Orca AI, which puts computer vision onto cargo ships, raises $13M Series A funding

Tel Aviv’s Orca AI, a computer vision startup that can be retrofitted to cargo ships and improve navigation and collision avoidance, has raised $13 million in a Series A funding, taking its total raised to over $15.5 million. While most cargo ships carry security cameras, computer vision cameras are rare. Orca AI hopes its solution could introduce autonomous guidance to vessels already at sea.

There are over 4,000 annual marine incidents, largely due to human error. The company says this is getting worse as the Coronavirus pandemic makes it harder for regular crew changes. The recent events in the Suez Canal have highlighted how crucial this industry is.

The funding round was led by OCV Partners, with Principal Zohar Loshitzer joining Orca AI’s board. Mizmaa Ventures and Playfair Capital also featured.

The company was founded by naval technology experts, Yarden Gross and Dor Raviv. The latter is an former Israel navy computer vision expert. Customers include Kirby, Ray Car Carriers and NYK.

Orca AI’s AI-based navigation and vessel tracking system supports ships in difficult to tricky to navigate situations and congested waterways, using vision sensors, thermal and low light cameras, plus algorithms that look at the environment and alert crews to dangerous situations.

On the raise, Yarden Gross, CEO, and co-founder said: “The maritime industry… is still far behind aviation with technological innovations. Ships deal with increasingly congested waterways, severe weather and low-visibility conditions creating difficult navigation experiences with often expensive cargo… Our solution provides unique insight and data to any ship in the world, helping to reduce these challenging situations and collisions in the future.” 

Zohar Loshitzer, Principal from OCV added: “Commercial shipping has historically been a highly regulated and traditional industry. However, we are now “witnessing a positive change in the adoption of tech solutions to increase safety and efficiency.

#articles, #artificial-intelligence, #computer-vision, #emerging-technologies, #europe, #israel, #mizmaa-ventures, #playfair-capital, #science-and-technology, #ship, #tc

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How the Artists Behind ‘Shtisel’ Brought Akiva’s Journey to Life

To capture the tensions faced by a young ultra-Orthodox artist, the creative team behind the hit Israeli TV show hired two painters who understood the stakes.

#aloni-michael, #art, #elon-ori, #halberstadt-menahem, #israel, #orthodox-judaism, #shtisel-tv-program, #television, #tubis-alex

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Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets

Recent attacks suggest that Israel has a clandestine network inside Iran and that Iranian security services have been powerless to break it.

#defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #quds-force, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

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A Difficult Diplomatic Triangle

A nuclear deal with Iran is central to President Biden’s foreign policy. So why did one of the United States’ closest allies apparently just try to blow it up?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Medtronic partners with cybersecurity startup Sternum to protect its pacemakers from hackers

If you think cyberattacks are scary, what if those attacks were directed at your cardiac pacemaker? Medtronic, a medical device company, has been in hot water over the last couple of years because its pacemakers were getting hacked through their internet-based software updating systems. But in a new partnership with Sternum, an IoT cybersecurity startup based in Israel, Medtronic has focused on resolving the issue.

The problem was not with the medical devices themselves, but with the remote systems used to update the devices. Medtronic’s previous solution was to disconnect the devices from the internet, which in and of itself can cause other issues to arise.

“Medtronic was looking for a long-term solution that can help them with future developments,” said Natali Tshuva, Sternum’s founder and CEO. The company has already secured about 100,000 Medtronic devices.

Sternum’s solution allows medical devices to protect themselves in real-time. 

“There’s this endless race against vulnerability, so when a company discovers a vulnerability, they need to issue an update, but updating can be very difficult in the medical space, and until the update happens, the devices are vulnerable,” Tshuva told TechCrunch. “Therefore, we created an autonomous security that operates from within the device that can protect it without the need to update and patch vulnerabilities,” 

However, it is easier to protect new devices than to go back and protect legacy devices. Over the years hackers have gotten more and more sophisticated, so medical device companies have had to figure out how to protect the devices that are already out there.  

