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Posted by Tip Staff - February 20, 2019

Iranians Attack Morality Police Attempting to Arrest Women for Not Wearing Hijabs
German Drug Giant Merck Establishes Israeli Tech Incubator Focused on Chips, Sensors
Labour Politician Forced to Apologize after Alleging Israel Paid Party Members Who Quit
Israel Prepares of Launch Moon-Bound Spacecraft Later This Week

Iranians Attack Morality Police Attempting to Arrest Women for Not Wearing Hijabs

A group of angry Iranians attacked the Islamic Republic’s so-called “morality police” in a Tehran suburb on February 15 when authorities detained two young women for not wearing the hijab, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Officers fired warning shots at the group in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Protesters were seen tearing off the door of one of the police vehicles and preventing them from taking the women away.

“Morality patrol police members had warned two young women who did not have proper hijab. Within a few minutes, a group of citizens gathered around to prevent the transfer of the two women [into custody],” a police official told state-run IRNA agency.

"When the two women left the car, the crowd also dispersed, and the issue was over," the official added.

The so-called “morality police” - officially known as the Gasht-e Ershad, or guidance patrol – have been enforcing strict religious dress codes on women ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Under these laws, women are forced to wear a hijab, trousers, and a loose jacket while in public.

Video of the incident posted on social media shows a large crowd trying to prevent officers from driving the women away. A man can be heard shouting "Let her go!” before shots are fired.

It was the latest in a series of events where Iranians openly challenged the draconian laws of the mullah regime. In recent years, Iranian women have mounted opposition to the mandatory hijab rule by staging public demonstrations, which resulted in the arrest and disappearance of some of the women.

In 2013, Iranian Masih Alinejad started #MyStealthyFreedom, a social media movement opposed to the mandatory hijab. She now has millions of followers and encourages other women to share their moments of freedom on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms.

Read more at The Tower.

German Drug Giant Merck Establishes Israeli Tech Incubator Focused on Chips, Sensors

Merck, the German drug manufacturing giant, has opened a tech incubator in Israel, PMatX, which will focus on companies that develop semiconductor and sensor technology, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

“This is our newest initiative in Israel to help startups and academic ideas in the material sciences to become real companies, and support them in their first steps to validate their technologies,” said Jasper Bos, managing director of M Ventures, the venture capital division of the drug company, which will manage the Israeli incubator. “This fits into the mandate of M Ventures, to invest in groundbreaking technologies that lead to a paradigm shift in how we do business.”

Merck employs 52,000 people worldwide and manufactures therapies for diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis, as well as liquid crystals for electronic devices.

The Merck family, which established the company in 1668, still remains the majority owners of the enterprise.

PMatX was established in the Israeli city of Yavne this past August but was formally opened last week. It is the second incubator that Merck inaugurated in Israel and will have a budget of €20 million ($22.7 million) for three years.

Merck created BioIncubator in Israel in 2011. BioIncubator invests in startup companies in the biomedical field.

“A number of years ago we started mapping out places in the world where we saw disproportionate innovation compared to the amount of money being invested and compared to the size of the country," Bos said, explaining Merck's interest in the Jewish State. "That led to Israel being seen as one of the hotspots, where we saw an incredible amount of very early stage, super-exciting ideas but at the same time shortage of the translation of those ideas into well-funded companies. And that led us to the set up of the BioIncubator, and eventually to this, our latest incubator.”

Read more at The Tower.

Iranians Attack Morality Police Attempting to Arrest Women for Not Wearing Hijabs

A politician from the British Labour Party was forced to apologize on Tuesday after she suggested a group of ex-Labour MPs, who quit the party in protest over anti-Semitism, may be secretly funded by the Israeli government, the BBC reported.

Ruth George, the MP for High Peak, alleged it was "possible" that the seven MPs, who left the Labour Party on Monday, were being sponsored by the state of Israel. In her comment on Facebook, George was backing up a local councilor who had been posting conspiracy theories about the defectors on social media.

Asked to comment on the split of the party, George said she would "condemn the calling of anyone as an Israeli when it is not the case" but suggested the councilor "appears not to refer to the independent MPs but to their financial backers.”

George added that "support from the State of Israel, which supports both Conservative and Labour Friends of Israel of which Luciana [Berger] was chair is possible.”

The Labour official went on to say she “would not condemn those who suggest it, especially when the group's financial backers are not being revealed. It is important for democracy to know the financial backers for any political group or policy."

After facing harsh criticism, George withdrew the comment and said she had “no intention of invoking a conspiracy theory.” In a statement, the MP added she was "deeply sorry for her ill-thought out and poorly worded comment.”

Berger is a Jewish MP who cited the unwillingness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to tackle anti-Semitism in the party as the reason for leaving the organization and to sit in parliament as an independent. Alongside Berger, Chuka Umunna, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, and Angela Smith announced they would be breaking away from Labour.

Read more at The Tower.

Israel Prepares of Launch Moon-Bound Spacecraft Later This Week

After eight years of preparations by 250 people, $100 million and a large dose of Israeli chutzpah, the SpaceIL Israeli unmanned spacecraft Beresheet is scheduled for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center at 8:45pm February 21 local Florida time, aiming to reach the moon on April 11.

At a prelaunch press conference, SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) officials and the project’s main donor, Morris Kahn, were beaming as they described their pride in what will be the first-ever commercial, non-governmental mission to the moon.

The name Beresheet (“in the beginning” or Genesis, the first word in the Bible) was chosen by popular vote. IAI Space Division General Manager Opher Doron quipped that maybe the craft’s name should have been Chutzpah, which translates as “nerve,” “moxie” or “audacity.”

The 160-kilo Beresheet craft, built at Israel Aerospace Industries, will be the smallest spacecraft ever sent to the moon, and the first one from a small country (the predecessors were the United States, Russia and China).

Onboard is a time capsule containing hundreds of digital files including a nano Bible, details about SpaceIL, Israeli national symbols and Israeli children’s drawings. The craft also carries instruments to measure the magnetic field of the moon.

In another very Israeli touch — as Israelis often get around the country by hitchhiking — Beresheet marks the first time a spacecraft will be hitching a ride to the moon. It will be launched from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying three satellites.

SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby said there are five big challenges ahead for Beresheet: the launch itself, communication, withstanding the seven-week journey of more than 6.5 million kilometers, lunar capture and the actual landing.

“There is always some danger but we are convinced we will be successful,” Anteby said, adding that cooperation with US space agency NASA has been a critical component of getting the project off the ground.

SpaceIL, an independent initiative started in 2011 by Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Weintraub also was designed to inspire children to learn about science.

Antebi said the Education Ministry and Israeli Space Agency have prepared a kit for teachers to use with students on the day of launch and over the next two months “explaining what the spacecraft will do and encouraging the kids to think big and choose STEM subjects.”

(via Israel21c)

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