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The Daily TIP: Charlotte's Women's March Disassociates from National Organization over Anti-Semitism

Posted by Tip Staff - January 03, 2019

Charlotte's Women's March Disassociates from National Organization over Anti-Semitism
Philippines in Talks with Saudi Arabia for Manila-Tel Aviv Overflight Rights
Report: PA Looking to Deport U.S. Citizen Convicted of Selling Land to Jews
Israeli Tech Companies Raised Nearly $6.5 Billion in 2018, Largest Sum in 6 Years

Charlotte's Women's March Disassociates from National Organization over Anti-Semitism

Organizers of the Charlotte's Women's March have changed their name and disassociated themselves from the national movement over expressions of anti-Semitism by the March's leadership, The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.

The Charlotte march will be held on January 26, not the 19th, and will be called the Women United March.

In a statement posted on their website, Charlotte Women's March stated that while the organization started with the national efforts two years ago, it has "evolved independently." Specifically, the statement says, "CWM strongly opposes all anti-Semitism, including statements made by any of the national Women’s March leaders."

The statement continues, "We believe, as the Anti-Defamation League says, 'No one should be targeted or treated unfairly because of their religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability.'”

An expose appearing in Tablet Magazine last month reported that the national co-chairs of the Women's March — Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez — had made anti-Semitic statements at an early organizational meeting. Mallory, Perez, and another co-chair, Linda Sarsour, are all supporters of anti-Semitic preacher Rev. Louis Farrakhan.

The Observer reported that in the wake of the controversy a number of local Women's Marches have been canceled, including in Chicago and New Orleans. Additionally, the National Organization for Women announced that it would not support the national Women's March financially “until the current questions regarding leadership are resolved.”

In related news, actress and activist Rosanna Arquette tweeted a rebuke to the Women's March. In response to a tweet saying, "On Jan 19, we’re marching straight up to the White House gates. They can shut down the government but they can’t shut down the #WomensWave," Arquette wrote, "As long as anti semitism and division is not a part of your agenda."

Philippines in Talks with Saudi Arabia for Manila-Tel Aviv Overflight Rights

The Philippine government has requested permission from Saudi Arabia for the rights to fly through its airspace on a direct flight path to Israel, Globes reported Wednesday.

The country made the request ahead of the anticipated launch of direct Manila-Tel Aviv flights by the state-owned Philippine Airlines later this year.

Philippine Transportation Undersecretary Manuel Tamayo said, “We have rights already as far as Israel is concerned. Hopefully, we should get to overfly Saudi Arabia to Israel.”

Tamayo added that flying over Saudi Arabia will allow carriers to save costs and at least one hour of travel time on the Manila-Tel Aviv route. In 2017, the number of tourists visiting Israel from the Philippines rose by 61 percent and tourism in the other direction rose by 42 percent in 2016.

“So we’re pushing for the signing of the overfly agreement by this quarter, as Israel is a seasonal market. Most passengers would like to travel there during the cold months,” the undersecretary explained.

Israel and the Philippines signed a bilateral services agreement in 2013 by which terms the two countries can fly between any of their cities 21 times per week. However, so far no direct flights have been launched.

While Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel and the two nations have no formal diplomatic relations, the kingdom in March opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel for an Air India route between New Delhi and Tel Aviv.

The historic decision signals increased cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, in light of Iranian expansionism in the region. However, Saudi authorities have so far not granted overfly permits to Israeli national carrier El Al, which operates four weekly flights to Mumbai.

Report: PA Looking to Deport U.S. Citizen Convicted of Selling Land to Jews

The Palestinian Authority is looking to deport a United States citizen, who was recently sentenced to life imprisonment for selling land to Jews, according to a report on Israeli television, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

U.S. officials have reportedly been pressuring the PA to release Issam Akel, who is a U.S. citizen and resident of the Beit Hanina neighborhood in Jerusalem. In addition, U.S. authorities have recently visited Akel in prison.

In November, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman characterized Akel’s October arrest as “antithetical to the values of the U.S. and all those who advocate the cause of peaceful coexistence.” Ambassador Friedman called for his immediate release.

An unnamed Palestinian official told the Kan Public Broadcaster that the U.S. and the PA have reached an agreement to send Akel to the U.S., after his lawyer files an appeal. The official, speaking for the PA, said, "We want to finish this saga. He has become a burden upon us.”

When asked about the possible extradition of Akel, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem did not answer directly. Instead, she referred to a statement made on Monday by a U.S. official acknowledging familiarity with the case. "We are aware of reports that a US citizen has been sentenced by a Palestinian court. When a US citizen is incarcerated abroad, the US government works to provide all appropriate consular assistance,” the official said.

In 2010, a Palestinian court ruled that the death penalty should be imposed on any Palestinian convicted of selling land to a Jew. Previously, it had been the discretion of the court whether to sentence those convicted to either life in prison or death.

Israeli Tech Companies Raised Nearly $6.5 Billion in 2018, Largest Sum in 6 Years

December 2018 didn’t see any mega investments for Israeli companies but over the course of the year Israeli tech companies raised a total of $6.47 billion across 623 funding deals, report Tel Aviv-based IVC Research Center and Israeli law firm Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer and Sullivan & Worcester. This is the highest sum raised in the past six years, according to the report.

Here we bring news of nearly 30 funding rounds reported during the month of December.

Optibus of Tel Aviv completed a $40 million funding round led by Insight Venture Partners, with the participation of Alibaba Group Holding as a strategic investor. Optibus makes software for fleet management and optimization in the public transit sector.

Chorus.ai raised $33 million in a Series B round led by Georgian Partners of Toronto. Chorus operates a conversation intelligence platform for sales teams, and has offices in Tel Aviv, San Francisco and Boston.

OpenLegacy raised $30 million from Silverhorn Investment Advisors, CommerzVentures, the VC unit of Commerzbank; C. Entrepreneurs, the VC created by BNP Paribas Cardif with Cathay Innovation; Leumi Partners; O.G. Tech Ventures; Prytek-GFS Group; and RDC (a joint venture between Elron and Rafael). OpenLegacy software automatically lets companies create digital services on top of older systems.

WhiteSwell of Shefayim and Palo Alto raised a $30 million Series B round from RA Capital Management and an InCube Ventures syndicate. The medical device maker is developing a minimally invasive catheter system for draining excess fluids from the lungs and other organs.

(For the complete list, check out Israel21c)

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