Gershon Baskin. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Encouraging Arab Entrepreneurs

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Gershon Baskin works with Chemi Peres, the son of Shimon Peres to promote and encourage Arabs to put their hi-tech knowledge to use.
Peres son creates environment for Arab startups

PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES frequently talks about the potential benefits to the economy if a significant percentage of the trained Arab workforce were to be absorbed into Israel’s hi-tech industries, or alternately set up such industries of their own.

To encourage Arabs to put their hi-tech knowledge to use, his son, Chemi Peres , a managing general partner and co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital, along with Jerusalem Venture Partners and Imad Telhami, an entrepreneur from Israel’s Arab community, have joined forces to create an Arabic language technology incubator for startups geared to attracting local Arab entrepreneurs, to be located in the north. It will provide training and physical facilities and will also fund innovative start-ups.

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Greer Fay Cashman

Greer Fay Cashman

Greer Fay Cashman, a Melbourne born journalist who is a staff member of The Jerusalem Post, has been living in Israel since 1973. Before leaving Australia, she worked for several years for the Australian Jewish News and in the two years prior to her migration to Israel (which she labels as her "aliya") was editor of the Sydney Jewish News.
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