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The Daily TIP: Activists Make "Thinly Veiled Call to Purge Jews" from UK's Labour Party

Posted by Tip Staff - September 26, 2017

Activists Make "Thinly Veiled Call to Purge Jews" from UK's Labour Party
Reactions to Terror Attack Raise Doubts that PA-Hamas Reconciliation Can Bring Peace
Oberlin Alumni Release Letter Supporting Pro-Israel Prof Dismissed by University of Maryland
Int'l Software Giant SAP Buys Israeli Startup for Reported $350 Million


Activists Make "Thinly Veiled Call to Purge Jews" from UK's Labour Party

The British Labour Party faces a fresh anti-Semitism controversy after a speaker at a side event at the party's annual conference called for free speech to extend to Holocaust denial, and activists made a "thinly veiled call to purge Jews" from the party according to one MP, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Speaking at an event on free speech and Israel, speakers called for the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) and Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) to be “kicked out” of the party, compared the treatment of Palestinians by Israel to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews, and accused Israel of “genocide” in the Gaza Strip.

The Daily Mail quoted Israeli-American author Miko Peled saying “This is about free speech, the freedom to criticise and to discuss every issue, whether it’s the Holocaust: yes or no, Palestine, the liberation.”

One MP said the comments made at the event amounted to a “thinly veiled call to purge Jews from the Labour Party.”

In a conference call with The Israel Project, which publishes The Tower, on September 25, Dr. David Hirsh, a leading scholar on contemporary Antisemitism, told the audience that, under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, anti-Semitism has been mainstreamed. As a result, Hirsh said, “people from the far-left were moving into the Labour Party…and some of them ‘would demand to re-opened the Jewish questions’…a whole number of anti-Semitic canards made it into the mainstream.”



Reactions to Terror Attack Raise Doubts that PA-Hamas Reconciliation Can Bring Peace

The reactions to Tuesday morning's terror attack that left three Israelis dead by the two largest Palestinian political factions raise doubts that reconciliation between them can boost the chances of peace with Israel.

On its official Facebook page, the Nablus chapter of Fatah, the main party constituting the Palestinian Authority, called Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal, the shooter who killed the three Israelis and wounded a fourth, a "martyr." This designation according to PA regulations means that Al-Jamal's family will qualify for a 6,000 shekel ($1700) grant and monthly stipends up to 2,600 shekel ($737), according to Palestinian Media Watch.

A spokesman for Hamas, the Gaza-based terrorist group and other major Palestinian faction, also praised the attack.

The support for the terror attack comes at a time that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have reportedly arrived at a reconciliation agreement.

The reconciliation with Hamas, which is still committed to terrorism against Israel, would put the PA at odds with the Quartet’s Roadmap for Peace which outlines the necessary conditions for peace with Israel. The Quartet principles were endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, and requires Palestinian leadership to issue an “unequivocal statement reiterating Israel’s right to exist in peace and security and calling for an immediate end to all acts of violence against Israelis anywhere.”



Oberlin Alumni Release Letter Supporting Pro-Israel Prof Dismissed by University of Maryland

A group of Oberlin College alumni have released a letter in support of a professor who was recently fired by the University of Maryland.

The letter, which was addressed to university president Wallace Loh and Provost Mary Ann Rankin, called the termination of award-winning professor Melissa Landa, who had been an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Education, as "surprising and troubling."

Landa had helped found and was president of the Oberlin chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF), which fights the rise in anti-Semitic incidents on campus.

"Melissa is an excellent instructor, teaching a curriculum she developed, and winning awards and a strong vote of confidence from her students. She has a book soon to be published. She created and led an education abroad program in Israel and raised money to ensure the participation of first generation college students," the letter stated. "There has been no suggestion that either her teaching or her scholarship is anything but excellent."

The letter also noted that Landa is "a committed Jew and a supporter of Israel."

Two incidents, however, suggest that Landa's advocacy for Israel played a role in her dismissal. Dr. John O’Flahavan, a mentor of Landa's, and Associate Chair of the university's Undergraduate Elementary Education Program had discouraged Landa from displaying an Israeli flag in her office. O'Flavahan also removed Landa "from her longstanding position on the program’s literacy team in May 2016, shortly after she became active in an antiBDS faculty organization, the Academic Engagement Network (AEN)."



Int'l Software Giant SAP Buys Israeli Startup for Reported $350 Million

Gigya, whose customer identity management platform helps companies build digital relationships with some 1.3 billion consumers, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by software giant SAP.

The company did not disclose the price tag of the deal, though it has been reported at $350 million. Gigya was founded in 2006 in Israel and currently employs 300 people in its offices in Mountain View (California), Tel Aviv and London.

“Gigya brings a wealth of skills and expertise that will significantly enhance the SAP Hybris Profile solution and allow us to take leadership of the emerging customer identity and access management market,” said Carsten Thoma, president and cofounder of SAP Hybris, with which Gigya has partnered since 2013.

The acquisition — expected to close in the final quarter of 2017 — will enable SAP Hybris to offer a cloud-based data platform enabling companies to profile and convert new customers, gather accurate conclusions from disparate consumer engagement sources and collect data for enhanced consumer choices that are in line with regulations.

“Combining the data matching and enrichment capabilities of SAP Hybris Profile with Gigya’s consent-based identity data and access management platform will allow us to identify consumers across channels and offer a robust single consumer profile,” said Patrick Salyer, CEO of Gigya.

(via Israel21c)


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