Joint Israeli-Palestinian Cancer Research Raises New Questions about Genes and Environment

Israelis and Palestinians may be in the midst of a conflict dating back many decades, but they’re also working together to fight a different battle altogether—the fight against cancer. Joint research by Israelis and Palestinian professionals looked at Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) tumors in both Arab and Jewish populations and concluded …

Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used …

Palestinian Teens Arrested for Shooting at Vehicles

A pair of 17-year-old Palestinians were arrested just hours after a terror shooting attack last month. The two minors had fired at vehicles on two occasions over a period of several months, as well as other attacks, according to an Israeli Security Agency (ISA) press release. No injuries resulted from …

Israel, US to Coordinate with New ‘Settlement Team’ after Trump Meet

Israeli home construction in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria is often openly opposed by the United States, despite Israel’s proven past willingness to dismantle such communities—sometimes referred to as settlements—as part of peace measures that haven’t even always been reciprocated with peace from enemies. To better prevent friction …

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Joint Israeli-Palestinian Cancer Research Raises New Questions about Genes and Environment

February 19, 2017 Special Feature

Joint Israel and Palestinian medical research could teach more about cancer. Israeli MDA ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israelis and Palestinians may be in the midst of a conflict dating back many decades, but they’re also working together to fight a different battle altogether—the fight against cancer. Joint research by Israelis and Palestinian professionals looked at Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) tumors in both Arab and Jewish populations and concluded that while some factors associated with NHL seem to be shared for the two groups that live in the same general geographic area, others were quite different. This raises a host of questions that could ultimately help better understand the impact of genetics and environment on cancer g.

It also offers opportunities for more joint work in the future, noted Professor Ora Paltiel, director of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Prof. Paltiel, who led the research, said in a press release from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the effort that disease research has “the potential to improve and preserve human health, and it can also serve as a bridge to dialogue among nations.” … Continue Reading

Israel, US to Coordinate with New ‘Settlement Team’ after Trump Meet

February 19, 2017 News

Will Trump be Israel’s best friend? U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Israeli home construction in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria is often openly opposed by the United States, despite Israel’s proven past willingness to dismantle such communities—sometimes referred to as settlements—as part of peace measures that haven’t even always been reciprocated with peace from enemies. To better prevent friction between the two allies over Israeli home building, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday following his trip to visit the U.S. that the two nations will set up teams to address settlements, as well as “upgrade relations” in security, technology and more.

Netanyahu said in comments released by his office that he and U.S. President Donald Trump have “agreed to create a team in an area that we have not previously agreed on: I mean, of course, on settlement in Judea and Samaria.” The Israeli leader sounded hopeful of not only an improved relationship with America, but he implied there was opportunity even with Middle Eastern nations that currently have no official diplomatic relations with Israel. … Continue Reading

Palestinian Teens Arrested for Shooting at Vehicles

February 19, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israeli security forces prevent terrorism, arrest Palestinian terrorists. Israeli police car. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

A pair of 17-year-old Palestinians were arrested just hours after a terror shooting attack last month. The two minors had fired at vehicles on two occasions over a period of several months, as well as other attacks, according to an Israeli Security Agency (ISA) press release. No injuries resulted from any of the acts of terror.

Along with the two teens, a pair of improvised “Carlo” submachine guns were seized. The foregoing again shows the involvement of minors in severe terrorist actions as well as the tangible security danger posed by the accessibility of improvised weapons,” the ISA press statement noted. “The ISA, along with the IDF and Israel Police, views these acts of terrorism with utmost gravity and will act to prevent and thwart terrorist activity and attacks.” … Continue Reading

On One-State Peace Solution, Trump Happy with Whatever ‘Both Parties Like’

February 15, 2017 Peace and Conflict

President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu address the press together. Photo Courtesy of Avi Ohayon (GPO).

The self-proclaimed great negotiator President of the United States made it clear he will support whatever peace deal the Israelis and the Palestinians reach in comments on Wednesday—even if that means dropping the long-promoted two-state solution. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like,” remarked Donald Trump in an apparently playful mood. “…I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two… If Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.”

Trump, in comments with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that were posted to the White House website, also came out and gave his suggested compromise for Israel to achieve a deal with the Palestinians. “As far as settlements, I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We’ll work something out,” Trump told Netanyahu. Later, the Israeli leader noted that he planned to discuss the issue of Israeli construction in the Biblical heartland with Trump “so we can arrive at an understanding so we don’t keep on bumping into each other all the time on this issue.” Netanyahu also argued against the importance of settlements in the overall scheme of things. … Continue Reading

‘Jewish Peace Corp’ Expands Service in Africa

February 13, 2017 News

Israeli youth are volunteering in Africa. Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Even more African children will get better opportunities in life, as the Jewish Agency’s Project TEN group—nicknamed the “Jewish Peace Corp”—is adding two new volunteer centers in the continent. Similar to the global Peace Corps, Project TEN harnesses the energy of young Jews from Israel and around the world to serve needy persons around the world.

A press release from The Jewish Agency said the new locations in Namulanda, Uganda and Durban, South Africa join the three existing centers—one each in Ghana, Mexico, and Israel. Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky is dedicating the new centers this week. But already volunteers are active in Namulanda and Durban in areas such as education, public health, and sustainable agriculture. The press release noted that most of those activities focus on local children as the Jewish volunteers assist Africa’s next generation. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Focused on Israeli Security ahead of Trump Meeting

February 12, 2017 News

Illustrative image of Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Just days after rocket attacks from the south and a tank shell hitting Israel from Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said national security would be a primary focus for his meeting with United States President Donald Trump this week. “I have only one motivation,” the Israeli leader said in comments on Sunday released by his office. “My supreme consideration is to be concerned, first of all, for the security of the State of Israel, to strengthen the steadfast alliance with the U.S., and to strengthen our other national interests which are fundamentally connected to the strength of ties with the U.S.”

Later in those same comments at the Israeli government’s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu came back to the security issue by warning terrorists such as those who attacked the south of Israel. Noting Israel has a “very clear policy,” Netanyahu said, “We are not set on escalation, but we do not fear at all to respond strongly to whoever would attack us.” … Continue Reading

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