Tuesday, November 17, 2020

From Ian:

Amanpour’s blood libel of the month
Should she apologize? She did, but I don’t care. We know what’s in her heart, and that’s enough, or too much, for me.

Anyway, you cannot come clean after airing thoughts like this. The stain will always be there, and it will always be part of her legacy. Her bed to sleep in.

What should offend me more, the Holocaust inference, or the Trump reference? I don’t know. As a Jewish-American Trump supporter, I’ll take a spoonful of each.

By way of saying that we do not watch CNN in our home. So we do not know what goes on in that universe, and when something like this gets out, we say, “consider the source.”

For decades, CNN was PLO headquarters, where Hanan Ashrawi was only a dial away from Ramallah to blood libel Israel.

Now they are in the building. Well, they always were, but Amanpour’s obscenity amounts to doubling down.

Oddly, by the way, she said what she said at about the time when Biden’s Antifa and BLM goons were beating up MAGA men, women and children on the streets of DC.

Shades of the Reich’s Brown Shirts, if you ask me…speaking of Kristallnacht.

But I do not think Amanpour is hip enough to get the timing, nor the connection.

I have read the articles where she is being implored to understand the pain she has caused by bringing up the Holocaust…all useless to closed minds and deaf ears.

You can lead a cow across all the wonders of the world, but when it comes back it is still a cow.
AJC: An Open Letter to Christiane Amanpour
Dear Christiane Amanpour,

You are a well-known journalist with a global audience both on CNN and social media. What you say matters to many.

That’s why your commentary on November 12 likening Kristallnacht to the Trump era was so troubling. Because it comes from you. Because it carries with it an aura of authority and credibility. Because you haven’t backed away from it.

Since we all carry our own “baggage,” let me put mine on the table up front.

I am the first person in my extended family born in the United States. Every relative older than me was touched by the Second World War and Holocaust. That includes my father, who was a target of Kristallnacht in Austria.

Moreover, I represent a strictly nonpartisan organization, American Jewish Committee, so I have absolutely no political axe to grind in writing to you.

What was wrong with your commentary? Two main things.

First, in setting the stage for your attack on the Trump administration, you purported to describe the events of November 9-10, 1938, which came to be known as Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass.

You said it was an assault on “fact, knowledge, history, and truth.”

But something striking was missing from your description. Not a single word about the actual targets of the Nazi assault in Germany and Austria. Those targets were Jews, synagogues, and Jewish-owned businesses.
CNN’s Amanpour Apologizes for Kristallnacht, Trump Comparison
In the opening segment of her regular daily affairs program on Thursday, Amanpour spoke of the anniversary of Kristallnacht and how the Nazis upended human civilization, which led to genocide.

While showing footage of the events from that November 8/9, 1938 night, she maintained, “and, in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history, and truth.”

“After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to normal,” she declared.

Israeli officials and Jewish groups denounced the comparison and called for an immediate apology. However, some commentators and analysts noted that at no point in her apology did Amanpour mention the words “Jews” — the people against whom the 1938 pogrom was committed.


SuperCut: Trump Was Like Hitler!





Synagogues Say Cuomo’s COVID Rules Discriminate Against Jews
New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D.) coronavirus restrictions discriminate against Jews and violate the First Amendment, a coalition of Jewish groups told the Supreme Court in an emergency filing Monday afternoon.

The contested restrictions were imposed after a sharp increase in coronavirus infections in New York City. The governor called the outbreak "predominantly an ultra-Orthodox cluster" and attributed it to Jewish religious practices in an Oct. 5 press conference.

"In a series of press conferences, the governor explained that he was enacting new restrictions on places of worship, in certain neighborhoods that contain many Orthodox Jews, because he believed that this religious minority is to blame for a recent increase in COVID-19 infection rates," Monday's application reads. "The governor left no doubt that targeting Orthodox Jews was his primary motivation."

