Wisconsin Becomes 24th State to Adopt Israel Anti- Boycott Law
At Least Seven Terrorists Killed, 12 Injured as IDF Destroys Terror Tunnel Inside Israel
Israeli Software Gives New York Power Plants "Iron Dome" Protection Against Failuresbr /> 25,000 Participants Expected for 10th Annual Tel Aviv Night Run
Wisconsin Becomes 24th State to Adopt Israel Anti- Boycott Law
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed an executive order on Friday that prohibits all state agencies from entering into contracts or conducting official state business with companies engaged in a boycott of the State of Israel, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post.
“We stand firmly against discrimination in any form and we wholly support our friends in Israel,” said Walker, adding “I look forward to leading a trade delegation to Israel to foster new trade partnerships between Wisconsin and Israeli businesses.”
The decision by the governor to sign the executive order makes Wisconsin the 24th state to have either anti-BDS legislation, or an executive order.
The Israel Project's CEO and President Josh Block said, “The Israel Project is grateful to Governor Walker for his leadership in fighting against BDS discrimination. For years, Israel – and only Israel – has been targeted by this deceptive attempt to delegitimize its very right to exist. BDS proponents do not seek a better life for the Palestinians, nor do they aim to create a political environment favorable to a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. Their true aim is the destruction of the Jewish state."
Block added, "From the North to South, in blue and red states – and with strong bipartisan support – lawmakers in 24 states have now declared BDS a form of discrimination.”
The governor's executive order comes ahead of his departure for Israel with a 15-member trade delegation this week.
>br /> At Least Seven Terrorists Killed, 12 Injured as IDF Destroys Terror Tunnel Inside Israel
At least seven terrorists were killed and twelve more injured as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) destroyed a terror tunnel that had extended into Israeli territory, The Times of Israel reported Monday.
Hamas has said that one of the terrorists killed was a Hamas member, while the rest were from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization.
The IDF announced the destruction of the tunnel, which it called a "grave violation of Israeli sovereignty.”
The IDF also said that Hamas is "responsible for all hostile activity" emanating from the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu credited the discovery of the tunnel to Israel's new "breakthrough technology."
According to the latest from Gaza's health ministry, seven terrorists were killed in the explosion and 12 more were injured.
Col. (res) Atai Shelach, the former commander of the engineering combat unit, Yahalom, which is charge of detecting and destroying the terror tunnels built by Hamas, told The Israel Project that this latest demolition of a terror tunnel is "part of a race." It wasn't the first tunnel Israel destroyed, and it won't be the last either, Shelach asserted.
The biggest challenge with the terror tunnels is detecting them, but once they've been identified, Shelach said, "the easiest part is to destroy it."
In December of last year, Hamas official Khaled Meshaal said that "smuggling weapons and digging tunnels in Gaza to prepare for a confrontation with [Israel], which will taste its woes on the edge of the Gaza Strip.”
Israeli Software Gives New York Power Plants "Iron Dome" Protection Against Failuresbr />
An Israeli company that developed the software for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system is working with the New York Power Authority to prevent unexpected shutdowns, The Times of Israel reported Sunday.
New York State Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped-Storage Power Plant, and a 500 MW plant in Queens now have software based on the software that runs Iron Dome.
New York Power Authority (NYPA) sought out mPrest after two of its largest transformers failed. Neither failure was catastrophic, but they cost more than $5 million to repair.
NYPA presented its problem at a conference of the Israeli Smart Energy Association (ISEA), and mPrest suggested to NYPA that the software that runs Israel's anti-missile Iron Dome system could be adapted for monitoring NYPA's power plants.
In 2015, the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial R&D Foundation (BIRD) invested $900,000 in the joint NYPA and mPrest project to develop the software. NYPA contributed $975,000 to the project and mPrest about $1.3 million.
The end result called the Asset Health Management application, or mNTCS monitors the status of the power plants. Using a combination of data gleaned from the transformer, information from various sensors, advanced algorithms and historical data, mNTCS shuts down equipment that is malfunctioning and reroutes the power to avoid unplanned shutdowns.
The mPrest software, which is an example of how Israeli companies leverage military technology for civilian use, may soon be used in other locations in the United States, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, China, and Europe.
25,000 Participants Expected for 10th Annual Tel Aviv Night Run
They came, they ran, they conquered. And they did it all in the dark.
The 10th annual Tel Aviv Night Run is back. More than 25,000 runners will hit the city’s streets on Tuesday, October 31. The run is sponsored by the am:pm chain of mini-markets and will span 10 kilometers of Tel Aviv’s iconic urban center, including Dizengoff Street and Habima Square.
Runners will gather at 8:30pm at the Bar Yehuda Bridge on Ibn Gvirol Street and head towards Yarkon Park (Ganei Yehoshua West). There will be five groups (“heats”) with a 15-minute gap between each launch.
This being Tel Aviv, you can’t have an event with 25,000 participants without throwing a party. The runners will pass several music stages with leading DJs (more for the cheering spectators than the runners, we assume). At the race’s conclusion at 10pm, there will be an after-party featuring music, sports, fashion and VIP areas.
While the Night Run looks like lots of fun, it’s also good for your health. A new study released this week by Israel’s Ariel University found that running makes you happier, generates a greater sense of belonging and reduces feelings of isolation. And the more you run, apparently, the happier you are.