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IDC’s Combined Degree in Law and Business

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The world is not only getting smaller – it’s getting hungrier, too!

With international commerce getting more competitive, resources dwindling, banks defaulting and world terror a constant threat, nations often find themselves competing in the board room or before a magistrate rather than in the battlefield – led by lawyers rather than generals. Thus, today’s business lawyer must be an expert in international trade and regulations, and a business major must be able to perform in a globalized economy – notwithstanding language and local predilections.

Prof. Sharon Rabin-Margalioth, Dean of the Radzyner School of Law at IDC Herzliya has studied law on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. “In business, local expertise is insufficient; there is a growing need for international business law expertise and the ability to cope with the challenges of globalization. That’s why we’ve established an innovative new program that provides students with significant added value in law and business.”

IDC’s combined degree in Law & Business Administration program focuses on global legal principles. Taught in English, students acquire an in-depth knowledge of international business law and the tools required to integrate into the international legal world and the global business sphere.

US Supreme Court Justice Brandeis once observed that a lawyer who is not proficient in economic theory poses a danger to the public. Today, that assertion would state that one cannot function in a global sphere without an interdisciplinary understanding of geopolitical processes and the realities of any region in which we desire to act.

In law, as in commerce one must draw upon experience and extensive knowledge to solve any problem at hand. One must interpret and utilize social norms and translate these into legal and commercial dispositions. The Radzyner School of Law provides students with that knowledge base and the ability to analyze problems and place them into an appropriate context – an impressive challenge, given the intricate nature of language and human disposition.

Students develop their analytical skills, a creative imagination, a sensitivity for others, and the ability to express themselves in any situation. They also engage in diverse practical experiences, acquire 21st century skills and directly interact with leading figures in the legal practice and academic world from both Israel and abroad. The nine semester curriculum (four years and an additional summer semester) includes law, business and specialized courses integrating the two.

The program is offered by the IDC’s Raphael Recanati International School.

Jonathan Davis who is both Vice-President for External Relations and head of the RRIS is a firm believer in the IDC’s mission of statement: “We are Zionists – here to contribute to Israel and to the Jewish People,” he stresses.” We strive to build bridges between the elites and the underprivileged, between Israelis and the Diaspora, between Israel and its neighbors.”

And, indeed, one of the main goals of the combined degree in International Business Law and Business Administration is to create a truly international learning experience. Students from 86 different countries make up more than a quarter of the student body; and the IDC’s internationally renowned faculty roster reflects both scholarly excellence and practical experience.

“We are constantly expanding the school’s international focus and developing new and exciting opportunities for our students to explore on a global level,” Davis adds.

The Radzyner School of Law is also one of the founding members of the Law Schools Global League – an international alliance between more than twenty law schools, which fosters collaborative relations and offers students the opportunity to study abroad for one semester as part of an extensive student exchange program.

IDC is located in Herzliya, a city six miles north of Tel Aviv along the Mediterranean’s white sandy beach. Besides a host of recreational facilities, the area has been nicknamed Silicon Wadi – attracting the world’s leading venture-capital firms alongside Israeli software and biotech companies, many of them traded on international stock exchanges. When established in 1994, IDC was the first major private educational institution in Israel. Today, with 25 research centers and more than 60 exchange programs with leading universities around the world, IDC employs a truly international and distinctly interdisciplinary approach, allowing students to obtain an education that is comprehensive on so many levels and practical.

Hoard of 1,500-Year-Old Coins Found in Ancient Garbage Dump

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Archaeologists and researchers are trying to figure out why a recently found treasure of 1,500-year-old coins and other artifacts was buried in Byzantine era refuse pits.

The excavations, on behalf of the Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority, are being carried out prior to expanding the city of Herzliya, immediately north of Tel Aviv.

Numerous finds dating to the Late Byzantine period of the 5th-7th centuries were among the antiquities discovered in excavations conducted in the agricultural hinterland of the ancient city of Apollonia-Arsuf, located east of the site.

Among the finds uncovered are installations for processing the agricultural produce such as wine presses, and what also might be the remains of an olive press, as well as remains of walls that were apparently part of the ancillary buildings that were meant to serve local farmers.

“The most intriguing find in the area is a number of Byzantine refuse pits,” said Tel Aviv University Prof. Oren Tal and Moshe Ajami of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“One of them is especially large – more than 100 feet in diameter –  and contained fragments of pottery vessels, fragments of glass vessels, industrial glass waste and animal bones.

“In the midst of the many shards that were discovered in the big refuse pit was a large amount of usable artifacts, whose presence in the pit raises questions. Among other things, more than four hundred coins were found which are mostly Byzantine, including one gold coin, as well as two hundred whole and intact Samaritan lamps, among them lamps that were never used, rings and gold jewelry.”

