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What change?
She could do the optional National Service in the Ambulance,
education, or do any of the optional social work paths available.

Instead, it's 56 days of sleep and eat,
for 2 minutes story in a publication serving audience abroad.

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Israeli Water-From-Air Tech to be Sold in Arab Countries

Watergen’s atmospheric water generators produce clean drinking water from the air using cost-effective energy consumption.

Watergen, an Israel-based company that has developed technology that generates drinking water from the air, has signed a strategic agreement with the Emirati Al-Dahra company to bring its water solutions to the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the region.

The agreement was signed Wednesday in Abu Dhabi by Watergen’s president and CEO, Dr. Michael Mirilashvili, and Khadim Al Darei, vice chairman and co-founder of Al-Dahra.

The partnership will target the agriculture sector, offices and apartment buildings, hotels, industry, and maritime.

The agreement between Al-Dahra and Watergen comes following a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in Israel in October when a high-ranking delegation of Al-Dahra executives visited the country.

Al-Dahra has a widespread geographic footprint, with a workforce of 5,000 employees, operating in over 20 countries and catering to more than 45 markets, with a leading position in Asia and the Middle East.

Watergen’s atmospheric water generators (AWG) produce clean drinking water from the air using cost-effective energy consumption.

High temperatures and humidity of the Emirates’ air are ideal conditions for Watergen’s large-scale water from air devices which can produce up to 5,000 liters of clean drinking water per day.

Watergen’s machines have been installed in many countries around the world, including India, China, The Philippines, Vietnam, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Monaco, Costa Rica, Chile and Uzbekistan. The machines have also been used in major events, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.


 

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How Beersheva plans to be the world hub of desert technology

Israel’s Negev desert has long attracted scientists, environmentalists and solar energy-tech enthusiasts seeking Israel’s know-how on combatting desertification.

DeserTech is intended to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, academics, students and government institutions in the city of Beersheva, at the northern tip of the Negev. Beersheva has the world’s only Innovation Center for Climate Change, specializing in desert technology.

Innovation districts like this one are meant to shift innovation development from a suburban area accessible only by car to a transit-accessible urban setting close to clusters of companies, organizations and mixed-use housing and retail. Within a radius of little more than a kilometer, Beersheva boasts a high-tech park, university, hospital and train station.

“The prime minister’s office realized this was a huge opportunity to create a hub for startups,” Doron Meller, vice president of the Israel Innovation Institute (not to be confused with the government-backed Israel Innovation Authority) tells ISRAEL21c.

Meller’s organization has teamed up with the David and Laura Merage Foundation to help give Beersheva’s burgeoning innovation district a special focus on technologies to cope with the impact of a changing climate and increasing droughts on the world economy.

Nicole Hod Stroh, executive director of the Merage Foundation in Israel, points out that Israel has been working on ways to innovate in an arid climate since the early days of the state.

Israeli pioneer Netafim, founded in 1965, is the global leader in drip irrigation. Since the mid-2000s, Israel reversed years of drought-fueled water scarcity by building state-of-the-art desalination plants. The country now gets 55% of its domestic water from desalination and, as Seth Siegel stresses in Let There Be Water, could become a water exporter.

Nevertheless, what’s been missing is a formal community where everyone can connect, share knowledge, promote new ideas and sell the latest products via conferences, bootcamps, Facebook groups and weekly meetups– whether in-person or virtually.

World Center for Desert Tech

“We want to position the Negev as a world center for desert-tech solutions,” Meller says.
The Israel Innovation Institute is an ideal partner for helping to build such a community. The NGO, founded in 2011, already runs communities including HealthIL (all things medical, with 7,500 members), GrowingIL (Israel’s ag-tech community, with 3,500 members) and EcoMotion (a mobility community with 12,000 members).

Merage, meanwhile, has been promoting desert-based social endeavors for 20 years, including the InDNegev music festival and Yoga Arava, both of which, pre-Covid-19, would bring thousands of Israelis to the country’s South.

Other Merage programs in the region include the Yeruham Bicycle Center, the Negev Jobs website and the Merage Medical Center in Dimona. Merage has a $3 million budget for all its programs in Israel, Hod Stroh says.

