Russian hacker extradited to US

Russian hacker Alexei Burkov was extradited from Israel to the United States on Nov. 11, JNS.org reported.

The previous day, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a petition submitted by the Russians asking that Burkov be extradited to Moscow.

Burkov’s case may be tied to the Russian imprisonment of 26-year-old Israeli tourist Naama Issachar. She was convicted on drug possession and smuggling charges after 9.5 grams of hashish were found in her luggage at a Moscow airport.

I24 News said Issachar “may have been imprisoned as a bargaining chip in a diplomatic prisoner row between Washington and Moscow involving Burkov.”

Through Twitter, the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv said the court’s ruling “constitutes a breach of (Burkov’s) rights, as well as Israel’s international obligations.”

Bedouin employment center opens

The Switch Center for Training and Advancement of Employment for Israeli’s Bedouin community opened in the southern part of the country, JTA reported.

More than 200,000 Bedouin live in Israel, mostly in the Negev.

The center features classrooms, a computer workshop room, a clinic, a multi-purpose hall, work spaces, offices, an auditorium and conference rooms. Both Bedouin and Jewish staff members will work there.

The center is a project of the Harry Oscar Triguboff Institute, in partnership with the Idan HaNegev Co. and JNF Australia.

“This center provides opportunities for young Bedouin men and women, and we take pride in our partnership with Idan HaNegev. Thanks to this park, the unemployment rate has gone down from 34% to 11%, and when there is employment, it is possible to achieve many good things.” Rahaht Mayor Faiz Abu Sahiben said in a statement.

National Library of Israel collaborates with Google

As part of a collaboration between Google and the National Library of Israel, about 120,000 of the latter’s books will go online, JTA reported.

The collaboration is part of the Google Books project. That project involves more than 40 million books from more than 70 libraries in the United States, Europe and Japan and thousands of publishers. The books are in more than 400 languages, including Hebrew.

The digitalization process is already underway, but is expected to take about two years. The process is intensive, as the books are shipped in climate-control and secure containers from the Jerusalem library to Google offices in Germany.

About 45% of the books from Israel are in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. The remainder are in languages including Latin, English, German, French, Arabic and Russian.

Forest fires break out in northern Israel

Sparked by hot and dry conditions, forest fires broke out on Nov. 10-11 in northern Israel, JTA reported.

The largest fire on Nov. 11 — fought by 10 firefighting teams — burned near the village of Nahalal in the Jezreel Valley. It consumed the community’s straw storage.

The previous day, a fire outside of Jerusalem near Tzur Hadassah required 18 firefighting teams as well as six firefighting planes before it was under control.

Another fire that day next to Kibbutz Ein Shemer near Hadera in the north, prompted 15 firefighting teams and two firefighting planes to get it under control. JN

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