Female Air Force pilot takes command of Israel flight squadron for first time

The Israel Air Force Nachshon squadron is now being led by a female — the first time in the nation’s history, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“Congratulations to our first female commander of an operational squadron in the Air Force — we’ve been waiting for you for 71 years,” IAF Cmdr. Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin said at the ceremony on Sept. 24. “Lt. Col. G, the mother of two boys, you are a role model and an inspiration for thousands of women in the state of Israel.”

The pilot — whose full name was withheld because of security reasons — commands an intelligence unit based in the southern Nevatim Airbase. She was conscripted in 2003, serving in the 131st and 135st squadron after completing the pilots’ course. Later, she was deputy commander of the Nachshon squadron from 2014 to 2017.


Gandhi’s 1939 Rosh Hashanah greeting found

A Rosh Hashanah greeting Mahatma Gandhi wrote on Sept. 1, 1939 — the day the Nazis invaded Poland — was found at the National Library of Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“Dear Shohet, You have my good wishes for your new year,” the letter to A.E. Shohet, who headed the Bombay Zionist Association, reads. “How I wish the new year may mean an era of peace for your afflicted people.”

The library discovered the greeting as part of an initiative to receive millions of items in its archives. It placed the letter online this week.

Shohet, who was an Indian Jew from Bombay, had interviewed Gandhi in March of 1939.


Israeli documentary wins Emmy

Israeli hunting documentary “Trophy” won an Emmy for Outstanding Nature Documentary at the 2019 News and Documentary Emmys announced Sept. 24 in New York City, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Trophy was directed by Shaul Schwarz with Christina Clusiau. Israeli cable network YES Docu produced the documentary and it was distributed by CNN. Alon Schwarz, who is Shaul Schwarz’s brother, co-produced it, and it was edited by Halil Efrat.

The movie takes a look at exotic animal hunting — with customers spending large sums to bolster private collections with trophies made from zebras, lions and rhinos. It also discusses the controversial topic of whether the industry’s existence is helpful in the survival of endangered species. JN

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