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The Daily TIP: African American Law Enforcement Group: Exchange Program with Israel Enhances "Public Safety"

Posted by Tip Staff - February 27, 2019

African American Law Enforcement Group: Exchange Program with Israel Enhances "Public Safety"
Red Lines Against Iran Will Be Enforced, States Netanyahu During Moscow Visit
Since March, Hamas Fired Over 1,300 Rockets into Israel, Mostly "After Mass Violent Riots"
Six Israeli Startups Make List of World's 50 Most Innovative Companies

African American Law Enforcement Group: Exchange Program with Israel Enhances "Public Safety"

An African American law enforcement group has praised a Georgia-based exchange program with Israel for enhancing “public safety,” thereby contradicting a claim by the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that joint exercises with Israeli law enforcement “militarize U.S. police forces.”

In a letter published earlier this month, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) endorsed the work of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), saying the program’s work, including that done with Israel, strives “continuously to improve public safety by enhancing inter-agency cooperation, partnership, and professional educational training.”

The statement, The Algemeiner reports, calls into question the “Deadly Exchange” campaign launched by the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace. The initiative, kickstarted in 2017, blames Israeli-American law enforcement cooperation for “discriminatory and repressive policing” against minorities in both countries and condemns “Jewish organizations that facilitate such deadly exchanges.”

When the city of Durham, North Carolina, in April became the first U.S. municipality to bar its police department from training in Israel, the boycotts movement claimed that cooperation with Israeli law enforcement would “further militarize U.S. police forces that train in Israel.” They also charged that the IDF deploys “tactics of extrajudicial killing, excessive force, racial profiling, and repression of social justice movements.”

These charges have been strongly denounced by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and were also rejected by the Board of Commissioners of Forsyth County in Georgia.

Days before NOBLE published its letter, the board warned that “anti-police and anti-Israel groups launched a propaganda campaign against U.S. police training in Israel under the misnomer of ‘Deadly Exchange.'” It observed that the boycotts movement falsely accuses American officers of learning “to kill and to oppress minorities” during their training in Israel.

Read more at The Tower.

Red Lines Against Iran Will Be Enforced, States Netanyahu During Moscow Visit

While in Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Israelis would "continue to operate" against Iran's entrenchment in Syria, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Netanyahu said that he and Putin mostly discussed the deployment of Russian S-300 air defense systems in Syria. Russia transferred the systems to Syria following the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire this past September.

The prime minister, who was accompanied to Moscow by Major General Tamir Hyman, Israel's chief of military intelligence, said that he shared intelligence with Putin. Though no details were made public, it is believed that the information concerned Iran's deployment in Syria.

"Israel will continue to operate as it needs to protect itself from Iranian aggression in Syria,” Netanyahu said. The prime minister added that he emphasized that Israel intends to protect itself in coordination with Russia in order to prevent friction between the two.

This was Netanyahu’s first extended meeting with Putin since the downing of the Russian plane sparked a diplomatic crisis.

The Kremlin had accused Israel of “premeditated actions” leading to the downing of the plane and warned that the incident would harm relations between the two countries. The Israeli military, however, said that Syria’s indiscriminate air defense fire was the cause of the accident. The Il-20 electronic intelligence plane was hit 35km off Syria’s Mediterranean coast as it returned to its nearby base.

Netanyahu noted that, overall, this was the eleventh meeting between the two leaders since Russia became actively involved in the Syrian civil war in 2015. He described the relationship with the Russian president as a "brick" that prevented friction between the two nations' militaries, thus enhancing security in the region.

Read more at The Tower.

Since March, Hamas Fired Over 1,300 Rockets into Israel, Mostly "After Mass Violent Riots"

Beginning on March 30, 2018 the Islamist terrorist group Hamas, which is in complete political and military control of the Gaza Strip, launched weekly riots at the Gaza-Israeli border, an effort known as “The March of Return.” The IDF has now released a report detailing the environmental, material, and human damage caused by the violence.

The army revealed that “over 1,300 rockets and mortars have been launched towards Israel, resulting in death and injury, property damage, psychological injury and economic harm.” The report observed that the majority of the rockets were fired on Fridays and Saturdays, "immediately after mass violent riots.”

Large groups of rioters marched on the border with the intent to breach the security fence and infiltrate the Jewish State – the “peaceful protesters” were carrying guns, knives, stones, explosives, and Molotov cocktails. They also burned thousands of tires and sent kites over Israeli territory with burning objects, causing extensive damage.

The IDF estimates that “thousands of incendiary kites and balloons have been launched into Israel,” causing “over 2,000 separate fires” on Israeli territory. As a result, the army said, 8,500 acres of land were burned, including 3,200 acres of nature reserves and over 2,700 acres of forest.

In addition, incendiary balloons “landed in residential areas, including playgrounds and kindergartens, posing a serious risk to the lives of civilians.”

As part of its perverse strategy, Hamas sent civilians – many of them just children – to threaten Israel’s security and provoke the soldiers who defend it. The army noted, however, that the terrorist group failed to achieve its “primary military aims,” namely, “causing breaches in the security infrastructure and infiltration en masse into Israel in order to conduct military attacks inside Israeli territory.”

Read more at The Tower.

Six Israeli Startups Make List of World's 50 Most Innovative Companies

Every year, Fast Company magazine ranks the world’s 50 most innovative companies. This year, six companies from Israel made the list, and ISRAEL21c has featured all of them.

Vayyar Imaging came in No. 2 in the “Middle East” category. The company’s low-cost 3D imaging technology is used in cars, smart homes, agriculture, robotics, medicine and more. Vayyar’s sensors can see through materials, differentiate between objects and people, and map environments in real time.

Innoviz makes smart LiDAR systems – the “eyes” in next-generation autonomous vehicles. Innoviz’s LiDAR sends out pulsed laser beams to measure and monitor a car’s surroundings. SpacePharma helps pharmaceutical companies conduct tests in zero gravity, a great environment for bacteria to grow faster and often stronger than on Earth. “On Earth, a petri dish allows you to grow a culture in two dimensions,” SpacePharma’s chairman Yossi Yamin told ISRAEL21c. “But with low gravity in orbit, you get a third dimension.” One of SpacePharma minilabs is integrated with the International Space Station.

ECOncrete developed a blue-green concrete that enhances the ecological value of urban and coastal infrastructure, increasing its strength and boosting the plant canopy. The Israeli company has worked on projects in New York, Georgia, Florida and London.

Sight Diagnostics developed an AI-driven platform for blood analysis and the diagnosis of infectious diseases. The company’s OLO device, currently undergoing clinical trials in the United States, offers complete blood count (CBC) tests from finger-prick samples at the point-of-care, providing results in minutes.

(via Israel21c)

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