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The Daily TIP: Part 1: How Durham Came to Discriminate Against Israel and the Jewish People

Posted by Tip Staff - June 19, 2018

Part 1: How Durham Came to Discriminate Against Israel and the Jewish People
UK Calls on UN Human Rights Council to Stop Singling Out Israel
Iraq Condemns Airstrike that Killed Members of Iran-Backed Militia in Syria
TripAdvisor Allows Users to Create High Quality Videos of Their Vacations Using Israeli Tech


Part 1: How Durham Came to Discriminate Against Israel and the Jewish People

The deceptively named group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) opened its first campaign to engage elected city officials in government-sanctioned discrimination with a highly organized, nationally-assisted attack on the Jewish people of Durham, North Carolina. JVP persuaded the Durham City Council to officially adopt an anti-Israel position, without any effort at fact-finding or appropriate open and public procedures. Following this success in Durham, JVP adopted the rallying call, #DoItLikeDurham, signaling their intent to bring their anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist tactics to other communities.

Over the past few months, I have filed about three dozen public records requests with the City of Durham in an effort to understand what exactly happened, and what procedures were used by city officials prior to conceding to the anti-Israel demands of JVP. With these results of my efforts now starting to produce valuable information, this three-part series will summarize and update the situation in Durham. I will be drawing on public records, notes from meetings we held with elected officials, and my experiences speaking at and attending the Durham City Council meetings that targeted Israel.

A group calling itself Demilitarize from Durham2Palestine, led by JVP, became active in 2017. They circulated several versions of a hateful, anti-Israel petition, alleging that the training of Durham Police in Israel “helps the police terrorize Black and Brown communities here in the U.S.” One statement that is consistent across different versions of the petition states: “We demand that the City of Durham immediately halt any partnerships that the Durham Police Department has or might enter into with the Israeli Defense Forces and/or the Israel Police.”

To read today's complete report, please click here.



UK Calls on UN Human Rights Council to Stop Singling Out Israel

Britain on Monday called on the UN Human Rights Council to end its discriminatory treatment of Israel, joining the United States in criticizing the body for its disproportionate focus on the Jewish State, The Times of Israel reported.

Addressing the 38th council session in New York, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson discredited the council's controversial Agenda Item 7, a permanent fixture on the schedule exclusively devoted to discussing rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza.

“We share the view that the dedicated Agenda Item 7 focused solely on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace,” Johnson said. The minister threatened that “unless things change we shall vote next year against all resolutions introduced under Item 7.”

Israel is the only country in the UN Human Rights Council with a dedicated council item. Every council session includes an agenda item on so-called country specific situations, known as Agenda Item 4.

The U.S., Australia and some European countries have sided with Israel in condemning Agenda Item 7 as a disproportionate tool to single out the Jewish State for discrimination, while countries with worse rights records in recent years, like Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, have been spared such intense scrutiny.

Previous U.S. administrations have distanced themselves from Agenda Item 7, however, President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of withdrawing from the council altogether unless it is scrapped. According to some sources, the announcement could be made as soon as this week.



Iraq Condemns Airstrike that Killed Members of Iran-Backed Militia in Syria

Iraq condemned an airstrike in eastern Syria that killed more than 50 pro-Assad forces and another 20 members of Iranian-backed, Iraqi Shiite militias, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry expressed “rejection and condemnation of any air operations targeting forces in areas where they are fighting ISIS, whether in Iraq or Syria or any other area where there is a battlefield against this enemy that threatens humanity.”

The Syrian and Iraqi governments both charged that the United States was responsible for the airstrike overnight Sunday on Al-Hari, a town near the border with Iraq, that is controlled by militias.

A statement from Hashd al-Shaabi, which is also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and is the most powerful of the Iraqi militias, charged that "US planes fired two guided missiles at a fixed position of Hashed al-Shaabi units on the border with Syria, killing 22 fighters and wounding 12.”

The United States has denied the air strike. A U.S. official told CNN that Israel was responsible for the airstrike. Israel has not said anything about the attack.

However, on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would not tolerate an Iranian presence in Syria, and that "we will take action – and are already taking action – against efforts to establish a militarily presence by Iran and its proxies in Syria both close to the border and deep inside Syria. We will act against these efforts anywhere in Syria."



TripAdvisor Allows Users to Create High Quality Videos of Their Vacations Using Israeli Tech

Videos enticing tourists to vacation in Israel and other countries will be produced automatically from text by an Israeli-developed artificial intelligence algorithm, thanks to collaboration between the online tourism giant TripAdvisor and Israeli video-creation company Wibbitz.

Wibbitz’s innovative technology scans, analyzes, and summarizes TripAdvisor articles, converting them into professional-quality video ready for publication in less than 10 minutes.

“We have adapted our platform to support each type of content creator, from small publishers to large brands and sports groups, who want to produce video for their online properties and social channels without being dragged into high production costs and long delivery times,” said Zohar Dayan, Wibbitz CEO and cofounder.

“In addition, public relations agencies in the United States have begun to use our platform to produce video for their clients, to adapt their strategies to today’s expectations in media for video in addition to traditional text stories.”

Wibbitz was founded in 2011 by Dayan and Yotam Cohen and has locations in Tel Aviv, New York and Paris. The company supports video creation for more than 400 publishers and brands including Bloomberg, Reuters, Forbes and AP.

(via Israel21c)


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