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The Daily TIP: Why Did The Forward Give a Platform to an Anti-Zionist, Terror Sympathizer?

Posted by Tip Staff - December 01, 2017

Why Did The Forward Give a Platform to an Anti-Zionist, Terror Sympathizer?
First IDF Female Tank Crews Ready for Deployment
Germany Slammed for Denying Israel's Ownership of Dead Sea Scrolls
Israel, Germany Launch Cybersecurity Accelerator

Why Did The Forward Give a Platform to an Anti-Zionist, Terror Sympathizer?

Let’s play a game for a moment. Write down individuals least qualified to share their views on Zionism, the belief that Jews have the right to self-determination on their ancestral land; and feminism, the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. Chances are high that anti-semites, terrorists and their supporters feature prominently on your list.

Yet The Forward, which prides itself as the “fastest-growing Jewish media brand based in the US,” published a piece by a woman, who encapsulates all of those characteristics, to tell us: “No, You Can’t Be A Feminist And A Zionist.”

Mariam Barghouti is a prominent supporter of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement.

In April of this year, The New York Times was forced to apologize, after it published an op-ed by another Barghouti without mentioning the abhorrent crimes that he had committed and described him in the by-line simply as a “Palestinian leader and parliamentarian,” as if he was just an average commentator.

Unfortunately, The Forward has failed to learn lessons from that absurd spectacle and has now given Mariam, innocently introduced as “a writer based in Ramallah,” a platform to spread her poisonous views without a mention of her shadowy activism. No one disputes Barghouti’s right to free speech, but there is no rule that say an anti-Semitic terrorist sympathizer has a right to publish her propaganda in a legacy Jewish publication, when there are more than enough Jew-hating outlets around the corner.

To read the entire essay please click here.

First IDF Female Tank Crews Ready for Deployment

As part of Israel's efforts to increase gender integration among combat forces, Israel's first female tank operators are completing their training and ready to be deployed along Israel's southern border, The Times of Israel reported.

In March, the army announced that 15 women had been selected out of mixed-gender recruits to serve in the pilot program for tanks. Thirteen of the women selected made it through the completed training program on Israel's Merkava Mark 3 tanks.

In December, the women will join the army’s 80th Division which operates in the southern Negev and Arava deserts in Israel's south. The women will not be part of the regular Armored Corps combat units, but will join the recently created Border Defense Force, which is meant to be deployed only within Israel's borders.

Deployment of the female tank operators comes at a time that the IDF is trying to accommodate the growing number of women who are seeking combat roles. During the past five years the number of women seeking combat roles has increased 500 percent.

Critics of gender-integrated combat units charge that the physical requirements have been relaxed. However, the army insists that the physical requirements have been reduced for all soldiers "as the military reevaluates what is actually necessary for combat service and what is excessive and more likely to cause injury than prepare troops for war."

Germany Slammed for Denying Israel's Ownership of Dead Sea Scrolls

A German politician criticized his government for denying's Israel's ownership of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which led to the cancellation of a planned exhibit of the ancient text next year, Benjamin Weinthal reported Friday for The Jerusalem Post.

"If Germany is unwilling to clearly express the legal status of the fragments of Qumran as Israeli world cultural heritage goods, it would dramatically change the coordinates in our German-Israeli relations," Uwe Becker, the deputy mayor of Frankfort told Weinthal. "And it would mean the construction of a wall toward the places of the birth of Christianity in the holy country, because it would be the same for Bethlehem, Jericho, east Jerusalem and many other places of Jesus' work."

Becker sent a letter of protest to both Monika Grütters, Germany['s minister of culture and media, and German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel. Gabriel is currently lobbying in the United States to support the nuclear deal with Iran.

Germany's refusal to acknowledge Israel's ownership over the valuable historical texts prevented the Bible House Museum in Frankfurt, which was to have displayed the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit from issuing an "Immunity from Seizure" document, ensuring that the scrolls would be returned to their home in Israel.

Becker pointed out that museums in other European nations, including Austria and the Netherlands, have issued "Immunity from Seizure" documents allowing the Dead Sea Scrolls to be displayed there.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, believed written by a Jewish sect called the Essenes during the Second Temple period are evidence of the historical ties of Jews to the land of Israel.

Israel, Germany Launch Cybersecurity Accelerator

German and Israeli researchers have teamed up to launch a new high-tech accelerator focusing on cybersecurity innovation.

The Hessian Israeli Partnership Accelerator for Cybersecurity (HIPA) was launched the first week of November in Jerusalem. It brings together top students in cybersecurity from both countries to work on projects in the areas of network technologies, Internet infrastructure and software security.

The two-and-a-half-month program kicks off with a week of entrepreneurship training in Jerusalem, and concludes with a review of each cyber team’s results in Damstadt, Germany’s cybersecurity hub. The final results will be presented at a cybersecurity conference in Berlin, January 2-8, 2018. The bulk of the program consists of two months of virtual incubation and remote coaching.

The two institutions behind HIPA are the Cyber Security Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s School of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT in Darmstadt, Germany.

Haya Shulman, Division Director at Fraunhofer SIT, is managing director of the accelerator.

Hebrew University is at the forefront of cybersecurity research, said Prof. Danny Dolev, head of the Cybersecurity Center. “We are researching many aspects of cyber protection, including protection of Internet data routing, cloud computing, Bitcoin, the smart grid, and more. Our collaboration with Fraunhofer deepens the research into these issues and will enable researchers from both countries to collaborate on the creation new tools for dealing with cyber-attacks.”

In 2015, Hebrew University and Fraunhofer jointly created Fraunhofer Project Center for Cybersecurity in Jerusalem.

(via Israel21c)

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