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The Daily TIP: German Intelligence Agency Calls Anti-Israel Boycotts “A New Variation on Anti-Semitism”

Posted by Tip Staff - June 01, 2018

German Intelligence Agency Calls Anti-Israel Boycotts “A New Variation on Anti-Semitism”
U.S. To Veto Kuwaiti Anti-Israel Security Council Measure
A Week of Infamy at the United Nations
Ben Gurion University Launches $1 Million Venture Capital Fund to Spur Student Innovation


German Intelligence Agency Calls Anti-Israel Boycotts “A New Variation on Anti-Semitism”

A German domestic intelligence agency has deemed the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) campaign against Israel as a "new variation of antisemitism" in a newly released report. This is believed to be the first instance of a German intelligence service classifying the BDS movement as anti-Semitic and a security threat, Ben Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution in the German state of Baden-Württemberg said in its report, published on May 24, that propaganda by the neo-Nazi party Der Dritte Weg (The Third Way) to boycott Israeli products "roughly recalls similar measures against German Jews by the National Socialists, for example, on April 1, 1933 (the slogan: 'Germans! Defend yourselves! Don't buy from Jews!')."

The agency is the rough equivalent of Israel’s domestic intelligence service Shin Bet.

The intelligence agency released graphics from the Third Way's website, including one that reads "Boycott products from Israel: 729=Made in Israel." The agency quoted a January 2017 text from The Third Way's website stating that "the Israeli economy is very dependent on exports... and therefore, as active help for the Palestinian freedom struggle, one should avoid Israeli products when shopping in local supermarkets and all products manufactured by foreign companies that invest in Israel."

The state office’s classification of BDS as a movement that is anti-Semitic in nature could have wide-reaching political consequences in Germany for individuals and entities that engage in the boycott against the Jewish State.



U.S. To Veto Kuwaiti Anti-Israel Security Council Measure

The United States said that it will "unquestionably" veto a Kuwaiti-backed Security Council resolution that would ask the United Nations to recommend actions to be taken to provide “international protection” for the civilian population of Gaza, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

The Kuwaiti resolution is expected to come up for a vote on Friday.

A draft of the resolution calls on Israel's military to stop “the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force." It also contains language that “deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israeli civilian areas.”

However, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley blasted the resolution for failing to mention Hamas, the terrorist group that exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip.

“It is a grossly one-sided approach that is morally bankrupt and would only serve to undermine ongoing efforts toward peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” Haley said in a statement released Thursday evening. “There is not one single mention of Hamas in the resolution, when Hamas is chiefly responsible for the recent violence in Gaza.”

The Security Council has held numerous emergency sessions requested by Kuwait since the Hamas-led riots, beginning at the end of March.

Kuwait blocked a U.S.-sponsored statement condemning Hamas for the firing of rockets and mortars into Israel earlier this week. In response, Haley said that condemning Hamas for the violence should have been a "no-brainer," and noted that "some Council members did not think Hamas launching rockets qualified as terrorism."



A Week of Infamy at the United Nations

When Syria ascended to the role of presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament for one month on Monday, Robert Wood, the United States ambassador to the conference, called it "one of the darkest days in the history of the Conference on Disarmament."

The week at the U.N. did not get better.

Syria assumed the role of presidency of the conference, despite committing the war crime of deploying chemical weapons against civilians, by virtue of its place in the alphabet — it followed Switzerland. The New York Times explained that the reason for the rotating scheme was "to prevent major powers dominating the forum."

The problem is that the U.N., according to its charter, was founded, in part, to "save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind."

How does giving a regime that uses prohibited weapons presidency over a conference devoted to abrogating such weapons save anyone from "the scourge of war?"

As the Times subsequently pointed out, Syria only agreed to join the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, one of the treaties authored by the conference that prohibits the manufacturing, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons, AFTER the regime was found to have used sarin in a 2013 attack on a Damascus suburb that killed 1,400 people.

Even once Syria joined the treaty, investigators have documented more than 30 additional chemical weapons attacks carried out by the Syria government.

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Ben Gurion University Launches $1 Million Venture Capital Fund to Spur Student Innovation

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is launching a $1 million venture capital fund to help jump-start innovative student-led technologies and ideas, BGU President Dr. Rivka Carmi announced on Wednesday.

The announcement was made at the SilicoNegevBGU Festival, the biggest entrepreneurship event in the south of Israel, held at BGU May 23.

As part of the initiative, students can take a new course to develop skills in identifying and investing in promising technologies. Graduates will then have the opportunity to join the fund’s investment committee, together with industry leaders and BGU’s management, and become on-campus scouts for innovative technologies.

Current students and recent BGU graduates are able to submit proposals for funding.

The primary purpose of this fund is to serve as an educational tool to encourage innovative ideas in the high-tech and biotech fields and in the social arena, said Dana Gavish Fridman, president of entrepreneurship at BGN Technologies, the tech-transfer company of BGU.

“Leveraging entrepreneurship as an engine for growth at BGU will create a ripple effect in regional and national development, as the university educates Israel’s next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders,” Gavish Fridman added.

Other innovation-focused entities and activities at BGU include initiatives such as the 20-80 student-led entrepreneurship forum at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences; Starter, a cross-faculty student club for promoting entrepreneurship; the Rothschild Cube hub for social entrepreneurship; and Inno-Negev, a technology accelerator.

BGU is also partnered with the Tech7 community, the lobby organization of all startup companies in the Beersheva and Negev region.

(via Israel21c)


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