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The Daily TIP: Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: Job of Fighting Campus Anti-Semitism is "Primarily One of Education"

Posted by Tip Staff - October 31, 2018

Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: Job of Fighting Campus Anti-Semitism is "Primarily One of Education"
Leader of Saudi-Based Int'l Muslim Organization Condemns Synagogue Massacre
Haifa Elects Woman as Mayor for the First Time
Israeli Invention Allows Doctors to Monitor Ultrasounds Remotely in Real-Time


Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: Job of Fighting Campus Anti-Semitism is "Primarily One of Education"

The fight against campus anti-Semitism is "primarily one of education," Dovid Efune, editor-in-chief of The Algemeiner said in a conference call hosted by The Israel Project on Tuesday, discussing his publication's role in helping Jewish students grapple with anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred.

Efune explained that the education he referred to means "helping not just students but college administrators, and even fair-minded professors" what "they are facing on campuses, and realize the bigoted nature of many of these groups that are leading the charge." He added that Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which is in the "forefront" of efforts to demonize Israel on campus, is an "overtly anti-Semitic group," according to the definitions of the United States State Department and International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Efune began the call by a discussion of the massacre of eleven Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning.

"I think it categorized for us or reaffirmed for us that hate, and certainly hatred of Jews, anti-Semitism, literally sits in a category of its own, and needs to be fought, and combatted in every which place it is found," he said.

The editor also said that he found "the extent of how the wider American community, not just the Jewish community, was so repulsed by this hatred" to be "encouraging."

Despite the challenges presented by anti-Semitism on campus — Efune cited a recent study that showed that the main predictor of anti-Semitic activity on a campus is the presence of an SJP chapter there — we are seeing a more "orchestrated and focused pushback."

"The goal is to help people understand that despite the fact that they are framing themselves as social justice groups, as warriors for the rights of others, these groups are using such language as a veneer to hide their own inherent bigotry and hatred of all things Israel and Israeli," Efune said, explaining the importance of education in fighting on-campus anti-Semitism. He observed further that often, now, SJP and similar groups are more overt, and "don't even do a good job of hiding it."

Efune concluded the call with a resume of the current political climate and how it affects Jewish students on campus, highlighting both the importance of separating the Trump administration’s policy on Israel from views of the president itself, as well as nurturing the bipartisan U.S.-Israel relationship.



Leader of Saudi-Based Int'l Muslim Organization Condemns Synagogue Massacre

The Secretary-General of the Saudi-based Muslim World League, Mohammed al-Issa, has strongly denounced Saturday’s Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that left eleven people dead, The Algemeiner reported.

Al Issa, a former justice minister who took over the government-funded group in 2016, said in a statement that his group “strongly condemns the heinous attack on peaceful civilians and places of worship, and deemed the violation of their sanctity a criminal act.”

He added that “this terrorist attack is deprived of all principles and values and targeted the lives of peaceful and innocent civilians.”

The bloodshed, he went on to say, “will only make our belief grow stronger in strengthening international solidarity and cooperation to confront extremism that knows no religion and race for the sake of realizing its evil objectives.”

Al Issa, in an interview with The Algemeiner earlier this year, observed that no Islamic laws prohibit Muslims to respect “the Jewish religion and the right of the Jews to live in dignity.”

In a historic move, Al Issa was the first leader of the Muslim World League, and any Saudi-based Muslim group, to publicly condemn Holocaust denial in a letter sent to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“History is indeed impartial no matter how hard forgers tried to tamper with or manipulate it,” Al Issa wrote in a message sent to museum director, Sara Bloomfield, five days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.

In May, he fulfilled a promise and visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.



Haifa Elects Woman as Mayor for the First Time

For the first time, Haifa, Israel's third largest city, has elected a female mayor, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Labor Party candidate, Dr. Einat Kalisch Rotem, who has a Ph.D. in architecture and urban planning and teaches at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s graduate school, defeated incumbent Yona Yahav, to become the first female mayor of one of Israel's largest cities.

Kalisch Rotem's candidacy had initially been disqualified by an Israeli district court because she was one of two candidates submitted by the Labor Party. However, Israel's High Court of Justice overturned the lower court last week, allowing her campaign to compete Tuesday.

Several other women won races to lead cities or councils including Tal Ohana of Yeroham, Rotem Yadlin of the Gezer Regional Council, Galit Shaul of the Emek Hefer Regional Council, and Oshrat Ronen of the Drom Hasharon Regional Council. In addition, Aliza Bloch is in a tight race for mayor of Beit Shemesh, that won't be decided until soldiers' ballots are counted later this week.

In addition, the Knesset is poised to welcome its record 36th female member, when Osnat Mark will take the place of newly-elected Beit She'an Mayor Jackie Levy from the Likud Party.

In the last election in 2015, there were 29 women elected to the Knesset, which was then a record.

Esther Hayut currently serves as the President of Israel's High Court of Justice. She was appointed to the position to succeed Miriam Naor last October.

Golda Meir served as Israel’s Prime Minister from 1969 to 1974, and was the third woman to serve as Prime Minister of a country.



Israeli Invention Allows Doctors to Monitor Ultrasounds Remotely in Real-Time

The idea of ultrasound technology is to give radiologists a dynamic look at moving parts inside the body. However, most ultrasound scans today are done by technicians – so the radiologist is reviewing recorded images or video clips instead of seeing the full real-time picture.

As a result, the doctor may miss something important or send the patient for a repeat ultrasound or a more costly and invasive diagnostic imaging.

A new invention from Israel will enable physicians to manipulate captured ultrasound video and perform a virtual dynamic exam without the patient present.

“Ultrasound is a volume created by many frames, so all the data exist but cannot be seen. By taking apart the video and building it again we can navigate inside and see everything that’s going on,” explains Adi Baruch, cofounder and CEO of iNNOGING Medical.

“Our technology quite simply converts the video clip into a 3D model.”

The doctor maneuvers through this 3D model with iNNOGING’s Probe & Pad hardware attached to any computer. The probe is identical to the transducer used in a live ultrasound exam, while the pad simulates the patient’s body. There’s no special training needed for any doctor who already knows how to perform an ultrasound.

“It’s like the patient is sitting right there getting a real-time exam,” says Baruch.

The iNNOGING software and hardware were invented in the Kinematics and Computational Geometry Lab at Israel’s Ariel University, co-directed by Dr. Nir Shvalb, and licensed through the Ariel Scientific Innovations tech-transfer company.

(via Israel21c)


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