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LEDE: How does Israel get more Arab-Israeli citizens into high-tech? It’s not just a financial question but a recipe for reducing conflict. I24NEWS technology and innovation correspondent Ariel Levin-Waldman shows just what’s being done:
CG: Ramzi Halabi, Chair of Tsofen NGO
CG: Hans Shakur, Arab-Israeli Tech Entrepreneur
CG: Shimon Peres, Former President of Israel,
Arab-Israelis make up one-fifth of Israel’s population.
Half of them live below the poverty line—less than 1-thousand dollars per month.
And economists say the only answer is to get more Arab-Israelis into the tech sector:
Ramzi Halabi
We need to integrate the arab society into the Israeli one through integration into the leading industry in Israel which is high-tech, with both Israeli and global companies
This was an industry meeting in Israel’s Kfar Kasem, an Arab town just half a mile from the West Bank.
Representatives from global companies and village leaders discussed why tech integration is critical not just to the economy but also to security:
Hans Shakur
The more arab Israelis join high tech the greater the chance of meeting their jewish counterparts and getting to know each other. It creates a counternarrative to all the conflict speech, hate speech, mistrust speech
As it currently stands, Arab-Israelis make up only 12% of the high tech sector—and even that has been the work of almost a decade of programs pushed by previous Israeli leaders:
The economic differences are discrimination, and we must fix this discrimination. This discrimination will not be solved unless there will be islands of hi-tech in the Arab society as well and Arab workers in the Israeli high-tech."
If you look at the tech sector then, only 1500 Arab Israeli had graduated from technology or engineering programs between 1984-2014—only about 50 every year.
Today there are 5600 Arab Israeli students enrolling in High Tech and Engineering fields every year—more than 100 times the rate of a decade ago, but still far short of the 36-thousand total enrolments

But each high tech job is capable of lifting those communities out of poverty.



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ISRAEL might be known as the start-up nation... but not all of its citizens are being given a piece of the innovation pie – and they’re hungry for a bite.
A first of its kind initiative is working to change that - now dishing up an entrée of the entrepreneurship ecosystem to underrepresented sectors of Israeli society.
But it’s not just about serving the individual – quite the opposite!
These Israelis are expected to next become pioneers for peace.


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Sigal Kaplan
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It’s an ordinary Tuesday for this young Israeli from the Bedouin village of Rahat…
Helping his father tend to their family’s sheep…
It’s a far cry from the arena of start-up arena his country is so famous for…
And one he longs to be a part of

Today not many go into hi-tech in the Bedouin community because it's difficult to get hired. But I'm going in this direction and I know it's difficult but I believe in myself. And with the help of this program I know I can get hired.

He’s talking about a bold initiative called STARTING UP TOGETHER -
Giving for aspiring entrepreneurs like 22 year old Nur Adjami the chance to turn their dreams into reality….

I didn't know who would be with me in the group – I didn't know there would be Druze, religious Jews and secular. This mix is what's missing in Israeli society and we need more of it.

SALLY AWAD ASFUR is a Christian mother of three – living in the Arab Israeli city of Nazareth.

Like Nur, she’s one of some 40 participants carefully selected to take part in the first of its kind incubator program… (SPLIT SCREEN with NUR) which brings together Israeli citizens from across its diverse social map…that otherwise wouldn’t have access to the start-up ecosystem… but more importantly would never have the chance to work together.

7.50 It’s really that. It’s simply to be together not in a political way, just to put us together and to think together and to improve something together and to work together – that will give us the chance to forget from all the bad news and the politica and to live our life as we want.

0.35 There was one thing that was very, very clear is our want to challenge the ecosystem to be more diverse and inclusive – not only because it’s the right thing to do as far as having all walks of life and all parts of society involved in this eco-system, but also because it’s the necessary thing to do. 0.51

Yarden le’al is the executive director of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation
which spearheaded the program along with the Rothchild foundation.

