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Bill Clinton praises Israeli education program in Democratic convention speech

Posted by Tip Staff - July 27, 2016


 

In his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, former president Bill Clinton told the story of how his wife, presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, introduced an Israeli-developed educational program in Arkansas, which later spread nationwide. “Hillary told me about a preschool program developed in Israel called HIPPY, Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters,” Bill Clinton recounted. “The idea was to teach low-income parents, even those that couldn’t read, to be their children’s first teachers. Now, 20 years of research has shown how well this program works to improve readiness for school and academic achievement.”
HIPPY was founded by Israeli professor Aviva Lombard in 1969 in order to help North African and Middle Eastern Jews assimilate into Israeli society. HIPPY works to nurture and advance parents’ confidence in teaching their children to “strengthen the child’s cognitive and early literacy skills, social/emotional and physical development,” in order to prepare children for school, especially those from low-income families.
In related convention news, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that Hillary Clinton personally asked her adviser, former Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, to ensure that the Democratic Party’s platform remained pro-Israel. “I had very direct instruction from Secretary Clinton that there would be clarity about this issue and there would be no space,” Sherman said, asserting that “continuing to secure our bond with Israel” was important to the United States’ position in the region and in fighting ISIS.

 

The Israeli government has authorized the delivery of humanitarian aid into war-torn Syria through the nations’ shared border, an American-Israeli activist who spearheaded the initiative told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
Jerusalem agreed to transfer medical, educational, and food aid to its northern neighbor, Moti Kahan said. While Israel activists have sought to help Syrians in the past, delivering aid across the border has been complicated by the fact that many towns and cities on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are controlled by the Islamic State or the al-Nusra Front, an affiliate of al-Qaeda. The aid shipments will be handled by the Israeli Defense Forces to ensure that they do not wind up in the hands of terrorist groups. “The IDF knows whom to trust,” Kahana said.
Employees of the NGO that Kahana founded, Amalia, will bring the aid to the Israeli-Syrian border, where it will be transferred to the IDF. The aid will be then delivered to a “safe zone” around the Syrian town of Quneitra, located in the Quneitra province. The area has seen more than half of its population turned into refugees or internally displaced people since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011. The Free Syrian Army coalition controls portions of the province, though extremist groups operate there as well.
One of the first goals of the initiative will be to set up a field hospital in the safe zone, where Syrians may receive medical treatment without having to leave their country. Kahana also stressed the importance of educational aid, both in providing critical schooling for children and preventing them from being radicalized. Schools have not been open for five years in the area. “What we are doing by creating this safe zone is preventing the departure of more refugees,” he explained.
Ayoub Kara, Israel’s deputy minister for regional cooperation, gave the operation his full support, saying that Syrian “civilians are in a difficult situation and we want to help them and not wait for others.” Kara, a Druze Arab, is a member of the Knesset for Likud.
While this is the first time that the Israeli government has agreed to facilitate aid transfers into Syria, Israeli relief efforts have been ongoing for years. Israeli food products with Hebrew labeling were found at a refugee camp near the city of Quneitra reported in June, leading to “severe condemnation” from the local government council.
More than 2,000 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals since 2013, even though the two countries have been in a state of war since Israel’s founding. Israeli journalist Ron Ben-Yishai documented one of the risky missions the IDF undertook to rescue an injured Syrian fighter last year. Pregnant women sometimes travel to the border in orderto deliver their babies in Israel, and two years ago Israeli doctors treated a young Syrian girl whose leg was shattered with a cutting-edge procedure that allowed her to walk again.
In February, Israel21c profiled Il4Syrians, an Israeli non-profit that runs secret, pinpointed humanitarian missions into Syria. Nathan Jeffay reported on IsraAID’s efforts to help Syrian refugees in Greece in a Tower Magazine article published in November.
Israeli efforts to help Syrians have not gone unnoticed. Aboud Dandachi, a Syrian refugee, has set up a website, Thank You Am Israel, to say “Thank you to the people of Israel and the Jewish people the world over, for showing kindness and charity to Syrians, whether it is through your IDF medical teams, your aid workers in Greece and the Balkans, or your congregations in North America raising money to aid and sponsor Syrian refugees.” (via TheTower.org)

 
A potential oral nanomedicine treatment for stomach cancer has been developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology using a combination of anti-cancer drugs and a chemo-resistance reversal agent, which eliminates gastric tumors’ resistance to chemotherapy drugs. The treatment could be self-administered at home by the patient — eliminating the need for hospitalization, which is dangerous for immunocompromised cancer patients due to drug-resistant pathogens widespread in hospitals. The new treatment modality is based on a transport platform developed as part of Maya Bar-Zeev’s doctoral dissertation at the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, under the joint supervision of Prof. Yoav Livney of the Faculty of Biotechnology Engineering, and Prof. Yehuda Assaraf, Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Director of the Fred Wyszkowski Cancer Research Laboratory at the Technion. Their study proving the effectiveness of this regimen was published in the journalOncotarget, earlier this year. The unique transport platform packages the drugs in beta-casein. Caseins are the main proteins found in milk, in structures called micelles. The natural role of casein micelles is the transfer of calcium, phosphorus and protein from mother to baby through breast milk. Beta-casein’s spatial structure allows it to encapsulate substances that are not water-soluble. (via Israel21c)

 


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