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Best of 2013, BDS fail, reform rabbinate, good news for dog owners and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

January 6, 2014 | 12:33 pm

The new discovery that will help detect Breast Cancer “gene”

Another breakthrough in the fight against cancer: Researchers at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel have developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in otherwise healthy women using a novel technology called gene expression profiling. Women with a mutation in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a significantly increased risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer. This new development, which provides an early discovery, will also provide the chance for an early treatment.

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BDS? No, thank you

A few weeks ago, the American Studies Association (ASA) abandoned its values and joined the academic boycott of Israel. While some universities foolishly followed the ASA, more than 90 American universities have released statements rejecting the American Studies Association's decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Moreover, several of those universities that still believe in the values of education and in Israel’s academic contribution to the world, have cut ties with the organization in protest.

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2013- the best year for the Startup Nation

A report released this week by PwC Israel shows that Israeli high-tech exits in 2013 were worth $7.6 billion, the best year since 2006. This year, many Israeli companies achieved major successes and breakthroughs in their area, developing new technologies or products that had a significant impact on their industries, or produced research that others are using to make the world a better, safer place. The biggest deals of the year were those involving Waze (bought by Google for close to a billion dollars), Trusteer (bought by IBM for a similar amount), and the Wix IPO(the biggest Israeli IPO yet).

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40 delegations are expected to land in Israel for tourism event

Delegations of 40 countries are expected to participate in the 20th International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM), which will be held next month at the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center in Tel Aviv. The event will include discussions on issues affecting the industry, such as the implementation of the Open Skies reform, the significant rise in the number of flights offered by low-cost companies, the effect of technological developments and applications on the industry and trends for 2014.

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Are you a dog owner?

If the answer is "yes," you may be interested in this new Israeli invention. The Israeli startup Oggii made a giant leap towards a better understanding of our dogs. They invented a product that can monitor our dogs’ movements to measure their overall health. The Oggii chip is currently being tested on a pilot group and is expected to go commercial in about two months.

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Israeli Reform rabbis received their first salary from the state

This is one historical event, and a small victory in the battle for recognition in non-Orthodox rabbis.  For the first time in the country’s history, the Religious Services Ministry transferred money this past week into the bank account of the Reform Movement in Israel to cover the salaries of four Reform rabbis who lead congregations in various local councils.

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The Titanic is making its way to Israel

102 years after it sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, artifacts from the famous passenger ship, the Titanic, will arrive in Israel.  An exhibition reenacting the ship's story will sail here and will be displayed at the Israel Trade Fairs Center in Tel Aviv for about three months.

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Inspired by Israel

Buzzfeed counted the “13 Ways We Were Inspired And Amazed By Israel In 2013.” From Yityish Aynaw’s coronation to President Peres’ 90th birthday.

Read and enjoy here.

 


Wow, the Holy Land is beautiful!

Watch the beauty of the Holy Land (warning: this video will make you want to come for a visit ASAP :))

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