that of embryonic stem cells – has major implications for cardiology.

Mushroom derivative treats pancreatic cancer.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Professor Solomon Wasser of Haifa University has patented a medicinal product derived from a fungus found in Israeli forests.  In animal trials, the Cyathus striatus drug appeared effective against pancreatic cancer.

The benefits of Israeli herbs. (Thanks to Israel21c) A team from Israel, Spain, Greece and PA-administered Nablus is developing a database revealing the science behind the medicinal benefits of thousands of plants they’ve been gathering and analyzing since November 2011 – including many native to Israel.  

Saving the sight of the elderly.  Israel’s Chief Scientist has awarded biotech Cell Cure Neurosciences a $1.5 million grant to help develop their cell-based OpRegen treatment for macular degeneration.  The dry form of age-related macular degeneration is estimated to afflict over 7.3 million people in the US alone.

Free check for melanoma.  To mark Skin Cancer Awareness Week, approximately 300 Israeli health fund clinics are providing free checks by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.  Early diagnosis, helped by the Israel Cancer Association’s awareness campaigns, has reduced the toll from skin tumors.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  In the week to 11th May 2013, 1,579 trucks carrying 42,490 tons of goods entered Gaza from Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing. 

Israeli doctors save Syrian girl’s life.  A 4-year-old Syrian girl was born with only one heart ventricle instead of two.  She had only weeks to live when doctors from Israel’s “Save A Child’s Heart” organization operated on her.  The operation was a success and she is recuperating ahead of returning to her new home in Jordan.

Humanitarian aid for Syria.  Jerusalem native Moti Kahana heads a group of Israeli businessmen and American Jews who have raised $500,000 and travel to the Syrian refugee camps to provide aid to victims of the conflict.  Moti’s brother Steve is on IDF reserve service at the Golan Heights, treating injured Syrians.

The Arab-Jewish theater of Jaffa.  This is true co-existence. The Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa hosts bilingual plays - in Hebrew and Arabic - that increase understanding between people and bind the audiences and the actors in a common, fun experience.

Just enjoying themselves.  Elder of Ziyon has a nice image of Israeli Arab Moslem girls having a good time river rafting at Israel’s Nahal Snir Nature Reserve.

Israeli zoo sends animals to Turkey. Israel’s Ramat Gan Safari park has sent a shipment of 40 different animal species to Turkey in order to reinforce the Izmir Wildlife Park.  Turkish zookeepers in Izmir had previously asked Ramat Gan Safari for help in boosting their zoological collection.


Einstein helps find new planet.  Tel Aviv University researchers have used a light-measuring method, based on Einstein’s theory of relativity to locate a new planet 2,000 light years away from Earth.  TAU Professor Tsevi Mazeh said that Kepler-76b was the first planet discovered using the Doppler relativistic beaming effect.

Water brings Israel, Egypt and Germany together.  At “Wasser Berlin” the Egyptian Minister of Utilities, Drinking Water and Sewage posed for photos with several Israeli delegates and the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development. 23 Israeli companies were represented at the event.

Look after your computers.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Israeli hi-tech company Soluto has launched a new service that allows businesses to manage all their Personal Computers from a single point.  The cost is 90% less than most of the competition.  Soluto’s consumer product has already had 3 million downloads.

Better connections.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Israel’s RiT Technologies has launched Beamcaster – its indoor wireless optical networking solution.  The ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-secure wireless technology is ideal for open-plan offices, hospitals, schools and trade shows, providing high connectivity and easy installation.

Stopping security leaks.  The CelluSec platform from Israel’s WiseSec has “indoor GPS” that can monitor mobile computers and smartphones inside an organization.  Israel’s Ness Technologies then can switch off your Internet capability, Bluetooth, camera etc. to protect against stealing data inside sensitive areas of the building.

The gates are opening.  The Israeli water authority is to open the Degania Dam and replenish the flow of the Jordan River by releasing 1,000 cubic meters of water per hour from Lake Kinneret.  It is part of an ecological regeneration process to restore the river and is being implemented in conjunction with the Kingdom of Jordan.


MK’s take 10% salary cut.  Israel’s Members of the Knesset (parliament) have agreed to a 10% pay cut as part of the 2013-14 budget.  The reduction of NIS 3,484 per month per MK will save NIS 5 million a year.  It was enacted to show the public that the new economic austerity program affects everyone.

Gartner lists 13 “Cool” Israeli vendors.  (Thanks to NoCamels) Technology research company Gartner has released its annual “Cool Vendors” list, which includes 13 Israeli companies. It features small companies in the fields of IT, communications and other branches of high-tech, which develop “groundbreaking” technology.

The Israel Conference.  Los Angeles on 30th and 31st May is the venue for Americans wishing to meet and do business with Israeli companies delivering the latest technology.  70 Global companies.  You need to be there.

Funtactix wins “a Webby”.  Israel’s Funtactix has just won the digital equivalent of the “Emmy” awards.  The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) chose the on-line developer’s Hunger Games Adventure Game as the winner in the “Social Game” category.  Funtactix won the Variety award in December.

UK business delegation to Israel.  Senior Policy Advisor to the British Prime Minister, Mr Rohan Silva, will be leading a high-level business delegation to visit Israel this week.  It includes some of the UK’s largest retail companies, which will meet with over 20 Israeli hi-tech companies.

Asia is Israel’s new frontier.  (Thanks to IsraPundit and Forbes) 2012 was “The Year of Asia in Israel”.  India and China are replacing any trade lost due to the economic slow-down of Israel’s traditional partners in the USA and Europe.

The US-Israel win-win relationship.  (Thanks to Herb) Yoram Ettinger writes that Israeli technologies, shared with the U.S. industry, have enhanced U.S. employment, research & development and exports.

eBay to incubate Israeli start-ups.  (Thanks to NoCamels) International retail giant eBay is setting up a startup incubator in Israel. The incubator will focus on startups dealing with ecommerce, social networks and big data, and will be located at eBay’s Israeli headquarters in Netanya.

Building of Ramon airport begins.  Rona Ramon, widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, laid the cornerstone of the new Ramon International Airport at Timna, 19km north of Eilat.  The first new civilian airport since the founding of the state will take four years to construct and cost NIS 1.7 billion.


Wine and Jazz in Jerusalem’s Gardens.  (Thanks to Janglo) There can’t be a more pleasant way to spend an evening.  For a mere 60 shekels, on May 30th you can admire the flora in Jerusalem’s Botanical Gardens, listen to great music and sample delicious wines from the Judean hills.

Visit Druse and Circassian villages.  According to the Jerusalem Post (Metro section) the Galilee Development Authority and North Tourism Center are offering free, guided tours of Druse and Circassian villages in the Galilee and Carmel every weekend during May, June and July.

Galilee Dragon Boat race.  The second annual Dragon Boat Israel Festival took place on Lake Kinneret near Tiberias.  One of the most impressive teams contained 88 paddlers from OneFamily – the Israeli charity that helps rehabilitate the families of terror victims.  The team won its category and came 8th overall.

Number 1 for soccer’s Euro U-21.  As Israel prepares to host the European Under 21 Soccer Championships on June 5th, Eyal Golan has just recorded the official song of the tournament “Always my Number 1”.


Israel subsidizes upgrades to solar heaters.  For eligible residents who don’t already have a “Dude Shemesh”, the Israeli government will pay NIS 900 (at least 25%) towards the cost of changing from an electric water heater to a solar powered one.  A new eco-friendly heater saves an average of NIS 1000 a year.

UK to hold major rally to support Israel.  The UK (Jewish and non-Jewish) community is holding a street parade on June 2nd to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.  The “Closer to Israel” event also includes many other activities and projects designed to promote Israel to the British public.

1500-year-old mosaic unearthed.  The Israel Antiquities Authority has discovered a Byzantine era mosaic floor under the fields of Kibbutz Beit Kama in the Negev. The red, black, and yellow mosaic was found prior to the paving of the highway 6, just below the soil along with structures, pools and a system to move water.


