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The Daily TIP: Bad Times for Boycotting Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - December 15, 2017

Bad Times for Boycotting Israel
Palestinian Wearing Suicide Belt Shot After Stabbing Police Officer
Palestinian Envoy Who Boasted Beating Student over Falafel is Blasted by Jewish Leaders
Seven Israeli Companies Made Prestigious List of Top 100 Artificial Intelligence Firms

Bad Times for Boycotting Israel

It has been a bad few months for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

First, the state of Wisconsin adopted a rule in October prohibiting companies that engage in the boycott from receiving local government contracts, joining 23 other American states with similar laws. Then, Australian rocker Nick Cave declared: “I love Israel and I love Israeli people.” He said that his decision to perform in the country in November was an act of defiance against the BDS campaign, which “bullies and censors” artists. And as part of a trade delegation to Israel in December, Florida Governor Rick Scott presented El Al with a Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for its investments in the state of Florida.

For the BDS movement, the bad news keeps coming.

Last month, El Al relaunched the only nonstop flights from Miami to Tel Aviv — with three flights weekly — to meet the increased demand from business people and tourists to visit the Jewish state. Miami is the airline’s sixth North American destination, which already includes nonstop links from New York, Newark, Boston, Los Angeles, and Toronto.

The development is yet another blow to the incitement campaign waged by BDS activists against Israel, who exploit the rhetoric of human rights to advocate for economic and cultural warfare against the only Jewish state in the world, the sole democracy in the Middle East and a steadfast ally of the US.

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Palestinian Wearing Suicide Belt Shot After Stabbing Police Officer

A Palestinian wearing what looked like a suicide belt was shot after he stabbed an Israeli Border Police officer near Ramallah, The Times of Israel reported Friday. The belt did not explode, though it isn't clear if it had explosives.

“A terrorist approached Border Police officers who were responding to a riot at the Judea and Samaria Square in Ramallah, and stabbed one of them,” according to a statement from police.

The officer was reported to be in "moderate condition with two stab wounds in the upper body" and was being evaluated at Jerusalem's Shaarei Tzedek hospital.

The terrorist was killed according reports in the Palestinian media.

Riots were reported in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya and Nablus, following mid-day prayers. Fewer people participated in the riots this week, which were also less violent than last Friday's.

In a separate incident, an Israeli man from the community of Hizme, outside Jerusalem, was injured when Palestinians threw rocks at his car. He was taken to a Jerusalem hospital.

Palestinian Envoy Who Boasted Beating Student over Falafel is Blasted by Jewish Leaders

Jewish leaders blasted the Palestinian Authority's chief diplomat to the United Kingdom after he boasted of beating up an Israeli student when he was graduate student in the United States, Jewish News Service (JNS) reported Wednesday.

In a recent interview with a Lebanese television station, Manuel Hassassian, said that in 1976 when he was pursuing graduate studies at the University of Toledo he had an argument with in Israeli student who had asserted that "that falafel and hummus are Israeli foods.”

Hassassian recalled, "I said to him: ‘How dare you? You steal my land, exile my people and now you are robbing us of our folklore and national foods? You claim that it is Jewish food? It is our food, of the Palestinian people, and I will not allow this.’ I then grabbed him and gave him a beating.”

However, it is possible that Hassassian's recollection isn't accurate or was entirely fabricated. Meghan Cunningham, director of communications for the University of Toledo, told JNS that there are no police reports involving Hassassian from that time. A search of the student newspaper's archive also yielded no accounts of the claimed incident.

British Jewish communal leaders blasted the envoy for his dubious boast.

“If Mr. Hassassian said the words attributed to him, it would be regrettable but not surprising,” a Board of Deputies of British Jews spokesperson said.

In a similar vein, Mark Gardner, director of communications for Community Security Trust, called the boast “deeply inappropriate.”

Seven Israeli Companies Made Prestigious List of Top 100 Artificial Intelligence Firms

Seven Israeli companies appear on this year’s AI 100 list compiled by San Francisco-based CB Insights, joining 92 other private artificial intelligence technology companies from nine countries, chosen from more than 1,000 candidates.

Israeli companies are Applitools (app validation), Cybereason (computer cybersecurity), Dynamic Yield (marketing technology) OrCam (wearable artificial vision device), Prospera (computer vision for plant health), Twiggle(ecommerce search engine), and Workey (automated career networking).

The full list was revealed by CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal during the A-ha! conference in San Francisco, December 12-13. Among the speakers was Noam Bardin, cofounder of Waze, the Israeli navigation app used across the globe. Senior innovation executives and journalists from around the world were in attendance.

Cumulatively during 2017, the AI 100 companies raised $6.6 billion across 99 deals in the fields of fintech, digital health, auto-tech, robotics and more.

(via Israel21c)

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