United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Chani Vaknin (Vaknin Family/United Hatzalah) (Vaknin Family/United Hatzalah)
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Chani Vaknin
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Israeli EMT on holiday in Vienna saves a life; Guarding our beautiful land, Rescuing female cyclists from Afghanistan, and much more!

By Michael Ordman

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

Israeli EMT on holiday in Vienna saves a life

Chani, a volunteer paramedic with Israel’s United Hatzalah, was on vacation in Vienna when a woman fell off her electric scooter right in front of her. She didn’t have a helmet and suffered a serious head injury. Chani treated her, both before and after Austrian medics arrived.
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/314403

Guarding our beautiful Land

Young Nigerian-Israeli Sharona Shnayder is founder and CEO of Tuesdays for Trash, which encourages people to convene on a weekly basis to clean public spaces of discarded trash. It now operates in 23 countries. In 2020, Sharona interned at Israeli recycling company UBQ during a Masa program.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/talking-trash-young-nigerian-israeli-activist-sparks-litter-picking-movement/

Rescuing female cyclists from Afghanistan

More on IsraAID’s operation to take 57 Afghan women cyclists out of danger from the Taliban in Afghanistan (see last week’s article here and as UWI saw reported on CNN).
https://thecjn.ca/news/second-canadian-israeli-rescue/

Helping single mothers re-enter the jobs market

Israeli NGO ‘itworks’ has partnered the Jerusalem-based Yedidut Toronto Foundation to help find jobs for the estimated 20,000 single mothers who were placed on unpaid leave by their employers when the first wave of COVID hit Israel.
https://unitedwithisrael.org/single-moms-get-help-re-entering-job-market-thanks-to-2-israeli-ngos/

Nearly half of Israeli medics are Arab

Israel’s Health Ministry reports that Arabs and Druze constituted 20% of Israel’s population but 46% of all Israel’s medical licenses. They also comprise 50% of new nurses, 53% of dentists and 57% of pharmacists. Arab doctor numbers have increased fourfold from 2000.
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-at-34-this-israeli-arab-surgeon-is-an-expert-in-medicine-s-most-prestigious-spheres-1.10257129

Arab Muslim female head of surgery

Dr. Marian Khatib has been appointed the director of the Breast Surgery Center at Tel Aviv Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center. She is the first Arab breast surgeon in the country. Khatib said being an Arab woman from a conservative Muslim society has never been a barrier.
https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/israels-first-arab-breast-surgeon-has-a-gift-for-shattering-glass-ceilings-682268

Bedouin honored

More than 600 Bedouin Israelis enlisted in the IDF in the past year. The details were announced during “Alliance of Brothers” – a ceremony to honor Bedouin contributions to the security forces.
https://www.jns.org/more-than-600-bedouins-enlist-in-idf-in-past-year-encouraged-to-join-tech-units/

Blind Arabs employed in Jerusalem

The Arab Blind Association is the first collective of its kind in the Middle East. Dozens of blind Arabs have obtained valued work making high-quality brooms. The concept has been spread across the Arab world, to Iraq, the UAE, and Egypt.

First EgyptAir arrival

History was made with the arrival at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport of the first official direct flight from Cairo by Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir.  The airline had previously operated a service, but by its subsidiary Air Sinai, in unmarked planes.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-egyptair-airliner-arrives-in-tel-aviv-1st-direct-flight-from-cairo/

Israeli wheelchair stations at UK hospitals

The UK National Health Service is installing wheelchair docking stations from Israel’s Wheelshare (see here previously) at its Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital and North Tyneside General Hospital. The docking stations operate at all hours of the day and are free.
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/314666

Rescuing female cyclists from Afghanistan

More on IsraAID’s operation to take 57 Afghan women cyclists out of danger from the Taliban in Afghanistan (see last week’s article here and as UWI saw reported on CNN).
https://thecjn.ca/news/second-canadian-israeli-rescue/

Maize irrigation for Kenyan women farmers

Israel’s SupPlant (see here previously) is bringing its smart irrigation systems to the aid of 500,000 Kenyan smallholder maize farmers – mostly women in Bungoma and Busia. SupPlant aims to help 2 million+ smallholder farmers across Africa and India by 2022.
https://www.jpost.com/international/supplant-to-help-500000-kenyan-maize-growers-avoid-crop-failure-681223

Israel at COP26

At Glasgow’s UN climate conference Israel’s Prime Minister highlighted that Israel’s innovations can help solve the world’s environmental problems. And Israel’s state comptroller led the meeting of his international counterparts who are tasked with monitoring the actions of their respective governments.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-state-comptroller-leads-meeting-of-global-counterparts-in-glasgow/
https://www.jpost.com/environment-and-climate-change/cop26-saving-the-planet-in-glasgow-from-climate-change-684069

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