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The Daily TIP: All 50 U.S. Governors Say Boycotts of Israel "Incompatible" With American Values

Posted by Tip Staff - May 18, 2017

All 50 U.S. Governors Say Boycotts of Israel "Incompatible" With American Values
Abbas Appointee: Jews "Control the Media, the Money, the Press, the Resources, the Plans"
Rivlin Receives Delegation of Jordanian Sheikhs
Israeli Life Science Sector Attracts $823 Million in Investments Last Year

All 50 U.S. Governors Say Boycotts of Israel "Incompatible" With American Values

The governors of all 50 U.S. states on Thursday released a statement strongly denouncing boycotts of Israel as "antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states."

Governors United Against BDS, a group organized by the American Jewish Committee, pointed out that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign seeks "to isolate Israel—a pluralistic nation with deep cultural, familial, security, educational, scientific and commercial bonds with our state and with the United States as a whole—rather than recognize the profound mutual benefits of our engagement with it."

The BDS campaign, the governors asserted, "would also undermine peacemaking by suggesting that economic and political pressure on Israel can replace real negotiation." While a diplomatic solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians remains "painfully elusive," the governors affirmed their support for two independent states, which should be "achieved through direct, bilateral negotiations."

"Israel is a robust democracy with many rights and freedoms that do not exist in neighboring countries—or in much of the world," the governors observed. The BDS campaign's decision to exclusively attack Israel "while fundamental rights are trampled and atrocities are committed routinely not far beyond its borders," they noted, "raises serious questions about its motivations and intentions."

The governors closed by condemning the "virulent movement to promote anti-Israel boycotts ... as incompatible with the values of our states and our country." They also reaffirmed their support for Israel "as a vital U.S. ally, important economic partner and champion of freedom."

Governors Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, Andrew Cuomo of New York, and Gregg Abbott of Texas are the co-chairs of the effort, which also includes Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C., who serves as the head of the capital's executive branch.

Abbas Appointee: Jews "Control the Media, the Money, the Press, the Resources, the Plans"

The dean of a school system in the Gaza Strip who was appointed to his post by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues to spread classic anti-Semitic libels on official PA television, Palestinian Media Watch reported Tuesday.

Imad Hamato, who has long given classes on Islam on PA television, was appointed by Abbas to head the Gaza-based Al-Azhar school system, which prepares students for Gaza's Al-Azhar University. "Hamato now has the opportunity to transmit his venomous anti-Semitism to Palestinian youth," PMW observed.

In a lesson broadcast last week, Hamato said, "They [the Jews] are usurers. See, the usury money and usurer banks, those who control the money in the world can be counted on one hand - a few individuals - and all of them belong to the Jewish world. They control the media, the money, the press, the resources, the plans."

Hamato also blasted Arab nations that recognize Israel, which he described as a "cancerous tumor."

In April, Hamato accused Israel on PA television of using "sex mania" to attack Arabs and Muslims. "Israel's global media has expanded, and its war against the Arabs and Muslims is through sex mania which it distributes globally. Israel had to use this sex mania, as we mentioned in a previous lesson, in order to destroy the spirit of Arabs and Muslims," he claimed.

"Humanity will never live in comfort as long as the Jews are causing devastating corruption throughout the land....," Hamato said in an earlier lesson in February. "An old man told me: If a fish in the sea fights with another fish, I am sure the Jews are behind it."

Rivlin Receives Delegation of Jordanian Sheikhs

A delegation of Jordanian sheikhs representing several tribes across Jordanian society met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the president's residence Wednesday.

Members of the Middle East Department, of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also participated in the meeting with the sheikhs.

The sheikhs are visiting Israel for five days while meeting citizens across Israel with the intent of improving understanding between the two societies.

Rivlin discussed growing up in Jerusalem and his father, who translated both the Quran and "A Thousand and One Nights" into Hebrew, with the sheikhs. “Our history in Israel, and of my family, is of 210 years of continuous connection with the Arab communities in the Land of Israel, and of course with the Bedouin sheikhs, from whom my father learned much,” Rivlin told the delegation.

He also emphasized the historic ties between the Hashemite Kingdom and the Jews living in Israel, "Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom are working together in the understanding that we are destined to live together in this land.”

“We have come from the land of a hero of peace, King Hussein, a land of agreement, cooperation, and giving, a land of peace and tolerance," the sheikhs told Rivlin, thanking him for his welcome. "We came here in order to implement the peace process, in the name of the leaders of the Hashemite Kingdom, and we bring words of peace to all with whom we speak.”

Israeli Life Science Sector Attracts $823 Million in Investments Last Year

The Israeli life sciences industry has grown 80 percent in the past decade, and its life-sciences companies raised more than $6.7 billion on NASDAQ during that time, $5 billion of which was raised since 2013.

Those are among the findings in the 2016 Israeli Life Sciences Report issued yesterday by the Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI) — the umbrella organization of the high-tech and life-sciences industries in Israel — ahead of the 2017 MIXiii Biomed conference in Tel Aviv on May 23-25.

Some $823 million in funding flowed into the industry last year, representing 20% of all investments in Israeli high-tech.

According to the IATI report, about 1,350 life-sciences companies currently are active in Israel, 612 of them established in the last decade (2007-2016).

The report classifies life sciences companies into five sub-sectors: medical devices, pharma/biotech (including agro-biotech), diagnostics, healthcare IT (including telemedicine and bioinformatics) and “others.”

Fully 42% of active companies are in the medical devices sub-sector, which continued to attract the most investment dollars and deals in the life-sciences sectors in 2016.

In the two years since the last IATI report, the healthcare IT and digital health sub-sectors have surged in number of companies and funding raised. More than half of these companies were established in the last five years. Personal health is the most prominent subsector and health analytics is the second largest.

(via Israel21c)

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