Israeli Defense Forces Polluting Groundwater with Impunity

Eighteen months ago, Itzhak Ben-David, the Israeli Environment Ministry’s deputy director for enforcement, visited several Israeli army bases in the West Bank.  What he saw was shocking.  Fuel and oil were leaking unabated into the ground on several sites.  In response, Ben-David asked the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to conduct water quality sampling and monitoring.  […]

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Israel Cleantech Intelligence: BrightSource and 8 More Headlines

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SolarEdge in England, fish farming, the pros and cons of desalination, and more headlines related to Israeli cleantech and the environment. This past week BrightSource Energy joined the competition for contracts in Greece which must comply with EU guidelines for renewable energy usage. Some army bases and municipalities in Israel are set to install solar […]

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Michigan Batteries and 7 Israel-related Headlines, Week of December 20, 2009

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During the week of December 20, 2009, the IDF revealed that it is adopting solar energy field rechargers. The Copenhagen summit was analyzed and Israel and Michigan are teaming up to revive Michigan’s economy through the battery business. For these stories and the rest of this week’s 7 headlines, see below. Renewable Energy Michigan Looks […]

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Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection: IDF Bases Pollute Land and Water

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As we saw in the recent Gaza and Lebanon wars, violent conflict can be a major obstacle to environmental protection in the Middle East. Recently, a letter signed by Issac Ben David, deputy director of Israel’s Ministry for Environmental Protection, and addressed to Major-General Gadi Shamni, commander-in-chief of Israel’s central command, contained even more evidence […]

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Israeli Army Tries to Go Green

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When thinking about the Israeli army (or any other army, for that matter) becoming more “green” or environmentally conscious, skepticism is unfortunately the first thing that comes to mind.  Military activity is nasty business, leaving detrimental traces on human relationships, governmental spending, and the environment – to name a few. Which is why a recent […]

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