In the 12th May 2012 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Israeli experts are helping Boston residents recover from trauma.
·        There are now school education facilities in all Israeli hospital children’s units.
·        Israeli doctors are caring for an abandoned disabled Gaza toddler.
·        The Israeli army is clearing old landmines laid by the Jordanian army near Bethlehem.
·        Israeli software can measure the different emotions in speech.
·        Sony is investing millions to help develop Israeli medical devices.
·        Depeche Mode entertained 35,000 fans in Tel Aviv.
·        Archaeologists have found a door key lost near Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary.
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Another clue in the battle against Alzheimer’s.  Researchers from Tel Aviv University believe they may have uncovered the cause of Alzheimer’s disease.  They injected the protein Tomosyn into the brains of mice, and produced Alzheimer-like syndromes. Tomosyn exists in the brain but excess damages inter-cell communication.

Israeli post-trauma team in Boston.  A team from the Israel Trauma Coalition has gone to the Boston suburb of Watertown to help develop “a recovery process” for the local school system.  Watertown was the epicenter of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. Children in the area are still reeling from the event.

Israeli program to help children of AIDS patients.  Professor Pnina Klein of Bar-Ilan University has developed an innovative in-home training program for caregivers and HIV-infected mothers. Children in their care gained significantly improved language skills, memory and cognitive abilities.

Stopping bugs in hospital beds.  Reuth Medical Center in Tel Aviv announced that, following a six-month trial of Cupron’s anti-bacterial copper-embedded linens, it will be the world’s first hospital to fully deploy copper-embedded textiles in all its patient-related hospital textiles. (see current JPost blog)

Eat three Israeli dates a day.  All nine varieties of dates grown in Israel are better than other varieties at helping protect those who consume them against cardiovascular diseases.  Researchers from Haifa’s Rambam hospital and Israel’s Technion have proved this in a study published in the prestigious Journal of Agriculture Food Chemistry.  Three dates a day reduce triglycerides and improve cholesterol.

Education for all children – even in hospital.  World ORT Kadima Mada in Israel now provides educational facilities in all 35 Israeli hospitals with children’s units. The Swiss-based SASA Setton Foundation has just made a $3.2 million investment to cover youngsters at psychiatric hospitals and mental health units.

Israel’s center for MS patients.  The Grabski Multiple Sclerosis Center in Migdal HaEmek is Israel's first and only dedicated residential and outpatient center devoted exclusively to patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.  It provides a full home environment for 32 live-in patients and serves 35 daily outpatients.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  The Kerem Shalom crossing was closed for 3 days due to Hamas rocket firing and Gaza terrorist threats.  Subsequently, 447 trucks carried 13,277 tons of goods into Gaza during the week to 4th May.  On May 7th, 138 furniture items were exported from Gaza to Egypt, through the Kerem Shalom and Nitzana crossings.

Gaza toddler lives at Israeli hospital.  3-year-old Mohammed was born with a genetic disorder that required the amputation of his hands and feet.  Abandoned by his parents and the Palestinian Authority, Mohammed has been at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan all his life with his grandfather, on funds raised by the doctors. 

Cleaning up water together.  Israel’s Technion is working with Al Quds University, in order to attempt to remove pharmaceutical residues from wastewater.  The project, sponsored by the Shimon Peres Center for Peace, is trying to create a community of water researchers working together and visiting each other’s facilities.

PA Health minister visits Hadassah.  Palestinian Authority Health Minister Hani Abdeen visited Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital - the first ever visit by a PA minister to Israel’s largest medical facility.  There are some 60 Palestinian Arab doctors in residency at the hospital.

IDF saves Palestinian Arab with dry blood plasma. The Israel Defense Forces has become the first army in the world to use powdered blood products in field operations.  It was given to a Palestinian Arab with internal bleeding following an auto accident. The man recovered at Hadassah Hospital and has since been discharged.

IDF clears Jordanian landmines.  An Israeli specialist mine removal team has cleared dozens of landmines planted by the Jordanian army in 1967 outside the Arab village of Husan near Bethlehem.  The Arab Council supported the project and visited the site each day.  The mines had killed four local children previously.

Israeli cyclists raise funds for Nepalese poor.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Israelis Daniel Moores and Abraham Cohen cycled 1200 km on the highest road in the world to raise over $4200 for low-income communities in Nepal.  The journey from Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal took two weeks, at altitudes up to 5000 meters.

International architects’ tour Israel.  Pro-Israel organization Kinetis has brought a group of influential architects to see the Jewish State and its innovative buildings.  During the trip, Portuguese architect Souta de Moura received the 2013 Wolf Prize from Israel’s President Shimon Peres.


Israel’s street-lab in Manhattan.  15 scientists from Israel, aged 16-18, are to present Israeli technological advancements in a "street lab" tent in Manhattan's Union Square.  The inventions include a handicapped parking protection system, a seizure-alerting cell phone app and a drunk driving prevention system.

Glowing plants.  (Thanks to NoCamels.com) No need for electric street lighting in the future – the trees will glow.  Israeli-American company Genome Compiler is working to synthesize the DNA of an Arabidopsis plant with genes from a firefly that cause natural luminosity. 

Grasping the opportunity.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Israel’s Omek Interactive has taken the new Gesture Technology to a different level in order to manipulate PC, mobile and gaming screens.  Omek’s “Grasp” follows 22 points along each hand and fingers to open a whole new world of possibilities.

It’s how you say it.  Voice emotion recognition developer Beyond Verbal has launched a patented technology that can extract, decode, and measure a full spectrum of human emotions from a person’s raw voice.  Based on 18 years of research, its emotional detection engines understand someone’s mood and attitude as they speak.

52 Israeli designers.   52Designers is a project to showcase 52 of Israel’s most talented designers. Each week for a year a new Israeli designer will be featured.


Cooperation with China is flourishing.  As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visits China, the Chinese Ambassador to Israel says that Israel is a stakeholder in helping China reform, open up and innovate.

And with India.  Israel is to advance bilateral business, technology and economic relations with the Indian State of Karnataka. In the first-ever Research & Development agreement between Israel and an Indian state, Karnataka benefits from Israel's innovations and Israel benefits from the Indian state’s resources.

Indian firm invests in Israeli hi-tech.   Indian conglomerate Tata is contributing $5 million to Tel Aviv University’s Technology Innovation Momentum Fund.  It is the largest single investment in Israel by an Indian group.  TAU’s relationship with Tata, is via an India-Israel tech and business forum set up ago some years ago.

More fizz for SodaStream.  Israel’s home carbonated beverages maker SodaStream International announced its profits were up 19.5% and revenue up 34% in the first quarter of 2013. 

Sony invests in Israeli medical fund.  Sony Corporation has invested $10 million in Rainbow Medical, which invests in the medical device inventions of serial entrepreneur Yossi Gross.  Rainbow Medical will effectively function as a kind of R&D center for Sony.

The “Inside” story on Israeli Start-ups.  "Business Insider" yesterday listed Israel's 20 hottest start-ups, and praised the country's developed start-up industry. Israel is home to some 4,800 startups. It's also home to least two dozen accelerator/incubator programs in the Tel Aviv area, alone.

 “A lean, green manufacturing machine” That’s what Israel can become, according to the Washington Post, thanks to its huge reservoirs of natural gas discovered off the coast of Israel.  It is “capable of supplying cheap, clean energy to its people, factories and vehicles for a generation.”


The White City’s heritage.  Tel Aviv celebrated exactly ten years since UNESCO proclaimed the historic zone of Tel Aviv as a World Cultural Heritage site. The White City, so named for the buildings’ white walls, is the world’s largest grouping of buildings in the International Style, also known as Bauhaus.

"Oh, Tel Aviv!" Depeche Mode’s lead singer Dave Gahan and his band delighted the 35,000 fans that flocked to their open-air HaYarkon Park concert during the second show of Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine tour.

The Bee Gees sang “Israel”.  (Thanks to 12Tribe Films) It was news to me that the Bee Gees produced a song about the Jewish State in 1971.  The accompanying photos are interesting, but can you spot the odd-ones-out?