DeserTech kicked off earlier this year with a competition for startups involved in “developing solutions for sustainable life and environment in the desert.”

Four NIS 25,000 ($7,400) prizes will be awarded later this year (the deadline for submissions closed at the end of October) in the areas of water, desert agriculture, energy and infrastructure. Thirty-five startups applied.

Winners will have the opportunity to collaborate with leaders in each field – Mekorot (Israel’s national water company), national transport infrastructure company Netivei Israel, international energy utility ENEL, and Netafim for the desert agriculture prize winner.


 
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Kutiman Feat. Shai Tsabari - Malka VeMelech (Queen and King)

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RE: Who Are The Palestinians? Part 2
⁜→ P F Tinmore, Toddsterpatriot, rylah, et al,

BLUF: It appears that this news article to be about five years old Dating (
August 04th, 2015 By Mnar Muhawesh Adley Mnar Muhawesh Adley@mnarmuh). What action in this matter is current in the International Criminal Court (ICC)?

(COMMENT)

I see our friends "Toddsterpatriot" and "rylah" asked you already. But I don't see a response...


I just looked at the ICC listing on the current status of Preliminary Examinations, the Situations under Investigations, and the status of cases. There is nothing (I can find) before the court on any matters pertaining to the decade-old "Mavi Marmara" incident of 2010. And I don't see where any large-scale flotilla attempt has been made since.

So I guess I missed the point.


(QUESTION)

What connection can you make to an ICC action of any kind relative to the suggestion that a formal criminal charge is pending? Exactly what Article of the Rome Statues applies here?

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Rami Levy Sues UN for Defamation Over Publishing of Black List

An Israeli company that was placed on the United Nations (UN) Black List targeting Israeli businesses operating in Judea and Samaria has filed a defamation lawsuit against the international organization.

The Israeli Shurat HaDin human rights organization filed a defamation lawsuit on behalf of Rami Levy’s food and cellular companies against the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following its publication earlier this year of a Black List.

In the report published February, the UNHRC listed 112 companies that are accused of doing business with Israeli companies based in “occupied territory” and harming Palestinian Asuthority Arabs’ human rights, including 94 businesses located in Israel, and another 18 in six other countries.

The backlisted businesses include banks, cellular companies and booking companies, including Airbnb and Israel’s Bezeq telecoms.

The purpose of the list is to bring about an international boycott of these companies, including businessman Rami Levy’s supermarket chain and cellular network.

Levy filed on Monday a defamation lawsuit against the UNHRC for NIS 280,000 (approx. $80,000) through Shurat HaDin, which specializes in the legal and economic war on terror and anti-Israel organizations.

The lawsuit states that business activity in Judea and Samaria does not violate the rights of Palestinian Authority Arabs, but on the contrary, it benefits them.

Rami Levy’s marketing networks employ both PA Arabs and Israeli workers while providing fully equal rights. The filed lawsuit notes that if anything, it can be said that the Israeli companies are improving the rights of the local Arab and their economic well-being immeasurably.

The working conditions and benefits that the plaintiffs provide to their PA Arab workers are 10 times higher than what workers receive in the Palestinian Authority (PA) or in workplaces in the territory it controls.

Moreover, according to the PA’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the average PA Arab worker in the PA currently earns an estimated salary of only NIS 2,200, compared to a PA Arab worker who earns up to three times as much as Rami Levy’s companies.

As for the UN’s immunity claim against lawsuits, the Shurat HaDin explained that, in general, no lawsuits can be filed against UN organizations, but that this lawsuit is exceptional.

An investigation conducted by the Shurat HaDin organization found that the Black List includes only Jewish-owned Israeli companies, and no Arab-owned Israeli companies operating in Judea and Samaria. A list was submitted to the court in a closed envelope that includes 11 Arab-owned companies.

Therefore, the UNHRC does not enjoy immunity because it is acting in violation of the UN Charter and is acting with discrimination.

Rami Levy stated that he “believes in true coexistence.”

“All employees in our marketing network are employed without distinction of religion, race or nationality, and are equally entitled, and even earn three times higher wages than the average wage in the Palestinian Authority. We are happy to serve every client, regardless of religion, race or nationality, and we will continue to do so,” he added.

