NORTHSaying that places like Yodfat are part of the Jewish nation’s founding story, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended last week’s opening of the archeological site, south of Karmiel in the Lower Galilee.Stressing his government’s efforts to develop the area, Netanyahu enthused that what is so powerful about sites like Yodfat is that the nation is rebuilding on the ruins of the past. “We are working hard so the entire Galilee will blossom, and I am committed that what we are doing in the South will also be done here.”Yodfat is thought to be the location of the town of the same name mentioned in the Mishna and in the second book of Kings. The Mishna mentions it as a fortified Jewish village dating from the time of Joshua, or the Iron Age. At the site, archeologists have found a village from the Hellenistic period from the fourth and third centuries BCE. Around the second century BCE the village became populated by Jews.The historian Josephus described the battle between the Jews and the Romans at Yodfat in the year 67 CE. The Romans were met with strong Jewish resistance, but ultimately, after 40,000 Jews were killed and 1,200 enslaved, the city was destroyed.NGO demands solutions for Haifa ammonia containerEnvironmental NGO Zalul demanded last week that the Defense Ministry work to decrease the amount of ammonia stored in Haifa and, in parallel, begin the process of closing the storage facility and plant completely. The demand came in light of the container’s danger, and threats made by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah to turn the container into an “atomic bomb” that will destroy Haifa Bay. MK Hilik Bar (Zionist Union) joined Zalul in its call to close the site: “The ammonia container is another oversight that justifies an investigative committee,” Bar said of the government’s handling of the matter.The ammonia plant and other factories in Haifa have been blamed for pollution, which preliminary results of a recently leaked University of Haifa study said caused babies to be born with heads 20 to 30 percent smaller than average.SOUTH Giuliani to visit BGU cybersecurity labsFormer New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani was scheduled to drop in on the cybersecurity labs at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, as part of his visit to Israel in his new role as global chairman of law firm Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Practice.According to BGU, Giuliani specifically requested to visit Beersheba to see “the burgeoning cybersecurity hub and talk to researchers, students, and start-up entrepreneurs”; the former mayor is set to visit the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at the university and deliver a lecture on “International Aspects of the Cyber Threat.” CENTER Preservation experts gather at TA confabThe White City has preserved many of its historic buildings in recent years, with a conference held this week on that very topic – the preservation of heritage sites.At the conference, which took place at Habimah Theater, new preservation technologies were on display and experts from Israel and overseas lectured on the latest in the field; it was sponsored by the Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel, the Antiquities Authority, and the International Council on Monuments and Sites.TAU event to honor women-in-tech pioneer Anita Borg, an American computer scientist and a passionate advocate for increasing representation of women in technical fields, is set to be honored at an event at Tel Aviv University next week.Borg, who died in 2003, founded the Institute for Women and Technology (now the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology) based in Palo Alto, California, and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing; in 1987, Borg founded Systers, the first email network for women in technology.Google established the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in 2004 to honor her work.The TAU event is a celebration the birthday of Borg, who organizers said was “a visionary leader responsible for including women in the technological revolution – not as bystanders but as active participants and leaders.”The program for the evening includes the “Predicting the Future” lecture by Dr. Kira Radinsky, CTO and co-founder of SalesPredict. A panel discussion led by leading women in tech will feature Natalie Aizenberg (Google), Anat Katz-Arotchas (Standpoint), Bilha Mendelson (Opitura) and Merav Zidon (Intel).