water is essential to all life, for many people around the world, access to
clean drinking water is still a luxury they cannot afford. As of 2018, 785
million people worldwide do not have access to clean water, according to the
United Nations’ water security organization WaterAid. According to the World
Health Organization, every minute a newborn dies somewhere in the world from an
infection affiliated with a lack of access to safe water.
extracting safe drinking water out of thin, yet humid, air to turning rain into
drinkable water, below are five Israeli startups trying to minimize the world’s
Note the founders of WATA Solutions below - is this apartheid?
Arye Kohavi, Avi Peretz, - Based in Rishon LeZion
develops atmospheric water generators (AWG) that are able to extract clean and
safe drinking water from the naturally occurring humidity in the air.
Watergen’s technology can be used to provide safe water to places suffering
from water shortage or lacking water infrastructure.
Kfar Giladi in northern Israel
designs and operates customized filtration systems engineered to remove certain
chemical contaminants from wastewater, making it clean enough to drink. The
company also cleans polluted water for industrial and agricultural purposes.
Mino Negrin - Based in Caesarea, south
manufactures and distributes water and wastewater treatment systems using
medical filtration devices. The company’s technology is used in greenhouses to
recycle drain water by removing pathogens, viruses, and other microbiological
pollutants while leaving micronutrient levels unchanged.
Muhanad Alkharaz, Bar Horowitz - Based in Jerusalem
Solution’s technology uses sensors to provide households, water companies, and
municipalities with real-time data on their water, including purity levels and
Moshe Belilty, Eyal Yassky-Weiss - Based in Ramat Gan
Off-Grid Solutions develops a portable lightweight rain-harvesting device
designed to sustainably provide clean drinking water to off-grid communities
and disaster-stricken areas.
Below, a friend who blogs in "Grandma's Army" relates of the pride felt with the advancement of her grandchildren in the IDF
four grandchildren still serving in the IDF are advancing in their particular
fields. We are very proud of my granddaughter who just finished an officer’s
course. Also of my grandson, serving in the armoured corps, who has just
finished a preliminary officer’s course. The two army celebrations took place
last month on the same day.
who is one of triplets, gave me a brief account of his activities in the
armoured corps. He began his army training a year ago. He admits that it was
hard for him to adjust to army discipline and in the many pressures involved in
army life - especially since he had previously been studying in a
Yeshiva (Talmudical college) for over a year. However, the congenial
atmosphere and the comradeship of his fellow soldiers helped to overcome the
difficulties. Spending hours together in a very confined space turned them
almost into a family unit . Although they were very strict, he felt
only respect for his excellent commanding officers. In particular, the
commander of the corps who dealt with each request with understanding and
even enjoyed the advanced training course which was very interesting. Although
some of the crew found it difficult to spend weeks-on-end
training in the field, Amitai even enjoyed the experience, since he
was used to being out of doors. The work on the tanks is
sometimes very hard and there were times when the crews were up all night in
order to finish up the work involved. At least he is set for life when it comes
to handling hammers, spanners, screwdrivers and other various gadgets. His
training has also taught him perseverance and how to work as a team.
decided to continue afterwards in the officer’s course because many commanders
are needed in the armoured corps and he felt it important to contribute
whatever he could. He has become more mature and responsible since he joined
the IDF and more aware of the importance of defending one’s country.
is the youngest of five children and, apart from the moral suppport she enjoys
from her family, her father and brothers help her on various assignments and
from their experience in the IDF. One of her brothers is still serving as a
soldiers who participated in the officer’s course came from all segments of the
IDF. They hailed from all over the country and from very different
backgrounds. The company was divided into teams, which enabled her
to become familiar with the various corps and the tasks involved –
to picture the IDF as a whole.
officer’s course was interesting and more theoretical than practical, according
to Adi. They learned a lot about leadership and the ability of commanding
I asked her if she envies Jewish youth from the diaspora who are
free to do their own thing after high school, the answer was categorically in
the negative. She feels that they are missing out on a lot. The army enables
her to get to know all sectors of the population. It offers challenges that she
wouldn’t experience in civilian life. To understand that you are capable of
much more than you believed of yourself. Above all, it places considerable
responsibility on one’s shoulders which can be very satisfying and
By World Israel News Staff Despite a case of poisoning earlier this year and fears of extinction, 2019 was a productive year for vultures in Israel, reports Maariv Online, citing figures issued by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. In fact, a new record was set, says the report. Twenty-four vulture eggs were hatched in breeding programs in 2019 compared to 19 in each of the years 2016-2018, according to the figures. The incubating process takes place as part of a special project called “Spreading Wings.” Ten vultures were poisoned on the Golan Heights in May. The intention of the assailant was apparently to carry out an extermination to protect his own farm. However, in the process, he poisoned the vultures and eight of them, half of the total population, did not survive, according to reports. Therefore, this year’s productivity is considered especially encouraging. The breeding in the Spreading Wings project takes place in the Mount Carmel area in northern Israel. The fears of extinction of vultures have prevailed for years, says Maariv Online. The counter-effort is said to include veterinary research, taking measures against poisoning, preserving nests, preventing electrocution, greater supervision of feeding, and educating the public. Spreading Wings began in 1996 but was less successful in its first years in “revitalizing” the vulture population, according to Ohad Hazofeh, an ecologist at the Nature and Parks Authority, cited by the news outlet. Vultures have since been “imported” from Cyprus, Armenia, and Spain, he says, in an effort to enlarge the seed supply. Even as he speaks optimistically of the future, Hazofeh calls on the Israeli government to continue aggressively with law enforcement, legislation, and stricter penalties in acting to protect the vultures and the animal world in general.