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Posted by Tip Staff - November 12, 2018

Israel's High Court Upholds Judgments Against PA for Torturing Palestinians
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Eurovision 2019 to be Hosted in Tel Aviv with 42 Nations Competing
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Israel's High Court Upholds Judgments Against PA for Torturing Palestinians

Israel's Supreme Court upheld verdicts totaling 14 million NIS ($3.81) against the Palestinian Authority for torturing Palestinians it held in custody, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

The two verdicts — one from June of 13.1 million NIS ($3.57 million) for the false imprisonment of 51 plaintiffs, and the second one from December of last year for 900,000 NIS ($240,000) for attorneys' fees — had been issued by the Jerusalem District Court and had been appealed by the PA.

The plaintiffs claimed that they had been tortured by the PA for cooperating with Israel.

The ruling, which is 1,860 pages long, was described the Post as "bizarre, " because "it involved Palestinian citizens coming before the courts of the Israeli 'occupation' to get justice for their mistreatment by their own PA law enforcement."

The PA argued that the verdict could cause its collapse. The 13.1 million NIS verdict only addresses false imprisonment; the district court has not yet ruled on the claims of torture, which could be much higher.

The ruling by Justice Yosef Elron means that the PA is technically required to pay the sum immediately, though it isn't clear that the plaintiffs have any way to collect.

In July of last year, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the men had the right to sue the PA in Israel because the PA was required by the Oslo Accords to fight terror and that the information the men gave to Israeli authorities helped avert potential terror attacks. Because the men were doing what was required of them, the court held that the PA had no right to imprison or torture them.



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Eurovision 2019 to be Hosted in Tel Aviv with 42 Nations Competing

Forty-two nations will compete next May in Eurovision Song Contest, to be hosted at Expo Tel Aviv, Globes reported Wednesday.

The announcement was made by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Of the 42 participating countries, 36 will compete in the semi-finals on May 14 and 16. The finals will be held May 18, with France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom (the "Big Five") and Israel automatically qualifying.

Despite the efforts of the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, no country is planning to boycott the fourth Israeli opportunity to host the competition. Of the 43 countries who participated in the 2018 Eurovision contest, only Bulgaria will not be represented in 2019. Bulgaria's decision was prompted by financial difficulties.

Israel won the right to host next year's Eurovision when Israel's Netta Barzilai won this year's competition in Portugal with her song, Toy.

The 2019 Eurovision competition, with the theme "Dare to Dream," will be co-produced by EBU and the Israeli broadcaster, Kan.

“Last year Netta dared to dream and won the contest in Lisbon, bringing it to Israel for 2019," Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said. "We are thrilled that 42 countries will be represented in Tel Aviv and hope the participating broadcasters are inspired to have the same dream. The team at KAN is busy preparing to welcome the participants - and the world! - to Tel Aviv and will be putting on a show to remember."



Israeli Startup Enhances 911 Functionality with Latest Tech

Israeli Startup Enhances 911 Functionality with Latest Tech
Amir Elichai was walking along the beach in Tel Aviv when he was approached by strangers who demanded his wallet. He complied, and as soon as he was safe, he called Israel’s emergency services system.

“The response time was terrible,” he recalls, leaving the muggers plenty of time to flee. “The technology was not at all up to date.” So Elichai decided to change the situation.

Four years and $24 million later, Elichai’s company, Carbyne, has re-engineered the infrastructure for 911 services from the ground up, to take advantage of all the innovations that have come along in the 20 to 30 years since most emergency systems were built.

Those innovations include the ability to see the location of a caller on a map, to chat by text if a voice call is not possible, to use VoIP (Voice over IP) services like WhatsApp and Skype, and to stream video so the 911 operator can see what’s happening in real time.

Carbyne (formerly known as Reporty) now has customers in 30 cities in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Israel and Singapore. The latest customer, in the city of Huixquilucan de Dogollado, Mexico, came online in September.

“Listening to the call-takers and the PSAP [public safety answering point] staff as they watched the pins drop [on the Carbyne 911 map] within a few meters of where the callers were, and the video upload on their screens was amazing,” says Raymundo Sánchez López, Carbyne’s regional director of sales for Mexico.

Carbyne has a staff of 65 in three offices – Tel Aviv, New York and Mexico. The company’s chairman is former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

(via Israel21c)


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