Scandal hits Israel.  Latest visitors to Israel included a group of American actors, who included Guillermo Diaz, Bellamy Young and Katie Lowes from TV’s presidential drama, “Scandal”.  Another was Lana Parilla, who stars as the evil Queen/Regina Mills in the adventure fantasy television series, “Once Upon A Time.”

The Jerusalem anti-racist, winning team.  Jerusalem soccer club Hapoel Katamon has gained promotion to the National Soccer League – Israel’s second division.  Katamon was established six years ago to provide Jerusalem’s soccer-loving public, with a team built on fan-power, anti-racism and community outreach.


CFHU and Morgan Freeman raise $2m.  Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem honored Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman, who is dedicated to combating racism and promoting knowledge and education worldwide. The event raised $2 million for the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada.

Jerusalem is on the up.  Jerusalem Day celebrated the 46th anniversary of the reunification of Israel’s capital city. Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel with 804,400 residents.  There was an 11% increase in tourists last year and a 300% increase in cultural events and festivals.

Uncovering the past on Jerusalem Day.  While celebrations went on above ground, new excavations underneath and around the Old City are continually being uncovered and opened to the public.  Each site is peeling back the layers and expanding our understanding of key events in Jewish history.

They finally found his key.  Whoever it was that lost a door key on the way to the Temple in Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago, will be pleased to know that it has been found during the construction of Jerusalem Road 21.  The key will be available for collection at the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The festival of Milk and Honey.  Here is a guide to some of the exciting events happening in Israel during the week that encompasses the Jewish festival of Shavuot (Pentacost).  It includes the 13th annual Jezreel Valley Shavuot Milk and Honey festival, which features agricultural fairs, circus activities and organized valley tours.


In the 5th May 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Israel’s vaccination program has resulted in a 70% reduction in cases of pneumonia.
·        Iraqi children arrive to have life-saving surgery at Israel’s Save a Child’s Heart.
·        Israel’s Briefcam helped identify and apprehend the Boston bombers.
·        Israeli software will help secure Denver airport.
·        Two innovative Israeli clean-tech companies have won International awards.
·        50 million people use one Israeli company’s translation software every day.
·        Warren Buffet spends $2 billion to complete his buy-out of an Israeli company.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary
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Fighting pneumonia and rotavirus.  Israel marked “International Week for Encouraging Vaccinations” by announcing that the Prevnar vaccination introduced in 2009 had reduced annual cases of pneumonia by 70%.  The rotavirus vaccine, added in 2010, has reduced gastrointestinal illness in children by 60%.

The reason for infection.  A group of researchers from the Hadassah Medical Organization has located a gene that explains the reason for recurrent life threatening infections and the bone marrow failure in children.

Stopping the super bug.  Israeli hospitals have imposed a strict set of procedures to prevent the spread of the super-bug MRSA.  Isolation wards, dedicated staff, mandatory hand-washing and daily reports have cut the incidence of the bacteria by over 70 per cent.

Hadassah opens new center for pediatric vascular defects.  Ten percent of babies are born with vascular defects, of which most are incorrectly diagnosed and can be life threatening.  With the opening of a new unit in Jerusalem at Hadassah Medical Center, these children no longer need to be sent abroad for this type of surgery.

The doctor will always be with you.  Israel’s Elad Systems has developed a smart-phone app to enable doctors at Tel Hashomer’s Sheba Medical Center to view the medical files of patients in real time. It will show data on hospitalization, operations, clinic visits, medical tests, prescriptions and sensitivities to help speed diagnosis.

Israel hosts Biogerontology congress.  Three Israelis invented the science of Biogerontology (the study of longevity and the aging process) some 40 years ago.  Recently, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev hosted the eighth European Congress of Biogerontology — the first time this event was held in Israel.

First Israeli operation to separate conjoined twins.  Doctors at Haifa’s Rambam hospital performed one of the most difficult surgical procedures possible.  Although one twin was not viable and was stillborn, the other is now fighting for its life.  There have been only 150 cases of similarly conjoined twins in the last 126 years.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  39,865 tons of goods (over 12,000 tons more than the previous week) were delivered from Israel to Gaza on 1,548 trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing in the week ending 27th Apr.

Muslim Arabs are Israel’s gatekeepers.  Interesting source for this positive article on the Bedouin trackers who help protect the borders of the Jewish State.  “The state of Bedouin in Israel is better, as far as the respect we get, our progress, education,” says Lieutenant Colonel Magdi Mazarib. “It’s a different league.”

Three Iraqi children to undergo heart surgery in Israel.  Israel’s Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar has approved the arrival of three young Iraqi children to Israel, in order to receive lifesaving medical care from Israel-based international organization Save a Child's Heart.

Another Syrian treated in Israel.  A Syrian man who was wounded by shrapnel and gunfire in the ongoing civil war in his country was transferred on Monday evening to the Ziv Hospital in Tzfat.  The man had suffered moderate wounds to his waist and was expected to undergo surgery.

Qatari prince to visit Israel.  Israel's business site Calcalist reports that Qatar’s Prince Khalifa Al-Thani is to visit Israel this November. This would be the first official visit of a member of the Qatari royal family to Israel, and he has expressed his desire to promote high-tech cooperation between Qatar and Israel.

Jerusalem Hills Children’s Home.  Over 85 at-risk children aged from 7 to 14 receive a secure and stable home environment, therapeutic treatment and special education at the Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Center. Since 1943 the three JHTCs have rehabilitated more than one thousand graduates back into Israel's normative society. 

Preserving the Galapagos Islands.  A delegation from Ben Gurion University’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research has toured the Galapagos Islands and has signed a cooperation agreement with the Directorate of the National Park to promote the conservation of the endangered biological diversity of the islands.

Our Turkish friends.  Turkish TV commentator Ceylan Ozbudak is a big supporter of the State of Israel.  So is Muslim scholar Adnan Oktar. Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and Israeli Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara, among others, have appeared on his TV show.  Please read the nice things that Ceylan says about the Jewish State.


Israeli technology helped capture Boston bombers.  Surveillance cameras alone were not enough to locate the Boston Marathon terrorists. Israeli hi-tech company BriefCam enabled investigators to summarize an hour of surveillance video footage into only one minute and also zoom in on people and objects whose movements changed during the filming. The system then tracked those movements from the beginning of the video.

Your computer knows it’s you.  (Thanks to NoCamels.com) Israeli start-up BioCatch can protect you against someone maliciously trying to access your private information.  It recognizes that no two people use a computer the same way, whether it’s how you move your mouse pointer or the tiny differences in your reaction speed.

Denver airport to be NICE and secure.  Israel’s NICE Systems is to deploy its Situator global situation management solution at Denver International Airport (DIA) to enhance security and safety.  Denver is the largest and fifth-busiest airport in the US, serving more than 50 million passengers annually.

Watch your dog go for a walk.  The ultimate dog-walking service is available in New York and will soon spread to Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.  Swifto’s Israeli-developed systems allow clients to view the route of their walker on a live map through an internal GPS tracking mobile application.  And much more.

Israeli device helps nursing mothers.  Mothers worried whether their babies are taking enough feed may appreciate Milksense - the latest device from Israeli startup Bradley and Luka.  The Israeli chain store Dr. Baby will begin selling the device in May, with plans to market it around the globe.

Bio-furniture.  Adital Ela, a sustainability design lecturer at Holon Institute of Technology, makes an entire line of interiors out of earth, straw, water and other organic natural materials. Using zero energy, she molds stools and lampshades that are incredibly sturdy can be thrown away without any undue environmental impact.

Game changing clean energy. The Israeli “smart water” network and software management firm Whitewater was named a 2013 Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer at a ceremony in New York.  Whitewater was described as one of the “game-changing companies in the field of clean energy technology and innovation.”

Solar powered sensors are a winner.  Israeli agro-tech Sol-Chip’s solar-powered sensors monitor the quality of the soil, irrigate automatically and even keep track of cows.  Sol-Chip has just won the Technical Development Award in the 2013 IDTechEx Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe Conference in Berlin.


“The state of Israel’s economy is very good.” Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer spoke at the Institute for National Security Studies conference.  Unemployment at 6.5% is the lowest in 30 years.  GDP growth for 2013 is estimated at 3.8% - a figure envied by most other advanced economies.

