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PA Official Gets Heavy UN Support in Getting FIFA to Ban Israeli Teams

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The UN secretary general’s special advisor on sport Wilfried Lemke has been lobbying on behalf of the PA soccer association ban Israeli teams from Judea and Samaria, and sent FIFA a letter advising that all Jewish life in Judea and Samaria is illegal, which includes Jewish soccer teams.

Jibril Rajoub, President of the PA soccer association, has warned the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) that if it would not suspend six Israeli teams from the liberated territories, he’d take the association to court. That’s the Court of Arbitration for Sports conflicts, not the Criminal Court in the Hague, in case you were wondering.

Jibril Rajoub, whose history of terrorism goes back to 1968, and who spent a good chunk of his life in Israeli security prisons, was renowned as one of Chairman Arafat’s cruelest enforcers, when the PLO was invited by a Labor government supported by the Arab parties in Knesset to take over Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Starting in 1994, Rajoub served as head of Arafat’s Preventive Security Force until 2003, when Arafat appointed him his national security advisor. During his tenure, Rajoub was accused of using brutal force and harrassment to quash political dissent, including the frequent use of torture. Witnesses described him as shooting adversaries in their kneecaps in broad daylight.

The same Rajoub, who has moved down from murder to sports, told a press conference that “Israel receives quite a few benefits from FIFA, and some of those benefits also reach the settlements teams, which is unacceptable. Our message to FIFA is clear. The time has come to decide this issue and bring an end to Palestinian suffering, and thereby grant freedom of action to Palestinian sport and football, on one hand, and stop giving legitimacy to clubs active in the settlements, on the other.”

According to FIFA’s bylaws, one country may not allow a team located in the territory of another country play in its league without the other country’s consent, and Rajoub argues that six teams from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria violate this law: Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Arba, Givat Ze’ev, the Jordan Valley and Oranit.

“Until a week and a half ago, we were very worried about what was likely to happen at the FIFA Council meeting,” an Israeli official told Reuters. “Now, we’re more relaxed, and believe that nothing dramatic will happen [during FIFA’s Thursday meeting] aside from a discussion of the issue. The big battle over the issue of the settlement teams will effectively be postponed until the FIFA Congress, which will take place in Bahrain in May 2017.”

According to the same Israeli official, the new FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, reassured the Israelis  that he would not permit a unilateral decision on the issue. Infantino wants to try to get a compromise that satisfies both sides, when he visits Israel and the PA come November.

According to Reuters, the UN secretary general’s special advisor on sport Wilfried Lemke stressed in his letter to Infantino that the UN Security Council has deemed the settlements a violation of international law, and so they have no legal status, and, therefore, “their soccer teams also have no legal status” and don’t meet the requirement of the FIFA bylaw.

In an interview he gave International Catalan Institute for Peace, Lemke counted among his chief achievements during his tenure as head of UNOSDP the active role he played in building “Extension Building for the Indoor Sports Hall” in the PA, to “empower refugee children and provide safe sporting environments for youth.” He has also supported “Sport for Resilience,” a project implemented by UNRWA. In 2014, UNOSDP also supported the Diyar Women Sports Center, a facility that provides PA women with the necessary skills and education required for them to enter the employment market. “The construction of this center contributes significantly to the enhancement of sporting infrastructure, human resources and social programs in Palestine now,” Lemke boasted.

Will the team of PA and UN officials be able to damage six Israeli soccer teams? We’ll find out in May, in Bahrain.

JNi.Media

Israel’s Wix Teams Up with New York Yankees in Sponsorship Deal

Monday, August 29th, 2016

By Anav Silverman/TPS

An Israeli cloud-based web development platform announced last week a sports sponsorship deal with Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees. Wix, headquartered in Tel Aviv, will be the official website design partner for the New York Yankees during their 2016 baseball season.

Founded in 2006 by Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami and Giora Kaplan, Wix provides a free website building platform with a wide range of tools and features, which are utilized by over 90 million users in 190 countries. Wix has offices in Miami, New York, San Francisco, San Francisco, Berlin, Beer Sheva, and the Ukraine.

The New York Yankees is not the Israeli company’s first sports sponsorship deal. Half a year ago, following a sponsorship deal with the City Football Group (CFG), Wix became the official website design and hosting partner of CFG’s Manchester City Football Club in the UK. In light of their team sponsorship with Manchester City and two successful Super Bowl advertisements, Wix set its sights on the New York Yankees.

“We wanted to see how we could expand our activities in the United States and looked at different NFL and MLB teams,” Wix CMO, Omer Shai told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

“We saw that the New York Yankees had a very engaged fan base and we wanted to work with that,” said Shai, who noted that through web and social media platforms, Wix finds innovative ways for sports clubs and teams to engage with fans.

