Benjamin Netanyahu’s four-day trip to Argentina, Colombia and Mexico marks the first time a sitting Israeli prime minister has visited South and Central America. He took with him a delegation of businesspeople with the focus on deepening economic and diplomatic alliances. In Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos thanked Israel for its offer to help clear Colombia of land mines.
Emily Yaari, is the daughter of Sivan Yaari, founder and CEO of Israeli NGO Innovation: Africa. Emily travelled to Africa to see the “tikkun olam” work carried out by Innovation: Africa, all in the name of Israel with Israeli technologies. An amazing 4-minute video.
In a week of hurricanes and earthquakes, Israel has sent aid teams to Florida, Texas, Mexico, Haiti, and the Caribbean to help recovery efforts. “We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Mickey Noam-Alon, from IsraAID. “There are so many massive events going on worldwide.”
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) brought the mayors of Syracuse, Albuquerque and six other US cities to see Sderot, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, the Syrian border and the Ziv Medical Center in Safed. Delegation chair was Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Arizona.
Plenty of praise here for Israel from wounded and sick Syrians treated by Israel. Even the cynical Washington Post report admits the changed perceptions about Israel from those Syrians who have been saved or helped.
Cadets in the final stage of the IDF officers’ course participated in a 24-hour Hackathon to develop systems for helping disadvantaged children. One of the organizations to benefit was ALEH-Negev which supports children with severe disabilities.
Diliman Abdulkader came from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to see Israel. He praises airport security, a friendly Israeli taxi driver and IDF soldier, Arabs and Jews on beaches, at university, in cafes and Parliament. He concludes that Israel is simply striving to survive in a hostile region.
1,200 students from across Africa and Asia have just completed the 13th running of Israel’s unique post-graduate AgroStudies agriculture apprentice training program. Its aim is to transfer theoretical knowledge to modern applied agriculture.
I reported previously about Israel’s Arava International Center for Agriculture Training (AICAT) which has trained more than 16,000 students from Africa and Asia. Here three Kenyan graduates of AICAT describe how the center has changed their lives.
Some 70 delegates from Nigeria, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Tanzania and Kenya attended a 4-day “Africa Celebrates Jerusalem” summit. They held meetings with Israeli start-ups, politicians and businesses, focusing on agriculture, finance and technology.