Noteworthy among the jewelry is an octagonal ring with parts of verses from the Samaritan Pentateuch engraved in Samaritan script on each of its sides. One side reads, “Adonai is his name,” and another side reads, “One God….”

Approximately a dozen Samaritan rings have been published so far in scientific literature, and this ring constitutes an important addition given the assemblage in which it was discovered.

The excavation site once served as the agricultural hinterland of Apollonia-Arsuf, which is located west of the excavation area and what is today the Apollonia National Park. Archaeological excavations conducted there from the 1950s until the present indicate that the site was inhabited continuously for more than 1,500 years – from the Persian period  in the late 6th century BCE until the end of the Crusader period in the 13th century CE.

$100,000 in Gold Found in Israel Crusader Fortress

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

One of the largest-ever gold caches located in Israel was discovered by Tel Aviv University and the Nature and Parks Authority in a dig in the Apollonia National Park near Herzliya.

400 grams of gold – 108 gold coins minted around the year 1,000 in Egypt and valued at over $100,000 – was found last week in  by a TAU student in a potsherd under the tiles of one room of a Crusader fortress conquered by the Mamluks.

The find is part of a three-year excavation in which hundreds of arrow heads and catapult stones have been found, evidence of the mighty battle between the Crusaders and the Mamluks.

Rare glass utensils and Italian shards have also been found.

The coastal fortress and adjacent city were part of the Knights Hospitaller’s most important strongholds.  In 1265, Mamluk Sultan Baybars attacked the city and captured it in a 40 day siege.

Researchers believe the gold was hidden by a Crusader leader, in hopes that the fortress would be ultimately be retaken from the Muslim invaders and the treasure restored to its Christian owners.

US Embassy in Tel Aviv Raffling Off July 4 Party Tickets

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The US Embassy in Tel Aviv announced Wednesday that it will be giving away tickets to an annual Independence Day party at the US ambassador’s residence in Herzliya.

For the second year in a row, the ambassador will host a party on the lawn of his apartment by the sea, with invitations extended to Israeli politicians, diplomats, journalists, and military brass, as well as Israel’s prime minister and president.  Traditional beer, fireworks, and American music will be featured.

To win entrance to the raffle, contestants must identify scrambled images of American sites, personalities, and historical events on the embassy’s Facebook page.

Israeli Med Tech Company Acquired for $300 Million

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

US medical device company Covidien has acquired Israeli respiratory systems maker superDimension for approximately $300 million, winning a bidding war to purchase the company for its bronchial tube endoscopes which reduce the invasiveness of surgery.

The deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012, will be one of Israel’s largest ever medical technology sales.

The move will also avail Covidien of Herzliya-based superDimension’s iLogic System, giving doctors minimally invasive access to lesions deep inside lungs and lymph nodes. SuperDimension was founded in 1995 to turn technology used in planes and toys into endoscopes for bronchial tubes.

Today, superDimension systems are often used in the diagnosis of lung cancer.  The device includes a sensor-tipped catheter which communicates with three magnets on the patient’s chest and can take a biopsy and mark a spot for precision radiation, according to a report by Globes.

Minimally invasive surgeries not only reduce the number of complications and infections, but reduce patient hospital stays and significantly decrease the cost of procedures.

SuperDimension earnings estimates for 2012 range from $30 – $50 million annually.

Apple Makes First Israeli Acquisition

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

After weeks of negotiations, computer mega-giant Apple has acquired its first Israeli company, Anobit Technologies, for $390 million.

Anobit, based in Herzliya, will develop high-performance flash-memory drive components for Apple’s ubiquitous iPhone and iPad.  The agreement was signed on January 6 and confirmed by Apple spokesman Steve Dowling on January 10.

Apple is also cultivating plans to open a semiconductor development center in Israel, a plan which is unrelated to the Anobit acquisition.

While the Anobit purchase is Apple’s first foray into the Israeli market, competitors Microsoft, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard already have labs and development centers in the country.  Intel opened its doors in Israel with five employees in 1974, according to Bloomberg business news, and now has 6,600 personnel in the country.  Microsoft’s Israeli research and development center opened in the spring of 2006.

Bloomberg reported that Israel has 60 companies featured on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the most of any country outside North America with the exception of China.  It is also home to the most startups per capita of any country in the world.

Israeli companies have been featured in several major international deals recently, including the sale of Israeli chip developer Zoran to the British makers of chips for Nokia Oyj mobile phones and the $307 million acquisition of Tel Aviv information technology firm Ness Technologies by Citi Venture Capital International.