Babylon deal translates into cash.  (Thanks to Eli) Israeli translation company Babylon has signed a four-year cooperation agreement with Yahoo Inc.  The two companies will share in revenue from Internet advertising, which provides Babylon with 94% of its revenue.  Babylon already has around 50 million users a day.

EasyJet “goes big in Tel Aviv”.  Low-cost airline easyJet is launching an aggressive marketing campaign in London, aimed at promoting tourism to Tel Aviv among young people and couples without children, under the banner "Go Big in Tel Aviv."  It also plans to fly to Israel from Rome, Milan, Paris, Nice, Berlin and more.

Israel’s space travelers go electric.  Israel Aerospace Industries has signed a leasing agreement with Israel’s Better Place to operate a fleet of electric vehicles. The fleet of several dozen Renault Fluence Z.E. (Zero Emissions) cars will replace regular fuel vehicles in the company car pool.

Israeli lasers go east.  China's Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group has bought Alma Lasers, which are developed in Caesarea.  Alma Lasers’ light-based, radio frequency and ultrasound products for aesthetic and medical applications command a 15% share of the global market for high-end aesthetic devices.

Israel’s oil shale.  (Thanks to Herb)  This article reviews Israel’s massive oil deposits, the plans for extracting it and the potential benefits for both Israel and its neighbors.

Buffet is good for Israel.  Seven years after mega-businessman Warren Buffet paid $4 billion for 80% of Israeli precision toolmaker Iscar, he has exercised the option to buy the rest for another $2.05 billion.  The deal will generate $1 billion of tax revenue to Israel and may remove the need for some planned budget cuts.


Be’er Sheva runners hope to shine.  Competitors in the Be'er Sheva Night Glow Race will be literally glowing with pride when they take part in either the 5km or 10km runs.

Israeli hockey team wins in Turkey.  (Thanks to SDM.) The Israeli team gained promotion to IIHF League Division IIA at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Turkey.  The blue and whites won four of their five league games to finish top of Division II Group B, ahead of New Zealand, Mexico, China and Turkey.


Why Israel?  At least a dozen groups of Americans making Aliyah (immigrating to Israel) with Nefesh b’Nefesh answer that question here.

“Make Israel relevant.”  “A nation is not defined by its problems”. “We need to begin a conversation about what we bring to the table as a country.”  “In today’s tech environment it is not about winning debates, but building relationships with people with influence and relevance, people who matter,” Great quotes by Ido Aharoni, Israel’s consul-general in New York in this latest interview.

US Embassy supports ultra-orthodox hi-tech students.  The US Embassy's diplomatic attaché and cultural attaché visited the Lustig Institute in Ramat Gan and committed to assisting in the integration of haredi women into the high-tech sector.  Two Lustig students helped develop an advanced chip for the US defense industry.

The IDF is green.  To mark Earth Day, the Israel Defense Force published this list of how it protects not just the people of Israel, but its environment too. This includes wastewater recycling, solar power, re-using water from air-condition units, filtering bacteria from ship water, recycling engine oil and switching to natural gas.


In the 28th April 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        An Israeli biotech has developed the only really effective vaccine against Hepatitis B.
·        Tel Aviv University scientists can diagnose schizophrenia by checking your nose.
·        A Hebrew University on-line medical course is popular in Muslim and Arab countries.
·        Technion scientists have developed the first insulator for light particles.
·        Israel’s top water technology companies are exhibiting in Berlin.
·        An Israeli won a gold medal at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
·        Israel marked Earth Day by screening the first ever film powered by solar energy.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary
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The best vaccine against Hepatitis B Virus.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Although nearly all babies are vaccinated against HBV, the virus still kills 1.2 million people every year – mainly immune-suppressed, gluten intolerant and diabetics.  Israeli biotech SciGen’s Sci-B-Vac is the only third-generation HBV vaccine, given to almost all Israelis and has reduced HBV deaths in Israel significantly.  It will soon be available in most countries.

US funds Israeli university to research measles virus.  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has received a two-year UN National Institutes of Health grant to investigate why the measles virus persists in its target cells and establishes chronic infection, long after resolution of its acute phase.

Praise from World Health Org chief.  World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan praised Israel’s national health infrastructure on her first visit to Israel.  She said, “I’ve come here to learn from your excellent health system”.  She also visited Gaza children at Tel Aviv’s Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital.

Early cancer detection saves lives.  Here is a report on the cancer-screening program conducted at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center.  Its Integrated Cancer Prevention Center program is considered to be unique in the World.  In a few hours you get examined for early detection of at least 11 most common cancers.

Keeping your strength up.  Israel’s Health Ministry has for the first time issued standards for food served in Israeli hospitals, aiming to guarantee that patients receive more wholesome and tastier meals.  Changes include less salt, wholegrain bread, menu choice, low fat poultry and fish and dairy products with up to 5 percent fat.

Medical cooperation with Maryland.  The Governor of the US State of Maryland and the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore visited the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem.  They pledged increased collaboration in research and academia.

A nose test for schizophrenia.  A Tel Aviv University team says they can diagnose the psychiatric disease of schizophrenia at an early stage.  They take samples of nerve cells from the upper internal part of the nose and test for a specific molecule of micro-RNA that has high levels in schizophrenia patients.  Previous tests could only be performed post-mortem on the brain.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  27,641 tons of goods including food, medicines and construction materials were delivered from Israel to Gaza on 1,042 trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing in the week ending 20th Apr.

Israel and Jordan save Egyptian vulture.  The rare bird was born in Israel but flew into power lines in the Jordan valley.  The Jordanian authorities contacted Israeli nature organization SPNI who obtained special authorization to collect the vulture.  The injured bird is now recovering at Ramat Gan Safari Hospital.

Israelis treat all alike.  Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is treating 24 victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.  It also treated the surviving Chechen bomber.  And who is the director of the hospital?  Israel’s Professor Kevin (Ilan) Tabb - a board member of Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.

Muslims sign up for HU on-line course.  Around 40,000 students have signed up for the 9-week on-line course “Synapses, Neurons and Brains” run by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Participants come from Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Morocco and Algeria as well as the USA, Europe etc.


A good name.  Dr Irwin Jacobs and his wife Joan have donated $133 million to have the new Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute named after them.  The funds will help support curriculum initiatives, faculty and graduate students, and industry interactions in a two-year graduate program at the JTCII in New York City.

There still is light. Protecting the transport of photons of light is vital for computing and communications.  Technion scientists have developed the first photonic topological insulators that prevent light from scattering irrespective of any defects in the materials that they flow through.

Israel to make wings for F-35.  Israel Aerospace Industries has signed a long-term contract with US defense giant Lockheed Martin to produce wings for the F-35 next-generation fighter jet.  State-owned IAI already manufactures the wings for the F-16 jet and the T-38.

Breaking down pesticides.  More about the literally “groundbreaking” technology that Israel’s Weizmann Institute has developed.  Israeli start-up Catalyst Ag Tech is commercializing the system that introduces eco-friendly catalysts into the soil to break down the dangerous chemicals into inert compounds.

Look your best.  (Thanks to NoCamels.com) When an unsightly skin blemish spoils a photo, Facetune is your personal “digital make-up artist”.  Simply upload your photo to Facebook and Facetune will erase pimples, spots and wrinkles. It can even reshape your nose.  Unfortunately it doesn’t work on real life.

Linking up social media.  Two Israeli companies are expanding their reach.  Graduway (College alumni networks) is integrating with LinkedIn’s professional network to enable graduates to get jobs.  Gigya’s social infrastructure (used by 1.5 billion users) is to include links to Google+ .


Israel gets another “A”.  Fitch Ratings reaffirmed Israel's long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A' and local currency IDR at 'A+, both with a "Stable" outlook, citing the country's diverse and advanced economy. It also predicted that natural gas would boost Israel's growth rate to 3.7% in 2013.

Germany looks to Israel for advanced water technologies.  24 Israeli companies including Mekorot, Amiad and BlueI presented their products at Wasser Berlin last week.  The trade fair focused on water and wastewater technologies and management.

