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The Daily TIP: U.S. Holocaust Scholar: “No Respectable Politician” in UK Should Associate with Corbyn

Posted by Tip Staff - January 23, 2019

U.S. Holocaust Scholar: "No Respectable Politician" in UK Should Associate with Corbyn
In Latest Escalation, Israel Fires at Hamas Outpost after Soldier Shot and Injured
Israel Jumps to 5th Place in Bloomberg's Innovation Index
Athletes from 26 Nations Compete in Surfing Trials Held in Netanya


U.S. Holocaust Scholar: "No Respectable Politician" in UK Should Associate with Corbyn

Acclaimed American academic Professor Deborah Lipstadt has slammed British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for presenting himself as a life-long anti-racist campaigner, despite his extensive associations with Holocaust deniers and other extremists, The Jewish Chronicle reported Tuesday.

“No respectable politician would associate with anyone who used the 'n' word. The same should apply to Corbyn over antisemitism,” she said.

Professor Lipstadt, who famously battled Holocaust denier David Irving in court for deliberately manipulating history “for his own ideological reasons,” made the comments ahead of the publication of her new book, Anti-Semitism Here And Now, to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday.

“His view is 'I'm a progressive so I can't be antisemitic',” she said. “He boasts how his mother was at the Cable Street demonstration — 'I had progressive mother's milk so you can't call me antisemitic.'”

In 1936, Jews and their neighbors stood side-by-side in London’s East End, defying the British Union of Fascists (BUF) led by Nazi sympathizer Oswald Mosley as they made plans to march through their neighborhood, in what became known as the Battle of Cable Street.

In her new book, Professor Lipstadt devotes several pages to Corbyn’s controversial record of associating with enemies of the Jewish people.

“Let's call it the Corbyn Syndrome — a syndrome in which Jews, for the most part white, privileged members of the elite, cannot possibly be considered victims,” she says in the book.

Lipstadt asks: “Has he facilitated and amplified expressions of anti-Semitism? Has he been consistently reluctant to acknowledge expressions of anti-Semitism unless they come from white supremacists and neo-Nazis? Will his actions facilitate the institutionalisation of anti-Semitism among other progressives?

Sadly, my answer to all of these is an unequivocal yes.”



In Latest Escalation, Israel Fires at Hamas Outpost after Soldier Shot and Injured

Following the shooting of an IDF soldier on the border with Gaza, an Israeli tank fired on a Hamas outpost killing a terrorist and injuring two others, Reuters reported Tuesday.

According to the IDF, the soldier was lightly injured when a bullet struck his helmet as he was confronting rock throwers near the border fence. At the same time, two rioters briefly crossed into Israel before returning to Gaza.

In a Twitter post, the IDF observed that the soldier's helmet, damaged by gunfire, constituted "Proof that Hamas sends ARMED terrorists to attack Israelis, while surrounded by civilians and under the guise of 'protests.'”

The IDF struck back, with tank fire targeting a Hamas lookout post in the center of the Gaza Strip, over which Hamas has complete political and military control. One terrorist, identified as Mahmoud Al-Abd Al-Nabahin, who belonged to Hamas's Qassam Brigades, was reported killed and two others injured.

In the wake of the escalating violence, Israel refused to allow an expected $15 million donation from Qatar into Gaza. Last year, Qatar pledged $150 million to help prop up the Gaza economy and ease the suffering of Gaza's residents. Israel allowed the first $15 million payment in November and one more since then. Within a week of that first payment, Hamas escalated its war against Israel, launching nearly 500 rockets into Israel during a 24-hour period.

"Large groups of rioters marched on the border with the intent to breach the security fence and infiltrate into the Jewish State – the 'peaceful protesters' were carrying guns, knives, stones, explosives, Molotov cocktails, burned thousands of tires and sent kites over Israeli territory with burning objects, causing extensive damage," is how The Israel Project Senior Fellow Julie Lenarz explained the so-called Great March of Return, shortly after the campaign began.



Israel Jumps to 5th Place in Bloomberg's Innovation Index

Israel surged to 5th place in the Bloomberg Innovation Index of 2019, climbing five spots from last year's index where Israel ranked 10th, Globes reported Tuesday.

The Bloomberg Innovation Index ranks the world's 60 most pioneering economies, according to the most recent data. The ranking is compiled by analyzing seven equally weighted categories, including the amount spent on research and development, manufacturing capabilities, and the concentration of hi-tech public companies.

In 5th place in the overall survey, Israel overtook Singapore, the United States and Japan, which made the top ten at sixth, eighth and ninth place, respectively. South Korea retained the global crown in the innovation index for the sixth year in a row, followed by Germany, Finland and Switzerland.

Israel’s surge in the index was the result of strong performance in various sectors, including research and development intensity (first place), research personnel concentration (second place), patent activity (fourth place), and high-tech density (fifth place). Israel’s biggest jump was in patent activity, from the 19th place last year.

The U.S. rose three spots in the 2019 ranking, after it fell out of the top 10 economies for the first time in 2018. China, the world's second largest economy, was rated only in 16th place.

Meanwhile, in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2018-2019 - which ranks countries’ competitiveness based on 12 categories, including innovation, technological readiness, business sophistication and higher education - Israel retaining top marks for a number of categories including innovation, spending on R&D, and positive attitude toward entrepreneurial risk.

“Israel spends the most of any country in the index on R&D (4.3 percent of GDP), and is where entrepreneurial failure is most accepted and innovative companies grow the fastest…A well-developed financial sector (22nd), with the second-best availability of venture capital in the world, also supports a flourishing and innovative private sector,” the WEF report read.



Athletes from 26 Nations Compete in Surfing Trials Held in Netanya

Surfers from 26 countries came to compete on Kontiki Beach in Netanya on January 18, 2019. The SEAT Pro Netanya was the first stop on the 2019 World Surf League European Qualifying Series.

Following five exciting days of action, Eithan Osborne of California claimed victory in the final bout against Tristan Guilbaud of France held in three- to four-foot surf in Israeli Mediterranean waters.

“This feels incredible,” Osborne said afterward. “My grandpa’s brother and uncles live here and my mom’s grandpa was from here so we have family ties here. It’s my second time visiting and I always have an incredible time.”

The first 30 minutes of the final saw a disappearing swell until a good set gave both surfers an opportunity to improve their scores.

Splitting the peak, Guilbaud went to his backhand on the left and locked in a couple of good turns for 5.43, while Osborne went right and unleashed a big first turn and a couple smaller ones for a 6.20 to reinforce his lead.

Guilbaud, who achieved his career-best result to date, said his powerful style of surfing suited the waves perfectly in Israel. He will be the man to beat when the European Qualifying Series continues early next month in the Canary Islands.

The SEAT Pro Netanya is supported by Israel Surfing Association, the city of Netanya, SEAT, Maccabi Israel, Otzma, the Olympic Committee of Israel, The Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Australian Embassy, FCS Israel, Tshuva Urban Renewal and others.

(via Israel21c)


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