Shurat HaDin head Nitzana Darshan-Leitner added that the UNHRC’s claim that companies should refrain from doing business in Judea and Samaria since these are occupied territories “is nothing more than a blood libel.”

“This blacklist reflects the true image of the UN Human Rights Council, which has once again been found to be racist, dark and biased. This council will not determine where the borders of the State of Israel will cross,” she stated.

The UNHRC report, which was first commissioned in 2016, has been slammed by both Israel and the US as a “blacklist” that will encourage boycotts of the Jewish state.

The report has no power to levy sanctions or otherwise punish companies. However, the list could put pressure on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to follow up and act against Israel and could be used as a weapon by advocates of boycotts against Israel.

The US’ former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the UN “hit a new low” with the publishing of “its anti-Semitic blacklist of companies it claims are involved in Israeli ‘settlement activity’.”

“The timing of this after the US released a peace plan is conniving and manipulative at best. Shameful,” she added.


 

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Ukraine-Israel Free Trade Agreement to Take Effect in January

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky stated on Twitter that “relations between our countries are rising to a new level.”

The FTA “gives a ‘green light’ to Ukraine’s export growth, and creates closer cooperation in the fields of high-tech, engineering and investment.”

Signed in January 2019, the agreement promotes the development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the two countries and reduces tariffs on Israeli exports to Ukraine and on Ukrainian exports to Israel.

“The main purpose of the agreement is to strengthen economic cooperation between Ukraine and Israel through the expansion of mutual trade,” said Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Chief of Staff of the President of Ukraine.

“This agreement will help lower the cost of living in both countries, and will serve to promote Ukrainian industry,” said Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Joel Lion.

The FTA provides Israeli exporters with free access to the Ukrainian market on many items that until now were subject to customs tax, including machinery, medical equipment, plastic and rubber products, chemicals, fruits and vegetables.

In return, Israel will abolish or reduce customs taxes on various agricultural products, including wheat, currently subject to 50% tax, fish, processed foods, various types of oils, iron, steel and other raw materials for industrial use.

Ukraine is among the world’s largest exporters of grains and industrial raw materials.

It is estimated that within the next two to three years, trade between Israel and Ukraine will double to $2 billion.

Ukraine is an important trading partner for Israel. According to the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, exports from Israel to Ukraine in 2017 totaled $130 million, with a total trade volume of approximately $940 million.

The main industries exporting goods from Israel to Ukraine are chemicals with 50%, plastics and rubber at 14%), and machinery at some 10%.


 

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Joint Arab List Fumes as Ra’am Party Head Skips Vote to Dissolve Knesset

Members of the Joint Arab List are up in arms after Ra’am Party head Mansour Abbas, along with three of his fellow party members, skipped a vote to disperse the Knesset on Wednesday.

Faction officials went so far as to accuse Abbas of coordinating the move with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in advance, with one specifically alluding to a meeting the Ra’am Party held with senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office over several hours last Thursday.

Abbas confirmed to Israel Hayom that he had met with PMO officials on Thursday but insisted it “had nothing whatsoever to do with the vote to disperse the Knesset.”

The meeting was aimed at “promoting the government plan to benefit the Arab sector. This is a plan that is spread out across five years and costs some 500 million shekels ($152 million) a year. That is what matters right now to the Arab public, not petty politics,” he said.

While Abbas said he was not brushing off criticism from within the faction, he emphasized that “the reason we established the Joint Arab List was to worry about the Arab sector and not to please the Zionist left. The Arab public supports me, and it’s a fact that there are no complaints about me from the public. The allegations are only from Arab politicians, not the voters, and I serve the Arab public that voted for me, no one else. Not Gantz, not Netanyahu, not [Yamina party head Naftali] Bennett, and not [Yesh Atid party head Yair] Lapid.”

He added, “I respect my fellow party members’ decision to support the legislation to disperse the Knesset, but with all due respect, I do not have to obey it [the list].”


 

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Top women diplomats from Israel, UAE, Bahrain gather for historic panel

High-ranking female diplomats from Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain held a first of its kind panel examining the role of women in diplomacy.

