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The Daily TIP: “The Jewish Voice for Palestine”: A Review of JVP’s On Anti-Semitism

Posted by Tip Staff - July 05, 2018

“The Jewish Voice for Palestine”: A Review of JVP’s On Anti-Semitism
Fifteen Israeli Startups Make Their Pitches to Top UK Businesses and Investors
Iranian General Soleimani Praises Rouhani for Threats Against World Oil Supply
Israeli Tech Aiding Thai Rescuers Attempting to Reach Trapped Soccer Team

“The Jewish Voice for Palestine”: A Review of JVP’s On Anti-Semitism

For over a decade, the NGO camouflaged behind the misnomer Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) was just a fringe anti-Israel agitprop group that barely registered beyond the University of California, Berkeley, where it was hatched in 1996. But in recent years its profile has grown along with its infamy. With a swelling budget from opaque sources, the JVP has become a major supporter of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement and of Palestinian rejectionism. Along the way, it has excused Palestinian terrorism, engaged in Holocaust inversion (comparing Israel to Nazi Germany), and spread its disruption tactics across many college campuses.

Now it has gone academic with its first book, deceptively titled On Anti-Semitism. “Gone academic” is probably giving the JVP more credit than it deserves, as the book is actually a disjointed compilation of essays by 22 very different authors – not all of whom are academics, or even Jewish. Some of the authors assert, by virtue of their Jewishness, a special moral authority to criticize Israel and advocate for Palestinians. One contributor even claims he “is not a member of JVP and does not support BDS” (p. 223).

JVP founding member and prime-mover, Rebecca Vilkomerson, sets the tone for the book in an introduction that complains the Trump era is “a noxious stew of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and racism … that remarkably converges on one point: support for Israel” (p. 1).

To read the complete review, please click here.

Fifteen Israeli Startups Make Their Pitches to Top UK Businesses and Investors

Fifteen Israeli start-up companies briefed some 200 UK-based corporations, investors, and family businesses on their technologies at an event in London held by the chamber of commerce UK Israel Business (UKIB), The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

A vast variety of sectors were represented by companies which research in the areas of artificial intelligence and vision devices, as well as technology for patients with dyslexia. The companies also work with drones, big data, cybersecurity, marketing technologies, and nano-satellites.

“Israel is the Silicon Valley for the rest of the world. The scale-up company founders we are showcasing have followed uncharted paths, building huge companies out of nothing,” Hugo Bieber, chief executive of UKIB, said in a statement. Israeli innovation is becoming “ever more important” to the UK, he said. The reaction to the Israeli companies “has been fantastic,” Bieber added after the event. Attendees were “inspired” and ready to “further explore investing in and partnering with Israeli high-tech companies,” he observed.

The audience was addressed by Ziv Aviram, the co-founder of Mobileye — a maker of technologies for self-driving cars that was acquired last year by Intel Corp for $15.3 billion. Aviram is also the co-founder of Orcam, a start-up that has developed devices to assist the blind and visually impaired by using smart algorithms and a camera.

UK-based companies that attended the tech summit included: Barclays Plc; Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc; Microsoft; BT Group; London Stock Exchange; BP; JPMorgan; Deutsche Bank; Shell; Amazon; Google and Centrica, and investors like KKR.

Iranian General Soleimani Praises Rouhani for Threats Against World Oil Supply

The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) praised Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for implied threats the president made against international oil supplies, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC-QF, who runs Iran's foreign military operations, said, addressing Rouhani, "Your valuable statement that said there will be no guarantees for oil exports from this region unless the Islamic Republic of Iran (can) also export its oil was a source of pride."

Rouhani had said to a group of Iranians currently living in Switzerland on Tuesday that if the United States tried to prevent Iran from exporting its oil, "they do not understand what it means, because it would be totally nonsense that Iran’s oil is not exported while at the same time the region’s oil is exported."

In a letter to Rouhani, Soleimani called the president's remarks a "source of pride," for saying that if "Iran’s oil is not allowed to be exported, then there will be no guarantee that other countries in the region would be able to export theirs." Soleimani added that he would help implement any policy that would serve Iran's interests.

In addition to threatening the shipping of the world's oil, Rouhani has been rebuked by Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz for denying Israel's right to exist. Rouhani has also threatened to reduce Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, since arriving in Europe earlier this week.

Israeli Tech Aiding Thai Rescuers Attempting to Reach Trapped Soccer Team

Emergency mobile communications technology developed by Israeli company Maxtech Networks is being used by rescue teams working to save 12 teenagers and their 25-year-old coach who have been trapped for nearly two weeks in a flooded cave in Thailand.

The teenagers, a boys’ soccer team, went missing on June 23 after a soccer game when they visited a sprawling 10-kilometer-long cave system in the northern region of Chiang Rai, and became trapped by a flash flood.

Initial rescue attempts were hampered not only by the rising waters, but by lack of communication between first responders, as existing communication systems couldn’t work in the complexity of the underground caves.

Uzi Hanuni, 51, the CEO of Maxtech, said the company’s agent in Thailand was first approached by Thai naval special forces shortly after the boys went missing.

“From that point on everything was clear to us,” Hanuni told ISRAEL21c. “We knew that we would do whatever we could to save these boys.”

On June 25, Maxtech software engineer Yuval Zalmanov hopped on a plane with 17 of the company’s emergency Max-Mesh radio units, to help train the first responders how to use the technology. The company sent everything without charge and Zalmanov was joined by Asaf Zmirly, an Israeli who owns a rescue company and lives in Thailand.

Zalmanov is now embedded with the rescue team, which is made up of Thai special forces and international experts from the UK, China, Australia, and the U.S.

(via Israel21c)

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