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An Israeli breakthrough can reduce side-effects from chemicals; Israeli NGO leads the fight to reduce plastic waste and encourage recycling; Israel’s unemployment rate fell to 3.6%, and much more.

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Eliminating major side-effects

A breakthrough by Israeli scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Weizmann Institute can reduce side-effects in chemicals.  Treatments (e.g. thalidomide) contain both right and left-sided molecules. One type causes the side-effect and magnets can remove the “bad” sided molecules.

https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/thuo-dac051018.php  https://vimeo.com/257954972

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jz300793y

99% success for freezing tumors

I’ve been reporting on Israeli-based IceCure for some time (see here). It has just reported results of clinical trials showing 99% effectiveness in eliminating cancerous breast tumors through freezing with liquid nitrogen without surgery. Of the 146 trial patients, the cancer re-occurred in only one.

https://www.globes.co.il/en/article-icecure-jumps-on-positive-breast-cancer-treatment-data-1001234568

European patent for bio-turmeric extract

Israel’s Arjuna has produced BCM-95 – an All-in-One formulation of natural curcumin & ar-turmerone, the most potent component of turmeric with its highest level of oral bioavailability. BCM-95 has just received a European patent to accompany its patents in the US and globally.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/arjuna-naturals-bcm-95-curcumin-granted-new-patent-300644354.html   http://www.arjunanatural.com/bcm95.html

Transforming sinus diagnosis and treatment

Israel’s 3NT Medical is developing and trialing its Sinusway platform of specialty single-use endoscopes and therapeutic devices for advancing care of ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders. 3NT has just raised funds to complete development and commence marketing Sinusway.

https://www.3ntmedical.com/  https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03390257

https://www.globes.co.il/en/article-israeli-ent-endoscopy-co-3nt-medical-raises-15m-1001235075

Using gut bacteria to fight disease

I reported previously (May 2017) on one Israeli biotech using the human microbiome (stomach bacteria) to fight cancer, IBD, acne etc. Now Israel’s Evogene’s new Biomica subsidiary is also developing microbiome therapies, for antibiotic resistant bacteria, immuno-oncology and GI disorders.

http://www.evogene.com/press_release/biomica-evogenes-newly-established-subsidiary-announces-therapeutic-areas-focus/

Eye surgeon sees no boundaries

Dr David Hartstein made Aliya from the USA in 2009. Since 2014 he has been performing eye operations on patients from Ethiopia, Gaza and the Palestinian Authority. He also visits Ethiopia where he treats up to 500 patients each visit – mostly Falash Mura Ethiopians seeking to make Aliya.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/245462

On-line spectacle prescription

I reported previously (Feb 2016) on one Israeli smartphone app to check your glasses prescription.  Now here’s another – Tel Aviv based GlassesUSA checks the prescription of your existing spectacles. It allows you to scan simple prescriptions and lenses using an iPhone.

https://www.globes.co.il/en/article-israeli-app-gives-eyeglasses-prescription-1001234738

Saving life is all in the air

I’ve reported previously (see here) on the hyperbaric (pure oxygen) treatment conducted at Israel’s Yitzhak Shamir (formerly Assaf Harofeh) Medical Center. Recent amazing results include repairing the brain of a blast victim and saving the leg of 7-year-old Muhammad from Jenin.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/From-Shamir-the-Torah-of-good-medicine-is-coming-forth-553131

80 years of excellence

Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center celebrates eight decades of operation in Northern Israel. It treats over two million Israelis (Jews, Moslems, Christians, Druze etc.), plus Palestinian Arabs and Syrians. An innovation hub with cutting-edge technology, it delivers medical excellence to Israel and the world.

https://www.rambam.org.il/EnglishSite/AboutRambam/Publications/NewsandEvents/Pages/Israel-Celebrates-and-So-Does-Rambam.aspx

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

Protecting the environment

Israeli NGO Zalul (Hebrew for “clear”) leads the fight to reduce plastic waste in Israel and encourage recycling. It helped introduce payment for supermarket plastic bags and other projects to reduce pollution.  Zalul CEO Maya Jacobs went on ILTV to explain more.  Good summary on their website.

