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The Daily TIP: Lawsuit Shows Anti-Israel Boycotters Taking Control of Academic Association

Posted by David Gerstman - November 10, 2017

Lawsuit Shows Anti-Israel Boycotters Taking Control of Academic Association
Tunisian Film Producer Blasts Anti-Semitism of Arab World
The Nuclear Deal has Spurred Iranian Aggression, but It’s Not Too Late to Roll It Back. Yet.
Israeli Company Wins Contract to Provide Broadband for Rural Areas in South America

Lawsuit Shows Anti-Israel Boycotters Taking Control of Academic Association

A trail of e-mails uncovered during litigation show that professors who are part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign conducted a "covert campaign" to gain control of the American Studies Association (ASA) and use the association to advance their anti-Israel activism, according to a statement released Thursday by the Louis D. Brandeis Center (LDB).

The lawsuit, which was brought in April 2016 by ASA members Michael L. Barton, Simon Bronner, Charles D. Kupfer, and Michael Rockland, alleged that ASA officials who promoted an academic boycott of Israel violated the association's charter.

Earlier this year, a federal judge rejected claims made by Palestine Legal, a group advocating for the boycott, that the lawsuit would "chill speech supporting Palestinian rights," and ruled that the lawsuit alleging corporate waste, breach of contract, and violation of the D.C. Nonprofit Corporation Act could go forward.

“The evidence shows that members of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel [USACBI], a movement which promotes BDS in the United States, have sought to take over the ASA and similar associations,” Jerome Marcus, of Marcus & Auerbach LLC, the lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said. Among the defendants in the lawsuit are Sunaina Maira, Neferti Tadiar, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Jasbir Puar, and Steven Salaita, who are leaders of USACBI.

The effort to take control of the ASA was spearheaded by Puar, who has charged falsely that Israel harvests the organs of dead Palestinians for scientific research.

Tunisian Film Producer Blasts Anti-Semitism of Arab World

A prominent Tunisian-born movie producer has denounced the systemic and deep-rooted anti-Semitism in the Arab world, after he was excluded from North Africa’s most prestigious film festival because of his work with Israelis, Ben Cohen reported in The Algemeiner on Tuesday.

Said Ben Said revealed in an article published in the French daily Le Monde that his invitation to preside over the jury of the 28th Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia had been revoked as a result of his collaboration with Israeli film director Nadav Lapid and his involvement in the Jerusalem Film Festival earlier this year.

“No one can deny the misery of the Palestinian people, but it must be admitted that the Arab world is, in its majority, antisemitic,” Ben Said wrote. “This hatred of Jews has redoubled in intensity and depth not because of the Arab-Israeli conflict, but with the rise of a certain vision of Islam,” he added, referring to the problem of Islamist extremism.

Successive opinion polls conducted over the last decade echo Ben Said’s assessment of the Arab world. A Pew Research poll found in 2011 that between 96 and 98 percent of respondents in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and the Palestinian territories harbored hostile views toward Jews, while a global Anti-Defamation League poll in 2015 confirmed those results. Even in Tunisia, a country regarded as relatively liberal, the ADL found that 86 percent of respondents were ant-Semitic.

The Nuclear Deal has Spurred Iranian Aggression, but It’s Not Too Late to Roll It Back. Yet.br />

Given Iran's increased aggressiveness in the Middle East since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear deal is known, was agreed to 2015, defenders of the JCPOA argue that Iran's aggression was intentionally not addressed by the deal.

For example this week, Federica Moghereni, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said, "The Iran deal has been designed to address one thing only: the Iranian nuclear issue."

One problem with this argument is that it isn't true. The agreement addressed a number of other issues between Iran and the rest of the world, and when it did, it went easy on Iran.

For example, in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1747, which was passed in 2007, Iran was categorically prohibited from importing or exporting arms. However UN Security Council resolution 2231, which endorsed the JCPOA, would allow Iran to export weapons if it gets prior approval from the Security Council and ends the embargo in five years from the implementation of the deal (2021) altogether.

Contrary to Moghereni's assertion, the JCPOA did indeed address Iran's other challenges, unfortunately it was by loosening restrictions on Iran.

But the argument that the deal was only about Iran's nuclear program is a dodge. That the deal would embolden Iran was predictable and, indeed, was predicted by numerous experts in 2015.

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Israeli Company Wins Contract to Provide Broadband for Rural Areas in South America

We don’t know the name of the client, but it’s a big win anyway.

Gilat Satellite Networks of Petah Tikva has been awarded a contract to deliver and operate satellite-based LTE backhaul for a major telecommunications service provider in Latin America. The goal is to deliver broadband Internet connection to multiple locations across the country.

In telecom lingo, “backhaul” refers to the intermediate links between the core (or backbone) network, and the small subnetworks on the edges of the entire network. Backhaul often refers to the side of the network that communicates with the global Internet.

Satellite backhaul helps mobile network operators connect rural, mountainous and hard-to-serve areas where building a land-based network of towers and cables would cost too much.

The project includes Gilat’s technology and services as well as management via Gilat’s global Network Operation Center.

Gilat’s VP of global accounts Ron Levin said Gilat’s satellite-based LTE cellular backhauling services “are becoming mainstream for plentiful, quality and affordable broadband.”

Gilat has offices in 19 countries. In Latin America, it has branches in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

(via Israel21c)

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