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THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL, ANKARA Issue XLIII 24.08.2011 Humanitarian & Civilian Activities towards the Gaza Strip Monthly Report July 2011 This month, 1047 truckloads of materials were delivered for projects. Also, 3 million cubic meters of water were allocated from Israel to improve the quantity and quality of the drinking water in Gaza. The following is a report on the civilian and humanitarian activities carried out by the Israeli authorities during the month of July 2011: Main Points - There was a 4% decrease in the volume of truckloads transferred through the crossings comparison with last month. - There was a 7% increase in the number of patients and accompanying individuals who entered Israel for medical purposes. - Until today 163 projects founded by the international community have been approved, of which 35 were completed and 57 are under implementation. - During the month, coordination with representatives of the PA continued - 44 meetings were held. - Increase of 5.5% in the number of foreign staff members of the international community that entered Gaza this month. Click here to read more about the ongoing and approved projects, crossing activities and the goods delivered.

Green Game Changer

Macro Progress with Micro Loan Koret Israel Economic Development Fund (KIEDF) has united with the San Francisco-based non-profit organization Kiva Microfunds in a groundbreaking venture aimed at helping Bedouin women of the Negev, Arab Israelis in northern Israel and other low -income sectors of Israeli society. As part of Kiva's first partnership with an Israeli microfinance institution, Israel joined its roster of 56 countries to which individuals from around the world can loan as little as $25 via its website. The entrepreneur's progress can be tracked from initial funding to repayment. Click here for the whole news.

Dragon Boat Festival At the Sea of Galilee

Join Jerusalem Beer Festival

Israelis are about to be exposed to the fastest-growing water sport in the world: dragon boat racing. The "ultimate team sport" will make its debut at the country's first Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) on May 1718 next year. The dream of constructing a net zeroenergy building has yet to become a reality, but now an Israeli company has come up with an idea that could make it possible. The innovative product from Pythagoras Solar can be described as a solar window that combines energy efficiency, power generation and transparency. The world's first transparent photovoltaic glass unit (PVGU) has been designed to be easily integrated into conventional building design and construction processes. Read more in here.

"It will be a novelty. It's not just about the race -because it will be international, it will be a fun two days," the event's founder, Debbie Halton Weiss, tells in a telephone interview from Canada. "The idea is to bring people to Israel in a different way."

Click here to read the interview.

Jerusalem might not have quite the nightlife that Tel Aviv does, but the locals do love their beer! And that love of all things yeasty, hoppy and green bottled has turned itself into a fully blown Beer Festival – in fact, the 7th annual Jerusalem Beer Festival. This year the Beer Festival takes place over two days, August 31st to September 1st, at the Old Train Station on Derech Hebron in Jerusalem. Click here for festival details.

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Newsletter Issue XLIII  

Newsletter Issue XLIII

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