Wheelchairs for Ecuador

In addition to food and protective equipment (see previous report ), the Israeli Embassy in Quito, Ecuador has donated a shipment of wheelchairs to the capital’s mayor. The wheelchairs will contribute to the recovery of patients with Covid-19 in the Quito Temporary Care Center.

Free Internet for 9 Bedouin councils

The Israeli government is investing NIS 16 million to bring Bedouins online. It follows a 2017 project in the Arara council which was a resounding success. The decision to expand the project was taken by Israel’s President and partly funded with money from the National Lottery.

Free coronavirus web app to connect volunteers

Israeli website builder Wix is offering a free web app to governments around the world. The COVID-19 Volunteer Call System connects volunteers to citizens in need of assistance with tasks from essential deliveries to home services. It is already in use in Israel.

More volunteers helping the housebound

Israeli organization Door2Dor has developed an app that connects the younger generation (Hebrew “Dor”) to the elderly. Door2Dor’s volunteers help the housebound during the coronavirus pandemic by delivering food, medicines and supplies right to their door.

Bedouin woman, 6 children, 2 jobs and an MDA volunteer

Bedouin Arab "superwoman" Asmahan Abu-Yeheya has volunteered for Magen David Adom in Gan Yavne for 16 years. She is also a certified preschool teacher and works as a medical secretary at an orthopedic clinic. Meanwhile, she has raised 6 children!

Greece’s PM visits Israel first

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis chose Israel for his first foreign visit post-Covid-19. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu praised their friendship and discussed re-opening mutual tourism. They also signed three Memoranda of Understandings - on cyber, agriculture and tourism.

Top Mexican-Israeli achiever

Mexican magazine Lideres named Dr. Samuel Tobias, a senior neurosurgeon at Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, among 101 Mexicans with significant influential achievements outside their native country. He was chosen for treating hundreds of Syrian civil war casualties from 2013 to 2018.

The skies are open permanently

The EU has given its approval to Israel's permanent membership of the European Union’s "Open Skies" agreement. A temporary agreement was signed in 2013. Now Israel will be permanently open to full competition between airlines, lowering fares and (post-corona) increasing tourism.

Urban agriculture in the heart of Tel Aviv

A new video of the farm on the roof of Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff shopping center. The hydroponics grow lettuce, cucumbers, basil and spinach. The vegetables go to local restaurants and non-profits. Leftovers make biogas. There is also a butterfly garden, beehives and a tree nursery.

Tel Aviv beaches are accessible

All 13 of Tel Aviv’s beaches are now fully accessible. In the past, only five of those beaches were accessible to people with disabilities. The city also provides paths to the shoreline, accessible parking, amphibious chairs, and an app to guide the visually impaired.