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Israel fest to highlight Israeli innovations

Tucson’s Israel 65 Festival next month will celebrate “Israel’s Incredible Innovations.” Some of Israel’s many claims to fame include:

Computers: The USB flash drive, a portable memory storage system, developed by M-Systems

Agriculture: The modern drip irrigation system that dispenses a single drop of liquid at a time, invented by Israeli engineer Simcha Blass and his son Yeshayahu in 1959

Games: Rummikub, a tile-based game invented by Ephraim Hertzano

Medicine: PillCam, the first ingestible video camera, developed by Given Imaging. The camera, which fits inside a pill, views the small intestine from the inside, helping doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

To discover more Israeli innovations, visit the Israel 65 Festival on Sunday, April 21, noon-6 p.m. on the campus of the Tucson Jewish Community Center.