The Moona coexistence tech hub in the Galilee has some 750 Jewish and Muslim graduates from its activities every year; the Israel Innovation Authority is funding projects worth 3 million shekels to develop solutions for those on the autistic spectrum, the visually impaired and wheelchair users; 30 women entrepreneurs from 30 countries came to Israel to get inspiration at Startup Tel Aviv, and much more.
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
Jewish-Arab tech center is 3 years old
I last reported (Mar 2015) on the Moona co-existence tech hub in the Galilee two years ago when 50 Jewish and 50 Muslim students attended the research center. Now some 750 students graduate from its activities every year and 30 schools participate in the scheme.
NIS 3 million for special needs tech
The Israel Innovation Authority is funding projects worth 3 million shekels to develop solutions for those on the autistic spectrum, the visually impaired and wheelchair users.
International women entrepreneurs see the Startup Nation
30 women entrepreneurs from 30 countries came to Israel to get inspiration at Startup Tel Aviv. They heard from Israeli women like Fiona Darmon, CEO of JVP Media Central. They pitched to top angel investors and venture capitalists and received useful feedback.
The art of co-existence
In the Israeli-Arab Galilee village of Sakhnin, the Sakhnin Biennale is an alternative art festival featuring artists from Israel and from 65 other countries. The village has become a meeting place for northern Israel’s diverse population which includes Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities.
Training to save lives together
Israeli Emergency Services and the Palestinian Authority Civil Defense Forces (PCD) held a joint drill to enhance their skills and improve their response to real events. Participants included Israel’s Magen David Adom, the PA’s Red Crescent and fire-fighters from both sides.
The power to distribute electricity
For the first time, Israel has handed over control of an electricity substation to the Palestinian Authority. The Israel Electric Corporation also trained Palestinian Arabs to maintain the site near Jenin. Substations will soon be handed over in Hebron, Ramallah and Nablus (Shechem).
Rwandan president praises Israel
During his visit to Israel, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame highlighted the blossoming cooperation between the two countries in technology, agriculture, energy and security. “Israel has continued to follow through on its commitments and objective of scaling up engagement across Africa.”
First state visit from Central African Republic
President Faustin-Archange Touadéra made the first-ever visit to Israel by the head of state of the Central African Republic (CAR). He said to Israeli President Rivlin “we have come to Israel in order to learn – your country is a school for us.
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