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The Daily TIP: Nick Cave Tells Fellow Musician Brian Eno The Cultural Boycotts of Israel are "Shameful"

Posted by Tip Staff - December 14, 2018

Nick Cave Tells Fellow Musician Brian Eno The Cultural Boycotts of Israel are "Shameful"
IDF Commander Indicates that Single Hamas Cell Behind Recent Terror Attacks
All Ten UC Chancellors Blast Anti-Israel Boycotts as a "Serious Threat to Academic Freedom"
Israeli Startup Brings Children's Stories to Life Using Augmented Reality

Nick Cave Tells Fellow Musician Brian Eno The Cultural Boycotts of Israel are "Shameful"

Australian rock star Nick Cave has reaffirmed his opposition to the cultural boycott of Israel, describing the singling out of Israel for discrimination “cowardly and shameful,” The Jewish Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Cave released an email on his website he sent to fellow musician Brian Eno, in which he accused the boycotts campaign of intimidation by attempting to stop artists from performing in the Jewish State. Cave also accused Eno, a prominent supporter of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, of “weaponizing” music for political gains.

"What has brought us to the point where certain musicians feel it is ethically sound to use forms of coercion and intimidation, in the form of ‘open’ letters, on fellow musicians who don’t agree with their point of view? … I simply could not treat my Israeli fans with the necessary contempt to do Brian Eno’s bidding,” Cave wrote.

The singer, who played two concerts in Tel Aviv in November 2017, said his decision to perform in Israel was in part informed by his opposition to cultural boycotts. Cave clarified that he chose to play in Israel, "not as support for any particular political entity but as a principled stand against those who wish to bully, shame and silence musicians.”

According to Cave, going to Israel and engaging with the local population is a more effective way to change the policies of the Israeli government, of which the singer said he was critical. “I do not support the current government in Israel, yet do not accept that my decision to play in the country is any kind of tacit support for that government’s policies,” Cave observed. He also described Israel as a “real, vibrant, function democracy.”

IDF Commander Indicates that Single Hamas Cell Behind Recent Terror Attacks

An IDF commander indicated that the same Hamas cell was behind two deadly drive-by shooting terror attacks during the past week, The Times of Israel reported Friday.

“In the past few days a Hamas terror group cell managed to harm us and exact from us a heavy price,” IDF Central Command chief Maj. Gen. Nadav Padan said. “We will pursue them and settle the score with this cell.”

Padan was referring to a shooting Thursday that claimed the lives of two soldiers and injured two others, and Sunday night's shooting at the West Bank community of Ofra, in which a pregnant woman and six others were injured. The woman's baby died after being delivered by emergency C-section.

“There will no hiding place for the attackers in all of Judea and Samaria,” Padan said, referring to the West Bank. “The IDF will continue to hunt them. Following the attack, we are increasing forces, protecting the roads and settlements, and expanding the efforts to thwart terror.”

On Wednesday night, Israeli security forces arrested four suspects in the Ofra shooting and killed a fifth suspect, Salih Omar Barghouti, as he attempted to escape. After his death, Hamas claimed Barghouti as a member. On Thursday, Israeli authorities acknowledged that more suspects in the Ofra shooting may still be at large.

In a separate operation overnight Wednesday, Israeli forces killed Ashraf Na’alowa, suspected of murdering two co-workers at the Barkan Industrial Park in October.

Among the security forces fighting terror in Israel, is YAMAM — a Hebrew acronym for "special police unit."

In November, journalist Adam Ciralsky profiled YAMAM for Vanity Fair magazine. While Ciralsky described YAMAM as Israel's "national counterterror A-team," he also noted that the unit has "devised new methodologies for responding to terrorist incidents and mass shootings, which it is sharing with its counterparts across the globe."

All Ten UC Chancellors Blast Anti-Israel Boycotts as a "Serious Threat to Academic Freedom"

All ten chancellors of the University of California signed a letter — released earlier this week — that condemned anti-Israel boycotts as a "serious threat to academic freedom," making California the first university system to do so.

The letter was written in response to a request from 101 organizations and calls from the public. The effort was organized by AMCHA Initiative following recent incidents at Pitzer College and the University of Michigan, where faculty or faculty members sought to boycott Israel.

At Pitzer, the faculty voted to end the school's year abroad program with the University of Haifa last month. However, Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver disavowed the vote, saying that the boycott was a “repudiation of Pitzer’s values.”

Earlier this year, a professor at the University of Michigan refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student seeking to spend her year abroad in Israel. Initially, Prof. John Cheney-Lippold had told the student he would write a letter. When she said that she was planning to spend her year abroad at Tel Aviv University, he said that he wouldn't write the letter because doing so would violate the terms of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to isolate Israel.

With the backdrop of the Pritzer and Michigan cases, AMCHA organized a letter sent to 250 university presidents asking them to sign a statement opposing academic boycotts of Israel.

The letter says that abiding by the guidelines of the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), the main BDS organization in the United States, "will not only inflict serious harm on Israeli academic institutions, but on faculty and students at our own schools as well."

Israeli Startup Brings Children's Stories to Life Using Augmented Reality

Children will be able to interact with beloved characters such as Peter Rabbit, thanks to a pioneering Bookful platform from Israeli virtual and augmented reality (AR) company Inception VR.

Penguin Random House is integrating Bookful into some of its most classic and front-list titles.

Beatrix Potter’s bestselling books “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck” and “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” each will feature both “read” and “play” modes, bringing illustrations to life using AR technology and allowing users to interact with the characters in the stories to augment their understanding and learning.

“Read” features a digital version of the book with illustrations that come to life throughout the story. “Play” features activities in which children can interact with characters from each book.

“Bringing books to life through augmented reality provides opportunities to get all children excited about books, whether they enjoy reading or not,” said Inception CEO Benny Arbel.

“We are looking to entertain, educate, and delight both children and parents alike, and reclaim some of the digital screen time for our favorite books and stories.”

Bookful will also be integrated into the “DK Children’s Encyclopedia” and two Step-into-Reading titles: “Dinosaur Days” by Joyce Milton, illustrated by Franco Tempesta, and “S-s-snakes” by Lucille Recht Penner, illustrated by Peter Barrett. Based in Tel Aviv, Inception is a next-generation immersive (VR/AR) content network that has brought to market multiple solutions including the Inception VR entertainment app introduced in October 2016, which now has over 1 million downloads.

(via Israel21c)

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