The Empire State Building in New York City shone blue and white on June 5 – mirroring the colors of the Israeli flag – for the annual Celebrate Israel Parade and festival in New York City; Israeli genealogical website MyHeritage recorded family stories of some of the 800 native tribes in Papua New Guinea, and much more.

Israel has sent $20,000 worth of supplies to Sri Lanka, following recent floods and landslides there; The Israeli Ministry of Economy held the first Israeli Food Festival in 25 Costco stores across Japan, focused proton beam lasers to treat tumors, and much more.

Major Alaa Waheeb is the highest ranking Muslim officer in the Israel Defense Forces, and a report published by US News & World Report listed Israel as the 8th most powerful country in the world.