The first country to ban trade in animal fur

Israel is to set to ban the fur trade - the first nation in the world to do so (only some cities and California have banned it). Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said, "Utilizing the skin and fur of wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral."  Even the BBC reported the news.

Meals for 1000 needy Londoners

For World Food Day, the Israel Embassy in London. partnered City Harvest London and Eran Tibi of London’s Bala Baya Israeli restaurant to cook 1,000 meals for London’s needy. They will go to women’s shelters, children’s charities, the elderly and soup kitchens.

Historic Berlin meeting

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, met for the first time in Berlin, and together visited the Holocaust Memorial there. The event was also attended by German ministers.

Bribery stops here

For the second year in a row the NGO Transparency International ranked Israel in the four best nations for cracking down on bribery of foreign public officials by companies operating abroad. The survey rated 47 top nations, including 43 signatories to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.

App to help PA Arabs get Israeli medical treatment

Jewish paramedic Yaara and PA doctor Zafer have developed the “Care and Transfer” app to help speed up the transfer of sick Palestinian Arabs to Israeli hospitals.  The two met at Tech2Peace a 12-day peacebuilding tech event for PA Arabs and Israelis.

First Bedouin graduates of Startup Negev

Startup Negev (reported previously) is a new tech accelerator catering to Israel’s Bedouin minority. Its first graduates included a mixed team of a Bedouin father and son plus a Jewish couple who won NIS 50,000 with their homework platform for children with learning disabilities.

Israeli wins international AI prize

MIT Professor, Israel’s Regina Barzilay (reported previously) has won the Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence to Benefit Humanity from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.  It comes with an associated prize of $1 million.

Agricultural help for Nepal

Israel and Nepal have just signed a cooperation agreement in which Israel will help Nepal develop its agricultural sector to overcome the food crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It includes an Israel-Nepal agricultural excellence center with advanced Israeli technologies specific for Nepal.

Israeli delivers Iron Dome to US Army

Israel’s Ministry of Defense has delivered the first of two Iron Dome Defense System batteries to the U.S. Army. Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the system had saved many Israeli civilian lives and “I am proud that this advanced system will also protect U.S. Army troops.”

Israel’s entrepreneurial universities

Four Israeli universities are listed in PitchBook’s 2020 ranking of 50 leading global undergraduate programs that produce the most entrepreneurs who go on to obtain venture funding. They are Tel Aviv Uni (8), Technion Institute (12), Hebrew U (32) and Ben Gurion (42).