http://www.zalul.org.il/?page_id=2162

Female Muslim ambulance driver

I reported previously (31st Dec) about United Hatzalah’s female Muslim paramedic. Magen David Adom is also training Bedouin men and women to become medics. This I24 News video features ambulance driver and trainee paramedic 27-year-old, mother-of-four Warud Abu Abed.

http://www.iataskforce.org/activities/view/729

https://israelunwired.com/going-against-the-tide-bedouin-mother-becomes-ambulance-driver-and-medic/

Thanks to Israel for our freedom

Like many Israeli Christians, IDF Captain (res.) Shadi Halul is grateful that “the Jews returned to their homeland and created freedom for the Jews and the Christians in Israel.” https://www.jns.org/amid-independence-day-celebrations-how-israels-minorities-view-their-status-in-the-jewish-state/

PA to control its own electricity

I reported before (16th July) that Israel transferred an electricity substation over to the Palestinian Authority. The PA has now taken responsibility for most of the PA’s entire power supply. The Israel Electric Company and PA together will construct four new high-voltage power plants.

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-to-transfer-much-of-West-Bank-electric-grid-to-Palestinians-553248

Trilateral summit

The leaders of Israel, Cyprus and Greece convened in Nicosia for their fourth summit since launching a trilateral partnership in 2016. The main issue discussed was the feasibility of laying a pipeline from Israel to Cyprus and then to Greece and Italy.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-israel-cyprus-greece-securing-our-future-together/

Saving Hawaiian coral

Hawaii state legislature passed a ban on sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone (BP-3) after researchers from Ben-Gurion University and the USA provided significant evidence that BP-3 has caused coral bleaching. Oxybenzone caused deformities, endocrine disruption and DNA damage that kills the coral.

https://aabgu.org/bgu-warning-leads-hawaii-to-ban-sunscreen-ingredient/

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Thousands see Israeli innovations

Israel hosts four major international exhibitions in May where innovative Israeli technology is on show. FoodTechIL (May 7); AgriVest (May 8); AgriTech Israel (May 8-10); MIXiii-Biomed (May 15-17); https://www.israel21c.org/thousands-come-to-tlv-to-see-advances-in-food-ag-biomed/

https://www.foodtechil.com/  https://www.agrivestisrael.com/  http://agritechisrael.org/

http://kenes-exhibitions.com/biomed/

Israel hosts global science conference

23 science ministers are scheduled to attend “The First International Ministerial-Level Scientific Conference: Thinking Out of the Box,” in Jerusalem.  Even more countries plan to send lower-level delegations, including chief scientists. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/23-Science-Ministers-to-attend-innovation-mega-event-in-Jerusalem-555950

Driverless trucks

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is unveiling new products that could potentially revolutionize mining and quarrying. IAI’s robotics factory has developed technology for utilizing autonomous vehicles in heavy mechanical equipment used in mining and development work.

https://www.globes.co.il/en/article-israel-aerospace-developing-autonomous-vehicles-1001233561

Where to rent or buy in NYC

Israel’s Localize.city (a subsidiary of real estate data company Madlan) has launched a website that allows anyone to search any address in New York City, receive a view of what it’s like to live there today and learn about future changes.  Localize.city has just raised $8 million of funds.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3734429,00.html

https://www.localize.city/

Spreading its roots

I reported previously (see here) about Israel’s Rootility that develops root-focused plant breeding methods that increase crop yields, and improve plant tolerances to heat, cold, and soil borne diseases. Rootility has just raised $10 million of funds to help it expand international sales and the crops it develops.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3737657,00.html  http://www.rootility.com/products

IBM accelerates Israeli startups

I’ve reported previously (see here) on IBM’s Alphazone startup accelerator which has been supporting and advancing Israeli startups since 2014. Gil May Tal – IBM Israel’s Head of Startup & Development Ecosystem – went on ILTV to describe Alphazone’s successes and its 2018 program.

https://www.ibm.com/il/alphazone/

Ironic? Another system to detect plagiarism

Funny – I reported only two weeks ago (see here) of an Israeli system to detect where students copy material and pass it off as their own original work.  Now here is another one.  Idan Frost went on ILTV to explain his system, called “Originality”.

