Thursday, June 13, 2013

6/13 Links Part 2: Syrian Doctor Ask Israel To Save Patient and F1 Comes To Jerusalem.

From Ian:

Syrian doctor, in unprecedented note, asks Israel to save patient’s life
A handwritten doctor’s note was found attached to the clothing of a Syrian man brought to Israel in critical condition Tuesday. The note explained, in Arabic, previous surgical procedures and medical care the man had received days before in Syria. It asked Israel to save his life because the Syrian doctors could not provide the necessary medical treatment.
While Israel has started to treat growing numbers of people wounded in Syrian battles close to the border in recent months, this was the first case of a cross-border “transfer” from a Syrian medical facility.
UK says Richard Falk article “resonant of longstanding antisemitic practice of blaming Jews”
Last week, in a June 6th response, the British government explained in detail why they recently condemned the UN’s Richard Falk for antisemitism:
In the same article Mr Falk said that “as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.” We believe this article is resonant of the longstanding antisemitic practice of blaming Jews (through the State of Israel by proxy) for all that is wrong in the world. This is unacceptable.
Sun News: Hillel Neuer Blasts Richard Falk

Where's the Coverage? Israel to Build Housing in West Bank...for Palestinians
If 600 housing units for Jews is worthy of coverage, why not even a mention of a plan to build nearly twice as many homes for Palestinian Arabs? Neither the LA Times nor any other major news outlet has covered an Israeli plan to develop hundreds of housing units for Arabs, on Israeli-controlled land in Area C. And it would not have taken a lot of investigating to find out about it. The Jerusalem Post reported last month, “J'lem plans 1,140 Palestinian homes near Jericho”
Amid Global Focus on Jewish Construction, NGO Counters Illegal Arab Building
While the international community often focuses on the legal status of Jewish construction in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, two Israeli government initiatives—a proposed transfer of Israeli land near Jericho to Palestinians and a law that would retroactively legalize tens of thousands of Bedouin structures in the south—are highlighting the issue of illegal Arab building across Israel.
At the forefront of tackling this issue is Regavim, an NGO that tracks illegal Arab building and prosecutes it in Israeli courts.
BBC Red Carded for Capital Offense
The BBC this week insisted that “no offence was intended” after Tel Aviv was described as Israel’s capital during a commentary on the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Washington Watch: What does aid to Egypt get us?
Peace with Israel is the locomotive that pulls aid to Egypt through the Congress, but there are other cars on the train.
The Egyptian government of Mohamed Morsi is facing growing pressure from some members of Congress who want to reduce or withhold some aid to press his Islamist government to improve its human rights record.
US House c'tee triples missile funding to Israel
The US House of Representatives Armed Service Committee tripled President Brack Obama’s request for missile defense collaboration with Israel and sought to include the United States in Iron Dome development.
Holocaust memorials continue to proliferate in small towns
Though precise numbers are difficult to come by, Holocaust studies experts say museums and monuments dedicated to the genocide have proliferated across the United States over the past two decades.
Major American cities typically have at least one Holocaust memorial, but now many midsized ones do too, like Richmond, Va., Charleston, SC, and El Paso, Texas. Memorials are even found in relatively small cities, like Whitwell, Tenn., and Palm Desert, Calif. And more are in the works, including a recently approved monument designed by architect Daniel Libeskind to be built on the statehouse grounds in Columbus, Ohio.
‘Super diva’ Babs has Israel in a tizzy
Barbra Streisand touches down in Israel next week, and the country is in a tizzy for the arrival of Babs.
The iconic Jewish-American singer will visit for 10 days and perform two concerts on June 20 and 22 at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, as well as a private performance on June 18 in Jerusalem to honor President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday.
Major Chinese Conglomerate to Open Tech Incubator in Israel
One of China’s largest conglomerates has announced it plans to establish a technology incubator in Israel.
Fosun International chairman Guo Guangchang told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the plan following the latter’s recent visit to the country, Globes reports.
Israeli Technology Reveals the Secrets Behind a Voice
Amir Liberman, founder and CEO of Nemesysco, told Arutz Sheva that the voice analysis is used “for various purposes, starting from very intensive security investigative needs, to human resource screening, lawful interception and even for commercial purposes such as fraud prevention and insurance risk assessment for credit cards.”
Say goodbye to surgical stitches and staples
Plasma is a gas in which a certain proportion of the particles are ionized. It has been shown to offer manifold benefits including tissue welding, control of bleeding, enhancement of tissue repair, disinfection and destruction of cancer cells. However, plasma has enjoyed a limited role in surgery due to the high temperatures it creates and resulting harmful effects on body tissue. IonMed’s scientists found a way to make use of cold plasma as the power behind the BioWeld1.
Cooperation is new watchword in pharma business, says top exec
Israel has in recent years turned into a life sciences powerhouse — the world leader in the number of medical device patents per capita, and second in biopharmaceuticals. In the coming weeks, the Office of the Chief Scientist will close a $5 billion tender for establishment of a biopharma incubator. In addition, of course, Israel is home to Teva, the world’s largest generic drug maker.
Jerusalem fast and furious over Formula 1
According to the mayor’s spokesperson, the goal is to test the Formula 1 event over the next two days before deciding whether it will become an annual fixture.
“We have 100,000 spectators from Israel and abroad coming through Jerusalem right now, here for the light festival and the book fair. We’re expecting people from all over the country,” she said. “When Mayor Barkat talks about Formula 1, he talks about the investment, not the spending. This is for the tourists as well, and Jerusalem is a big tourist city.”
BGU students design race car for ‘Peace Road Show’
A Formula 1 race car designed and built by student engineers from Ben-Gurion University will be featured in the Formula 1 “Peace Road Show,” among world-class vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes and Audi, scheduled to traverse the capital’s streets Thursday and Friday.
Waze and means: The tactical and strategic failure of BDS
These are hardly exceptional examples. As an incident with an Australian BDS Facebook page illustrated last month, while all BDS supporters are not antisemites, its fair to say that nearly all antisemites are BDS supporters.
Given the preponderance of evidence that BDS harms, and not helps the chances for peace by weakening moderates, BDS activists have found the need to resort to deception in their attempt to market their ideology to the mainstream.
It hasn't been easy for them. BDS activists crave validation that their methods are working in order to build morale and recruit more supporters. When the evidence says otherwise, they naturally seek to create an illusion of success. It's impossible for them to make the case that their campaign has made even the slightest dent in SodaStream. For this reason, it stands to reason that sooner or later, they will be compelled to shift their focus and prey upon far poorer performing companies - or more likely, bully more small businesses - in order to maintain this deception.