NPR: After Reopening Schools, Israel Orders Them To Shut If COVID-19 Cases Are Discovered

NPR: After Reopening Schools, Israel Orders Them To Shut If COVID-19 Cases Are Discovered. “Two weeks after Israel fully reopened schools, a COVID-19 outbreak sweeping through classrooms — including at least 130 cases at a single school — has led officials to close dozens of schools where students and staff were infected. A new policy orders any school where a virus case emerges to close.”

NoCamels: Fearing Another Outbreak, Israel Launches Local Production Line for N95 Masks

NoCamels: Fearing Another Outbreak, Israel Launches Local Production Line for N95 Masks. “The Israeli Ministry of Defense… said that a new production line in Sderot would make up to two million N95 masks per month, as Israel prepares for another round of an outbreak of COVID-19 infections. Israel emerged from over six weeks of lockdown – at times partial, at times, full – in mid-May and has fared relatively well with nearly 18,000 confirmed infections and close to 300 deaths. But the country has seen small outbreaks, specifically in schools, and government authorities have urged Israelis to adhere to social distancing and mask-wearing rules in public spaces.”

Jerusalem Post: IDF Archive allows Israelis to copy declassified documents

Jerusalem Post: IDF Archive allows Israelis to copy declassified documents. “Israelis are now allowed to copy documents from the IDF and Defense Establishment Archive, the Ombudsman’s Office ruled last week after more than three years of discussions, the Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research said. According to Akevot, manual copying of declassified documents in the archives will not be restricted. Until the decision, one was only allowed to read documents on the computers in the archive’s reading room, while the archive did offer copies of the documents for a significant fee.”

Haaretz: Israel to Play Key Role in Giant Google Fiber Optic Cable Project

Haaretz: Israel to Play Key Role in Giant Google Fiber Optic Cable Project . “Israel will soon have a critical place on Google’s expanding global fiber optic network. The U.S. technology giant is planning a cable called Blue-Raman (the latter half named after the Indian Nobel Prize laureate Venkata Raman) that will run between India and Italy through Israel.”

NoCamels: New ‘CoronaTech’ Portal Explores Virus-Related Innovation In Israel

NoCamels: New ‘CoronaTech’ Portal Explores Virus-Related Innovation In Israel. “….the site offers information about technological developments from Israel and abroad, open calls by healthcare providers, organizations, and corporations, proposals, and opportunities for cross-border collaborations, access to international grants, insights and analyses by Israeli experts and entrepreneurs, and an up-to-date dashboard to find potential technologies and solutions. It also includes information on online webinars, conferences, and hackathon.”

NoCamels: New Start-Up Nation Central Directory Lists Israeli Firms With Solutions For COVID-19

NoCamels: New Start-Up Nation Central Directory Lists Israeli Firms With Solutions For COVID-19. “Startup Nation Central (SNC), the Israeli non-profit organization that tracks the local innovation ecosystem, has launched a comprehensive, updated directory with over 70 Israeli high-tech companies that offer medical technology solutions in the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.”

NoCamels: Virtual Conference To Showcase Best Of Israeli Biotech, Medtech Solutions For COVID-19

NoCamels: Virtual Conference To Showcase Best Of Israeli Biotech, Medtech Solutions For COVID-19. “COVID-19 Innovation Conference, a new virtual business conference set for early April, will match investors with global medtech and biotech companies – including Israeli firms – fighting the novel coronavirus.”

NoCamels: New Israeli App Alerts Users If They’ve Been Exposed To Coronavirus

NoCamels: New Israeli App Alerts Users If They’ve Been Exposed To Coronavirus. “The app, Track Virus, sources data collected by the Israeli Health Ministry which conducts interviews with confirmed patients on their whereabouts and releases the information publicly to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Israel. The country has 213 confirmed cases as of March 14, according to ministry data, and some 45,000 people are currently in quarantine either because they had traveled abroad or came into contact with someone diagnosed with the disease.”

Times of Israel: Likud campaign exposes Israeli voters’ identities, again

Times of Israel: Likud campaign exposes Israeli voters’ identities, again. “For the second time in two weeks, Likud’s online voter-tracking efforts have resulted in the exposure of the entire database of Israeli voters, including names, home addresses and other details, to the wider internet.”

New York Times: Personal Data of All 6.5 Million Israeli Voters Is Exposed

New York Times: Personal Data of All 6.5 Million Israeli Voters Is Exposed. “A software flaw exposed the personal data of every eligible voter in Israel — including full names, addresses and identity card numbers for 6.5 million people — raising concerns about identity theft and electoral manipulation, three weeks before the country’s national election.”

Jerusalem Post: National Library of Israel uploads 120,000 historic books online

Jerusalem Post: National Library of Israel uploads 120,000 historic books online. “The books that are expected to be uploaded will, according to NLI, include all of the library’s out-of-copyright, royalty-free books which have not yet been digitized. Around 45% of the books are written in Hebrew script in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and other languages of the Jewish world. The rest of the works are in a variety of languages, including Latin, German, French, Arabic and Russian.” This is a project that’s expected to be completed in a couple of years, so the headline is a little premature.

Israel 21c: Israeli project seeks clues to old school photo mysteries

Israel 21c: Israeli project seeks clues to old school photo mysteries. “As 2.35 million Israeli children head back to school this week, the National Library of Israel is hoping that a new Back to School online project in collaboration with Facebook Israel will help fill in missing information on many of its rare historic photographs.”

Reuters: Israel’s national library to share reunited Kafka archive online

Reuters: Israel’s national library to share reunited Kafka archive online. “Israel’s national library said on Wednesday it received the last part of a collection of Franz Kafka’s writings that it planned to put online, after winning an ownership battle for part of the Prague-born Jewish novelist’s literary estate.”

The Jerusalem Post: National Library Of Israel Releases Photo Archive Of IDF History – Pictures

The Jerusalem Post: National Library Of Israel Releases Photo Archive Of IDF History – Pictures. “Thousands of photographs have been preserved at the National Library of Israel, documenting the operational history of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, throughout the state’s history. The Library is bringing these photographs back to life through a digitization project, that allows the yellow negatives to be converted into high resolution images. However, the Library is lacking information relating to the identities of the soldiers and are requesting the public’s help to identify their names and stories.”