“We are very excited to begin our relationship with Wix as the “Official Website Design Partner,” said Michael J. Tusiani, New York Yankees Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales & Sponsorships. “Wix is offering our fans, worldwide, an innovative way to exhibit passion for the team through its unique website design and mobile platforms.”

“We also look forward to working with Wix to strengthen its already established global brand,” said Tusiani.

As part of the sponsorship deal with the New York Yankees, Wix is campaigning to locate the number one New York Yankees fan, asking die hard fans to post a video showing their Yankee pride with the hashtag #BiggestYankeesFan to Wix’s Facebook page by September 5. Among the many videos posted so far, one Yankees fan demonstrated her team spirit by baking blueberry, lemon, and coffee cream pies in homage to different Yankee players, while another fan covered his entire kitchen with classic Yankee pinstripes.

The winner of the Wix video contest will be introduced to fellow fans at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, September 13 when the Yankees host the Los Angeles Dodgers, and will have the opportunity to build a personal fan page with the help of Wix under the domain, thebiggestyankeesfan.com.

Shai told TPS that he believes Wix is the first Israeli company to work with a Major League Baseball team. “It’s amazing to see what can be done with the passion of sports,” he said.

“Sports unite not only fans but entire cities and a global community,” pointed out Shai. “The strength of the bond lies in the team’s ability to deliver results, and fans in turn respond with love and loyalty. We applaud and admire the passionate, creative and voracious fandom and can’t wait to celebrate at the greatest address in sports.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

North American Medical Students Thrive in Diverse Region

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The sunny shore of Haifa’s bay usually imbues images of ships, sand and thoughts of carefree days. Yet gowns of black and green dotted the periphery, as many new physicians received their coveted diplomas and entered the medical profession.  The unique location of these rigorous studies aided to the nature of the student body, captured in the commencement ceremony.

Students, parents and friends filled the auditorium in the main campus of Technion, Israel’s leading technical university often dubbed the MIT of the Middle East, for the TeAMS class of 2014’s culminating ceremony. Dr. Andy Levy, dean of the overseas medical program reflected on this year’s graduating class. “The class has excelled in maintaining an environment at the medical school where students achieved academic strides in every measurable parameter,” Levy stated. Rooted in an atmosphere of professionalism, the students maintained a sense of camaraderie throughout the stressful years of medical school, often burning the midnight oil in group study sessions and communal meals.

The class of 2014 scored impeccably well in their match results, setting a very high standard for the program. Students placed in conventionally difficult specialties in residencies affiliated with the most prestigious programs in the United States; including Harvard University’s Mount Auburn Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University, University of Pittsburgh, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, among numerous others.

Aside from high test scores and impressive placements, the graduates at TeAMS had the unique opportunity to engage in their first practical medical encounters with varied and diverse populations. TeAMS’ students receive their initial exposures to rounds and medicine “on the job” at Rambam Health Care Campus, which has more than 2,130,000 people in their regional span. At least 1,175,000 of these people are Jewish, while 655,000 are Muslim, 123,000 are Christian, 123,000 are Druze and another 75,000 are not affiliated with a religion.

Students at TeAMS gained exposure to diverse sectarian groups first hand, as they practiced on patients from differing backgrounds, an experience which has affected many.

As Olivia Diamond New York native and class of 2014 graduate explained, “We were immersed almost immediately into the goings-on of hospital life. We got to watch procedures and shadow doctors on their rounds.” Diamond waves farewell to Haifa as she departs for Harvard University’s Mount Auburn Hospital to begin her residency in internal medicine.

Josh Gelleris, class of 2014 and California native, explained that coming to a different region affected him on a personal level. “One of the reasons I chose to study in Israel was so that I could experience a new culture,” Gelleris said. “I believed that studying in a new place would give me the opportunity to add a dimension to my educational experience that I thought would be important to my personal development.” Gelleris leaves Israel to begin his residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University.

At the commencement ceremony, Dr.Levy mirrored these sentiments by stressing the importance of treating each patient compassionately, no matter what their background. As Dr. Levy said, “I would like to bless each of you with a peace within yourselves, strive always to work to increase hope and strengthen your patients, not only physically through the knowledge you have accumulated but also by caring for them with empathy.”

