November 12, 2020
"COVID-19: LESSONS AND PREDICTIONS"
If you missed this engaging and informative
presentation by
Editor-in-Chief
of The Lancet
you may watch it here
Canadian donors fund global study to
determine the long-term neuropsychiatric impact of COVID-19
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, led by
Dr. Arnie Aberman and Tony Comper, Dr. Galit Weinstein, the head of the University of Haifa's Epidemiology Program at the University's School of Public Health, will be participating in the new global study to determine the neurological and psychiatric impact of COVID-19 infection. These include risk of cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and other psychiatric disorders such as PTSD and depression. Dr. Weinstein is the sole representative from Israel.

The consortium brings together research teams from 38 countries, including the University of Toronto, to study more than 22 million COVID-19 cases. The team will receive technical guidance from the World Health Organization and the support of the American National Institutes of Health, and the International Alzheimer’s Association.
Covid deaths can be 'significantly
reduced' if age groups don't mix
A recent University of Haifa study indicates that people only socialising within their own age groups could 'significantly reduce' deaths from coronavirus and provide an alternative to lockdown.

The researchers created a large computer simulation to evaluate different scenarios for easing lockdown measures - including by age group. They found that there would be between a 62 and 93 per cent cut in the death rate from coronavirus if over-55s only socialized with people in their own age group. The solution still assumes close family members will meet regularly, so doesn't preclude meeting with grandchildren.
Maritime Policy & Strategy Research
Center Receives $1 million gift
The University of Haifa is pleased to announce a $1 million gift from Dov Shafir to their Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center to support research grants, student scholarships, and the Center’s research activities.

Established in 2016 through the generosity of Dov Shafir and Prof. Fred Tauber, the Center is Israel's leading think tank in the field of maritime strategy, with an emphasis on the eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea regions.

The Center’s goal is to develop a comprehensive maritime strategy for the country; study regional and national security and foreign policy; the movement of cargo; maritime law; energy, and the environment. The Center recently expanded its research agenda by merging with The Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies.
Facebook's Holocaust denial a small step in complex fight against online hate
Commentary by Gabriel Weimann a professor of communication at the University of Haifa, a visiting professor at the University of Maryland, and the author of nine books, including Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation.

“If Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his ‘solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem,’” actor Sacha Baron Cohen said at the Anti-Defamation League’s Never is Now antisemitism summit last year. He is not wrong.

In that forceful 24-minute address, Cohen used his charisma and wit to convince millions of what academics have said for years: Despite its benefits, social media has become a hotbed of intolerance, hate and bigotry that has gone unregulated for far too long.

This is why I applaud Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for banning Holocaust denial on his platform. The policy change, though, is only one small step in a complex fight against extremism online. Continue reading