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16 August 2018 - 5 Elul 5778 - ה' אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Agriculture students from Asia graduate in Israel Print E-mail

A graduation ceremony was held in June in Israel for around 1,100 students from many Asian countries who attended a 10-month-long agriculture course. The students were from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

First Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel Khuat Van Quyen said the Vietnamese students had learned about Israel’s advanced agriculture methods and will contribute to Vietnam’s agricultural development. Le Thi My Trinh from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry said students of the programme learnt about agricultural economy, finance, management, irrigation systems and food security. They also had opportunities to improve their life skills and practise English, she added.

Four centres are currently participating in the enrolment of students in Vietnam: AICATA, Ramat Negev, Sdot Negev and Agrostudies.

(Issue Jul/Aug 2018)

 
Philippine Red Cross officially takes delivery of desalination vehicle Print E-mail

Following the celebrations earlier this year of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between Israel and the Philippines, the Pass It Forward Foundation recently officially delivered a donated GalMobile vehicle to the Philippine Red Cross.

Developed by G.A.L. Water Technologies, the GalMobile desalination vehicle is the world’s first water-purification vehicle. “This achievement underscores G.A.L. Water Technologies’ commitment to cleaning water and saving lives,” said Deputy CEO Sigal Levi. “What started out as a simple solution with the intent of saving lives is signified as one of the leading solutions for supplying clean and safe drinking water in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.”

GalMobile is a self-contained automatic system on a vehicle to provide treatment, storage and distribution of safe drinking water from any water source, in line with World Health Organization standards, in less than 30 minutes. The vehicle produces approximately 8,000 cups of water per hour.

(Issue Jul/Aug 2018)

 
More B’nei Menashe make Aliyah to Israel E-mail

A further 225 members of the B’nei Menashe Jewish community, which claims descent from one of Israel’s lost tribes, made Aliyah to Israel in June.

As in previous arrangements, this was organised by Shavei Israel, a Jerusalembased nonprofit that aims to strengthen ties between the Jewish people and the descendants of Jews around the world.

The 225 new immigrants all hail from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, which borders Burma and is home to the largest concentration of B’nei Menashe. Among those making Aliyah was Seingul Lotjem, a father of one, who had not seen his parents in the 18 years since they moved to Israel in 2000. “It has always been my dream to return to Zion,” Lotjem said, adding, “but it is especially emotional for me because my beloved father and mother made Aliyah in 2000 and I am overwhelmed to think that I will be able to meet them again and be reunited with them in the Land of Israel.” Also among the immigrants was Abel Hangshing, 80, who was reunited with his brother, whom he hadn’t seen in 10 years. He also met his great-grandchildren, who were born in Israel, for the first time.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming home 225 members of the lost tribe of Israel,” said Shavei Israel Founder and Chairman Michael Freund. “It has been an incredibly busy year – and we are only getting started. With 429 B’nei Menashe having made Aliyah since January, we are determined to continue until all the remaining B’nei Menashe still in
 India are able to return to Zion as well.”

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TAU professor awarded honorary professorship from Tsinghua University E-mail

On 13 June, Tel Aviv University (TAU) President and Professor Joseph Klafter became the first Israeli to receive an honorary professorship from Tsinghua University in China.

The prestigious honour is considered one of the world’s highest honours, and has been bestowed upon top academics, including Nobel laureates.

TAU and Beijing-based Tsinghua University, one of China’s leading universities, have been collaborating closely in the field of nanoscience since 2014.

The award was presented to Professor Klafter for his “impressive leadership”, which contributes to the bold and successful partnership between the two universities.

Zvi Heifetz, Israel’s Ambassador to China, congratulated Professor Klafter at the ceremony, saying: “Prof. Klafter is an outstanding scholar, scientist and university president. On behalf of the state of Israel, I would like to congratulate him for receiving an honorary professorship from Tsinghua University. This appointment stands for Israel and China’s flourishing relations, as well as Tsinghua University and Tel Aviv University’s close relations.”

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Israeli tourist killed in car crash in India E-mail

Four Israelis were injured and one died in a traffic accident in a remote mountainside area of India in June. Eli Sneh, Israel’s Consul General in Delhi, met the four Israelis to help them fly back home and also return the body of 36-year-old Adva Ben Dahan to Israel for burial.

The vehicle in which the tourists were travelling swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a valley between Manali and Leh in the Spiti Valley in the Himalayan mountains in northern India. Roads in the area are steep, with sections of gravel and loose soil, and are criss-crossed by streams.

Sneh said the accident happened after the vehicle hit a bus and veered off the road, plunging more than 150 metres down a slope. Sneh arrived in the city of Kullu, some 500 kilometres (310 miles) north of India’s capital, Delhi, and visited the Israelis hospitalised there, one of whom was in serious condition.

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