The appeal could mark a turning point in pandemic-driven restrictions on worship. While the Supreme Court has turned away several religious-liberty challenges to COVID regulations, Monday's case is unique because Cuomo singled out Orthodox Jews when discussing the order in public. Prior challenges were also decided before Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The emergency filing asks the justices to decide on their application by 3:00 p.m. Friday, just ahead of the Sabbath. Agudath Israel of America, an umbrella organization for Orthodox Jews, is leading the effort. Synagogues in Brooklyn and Queens are also involved.


Corbyn readmitted to UK Labour after 19-day suspension over anti-Semitism row
The British Labour party’s ruling body on Tuesday reinstated the party’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn following a brief suspension over anti-Semitism, UK media reported.

Corbyn was ousted pending an investigation after he refused to accept all the findings of a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which said his office had broken the law in its handling of anti-Semitism complaints by Jewish members.

After the report was published, Corbyn had said in a statement that the problem of anti-Semitism in the party had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons,” leading current Labour leader Keir Starmer to suspend him.

But 19 days later, the national executive committee reversed the suspension and readmitted Corbyn, multiple media outlets reported. However, the reports said Corbyn had not yet received an official notification and there was no word on potential conditions to his renewed membership or disciplinary action against him.

The Jewish Labour Movement lambasted the decision as “extraordinary,” claiming that the panel was a “factionally aligned political committee.”
Jeremy Corbyn’s statement today changes nothing and he must remain suspended until CAA’s full complaint against him has been investigated
Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s former leader who was recently suspended from the Party, has issued a statement “clarifying” his inflammatory remarks about the report into Labour antisemitism by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). However, he has not addressed his own long history of antisemitism, which was recorded in a complaint made by Campaign Against Antisemitism shortly before he was suspended.

Mr Corbyn was suspended two weeks ago after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a detailed disciplinary complaint against him and other sitting MPs, and just hours after the publication of the EHRC’s report after he appeared to downplay the extent of antisemitism in the Party. At the time, he said: “One antisemite is one too many, but the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media. That combination hurt Jewish people and must never be repeated.” This was not the first time that Mr Corbyn (or his allies) had tried to undermine confidence in the EHRC’s report.

Now, Mr Corbyn has issued a new statement, in which he said: “We must never tolerate antisemitism or belittle concerns about it. And that was not my intention in anything I said this week. I regret the pain this issue has caused the Jewish community and would wish to do nothing that would exacerbate or prolong it. To be clear, concerns about antisemitism are neither ‘exaggerated’ nor ‘overstated’. The point I wished to make was that the vast majority of Labour Party members were and remain committed anti-racists deeply opposed to antisemitism. I fully support Keir Starmer’s decision to accept all the EHRC recommendations in full and, in accordance with my own lifelong convictions, will do what I can to help the Party move on, united against antisemitism which has been responsible for so many of history’s greatest crimes against humanity.”

He went on to thank “the many thousands of Labour party members, trade unionists, and supporters in Britain and around the world, who have offered their solidarity.” Campaign Against Antisemitism has been monitoring the solidarity that Mr Corbyn has received, and there are reports now of optimism on Labour’s far-left that Mr Corbyn will be reinstated.
Almost an Apology: A Disgraced Corbyn Regrets Pain Caused by Labour’s Anti-Semitism
Back in October, when he was probably still in the early stages of grief over his disgrace – denial and anger – Jeremy Corbyn rejected the conclusions of the EHRC report on anti-Semitism in Labour, saying the problem was “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by his enemies and the media.

Corbyn hit Facebook back in October, too, and said he had been obstructed by party officials as he was trying to tackle the problem, regretting only that “it took longer to deliver that change than it should.”

Although the EHRC report did not blame Corbyn directly, EHRC lead investigator Alasdair Henderson said the pound stopped with him:

“As the leader of the party at the time, and given the extent of the failings we found in the political interference within the leader of the opposition’s office, Jeremy Corbyn is ultimately accountable and responsible for what happened at that time,” Henderson stated.
High Court orders Tony Greenstein to pay CAA £67,886 after suing CAA for calling him a “notorious antisemite” humiliatingly backfires
Tony Greenstein has been ordered by the High Court to pay £67,886 to Campaign Against Antisemitism after his attempt to sue us for calling him a “notorious antisemite” humiliatingly backfired.