Mimic nature to make better designs

I reported previously (31st Dec) on the Hebrew University’s use of nature to make a better world. The organization Biomimicry promotes these types of solutions that meet global challenges (e.g. Israel’s Seevix’s artificial spidersilk fibers). Biomimicry’s Tel Aviv conference is on Jun 14.

http://www.biomimicry.org.il/kenes2018/index.html

http://seevix.com/

If you can Screenshot it, you can find it

I reported previously (26th Nov) on the launch of Israeli-founded Screenshop which uses photos of an object on your phone to find the object for sale on-line. CTO & co-founder Jonathan Caras said on ILTV that his company has had more partnership requests than it can handle.

https://screenshopit.com/

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Unemployment down, exports up

Israel’s unemployment rate fell to 3.6% in March – a new record. Exports of services in Feb 2018 totaled $4.2 billion – 6.9% higher than January. Exports of services by the high-tech sector totaled $2.2 billion in February – 7.3% more than in January.

https://www.globes.co.il/en/article-unemployment-in-israel-falls-to-new-low-1001233871

Investment in startups up by 50%

181 Israeli startups raised $1.52 billion in the first quarter of 2018 – 50% more than in the first quarter of 2017.  The upward trend continued in April.

https://www.globes.co.il/en/article-ivc-zag-israeli-startups-raising-up-50-in-q1-1001234823

https://www.israel21c.org/israels-v-wave-raises-70m-and-other-april-funding-news/

Frutarom exits for $7.1 billion

Israeli flavors and fine products company Frutarom has been taking over similar businesses all over the world for several years (see here).  However, it has now been swallowed up by the mighty US Flavors & Fragrances Inc (IFF) for a whopping $7.1 billion – the second largest Israeli exit ever.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3737517,00.html

BriefCam acquired by Canon

I’ve reported previously (see here) on Israel’s BriefCam and its innovative video content analytics platform. BriefCam has just been bought by Japanese giant Canon Inc. to help it expand its video technology and solutions to global customers and partners.

https://www.briefcam.com/company/press-releases/briefcam-to-be-acquired-by-canon-inc/

Wizz launches 6th Romanian route

Hungarian airline Wizz Air is to operate a new route from Sibiu in Romania to Tel Aviv starting July 14. Wizz Air already operates direct flights to Israel from Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Craiova, and Iasi.  79,000 tourists visited Israel from Romania in 2017.

https://www.globes.co.il/en/article-wizz-air-to-launch-flights-between-tel-aviv-and-sibiu-in-romania-1001234800

Amazon builds up in Israel

Although it hasn’t confirmed its Israeli operations, Amazon has assembled a temporary modular office for 300 workers in Haifa’s MATAM business park while a 12,000 sqm building is being built nearby. It has also leased space in Tel Aviv’s Azrieli Sarona Tower and is hiring Hebrew translators.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/amazon-ships-itself-a-modular-office-building-puts-it-up-in-haifa-parking-lot/

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-amazon-eying-israeli-market-hiring-hebrew-translators-1001234335

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT

“Solution Nation”

David Wanetick has written and published a new book about Israeli technological prowess, “Solution Nation: One Nation is Disproportionately Responding to the World’s Most Intractable Problems”. It analyzes 62 emerging Israeli companies, all of which are developing solutions to life-threatening problems.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/problem-solvers-book-spotlights-israeli-firms-smoothing-out-the-worlds-snags/

http://www.solutionnation.info/   http://www.solutionnation.info/table_of_contents.php

70 years of Independence Day posters

Here is a selection of some of the most important and beautiful Yom Ha’atzmaut posters issued over the past 70 years – taken from Israel’s State Archive.  They present a moment in Israel’s history: concerns and achievements during the past year, as well as hopes and goals for the coming one.

https://unitycoalitionforisrael.org/?project=posters-and-video-show-israels-hope-on-yom-haatzmaut-day-of-independence

Netta wins Eurovision Song Contest for Israel

Israel’s Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision song contest with “Toy” scoring 529 points, nearly 100 points ahead of second place Cyprus. Israel will therefore host next year’s Eurovision competition, which will bring thousands of fans to Jerusalem.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-netta-barzilai-wins-eurovision-song-contest/

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israels-Netta-Barzilai-wins-Eurovision-Song-Contest-2018-556242

