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The Daily TIP: Netanyahu, Boy Who Survived Mumbai Terror Attack, Dedicate Memorial to Victims

Posted by Tip Staff - January 18, 2018

Netanyahu, Boy Who Survived Mumbai Terror Attack, Dedicate Memorial to Victims
Revlon Boycotted by Muslim Blogger After Appointing Gal Gadot as Global Ambassador
Hamas Claims Suspect in Killing of Rabbi as Member
U.S. Universities Look to Israel as Model for Successfully Commercializing New Technologies

Netanyahu, Boy Who Survived Mumbai Terror Attack, Dedicate Memorial to Victims

Eleven-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, the survivor of a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, which claimed the lives of his parents, accompanied Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his historic trip to India, and was on hand as a memorial was dedicated to the victims of the attack, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

During his historic trip to Israel last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had met the young Holtzberg, whose parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were among the 166 murdered in the the four day assault.

A "living memorial" to Holtzberg's parents was unveiled at the Nariman Chabad House in Mumbai.

“I am returning home. I am returning to where I was nine years ago,” Moshe Holtzberg said. Though the building still showed the damage from the attack by Pakistani terrorists, he called his return "festive," and thanked God for his rescue. Moshe's nanny, Sandra Samuel had rescued him by carrying him out of the house.

The boy, known as "baby Moshe" by the Indian media, who was returning to Mumbai for the first time since the tragedy, invited Netanyahu to attend his bar-mitzvah, scheduled in two years, in Mumbai.

Referring to the rescue of the boy by his nanny, Netanyahu, who is on the last day of his trip to India said, "These terrible killers who unfortunately exacted from us a terrible sacrifice, did not exact from us the price of this child, because of the love of the Jewish people of the amazing woman Sandra."

Revlon Boycotted by Muslim Blogger After Appointing Gal Gadot as Global Ambassador

Muslim beauty blogger, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, who has expressed support of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, rejected a Revlon award because the cosmetics company named Gal Gadot its new global brand ambassador, who she says supports the “oppression of women and girls” with her support for the Israel Defense Forces.

The Times of Israel reported on Thursday that Al-Khatahtbeh, the founder of MuslimGirl.com, said “As much as this means to me and I would love to be there to celebrate with you, I cannot accept this award from Revlon with Gal Gadot as the ambassador.”

Lebanon banned the showing of the film Wonder Woman in public theaters last year.

The American-born blogger, who is of Palestinian and Jordanian origin, attacked Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot for “Her vocal support of the Israel Defense Forces’ actions in Palestine,” which she claims “goes against MuslimGirl.com’s morals and values.”

Revlon announced last week that Gadot, an IDF veteran, would serve as its global brand ambassador and the lead of the Live Boldly campaign. Fashion magazine, GQ, also named her "Wonder Woman of the Year," for 2017.

Earlier this month, Al-Khatahtbeh expressed solidarity with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. “I heard I got banned from Israel today,” she said, referring to a new law barring BDS activists from entering the country.

Hamas Claims Suspect in Killing of Rabbi as Member

Hamas, the terrorist group that exercises complete military and political control over the Gaza Strip, has claimed the suspect in last week’s murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach is a member of the organization, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

In a shootout that ensued overnight Wednesday in Jenin after Israeli security forces surrounded the terror cell believed to have been responsible for last week’s terror attack, two border policemen were killed, one terrorist was killed and another captured. The two wounded policemen have been taken to an undisclosed hospital. Police units remained in the area in search of additional suspects.

Hamas at first identified the terrorist who was killed as Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, 22, claiming that he was a member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. A statement released by the terrorist group said, “We mourn the Qassam fighter Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, who was martyred in a heroic battle for the Qassam Brigades.”

Later Hamas said that it was a man with a similar name, Ahmad Ismail Muhammad Jarrar, 31. who had been killed in the shootout with Israeli forces. Israel has not yet released the identity of the terrorist who was killed overnight.

Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, released a statement saying that Hamas would continue to attempt terror attacks against Israelis, “The Jenin cell is not the first nor will it be the last.”

U.S. Universities Look to Israel as Model for Successfully Commercializing New Technologies

It’s no coincidence that Harvard and UCLA chose experienced Israelis to direct their technology-transfer offices. Cash-strapped universities urgently need to streamline the transfer of inventions from lab bench to market, and Israeli TTOs have a remarkable track record of generating more revenue from IP sales than any other country except the United States.

“Universities are reinventing themselves as micro environments for innovation and entrepreneurship. A university that can’t demonstrate its impact on industry and the marketplace will become less relevant in the future,” says Benjamin Soffer, chairman of Israel Tech Transfer Network.

Soffer, who frequently hosts TTO officials from top universities in the United States, Europe and the Far East, also heads the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s T3 TTO, which encompasses two technology incubators and 90 spinoff companies including ReWalk Robotics and Mazor Robotics.

The Technion’s net research budget of roughly $90 million pales in comparison to MIT’s $1.5 billion, yet its income from commercialization of research is similar, says Soffer.

“Even more remarkable, the combined research budget of all Israeli universities is half the research budget of MIT. This is validation of the strength of the technology we produce.”

Soffer says Israel’s startup ecosystem provides an efficient “packaging” system for the flood of innovation from universities and military tech units.

“The tech transfer is done through these startups, and big companies don’t mind paying a premium for getting that technology at a later stage when it has been de-risked by the startup.”

(via Israel21c)

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