By giving underrepresented communities across Israel access to the start-up sector in an inclusive way… the idea is that meaningful strides can be made towards peace

3.51 you need the same kind of character traits to be a start-upist and to be a peace builder. You need to be creative, you need to think outside of the box, not be afraid to fail because you probably will a few times and you need to pick yourselves up by the bootstraps and get going and you need to have diverse opinions around you

The intake is made up of an equal number of Jews, Arabs, Men and Women.
Sally – now a social entrepreneur is a former school principal for special needs students is part of the winning team…
She worked together with an Arab father from East Jerusalem and two Jewish Israelis – with backgrounds in engineering, law and filmmaking

2.40 It’s simply like to experience – like we were experiencing what and how peace look and feel like 2.49

00.36 I can remember when we went to CHOORA which is a small village in the south and I was looking at us and sometimes it was like the beginning of a joke. A Palestinian, a Jew and a Christian go to a Bedouin village 00.53

This year’s intake was tasked with creating “smart city” solutions to the country’s unique needs

4.09 In ISRAEL when you think about Bedouin, you think about camels and tent and about something temporary that they live in the past and then you go to choora and you see they are really want to bring innovation into the city, into the small village. 4.39 They have a hub like in Tel Aviv, but smaller, they try to put wifi in all the town. It’s really amazing.

16.30 Sally, for example, she’s from Nazareth. She comes to Tel Aviv and she’s telling us she lives in a different planet

6.30 I think that they’re very clever and that we can learn a lot from them and they are very nice so you can simply see them as a human being – just to be in a good relationship.

6.17 we weren’t preaching to the choir in terms of multicultural Israel or bringing Jews and Arabs together and there were some very unique, as Oprah says, AHA moments for some of the participants throughout the program 6,29 including even walking into a room during the first 3 day seminar that they went through and seeing your roommate praying in a way that you’re not used to

This project most definitely gave me the skills to lead projects, or communities, to the places where they need to go. I took all the skills that I need to lead Bedouin society because the Bedouin are a part of Israel and if we lose the Bedouins, we've lost the entire country.

Unlike these sheep…. these Israelis are anything but followers… but will it always take programs like this one to foster multi-cultural cooperation and break away from the herd?

I feel that will happen in the near future. There will be no more need for projects and organizations to create this mix. These groups have the one thing in common that can unite everyone.//

YARDEN - Just thinking outside of the box and believing that if we see a problem we can fix it as opposed to just suffering the consequences of that specific issue 14.35

SIGAL - Here we deal with cleanliness but actually if we can clean Israeli city not only on the surface but under the surface, we can be a better society.



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Tanaor is an Israeli jewelry company with a twist- they use nano-technology and insert the entire bible into a chip which is used as a jewelry . Our correspondent Shelby Weiner took a tour in their labs.


From people of the book, to people of the chip. The bible is now going through a big change, but in a small way. Made on to tiny microchips, the Holy Scripture is then transformed into trendy jewelry. Jewelry models in negev
3874 Magali Moldawsky , Tanaor Jewelry
0:33-0:53 the jewelry industry is something beautiful but there are so many jewelers it hast changed or developed through the years and my vision was to come into the business and do something bigger than life and do something meaningful with a spiritual aspect
In an unusual combination, the jewelry combines fashion, spirituality and technology by including a microscopic bible on every statement piece. Partnered with Tel Aviv University, scientists at the Nano Center use complex codes and high-tech machinery to engrave the entire bible on a small chip. Zoom in to chip, nano center
3822 Omri Heifler, Department of material engineering Tel Aviv University
1:08-1:20 we can buy substrate and carve or create material on top of it and make them on a small scale or connect them into a larger scale Laboratory
3:07-3:24 in the tanor chip we use a very special equipment which is called e-beam lithography in this case it writes really tiny structure on a small scale on a small substrate
Only 5 millimeters big, the chip contains every passage of the bible. Over 1.2 million letters, the tiny engravings can only be read after being zoomed in on the lab’s powerful microscope. Once manufactured by the Nano Center, the biblical chips are sent to Tana-Or’s design center. Chip sequence going into microscope
3874 Magali Moldawsky , Tanaor Jewelry
4:49-5:06 this comes out of the lab and then we dice each one of the little bibles and we put it inside each piece of jewelry so every heart of the jewelry has the bible in it
The jewelry collection is made by a family business operating in Israel since 1946. The high tech jewels are a recent addition, starting after 3rd generation Magali Moldawsky joined the company. jewelry
3873 Aviva Moldawsky, Tanaor Jewelry
3:49 -4:07 magali took it somewhere that is a line that everyone can afford to wear and to feel the beauty of this jewelry is not just to see it but when you have it on your skin ….
2:03-2:19 9 (needs cleaning) you just feel connected to something, to your roots, you feel protected and then you try to be a better person
3875 Magali Moldawsky, Tanaor Jewelry
1:00-1:32 when I started it was natural for me to make with the tel aviv university the old testament to engrave it in each jewelry and thanks to the tech we were able to make the new testament and now we are looking to also do the koran and hopefully this will make a bridge between religion and jewelry can connect all the people
Whether it’s connecting people, or individuals to their faith, Tanaor’s glitz and glam sparkles throughout both the jewelry and the high tech industry. Jewelry nano chip



