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Despite enduring decades of overwhelming challenges and tragedies, Israeli society is remarkably hopeful, resilient and compassionate. This tiny nation, founded by Holocaust survivors and refugees from around the world, never hesitates to extend its help and knowledge to other people and countries in need. The Jewish principle of tikkun olam, repairing the world, through personal and national acts of generosity, love and moral leadership is why Israel will always serve as a light unto the nations.

First 83 of 1,000 Ethiopian immigrants arrive in Israel

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The first 83 immigrants from Ethiopia, out of a total of some 1,000 approved last year for entry into Israel, arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday night after waiting in Gondar for an average of 15 years. In October, the government approved for immigration 1,000 members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia who have … Read More

130-strong Israeli rescue team arrives in Brazil as dam collapse toll hits 58

Monday, January 28, 2019

An Israeli Defense Force search-and-rescue team landed in Brazil late Sunday evening to join forces with local rescue crews who are searching for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a catastrophic dam collapse. The Civil Defense office in Minais Gerais state on Sunday raised the confirmed death toll to 58, with up to 300 people … Read More

UK and Israel sign ‘in principle’ post-Brexit trade deal

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Britain and Israel agreed on an “in principle” post-Brexit trade deal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday afternoon. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox made the announcement following discussions with Israel’s Minister of the Economy Eli Cohen. Dr Fox said: “I’m delighted that as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, and … Read More

Meet the Israeli-Arab women shattering Israeli hi-tech’s glass ceiling

Friday, January 18, 2019

Every day, employees in Israel’s hi-tech industry deal with multi-billion dollar acquisitions, life-changing innovation and award-winning technological triumphs. But only if you’re a Jewish man under the age of 55. “The problem is not a matter of knowledge but rather opportunity,” Sireen Ibraheem Nijeem, a fulfillment and demand specialist at smart energy-tech company SolarEdge, told … Read More

Rona Ramon, widow of astronaut killed in Columbia shuttle disaster, dies at 54

Monday, December 17, 2018

Rona Ramon, the widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, died Monday at the age of 54, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Ramon, a practitioner of holistic medicine, has been a public figure since her husband became Israel’s first person in space, when he blasted off aboard the Columbia in 2003, and then perished when … Read More

New ‘Jerusalem’ neighborhood of Guatemala rises from ashes

New ‘Jerusalem’ neighborhood of Guatemala rises from ashes

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Thousands of Guatemalans lost their homes to the Volcán de Fuego (“Volcano of Fire”) in early June. One hundred new houses for refugees are now being built thanks to a charitable initiative spearheaded by the Central American country’s rabbi in his capacity as head of the Guatemalan branch of Israeli search-and-rescue and victim identification organization ZAKA. The choice … Read More

‘When I look at him, I don’t see a child from Gaza—I see a child’

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

“Two days ago, in a windowless corridor in the center of Israel, a five-month-old baby from Gaza was wheeled away from his crying grandmother, while two Israeli women held her,” Dr. Moran wrote. “He was taken into heart surgery, for the second time in his short life, where Israeli doctors fixed his congenital heart defect … Read More

Israel’s Save a Child’s Heart group wins UN Population Award

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

An Israeli organization that provides life-saving heart treatment to children in developing countries has won a prestigious United Nations award for outstanding contributions to the world’s population. Save a Child’s Heart was selected to receive the 2018 UN Population Award, the medical charity said in a press statement Monday. SACH said it was given the … Read More

‘The ground is so hot it burns through their shoes’

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The ground was still smoking from the hot fury of two volcanic eruptions early last week when an Israeli medical team arrived in Guatemala on Thursday night. Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic Tal Rabin told ISRAEL21c that the toxic gases released by the Fuego volcano made breathing difficult even through a mask. But much worse … Read More

Children of Sderot counter kite terror with kite festival

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hundreds of helium balloons and kites bearing flammable materials have been launched from Gaza since March 30, killing wildlife and incinerating thousands of acres of forests and agricultural fields in Israeli border communities. In a therapeutic response to the kite terrorists operating just 33 kilometers from their city, officials in Sderot invited parents and children … Read More