 “The market already has millions — perhaps billions — of medical devices connected, and that could be a security and management nightmare,” Tshuva added.

In addition to potentially doing harm to an individual, hackers have been taking advantage of device vulnerability as the gateway of choice into a hospital’s network, possibly causing a breach that can affect many more people. Tshuva explained that hospital networks are secured from the inside out, but devices that connect to the networks but are not protected can create a way in.

In fact, health systems have been known to experience the most data breaches out of any sector, accounting for 79% of all reported breaches in 2020. And in the first 10 months of last year, we saw a 45% increase in cyberattacks on health systems, according to data by Health IT Security.

In addition to Sternum’s partnership with Medtronic, the company also launched this week an IoT platform that allows, “devices to protect themselves, even when they are not connected to the internet,” Tshuva said.

Sternum, which raised about $10 million to date, also offers cybersecurity for IoT devices outside of healthcare, and according to Tshuva, the company focuses on areas that are “mission-critical.” Examples include railroad infrastructure sensors and management systems, and power grids.

Tshuva, who grew up in Israel, holds a master’s in computer science and worked for the Israeli Defense Force’s 8200 unit — similar to the U.S.’s National Security Alliance — said she always wanted to make an impact in the medical field. “I looked to combine the medical space with my life, and I realized I could have an impact on remote care devices,” she said.

#computer-security, #cyberattack, #cybercrime, #cybersecurity-startup, #health-systems, #healthcare, #internet-of-things, #israel, #malware, #medical-device, #medtronic, #science-and-technology, #sternum, #tc, #technology

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The Israel Prize Is Meant to Unify. More Often, It’s Mired in Controversy.

This year’s rumpus involves a scientist who opposes the occupation of the West Bank.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #boycotts, #gallant-yoav, #goldreich-oded-1957, #israel, #israel-prize, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

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U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis

The Biden administration is close to completing a review of Trump-era weapons sales to the two Gulf Arab states. Democrats in Congress oppose the deals.

#arms-trade, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #military-aircraft, #peace-process, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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Iran’s Top Leader Signals Nuclear Talks to Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage

The declaration by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to put to rest any speculation that Iran would boycott or quit the Vienna talks aimed at saving the nuclear deal.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #iran, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons

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Iran Vows to Increase Uranium Enrichment After Attack on Nuclear Site

Iran also attacked an Israeli cargo ship at sea, raising tensions but causing little or no damage.

#international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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Iran Vows Revenge for Alleged Israeli Attack on Nuclear Site

Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, threatened Israel after a blackout at a uranium enrichment plant over the weekend.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #iran, #israel, #mossad, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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Blackout Strikes Natanz Nuclear Facility and Iran Calls It Sabotage

The power failure comes at a delicate time, with talks underway in Vienna to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.

#defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #united-states-international-relations

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Vaccine Passports Could Unlock World Travel and Cries of Discrimination

Vaccine rollouts in some countries have a long-locked-down world dreaming of travels abroad again. But they have also set off a fraught debate about the fairness of a two-tier system for haves and have-nots.

#aruba, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #great-britain, #israel, #japan, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #saudi-arabia, #singapore, #travel-and-vacations, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

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In Haifa, Israel, Wild Boars Encroach on Human Turf

Groups of boars have become an unavoidable presence in Haifa. Some human residents are charmed, but others are annoyed or frightened and now carry sticks on walks.

#animal-behavior, #haifa-israel, #israel, #pigs

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Israel-Iran Sea Skirmishes Escalate as Mine Damages Iranian Military Ship

The explosion came the same day as progress was reported in talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal, which Israel opposes.

#defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #israel, #red-sea, #ships-and-shipping

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Israelis and Americans Both Are Asking, Whose Country Is This Anyway?

Israel and the U.S. are trying to define anew what it means to be a pluralistic democracy.

