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The Daily TIP: Part 2: UNC-Duke Conference on Gaza Whitewashes Hamas, Blasts Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - March 28, 2019

Part 2: UNC-Duke Conference on Gaza Whitewashes Hamas, Blasts Israel
UAE FM: It was a "Wrong Decision" of Arab States to Shun Talks with Israel
A Least Seven Killed in Airstrike on Weapons Depot in Syria
McDonald's Acquires Israeli Startup Dynamic Yield to Personalize Customer Experiences

Part 2: UNC-Duke Conference on Gaza Whitewashes Hamas, Blasts Israel

In the first conference presentation, titled “The (De) Development of Gaza: Economy, Women, and Youth,” both speakers, Sara Roy and Laila El-Haddad, and the moderator, Rebecca Stein, all are on record having supported various boycotts of Israel. El-Haddad is a vocal supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Roy signed a “letter calling on scholars and librarians within Middle East studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions.” Stein is a signatory to the Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions (ABIAI), which calls to “boycott Israeli academic institutions.”

El-Haddad gave an angry presentation that began with her accusing Israel of “settler colonialism,” which is a term used to erase thousands of years of Jewish history on the land. She repeatedly spoke of the “Great March of Return” as a heroic and peaceful march met with Israeli violence. El-Haddad never mentioned that within the past 12 months, Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 1300 rockets at Israel. The Jerusalem Post further reported that during this so-called march, “Gazans have also launched thousands of aerial incendiary devices into southern Israel, leading to 2,000 separate fires resulting in over 35,000 dunams (approximately 8,500 acres) of land being burnt.”

Continuing with her demonization of Israel, El-Haddad referred to Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza as a conspiracy or scheme of “reengagement in the West Bank.” In other words, Israel left Gaza to double down on the West Bank.

Toward the end of her presentation, El-Haddad complained that the security zone between Israel and Gaza forced “Palestinians in Gaza to fish without water and farm without land.” Yet out in the lobby, there were beautiful photographs on display of vibrant Palestinian farms and of Palestinians fishing in the water. Another presenter complained of Gaza having surplus produce. The messages were bizarrely inconsistent.

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UAE FM: It was a "Wrong Decision" of Arab States to Shun Talks with Israel

The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) called the Arab world's refusal to talk to Israel a "wrong decision" and predicted growing ties between those nations and the Jewish State in the coming years, Gulf News reported Wednesday.

“Many, many years ago, when there was an Arab decision not to have contact with Israel, I think it was a very wrong decision. Looking back, clearly, you have to [differentiate] between having a political issue and keeping your lines of communication open," Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said at the Ideas Abu Dhabi Forum. "This has not resolved the issue but complicated it.

"We will see more contact with Israel by various Arab countries in the next few years, like a small cyber deal here or an agricultural deal there or a visit by the [Israeli] Prime Minister," the minister predicted.

Additionally, Gargash called for there to be progress "on the peace front" between Israel and the Palestinians.

In November of last year, Gargash slammed Hamas, the terrorist group that exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip, for allying with Iran.

“Hamas’s solidarity with the Iranian government does not take into consideration the Gulf and Arab anxiety over Tehran’s regional interference,” Gargash wrote on Twitter at the time. “It is unnecessary. It pushes the Palestinian issue into a maze and confirms the opinion that the movement, in its orientation, is nothing more than an Iranian regional tool.”

A spokesman for Hamas, Sami Abu Zuhri, later attacked the UAE for their “abnormal” comments and criticized them for hosting Israeli officials in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Zuhri's comment was a reference to the presence of an Israeli judo team in Abu Dhabi last October. While visiting for the competition, Israel’s culture and sports minister, Miri Regev, paid a historic visit to the UAE, along with the team.

Read more at The Tower.

A Least Seven Killed in Airstrike on Weapons Depot in Syria

At least seven Iranians or Iranian-allied militia members were killed in an overnight airstrike against a weapons depot outside of Aleppo, Syria, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

The casualties were reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors developments on the ground in Syria.

Syria attributed the airstrikes to Israel. “The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh Najjar industrial zone and a number of enemy missiles were brought down," a Syrian army statement quoted by the regime's SANA news service said.

However, Reuters reported that the sites targeted were Iranian arms depots and a military airport operated by the Islamic Republic, according to opposition groups.

Aleppo, Syria's second largest city, suffered a blackout in the aftermath of the airstrikes.

The city has a strong presence of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and militias under its command, according to military experts cited by Reuters.

A large ammunition depot and a logistics hub belonging to Iranian-backed militias were targets of Wednesday night's airstrikes, two opposition sources told the news agency.

In September of last year, the IDF said that it had struck over 200 Iranian military sites in Syria over the past year and a half.

In January, as he prepared to step down as the IDF's chief of staff, Gen. Gadi Eisenkot told The New York Times that Israel had hit "thousands" of Iranian targets in Syria.

Last month, a report in The Daily Beast explained that one of Israel's goals in Syria was to prevent Hezbollah from upgrading its rockets into precision-guided missiles.

Israeli leaders have said that the Jewish State will enforce its "red lines" in Syria. It will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria, and will prevent Hezbollah from obtaining "game-changing" weapons.

Read more at The Tower.

McDonald's Acquires Israeli Startup Dynamic Yield to Personalize Customer Experiences

Fast-food empire McDonald’s has acquired Dynamic Yield, an Israeli artificial intelligence startup specializing in personalization and decision logic technology.

The move is set to offer a more personalized McDonald’s drive-thru customer experience in which outdoor menus will display food options based on the time of day, weather, restaurant traffic and trending items. In addition, the technology will enable to suggest and display additional items to the customers’ orders based on their selections.

“With this acquisition, we’re expanding both our ability to increase the role technology and data will play in our future and the speed with which we’ll be able to implement our vision of creating more personalized experiences for our customers,” says McDonald’s Corporation President and CEO Steve Easterbrook.

McDonald’s tested Dynamic Yield’s technology at several United States restaurants in 2018, and is set to roll out the technology in US branches in 2019 before expanding it to the international market.

Dynamic Yield was founded by CEO Liad Agmon and CTO Omri Mendellevich in 2011. Based in Tel Aviv and New York, its AI-powered Personalization Anywhere platform delivers individualized experiences at customer touchpoints such as call centers and apps.

“We started Dynamic Yield seven years ago with the premise that customer-centric brands must make personalization a core activity.  We’re thrilled to be joining an iconic global brand such as McDonald’s and are excited to innovate in ways that have a real impact on people’s daily lives,” said Agmon.

While the financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed by the companies, McDonald’s is reported to have paid $300 million for the purchase. Dynamic Yield, which employs some 200 workers mostly in Tel Aviv, is set to remain a stand-alone company and continue to serve current and future clients.

(via Israel21c)

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