The Israel "Women in Diplomacy Network" organization, together with the governments of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain held a panel on Thursday examining the role of women in diplomacy 20 years after adoption of UN Resolution 1325, which acknowledged the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women and girls.

The diplomats on the panel included Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar, Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Houda Nonoo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and former Ambassador to the United States, and Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN in New York.

The event stressed the importance of the active involvement of women in promoting peace and security in the Middle East and beyond. The virtual event was attended by diplomats from around the globe, spanning from Abu Dhabi to Bahrain to Israel to Geneva and New York.

Ambassador Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN in New York, who proposed holding this unique Women in Diplomacy Network event in his first meeting with his Gulf partners, opened the session by stressing the importance of implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls for the active inclusion and participation of women in promoting peace and security. Ambassador Erdan also spoke of the essential need for advancing gender equality worldwide, in line with UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal.

“It is essential that women are included on every level of decision-making because a world with gender equality is a better world for all its inhabitants,” said Ambassador Erdan.
During the event, moderated by Network founder and board member, Sarah Weiss Ma’udi, currently the Legal Adviser of Israel’s UN Mission in New York, Ambassadors Eilon Shahar, Nonoo, and Nusseibeh highlighted a number of challenging issues facing women diplomats in today’s Middle East.

The panelists emphasized the importance of the active inclusion of women at the highest levels of decision-making in their three respective countries and discussed their own visions for how gender must play a role in the newfound peace between their countries.

Ambassador Eilon Shahar stated during the event: “Women need to be an integral part of advancing peace in the Middle East.”

Ambassador Nonoo said: “I am Bahraini. I am a woman. I am a mother. I am Jewish. I come from a progressive nation that allows the best leaders to lead no matter who they are.”

Ambassador Nusseibeh said: “The UAE and Israel are champions of gender equality in our region, and we believe that the peace agreement between our two countries is already beginning to foster partnerships that will unlock enormous opportunities for women in the region.”

The three ambassadors also shared their own personal experiences as women working in the field of diplomacy.

This was one of the first official joint events between the governments of Israel, Bahrain and the UAE, just months after the signing of the Abraham Accords. The three ambassadors pledged to continue the important dialogue on gender and other issues of mutual interest.


 

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Weekly Torah Portion - 'Vayishlah' -
The Importance of Purchasing Property in Israel


Baruch Gordon looks at the story of Yaakov returning to Israel after being abroad, and his purchase of a field. Why does the Torah bother to tell us about this purchase and what is its significance for us today?

 

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Gal Hever - Eretz HaKedoshah @ Wadi Teko'a

The Holy Land is dearly beloved
For Torah and witness will be called her demand

In the middle of the world your foundation was founded
From the heavens there is a ladder facing you
Teaches your perfection because you are the chosen one
Precious cornerstone and her headstone

Exalted on the borders of a very expensive world
In silver and sapphire your dust will not be appreciated
Also makes one wise your air and enlightens the eyes
Daughter of Yerushalayim plowed in hearts

Mount Moriah the abode of the awesome Temple
For the seat of Shechinah and the Ark of Torah
And pure service and the table of countenance
To atone sins a bronze altar

The place of prochecy and oracle
And the awesome fire comes from heavens
In the countries of nations there's no evaluation of your splendor
Blessed Who has chosen you for His nation for ineritance

Great Sanhedrin teachers of Israel
As half a circle at the altar
Eye that has seen into you rejoices in her part
Land desired by the three forefathers

Hearts will hurt eyes will weep
Tears will be pumped the hands will go limp
Because her splendor is given to destruction
As a tent in the vineyard, as a kennel in a melon field

You're rich in blessings inside a unique nation
In you beauty and royalty, splendor and glory
Since they're in exile, you're full of turmoil
As a lost woman, sold and forsaken

From the four corners the remnants of your people
Their eyes attached towards your love
Until raise will your ruins the exalted Master
And make you a new creation

Yearning in the mourning of her poor storming
You will also be in the world forever a lady
For the Name and the splendor along will walk
And thus will be blessed together husband and wife

- Piyyut written by Rabbi Avraham Salma Ztz"l​

 
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This kibbutz is bringing back once-extinct Biblical plants

Guy Ehrlich's journey includes activism in secular rights, Jewish-Arab dialogue,
and propagating plants used in the Holy Temple.




