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The Daily TIP: What I Saw at AIPAC 2019: Celebrating the Bipartisan Support for Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - March 26, 2019

What I Saw at AIPAC 2019: Celebrating the Bipartisan Support for Israel
PA Cutting Salaries of Civil Servants to Pay Full Benefits to Terrorists
Ex Labour MP on Anti-Semitism: I’m at AIPAC “To Remind You How Quickly Things Can Change”
Israeli Startup Revolutionizing Technology for 911 Calls to Improve Response Times


What I Saw at AIPAC 2019: Celebrating the Bipartisan Support for Israel

One of the perks of my current career has been the opportunity and privilege to attend the annual AIPAC policy conference. In 2019, I attended my fourth consecutive gathering.

There are always thrills of seeing old friends and colleagues or attending fascinating breakout sessions on important topics given by experts in their fields.

Aside from those particular reasons I enjoy AIPAC, there's also the significance of what AIPAC represents. AIPAC represents the broad support Israel enjoys across party, religious, and ethnic lines in the United States. And frankly, it's a joy to witness this level of support.

Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R - Ariz.), perhaps described this phenomenon best when she said: "Americans do not support Israel because AIPAC is influential, AIPAC is influential because Americans support Israel."

From what I've witnessed at AIPAC, this is correct.

When you think about it, it's incredible that thousands of Americans pay hundreds of dollars to attend. And if they're not driving distance, they're paying hundreds of dollars more for transportation and lodging. That reflects an incredible commitment.

Recently, in the wake of Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D - Minn.) comments accusing Jews of having “allegiance to a foreign country,” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman responded that while he was "suspicious" of Omar's motives, he, like her, doesn't like AIPAC.

He asserted that AIPAC has "become a rubber stamp on the right-wing policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," and that it "has also been responsible for making support for Israel a Republican cause, not a bipartisan issue." Thus, he proclaimed, "Aipac is a self-appointed lobby that does not represent my feelings as an American Jew."

But Friedman's criticism of AIPAC betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of what the organization is and does.

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PA Cutting Salaries of Civil Servants to Pay Full Benefits to Terrorists

The Palestinian Authority has decided to penalize its law-abiding employees to avoid cutting salaries of Palestinian terrorists and their families under the so-called “pay-to-slay” scheme, which led the United States and Israel to cut aid until the PA stops inciting terror.

Explaining the decision, Nabil Abu Rudeina, PA Deputy Prime Minister and Fatah Commissioner of Information, said: “The salaries of the families of the martyrs and the prisoners will be paid regardless of the cost, and that it is not possible to abandon or treat lightly the livelihood of the Palestinian people’s heroes.”

Abu Rudeina added that “non-payment of the public employees’ salaries,” on the other hand, “is less significant than subtracting one penny from the family of a martyr or prisoner, who sacrificed his life and freedom for Palestine and its heroic people.”

As an example, he referenced the case of Karim Younes, a Palestinian terrorist who, together with his cousin Maher Younis, kidnapped and murdered Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980.

PA Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara reiterated the decision to cut the salaries of law-abiding employees while paying in full the salaries to imprisoned terrorists and released terrorists, as well as the allowances to wounded terrorists and the families of dead terrorists.

Last year, PA President Mahmoud Abbas swore he would make paying terrorists a top priority. "By Allah, even if we have only a penny left it will only be spent on the families of the martyrs and prisoners and only afterward will it be spent on the rest of the people," Abbas vowed. Read more at The Tower.



Ex Labour MP on Anti-Semitism: I’m at AIPAC “To Remind You How Quickly Things Can Change”

A British MP who recently quit the Labour Party over sickening levels of anti-Semitism delivered a powerful warning at AIPAC about the consequences of allowing anti-Semitism to creep into the political mainstream, as she urged Democrats and Republicans to stand united against anti-Jewish hate.

Explaining her decision to speak at this year’s AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C., Ryan said: "I did to remind you how quickly things can change. To remind you that we must stay on guard and to remind you we must stand our ground.

“We must condemn antisemitism and anti-Zionism unequivocally wherever we find it, whenever we find it.”

Ryan noted that she and several other colleagues who walked away from the Labour Party would “never have believed three years ago” how the organization was now “riddled with antisemitism.”

She observed how “over the past four years Labour of which I’ve been a member for 40 years has been transformed. Once a close friend of Israel and an unwavering ally of British Jews it has been taken over by the far-left.

“It seeks to demonise and delegitimise Israel. And now it’s led by a man who proudly declares Hames and Hezbollah to be his friends.”

Ryan, whose remarks were greeted by warm applause from the 18,000 conference participants, urged the audience to condemn anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism “unequivocally” whenever and wherever it is found.

In an apparent reference to controversial congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D - Minn.), who has been repeatedly chastised by lawmakers from both parties for using anti-Semitic language, Ryan said, “We must always call out politicians, from whatever side of the aisle, who question Israel’s right to exist, and engage in vile anti-Semitic tropes about the loyalties of British or American Jews to their countries.”

Read more at The Tower.



Israeli Startup Revolutionizing Technology for 911 Calls to Improve Response Times

Dialing 911 in an emergency is something that we’ve all been instructed to do since childhood. And old-fashioned, simple dialing is what most of us are still doing, even in an age of far more sophisticated technology.

This is despite the fact that most of us are no longer calling emergency dispatch services from plain old landlines, but from mobile phones that allow a plethora of critical information – such as exact location or video footage – to be transmitted to call responders.

Israeli startup Carbyne, harnesses the power of mobile phones in the emergency services field. Its call center solution and mobile app track the caller’s precise location and use the phone’s microphone and camera to gauge the event and surroundings.

And now Carbyne is partnering with erstwhile competitor RapidSOS of New York to further enhance emergency response. RapidSOS enables connected devices (smartphones, wearables and connected cars, for example) to transmit data such as accurate location, medical data and car telematics data to 911 systems.

With the integration of RapidSOS data into Carbyne’s technology, call takers will receive accurate location information and secured rich emergency data regarding the caller, leading to decreased response time and improved efficiency.

“We are excited to add RapidSOS’ data into our public safety solutions,” says Carbyne founder and CEO Amir Elichai. “Carbyne’s approach to next-generation 911 has always been based on gathering as much info about a caller as possible, as quickly as possible, and using technology, analytics and AI to transform that data into useful, actionable information to present to call takers and dispatchers.”

“This approach has been very successful, with our clients seeing 65 percent reductions in average 911 call time without having to upgrade other systems or equipment. With RapidSOS now enriching our data even more, we expect to see even greater reductions,” he added.

(via Israel21c)


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