Alexis Steinberg, originating from Canada and valedictorian for TeAMS class of 2014, described how exposure to this multicultural experience has influenced her outlook. “As physicians, our job entails more than just prescribing medications, especially since many diseases cannot be cured. In chronic diseases like, Alzheimer’s, ischemic heart disease, and diabetes mellitus, we are either just improving symptoms or increasing the quality of life for a patient. So, we need to really understand who the patient is in order to perform the art of healing, something that was conveyed to us while living in a foreign land.”

Rachel Stern Siegman

Technion American Medical School Waves Farewell to its 2012 Graduates

Monday, June 18th, 2012

About the Technion American Medical School in Haifa, Israel

The Technion American Medical School’s Class of 2012 graduated this month in a ceremony that marked the end of their studies in Israel and symbolized the start of their medical careers. 23 students from cities across America and Canada have spent the last four years in Haifa’s world-renowned Technion University as part of the intensely rigorous yet highly rewarding American medical program. These newly-qualified doctors will soon be returning to North America to begin their residencies at well-known medical centers and hospitals across the country.

Professor Andrew Levy, Director of the American School, lauded the students for their academic achievements, as reflected in the 95% pass rate on the USMLE exams and encouraged them to always remember the support they received, “You have every right to be proud of your achievements. But remember that you reached this place and will only go further with the help of many others, whether they be family, friends, teachers or patients. The more you recognize this, the more satisfied you will be in your careers and the more you will be able to cope with whatever life throws at you. We hope some of you will come back to us and make Israel your home after your training—we really need you. ”

Lauren Astrug, from Chicago, addressed her fellow graduates; “We all moved to Israel for many different reasons, but we leave here today all the same, as doctors. After four years, this rollercoaster ride is taking a turn in its tracks today and the ride sure has been one of the best adventures of my life.”

About the Technion American Medical School in Haifa, Israel

Jewish Press Staff

Going Beyond the Medical Norm

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

About the Technion American Medical School in Haifa, Israel

For many American students who want to study medicine, the option to study abroad is an attractive one. And for Jewish students, studying in Israel is becoming an increasingly popular option. One program to which many American Jewish students are applying is TEAMS (The Technion American Medical School Program). It offers qualified US pre-med college graduates the opportunity to pursue a career as physicians at a world-class technological institute—the Technion, amidst the stunning backdrop of Haifa’s Mediterranean coastline.

“I was supposed to go to med school in America,” explains fourth year TEAMS student, Lauren Astrug. “But then, In between my junior and senior years I went on a Birthright program to Israel and fell totally in love with the country. When I came back to America I made the spontaneous decision to apply to programs in Israel. I didn’t want to look back in twenty years time and regret never having got out of Chicago. And thank goodness I did,” she adds. “Because the past four years at the Technion have absolutely lived up to and surpassed all my expectations.”

The TEAMS program began seven years ago and is designed to prepare students for the USMLE licensing exams and residency in North America. With affiliations to over twenty medical centers in the US, students can carry out their clinical rotations in these centers, providing them with an increased edge in terms of residency matching. In fact, of the 2012 TEAMS graduates, over 85% have found residency positions at the most competitive programs in the US. This contrasts sharply to the 65% success rate of those who applied for the match worldwide.

In addition to the obvious religious, cultural and social advantages that studying in Israel brings to many American Jewish students, studying at the Technion offers other significant and distinct benefits. The Technion itself is a world recognized institute of science and applied science, which, since its founding 40 years ago, has seen the introduction of many innovations that have changed the face of medical research and patient care. And TEAMS requires its students to engage in basic or clinical research as part of their studies. “The quality of research at the Technion is outstanding and certainly comparable to the best universities in the US,” comments Professor Andrew Levy, Vice-Dean of the medical school and Director of the TEAMS program. “The TEAMS program attracts those students who are interested in being innovators in the future. Combining medicine and science is what it takes find the cure for a disease, and an appreciation of these two elements is what we aim to instill in our students. And we’ve been remarkably successful. Many of our students have won prestigious awards and presented their research at national meetings and a large percentage end up publishing their work!”

Another unique feature of the TEAMS program is its small class sizes. With just thirty students being admitted each year, each student can benefit from a unique level of individual attention and develop a strong rapport with members of faculty. The mentoring program, in which each student is paired with a personal advisor for the entire four-year program, also significantly enhances the students’ experience by providing them with a supportive and nurturing learning and living environment.

Studying in the TEAMS program has been an incredible professional and personal learning experience for me,” continues Lauren. “The atmosphere in school makes me feel like I’m part of a close-knit family. I’m being taught by leading professors in their fields and also get to spend time in the lab carrying out research with them. And to top it all off, I live in beautiful and sunny Haifa and get to go for runs on the beach every morning! What could be more perfect?”

Tami Benmayer

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