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Posted by Tip Staff - November 16, 2018

Governor Signs Order Barring Kentucky from Doing Business with Entities That Boycott Israel
U.S. To Vote Against Syrian Resolution Condemning Israel for Its Presence on Golan at UN
U.S. Counterterror Official: Iran Spends $1 Billion Annually Supporting Terrorism
Specially-Built Israeli Device Allows Disabled Groom to Stand under Chuppah at His Wedding

Governor Signs Order Barring Kentucky from Doing Business with Entities That Boycott Israel

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has signed an executive order to ban the award of state contracts to companies that participate in Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Friday.

Bevin, a Republican, said upon signing the directive that “We will not allow state resources to benefit entities that intentionally engage in discriminatory practices to harm the sovereignty and economic prosperity of any ally nation. Today’s executive order makes it clear that Kentucky condemns the BDS movement and that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our friend, Israel.”

Bevin signed the order during a ceremony on Thursday at the Kentucky Capitol with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and Consul General of Israel to the Southeast United States Judith Varnai Shorer. Also in attendance were representatives from the Jewish Community Relations Council and Christians United for Israel.

Under the new executive order, state agencies will not do business with companies participating in the discriminatory boycotts movement, and no Kentucky tax dollars will go to support this form of anti-Semitic hatred.

Responding to Kentucky’s decision to sign the anti-boycott legislation, Josh Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, issued the following statement:

“The Israel Project is grateful to Governor Bevin for his strong leadership in fighting against BDS discrimination. For years, Israel – and only Israel – has been targeted by this deceptive attempt to delegitimize its very right to exist. BDS proponents do not seek a better life for the Palestinians, nor do they aim to create a political environment favorable to a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. Their true aim is the destruction of the Jewish state.”

Block noted further that, “From the North to South, in blue and red states – and with strong bipartisan support – lawmakers in 26 states have now declared BDS a form of discrimination and sent a clear signal that their states will not tolerate or condone taxpayer dollars going to subsidize anti-Israel hate. Kentucky, being the 26th state to oppose BDS sends a strong message to the rest of the country and, indeed, the world.”

U.S. To Vote Against Syrian Resolution Condemning Israel for Its Presence on Golan at UN

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the U.S. will vote against an annual UN resolution, co-sponsored by Syria, condemning Israel for its continued presence on the Golan Heights, in a statement issued Thursday.

In the past, the U.S. has abstained on the resolution, which will be brought to a vote Friday before the UN Fourth Committee. This year, Haley said, the U.S. will vote against the resolution, because of the resolution's "anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis."

“The United States will no longer abstain when the United Nations engages in its useless annual vote on the Golan Heights. If this resolution ever made sense, it surely does not today. The resolution is plainly biased against Israel," Haley said.

"Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone. The destructive influence of the Iranian regime inside Syria presents major threats to international security. ISIS and other terrorist groups remain in Syria. And this resolution does nothing to bring any parties closer to a peace agreement. The United States will vote no."

The measure is one of nine resolutions that will be voted on Friday that single out Israel for condemnation, The Times of Israel reported. Other resolutions include condemnations for Israel for building in so-called East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the reauthorization of a committee that investigates "Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories."

A statement on Friday's votes by the watchdog group, UN Watch, observed, "a United Nations General Assembly committee is set to adopt nine resolutions against Israel tomorrow, and zero on the entire rest of the world."

U.S. Counterterror Official: Iran Spends $1 Billion Annually Supporting Terrorism

The United States Coordinator for Counterterrorism said that Iran spends nearly $1 billion annually supporting terrorist groups across the Middle East, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe reported Thursday.

Of the total, Amb. Nathan Sales said that Iran gives $700 million to the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah; $100 million to Hamas and other "Palestinian terrorist groups;" and unspecified sums to other terrorist organizations.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. It has held that dubious distinction for many years now, and it shows no signs of relinquishing the title," Sales said.

"Sadly, it is the Iranian people who are forced to pay this price. The resources that Iran uses to fund its global terrorist ambitions are resources that come directly out of the pockets of everyday, average Iranians."

Iranian teachers have gone on a nationwide strike for a second consecutive day demanding from the regime in Tehran better working conditions and higher salaries, one month after their last mass protest. Voice of America reported Wednesday that elementary and high school teachers were protesting outside their offices in at least 27 Iranian cities.

In a related development, Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.

Hook stated that with new sanctions in place, the U.S. is positioned "to really go after all of the revenue streams that Iran uses to fund Hamas and Hezbollah, its missile proliferation, all of the threats to peace and security that Iran presents." He also thanked Israel for being "a fantastic and committed partner in this endeavor."

Specially-Built Israeli Device Allows Disabled Groom to Stand under Chuppah at His Wedding

Forty days before his marriage, a wheelchair-bound Israeli man named Adir wrote to UPnRIDE Robotics sharing his dream to stand under the chuppah (wedding canopy) with his bride, Liat.

CEO Oren Tamari invited Adir to company headquarters in Yokne’am Illit to try the UPnRIDE 1.1 mobility device, now in transition from research-and-development to market.

“We saw he managed well with it, and we arranged for him to use the device during his wedding” on November 12, Tamari tells ISRAEL21c.

The next day, Adir posted on UPnRIDE’s Facebook page: “Thank you all for [the] wonderful experience and magnificent night. Our chuppa was so amazing, people cried when [they] saw me standing and praying. My wife and I just want to say that you made our night as close as possible to perfection!!!”

UPnRIDE was invented by Amit Goffer, whose revolutionary ReWalkrobotic exoskeleton allows paraplegics to stand, walk, navigate steps and even run marathons.

Goffer, who has a PhD in electrical and computer engineering, could not use ReWalk himself because he is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down.

So he and Tamari formed a new company to develop an upright mobility solution enabling any wheelchair-bound person – quadriplegics, paraplegics, people with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, ALS and traumatic brain injury – to recline, stand and navigate indoors and outdoors.

Jointed braces and harnessing straps provide support, while advanced motion technology and real-time computing ensure automatic balancing and stability on uneven terrain. Goffer says other types of standing wheelchairs can’t be used outdoors because of the danger of tipping over.

Goffer, CTO and president of the company, doesn’t yet have his own UPnRIDE because the sample models are for testing. He borrows one on weekends and for special events – such as his daughter’s wedding last July.

Like Adir, he was able to stand under the chuppah and with his family for photos.

“My son and middle daughter were already married years ago,” he tells ISRAEL21c, “and it was a very different feeling at the wedding of my ‘baby’ because I was standing like the rest of the family. I was also able to mingle with guests as never before.”

(via Israel21c)

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