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The Daily TIP: SodaStream CEO: Sale to PepsiCo Victory over Anti-Israel Boycotters

Posted by Tip Staff - August 21, 2018

SodaStream CEO: Sale to PepsiCo Victory over Anti-Israel Boycotters
Dept. of Justice Indicts Two on Charges of Surveilling Jewish Institutions for Iran
Did Iran Just Unveil an Advanced New Fighter Jet or an Old American One?
Israeli Posts Record-Breaking Score at Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship


SodaStream CEO: Sale to PepsiCo Victory over Anti-Israel Boycotters

SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum, who sealed a $3.2 billion agreement with beverage giant PepsiCo on Monday, hailed the deal as a victory over the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which advocates for the destruction of the Jewish State, The Times of Israel reported.

SodaStream had become a target of the boycotts campaign over the location of its factory in the West Bank, before moving to a location inside the Green Line several years ago. In an interview with Channel 10 news hours after the deal was signed, Birmbaum said, “I think they have learned not to meddle with us. Look at what happened to SodaStream that they targeted, and what has happened to them.”

In October 2014, SodaStream announced it would close its West Bank factory in Maale Adumim due to financial considerations. At the time, the company accused the boycotts movement of anti-Semitic motives and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.

The boycotts movement asserted that SodaStream discriminated against Palestinian workers and paid them less than their Israeli counterparts. Employees at the factory, however, said wages for Palestinians and Israeli workers were commensurate, and that Palestinian workers had been given pay and benefits far higher than anything else they could find in the West Bank.

The partnership with PepsiCo, Birnbaum said, means SodaStream will now have “access to resources we may not have had until today.” This includes access to people, technology, R&D capabilities and distribution channels, as well as to retailers.



Dept. of Justice Indicts Two on Charges of Surveilling Jewish Institutions for Iran

The United States Department of Justice announced the indictment of two men for spying on Jewish organizations and anti-regime activists, The Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

In the indictment, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, were charged with acting as agents of Iran, as well as with violating sanctions and conspiracy.

According to the DOJ statement, "in or about July 2017, Doostdar traveled to the United States from Iran in order to collect intelligence information about entities and individuals considered by the government of Iran to be enemies of that regime, including Israeli and Jewish interests, and individuals associated with the MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq), a group that advocates the overthrow of the current Iranian government."

Doostdar was charged with spying on the Rohr Chabad House, a Jewish organization, around July 21, 2017, "including photographing the security features surrounding the facility."

The announcement of the arrests come just months after European authorities broke up an Iran-backed terror plot targeting a dissident group in Paris.

In January, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post that Germany sought ten members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force for spying on Jewish and Israeli institutions across the nation.

In June of last year, the Department of Justice announced the arrests of two men for spying on Jewish and Israeli institutions on behalf of Hezbollah, the Iran-backed terrorist group.



Did Iran Just Unveil an Advanced New Fighter Jet or an Old American One?

With a lot of fanfare, Iran unveiled what it called an "indigenous” new fighter jet with "advanced avionics," only to have observers note that the plane resembled the F-5, a plane designed by Northrop-Grumman in the 1950s, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Ofir Gendelman, Arabic language spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted a comparison of the two planes and noted that the Kowsar was "in fact the same old 50-year-old American fighter f-5."

An account at the Iranian website, Tasnim News, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, boasted that the Kowsar, "has been manufactured following extensive research and efforts by the Iranian Defense Ministry’s experts."

According to the Tasnim account, the Kowsar "enjoys capabilities such as a highly integrated architecture and a fire control system using the fourth generation of the digital data networks."

However, in a follow-up tweet, Gendelman wrote, "I immediately noticed that this is a very old American war plane (it was manufactured in the ‘50s). It is from the F-5 class of jets which has not been in use for decades.”

While Iran claimed that the Kowsar had been successfully tested, footage provided of its unveiling ended before it took off.

Rather than being a sign of an advanced military capability, Iran's rollout of the Kowsar suggests that the regime is seeking to deflect attention from its failing economy and failure to provide for its own people.



Israeli Posts Record-Breaking Score at Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship

Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram, 19, set a new world record with a score of 20.65 points in the clubs event at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup Championship in Minsk, August 18.

Ashram also won the gold medal in the all-round phase of the competition, in which gymnasts perform routines using a hoop, clubs, ball and ribbon. The Israeli team placed fifth place overall.

In May, Ashram won Israel’s first-ever gold medal in World Challenge Cup competition, held in Spain, and now with her latest accomplishment she is the first athlete in the history of the Challenge Cup to win two all-around gold medals in one season.

Ashram won the bronze in last year's championships.

(via Israel21c)


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