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Posted by Tip Staff - December 12, 2018

Women's March Leaders Accused of Making Anti-Semitic Remarks at First Organizational Meeting
Bipartisan Bill Sanctioning Hamas, Hezbollah for Using Human Shields Passes Congress
Jews in EU See Anti-Zionism as Form of Anti-Semitism
Artificial Intelligence Becoming Big Part of Israeli Startup Scene

Women's March Leaders Accused of Making Anti-Semitic Remarks at First Organizational Meeting

During the first meeting of the Women’s March in November 2016, leaders of the organization endorsed virulent anti-Semitic tropes, claiming that Jews were “leaders of the American slave trade” and “bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people,” Tablet Magazine reported on Monday.

The comments about Jews were made by two of the leaders of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, and were allegedly informed by the teachings of anti-Semitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan, including his book “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews.”

Though a number of sources have cited this incident, Mallory and Bob Bland, another senior figure of the movement, deny that any such mention of Jews was made at the first meeting.

Mallory and Perez were invited to join the Women’s March by the movement’s white founders, after the election of United States President Donald Trump to diversify the appeal of the campaign. The two women – along with American-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour, who later joined the movement as a co-chair – have been harshly criticized for their longstanding support for the Nation of Islam, the anti-Semitic organization led by Farrakhan.

The leaders of the Women’s March have routinely celebrated Farrakhan, including in a social media post in which Sarsour described the hate preacher as the “GOAT,” meaning the “greatest of all time.”

Mallory, her co-chair, was captured on video attending a Nation of Islam event in which Farrakhan said, “the powerful Jew is my enemy.” The leadership of the movement later defended Mallory against charges of anti-Semitism. Sources familiar with the Women’s March also told Tablet that Nation of Islam members were acting as security detail and drivers for the co-chairs.

The accusations resulted in the splintering of the movement as several state chapters disaffiliated with the Women’s March. The president of the organization’s local chapter in Washington, D.C., Mercy Morganfield, told Tablet that Bland confided in her that, “they have been in bed with the Nation of Islam since day one: They do all of our security.’”

In November, Teresa Shook, the founder of the Women’s March, called on the movement’s current co-chairs to resign over anti-Semitic rhetoric and bigotry, just days after Sarsour suggested American Jews have dual loyalties.

Bipartisan Bill Sanctioning Hamas, Hezbollah for Using Human Shields Passes Congress

The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday passed, with strong bipartisan support, legislation which targets members of Hamas and Hezbollah responsible for the use of human shields, a war crime under international law, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The legislation, titled the Sanctioning of the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act (H.R. 3342), which was drafted jointly by Democrats and Republicans, must now be signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in order to become law.

The bill imposes sanctions on members of Iranian-backed terrorist organizations, Hamas and Hezbollah, who use civilians as human shields in military confrontations with Israel, as well as agencies of states that aid the groups in doing so.

The bipartisan bill was authored by Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.). It found that Hezbollah “utilized human shields to protect themselves from counterattacks by Israeli forces, including storing weapons inside civilian homes and firing rockets from inside populated civilian areas” and has amassed an arsenal of “over 150,000 missiles.”

In an op-ed published in The Boston Herald in June 2017, Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, warned that “a significant part of Hezbollah’s military infrastructure is embedded in civilian areas” with the aim that “if Israel needs to take out Hezbollah’s arsenals in a preventive strike, the operation will lead to mass civilian casualties.”

The Senate passed the legislation, introduced by Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), on October 11, 2018 by unanimous consent and sent it to the House. This bill was co-sponsored by 50 Senators on both sides of the aisle reflecting a strong bipartisan commitment to Israel’s security.

Jews in EU See Anti-Zionism as Form of Anti-Semitism

European Jews increasingly see anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism, according to a report released earlier this week by the European Union, Daniel Schwammenthal, director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal.

The survey of 16,500 Jews living in twelve EU nations found that 90% of the respondents said that anti-Semitism has worsened in their countries over the past five years.

When asked about their experiences, a majority of those polled, 51%, said that the anti-Semitic comment they hear "frequently" or "all the time," is that "Israelis behave 'like Nazis' towards the Palestinians." Schwammenthal observed that this assertion "demonizes the Jewish state while diminishing the crimes of real Nazis."

Looking into the data included in the EU report, Ben Cohen reported in The Algemeiner on other particulars that showed how the lines between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are increasingly blurred.

"Particularly salient," Cohen observed, "were the report’s findings on the intersection between commonly-expressed anti-Zionist views and activities — boycotting Israeli goods and institutions, publicly opposing Israel’s right to exist, comparing Israel’s military actions to the Nazi extermination of six million Jews — and antisemitism as experienced by the vast majority of the survey’s respondents."

Cohen noted that, according to the survey, 80% of Jews had heard statements comparing Israel to Nazi Germany during the past year. Another 60% had heard the sentiment that "the world would be a better place without Israel," during the same time period.

European Jews also took exception to the assertion that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is not anti-Semitic. An average of 82% of the Jews surveyed in all twelve countries believed that boycotts that single out Israel are anti-Semitic. In contrast, Cohen noted, that 62% of those polled said that criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic.

Artificial Intelligence Becoming Big Part of Israeli Startup Scene

Israel has a well-earned reputation as the Startup Nation. But it’s also becoming the AI Nation.

More than 1,200 artificial intelligence (AI) companies have been established in the country since 2010; 79 percent of them are still active and 6% have been acquired, reports IVC Research, which adds that “this sector’s vital signs are positive.”

Exits (where a company is either acquired or goes public) were higher in the first half of 2018 than for all of 2017, IVC adds.

The mix of AI companies in Israel has also changed – particularly in the last four years.

AI companies in Israel have traditionally focused on computer vision and this is where most of the development activity has been.

Jerusalem-based Mobileye, for example, builds systems that “watch” how your car is driving and sound an alert if you’re getting too close to another vehicle or veer out of your lane. Computer vision technology is now the basis behind Mobileye’s AI-centric approach to self-driving cars.

Beginning in 2014, though, there has been an increase in the share of companies implementing “data science” (a catchall name that encompasses data mining, statistical inference and prediction models) into their product lines. That’s been accompanied by a decrease in companies whose technology is more about computer vision, recommendation systems and text analysis.

IVC Research broke out the percentage of companies it tracks in each sector for the years 2010-2018.

• Recommendation systems (5%) – companies that use mathematical models to predict and recommend user preferences. Example: Outbrain, which has raised $144 million.

• Text analysis and NLP (8%) – companies which recognize and analyze the content and context of speech and text. Example: Twiggle, which has raised $35 million.

• Sound recognition and analysis (10%) – companies that analyze and process sounds for applications such as voice assistants. Example: Gong, which has raised $26 million.

• Chatbots, robotics and assistants (11%) – companies with technology that imitates a human interface. Example: Lemonade, which has raised $180 million.

• Computer vision (20%) – companies which acquire, process and analyze digital images. Example: Mobileye, which was acquired by Intel for $15.3 billion.

• Data science and analysis (43%) – companies that build statistical models for data mining and analysis. Example: Gett, which has raised $597 million.

(via Israel21c)

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