Orthodox Jewish Woman Champions Controversial Iraqi MP

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Esther Kandel, an Orthodox Jewish mother of three, was a Zionist her whole life.  But only recently has her heartfelt love of Israel burst forth in an explosion of activism.

Since 2002, she has gone undercover in Southern California to expose Muslim hatred of America and Israel; made endless calls to news stations with unreported pro-Israel stories; lobbied to shut down UNRWA, the UN organization devoted to Palestinian refugees; and helped raise money for Sderot and Gush Katif refugees.

Perhaps most fascinating, however, is her tireless work on behalf of Mithal al-Alusi, the former director general of Iraq’s National Commission for De-Baathification. Alusi’s two sons were murdered in 2005 after he made waves by visiting Israel. Largely due to her Kandel’s persistent lobbying, Alusi was subsequently transferred to the relative safety of the Green Zone in Baghdad.

Alusi remains a high-profile figure in Iraq. This past September, Iraq’s parliament stripped Alusi of his parliamentary immunity when he returned from his third trip to Israel. (Iraq’s highest court subsequently overruled the parliament.)

Currently Alusi is busy campaigning for his party, the Democratic Party of the Iraqi Nation, in the upcoming January 31 provincial elections. In a brief conversation with The Jewish Press, Alusi, who recently escaped an assassination attempt, criticized the U.S. for supporting fascists in Iraq and said he supports Israel because “we cannot fight the terrorists alone.” He also said he is “not willing to forget that there are at least 400,000 Israelis of Iraqi origin” and that “the Jewish community was a very important part of Iraqi history.”



Iraqi MP Mithal al-Alusi

For more information and an insider’s perspective on Alusi, The Jewish Press recently spoke with Kandel, possibly Alusi’s biggest champion and advocate on American soil. Alusi, who talks to her every week, told The Jewish Press he considers her “my sister.”

The Jewish Press: When did you last speak to Alusi?

Esther Kandel: I just spoke with him today. He called me specifically to see how I was doing, knowing that I would be worried about Israel. He also told me that Israel must finish off Hamas. Incidentally, when I was with him in Washington in 2006 during Israel’s battle with Hizbullah, he said the same thing to every congressman he talked to: “Israel must be allowed to finish this war with Hizbullah.” Afterwards I said to Mithal, “If you can’t make it in Iraq, we’ll take you in Israel as prime minister.” He laughed.

When did you first get involved in Alusi’s cause?

In 2004, Mithal attended a counterterrorism conference in Herzliya, Israel. At that time he was second to [Ahmad] Chalabi in the interim government of Iraq. He stood up at the conference and thanked America for liberating Iraq, and said we need to make peace with Israel.Upon his return Chalabi fired him on the spot. Alusi then started sending e-mails to friends he had met at the Herzliya conference, asking for help. I had lobbied on behalf of Israel in the past and had developed various connections. And so, on a whim, someone from the Herzliya conference forwarded me some of these e-mails. One of them was in big, black, bold print and written in bad English. It said, “I’ve been arrested. If thrown in jail, the terrorists in jail will kill me.”

That e-mail really got to me, and I decided that I have to help this man. I took his case to several congressmen, who all tried to help. But ultimately it was Tom Lantos, who was the head of the House International Relations Committee with strong State Department connections, who got him moved to the Green Zone.

You just contacted various congressmen’s offices as an individual citizen and asked for their help?

Yes, people should realize that they can make a difference. If they want to do something on their own it can be done not always, but you have to try.

What’s the latest news concerning Alusi?

 Well, this Supreme Court decision upholding an Iraqi’s right to go wherever he pleases was a huge victory for Mithal and for Iraq because the constitutional system that was set up was defended.

 Mithal told me that much ado was made over his last visit to Israel (as opposed to his second visit in 2006, which no one made a fuss over) because he embarrassed the Iraqi government by telling Israeli media that Iraq is being bought up and infiltrated by Iran.  

In terms of his safety, he has an “X” on his back. He’s constantly, literally, dodging bullets and bombs. He’s been quoted as saying, “I know I will be killed but I will not leave my country because my country needs me.” This man is still alive only by the grace of God.

 Between helping Alusi and all of your other activities, do you also have a regular, “ordinary” job?

 My regular job is being a mother. That’s really what I am.

 What’s next on your agenda?

 Well, I just recently was extraordinarily busy helping organize and attending many pro-Israel rallies and counter-rallies in Los Angeles.

 But otherwise, in regards to Mithal, he hopes to soon be in Washington again and whether I’m there or not, I will make sure he meets the people he needs to meet with.

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