#elections, #israel, #minorities, #netanyahu-benjamin, #orthodox-judaism, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-torah-judaism

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Netanyahu Gets First Crack at Forming New Government in Israel

After a fourth inconclusive election in two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still has no easy path back into office. But he has more of a chance than his opponents.

#corruption-institutional, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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Netanyahu Corruption Trial Opens in Israel

With Benjamin Netanyahu on trial on corruption charges, even as he tries to cobble together a new government, Israel’s democratic system is drawing closer to a constitutional crisis.

#corruption-institutional, #elections, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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My Life in Israel’s Brave New Post-Pandemic Future

A Green Pass allows us, the vaccinated, to go to concerts, restaurants and sporting events. But Israel’s real-time experiment in post-lockdown living leaves many questions unanswered.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘Like a Miracle’: Israel’s Vaccine Success Allows Easter Crowds in Jerusalem

Last year, the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem. This Holy Week, local Christians are thronging the streets of the Old City.

#christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #east-jerusalem, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jesus-christ, #palestinians

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How startups can go passwordless, thanks to zero trust

“There is no doubt that over time, people are going to rely less and less on passwords… they just don’t meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure,” said Bill Gates.

That was seventeen years ago. Although passwords have lost some of their charm, they have so far survived many attempts to kill them for good.

The perception of high cost and tricky implementations has stalled some smaller businesses from ditching passwords. But alternatives to passwords are affordable, easy to implement, and safer, show industry insights gathered by Extra Crunch. The move to zero trust systems is acting as a catalyst.

First, a primer. Zero trust focuses on who you are, not where you are. Zero trust models require companies to never trust any attempt to access its network, and must verify every single time — even from logins from inside the network. Passwordless tech is a key part of zero trust models.

There are several alternatives for passwords, including:

  • Biometric authentication: widely used as fingerprint readers in smartphones and physical verification points at buildings;
  • Social media authentication: where you use your Google or Facebook IDs to authenticate you with a third-party service;
  • Multi-factor authentication: where more layers of authentication are added using devices or services, such as token authentication using a trusted device.
  • Grid authentication cards: which provides access while using a combination PIN number.
  • Push notifications: which are usually sent to the user’s smartphones or encrypted devices.
  • Digital certificates: cryptographic files stored locally on the machine or device.

Wolt, a Finnish food-delivery site is just one example of going passwordless.

“The user registers by entering their email address or a phone number. Login to the app takes place by clicking the temporary link in the user’s inbox. The app on the user’s mobile phone places an authentication cookie, which enables the user to continue from that device without having to go through any further authentication,” said Erka Koivunen, CISO at F-Secure.

In this case, the service provider is in full control of the authentication, allowing it to set expiration time, revoke service, and detect fraud. The service provider does not need to count on the user’s commitment to keep track of their passwords.

Passwordless tech is not inherently costly but may take some adjustment, explained Ryan Weeks, CISO at managed service provider Datto.

“It is not necessarily costly in terms of monetary investment, because there are a lot of easily accessible open-source alternatives for multi factor authentication that don’t require any sort of investment,” said Weeks. But some companies believe passwordless tech may cause friction to their employees’ productivity.

Koivunen also dismissed that zero trust models are unaffordable for startups.

“Zero trust recognises the futility of forcing users to authenticate themselves by presenting something they should keep as secret. Instead, it prefers to establish the user’s identity using some context-aware method,” he said.

Zero trust goes further than authenticating users; it also includes the device and the user.

“From a zero trust perspective, there is an idea that there is a continuous authentication or revalidation of trust occurring. Therefore, passwordless in a zero trust model is potentially easier for the user and more secure as the combination of the ‘something you have’ and ‘something you are’ factors are more difficult to attack,” said Datto’s Weeks.

Larger companies, like Microsoft and Google, already offer zero trust technologies. But investors are also eyeing smaller companies that offer zero trust for growing companies.

Axis Security, a zero trust provider that allows remote employees to access their company’s network, raised $32 million last year. Beyond Identity raised $75 million in funding in December. And, Israel identity validation startup Identiq raised $47 million in Series A funding in March.