Several days ago the High Court struck out Mr Greenstein’s libel claims against us, ruling that it was permissible for us to call him a “notorious antisemite” in articles on our website.

Mrs Justice Tipples denied Mr Greenstein leave to appeal, although Mr Greenstein is still able to petition the Court of Appeal directly.

Campaign Against Antisemitism was represented by Adam Speker QC, instructed by solicitors Keith Mathieson and Alex Wilson of RPC, and advised pro bono by solicitor Dr Mark Lewis who is an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism.


Labour probes new NEC member following 'Israel apartheid state' posts
Labour has launched an investigation into social media posts by a newly elected member of the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC), including one which stated: “If I run the risk of getting suspended for calling Israel an apartheid state then so be it. Suspend me.”

Gemma Bolton was one of five left-wing candidates backed by the Momentum organisation to be voted on to the powerful NEC on Friday following an internal poll of party members.

The election for nine posts on Labour’s 39 person NEC had seen candidates loyal to previous leader Jeremy Corbyn lose influence on the body and current leader Sir Keir Starmer increase his overall support.

As one of the pro-Corbyn wing’s success stories, Ms Bolton, co-chair of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD), said her victory was “a clear messages from our members for a socialist party.”

But a series of social media posts shown to the JC revealed the Mid-Sussex Labour Party member’s hardline views on Israel and her support for the deselection of MPs seen as being disloyal to former leader Mr Corbyn.

In August 2018, Ms Bolton tweeted: “If I run the risk of getting suspended for calling Israel an apartheid state then so be it. Suspend me.

“Because that comrades, is a hill I am perfectly happy to die on.”

In another tweet the following month she expressed her support for boycotting goods from Israel – writing “BDS works”, accompanied by three clapping emoji’s.

Labour has ruled out support for BDS becoming party policy.


Florida Holocaust-denying school principal deserved to be fired - opinion
While everybody was focused on a certain election these past few weeks, an important decision was made in the Florida school system on an issue that has far-reaching consequences: the validity of the Holocaust and truthfulness in general.

The key development in question was a decision by the Palm Beach County School Board to reverse an October decision to rehire a high school principal whose comments sparked international outrage after he refused to declare the Holocaust a “factual, historical event.”

In Boca Raton, former Spanish River Community High School principal William Latson was fired the first time in October 2019, for Holocaust-denying comments he made in a 2018 email to a parent. Latson subsequently appealed the case to an administrative judge, who ruled in August 2020 that the school board had gone too far in firing him.

He was reinstated on October 7, then fired again on November 2, amid a national outcry. According to The Palm Beach Post, the school board decided to once again fire the beleaguered principal after receiving more than 1,200 complaints about its decision.

As a Jewish father of two young children, I find it abhorrent that an educator who lives in a region with one of the largest Jewish populations in the nation could find himself in such a position. That a seasoned school employee could use language that implied the brutal slaughter of more than six million Jews during World War II might not have occurred is astounding and frightening, especially when there’s growing concern about antisemitism throughout the world.
University of Illinois Announces Steps to Address ‘Alarming’ Rise in Antisemitism on Campus
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) announced on Monday a series of steps it would take to address what has been described as an “alarming increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist harassment and discrimination” at the school.

“We deplore anti-Semitic incidents on campus, including those that demonize or delegitimize Jewish and pro-Israel students or compare them to Nazis,” a statement issued by UIUC said.

“This subjects them to double standards that are not applied to others,” the statement continued. “All Jewish students, including those who identify with Israel or Jewish campus organizations, should be able to participate in campus activities aimed at fighting racism and achieving social justice.”

“All Jewish students should be able to proudly display religious emblems without fear of being targeted by their fellow students,” the statement noted. “All Jewish students should feel confident that if they encounter a swastika on campus, the university stands with them in rejecting symbols of hate. Anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at this university. We will stand united against all forms of anti-Semitism.”

