Negev

Thousands Demonstrate Against Bedouin Resettlement Plan

12/02/2013
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JERUSALEM — At least 28 protesters were arrested and 15 police officers injured during protests over a plan to resettle Bedouin into permanent communities in southern Israel.

Targeting Diabetes, From The Negev

Therapy with an emphysema drug, and transplant of pig cells could end a global epidemic, says Ben-Gurion University researcher.

10/16/2013
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When Andy David’s nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the Israeli diplomat used his medical background to search for an unconventional treatment that would spare her from daily doses of insulin.

David, who is currently Israel’s consul general for the Pacific Northwest United States, soon learned about groundbreaking work at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev that shows great promise for kids in the early stages of Type 1 diagnosis.

The child (he prefers not to name her for security reasons) underwent eight weeks of transfusions of Alpha 1 Antitrypsin, an anti-inflammatory drug generally used to treat emphysema.

Dr. Eli Lewis

Israel Advocacy: Please Move Forward

06/27/2013
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At this time of year our thoughts turn towards Jerusalem as we mark the “Three Weeks,” leading up to the Fast Day of Tisha B’Av when we mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

Paula Jacobs is a writer, teacher, and consultant in the Boston area.

More Locusts Swarm Israel

03/06/2013

A third swarm of thousands of locusts crossed into Israel from Egypt.

Four crop-dusting planes on Monday sprayed the area of the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council, home to many farming communities, where the insects have invaded.

The swarm of about 30 million locusts first appeared near Cairo on March 2 and caused millions of dollars worth of crop damage in Egypt.

The locust attack comes in the weeks before the start of Passover, which recalls a destructive plague of locusts that the Bible says was sent by God to help free the Jewish slaves.

Israelis drive through a swarm of locusts near the Egyptian border. Getty Images

Israeli Jets Down Mystery Drone Over Negev

10/07/2012

 Israeli Air Force jets shot down a drone that entered Israeli airspace.

The unmanned aerial vehicle entered Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean Saturday morning. It was intercepted and shot down over the northern Negev in an unpopulated area, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said that the aircraft was identified before entering Israeli airspace and was downed in accordance with a decision of the IDF's top leaders.

Israel To Relocate 30,000 Bedouin

Controversial move decried by rights activists.

09/12/2011

Israel's Cabinet approved a plan to relocate up to 30,000 Bedouin from unrecognized villages in the Negev to state-recognized settlements.

The Cabinet also approved $335 million a plan for the economic development of the Bedouin sector in the Negev Desert. The plan includes giving status to the Bedouin communities in the Negev, providing economic development and resolving claims over land ownership. It establishes a mechanism for implementation and enforcement, as well as timetables, as part of the government's work in developing the Negev.

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