#access-control, #authentication, #bill-gates, #computer-security, #cryptography, #f-secure, #facebook, #google, #identiq, #israel, #microsoft, #multi-factor-authentication, #password, #security, #smartphones, #startups

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Bridging Time, Distance and Distrust, With Music

Neta Elkayam, an Israeli singer, plumbs the rich culture of the Moroccan Jews she descended from, and introduces it to new audiences in both countries.

#content-type-personal-profile, #elkayam-neta, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #morocco, #music, #politics-and-government

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Israel’s Shadow War With Iran Moves Out to Sea

Israel and Iran have fought a clandestine war across the Middle East for years, mainly by land and air. Now ships are under attack in the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

#defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #mediterranean-sea, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #persian-gulf, #politics-and-government, #red-sea, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Israel Election Results Show Stalemate

Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his opponents won a majority in Israel’s fourth election in two years, deepening Israel’s political crisis.

#elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #rivlin-reuven

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Netanyahu’s Party Leads in Israel Elections

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party took a lead in Israel’s fourth election in two years, but updated exit polls projected a stalemate that could extend Israel’s political deadlock.

#elections, #international-relations, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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Netanyahu’s Party Leads but Faces Obstacles to Forming Government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party took a lead in Israel’s fourth election in two years, but updated exit polls projected a stalemate that could extend Israel’s political deadlock.

#elections, #international-relations, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

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Tensions With Arab Allies Undermine a Netanyahu Pitch to Israeli Voters

The Israeli prime minister has presented himself as a global leader, but that image has been dented by tensions with Jordan and the United Arab Emirates as Israeli voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

#defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-arab-emirates

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Palestinian Hamlet Embodies Fight for the West Bank’s Future

Israel suspended a decision to annex a section of the territory last year, but its military still exerts tight control over Palestinians in the area.

#cheese, #defense-and-military-forces, #demolition, #israel, #middle-east, #palestinians, #sheep, #west-bank

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Will Israel’s Strong Vaccination Campaign Give Netanyahu an Election Edge?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is banking on voters crediting him for beating the pandemic. But many worry that the country’s reopening may be premature and politically driven.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

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As 4th Election Looms, Some Ask: Is Israel’s Democracy Broken?

Voters are heading to the polls in Israel for the fourth time in two years. And with few signs that this vote will break the cycle, many are already bracing for a fifth.

#gantz-benny, #government-employees, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #joint-list-israel, #likud-party-israel, #livni-tzipi, #netanyahu-benjamin, #odeh-ayman-1975, #olmert-ehud, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Scientists Grow Mice Embryos in a Mechanical Womb

Biologists have long held that a fetus needs a living uterus to develop. Maybe not anymore.

#israel, #mammals, #mice, #nature-journal, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #tissue-human, #uterus

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What’s Missing in Israel’s Election? Biden.

But that may not be a good sign after all.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #united-states-international-relations

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Investors Clara Brenner, Quin Garcia and Rachel Holt are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

The transportation industry is abuzz with upstarts, legacy automakers, suppliers and tech companies working on automated vehicle technology, digital platforms, electrification and robotics. Then there are shared mobility companies from cars to scooters and mopeds to ebikes. And who can forget the emerging air taxi companies?

At the center of this evolving industry are the investors. Simply put: TechCrunch can’t hold an event on mobility without hearing from the people who are hunting for the best opportunities in the industry and tracking all of its changes. That’s why we’re happy to announce investors Clara Brenner of Urban Innovation Fund, Quin Garcia of Autotech Ventures and Rachel Holt of Construct Capital will join us on our virtual stage at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021. The virtual event, which features the best and brightest minds in the world of mobility, will be held on June 9.

p.s. Early Bird tickets to the show are now available – book today and save 35% before prices go up.

