Israel can be ” Superpower of Goodnes”

May 3, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Former President of the World Union of Jewish Students Yosef Abramowitz says Theodore Herzl’s “vision of the future State of the Jews… is it would be powered a hundred percent by green energy, and is going to have an overabundance of energy… to supply to all the Arab neighbors as an expression of peace”.

Co-hosts Jeremy Jones, Rabbi Shua Solomon, Josef Abrahamowitz,  Rabbi Ben Elton, Justice Stephen Rothman

Abramowitz, dubbed “Captain Sunshine” in the media, spoke at Sydney’s the Great Synagogue at an event they co-sponsored with  Mizrachi Synagogue and the AustralianIsrael & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC).

Abramowitz, who served on Israel’s negotiating team at the Paris Climate Accords and who CNN named as one of six global “Green Pioneers” in 2012, is a co-founder of Arava Power, which built Israel’s first solar field and is now its leading solar power developer.
A former President of the World Union of Jewish Students, he has been involved in a wide range of social justice campaigns since making Aliyah from the USA.
At the function, he noted the role of AUJS in the Jewish world and Jewish student activists – past and present – in leading Jewish efforts in human rights and other struggles.
He spoke of the campaigns for human rights in the Soviet Union, anti-apartheid activities and stronger Israel-diapora relations as some of the issues in which Jewish students had played prominent roles.
Presenting the pursuit of renewable energy as inherent “in the DNA of the Zionist movement” and part of Herzl’s vision and “Golda Meir’s legacy” of redeeming Africa, Abramowitz helped found Energiya Global and Gigawatt Global. Both companies oversee massive solar projects throughout Africa, and are an integral part of  Israeli diplomatic achievements in the the developing world.
Energiya Global is overseeing more than $1 billion in solar field projects as part of deals Netanyahu signed with leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), when he became the first non-African leader ever to attend a summit.

In Rwanda, Gigawatt Global solar fields already provide about 5% of the country’s power as one of the founding partners of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.
“We are on the verge of becoming a superpower of goodness in the world,” Abramowitz asserted, arguing that access to green energy should be considered a “fundamental human right.”
Abramowitz stressed the need for activism to change the regulatory and legal environment to allow for
the development of a solar industry from the ground up, outlining his own legal victories in a hundred
battles to change or remove particular regulations in Israel but also admitting significant obstacles remain
for domestic expansion.
Australia, in his opinion, has some of the greatest potential in the world for green energy, and should be
progressing towards diversification more quickly. “ You have the land and the sea and the
wind,” he exclaimed,
In 2016, Abramowitz launched a joint venture called Gigawatt Global Wind, and even discussed
branching off into hydropower in the hopes of eventually combining all three sources to power Africa.

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