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Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is set to launch in Israel in September Amazon footage
local shops are preparing to open their digital stores. It’s a chance many are eager to grasp Israeli retailers at lecture
SOT ELI VENTURA, Head of e-Commerce, Elektra

Businesses that jump on the bandwagon and learn how to open their amazon shops in a smart and correct manner can expose their products to ten times the customers they are currently selling to
Already popular amongst Israelis despite shipping costs, Amazon's expected launch in Israel has caused the stocks of local malls to drop. Retailers are preparing for the worst Mall footage
I can't tell you that I'm not worried. Of course we need to respond. We need to advance, offer more diversity. There is a shopping experience here, a fun experience here. Those who don't change may stall or move backwards
Perhaps In even more danger are small retailer businesses.
SOT URIEL LYNN, President of Israeli Chamber of Commerce
Amazon's entry will cause massive harm to a large portion of Israeli business, because it's added on to already inferior conditions that local retailers have.
Maybe from a personal, individual, egoistic viewpoint, there is a short term gain. If a kid buys at Amazon, ok he's happy. Meanwhile his father lost his job. Is he happy?
But many Israeli consumers ARE happy to have access to cheaper products
SOT REUT LONBERG, Amazon Consumer
The prices are very good, you get used to buying at more affordable prices. Their customer service is great
Israeli authorities are aware that Amazons will transform the market
SOT MICHAL HALPERIN, Israeli Commissioner of Competition
I think Amazon's arrival will create a serious shakeup in Israeli retail. I think its time for this shakeup.
If Amazon dares to breach its obligations according to Israeli law we will respond with awareness and assertiveness
Amazon's expansion across the globe looks unlikely to be stopped. Like any change of the magnitude expected, there will be winners, and losers.



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LEDE: After a slew of mass shootings in the united states left 31 dead, authorities are trying to predict the next one. One israeli firms says it has the technology to do exactly that. i24news tech and innovation reporter Ariel Levin-Waldman shows us how it works:

CG Donald J Trump, President of the United States
CG Frederick Brennan, Creator of 8chan
CG Omri Timianker, President and Founder of Cobwebs
CG Meidan Brand, Director of Web Intelligence at Cobwebs

Can a mass shooter be stopped before he strikes?

That’s the question after slaughters in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio leave at least 31 dead.
President Trump blamed the internet--
We must shine a light on the dark recesses of theInternet and stop mass murders before they start."
While the creator of 8chan called to shut down his own site where the El Paso Shooter uploaded a manifesto to before his deadly shooting--
9. SOUNDBITE 6 - Fredrick Brennan, Creator of the 8chan website (male, English, 11 sec):
"There has to come a point where this is gonna end. I don’t know if this shooting is gonna do it, I hope so, but I don’t know for sure. But I hope this is the final straw."
As more and more shooters from Texas to New Zealand upload manifestos online, cybersecurity experts are asking how to find and stop them in advance.
The lone wolf attackers, left and right, are publishing their manifesto before they attack. That’s a red flag. If we know how to detect it before, maybe we can do something about it.
One Israeli cybersecurity company aims to try exactly that with an AI tool to crawl the dark web and find the links between attackers.
We took the lone wolf attackers from 2011 until today and we tried to understand who are the influencers, or the copycatting or their triggers
Here’s how it works--
The Texas gunman’s manifesto cited the New Zealand shooter’s—as did other terrorists in the last year. CobWebs tools can check the hidden parts of the web where people might voice support or intent to copy.
We entered ‘mass shooting’ and ‘race war’ and you can see the live demo as our system has brought us back in a matter of minutes any results scanned over there. We can go deep and investigate each one of them.
Once a possible suspect is found, Omri wants to turn to targeted advertsing-- send the individual loads of psychologically engineered content to either distract or deradicalize—as well as alerting law enforcement to monitor the situation.
The system right now can only see what is openly posted, and cannot find people who give no signs before snapping—but as it learns telltale signs it might just be the tool to stop mass casualties before they can happen.