Shakira to perform in Israel in July

Shakira, the world-famous Latina singer, will perform in Tel Aviv in July – her first ever concert in Israel. I reported on Shakira previously (Jun 2011) when she visited a joint Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem in her role as UK Goodwill Ambassador.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/ignoring-bds-shakira-will-perform-in-israel/

Ringo Starr extends his Israel tour

Fans of ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr have been so enthusiastic, his 23th June Tel Aviv concert sold out. So, he’s doing another performance on 24th June. Ringo and his All-Starr Band are coming to Israel for the first time ever, as part of their “Give More Love” world tour.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ringo-starr-announces-second-june-date-for-tel-aviv-concert/

Another Heading

The 16th May Tel Aviv screening of “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” is a sell-out (see here). There will now be another chance to see this remarkable film on June 4 at the Lev Smadar in Jerusalem. All proceeds go to the Team Israel Olympics 2020 effort.

https://www.baseball.org.il/en/english-news/461-heading-home-tickets-on-sale-now

Cycling teams from Arab states in Jerusalem

Teams from the United Arab Emirates & Bahrain competed in the Israel stages of the Giro d’Italia cycle race. The eight cyclists from Team Emirates included Fabio Aru who said, ““Sport and cycling unify people, this is a fact,”.  Also, see this one-minute video of the event.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/international-cycling-race-brings-teams-from-arab-world-to-israel/

http://teambahrainmerida.com/bahrain-merida-pro-cycling-team-at-101st-giro-ditalia/

The first velodrome in the Middle East

Tel Aviv is officially home to the Middle East’s first indoor velodrome cycling racetrack. The world governing body for sports cycling, Union Cycliste Internationale, has formally certified the Sylvan Adams National Velodrome to be Olympic Standard.

http://nocamels.com/2018/05/tel-aviv-mideast-olympic-velodrome/

https://www.vivaspress.com/single-post/2018/05/02/Most-advanced-veledrome-in-the-Middle-East

THE JEWISH STATE

Bridging Israel and the US

Bar-Ilan University has inaugurated a new Impact Center for Research on Judaism in Israel and North America (RJIN). Headed by Prof. Adam Ferziger, the new center aims to develop models to improve relations between Jews in Israel and America. It includes a think tank and an MA program.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-center-on-israeli-and-diaspora-judaism-aims-to-mind-and-bridge-the-gap/

The home of hope

The world is still celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday.  This video was made by UK ex-Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, to mark the event.

The miracle that is Israel today

Writer Joseph Puder puts Israel’s last 70 years into context. He highlights the revival of the Hebrew language, population and infrastructure growth, cultural integration, its transformation into a technological powerhouse and associated economic success.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/270098/miracle-israel-today-joseph-puder

Signs of the times

Jerusalem Municipality workers (including the Mayor) have been putting up new street signs in Hebrew, Arabic and English, directing travelers to the new US embassy.  Note that the last sentence in the video commentary is wrong – many other countries are moving their embassies to Jerusalem.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/mayor-barkat-hangs-first-sign-for-us-embassy-in-jerusalem/

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)

A list of events to mark the 51st anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.  Also, see how Jerusalem has grown in the last 10 years.

https://www.janglo.net/index.php?option=com_adsmanager&page=display&catid=99&tid=443659

https://www.janglo.net/index.php?option=com_adsmanager&page=display&catid=99&tid=444081

Jerusalem – the heart of Jewish life and history

This video shows seven examples of archaeological evidence that the city of Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people. Official seals, parchment, burnt stone walls, ritual baths, siege weapons and Temple floor tiles.

United Jerusalem

Last year (see here) I included a long video featuring a selection of the residents of Jerusalem, capital city of Israel.  It showed that despite their different faiths and different levels of religiosity, they all get along with each other.  This version says it all, in just two-and-a-half-minutes.

Bar Kochba coin found on Lag B’Omer.  The life of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is celebrated on Lag B’Omer. His mentor Rabbi Akiva supported Bar Kochba in his 134-136 CE revolt against Roman occupation of Judea. So, it was apt that this year on Lag B’Omer, archaeologists found a coin minted by Bar Kochba’s supporters.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/discovery-of-bar-kochba-era-coin-declared-at-lag-bomer/2018/05/04/

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