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The Daily TIP: ‘Lancet’ Editor “Deeply Regrets” Attacks on Israel and Dedicates New Issue to Jewish State

Posted by Tip Staff - May 09, 2017

Lancet’s Editor “Deeply Regrets” Attacks on Israel and Dedicates New Issue to Jewish State
Texas Bank Shuts Account of Anti-Israel Boycott Group
Human Rights Activist: Palestinians Lack Effective Leadership, Hindering Peace
Israel Developing Trail with Instructional App to Teach Hikers About 2nd Temple Period


Lancet’ Editor “Deeply Regrets” Attacks on Israel and Dedicates New Issue to Jewish State

Nearly three years after publishing a virulently anti-Israel letter which whitewashed Hamas and accused Israel of war crimes, The Lancet, a highly regarded medical journal published an issue highlighting health care in Israel, Ynet reported Monday.

Subsequent to The Lancet's publication of the letter, the publication's editor, Richard Horton, was invited to Israel by Professor Karl Skorecki, Director of Medical and Research Development at Rambam Hospital in Haifa. Horton, while in Israel, also met with Prof. Rafael Beyar, Director of Rambam Health Care Campus and Prof. Mark Clarfield of Ben-Gurion University.

During his visit, Horton said that he "deeply, deeply regrets" the publication of the letter attacking Israel and decided to devote a future issue to exploring Israel's health care system. The just-published issue featured ten articles written by Israel doctors and researchers focusing on three major topics, Rambam Hospital, Ben Gurion University and israel National Institute for Health Policy Research.

"We wanted to turn the unfortunate episode into a constructive and positive lever that will lead to recognition of Israel's advantages for global health," Horton explained in the final article in the issue.

"We hope that this special issue will not only improve health and equality in health within Israel, but between Israel and its neighbors, which will also serve as a platform for greater involvement of Israeli doctors and researchers in global health issues," he added.

Horton not only advocated greater collaboration with Israeli medical professionals, but asserted that "boycotting academics and Israeli professionals, as led by the BDS movement, is inefficient and will never be effective in helping shape public and political opinion that will promote a solution, on the contrary, it will harm these goals."

Texas Bank Shuts Account of Anti-Israel Boycott Group

A Texas-based bank announced that it would shut the account of a group promoting boycotts of Israel, Benjamin Weinthal of The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

Comerica Bank announced that it would close the account of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) in a statement e-mailed to the Post. The e-mail from Wayne Mielke, spokesman for the bank, read, "Comerica Bank has taken steps to close the account. The account closing, the result of a business decision, will occur in due course. We will have no further comment on this matter."

According to Harvard Law School Prof. Alan Dershowitz, the IADL "was founded as a communist front and supported financially by the Soviet Union. It is anti-democratic to its core and supportive of terrorism and repression. No decent person or institution should be associated with or supportive of its anti-democratic agenda and actions.”

It is unclear whether the IADL account was closed due to anti-BDS legislation signed into law last week by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, or if it was due to support of terror groups by the IADL. The IADL did not respond to queries about the reason for the accounts' closure. In addition to its anti-Israel stand, the IADL, which is based in Brussels, has ties to a legal group associated with North Korea. The IADL also supports Iran's nuclear program.

Though it is believed that this is the first time in the United States that a bank closed an account belonging to a BDS-supporting group, a number of European banks have done so.

 

Human Rights Activist: Palestinians Lack Effective Leadership, Hindering Peace

Palestinian leaders are responsible for a lack of effective leadership and culture of corruption resulting in an endless cycle of violence and suffering, a leading Palestinian human rights activist has warned.

Bassem Eid, the founder and former director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, wrote in an op-ed in The Times of Israel that “for both Fatah and Hamas, the conflict has become a business and a means of retaining power. They profit from the conflict financially and politically, so they do everything to ensure that it continues.”

Eid believes that the only solution to end Palestinian suffering is to hold to account its leadership. “If so-called pro-Palestinian activists truly want to help the Palestinians, then they should demand freedom, human rights, democracy, and justice for the Palestinians.”

Moreover, Eid criticized the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement for doing more harm than good. “Since the Palestinian-controlled economy is so weak, many Palestinians are employed by Israeli firms – the only source of good jobs for Palestinians,” he said.

If they really have the well-being of Palestinians at heart, Eid said, “They should assist Israel in creating jobs in the West Bank for Palestinians. They should assist Palestinians in developing an economy while ensuring that the money is not used to enrich the terrorists’ rule or to augment the terrorists’ arsenal. They should encourage Palestinians to live in peace with Jews.”


Israel Developing Trail with Instructional App to Teach Hikers About 2nd Temple Period

Israel’s first “smart” hiking trail, under construction between Tiberias and Beit Sheʽarim National Park in the Lower Galilee, will bring hikers back in history to the Second Temple period more than 2,000 years ago, when the Great Sanhedrin — the supreme Jewish authority of sages – was active in this region.

Hikers will have access to an innovative augmented reality-based smartphone application that will virtually reconstruct heritage sites, integrate virtual guides for children along the route and bring to life prominent scholars such as the four rabbis mentioned in the Passover Haggadah.

Due to be completed in spring 2018, the trail marks three important “70s.” It will be inaugurated for the State of Israel’s 70th anniversary, will stretch 70 kilometers, and will pass sites associated with the 70 members of the Great Sanhedrin.

These are among the scholars who recorded the Mishnah and Talmud, Judaism's Oral Law, during their 290 years in the Galilee following the Bar Kokhba revolt against Rome in 135 CE. The Great Sanhedrin originally sat on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

“People such Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, the members of the Sanhedrin who were active here 2,000 years ago, determined to a great extent much of how our lives are run today. It is according to these religious laws that we marry or conduct funeral ceremonies, and even administer Jewish law,” said Yair Amitzur, the Israel Antiquities Authority’s antiquities inspector for the Eastern Galilee, and one of the initiators of the idea.

“The establishment of the trail and walking on it will connect those who live here today with the atmosphere and frame of mind of that period,” Amitzur continued. “In walking along the Galilee trails while using the application that will be developed specifically for this project, the trail will afford visitors a learning experience about the Mishnah and Talmud period and connect them to the world of the sages who shaped Judaism in the religious houses of learning.”

(via Israel21c)


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