Brenner, Garcia and Holt will come on stage to discuss their near and long-term investment strategies, overlooked opportunities, and challenges that face startups trying to break into the transportation sector. They’ll lean on their considerable experience to provide the advice and insight that will help attendees understand the state of the industry and where it is headed.

Brenner is a serial co-founder. She is co-founder and managing partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving urban challenges. Urban Innovation Fund has backed curbflow, Electriphi and Kyte among others. She also co-founded Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech that provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship, and hosts events around urban innovation. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship.

Garcia, a lifelong ‘car guy’ with an MS degree in management science and automotive engineering from Stanford University, is managing director at Autotech Ventures. He’s also a board director, board observer and advisory board member to a number of mobility companies including Lyft, Peloton Technology, and Connected Signals.

Garcia has been on the ground floor of startups, notably as part of the initial team at the electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place, where he was responsible for partnerships with automakers and parts suppliers while living in Israel, Japan and China.

Holt is co-founder and Managing Partner of early-stage venture firm Construct Capital, which is focused on finding founders that are trying to change foundational industries such as manufacturing and supply chain, logistics and transportation. The company’s transportation-focused investments include ChargeLab. Holt also sits on the board of MotoRefi.

Prior to Construct, Holt was at Uber, where she was one of the company’s first 30 employees. During her 8.5-year stint at Uber, Holt rose through the ranks of the company, including roles running the U.S.  and Canada “Rides” business as well as global marketing and customer support. She was a longtime member of the company’s executive leadership team. Her last position at Uber was leading the company’s new mobility organization, which focused on its e-bike and scooter businesses as well as running its incubator, which funded and developed new products and services.

Rachel began her career at Bain & Company, advising companies in the private equity, financial services and healthcare industries. She was ranked No. 9 on Fortune’s 40 under 40 and was named by Fast Company as One of the Most Creative People in Business.

We can’t wait to hear from this investor panel at TC Sessions: Mobility on June 9. Make sure to grab your Early Bird pass before May 6 to save 35% on tickets and join the fun!

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Israel Reveals Newly Discovered Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls

The finds, ranging from just a few millimeters to a thumbnail in size, are the first to be unearthed in archaeological excavations in the Judean Desert in about 60 years.

#dead-sea-scrolls, #israel, #israel-museum, #jews-and-judaism, #manuscripts

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Life After the Vaccine in Israel

Half the country has been inoculated, ushering in a kind of normalcy that is largely defined by the people it excludes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Rundown School for Palestinian Children Awaits U.S. Aid

Residents worry that the Biden administration won’t restore critical funding for the renovation of the West Bank school.

#education-k-12, #foreign-aid, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations-development-program, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #west-bank

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Israel’s Retrain.ai closes $13M to use AI to understand early signals in the changing jobs market

Israel’s retrain.ai, which uses AI and Machine Learning to read job boards at scale and to gain insight into where the job market is going, has closed $9M Series A led by Square Peg. Since retrain.ai’s $4M seed round last year was unannounced (led by Hetz Ventures, with TechAviv and .406 Ventures participating) that means it’s raised a total of $13 million. It’s competitors include Pymetrics which has raised $56.6M and Eightfold.ai which has raised $176.8M.

As well as the funding, the company has secured a first deal with the Israeli Department of Labor to look at the changing nature of the Israeli job market in light of the pandemic.

With technology eating into the traditional labour market, retrain.ai says its platform can look at what jobs are being advertised, which jobs are going down in popularity and see early-warning signals as to where new jobs are going to appear from. This can help form policy for large organiations and governments.

retrain.ai’s CEO is Dr. Shay David, who is best known for co-founding the video enterprise leader Kaltura, which first appeared at TehcCrunch’s first ever conference in 2007. Isabelle Bichler-Eliasaf is the company’s COO and Avi Simon, is retrain.ai’s CTO.

