On the other hand

April 15, 2018 by Michael Kuttner
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In the aftermath of the Shoah the expectation was that the Jewish People would take generations to recover from this catastrophic experience…writes Michael Kuttner.

However within the space of 3 years survivors were helping to recreate a proud and strong Jewish homeland. Their contributions have helped to make Israel the innovative powerhouse it is today.

 

ON THE FRONT LINE OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

 Israeli soldiers stationed near the Jordanian border have been canvassing the area in an effort to find ideal places to construct natural wildlife corridors before a new border fence is constructed.

“Operation Living Together” is being carried out in conjunction with academic experts, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and Israel Defense Forces’ trackers. The Jordanian army is also taking part in the conservation efforts.

One purpose of the operation is to help migrating birds and animals access drinking water by strategically dispersing mobile water tankers in the area. Its goal is to instill in officers and soldiers a greater sense of responsibility for the environment in which they operate and motivate them to be proactive in preserving it.

 

A RARE UN ACCOLADE

 Each year, the Committee for the UN Population Award honors an individual or institution for outstanding contributions to issues of population and reproductive health and to their solutions.

The award was established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 and was first presented in 1983. It consists of a gold medal, a diploma and a monetary prize.

The UN Population Fund has announced it is giving the 2018 Population Award to the Save a Child’s Heart organisation at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

To date, SACH has saved the lives of more than 4,500 children with congenital heart defects. The children have come from Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including the Palestinian Authority. The organization has performed the operations free of charge at the government hospital and in some hospitals abroad, while training more than 150 medical personnel in these places.

Save a Child’s Heart holds preoperative and follow-up cardiology clinics in Israel and abroad on a weekly basis. It offers a comprehensive training program in Israel for doctors and nurses from developing countries and leads surgical and teaching missions to partner countries.

 

MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

 Israel’s contributions to making the world a better place are too many to enumerate but here are 15 which have made a difference to the lives of many:

The solar water collector – This new type of solar heater, also known as the dud shemesh, yields more hot water and produces more electricity than a turbine. 

The discovery of a chemical structure of the active compounds in marijuana, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has been used to treat seizures as well as other disorders.

Modern drip irrigation. 

A drug for Multiple Sclerosis.

A large, hermetically sealed bag for growing rice, grain, spices, and legumes that doesn’t require pesticides.

Technology for preventing bird and aircraft collisions.

The Emergency Bandage, a unique life-saving product that instantly controls massive bleeding and prevents infections in trauma situations.

The internet firewall. 

A GPS for brain surgeries.

An ingestible camera and radio transmitter that can travel through the gastrointestinal tract to take photos and identify problems.

 Robotic back surgery. 

An exoskeleton that allows paraplegics to walk again.

Reviving extinct plants.

First responder geo-locator and ambucycle. 

The Iron Dome Missile System.

 

THE FIRST CAPITAL OF ISRAEL

Visit Shiloh the site of our first Capital:

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