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The Daily TIP: In Blow to Anti-Israel Movement in US, Bernie Sanders Speaks Out Against Boycotts

Posted by Tip Staff - May 08, 2017

In Blow to Anti-Israel Movement in US, Bernie Sanders Speaks Out Against Boycotts
Israeli Hospital Takes Lead in Treating Syria's Wounded
Convicted Terrorist Barghouti Eats Cookie, Candy Bar, Breaking Hunger Strike
Texas Hosts Expo of Israeli Water Technologies to Work With Industry, Government

In Blow to Anti-Israel Movement in US, Bernie Sanders Speaks Out Against Boycotts

In an interview with Qatar-owned broadcaster, Al Jazeera, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I - Vt.), who ran last year for the Democratic Party's nomination for president, said that he supported Israel's right to exist, rejected the anti-Israel BDS campaign, and blasted the anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Friday.

Sanders, who is known for his robust criticism of Israel, was asked if he joined his 99 Senate colleagues in signing a bipartisan letter to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres calling for an end to anti-Israel bias at the UN as a means to "shield Israel from criticism."

“No, no, no, no, no, I don’t accept that,” Sanders replied.

The Senator insisted that he would continue to criticize Israel, but that the point of the letter was to question "how come it’s only Israel when you have other countries where women are treated as third-class citizens, where in Egypt, I don’t know how many thousands of people now lingering in jail."

Later Sanders was asked if he respected the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign as a nonviolent protest movement. Sanders answered, "No, I don't," saying that he believed that the United States should "do everything humanly possible to bring Israel and the Palestinians and the entire Middle East to the degree that we can together, but no, I’m not a supporter of that.”

When asked whether he supported a one-state solution, Sanders, said that he didn't because "“I think if that happens, then that would be the end of the State of Israel and I support Israel’s right to exist." He maintained that a two-state solution remains a possibility "if there is the political will to make it happen and if there is good faith on both sides."


Israeli Hospital Takes Lead in Treating Syria's Wounded

The Western Galilee Hospital, which is located in Nahariya on Israel’s northern Mediterranean coast, is situated just a few kilometers away from the Lebanese border, has become a sanctuary for victims of Syria's brutal war.

The medical center, which opened its doors in 1956, has treated approximately 1,600 men, women and children wounded in Syria’s civil war since 2013.

Although the war in Syria has claimed many more victims than Israel can treat - Israeli officials say that the country has treated over 3000 Syrians - both doctors and patients agree that Israel’s willingness to take in wounded from an enemy country has changed perceptions across the border.

“If I treat one man, 50, 1,500, and they go back to Syria, their families will be grateful. At some stage the child or grandchild will ask about their scar, and they’ll explain that the Zionist enemy treated them and saved their lives,” Dr. Eyal Sela.chief of the ears, nose and throat department at the hospital told Haaretz.

In their long list of enemies - Assad, Islamic State, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda - his patients no longer include Israel. Raji, a 23-year-old Syrian with serious face injuries, concluded, “The whole world is looking at Syria and doing nothing. There’s nobody to help us but God and Israel. Inshallah, may all the nations of the world intervene and end this war."

Convicted Terrorist Barghouti Eats Cookie, Candy Bar, Breaking Hunger Strike

Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian terrorist currently serving five life terms in an Israeli prison, can be seen eating, violating a self-proclaimed hunger strike, in a video released by the Israel Prison Service, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

A spokesman for the Israel Prison Service said that the video, which includes incidents from April 27 and May 5, "speaks for itself.”

In the second portion of the video, beginning at about 3 minutes into the recording, Barghouti can be seen moving into the bathroom area of his cell, sitting on the toilet fully clothed, unwrapping something and putting it into his mouth. After he is done, he went to the sink and washed himself off.

Barghouti announced the hunger strike three weeks ago in an attempt to pressure the Israel Prison Service into granting more rights to Palestinians incarcerated in Israel. Initially, 1,500 Palestinian inmates reportedly refused food, but according to Israeli officials only 800 prisoners remain on strike.

The Israeli government has dismissed the strike as a political act. Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called Barghouti a "hypocrite."

"As I said from the very beginning, this hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists, which meet international standards. It is about advancing Marwan Barghouti political ambitions to replace Abu Mazen,” Erdan said, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas by his nickname.

Texas Hosts Expo of Israeli Water Technologies to Work With Industry, Government

On May 5, 2017, the Israeli Economic Delegation of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry in Texas and the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a first-of-its-kind event in the city of Austin for 200 key players from the Texas water industry and government.

The event presented innovative Israeli water technologies developed to meet market demand for improving and optimizing water consumption on municipal and state levels.

“This is a significant event for the water industry, and the first of its kind in the state of Texas,” noted Shay Luvshis, the new Israel Economic Attaché in Houston.

Luvshis continued, “We are proud to support the Israeli water industry and hope to become the main interface for Israeli-Texan water trade, in an effort to promote the successful cooperation between the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry and the Ministry of Energy and the leading water industry authorities in Texas.

Among the presenting companies were Elbit Systems of America, Amiad Water Systems, BioPetroClean, Master Meter and Netafim.

Furthermore, the conference was held in partnership with the Israeli Innovation Authority, the Israeli Water Authority, senior government officials and members of the Texas Congress. The featured speaker was Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Texas officials were encouraged to sign up for the international WATEC Exhibition in Israel next September. The previous WATEC in 2015 drew 10,000 participants from 90 countries.

(via Israel21c)

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