The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II walks outside the Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. (AP/Mahmoud Illean) (AP/Mahmoud Illean)
Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church

So far in 2016, at least 5,700 Coptic Orthodox Christians have traveled from Egypt to Israel; Israel and China have signed seven academic cooperation agreements with Chinese universities, and much more.

By: Michael Ordman


Thousands of Egyptian Copts visit Israel

So far in 2016, at least 5,700 Coptic Orthodox Christians have traveled from Egypt to Israel – one thousand more than for the whole of 2015. The Copts previously banned pilgrimages to Israel, but in Nov 15, the new Coptic Pope Tawadros II came to Jerusalem.

China signs seven more agreements

Israel and China have signed seven academic cooperation agreements with Chinese universities. These include the establishment of joint Israeli-Chinese study institutes, as well as investments in student exchange programs.

Alcohol/Smoke-free Woodstock

Jerusalem’s Sobar Music Center is presenting the first-ever alcohol/smoke-free Community Woodstock festival on 8th Jun. Sobar provides an exciting and safe environment for teens and young adults from all over Jerusalem.

Aid to victims of Canadian wildfire

Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAID is helping many of the 90,000 evacuees from the wildfire in Alberta, Canada. IsraAID volunteers are providing social and psychological support. Once the fires have been extinguished another IsraAID team will go in to help clean up the debris.

An Israeli photo for Mother’s Day

Although Mother’s Day is not a holiday in Israel, this photo of an Israeli mother who has just given birth to triplets, will be an eye-opener to anyone believing lies from the BDS idiots.

US and Israel expand energy cooperation

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, have signed an agreement to foster R&D, drive down the costs of clean energy technologies and encourage collaboration between top energy scientists.

Another agreement with NSW

The Agricultural Research Organisation of Israel and the University of Sydney signed an agriculture agreement focusing on teaching, training and research activities in the areas of dairy, poultry and aquaculture. It follows a (1st May) R&D agreement between New South Wales and Israel.

2 million likes from Brazil

The number of Brazilians who have “liked” Israel’s Ministry of Tourism Facebook profiles in Portuguese has exceeded 2 million. It is part of the ministry’s strategy to attract pilgrims from Brazil to visit the Holy Land. Brazil has the largest Catholic population in the world.

NATO upgrades Israel’s status

NATO has upgraded its ties with Israel. Israel will now be able to open offices at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s headquarters in Brussels and complete a credentialing process for its representatives. The step “will help boost Israeli security,” said PM Netanyahu.

Israel at 68 is not isolated

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger writes about Israel’s links with NATO, Turkey, India, China, plus tech giants such as Oracle, Cisco and Intel.—is-Israel-isolated-.aspx


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