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The Daily TIP: Revealed: Israel Provides Tons of Medical Supplies, Food, Clothes, and Six Mules, to Syria

Posted by Tip Staff - July 19, 2017

Revealed: Israel Provides Tons of Medical Supplies, Food, Clothes, and Six Mules, to Syria
Award-Winning Filmmaker: Roger Waters' Israel Boycott is “Deplorable, Baseless & Unfounded"
Fmr. Israeli Security Chief: Iranian Land Corridor, Bases in Syria Biggest Threats to Israel
Israeli Organizations Seek to Increase Female Participation in High-Tech Careers


Revealed: Israel Provides Tons of Medical Supplies, Food, Clothes, and Six Mules, to Syria

The Israeli army on Wednesday revealed for the first time the extent of its humanitarian aid to Syria, including lifesaving medication such as insulin, dozens of tons of clothes, hundreds of thousands of liters of fuel and food, and six mules, as part of "Operation Good Neighbor."

The IDF spokesperson reported Wednesday that the primary goal of the operation was to reach as many needy Syrians as possible without violating Israel’s carefully crafted policy of non-intervention in the Syrian civil war. More than 110 aid operations of various kinds have been conducted since the operation began last August.

“Based on my 20-year medical career, I can truly say that the medical care we have provided to our neighbors here in the north of Israel is one of the most significant efforts to treat those in need that I have ever witnessed,” Col. Dr. Noam Fink, the chief medical officer of the Northern Command, told the IDF spokesperson.

One recipient of aid wrote from an Israeli hospital that “The people of Syria want peace with Israel. To any Syrians that think that Israel is our enemy---you are wrong.”

With the help of the IDF, a medical clinic on the Golan Heights will open in two weeks. The clinic will be run by a team of American doctors and provide urgent medical care to Syrian civilians. The army will be responsible for protecting the clinic and its staff.

Award-Winning Filmmaker: Roger Waters' Israel Boycott is “Deplorable, Baseless & Unfounded"

In a new documentary about Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters’ rancorous campaign against Israel, acclaimed filmmaker and author Ian Halperin is seeking to emphasize the damaging rhetoric of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign Waters supports.

“I’ve never come across a story more filled with hate, prejudice, and misinformation than the vitriol that Roger Waters is spewing to the world,” Halperin said in an interview published by the Observer earlier this month.

The film, called Wish You Werent Here, is Halperin’s way of expressing that, “to me, an attack on Israel is an attack against the Jewish people.”

Waters has established himself as a leader of the BDS campaign, and has criticized musicians who choose to perform concerts in Israel. Most recently, Waters singled out Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke for dismissing calls to boycott Israel.

Halperin’s documentary exposes the anti-Semitic motifs found within Waters’ activism. In 2013, a Waters concert featured a floating pig displaying a Star of David, a move that Waters has continuously defended.

“You can argue with some of Israel’s policies, no problem. But to call for a universal boycott of Israel is deplorable, baseless and unfounded,” Halperin said. “It’s an anti-Semitic attack.”

The film also discredits the comparison that Waters draws between the situation in Israel and apartheid South Africa. “I’ve met all the leaders who fought to liberate South Africa,” Halperin said. “Waters doesn’t know what he’s talking about. South Africans are insulted by his claims.”

Fmr. Israeli Security Chief: Iranian Land Corridor, Bases in Syria Biggest Threats to Israel

Iran's efforts to build a "direct corridor" from Baghdad to the Mediterranean Sea and further entrench itself militarily in Syria are two of Israel's most pressing concerns, Israel's former national security adviser said Monday.

The corridor, referred to as a "Shiite crescent" by Jordan's King Abdullah, would place Israel's borders in "direct connection to Iran---a long line but still very easy to move forces, capabilities and everything that the Iranians will want to build around Israel," Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror said. Iran's ability to project its power along this route would "change the whole geostrategic situation in this area."

The establishment of permanent Iranian bases in Syria would pose a more immediate and direct threat to Israel, placing it at risk of simultaneous confrontation with Lebanon and Syria. "Israel might face two battlegrounds," Amidror explained, "one in Lebanon and one in Syria in which the Iranians and Hezbollah will have their infrastructure [that] can be used against Israel, in parallel."

These bases would act as launching pads for Iranian and Hezbollah attacks against Israel from Syria, and should be prevented "whatever will be the price," Amidror warned.

While he noted that Israel would first try to handle things diplomatically, he indicated that resorting to using "military capability" could also be an option.

"Lebanon as a state does not exist. But the price will be paid by the end of the day by the Lebanese," Amidror observed of Israel’s need to destroy Iran’s military infrastructure in Lebanon.



Israeli Organizations Seek to Increase Female Participation in High-Tech Careers
It’s no secret that men hold most of the senior positions in government, academia and industry. Also girls are a minority in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes and women are a minority in the high-tech workforce.

While online communities help women and teenage girls gather information and compete for jobs in high-tech, real communities are the latest trend in the two biggest high-tech hotspots: the United States (Silicon Valley) and Israel (Silicon Wadi).

“When I was starting out in tech, it felt natural to me that this area was dominated by men, and I learned to live with it. Today, I understand that not only do things need to change, but I can personally be a part of the solution,” says Microsoft senior program manager Shira Weinberg, cofounder of LeadWith, a nonprofit organization empowering the female tech community in Israel.

“By encouraging women, providing them with the right tools and know-how, we can reduce the gender gap in the industry and shape the way it will be in 20 years’ time,” says Weinberg.

A similar nonprofit initiative, QueenB, reaches eighth-grade girls from four Jerusalem schools under the umbrella of the PICO Kids philanthropy engaging Jerusalem schoolchildren in STEM and entrepreneurship.

Hebrew University computer science and math student Yasmin Dunsky, 25, started QueenB out of her concern that not enough women are coders and software developers. Volunteers from the Hebrew University Student Union teach 40 girls Java after school, forming personal connections.

(via Israel21c)


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