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The Daily TIP: TIP CEO: "Progressive Ideals Have Been Hijacked by Anti-Semites"

Posted by Tip Staff - October 10, 2018

TIP CEO: "Progressive Ideals Have Been Hijacked by Anti-Semites"
Israeli Inventor Creates Exoskeleton Allowing Paraplegics to Walk Again
Amb. Haley, Who Urged UN to Reform and Stop Bullying Israel, Leaving Post at End of Year
Two Israeli Companies Working Together to Help Brazil Control Mosquitoes


TIP CEO: "Progressive Ideals Have Been Hijacked by Anti-Semites"

In a speech to the Beth Am congregation in Los Altos Hills, California, on Friday evening, Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, warned of the rise of far-left anti-Semitism, which he described as “cloaked in the language of progressive idealism and far more nuanced than traditional alt-right anti-Semitism.”

According to Block, “for most of us, there is a reflexive tendency to think about anti-Semitism as something that is propagated by the alt-right,” such as the march on Charlottesville last year. However, Block asked, “what happens when the hate comes from somewhere unexpected, somewhere much closer to home?”

This form of far-left anti-Semitism has a name, Block said. “Intersectionality is the radical academic theory which holds that all forms of social oppression are inexorably linked. It has become a code word for anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bigotry.”

For his claim, Block referenced several examples, including that of Palestinian anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour, an organizer of the Women’s March who recently said Muslims must not “humanize” Zionists.

“Imagine if Sarsour had made those comments about any other minority. The Left would be up in arms,” Block observed. “But because Jews are increasingly seen as persona non-grata among America’s far Left, Sarsour is celebrated as a heroine of the progressive movement.”

According to Block, “extreme anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiments” have been parachuted “from the obscure fringes of the political spectrum into the mainstream,” not least by far-left movement such as the Labour Party in the United Kingdom under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

“As a life-long Democrat and someone who considers himself a progressive, I am offended by the way in which my progressive ideals have been hijacked by anti-Semites,” he said. “I am also alarmed that candidates espousing such views are climbing the ranks within a party which, historically, has been the natural political home of Jews.”

Block concluded by stressing that “The U.S.-Israel relationship works because of shared values, shared interests and a bipartisan consensus that Israel is an important friend and ally.” It’s a fact, Block urged, that the Jewish community in the United States must honor regardless of political views.

“There is only one Israel and we don’t get the luxury of being supportive one year and not the next,” he said.

“This trend can’t be allowed to continue,” Block said. “Make no mistake, this is a war for the soul of the progressive movement.”



Israeli Inventor Creates Exoskeleton Allowing Paraplegics to Walk Again

There are an estimated 6 million wheelchair users in the United States and Europe, some of whom could walk again if insurance carriers would approve the cost of coverage for a device innovated in Israel. Not only would underwriting this coverage allow paraplegics to regain a sense of autonomy and dignity; it also makes financial sense to give this underserved segment of society freedom of movement.

The story begins in 1996, when Amit Goffer, an accomplished academic who studied electrical and computer engineering in Israel and the United States, fell off an all-terrain vehicle and snapped his neck. Goffer became a quadriplegic, losing the ability to move the vast majority of his body, including his arms and legs. Life in a wheelchair, he felt, wasn’t enough, and Goffer became obsessed with finding a solution. He was confident he could invent a new type of device to help the disabled.

Seven years later, Goffer finished building his first device: a lightweight, motorized support suit with rechargeable batteries that hugs users’ legs, along with crutches to stabilize them as they walk. Users wear a remote control on their wrists to control their movement. As they walk, a tilt sensor ensures that the chest remains upright and balanced, allowing them to move without falling. The crutches help people go upstairs and also stabilize their weight. Goffer called his innovation ReWalk.

Today, ReWalk has been approved for sale in Europe and the United States. There are roughly 400 users around the globe, including a number of U.S. military veterans and law enforcement officials. And the company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Yet ReWalk – and its competitors – still have a number of critics. One reason is potential safety concerns. It generally takes somewhere between 12 and 15 sessions to learn how to use the exoskeleton. Some patients, depending on their level of paralysis, never master the skill. The device can be risky. Paraplegics have very weak bones, so ReWalk encourages patients not to use the device on slippery, sloped or uneven surfaces.

Another challenge is price. Because ReWalk costs approximately $70,000, many who could benefit from using it cannot afford it. Most health insurance providers in the United States have declined to cover it.

But ongoing research shows definitively that the exoskeleton can alleviate symptoms that are common among the wheelchair-bound and over time, reduce healthcare-related costs.

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Amb. Haley, Who Urged UN to Reform and Stop Bullying Israel, Leaving Post at End of Year

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who urged the UN to reform and its members to stop singling out Israel, announced that she would be leaving her post at the end of the year, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Though she described her time representing the U.S. at the world body as "an honor of a lifetime," she expressed a desire to take time off from serving in public office after two years at the UN and six years as governor of South Carolina.

“It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor every day and defend America,” Haley said from the Oval Office, sitting next to President Donald Trump.

Trump said that Haley had "done a fantastic job," and that "we’ve done a fantastic job together." He added that "we hate to lose you.”

The Times described Haley as "an outspoken and often forceful envoy — someone whom foreign diplomats looked to for guidance."

Israeli leaders across the political spectrum expressed their regret over Haley's resignation.

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin praised Haley as "an uncompromising advocate of American policy towards the Middle East and Israel." Former Labor Party MK Einat Wilf wrote, "Ambassador Nikki Haley @nikkihaley, stood towering as our fierce defender. For two shining years we knew in our kishkes that we were not alone."

The director of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, Amos Yadlin, wrote, "During her term Israel received political and diplomatic backup unprecedented in the UN or any other platform."

"Thank you Amb. Haley for standing for the truth and exposing hypocrisy at the UN," wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



Two Israeli Companies Working Together to Help Brazil Control Mosquitoes

In the battle to eradicate mosquitos and the deadly diseases they can carry, introducing sterile non-biting male mosquitos to an infested area has shown great progress, with companies as mighty as Google parent Alphabet jumping into the fray.

When it comes to hastening the mosquito-pocalypse in areas overrun by the insects, there are two sides to the equation.

One is the delivery system – that’s the job Israeli startup Senecio has taken on with its slow-release cartridges.

The other is actually sterilizing the male mosquitos. That’s where another Israeli firm, Forrest Innovations, comes in. The company creates sterile mosquitos using “RNA interference,” a natural cellular process that turns down, or silences, the activity of specific genes – including those controlling fertility.

Forrest says its Natural Vector Control technology “enables us to achieve male sterility without compromising the fitness of the mosquito.”

Now Forrest and Senecio are teaming up to release Forrest-sterilized mosquitos using Senecio’s air distribution technology in a first-ever project in Brazil.

In the first phase of the project, launched September 28, Forrest released male mosquitos manually. However, Senecio CEO Hanan Lepek tells ISRAEL21c that the two companies have signed an agreement so that Forrest may use Senecio’s systems in Brazil in future commercial projects.

Forrest set up a Mobile Modular Mosquito Mass Production Unit in the Brazilian city of Jacarezinho last year. The project is being run in collaboration of TEPCAR, the technological institute of Parana State, where Jacarezinho is located, and has support from the local municipality, the Sanitary Vigilance Services, the Brazilian Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of Health.

(via Israel21c)


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