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Israelis to train S. African medics in emotional first aid

United Hatzalah of Israel is sending a delegation of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to Johannesburg, South Africa, to train their counterparts in providing effective psychotrauma care in times of crisis and catastrophe.

The training will combine the World Health Organization’s protocols in psychological first aid, together with the Israeli…

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Israeli secret service ran fake luxury beach resort as front for smuggling Jewish refugees from Sudan

Israeli secret service agents ran an entire fake luxury beach resort in Sudan as a front for its operations in the 1980s, according to a BBC investigation.

A group of Mossad agents were tasked with smuggling thousands of Jewish refugees in Ethiopia, known as Beta Israelis, from Ethiopia to Israel in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Thousands of…

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Israel prepares to remember 23,646 fallen soldiers and 3,134 terror victims

Israelis bowed their heads at 8 p.m. Tuesday for a minute of silence as sirens sound in remembrance the country’s fallen soldiers and terror victims.

In all, 71 new names were added over the past year to the roster of 23,646 who died defending the country. Thirty of those were disabled veterans who passed away due to complications from injuries…

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The Scientist Who Rose From Russia’s Ghettos to Israeli President

Dr. Charles Weizmann of Manchester, England, bearer of 110 patents, born in 1874 as Chaim ben Ozer deep in Russia’s 472,590 square-mile Jewish ghetto, is remembered today as Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president.

The Weizmann name game helps explain Zionism, and the modern Jewish revolution, as Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary. His move…

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After Syria strike, Netanyahu says Israel will hit all those who seek to harm it

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel will hit anyone who intends to harm the country, appearing to indirectly refer to a predawn missile strike on an air base in central Syria that reportedly killed 14 people, which has been blamed on Israel.

Israel refused to comment directly on the attack, after Russia and Syria blamed the…

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Israeli nonprofit Save a Child’s Heart wins UN award

Israeli-based international nonprofit organization Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) has received the 2018 United Nations Population Award.

Established by the General Assembly in 1981, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in population and health. The Committee for the United Nations Population Award, which made the selections, is chaired by…

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Rare trove of bronze Jewish Revolt coins unearthed near Temple Mount

A hoard of rare bronze Jewish Revolt coins has been discovered at the recently renewed Ophel excavations. The trove of dozens of bronze coins minted during the last years of the ill-fated four-year rebellion of the Jews against Roman rule was uncovered in a cave just south of the Temple Mount by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar.

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Operation On Wings of Eagles remembered

Understandably, the graves of soldiers who fell in the 1948 War of Independence at the Haifa Military Cemetery do not receive many visitors. Their parents are no longer alive and the second and third generations rarely visit the graves of their grandfathers or uncles. But the Mahal (foreign volunteers to the IDF) graves receive even less visitors….

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Israelis awarded for paramedic training in Ecuador

Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) was awarded a Shield of Appreciation by the Ecuadorian Red Cross at a ceremony celebrating 14 years of existence of the Higher Technological Institute of the Ecuadorian Red Cross (ISTCRE).

Israeli Ambassador in Quito Edwin Yabo and MDA accepted the awards of appreciation for MDA’s ongoing support of ISTCRE’s…

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ZAKA trains 45 first-responders in Guatemala

In Guatemala, 45 volunteers from different local community and emergency organizations came together to participate in a light search-and-rescue training course by Israeli ZAKAInternational Rescue Unit.

The three-day course, sponsored by the United Nations’ International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), was led by ZAKA Chairman…

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Israeli aid in South Sudan greeted with joy

Some fifty townswomen in a remote community in South Sundan greeted an Israeli Foreign Ministry delegation with singing and dancing after it distributed 20 tons of food to refugees affected by the civil war plaguing the country.

A team from the Foreign Ministry headed by Ambassador to the South Sudan Hanan Godar distributed 20 tons of food to…

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Israel provides support to Papua New Guinea following devastating earthquake

Following a devastating earthquake, which struck Papua New Guinea’s highlands region on Monday, February 26, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) has provided much needed support to disaster relief efforts.

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake left around 100 people dead and more than 150,000…

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Israeli Wheelchairs of Hope donated in South Africa

Fifty colorful, lightweight child-sized wheelchairs from Israeli nonprofit organization Wheelchairs of Hope are being distributed to needy disabled five- to nine-year-olds in South Africa through the South African chapter of WIZO (Women’s International Zionist Organization) and the Israeli Embassy in South Africa.

The inexpensive, low-maintenance…

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Two terror attacks, two widows, a shared pain

Miriam Ben Gal, 27, who lost her husband Itamar in a terror attack in Ariel, and Yael Shevah, 32, who lost her husband Raziel about a month ago in a terror attack in the Havat Gilad outpost, feel like brides too. The brides of mourning, remembering their wedding day together.

“When was the last time my parents held me from each side and led me,…

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Israel EMS team awarded for lifesaving aid in Panama

United Hatzalah received an award from the Panama Homefront Command on February 5, 2018, honoring the lifesaving aid the Israeli voluntary first-response organization has helped provide to the small Central American country in recent years.

President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer accepted the award, presented by José Donderis, chief of…

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Remembering a Hero of the Munich Massacre

Israeli fencer Dan Alon (March 28, 1945 — January 31, 2018) was a hero of the rarest kind. He did not rush into a burning building to save a neighbor, nor did he stand up to a despotic tyrant. Yet he still set a singular standard for heroism.

Before dawn on September 5, 1972 — in Apartment 2 of the Israeli athletes’ compound at the Munich…

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Holocaust hero honored 75 years after dramatic rescue of fellow Jews from Nazis

Seventy-five years after he helped a group of over 1,000 Jews fleeing Italian-occupied France, 98-year-old Jewish-Italian Enzo Cavaglion was honored in his hometown of Cuneo on Sunday.

Cavaglion was presented with the Jewish Rescuers Citation by B’nai Brith World Center-Jerusalem and the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescued…

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Two major U.S. surveys rank Israel among most powerful, innovative countries

NEW YORK – Two major US publications have listed Israel within their top ten rankings, citing the country’s military prowess and innovation capabilities, respectively.

Web-based publication US News and World Report, best known for its influential ranking lists, named Israel as the 8th most powerful nation in the world. Meanwhile, Bloomberg News…