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Israel is constantly looking for the innovations that will give it the upper edge in the battlegroud, and now comes a major innvoation. An armored car equipped with the latest technology that can be automatically operated, i24NEWS Defense Correspondent Jonathan Regev qith the details.






It is semi-automatic, equipped with the latest technology, extremely lethal from the outside while protecting the soldiers inside, meet Carmel, the armored car of the future. The Israeli Ministry of Defense showcased the newly developed ground fighting vehicle, one that is far different than anything seen before.

SOT BAR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, LAND INNOVATION CENTER, RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS – "This is the transparent cockpit solution, screens that enable us 360 degree view. You can see the top 180 over here and the bottom 180 is the rear so I see the front and I see the rear. I have a 360 degree view, I don't need to turn my head anywhere."

The attacking capabilities of Carmel are enormous, almost like those of a fighter jet. It can fire missiles, it can fire from its cannon, it can even send drones to find targets and destroy them, and it does it while helping the soldiers inside select the right kind of weapon

STANDUP JONATHAN FROM INSIDE THE VEHICLE (IT COMES WITH SUBTITLES AS IT IS VERY NOISY) – " The soldier here does not only depend on his eyes but also on the plenty of machines here to detect and destroy the enemy while the car itself protects the soldier inside"

SOT BAR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, LAND INNOVATION CENTER, RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS – "You can see here in purple, this is ATR, automatic target recognition, right now already finding certain points which it recognizes as targets. The ATR will give me a detection and me as an operator all I need to do is hold this and shoot it down. That way you use the autonomous system in order to shoot down targets "

For now the system is placed only in existing armored vehicles, but it is already changing their concept as technology allows those vehicles to operate with two people inside instead of four, this in preparation for FUTURE, much smaller models.

SOT BRIGADIER GENERAL YANIV ROTEM, HEAD OF MILITARY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, ISRAEL'S MINISTER OF DEFNESE – "In the future we want to see lighter vehicles, light, efficient and very precise. We want it to be small so you need to have less people in the cockpit."

Israel has fought its last wars mainly from the air. It's a kind of war with very few casualties for the IDF but one that doesn't bring a decisive victory, Carmel is meant to change that.

Stand up Jonathan – "When it is time to make the one final ground maneuver, the one that wins the war, these are the vehicles and this is the technology that will come in and the IDF expects it to deal Hamas and Hizballah the final blow. Jonathan Regev, i24NEWS


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SpaceX has launched the Falcon 9 - carrying Space-com's AMOS-17 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Our Jaclyn Weiner has the story

Lift off..
A major achievement for Israeli innovation… SpaceX successfully launched communications satellite AMOS-17 into the orbit. The 250 million dollar satellite, developed by Israeli company Spacecom, will provide broadcast, broadband and high-speed data services across Africa. The launch went smoothly despite being delayed for 2 days over a suspected defective valve.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin congratulated Spacecom & SpaceX for their achievement (tweet graphic)
The launch comes nearly three years after Spacecom's AMOS-6 satellite exploded on the launch pad. a failure that cost Spacecom a deal with Facebook and blew a $285 million dollar agreement with Chinese company Xinwei Group, not to mention a hard blow to the Israeli airspace industry.
The success of the AMOS-17 launch is an upturn in Israeli space innovation



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An Israeli startup has designed an alternative to flexible plastic packaging made from biomaterial that is fully compostable and does not leave any residue. Several brands are already using it, like Stella McCarteney. Fleur Sitruk tells us more.



It takes approximately 400 years for a plastic bottle to decompose. During this time, it pollutes the environment with phthalates nanoparticles, a chemical compound used in plastic known for its durability. These phthalates have a harmful impact on our health, which is why one Israeli mother decided to design compostable plastic. 

SB Daphna

With the help of experts, Daphna Nissenbaum has designed a plastic that totally decomposes in only six months.

SB Eli

The startup specializes in flexible plastics that are not usually recyclable. This packaging represents a huge potential market -- but it has to be flexible, solid, light, and waterproof -- a real challenge for scientists.

SB Eli

Tipa already has several customers in Europe, Australia and in the US. Tipa packaging can be used in many industries, ranging from food to fashion.

SB Daphna

But, there is one disadvantage: for the packaging to decompose in six months, it has to be put in a composting facility where high heat and humidity are applied to accelerate the process. If not disposed of in a composting facility, Tipa's packaging will take around 2 years to completely decompose. Daphna hopes that her initiative will pave the way to investment in accessible composting infrastructure.

