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THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL, ANKARA Issue XLII 08.07.2011 June 2011 Gaza Report

Gilad Shalit’s Fifth Year in Terrorist Captivity

The GDP in the Gaza Strip rose by 15% in 2010 and unemployment dropped.

On 25 June 2006, then-Corporal Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists from within Israeli territory and taken to the Gaza Strip. The kidnapping was part of an unprovoked attack which involved seven armed terrorists using a tunnel dug under the Israel-Gaza border. Gilad was 19 at the time of his abduction. During the course of the attack, an IDF soldier, Staff Sergeant Pavel Slutzker, and an officer, Lieutenant Hanan Barak, were killed, while five others were wounded. 25 June 2011 marks 5 years of Staff Sergeant Shalit's captivity. For 5 years, Hamas has continued to deny Gilad his most basic humanitarian rights, including Red Cross access. For 5 years, his family has suffered greatly, waiting for his return. The international community should act to end this intolerable situation. As Prime Minister Netanyahu stated (23 May 2011): "I think that the entire civilized community should join Israel and the United States and all of us in a simple demand from Hamas: Release Gilad Shalit." Click here to read more.

In this link you can find a status report on the implementation of civilian policy for the Gaza Strip; land crossing activity, internationallysponsored projects, entry of aggregates (construction materials) to the Gaza Strip, agricultural exports from Gaza to Europe, civilian traffic for humanitarian and business purposes, economic indicators in the Gaza Strip Following a Cabinet decision in June 2010, joint COGAT-PA teams were set up to coordinate expansion of the civilian policy. The policy relies on two Cabinet decisions – from June 20, 2010, and Dec. 8, 2010. Most of the data comes from COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories) and the Land Crossings Authority.

Best Place to Work

“Weizmann Institute” The 150,000square-meter leafy, landscaped campus of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot has again been named in The Scientist magazine’s annual survey as the “best place to work in academia” outside the US. The institute consistently appears among the top five international (non-US) institutions, and has been ranked first several times. The Scientist survey is taken by thousands of researchers in institutions around the world, including Weizmann.

“See” Better

2011’s

The blind and visually impaired could be able to toss away their white canes or at least “see” better with them, thanks to a “virtual cane” developed by Hebrew The results for the fourth edition of The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2011 have just been published and Israel is ranked number 14, a significant improvement over its number 23 position last year. The GII recognizes the key role of innovation as a driver of economic growth and prosperity. Launched in 2007 by INSEAD eLab, the GII has become an important tool in benchmarking continued progress in countries. Click here to read the whole news.

University of Jerusalem researchers and patented by Yissum, the university’s research and development company. The device was unveiled at a HU press conference at the Jerusalem International Convention Center on Tuesday, just before the Israeli Presidential Conference opened there. Please click here for details.

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