Checkpoint boss’s university career.  (Thanks to Uri) Gil Shwed runs Checkpoint – Israel’s leading IT security company.  He never gained a university degree, although at 16 he was running the computers at the Hebrew University.  He is now on the board of trustees at both Tel Aviv University and its Youth University.

Israeli biotech goes to USA for $480 million.  Miami-based Opko Health has just taken over Israel’s Prolor Biotech.  Prolor develops long-lasting medicines including a human growth hormone, a clotting factor for hemophilia and treatments for diabetes and obesity.  The CEO of Opko is also the Chairman of Israel’s Teva.

13 Israeli start-ups graduate from Microsoft incubator.  Microsoft celebrated the graduation of its second Israeli class of Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure after a four-month intensive program in Herzliya.  12 of the start-ups are launching products on May 7th and eight have already received over $4 million of funding.

What Israel did for IBM (and vice versa).  Meir Nissensohn, former general manager of IBM in Israel, explains why IBM came to Israel, what investment opportunities Israel offers to large, multinational companies and what these companies can give to Israel in return.  (Interview on Doug Goldstein’s radio program).

US companies drool over Israeli start-ups.  Israel has 4,800 start-ups.  Only the USA has more.  Almost every U.S. Venture Capital fund has at least one Israeli startup in its portfolio.  Israel is a nation of people who can create hardware, gadgets and apps and who have the confidence to leave good jobs and launch companies.


The Israeli museum of Science.  Madatech in Haifa has some great events for Lag B’Omer.  Learn all about fire and burning.  Also watch some fiery objects at the new space exhibition – “Beyond Planet Earth”

Israeli gymnast wins European gold.  Alex Shatilov became one of the greatest Israeli athletes of all time when he won the gold medal in the floor exercise final at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Moscow.  Alex previously won silver in 2011 and bronze in 2009 and 2012. He also won bronze at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011.

Israeli wins bronze at Euro Judo championships.  Despite competing with an injury, Tommy Arshansky won the bronze medal in the under-60 kilogram category at the European Championships in Budapest, giving the Israeli delegation its first medal of the contest on opening day.


Moskowitz Prize for Zionism.  Sadly, I missed out for the second year running.  But the well-deserved winners were Chancellor Yigal Cohen-Orgad of Ariel University, Rabbi Moshe Levinger of Hebron, and Zionist education expert Dr. Zvi Zameret.

Walkathon for Benji.  Every year, hundreds of Israelis walk to raise funds for Ra’anana’s home for lone soldiers.  Benji Hillman made Aliya from London in 1983 but was killed in Lebanon in 2006.  As divisional commander he always watched over lone soldiers and Habayit Shel Benji was built in his memory.

New home for lone soldiers.  A new home for Lone Soldiers in Israel was opened in Ramat Gan with a special ceremony. It marks the conclusion of the $5 million project launched by the American Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Israel marks Earth Day.   (Thanks to Israel21c) Israel celebrated Earth Day with the world’s first full-length movie screening, powered by solar energy, sponsored by Energiya Global.  In Jerusalem the lights were turned off, to highlight the need to save energy – but not until after the opening of the Cool Globes exhibition.

The word “Jew” comes from “Judea”.  This is the video “The Spring of Judea and Samaria”.

He must be keen (or daft!).  39-year-old Jorgen Nilsson left his home in Sweden six months ago on a 4,500-kilometer (2,800-mile) pilgrimage to Jerusalem.  Jorgen, a knight in the Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus, arrived just in time for the first International Jerusalem Symposium on Green and Accessible Pilgrimage.


In the 21st April edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Within one hour an Israeli mathematical innovation can identify patients at risk of heart disease.
·        Israeli training helped Massachusetts’s hospital treat victims of Boston Marathon bombing.
·        Israel has opened an industrial park fostering community relations in the Israeli-Arab city of Nazareth.
·        An Israeli start-up has a system that reduces emergency response times to below 3 minutes.
·        Israel has signed a Free Trade Agreement with India that will bring huge economic benefits to both.
·        Canadians and Israelis are the most degree-educated people in the world.
·        An Israeli who was critically wounded by a Hezbollah rocket is now a doctor.
·        Roni Pilo has painted what may be the largest Israeli flag ever – visible hundreds of miles away.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary
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Speedy heart monitoring.  Sheba Medical Center researchers and Israeli start-up Lev-El Diagnostics of Heart Disease have developed an algorithm that could save lives by quickly identifying patients with heart disease.  Patients used to have to wear heart monitors for 24 - 48 hours. Now they are diagnosed in one hour.

The cutting edge of cell therapy.  18 Israeli companies develop or market cell-based treatment products - an unprecedented large proportion in relation to the country’s population. All of them are attending the Israstem Conference in Ramat Gan starting Apr 22, to discuss stem cells, cell therapy, and regenerative medicine. 

More clues in search for cause of Alzheimer’s.  Researchers at Tel Aviv University gave electric stimulation to the brains of rats and found that high-frequency “bursts” produced the same destructive plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

Success in IBD trials.  Israel’s BiolineRX has announced positive results for the Phase IIa clinical trial of BL-7040, an oral treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease affect as many as 1.4 million individuals in the US alone.

A lifeline on your wrist.  Israeli start-up Oxitone has developed a blood-oxygen monitor that can be worn on the wrist by those “at risk” to warn of any sudden deterioration in their condition.  Oxitone has been selected for GE Healthcare’s Start-Up Health Academy Entrepreneurship Program – one of only two companies outside of the US to be chosen for their 3-year program that turns fledgling businesses into prime companies.

Boston Marathon – hospital had Israeli training.  Dr Alasdair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital stated that two years ago they asked the Israelis to set up a disaster team that could respond to a mass-casualty event. This prepared them for dealing with the Boston Marathon bombing.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  In the week ending 6th April, 992 trucks brought 27,880 tons of goods into Gaza. 

Industrial park for Nazareth.  Israel has opened a new industrial park in Nazareth to promote economic cooperation between the region’s diverse Jewish, Christian and Muslim citizens.  It is modeled on nearby Tefen Industrial Park, designed to bring together industrial, educational and cultural facilities all in one space to foster innovation, growth and peace.

Just like me, just like you.  (Thanks to Stuart Palmer) Dozens of Haifa University’s 800 overseas students from 40 countries wanted to let the world know that they share desires and ambitions with local Israelis.

Israel’s on-line Ambassadors.  A Muslim Bedouin girl, several Druse, a Pole and 26 Israeli Jews make up the latest group of Haifa University students training to represent Israel as unofficial ambassadors in the international aren.  Muslim Ayat Rahal says “I want to show a true picture of Israel. It’s not all protests.”

Egyptian academics study Israeli language and culture.  I’m taking this article at face value, but I’m very surprised.  At any one time, close to 20,000 students at nine of the 14 Egyptian universities study Hebrew.  Each year, at least 2,000 Egyptian students graduate with bachelor's degrees that include the study of Hebrew.

Yale student union’s President is Israeli.  Daniel Avraham has made history at Yale University after having been elected as the first Israeli to serve as the institution’s student union president.  The 24-year-old Jerusalem native is a graduate of Herzliyah’s Gymnasia high school and a former intelligence officer in the IDF.


The fastest emergency response.  (Thanks to NoCamels.com)  Israeli start-up NowForce has developed a replacement for expensive emergency call centers.  It comprises a distress signal app for the smartphone; an app for the rescue worker (including paging and directing); finally, a dispatch center back-end solution.  In the Missouri police department NowForce has cut response times to one sixth of those experienced previously.

Your smartphone can have Everything.  If you search for anything on a smartphone running the new Firefox operating system, it will fire up the software from Israeli start-up Everything.me.  Then things really happen as it loads applications dynamically to show you everything you might want, in connection with your search.

Pump your photos up to the Cloud.  Israel’s Pumpic is for those who frequently want to share large numbers or high quality photos with their friends and colleagues.  Users can send up to 10,000 images - each up to 100 MB in size - instantaneously.  Pumpic has just raised $700,000 in its first round of financing.