SB Daphna

Tipa is already making its mark as a game-changer. This year, the World Economic forum featured the brand on their list of startups whose technologies will have a major impact in the future.




LEDE: How do young people deal with the astronomical costs of big cities? Living together is one answer, but now companies see a nich market-- arranging mini societies so millenials don't have the hassle. i24news tech and innovation reporter Ariel Levin-Waldman explains:


CG Gil Hirak, Head of US Operations for Quarters

CG Eric Tauro, Millenial Resident

CG Alex Cohen, Real Estate Agent



It’s being called ‘adult dorms’—costs of living in big city are forcing more and more people to share space and build new social networks.

It’s become so popular among millennials that a new industry is forming around this co-living phenomena--

32. SOUNDBITE 1 - Gil Hirak, head of US operations and community for Quarters (Medici Living Group) (male, English, 20 sec):

"We coordinate everything for you, you come, the entire product is completely fully furnished so you come in, you pay everything, all the utilities are included and you just move in with a suitcase. What could be more easy than that?"

Smaller personal rooms and larger shared spaces—that’s the idea. Companies can squeeze more renters into less space—and offer to organize not just the real estate but also renters’ lives--

Utilities, internet and cleaning, all done for the renters. These co living companies even set up social events for their clients. Sports and hobbies included.

34. SOUNDBITE 3 - Eric Tauro, Ollie resident (male, English, 23 sec):

"I felt like the stress of buying furniture and having to potentially move again and store it, it sounds very stressful for me and plus I'm not usually sold on buying things immediately. I like to take time to think about what I want to buy later on in life. Here just moving to the city, that's already overwhelming, it's better to just have something ready for you."

Studies found that nearly 70 percent of millennials were willing to consider co-living arrangements.  The same data says millennials value the social experience more than the amount of space.

35. SOUNDBITE 4 - Alex Cohen, real estate agent, vice president of Compass (16 sec):

"We're in a world where people are much more comfortable sharing their homes like through Airbnb. And they're looking for places to live where in the past maybe they only knew one or two neighbors, but now they want to be part of a community."

These companies are hoping that the trend continues—as more young people look to live together, they can offer all sorts of life services like shared childcare as well.

And out of necessity, a whole new industry is born.




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LEDE: Israeli researchers have just revealed a remote controlled dog—the idea to teach new tricks for dogs working in emergency services or difficult conditions. I24NEWS tech and innovation reporter Ariel Levin-Waldman takes us to the lab to see just what makes this dog tick.



CG Yoav Golan, Robotics Researcher at Ben Gurion University  21-29  104-116

CG Ariel Levin-Waldman, i24NEWS Tech and Innovation Correspondent  30-35


When Yoav Golan flips a switch, his dog Tai obeys.         Light goes on, dog gets up

The remote has a few commands—back up, approach, turn around, lie down.  Exactly what I am saying

Each time Golan turns the dial or presses a button, tai performs in silence—Golan never needs to say a word.             More outdoor demo


There’s a remote control, you press the button, the dog does the command. However the dog is not compelled, there’s no wire in his brain.       Yoav

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It’s a bit of a misnomer to call it a remote control dog. Instead, the secret’s in the vest, a series of vibrating motors that send signals to the dog through touch. Those signals are almost the same as a voice command—the difference? They are entirely silent. Reporter standup

It’s called Haptics—the field of research relating to touch, and Tai’s vest lets Yoav reach out from as far as his transmitter allows.        Vibrating sensor moving across table

Golan says the technology could be a game changer in search and rescue operations, where difficult conditions make it almost impossible for handlers to communicate with their canines.       Rescue dogs in action


If you try to send the dog a command, you try to yell ‘come here’ then your dog won’t hear you over the ambient noise. But if you give it a haptic command the dog feels a vibration that it’s used to he can distinguish it from the surrounding noise         Yoav

Of course, there are also military applications—dogs serve in many armed forces, and a vest like this can give them stealth commands.       Military dogs in action

But the vest isn’t as easy as just plugging it in—a dog has to be trained to recognize its signals—then like any other order it’s based on how smart the dog is.          Yoav training dog in lab with treats


As long as the dog can tell the difference between haptic commands, it’s upper limit would be the same as vocal commands.       Yoav

Tai is a rather intelligent German Shepherd mix, and more testing still needs to be done to adapt the vest to other breeds--           Adorable puppy face

But maybe soon you can have a remote controlled dog of your very own.