Guy Ehrlich is not what you'd picture when you imagine an expert in growing plants used for the Ketoret (incense) in the Holy Temple.

His journey began as an activist for secular rights in Jerusalem, and continued in activism for the rights of Jerusalem Arabs and the right to kosher certification for establishments open on Shabbat.

A searcher for truth, Guy does not judge others by their religious or political views, and on his journey often found himself surprised by the integrity and sensitivity of people who presented themselves as religious and right-winged. He realized the commonalities overshadowed the differences.

In 2008, while searching for a place to move his family and a career change, Guy stumbled upon information about a plant called the Legendary (or Biblical) Persimmon (not to be confused with the common fruit of today with the same name). After moving to Kibbutz Almog near Jericho in the northern Dead Sea region, Guy put years of research and all his family's savings into developing the Balm of Gilead Farm, where he now cultivates the rare plant, in addition to many other biblical plants and rare desert flora once thought extinct. His farm specializes in plants used to create the Ketoret, or incense, used in the Holy Temple.

Guy's journey is fascinating, his attitude refreshing, his passion endearing and his farm a rare treasure.

Tune in to get to know this incredible person, and find out more about joining his venture!

 

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Renowned Israeli Wildlife Photographer Honored For Striking Ibex Photo

A photo of a Nubian ibex bravely jumping over a ravine in Mitzpe Ramon to reach its sibling on the other side, taken by a distinguished Israeli photographer, has received a Highly Commended honor in the Behavior: Mammals category of the 56th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2020. The winners were announced earlier this month.

The photo, “Kids’ Game,” was taken by renowned Israeli photographer Yossi Eshbol, one of the top nature photographers in Israel and around the world, who has documented nature and wildlife in photographs for over 30 years.

The photo was chosen among 49,000 global entries in what is considered the largest wildlife photography competition in the world. Winners and highly commended entries were selected by a panel of international judges from the UK, Spain, Germany, US, and Sweden in a number of categories.


 

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Spotify names Omer Adam Israel's most-streamed artist in 2020

Audio streaming giant reveals the most played artists, albums, tracks, and podcasts over the past year. Billie Eilish crowned the most-streamed female artist in Israel, followed by Israeli singer Noa Kirel.

Singer Omer Adam is the most-streamed artist in Israel in 2020, audio streaming giant Spotify revealed Wednesday.

Singer Eyal Golan is the second most-streamed artist of the year, followed by Eden Hason, Ishay Ribo, and Idan Raichel.

The first five entries on the list of most-streamed artists in Israel are men. The list does not distinguish based on gender, but Spotify does give an option to filter the list based on gender.

The most streamed female artist in Israel this year is 18-year old American Billie Eilish, followed by Israeli singer Noa Kirel. Ariana Grande, Eden Ben Zaken, and Dua Lipa made it to the top-five as well.

The most-played song in Israel over the past year is Blinding Lights by American singer The Weeknd, followed by Dance Monkey by Tones and I.

Israeli singer Hanan Ben Ari's Aluf Haolam is in third place, followed by Journey by singer Eliad and Nehake Lecha by Ishay Ribo and Nathan Goshen.

The most-streamed album category is also led by Adam, and his album Omer, released at the beginning of 2020.

Next on the list is Eden Hason's Shemishehu Yaatzor Oti, followed by Natan Goshen's Bati Lahlom. The Weeknd's After Hours is in fourth place, followed by Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

It turns out that Israelis are fond of podcasts too.
The year's most-streamed podcast is Hayot Kiss, the economic podcast of Kan broadcasting corporation and presented by Shaul Amsterdamski, Tzlil Avraham, and Dana Frank. In second place is Kan's One Song, which explores the roots of iconic Israeli songs. Money Engine by the Calcalist is in fifth place. In third place is Choshvim Tov by Judith Katz, followed by A Brief History of Mankind by Hebrew University's Professor Yuval Noah Harari.



 
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