Fixing mobile phones wirelessly.  Two Israeli companies Cellebrite and CommuniTake are working together to establish a service that can diagnose and repair smartphones whilst still in the hands of the customer.

Israelis get top European award.  Eight Israeli companies received the Red Herring's Top 100 Europe Award, given to Europe's leading private companies in recognition of their innovations and technologies.  They were Celeno, Modelity Technologies, MyThings, NLT Spine, Phinergy, Somoto, Valens and WalkMe.

Inside the Technion – Israel’s Hard Drive.  A rare positive article in the New York Times about one of Israel’s top education institutes.  It features an Israeli-Arab student – one of the 20% of Arabs at the Technion.

The biggest hi-tech celebration.  Israel’s high-tech industry - in the form of the Israel Advanced Technologies Industry group - threw a huge Independence Day party for hundreds of guests in Tel Aviv. Representatives of 17 R&D labs of multinational companies, including Intel, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo, HP, Oracle and Philips talked about the innovations, accomplishments, and contributions they make to their parent companies.

65 years of innovation.  This is the definitive list of Israel’s inventions.  It includes the solar water heater, amniocentesis testing, drip irrigation, desalination, unmanned drone aircraft, 8088 and Centrino computer chips, RSA encryption, Quasicrystals, instant messaging, Pillcam, the flash drive, ReWalk and a whole lot more.


Georgia will G.R.O.W. with Israel.  A program called G.R.O.W. - Georgia Reaching Out Worldwide is attracting trade between the US State and the Jewish State.  Ronen Kenan, who represents Georgia in Israel, said, “Israel is a gateway to a lot of markets in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa.”

What does Israel give to the USA?  Ex Ambassador Yoram Ettinger explains that Israel provides the United States huge financial benefits just with its modifications to US military hardware.

Israel trade with India to soar.  (Thanks to Herb)  A new Free Trade Agreement between Israel and India is expected to triple the current $5 billion trade between the two. Minister Yahel Vilan cited potential for immense growth in healthcare, agriculture, irrigation, renewable energy, aviation, IT and water management.

Israel’s exports have increased by 15,000 per cent.  In 1948 Israel exported $6 million worth of goods and services.  Today’s value is $91 billion, making tiny Israel the 38th largest exporter in the world.  Not bad for the 97th largest population in the world.

Good publicity.  Two Israeli companies Outbrain and Taboola are at the top of the content marketing business.  For a small fee, they can bring thousands of new readers to a website. So that’s how to promote Israel’s good news!  I featured Outbrain in a story about employee loyalty back in November last year.


Recycled poetry on Israeli streets.  Israeli artist Nitzan Mintz writes her poems on the streets of Tel Aviv, using disregarded materials from dumpsters and public spaces. “I use only recycled materials in my art. I use birdcages, pieces of wood, anything. It’s like a gift from God. I need art materials and I find them,” she said.

Book now for the Israel festival.  Israel Festival Jerusalem from May 25 to June 22 focuses on contemporary theater, music and dance.  But there is plenty to attract traditionalists.  Plus hotel discounts.

Three Israeli acts at Glastonbury.  For the first time, Israel will be represented at the UK’s leading music festival.  Acollective is a seven-piece band performing punk, folk and electronic jazz.  Saz (Sameh Zakout) raps in Arabic, Hebrew and English.  Soul singer Ester Rada has been compared to Lauryn Hill and Eryka Badu.

Good show.  The fly-past by the Israeli Air Force to celebrate Israel’s 65th Independence Day was exciting to watch, from all over the coastal plain of Israel.


One of the best-educated countries.  According to the OECD, Israel’s population has the second highest percentage of college degrees in the world (46%).  Only Canada (51%) has more.  The OECD average is 31%.

You are not alone.  Absorption Minister Sofa Landver greeted new immigrants who have made Aliya without their parents and will join the IDF as “lone soldiers” immediately after Independence Day. “These young men and women help guarantee the continued existence of the State of Israel,” she said.

It’s much more than just Independence.  The Jewish State is more than just another country.

Israel has much to celebrate.  (Thanks to todaysCLIC.com)  Nice piece in the Montreal Gazette by Joel Lion.

We’re here to stay.  (Thanks to 12Tribe Films) Asael Lubotzsky was so badly injured by a Hezbollah rocket in 2006 that his leg was hanging by a thread.  Now he is an Israeli doctor and has a daughter. “We called our daughter Neta, a sapling in Hebrew, because “as much as they tried to uproot me, I am planting”.

65 Years of Achievement.  I don’t know how I missed out this video from last week’s newsletter.

That’s what I call a flag.  Using 740 gallons of paint, Roni Pilo has painted a gigantic flag, almost an acre in size, on an Eilat hanger. The flag, painted in time for Israeli Independence Day, can be seen clearly from the Jordanian shore and cities across from the Gulf.


In the 14th April 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Israeli scientists have made some major discoveries about our immune systems.
·        Hadassah hospital has a new head of emergency medicine – he is a Muslim Arab.
·        An Israeli actress donated her bone marrow to save a leukemia sufferer.
·        A new low-cost milking machine could revolutionize the dairy industry.
·        Israeli batteries have the power to transform the future of electricity storage.
·        The legendary composer Burt Bacharach is to perform in Israel in July.
·        Israel’s greatest moments of history are now accessible over the Internet.
·        Articles and videos celebrating Israel’s 65 years of achievements.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary
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Immune cells prevent and cause brain degeneration.  Weizmann Institute’s Professor Michal Schwartz and her team have discovered that immune cells at the edge of the brain travel an extraordinary route to repair brain trauma.  In the elderly, the cells no longer do their function, which could open up new treatments for dementia.

Immune cells fight or cause liver disease.  Sounds familiar?  Professor Rifaat Safadi’s team from Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem has identified that the normal function of Neuroliglin 4 in the immune system is to fight cirrhosis of the liver.  But in patients with Hepatitis or alcoholics, the cell changes and attacks the liver.

Sweetner could treat Parkinson’s.  Researchers from Tel Aviv University have found that the sugar substitute mannitol protects the brain against the effects of Parkinson’s disease.  Laboratory trials are to be completed before human clinical trials can commence.

Pediatrician delivers baby in elevator.  On her way to give a lecture at Kaplan Medical Center Dr. Hanni Olivestone found a woman in labor in a public bathroom.  She took the woman in a wheelchair to the delivery room but as they entered the elevator, the baby’s head emerged.

Top US award for Israeli cancer specialist.  The American Association for Cancer Research has awarded Professor Alexander Levitzki of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem its 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research.  It recognizes Prof Levitzki’s work on signal transduction therapy and the development of tyrosine kinase inhibitors as effective agents against cancer.

Repairing the damage from acne.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI)  Israel’s Syneron Medical is launching its unique bi-polar fractional radio-frequency (RF) energy device to remove acne scars.  22% of adults 18 years and older are adversely affected by acne scars and 77% of them want a low-cost, quick and painless way to remove them.


Israeli hospitals treat hundreds of Gazans. Siblings Ahmad and Hadil Hamdan from Gaza both suffer from chronic kidney disease. For a few days each month, they receive dialysis treatment at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel.  "Before I came here, I couldn't breathe or walk. My situation was really bad," said Hadil.  In 2012, Rambam Medical Center alone treated nearly 400 children from Gaza.

Muslim heads Hadassah’s emergency medicine.  57-year-old cardiologist Dr. Aziz Darawshe is the new director of the emergency department at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem, and chairman of the Israel Society for Urgent Medicine.  Dr Darawshe lives in the Arab village of Iksal, near Nazareth.

Israel gives Turkey safe passage.  Transportation of Turkish exports has been severely hampered by the Syrian crisis and riots in Egypt’s Port Said.  So the Israeli government is allowing Turkish trucks to enter Israel from Haifa and then travel over the ElKhalil Bridge to Jordan. About 100 trucks a week use this route.

Tmura shares its shares.  Here is an update and new video about Israel’s charity that receives donated shares from start-ups and sells them when the start-up is successful.  When CISCO bought Intucell, Tmura gained $400,000, which goes to support educational initiatives and youth opportunities.  These include AMICHAI (integrates mentally disabled), Krembo Wings (special needs children) and Eliya (programs for blind and visually impaired children and their families).

