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The Daily TIP: As U.S. Heads Towards Water Shortages, It Should Turn to Israel For Solutions

Posted by Tip Staff - December 05, 2018

As U.S. Heads Towards Water Shortages, It Should Turn to Israel For Solutions
Two Northeast Police Departments Give in to Boycott Pressure, Cancel ADL Training in Israel
Hamas Condemns Six to Death for Aiding Israel
Israeli Company Makes Wearable Device to Provide Migraine Relief

As U.S. Heads Towards Water Shortages, It Should Turn to Israel For Solutions

As Americans turn on their taps, most are in the dark about a crisis coming to at least a third of U.S. households in the next four years: a lack of potable water. Experts predict that by 2022, 42 million Americans will be unable to pay their water bills. This is because the cost of water will increase as a result of poor infrastructure and the expectation that this resource will be free – or at least, heavily subsidized by the government. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, over the next 10 years, 40 out of 50 states will have at least one region with a water shortage because of a lack of fresh water in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers. But there is one country that has solved its own water problem and has expertise to share with the rest of the world: Israel, perhaps the world’s only water superpower.

Americans are also generally unaware that most of their water utility companies either lose money or just break even. Between government subsidies and home water bills, water providers collect just enough revenue to conduct their business and handle ongoing infrastructure projects. But this reality is changing fast. According to Elizabeth Mack, assistant professor at Michigan State University and author of a recent, forward-thinking study on water, utility companies are now spending approximately 80 percent of their revenue to maintain infrastructure that was built primarily in the 1930s and 1940s. Mack believes that updating aging infrastructure will cost over $1 trillion over the next 25 years, and that water prices will increase to four times their current levels over the next few decades.

Israel is no longer reliant on the weather or on its neighbors for its water needs. It achieved this by combining all available technologies to save as much water as possible. While the country is 60 percent desert, in 2013 it announced it had achieved water independence, which it accomplished through smart planning and innovative thinking: desalinizing seawater, reusing treated sewage for agriculture, creating software that warns authorities about leaks, implementing drip irrigation techniques and accounting for every drop of water.

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Two Northeast Police Departments Give in to Boycott Pressure, Cancel ADL Training in Israel

Two police departments in the northeastern United States have cancelled their participation in a joint counterterrorism program with Israeli and Palestinian law enforcement that encourages “community resiliency” in the aftermath of terror attacks under pressure from the anti-Semitic boycotts movement, Haaretz reported Saturday.

The Vermont State Police and the police department for Northampton, Massachusetts announced that they had pulled out from the ADL-sponsored seminar during which police officers from the U.S. learn methods Israel uses to “thwart terrorism within its framework of a democratic and multicultural nation.”

When the city of Durham, North Carolina, in April became the first U.S. municipal to bar its police department from training in Israel, the boycotts movement claimed that cooperation with Israeli law enforcement “further militarize U.S. police forces that train in Israel.” They also charged that the IDF deploys “tactics of extrajudicial killing, excessive force, racial profiling, and repression of social justice movements.”

Peter Reitzes, a pro-Israel activist who campaigned against the boycott in Durham and wrote in The Tower about his experience, said: “Anti-Israel activists were led by the deceptively named Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), who recently declared themselves to be ‘antizionist Jews.’” Reitzes noted that “JVP lobbied the Mayor, Durham City Council, and public by alleging that Israeli training ‘helps the police terrorize Black and Brown communities here in the U.S,’ – a modern version of the blood libel of old, which accuses Jews of using the blood of Christian children to make matzoh.”

The ADL also rejected the discrimination charges made by the anti-Israel boycott campaign and highlighted the inclusive nature of its program. Instead of encouraging police brutality and militarization, the ADL said, “participants meet with senior officials from both Israeli and Palestinian law enforcement to learn about the challenges that they face and how they overcome them, and learn as well about community resiliency in the aftermath of terror and tragedy.”

Hamas Condemns Six to Death for Aiding Israel

A Hamas military court condemned five Gazans and one Israeli to death on charges of aiding the Jewish State, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

The six condemned individuals were charged with "collaboration" with Israel.

One of the Gazans, identified as Ali, was said to have been recruited by Israel in 2000 and provided Israeli intelligence with information on Hamas officials. Ali was accused of giving Israel the location of Hamas commander, Mazen Fuqha, who was killed under mysterious circumstances in March of last year.

Two months after Fuqha was killed, Hamas convicted and executed three men for the killing, despite international criticism. Fuqha was said to have been close to Gaza's Hamas leader Yehya Sinwar. The two reportedly shared a jail cell in Israel before their release in the 2011 exchange for Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

While Israel has been credited with killing many Palestinian terrorists over the years, Sinwar himself was implicated in orchestrating the 2016 execution of Mahmoud Ishtiwi, a senior figure in the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's so-called military wing.

Another one of those recently sentenced was identified as Amal. She is a resident of Israel and was sentenced in absentia.

Eight others were condemned to hard labor for what the court called "collaborating" with Israel.

While death sentences have to be approved by the head of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas has carried 25 executions since it took control of Gaza in 2007 without the approval of PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The PA’s current inability to extend its authority over Gaza casts doubts on its ability to govern a viable Palestinian state that would include the coastal enclave.

Israeli Company Makes Wearable Device to Provide Migraine Relief

Fourteen percent of American adults suffer from migraines or severe headaches. Among women aged 18 to 44, the number soars to 23%. There is no cure for migraines, and over-the-counter pain relief medicines do not always work.

One of the most promising treatments is occipital nerve stimulation, where a small pulse generator is implanted at the base of the skull to send pain-relieving electrical impulses to the brain.

What if the same effect could be achieved without surgery – and for a lower cost than the tens of thousands of dollars required for an occipital nerve implant? That hypothesis launched Shmuel Shany and Amit Dar on their journey to establishing Neurolief.

Neurolief is developing a noninvasive neuro-modulation device that could be available for purchase in your local pharmacy for less than $500. The device looks a bit like Geordi’s visor in Star Trek: The Next Generation, except it sits on top of the head.

The Neurolief neuro-modulator stimulates six different nerve branches in the brain that regulate pain and mood. Each electrode in the device delivers a charge strong enough to penetrate the skull.

“It needs to be done without causing pain to the patient and not causing damage to scalp tissue,” Dar tells ISRAEL21c.

The device is rechargeable, can be adjusted to a variety of head sizes and connects to both a mobile phone app and the cloud, so that a particular patient’s experience can be compared with others to deliver a precise electrical “dose.”

By “dose,” Dar explains that the device can dial up and down the six electrodes individually, holding out the possibility to create a treatment plan personalized for each patient.

Neuro-modulation prevents the secretion of chemicals in the brain that trigger pain. But it also modulates the “activation threshold” of the neural system, so that the next time a migraine trigger is present (whether that’s stress, lack of sleep or even chocolate), the nerves will not react as severely as before. Neuro-modulation is mostly side-effect free.

(via Israel21c)

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