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Innovation center for special-needs kids opens in Jerusalem


Yosef cannot hold a fork or spoon. The little boy was dependent on others to feed him until an assistive device was fashioned for him at ALYN Hospital, a nonprofit pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation facility in Jerusalem.

While inventive solutions for ALYN patients like Yosef have been created in the onsite biomechanical lab for the past 25 years, now the one-of-a-kind hospital is incorporating the lab into a unique state-of-the-art innovation center.

The center encompasses two tracks: PELE (a Hebrew acronym for Solutions for Children of ALYN), which designs case-specific solutions for special-needs children; and ALYNnovation, where entrepreneurs will develop and work with corporate partners to commercialize mass-market assistive products to enhance independence and quality of life for children with special needs everywhere.

Set to open officially in September in a former storage area of the hospital, the 500-square-meter center is built for inspiration, featuring a glass wall facing the Jerusalem Forest.

On the practical side, the center provides a single address for product design and prototyping with input from ALYN clinicians, as well as in-house product testing with the target audience.

“The fact that it’s under one roof provides added value to the entrepreneurs,” says Danna Hochstein Mann, director of ALYNnovation. “They can make a prototype using our 3D printers, interact with the children in real time to test the prototype, and go back to the lab and tweak it. It’s much cheaper to do this process in the prototype stage.”

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Trump admin unveils cyber pact with Israel

Trump admin unveils cyber pact with Israel

The Trump administration announced a new bilateral working group between the United States and Israel on cybersecurity.

Tom Bossert, White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, disclosed the new partnership to combat cyberattacks during remarks at an annual cybersecurity conference in Tel Aviv.

“These high-level meetings represent the first step in strengthening bilateral ties on cyber issues following President Trump’s visit to Israel,” Bossert said at Cyber Week 2017, according to Reuters.

“The agility Israel has in developing solutions will innovate cyber defenses that we can test here and bring back to America,” the White House aide continued. “Perfect security may not be achievable but we have within our reach a safer and more secure Internet.”

Bossert said that the working group would begin meeting this week. On the U.S. side, the representatives include officials from the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and FBI.

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Jerusalem Attempting to Thwart Latest Anti-Israel Motion at UNESCO


The Israeli government is advancing an effort to thwart the latest anti-Israel initiative at the United Nations cultural body UNESCO.

The new motion would deny Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and label Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs, a Jewish holy site, as an endangered world heritage site in the “State of Palestine.”

Arab states initiated the anti-Israel resolution, which will be voted on by 21 countries when the UN body convenes July 2-12 in Krakow, Poland, for its annual assembly. Israel needs seven nations to vote against the motion in order to defeat it.

Declarations in the motion claim the Cave of the Patriarchs — where the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah are believed to be buried — is a Palestinian-Muslim site. A clause regarding the status of Jerusalem was added to the motion at the last minute.

Should the motion be adopted, limits would be imposed on Israeli construction in the area of the Jewish holy site, and Israel would risk being censured each time it erected a security checkpoint or conducted work near those areas.

Israel denied UNESCO’s request to visit the Old City of Hebron ahead of the vote.

“As a matter of principle, Israel will not provide legitimization to any Palestinian political move under the guise of culture and heritage,” said Israeli Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama Hacohen.

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Palestinians reportedly reinstall monument to Maalot terrorist

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Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin have reportedly reinstalled a monument to a terrorist who masterminded a notorious 1974 massacre of Israeli school children, despite intense pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel Radio reported Saturday that the monument went back up overnight as part of an agreement between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and the mayor of Jenin.

Last week the Jenin municipality named a square and put up the stone memorial in honor of “martyr” Khaled Nazzal, who planned the 1974 Maalot massacre in which Palestinian terrorists murdered 22 school children and 4 adults.

The move prompted a Twitter outburst from Netanyahu who accused Abbas of lying that he wants peace and “poisoning” the minds of young Palestinians.

“Palestinian President Abbas tells the world that he educates Palestinian children for peace. That’s a lie,” Netanyahu tweeted.

Palestinian Media Watch reported on the naming of the square Monday, noting that Nazzal, a member of the Democratic Front for Liberation of Palestine, also planned a 1974 abduction in Beit She’an which ended in the killing of four hostages, and a 1984 shooting attack in Jerusalem in which one person was killed and 47 wounded.

 Read More: Times of Israel