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The Daily TIP: Part 3: UNC-Duke Conference on Gaza Whitewashes Hamas, Blasts Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - March 29, 2019

Part 3: UNC-Duke Conference on Gaza Whitewashes Hamas, Blasts Israel
Egypt Warns Hamas and IDF Prepares Ahead of Saturday's Planned Gaza Riots
Israel’s Tourism Triumph: The Air Bridge
Newsweek Names Israel's Sheba Medical Center as the World's 10th Best Hospital

Part 3: UNC-Duke Conference on Gaza Whitewashes Hamas, Blasts Israel

When we returned from a free catered lunch, Shai Tamari, the conference organizer, announced that audience members were no longer allowed to record the conference. A few minutes later, Tamari leaned over me to tell the person sitting next to me to stop recording – my neighbor had been taking photographs of each slide. Then, Tamari sat down in the aisle next to me and kept looking our way for about 30 minutes.

The next speakers were Mohammed Eid (a UNC Rotary Peace Fellow from Gaza studying Global Studies) and Tania Hary (an Israeli activist) on “In and Out: Gaza and Freedom of Movement.” An audience member asked Eid if he is able to lobby Hamas on issues such as human rights and corruption the same way that Hary can safely lobby the Israeli government on these issues. Eid responded, “As far as I know we don’t have that tradition.” Eid’s response may qualify him for the understatement of the year.

Eid continued his response by providing the example of a family in Gaza going to the Palestinian police station to complain and the Palestinian government then “bombed everyone” and killed them. Eid added that when Palestinians protest their government, “We get whipped on our backs for doing that, we get shot, we get killed, we get dragged down the streets.”

An audience member then asked, “Ninety-eight percent of the conversation today has been about Israel. Why is there not more pressure on Egypt to open its borders [with Gaza]?” Eid responded that it was an important question but that discussing the Palestinian-Egyptian relationship would be best for a different panel or conference. In other words, Eid was saying this is a conference for bashing Israel, not Egypt.

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Egypt Warns Hamas and IDF Prepares Ahead of Saturday's Planned Gaza Riots

Ahead of the planned riots at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Egypt has warned Hamas to control the violence, as IDF troops have prepared to defend against attacks.

Hamas has called for riots on Saturday, March 30, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Great March of Return. The march has, in reality, been a series of violent riots held at Gaza's border with Israel, orchestrated by the terrorist group Hamas, which exercises complete political and military control over the enclave.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Egyptian intelligence officials warned Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the two biggest terror factions in Gaza, to minimize the violence during the riots. They also conveyed a warning from Israel that the IDF will respond forcefully to any attempts to breach the border fence.

The Post also reported that IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi visited the troops on the border with Gaza to assess their readiness. A statement from the IDF said, "The Chief of Staff examined the preparedness in the Gaza Division area along the border fence and the main centers of disturbances in the area." The statement also said that Kochavi sought the likely responses to various situations that could arise during the anticipated riots Saturday.

An IDF investigation last month found that during the 11 months since the march began, more than 1,200 rockets had been fired into Israel, often after the riots.

Although the United Nations Human Rights Council has issued a report accusing Israel of committing war crimes in its response to the violent riots, legal experts have argued that the council's conclusions were flawed.

Read more at The Tower.

Israel’s Tourism Triumph: The Air Bridge

The virulently anti-Israel movement known as Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions — BDS — is roiling through campuses, overflowing into city councils, encroaching into corporate boardrooms, and now chomping at the essence of Israel’s special niche in the world: its travel and tourism industry. Everywhere, the boycotters have been asking to isolate Israel. BDS even convinced Airbnb to stop listing Jewish locations in Judea and Samaria — also known as the West Bank (a term invented after Jordan invaded in 1948, when the UN’s partition suggestion failed to create two states). In Ireland, a bill advancing through Parliament may criminalize visiting the old city and even purchasing lunch or a keepsake.

Whereas similar boycotts against other countries have inflicted withering effects on national economies, in Israel — it simply hasn’t worked. The opposite is true. Yes, boycotters are busy demonizing Israel. Yet despite this, Israel’s tourism industry has rocketed to a singular triumph and now employs tens of thousands. Flights are packed, and new non-stops are being added across the globe. Even though new luxury hotels are going up as fast as the Mideast sun will dry concrete, rooms remain in high demand and, thus, are scarce and expensive. Israel has become world famous for creative cuisine and trendy eateries; so if you want to get a table at the most popular restaurants, you’ll need to book weeks in advance.

Travel and tourism to Israel has dramatically changed. It’s not just synagogue sisterhoods and Jewish organizations anymore. Swelling up from Israel’s “Start-up Nation,” world famous top chef culture, and hard-won penetration of markets beyond America and Western Europe, as well as its sophisticated travel industry burnishing, Israel is now a destination for the entire world. Traditional Jewish-American travelers from Miami to Seattle must now compete with Silicon Valley techies, Chinese students, Indian tourists, Eastern European Christian pilgrims, and diverse businessmen from across the planet. The numbers are multiplying.

To continue reading this essay, please click here. In 2016, 2.9 million total worldwide visitors came to Israel. By the close of 2018, that number had boomed to 4.1 million — and the totals keep climbing. Within the coming decade, Israel expects to employ 98,000 people in its tourism sector.

Newsweek Names Israel's Sheba Medical Center as the World's 10th Best Hospital

Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer was recently ranked by the Newsweek magazine as the 10th best hospital in the world.

“Sheba Medical Center – or Tel HaShomer Hospital – in Ramat Gan is a leader in medical science and biotechnical innovation, both in the Middle East and worldwide,” the magazine explains.

“The tertiary referral hospital, affiliated with Tel Aviv University, includes centers for nearly all medical divisions and specialties, and serves over 1 million patients per year,” it added.

“More than 25 percent of all Israeli medical clinical research takes place at its state-of-the-art facilities, and as a hospital it works with nearly every Israeli medical institute to educate students and advance the future of the medical profession.”

The prestigious list was composed by a panel of medical professionals, administrators and physicians across the world.

At the top of the list came the Mayo Clinic, which boasts multiple centers and hospitals across the United States. It was followed by the Cleveland Clinic, which has hospitals in the US, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Third place went to Singapore General Hospital, followed by Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Charité in Berlin, Massachusetts General Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, University of Tokyo Hospital, Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland and Sheba Medical Center.

“We are proud and excited to have been chosen by Newsweek magazine to appear on this prestigious list of elite hospitals around the globe,” says Sheba’s Director General Prof. Yitshak Kreiss. “This is the culmination of 70 years of dedication to excellence, professionalism and innovation by our devoted, talented staff, within the field of medicine and patient care.”

“Never resting on our laurels, we will continue pushing the boundaries to find cures and treatments that will not only benefit our patients in Israel but to also benefit mankind around the globe.”

(via Israel21c)

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