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The Daily TIP: Facebook Deletes Farrakhan's "Anti-Termite" Video for Violating Hate Speech Guidelines

Posted by Tip Staff - October 23, 2018

Facebook Deletes Farrakhan's "Anti-Termite" Video for Violating Hate Speech Guidelines
Gaza Official: Fighting Between Hamas and PA Has Made Palestinians "Beggars"
Chancellor Rejects Congressman's Request to Cancel Israel Boycotters Conference at UCLA
Israeli Startup Allows Pharmaceutical Companies to Develop Drugs Faster - In Space

Facebook Deletes Farrakhan's "Anti-Termite" Video for Violating Hate Speech Guidelines

Facebook has deleted a video from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s account that compared Jews to termites, the social media giant confirmed on Thursday. The company said Farrakhan’s video was taken down due to the platform’s policies regarding hate speech, The Times of Israel reported.

In the video, Farrakhan responds to critics who call him an anti-Semite by explaining that he, instead, is “anti-termite.” The comment drew laughter and applause from his audience.

“I can go anywhere in the world. I’m not mad at you, because you’re so stupid,” he said, adding “So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater – you know what they do – call me an antisemite, stop it!”

Farrakhan continued: “I’m anti-termite! I don’t know nothing about hating somebody because of their religious preference.” Farrakhan made the remarks earlier this month in Detroit to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March, his famous rally in Washington, D.C.

The hate preacher is notorious for his anti-semitic remarks, including his claim that “powerful Jews” were responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks. He also claimed that Jews are responsible for promoting child molestation, sexual assault, and police brutality, among other social ills. In addition, Farrakhan charged that Judaism is nothing but a “system of tricks and lies” that Jews study to “dominate” non-Jews.

The Anti-Defamation League has described Farrakhan as “the leading antisemite in America.”

The footage was taken down by Facebook on Thursday because Farrakhan “refers to Jews as termites, which amounts to Tier 1 hate speech,” a Facebook official clarified. The social media giant also placed a strike on Farrakhan’s account, as a warning for potential future suspension.

Gaza Official: Fighting Between Hamas and PA Has Made Palestinians "Beggars"

A Hamas official wrote that the inability of his organization and Fatah, the main political organization in the West Bank, to work together has made the Palestinians "beggars," The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

Ahmed Yousef, who had previously been a senior adviser to Hamas leader Ismaiel Haniyeh, wrote his critique on the Palestinian Donia Al-Watan website, in response to a call by Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat on Hamas to implement previous reconciliation agreements with Fatah.

“We have all made mistakes – Hamas and Fatah alike,” Yousef argued. “Hamas and Fatah have failed to reach agreement on a unified national vision. We have failed in the management of good governance that enhances the ability of our people to maintain stability and the momentum of resistance. We have also failed to establish a political partnership that brings together all the Palestinians. Each of us bears full responsibility.”

Yousef, in a direct response to Erekat, wrote that Hamas was not alone in failing to help the Palestinians, but that “Fatah is a par excellence partner in the state of failure and degradation."

Yousef's critique of Fatah and Hamas comes at a time that Human Rights Watch accused both Fatah, which is headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas of creating "parallel police states" in the West Bank and Gaza. In a 149-page report, HRW accused both major Palestinian political parties of "systematic" arbitrary arrests, and torturing dissidents.

Chancellor Rejects Congressman's Request to Cancel Israel Boycotters Conference at UCLA

The Chancellor of the University of California said that he would allow Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a group that promotes boycotts of Israel and which had previously been disciplined by the system, to hold its annual conference at UCLA next month, The Daily Bruin reported Tuesday.

Chancellor Gene Block wrote a letter to Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Calif.) telling him that UC would not cancel the conference and that the university system supported free speech.

Sherman had pointed out in a letter written earlier this month to Block that, in May, SJP had disrupted an "Indigenous Peoples Unite” event hosted by UCLA's Students Supporting Israel group, silencing those participating. He also argued that the SJP conference would be closed and only those vetted by SJP would be allowed to attend. This would mean that Jewish students would likely be excluded.

Block said that because student fees would not be used to support the conference, the conference could be closed.

Last year, University of California Irvine put its chapter of SJP on probation, after the group violated campus policy by disrupting an event hosted by Students Supporting Israel.

The University of California’s Board of Regents unanimously approved a “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance,” which included “anti-semitic forms of anti-Zionism.” These were defined as “opposition to Zionism,” which “often is expressed in ways that are not simply statements of disagreement over politics and policy, but also assertions of prejudice and intolerance toward Jewish people and culture.”

A conference that equates Zionism with “ethnic cleansing, destruction, mass expulsion, apartheid, and death,” apparently would violate this standard.

Israeli Startup Allows Pharmaceutical Companies to Develop Drugs Faster - In Space

Scientists developing new antibiotics are forever playing catch-up. Virulent bacteria evolve slowly, sometimes taking years before becoming dangerous enough to trigger a full-fledged outbreak.

In zero gravity, the trajectory of that same bacteria’s destructive power can be charted sometimes in a matter of days. As a result, pharmaceutical companies increasingly are looking to conduct experiments in space as part of the $3 billion “space economy.”

Merck, Procter & Gamble and Eli Lilly have all run experiments on the International Space Station over the past decade, but it’s expensive and labor intensive, requiring an astronaut to perform the tests.

Israeli-Swiss tech firm SpacePharma has a different approach.

For just $230,000 – a tiny fraction of the development budget for a new drug – clients can rent one of SpacePharma’s orbiting “minilabs” for up to six months.

SpacePharma pre-loads the tiny labs – no larger than a milk carton – with all the components required for a variety of tests and hitches a ride on a rocket.

SpacePharma has two minilabs already in operation. One went up with the help of India’s national space agency in February 2017. The other is integrated into the International Space Station and was launched from Virginia’s Wallops Flight Facility later that year.

SpacePharma chairman Yossi Yamin founded SpacePharma in Switzerland with R&D in Herzliya. Another office is located at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The company has partnerships with the European Union’s Horizon 20/20 program, the US National Institutes of Health, NASA, the Italian Space Agency and the Israeli Space Agency.

(via Israel21c)

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