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Posted by Tip Staff - July 13, 2018

Iroquois Team Defies Boycott, Arrives in Israel to Compete in Lacrosse Championship
How Israeli Innovation Led to a 'GPS for the Brain'
PayPal Closes Account of French Anti-Israel Boycott Organization
Seven-Year-Old Israeli Girl Wins European Chess Championship


Iroquois Team Defies Boycott, Arrives in Israel to Compete in Lacrosse Championship

The Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team has touched down in Israel for the men's World Lacrosse Championships, defying pressure from the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign and making a conscious decision to attend the tournament in the Jewish State.

The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday that the Iroquois team, composed of players from the indigenous Haudenosaunee Confederacy, who travel on their own indigenous passports, had arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

Because their passports are not internationally recognized, the team was forced to forfeit their matches at the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships, after the United Kingdom refused them entry. Israel, however, chose to accept their passports, after last-minute high-level discussions between Israel and Canada.

Former Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman reached out to Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister, who spoke with officials within the Canadian Foreign Ministry, and eventually guaranteed free passage. “Along the way, BDS tried everything to stop them from coming,” said Lipman. “The fact that they are here is a tremendous victory against BDS – we give the Iroquois tribe so much credit for fighting the pressure.”

“I choose to celebrate those who have come, and encourage everyone to be like the Iroquois – they are an incredible example… and the ties between Israel and Canada [and how this situation was solved] is a positive example for the rest of the world.”

The World Lacrosse Championship will continue until July 21 with 46 international teams competing in the tournament.



How Israeli Innovation Led to a 'GPS for the Brain'

According to Hagai Bergman, a professor at Hebrew University and one of the world's most acclaimed neurologists, more than 150,000 people have undergone deep brain stimulation. Many have been treated using medical devices produced by Alpha Omega, which Bergman says "is by far the most reliable and experienced company in the world in the area of multiple electrode data acquisition."

In the early 1990s Imad and Reem Younis, a married Arab couple from Nazareth who are graduates of Israel's premier engineering school, the Technion, began to develop proprietary tools to aid in locating the exact point in the brain to target, a problem that had been incredibly challenging.

1993, Bergman introduced the couple to French neurosurgeon Alim-Louis Benabid, the godfather of deep brain stimulation. Eventually, the four began to collaborate. Imad got hooked because it's so rewarding. "Every time I see our devices," he says, "I am struck and say, 'Wow, this device really helps patients.'" As for Reem, helping those with Parkinson's is personal. Her father had the disease, and while he wasn't able to benefit from Alpha Omega's devices, Reem is thankful she's able to help others.

Alpha Omega devices act as a GPS inside the brain that guides doctors to the correct location for implanting a permanent electrode. Today, the devices are used in more than a hundred hospitals and 500 labs around the world. The company's sophisticated machinery is manufactured in Nazareth but marketed by its offices in the United States, Germany, and Israel, as well as by representatives in China, Japan and Latin America.

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PayPal Closes Account of French Anti-Israel Boycott Organization

PayPal has again closed an account of a major pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) organization in France, Benjamin Weinthal reported for The Jerusalem Post Friday.

The PayPal link on the website of Agence Media Palestine, a BDS organization that is based in Paris, now says "This recipient is currently unable to receive money."

The organization's website is clear about its leanings, stating, "The campaign for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israeli occupation and settlements is growing in the world and in France."

BDS organizations, according to legal scholars, violate France's anti-discrimination Lellouche Law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin.

Agence Media Palestine still has donations handled by the French company, HelloAsso, which specializes in online financial transactions. A number of French pro-BDS organizations have switched to HelloAsso, after having their PayPal accounts canceled.

HelloAsso did not respond to questions. The Post reported that legal action against HelloAsso for discriminating against Israelis is being initiated.

PayPal has closed accounts of several French pro-BDS organizations this year. In 2016 both PayPal and French banking giant Credit Mutuel closed the account of Campagne BDS France after the Post ran an expose about the organization.

In 2015, France's highest court, the Court of Cassation, ruled that BDS was an illegal form of hate speech.



Seven-Year-Old Israeli Girl Wins European Chess Championship

Seven-year-old Liel Levitan was the top winner in the Girls U7 category of the European School Chess Championship 2018, held June 29 to July 8 in Krakow, Poland.

More than 300 players from over 20 European federations were divided into six age categories for open competitions and girls’ competitions (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17).

The Israeli second-grader won with 6 points after playing seven matches. Her mother, Julia, filmed Liel accepting her medal while wrapped in an Israeli flag. Click here to see Julia and Liel’s interview with Israel’s Mako news channel (in Hebrew, but too adorable to miss even if you can’t understand the words).

Two of Liel’s three older siblings, Ronit and Yaron, also were among Israel’s 23-person delegation to the event. Ronit finished third in the World School Championship in 2011, when she was seven. The Levitans, who live in Tel Hai, play in the Israel Chess Federation’s Greater Haifa Club.

The winners of the European Championships 2018 receive free board and lodging to participate in the World School Championship 2019 to be held in Tunisia.

(via Israel21c)


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