Dr. Shay David said: “What was once the regular tide of change in the workforce has evolved into a tsunami, especially pronounced by COVID-19 and its huge impact on the labor market– this has been a wake-up call. Unemployment and underemployment  is going to affect a billion people globally in the next few decades. Our vision is to help 10 million workers get the right jobs by 2025 and help organizations navigate efficiently through the wave of change.”
 
retrain.ai is the first investment by Square Peg’s new $450M fund. The VC previously invested in Canva, Stripe, Fiverr and Airwallex.

#406-ventures, #articles, #artificial-intelligence, #canva, #ceo, #coo, #cto, #economy, #employment, #europe, #fiverr, #hetz, #israel, #kaltura, #machine-learning, #square-peg, #tc, #unemployment, #video-hosting

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Travel Workers Despair a Year Lost to Covid-19

Six travel workers, from a cruise ship crewmember in Manila to a tour bus driver in East Jerusalem, share how the prolonged shutdown has upended their lives.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruise-lines-international-assn, #cruises, #east-jerusalem, #great-britain, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #israel, #italy, #jamaica-west-indies, #kampala-uganda, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #manila-philippines, #pilots, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ships-and-shipping, #thomas-cook-group-plc, #unemployment, #united-states-travel-assn, #venice-italy, #wages-and-salaries, #world-tourism-organization

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The Israeli Feminist Trying to Save Liberal Zionism

Can Merav Michaeli rescue Israel’s Labor Party?

#elections, #israel, #knesset-israel, #labour-party-israel, #likud-party-israel, #michaeli-merav, #middle-east, #politics-and-government, #zionism

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As Palestinians Clamor for Vaccine, Their Leaders Divert Doses to Favored Few

Amid a debate about Israel’s duty to supply vaccines to Palestinians living under occupation, Palestinian leaders are facing criticism for siphoning off some of the few vaccines already delivered to the occupied West Bank.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

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Plan to Ditch the Mask After Vaccination? Not So Fast.

It’s not clear how easily vaccinated people may spread the virus, but the answer to that question is coming soon. Until then, scientists urge caution.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #israel, #johnsonjohnson, #masks, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #preventive-medicine, #research, #scotland, #your-feed-science

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I.C.C. Will Investigate Accusations of War Crimes in Israeli-Occupied Territories

Actions by Israel in the Gaza war in 2014 and rocket fire by Palestinian militants are likely to come under scrutiny.

#israel, #palestinians, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Israel, the U.A.E. and a New Middle East

We may be witnessing a major realignment of the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #hamas, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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Vanishing in the Desert, Traditional Bedouin Culture Lives Online

After 50 years of fieldwork in the Negev and Sinai deserts, an Israeli researcher donated his rare archive to the National Library of Israel.

#bedouins, #egypt, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #national-library-of-israel, #nomadic-people, #sinai-peninsula-egypt, #united-arab-emirates

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Israeli Court Says Converts to Non-Orthodox Judaism Can Claim Citizenship

People who convert in Israel to Reform or Conservative Judaism have a right to citizenship, the Supreme Court ruled, chipping at the power of Orthodox authorities that see them as non-Jewish.

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Palestinians Go Into New Lockdown While Awaiting Vaccines

Covid cases are surging again in the West Bank amid a dispute over Israel’s obligations toward the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

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‘’Til Kingdom Come’ Review: An Unusual Religious Bond

Maya Zinshtein’s revelatory documentary explores the political and philanthropic alliance of American evangelical Christians and Israeli Jews.

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American Evangelicals, Israeli Settlers and a Skeptical Filmmaker

A new documentary illuminates what the director calls an “unholy alliance” that sharply altered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the Trump administration.

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How the Pandemic Nearly Tore Israel Apart

Lockdowns brought tensions between secular and ultra-Orthodox communities to the boiling point. The political consequences could be felt for years to come.

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Memoir by Amos Oz’s Daughter Divides Family and Shocks Israel

“He told me I was filth,” Galia Oz writes in her book, “Something Disguised as Love,” among other accusations of physical and emotional abuse. Her mother and siblings have defended their late father.

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