Israeli model saves leukemia sufferer.  Israeli actress and model Agam Rudberg donated bone marrow in an effort to save the life of a woman with leukemia who urgently needed a transplant.  Agam was automatically added to the national bone marrow donor registry Ezer Mizion in 2005 when she was drafted into the IDF. The transplant was successful.

Israel commemorates World Downs Syndrome Day.  More than 400 participants came to Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center at Mt Scopus, Jerusalem for World Down Syndrome Day.  Israel and Singapore established the event in 2006 and it was subsequently adopted by the United Nations internationally.

65 ways Israel is saving the planet.  (Thanks to Israel21c)  To celebrate Israel’s 65th Independence Day, here is Israel21c’s list of the top 65 solutions that Israel has provided to some of the world’s most pressing problems.


Israel and Technion are top innovators.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted a survey of 61 experts from 20 countries who voted Israel’s Technion as the world’s sixth highest in the league chart of entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education institutions.  Israel came third in the national chart.

A robot milking machine.  Israeli agri-tech start-up MiRobot has developed “the greatest thing to happen in dairy farming in 100 years” – an automated milking machine.  At a fraction of the cost of competitors, MiRobot is finishing the development of a working demo and seeking to raise funds in order to go into full production.

Hear what your friends are listening to. (Thanks to NoCamels) Israeli startup ListNPlay has developed an app called EQuala that enables users to create a personalized music stream based on the musical tastes of their friends. It is claimed to be the first true social radio.

The answer in 10 seconds.  Companies using computer software from Israel’s SiSense can analyze their massive files of business data in seconds to provide answers to key business intelligence questions.  SiSense has customers in 49 countries and has just raised funds to grow its sales and support teams.

Ships that pass in the night.  Israeli security company Windward Maritime Solutions combines satellite imagery with intelligence data to spot vessels with potentially dangerous cargos or suspicious intentions.

Finding a needle in a haystack.  Israeli start-up SphereUp has developed a smart contact search which can find anyone on a website, contact database, or any other information source.  The search is nearly instantaneous, eliminates duplicates and displays only the relevant data.

The Agri-tech road-show.  Five Israeli agriculture technology start-ups are shortly to tour the US, seeking investors.  They include use SolChip (solar powered livestock tracking sensors), EdenShield (natural herbs to prevent insect infestation of plants) and MiRobot (robot milking machine – see above).

The future is aluminum.  More details about the evolutionary aluminum-air battery of the Israeli-based technology company Phinergy.  It powers an electric vehicle (EV) for up to 1,000 miles (1600 km) before needing a recharge – three times longer than existing EVs.  It certainly impressed US President Obama.

And yet another innovative battery.  Tel Aviv’s Enstorage has produced the first ever grid-connected Hydrogen-Bromine (HBr) flow battery. The 50 KW battery provides up to 100 KWh of energy.  It is the cheapest, smallest and most powerful flow batteries on the market.


Israel invests NIS 3 billion in water.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) More than NIS 3 billion was invested in Israel's water infrastructures in 2012.  The increased desalination and recycling facilities means Israel’s water supply is now in a position to meet future crises.

First Budapest and now Bucharest.  Just four months after launching flights from Tel Aviv to Hungary’s capital, low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced a new route - from Tel Aviv to the capital of Romania.  Wizz Air says that its decision comes in response to the enthusiastic reception shown by customers in Tel Aviv.

$400 million for CyOptics.  In another massive exit deal, Israeli optical transmission company Cyoptics has been bought up by Nasdaq listed Avago Technologies.  CyOptics’ customers include governments and some of the world's biggest companies and tripled its sales in the past three years to $210 million in 2012.

One in six US prescriptions are for Teva products.  The CEO of Israel’s largest biotech has been speaking out proudly of Teva’s moral principles.  Jeremy Levin said, "We are an Israeli company, and we will remain an Israeli company.” At our Ashdod plant, whilst people (in Gaza) fire rockets, we make medicines.

The shekel is the strongest currency.  Of the 31 currencies monitored by Bloomberg, Israel’s shekel had the best performance in the first three months of 2013.  Reasons include Israel's stable growth and anticipation of the favorable economic impact of new natural gas flowing from the Tamar field.


Reality “check”.  (Thanks to Ted Belman) The Israeli Chess Championships 2013 for men and women are taking place in April in Acre.  Of the 32 registered players for the men’s event, no less than 16 are Grandmasters.

“What the world needs now is love”.  It sure does – and the composer of that song, Burt Bacharach, is coming to Israel to perform some of his 70 top 40 hits.  There will be some “Magic Moments” at the Zappa Shuni Amphitheater in Binyamina on July 2nd.  “Say a little prayer” if you get tickets, but don’t “Walk on by”.

Sonic Vision hits Tel Aviv.  Sonic Vision is an amazing light show, transferring visitors from Tel Aviv into a 360-degree party, through sound, light, and music. It takes place at the Planetarium at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv until April 27. The show lasts around forty minutes.

“Hope” for Yom Haatzmaut.  Here it is – the Fountainheads new video and song for Israel’s 65th birthday.


Hiking in the Eshkol forest.  Another beautiful video from newsletter subscribers Shmuel and Chana who run Villa Rimona in the Galilee.

Talking in the holy language.  Young members of the Religious Zionist kibbutz movement are to spend Shabbat on the Hareidi Kibbutz Or Ganuz.  Despite ideological differences, it is hoped that discussions and mutual learning will benefit both groups and increase cooperation among agricultural settlements. 

Happy 65th birthday.  Great article by David Harris containing details of Israel’s history of achievements.

65 things we love about Israel in 65 seconds.  See how many you love.  I could add about 65,000 more!

2000 year-old ritual bath discovered.  Archaeologists have discovered a mikvah (ritual bath) from the second Temple period.  It was found during excavations prior to paving a highway in Kiryat Menachem, near Jerusalem.  The water system is one of the most intricate ever discovered – preserving every drop of rainwater.

State archives go on-line.  In honor of Israel’s 65th Independence Day, the State Archives have been digitized and put on line.  Content includes the first Independence Day celebrations, the 1948 War of Independence, the Six Day War, life in immigrant camps, the Eichman trial and many immigrant and census records.

Shining bright for 65 years.  (Thanks to Israel21c)  A fast-moving collage of hundreds of beautiful photos of the Jewish State.  Accompanied by an inspiring song.


In the 7th April 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

·        Israel is building a specialist bone marrow transplantation center in Bulgaria.
·        Israel is entering an energy self-sufficient house into the Sustainable Olympics.
·        A recent international sale shows that Israel’s energy technology has no boundaries.
·        Israel can provide luxury hotel accommodation for your dog.
·        Builders of a new wedding hall in Southern Israel have uncovered a 1500-year-old wine press.
·        A record 11,000 Jewish youngsters will participate in “The March of the Living”.

·        Last week’s JPost Israel Good News descriptive summary
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Israel to build modern hospital in Bulgaria.  A modern medical center for bone marrow transplantation with the know-how of Hadassah Hospital of Jerusalem will be opened in Varna by the end of the current year.  Also, a University of Haifa program will allow 3rd-year Israeli students to finish their diplomas in Bulgaria.

Israel invited to TedMed.  The USA’s annual TedMed conference is normally an American-only event, where doctors can relax and discuss matters that really concern them.  This year, Israel will be the first country outside of the US to be officially represented.  And on the final day, a satellite TedMed event will be held in Israel.

Israeli plants fight infections.  (Thanks to NoCamels) Israeli herbs have generated special chemical compounds to deal with the extremes of the climate. Israel’s Nufar Natural Products is developing these plants to treat problematic wounds, assist in treating fungal and other skin infections and fight parasites.

The gene that moves your heart.  Researchers at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center have found mutations in the LRRC6 gene cause primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD). Symptoms are repeated lung infections, sinusitis, frequent ear infections and fertility problems. Early diagnosis may reduce the damage.  And in half these cases, the heart grows on the right of the chest instead of the left.  The liver, stomach and spleen are also transposed.

