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20 November 2017 - 3 Kislev 5778 - ג' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Philippine Red Cross receives equipment and basic medicines from donations E-mail

Israel’s Embassy in the Philippines recently delivered US$1 million worth of basic equipment, medicines and supplies to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), to support the immediate needs of people affected by the Marawi conflict. PRC set up a basic healthcare unit in Balo-i Lanao del Norte on 8 June.

Since basic healthcare services are a major priority in the communities and evacuation centres affected by the conflict, the PRC has provided basic, preventive and healthcare emergency treatment and medical supplies.

“We are all touched by the events in Marawi and the effect they brought to the people of Marawi. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed us to lend a hand of support to the affected people in Marawi and the surrounding areas,” said Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau.

The basic equipment, medicines and supplies will benefit thousands of families in the evacuation centres. The equipment includes an emergency cart, a suction machine, a portable nebulizer machine, a portable ECG machine, a portable doppler, a pulse oximeter, an oxygen tank, a basic medicine package, emergency medicines and medical supplies.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support we received from our partners and donors as the Philippine Red Cross continues with its humanitarian efforts for our affected brothers and sisters in the Marawi crisis. We are committed to continuing our mission to save lives as well as to give the best assistance to the most vulnerable, to the best of our capacity,” said PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon.

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Embassy continues to boost women-led startups in India E-mail

The fifth edition of the Start TLV Competition has officially been launched in India, as the Embassy of Israel in India continues to encourage women in innovation.

Following the success of last year’s event, the 2017 competition in India will focus on women-led startups under the umbrella of “25 Years of Growing Partnership between India and Israel”.

The embassy has partnered with Startup India, TiE-NCR, YES Bank & YES Global Institute and CNBC-TV18 to search for up-and-coming women-led tech startups with a social impact.

Start TLV is an annual global event organised by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tel Aviv Municipality. This year, technology startup finalists from 23 countries will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, in September to take part in an intensive five-day startup “boost-camp”, in collaboration with the DLD Innovation Festival.

They will join local Israeli entrepreneurs and participate in lectures, workshops and meetings with leading Israeli and international investors and professionals.

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“Wheelchairs of Hope” in Vietnam E-mail

From the children of Israel to the children of Vietnam: Israel’s Embassy in Vietnam is donating 100 innovative wheelchairs especially designed for children with disabilities.

In a moving ceremony held on 22 June at the Orthopedic and Functional Rehabilitation Center in Hanoi, Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Meirav Eilon Shahar, presented the first 20 wheelchairs to a festive crowd, sending a message of solidarity and friendship.

The embassy decided to use the budget allocated for the festivities of Israel’s 69th Independence Day to purchase the innovative, one-of-a-kind, lightweight wheelchairs from Israeli company “Wheelchairs of Hope”.

The remaining 80 wheelchairs will be delivered to additional rehabilitation centres in four provinces in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho, Ben Tre and Ha Giang. Wheelchairs of Hope is an Israeli initiative that aims to develop, design, manufacture and provide wheelchairs to children who need assistance with mobility. The company was among the first to receive a Grand Challenges Israel (GCI) grant, dedicated to supporting technological and innovative solutions to challenges in global health and food security in developing countries.

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Philippine Independence Day reception in Tel Aviv E-mail

Israel’s Minister for Welfare and Social Services Haim Katz was the guest of honour at a diplomatic reception marking the 119th Anniversary of Philippine Independence Day, hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv last month.

During the event, Minister Katz confirmed that the Israeli government is offering assistance to those displaced by the recent conflict in Marawi City, Mindanao. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has already allocated a special budget for humanitarian aid.

Addressing about 250 guests from the Israeli government, the diplomatic corps, the business community and leaders of the Filipino community, Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial highlighted the close ties and enduring friendship between Israelis and Filipinos.

Ambassador Imperial mentioned that this year is also the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Philippine and Israel. He added that bilateral relations between the two countries have never been as strong and multi-faceted as they are today. Intelligence-sharing and defense co-operation have become more robust. Two-way tourism continues to rise, and last year Israel became the Philippines’ fastest-growing tourism market. Agricultural cooperation remains an important aspect of the relations, and the Ambassador expressed appreciation for the Granot Agrostudies Program under MASHAV, through which Filipino students learn about innovation and technologies from Israel.

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India’s navy chief visits Israel E-mail

The head of the Indian navy, Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, arrived in Israel on 11 June for a five-day visit, during which he met with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and Israel Navy Commander Maj. Gen. Eli Sharvit, according to Haaretz.

Indian media reported that during his visit, Lanba would follow up on the progress being made on “joint projects and initiatives with Israel”.

The chairman of India’s chiefs of staff committee (CoSC) also met with highranking officials from Israel’s Defense Ministry and visited Haifa Naval Base and other military sites. “Since the renewal of formal diplomatic relations in 1992, defence co-operation has been one of the main pillars of bilateral engagement between the two nations,” The Hindustan Times reported, quoting a Defense Ministry statement.

One of the things that interests India is how Israel is securing its gas fields in the Mediterranean. The plan for securing the area includes the purchase of four patrol boats made by the German company Thyssenkrupp, the use of drones, and the collection of intelligence relating to possible attacks on the fields, whether by missile fire, sea vessels or aircraft.

“The threats [faced by the two militaries] are totally different, but in the end, they too want to learn about the technologies we are using and their concept. The world of terror has also changed, and they are coming to the conclusion there that with a small investment, an attack on a platform like a gas field can cause a strategic crisis or seriously harm a country,” said an Israeli naval officer.

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