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The Daily TIP: The "Swindlers": How Wake Forest Is Not Woke When It Comes to Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - March 05, 2019

The "Swindlers": How Wake Forest Is Not Woke When It Comes to Israel
Sarsour Attacks Pelosi on Facebook for Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism
Cornell President: Anti-Israel Boycott Campaign "Unfairly Singles Out One Country"
Iron Dome Software Developer Creates System to Predict Natural Disasters

The "Swindlers": How Wake Forest Is Not Woke When It Comes to Israel

A small group of Wake Forest University (WFU) Jewish students were accused of foisting a “swindle” on the University. The charge was leveled by Michaelle Browers, the Program Director for Middle East and South Asia Studies at WFU. She was talking before a nearly-full auditorium in the WFU Student Union as a participant in a panel discussion titled “Free Speech, Free Palestine” on February 27th, 2019. I was in attendance along with four other concerned community members to show our solidarity with the Jewish students, who were now being accused. It was a very charged atmosphere, indeed. Let me explain how we got to this place.

Several months earlier, the WFU Student Government passed a "Resolution on Antisemitism" that had been sponsored by the WFU Students Supporting Israel (SSI) organization. It largely adopted our State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism and stated that the Student Government would not associate with any programming that matched its criteria for anti-Semitism. The subsequent “Free Speech, Free Palestine” panel was a response to this resolution. The panelists and its organizers objected strongly to the Student Government’s statement and asserted that labeling the following actions as anti-Semitic curtailed their right to criticize Israel:

• Accusing Jews of exaggerating the Holocaust for self-serving purposes, or of being more loyal to Israel.
• Using classic anti-Semitic tropes to characterize Israel or comparing Israelis to Nazis.
• Blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions.
• Applying double standards only to Israel.
• Denying Jewish self-determination and the right for Israel to exist.

The panelists included the moderator Kristina Gupta from WFU’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; two other professors, Dr. Browers, and Barry Trachtenberg, WFU Director of Jewish Studies; as well as Alisia Alexander, a self-identified, Christian Peace activist. All four wore “End the Occupation” badges illustrated with a Palestinian flag. The organizers and sponsors of the event were never clearly identified.

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Sarsour Attacks Pelosi on Facebook for Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism

Women's March leader Linda Sarsour attacked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D - Calif.) for introducing a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, resulting in part from a series of offensive remarks about Jewish political influence made by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - Minn.), in a Facebook post on Monday.

"Nancy is a typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men. God forbid the men are upset - no worries, Nancy to the rescue to stroke their egos," Sarsour wrote.

She accused Pelosi of "dividing our base," and giving Republicans "an easier path towards 2020."

"You want a resolution? Condemn all forms of bigotry," wrote Sarsour, who has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism on several occasions. "All forms of bigotry are unacceptable. We won’t let them pin us up against each other. We stand with Representative Ilhan Omar."

House Democrats are planning to put forward a resolution on Wednesday condemning anti-Semitism, following repeated remarks by Omar suggesting that the allegiance of American Jews is primarily with Israel, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

Text of the resolution reported Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism but did not mention Omar by name. 

The decision to introduce the resolution comes as Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called on Democrats to take action.

“Accusing Jews of having allegiance to a foreign government has long been a vile anti-Semitic slur that has been used to harass, marginalize, and persecute the Jewish people for centuries,” Greenblatt wrote on Monday.

“Sometimes referred to as the ‘dual loyalty’ charge, it alleges that Jews should be suspected of being disloyal neighbors or citizens because their true allegiance is to their co-religionists around the world or to a secret and immoral Jewish agenda,” he added.

Read more at The Tower.

Cornell President: Anti-Israel Boycott Campaign "Unfairly Singles Out One Country"

Cornell University President Martha Pollock has rejected a demand by anti-Israel students to embrace the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that seeks to destroy the Jewish State, saying the movement was antithetical to academic freedom and singled out Israel for discrimination.

Her comments were prompted by a letter delivered to her on February 18, which urged the university to divest its endowment from companies “complicit in the morally reprehensible human rights violations in Palestine,” Shiri Moshe reported in The Algemeiner.

In the letter, members of the Cornell chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) also accused Israel of sharing a “common history” with the United States as a “settler-colonial project rooted in genocide” and charged that the anti-Semitic boycotts movement was working to isolate Israel “until it meets its obligations under international law.”

SJP was founded as the “Palestine Solidarity Movement” on the UC Berkeley campus in 1993. SJP disguises itself as an organization promoting social justice and the Palestinian cause, yet in reality, the organization and its supporters spend almost all of their energy demonizing Israel in furtherance of the goal of destroying the Jewish State.

Pollock countered Thursday in a statement expressing her “strong opposition to BDS” and rejected the demand that the school use its endowment as a tool of “political or social power.”

“BDS unfairly singles out one country in the world for sanction when there are many countries around the world whose governments’ policies may be viewed as controversial,” said Pollack. “Moreover, it places all of the responsibility for an extraordinarily complex geopolitical situation on just one country and frequently conflates the policies of the Israeli government with the very right of Israel to exist as a nation, which I find particularly troublesome.”

Read more at The Tower.

Iron Dome Software Developer Creates System to Predict Natural Disasters

Typhoons, floods, droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires — the frequency and intensity of natural disasters across the globe are worsening, and these deadly events could continue plaguing the planet as a result of climate change.

Hoping to minimize disruption of essential services in disaster zones, government and utility officials are seeking better solutions for preparation and management of catastrophic weather events.

One new solution is a sophisticated product from mPrest Systems, the private Israeli company that famously developed the command-and-control software inside Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system.

Natan Barak, founder and CEO of mPrest, explains that the Major Event Management Application (MEMA) automatically forecasts the extent, location and progress of damage via a network of sensors and systems that jointly gather and analyze current weather and other relevant data using advanced algorithms.

“It is based on the same ‘system of systems’ architecture we developed for the Iron Dome,” he tells ISRAEL21c. “We are now applying rocket science, which was originally designed to save lives, to improve quality of life.”

How does that work?

“The Iron Dome is, in essence, a real-time distributed asset analytics and management system,” he explains. “The system accumulates data from tens of thousands of sensors to detect when a missile is launched, calculate its path, and decide if, when and where to intercept so that citizens and communities remain safe.”

That same technology can be integrated into, say, smart-grids and cloud-based irrigation systems. And in the case of MEMA, it helps utilities handle disasters.

(via Israel21c)

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