Bone marrow treatment gets boost.  In January I mentioned Apocell from Israeli biotech Enlivex, which prevents GVHD rejection of bone marrow transplants.  Now, the treatment has received US FDA “orphan” status due to its importance and lack of alternatives for treating the unwanted autoimmune response.

Why the immune system fails.  Hebrew University researchers have discovered the mechanisms that the body uses to shut down the immune system.  The process can be beneficial in preventing chronic inflammation, but very dangerous in patients with cancer and HIV.  This knowledge can help develop better therapeutic strategies.


Three top African-Israeli women.  Yityish Aynaw wants to use her “Miss Israel” title to showcase Israel’s diversity.  Along with her, several African-Israeli women have recently made a pop culture impact.  Ethiopian-Israeli actress Ester Rada, 28, has just released her first solo rock record to positive reviews. And Ahtaliyah Pierce, a 17-year-old Black Hebrew Israeli, reached the semi-finals on Israel’s edition of “The Voice”.

Israeli saves two Bedouin boys from drowning.  You may have read that three sons of Hassan Sariye drowned off Ashkelon, but you may have missed that Yaakov Bruchim jumped into the dangerous currents to save two others. The emotional father Hassan said, “God took away three sons but gave us another.”

Arab paramedic honored for saving Jewish child.  Muawiya Qabha saved Adele Briton, aged 3, who was critically injured by Palestinian Arabs throwing rocks. Qabha rushed to the scene of the attack, even though he was not on duty at the time. This week, he was a guest of honor at the Briton family’s Mimouna (post-Passover) celebration. Qabha also visited Adele in hospital.

Israel’s youth villages provide “a place to belong”.  60 youth villages in Israel educate an estimated 25,000 students per year, putting them on a path toward becoming productive members of Israeli society, despite troubled pasts and higher rates of unemployment and poverty among their families.

Agricultural help for the Navajo.  The US State of New Mexico is running a conference entitled “Navajo and Israel Agricultural Gathering for the First Nations". Organizers hope that the conference will attract hundreds of Navajo farmers and teach them how to better grow and sell their crops.


Happy 40th birthday to the cell phone.  The International media is full of news of the first cell phone call made in 1973 by Martin Cooper of Motorola.  They are strangely silent about the fact that much of the technology was developed at Motorola’s Haifa development center.

Developing renewable energy together.  Ben Gurion University and the University of Michigan are to forge a research partnership on developing renewable technologies.  The three-year program will research advanced vehicle fuels, solar energy and thermoelectric materials, which convert heat to electricity.

A house for the Sustainable Olympics.  30 Israeli students have built an energy self-sufficient four-room house that will compete in the Solar Decathlon event in China in August.  It is solar-powered, has disabled access, a garden irrigated by recycled water and the renewable energy products of several Israeli companies.

A UAV in your backpack.  A new unmanned drone from Israel’s Elbit Systems is a game-changer for the IDF.  It takes 8 minutes to assemble, launched from a bungee cord, flies at 15,000 feet for three hours and its on-board camera shows exactly what is happening on the ground.

Clean panels for more solar power.  Frequent Middle-East storms can coat solar panes with dust, reducing their efficiency substantially.  Sergey Biryukov at Ben Gurion University’s National Solar Energy Center came up with the idea of using an electrical field to “charge” the dust particles and repel them from the solar panels.

The dark side of the Internet.  Ben Gurion University engineer Mark Last has developed a system for detecting websites used for illegal military activities.  It analyzes the occurrence of certain words and highlights those sites with an unusually high frequency of them.  The system has near-perfect success rates.


40 years of IBM magic.  (Thanks to Israel21c) The Israel center of International Business Machines has been performing technological magic at its Haifa offices for 40 years where it has developed RS/6000 computers, ultrasound equipment and a HIV database.  No wonder we computer nerds say IBM stands for “I Bring Magic”.

Simulators for Finland.  Israel’s Simlat Ltd was selected to provide an Unmanned Air vehicle System (UAS) Training Center to the Finish Defense Forces.

Underground energy for Indonesia.  Israel’s Ormat Industries has designed a 330-megawatt geothermal power plant in Northern Sumatra.  It will also supply its Ormat Energy Converters, for which it will receive $254 million.  The first phase of the plant will be ready for operations in 2016.

Citi gets intelligent in Israel.  Citi Global Markets has opened a global financial data intelligence lab in Israel, as part of Citi’s Technology Innovation Center. The decision was based on Israel's potential talent and activities in data. The lab leads projects of complex processing in large real time data.

A business bridge to Michigan.  60 per cent of US defense contracts touch the US State of Michigan and many involve Israeli companies. State Governor Rick Snyder has The Michigan-Israel Business Bridge (MIBB) officials’ phone numbers on speed dial, and he is planning to visit Israel in June, to promote business ties.

China goes Blue.  China’s Guangdong Province water company is currently in the process of installing 75 water analyzing and control units supplied by Israel’s Blue I Water Technologies.  The news comes on top of Blue I Water’s February’s announcement of deals in India and South America.


Yemenite filigree is alive in Israel.  Ben-Zion David, a traditional Jewish silversmith of Yemenite descent, is one of Israel's best-known filigree jewelers.  David learned this intricate craft from his father and grandfather and displays his work in his museum in Old Jaffa.

Things to do in Israel in April.  April in Israel is a month full of events – festivals, concerts, and shows.  Along with Israel’s Remembrance Day and Independence Day, concerts by Ravi Coltrane and Shlomo Artzi supplement the Jerusalem Ice Festival, Haifa’s Dali exhibition and the Moroccan Mimouma feast.

Pamper your pooch.  (Thanks to Israel21c) When Israelis go on vacation, they no longer have to consign Fido to a kennel. Watch how KelevLand, a one-of-a-kind dog hotel with elite accommodation, gives pooches the best possible treatment – from mineral water on tap, to tummy rubs and acupuncture.  Plus DogTV of course.

Chinese film to be shot in Israel.  A 22-member Chinese production company is arriving in April to shoot scenes in Israel for a Chinese epic called “Old Cinderella”. It is expected to be a blockbuster movie thanks to stars such as Zhang Jingchu (“Rush Hour 3”) and director Lu Chuan.

Rihanna returns to Israel.  Rihanna, largely acknowledged as the biggest pop star in the world right now, will be performing a concert in Tel Aviv as part of her “Diamonds” world tour. Although not yet officially official, the concert is expected to be on October 22 in Tel Aviv’s HaYarkon Park. Her last Israeli visit was in 2010.

Rocking on Independence Day.  The rock independence party takes place on April 15, 2013 (the eve of Israeli Independence Day), at the Rishon LeZion Park Amphitheater.  It features some of Israel’s biggest names in rock including Aviv Geffen, Barry Sacharov, Balkan Beat Box, Hadag Hahash, Mashina and Elisha Banai.


L’Hayim.  Israel Antiquities Authority workers have discovered a 1500-year-old wine press during the construction of a wedding hall near Hamei Yoav, east of Ashkelon in southern Israel. It is one of the best-preserved examples of a Byzantine-era winemaking facility.

The oldest first-time Christian tourist to Israel?  104-year-old, Eleanor Hall from Richboro, Pennsylvania is finally making her first pilgrimage to the Holy Land, with her daughter and two granddaughters. “I haven’t seen many pictures of Israel, so everything is going to be new and exciting,” she said.

Jews are from Judea.  This blog by Andreas Faberbakke (from Norway) is so clear.

Israel is less isolated than ever.  In this extensive report Bar-Ilan Professor Efraim Inbar states that Israel’s international status has improved thanks in part to its social, economic, technological, financial, and diplomatic achievements. With its new energy reserves, water and agricultural technologies, things can only get better.

We love life.  11,000 youngsters from over 50 countries will take part in this year’s “March of the Living program” starting with Yom Ha’Shoah at Auschwitz on 8 April and finishing on Israeli Independence Day in Jerusalem on 16 April.  500 Holocaust survivors will accompany them and relate their experiences.