Israel Fact of the Day

US regulators okay Israeli-made robotic legs

rewalk-deviceReWalk technology, developed by Argo Medical Technologies, can help some disabled Americans walk again after getting FDA approval

Federal health regulators in the US approved Thursday a first-of-a-kind set of robotic leg braces that can help some disabled people walk again

The ReWalk system, developed in Israel, functions like an exoskeleton for people paralyzed from the waist down, allowing them to stand and walk with assistance from a caretaker.

The device was developed by the founder of Israel-based Argo Medical Technologies, who was paralyzed in a 1997 car crash.

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UN: Klos-C weapons came from Iran, were intended for Sudan

M302 rockets found aboard the Klos C ship are displayed at an Israeli navy base in EilatThe arms shipment that was seized by Israeli forces aboard the ship Klos-C in the Red Sea in March did indeed originate from Iran, as Israel claimed — but was bound for Sudan, a UN panel of experts said.

The panel’s 14-page report, which was leaked by Reuters on Friday, does not confirm that the shipment of rockets, M-302 missiles and other weapons on board the Panamanian-flagged vessel was intended for terror groups in Gaza, as Israel alleged after intercepting it.

After seizing the shipment, Israel claimed that the weapons were to have been unloaded at Port Sudan, then taken overland to Gaza to be added to the stockpiles of Palestinian terrorists there. However, this week’s report said that Sudan was meant to have been the weapons’ final destination.

Israeli Naval commandos intercepted 40 M-302 missiles,181 122-mm mortars, and 400,000 7.62 caliber bullet in the arms cache on the ship while it was sailing off the coasts of Eritrea and Sudan.

Continue reading at the Times of Israel.

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US set to intensify Hezbollah sanctions

House-Committee-on-Foreign-Affairs1Committee approves legislation that would prevent institutions from conducting business with miltant group

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee is in the final stages of preparing legislation that would apply tougher sanctions on Hezbollah and prevent financial institutions from conducting business with the Islamist militant group.

The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014 was approved on Thursday, after being introduced by US Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Brad Schneider (D-Ill.). The bill contains a provision that would sanction foreign institutions which wittingly engage in business activities with Hezbollah.

The Lebanese militant group has already been designated a terrorist group in a number of countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, France, and the European Union.

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Israeli Dad Creates Facebook for Kids

logo_ENItay Eshet’s 10-year-old said she wanted a Facebook account. Nothing doing, said Dad. But everyone’s using it, the little girl complained.

At that point, some parents would have caved in and others would have ignored the whining. Eshet did neither. He agreed that children under 13 – the official minimum age for Facebook – need a safe social network of their own, and he created one. In Israel, it’s called Nipagesh (Let’s Meet) and elsewhere it will be NetoKids.

Children sign up through their schools. So far, about 150 Israeli schools have registered to use the program for free, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education.

“Since at that age kids’ lives are centered around school, we decided to give them a platform that will enable them to connect with other kids with similar interests, share ideas and chats, and connect to school as well,” Eshet tells ISRAEL21c.

Teachers can use Nipagesh to send students assignments and announcements, start and moderate online group discussions, and cooperate in educational projects with other schools using the network.

And not just in Israel. Moty Kanias director of the Jewish Agency’s School Twinning Network, tells ISRAEL21c that three Israeli and three South American Jewish schools participated in a Nipagesh pilot program this year. Funded by the Jewish Agency, the L.A. Pincus Fund for Jewish Education in the Diaspora and Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, the project is to expand next year to encompass 10 schools in Israel and 10 in South America.

“We hope to connect Jewish kids from around the world on a daily basis through Itay’s network,” says Kanias. “We chose Nipagesh after researching all the possibilities. It has the signature of the Education Ministry, and it really serves our needs. The next phase will be connecting US schools to South America and to Israel – a sort of triangle. And we are working with Itay to add more languages.”

Continue reading at Israel21c.

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