Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bedouin Women Become Emergency Responders in Israel’s Galilee

An Israeli  medical emergency organization has trained Bedouin men and women as EMTs, thus providing fast and professional emergency medical response in their hometowns. 
A new team of 13 Bedouin women and four men from the towns of Shibli and Umm al-Ghanam have recently completed their training to become EMS first responders and have begun to provide emergency medical services in their vicinity.
The new graduates volunteer as medical first responders in their hometowns as well as the Arab and Jewish towns in their environs, as part of the national Israeli EMS volunteer organization United Hatzalah.
“The new group of volunteers are very close-knit and very excited to learn these new skills and be able to provide EMS services in their communities,” said EMS instructor Samara Allah, the United Hatzalah instructor who taught the group of new EMTs. “The women in the group are especially excited as it allows them to help those in need around them, something which they all have a strong desire to do”
United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer expressed his appreciation for the new volunteers.
“One of the main reasons why we felt that this project was important is because the women who make up the crux of this course often stay at home or work in their towns during the day, much more than the men do. Thus, these new volunteers will be able to provide an emergency medical response in their towns during the daytime hours something which has been lacking thus far,” Beer stated.
Beer added that United Hatzalah is working to increase the number of volunteers in the Galileeand Israel’s periphery in an effort to reduce EMS response times across the area, and especially in outlying Bedouin villages that often have long waits for ambulances.
“It is important to us to provide fast and professional emergency medical response to all of Israel’s citizens, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender,” Beer said.

Female Terrorists Are ‘National Symbols,’ Palestinian Women’s Union Leader

The Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza praised the female terrorists responsible for some of the most lethal attacks on Israelis.
The Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza, Amal Hamad, praised female terrorists Dalal Mughrabi, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, and Fatima Barnawi referring to them as “national symbols.”
Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack on Israelis, known as the Coastal Road Massacre, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
Shadia Abu Ghazaleh was active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization and prepared bombs for many attacks against Israel. While she was preparing a bomb for an attack in Tel Aviv in 1968, it accidentally detonated and killed her.
Fatima Barnawi placed a bomb in a movie theater in Jerusalem in 1967. The bomb failed to explode. She was sentenced to life imprisonment but was released in 1977 after serving 10 years. In 2015, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas honored Barnawi with the Military Star of Honor.

How is Israel supposed to make peace with the Palestinians when their national “heroes” commit the most evil, sick and twisted atrocities?
See interview at https://youtu.be/VS4J59cnhQM

"The Independent” Op-Ed on Tamimi- Simply Wrong

Last month, a video of 16 year old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi hitting IDF soldiers went viral:

If you don’t already know the full story, you can read it here.

Hiba Khan’s column in UK “The independent entitled “Everything wrong with the reaction to Ahed Tamimi’s prosecution for slapping an Israeli soldier, ” takes a defensive position toward Tamimi, which is permissible in a column: it is after all, an opinion piece.
However, even an opinion columnist may not cross the line into statements that are factually untrue, nor may a publisher allow it.
If you have to be dishonest to support your opinion, isn’t it possible that you’re just plain wrong?
For example, Khan claims:  …the sad reality for Palestinians is a life deprived of healthcare, an economy, a justice system, living in abject poverty with no food or water security and military violence against them and their children. (Just plain untrue).
·       West Bank has modern water infrastructure, and coordinates with Israel on regular improvements.

·       The West Bank produces and even exports olives, citrus fruit, vegetables, beef, and dairy products.
·       The travel web site Trip Advisor lists “The 10 Best West Bank Restaurants.” You can see the review, or even come see the restaurants, for yourself.
·       Two percent of West Bank residents are “food insecure,” an impressively low figure. For context, 7% of Americans are food insecure, over three times more than the West Bank,  by percent.

·       The West Bank has healthcare: with among the highest birth rates, lowest death rates and longest life expectancy rates  in the world.

·       There is indeed a Palestinian justice system.  Depending on the matter, Palestinian courts or Israeli military courts may have jurisdiction, as required under the international Hague Convention.
·       Tamimi’s case is before the Israeli military juvenile court, where Tamimi is represented by a prominent, influential and highly experienced attorney, who is also the former director of Peace Now and sits on the Tel Aviv city council.
According to the indictment and the viral video, Tamimi was actually punching, kicking, biting and screaming at the soldiers. In addition, last week Ahed publicly called for stabbing attacks and suicide bombings against Israelis which can be seen in this video below:

Khan wasn’t wrong when she wrote that, “violence is the norm” where the Tamimis live. She just didn’t bother to say how much of that violence is being done, and encouraged, by the Tamimis themselves.
Israel (all of it) is “occupation”
Just so we’re clear on the reason for these protests and riots: the Tamimi family objects not merely to Israel’s presence in the West Bank, but to Israel’s very existence.
When Honest Reporting Managing Editor, Simon Plosker, visited the Tamimi home in 2012:

…references were made to the occupation of 1948. Not 1967 — when Nabi Saleh fell under Israeli control, having formerly been occupied by Jordan — but the year of Israel’s rebirth. “Non-violent resistance” was a strategic choice while it was stressed that under international law, the Palestinians were entitled to use “all necessary means” to resist occupation. I remembered hearing similar sentiments from Palestinian terrorists after Israeli buses and cafes had been targeted by suicide bombers.
Indeed, as seen in the video above, Ahed Tamimi herself called for exactly that sort of horrific violence.
Even so, op er author Hiba Khan is entitled to defend Tamimi and to criticize Israel in an opinion column. But she’s not allowed to misstate facts in order to do it, and “The Independent” must take corrective action.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Life-Changing Technologies from Israel

These revolutionary cutting-edge Israeli technologies are removing some of the barriers faced by people with disabilities to extraordinary lengths.

Monday, January 8, 2018

UN to Blacklist IDF for Child Abuse

Is this a joke or not?  Yes, the earth is flat, right is wrong, left is right. Who is prepared around the world to say "the emperor has no clothes?" It seems only Trump for all his twisting and weaving is calling a spade a bl---dy shovel.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is spearheading a campaign to have Israel included on a UN blacklist of “grave” violators of children’s rights.
NGO Monitor, the watchdog that exposed this scandal, explained that this political agenda is a primary facet of UNICEF’s activities relating to Israel, completely inconsistent with its mandate of “child protection” and its guidelines for neutrality and impartiality.
NGO Monitor said that UNICEF’s partners for this campaign are radical “advocacy” non-governmental organizations (NGOs)., which play an integral role in carrying out UNICEF’s anti-Israel campaign and receive substantial funding from UNICEF to do so.
The UN blacklist consists almost entirely of terror groups and militias from failed states.

“In essence, by pushing for the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) inclusion on the list, UNICEF and its NGO partners are claiming that Israel’s army is equivalent to ISIS [Islamic State], Boko Haram, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda,” 
Several UNICEF partners recommended inclusion of the IDF on the UN blacklist, but absurdly claimed they lacked sufficient evidence to recommend inclusion of the PFLP or the Hamas terror group.
While seeking to besmirch the IDF, UNICEF is simultaneously ignoring real crime committed by the Palestinians.
A key component of the UN’s Children and Armed Conflict campaign is to end the exploitation and use of children as combatants and child soldiers. Although Palestinian armed groups routinely use children in this way, there is little evidence that UNICEF funding is devoted towards exposing or ending this practice.

Friday, December 29, 2017

World’s First Innovation Lab For Healthy Aging

by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich   December 27, 2017

A novel state-of-the-art lab will re-create the living conditions of the elderly to improve their mental and physical health.
The world’s first innovation lab for healthy aging has been established in Beersheba. The lab, which will simulate the living environment of senior citizens in the future, will take on the increasingly complex challenges of today’s aging population.
According to World Bank data, the proportion of the world’s population over the age of 65 increased from 5% in 1960 to 8.5% in 2015.

The lab is a collaboration between the Center for Digital Innovation, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the National Insurance Institute, the Beersheba Municipality, the Joint Distribution Committee and the Amal & Beyond Group. CDI is located in the Advanced Technologies Park adjacent to the university, whose president, Prof. Rivka Carmi, serves as chairwoman of the nonprofit lab’s board.
 “In 10 years, Beersheba will become the center of senior citizen-focused research and innovation,” CDI founder & CEO Ziv Ofek said at the launch of the lab last week. “When I think about this lab, I think about my parents and the real challenges they face. Instead of looking for merely technological solutions, we went back to analyze the problem. We developed a 360-degree approach that looks at all aspects of a senior’s life. When we founded CDI, we chose the fields of health care, social welfare, education and smart cities to specialize in. In this lab, we are combining all of them.”

Ofek and his team realized that senior citizens’ diverse needs, ambitions and activities cannot be considered separately. Rather, they are all linked, and only an innovative approach that takes all of these elements into consideration has a chance of making a real and significant change in the lives of senior citizens.

Among the main challenges are preventing falls, alleviating loneliness, slowing the deterioration of those whose capabilities are already limited, treating pain, and developing new technologies to assist the aging in basic domestic activities like bathing and using the toilet.

Read here the full article  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Meaningful Haircut aids Cancer Sufferers

The Israeli NGO 'Zichron Menachem​' spares no effort to collect hair
offered by donors or salons and turns it into wigs, supporting
children who have lost their hair during cancer treatment.

In fact a number of our grandchildren have taken part in this
project over the last few years.