Israeli women win EU research grants

Two Hebrew University of Jerusalem female researchers have won €1.5 million European Research Council Starting Grants. Dr. Yonit Hochberg (Project: Light Dark Matter: New Directions) and Dr. Mor Nitzan (Decoding the Multi-facets of Cellular Identity from Single-Cell Data).

Israeli female doctors fly out to help Indian women

A group of female Israeli doctors spent 8 days in India helping women with health issues, as part of a special delegation organized by Israel’s Foreign Ministry. They examined approximately 1,000 women, providing services such as pap smears, ultrasounds, and breast exams.

Millions access National Library in Arabic

In 2021 there were over 2 million online visits to the National Library of Israel in Arabic – 125% more than in 2020.  Over half of those visits were from outside of Israel.

Arab MKs become Knesset deputy speakers

Deputy Speakers of Israel’s parliament include Arabs Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi (Meretz), Mansour Abbas (Ra'am - United Arab List), and Ahmad Tibi (Arab Joint List).  Photo in second article shows Mansour Abbas in the Speaker’s chair conducting a main Knesset plenary session.

Global award for best kids’ space

Israel’s Sarit Shani Hay Studio has won the Dezeen reader award for outstanding projects and exhibitions that foster child-centric experiences. It includes the desert-themed playroom at the new Six Senses Shaharut hotel and a Jerusalem-themed playroom at the David Citadel.

$500,000 for Afghan refugees

Israel has donated $500,000 to the United Nations for food, medical aid, and other assistance for Afghan refugees in Tajikistan. Alon Ushpiz, director general of Israel’s Foreign ministry, said the aid was part of Israel’s commitment to the international community.

The Moslems who serve in the IDF

There are around 5,000 Israeli Circassians, mostly Sunni Muslims, who converted from Christianity and have chosen to serve in the IDF. Israel’s soccer captain is a Circassian. Also (TY UWI) please see Arab Israeli Yoseph Haddad’s video featuring Arab Israelis who volunteer for the IDF.

Israeli Ambassador presents to King of Bahrain

Israel's first ambassador to Bahrain, Eitan Na'eh, handed his credentials to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at the Al-Sakhir Palace in Manama. The event included the hoisting of the Israeli flag and the playing of the Israeli anthem "Hatikva".

More aid to the Philippines

Israeli NGO IsraAID has deployed an emergency response team in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Rai (Odette - see ). It is delivering safe water, hygiene kits and trauma aid, to many of the 2.4 million Filipinos affected, focusing on Southern Leyte and Cebu provinces.

Clearing trash from the Red Sea

Volunteer divers in the Red Sea Port of Eilat removed 1.6 tons of discarded tires and other waste from the seabed in their annual cleanup operation. The divers belong to Israeli non-profit The Coast Patrol, and Eilat’s Palamida diving club.