The university went on to pledge to create an “Advisory Council on Jewish and Campus Life”; institute “focused and regularly recurring educational programming regarding anti-Semitism”; and “review, evaluate and, when necessary, revise procedures and practices so they are appropriately aligned with shared values opposing discrimination and harassment on campus, including anti-Semitic actions.”
Parents of Jewish Kids Subjected to Antisemitic Bullying at Australian School ‘Disappointed’ by Official Report
Parents of Jewish children subjected to antisemitic bullying at a school in the southeastern Australian city of Melbourne have expressed disappointment with the results of an official inquiry into their ordeals.

The inquiry was launched in the summer following a investigative report by The Australian Jewish News into Brighton Secondary College (BSC) in Melbourne.

The paper discovered an extensive list of bullying claims “that spanned years, with one Jewish student said to have been lured to a park where he was robbed and beaten at night, and another allegedly threatened with a knife in a school bathroom. One boy said he was told to ‘Get in my oven’ and had ‘Heil Hitler’ chanted at him. Countless instances of swastikas were said to be daubed on school walls and property, and allegations of inaction were directed at the principal and coordinators.”

As a result of the inquiry commissioned by the education department in the state of Victoria, BSC accepted a number of recommendations, including the introduction of an online form for students to report antisemitic behavior; monitoring of all school facilities to check for any antisemitic or discriminatory graffiti and ensuring its urgent removal; and a prompt review of school policies, broadening the definition of racial harassment to incorporate religious discrimination and vilification.

However, lawyers for the parents of affected students expressed regret that the report did not hold the current leadership of BSC to account.
Professional Standards Authority notified of Serious Concerns about Nazim Ali Decision
The Professional Standards Authority has been notified of serious concerns about the decision of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee regarding Nazim Ali.

Nazim Ali is the pharmacist who said that Zionist supporters of the Tory party were responsible for the murder of people in the Grenfell Tower fire during the “Al Quds Day” march in June 2017. Nazim Ali admitted that his comments were offensive but was acquitted of accusations that they were antisemitic and merely given a warning in the decision of his professional body, made on 5 November 2020.

UKLFI Charitable Trust has written to the Professional Standards Authority regarding the decision and has asked that it be referred to the High Court under section 29 of the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002.

Jonathan Turner, Executive Director of UKLFI Charitable Trust submitted to the Authority that a referral to the Court is required to maintain public confidence in the pharmacy profession and proper professional standards and conduct. He commented: “The decision will alarm Jewish people and encourage antisemites. If it is not corrected, future cases of antisemitism and other forms of racism in this and other professions are liable to be similarly mishandled.”


Controversy erupts over lectures with inflammatory content by professor at Bulgaria’s Sofia University
A series of lectures by a professor at Sofia University in Bulgaria have been roundly condemned for being “filled with racist, xenophobic and antisemitic content.”

Professor Mihail Mirchev recently uploaded a series of online lectures on Youtube that show him, among other inflammatory remarks, stating in response to his own question as to whether it is possible for Bulgaria to become a “Jewish state”, that it is indeed possible “if they [the Jews], less than one per cent, own the state and the capital, the media and the arts”.

The series of controversial lectures is titled “Social Work with Ethnic Groups”, and it has been taught for three years by the professor.

Numerous organisations and academics have written to the University’s administration calling for his dismissal.

Prof. Mirchev reportedly maintains that he will not resign and refuses to alter any of his teaching materials or online content, describing the allegations as “very exaggerated.”
Reuters Errs on ‘Palestinian Soldiers’
In a Nov. 11 article, “PLO’s Saeb Erekat laid to rest after military honours,” Reuters erroneously referred to “Palestinian soldiers.” The article states: “In Ramallah, a procession of Palestinian soldiers carried Erekat’s coffin through an outdoor plaza in Abbas’s presidential compound.” In addition, reporters Ali Sawafa, Rami Ayyum and Zainah El-Haroun add: “Soldiers fired a rifle salute as a prayer was recited over the grave.”

Members of the Palestinian National Security Forces are security officers and policemen, not soldiers. As The CIA Factbook explains: per the Oslo Accords, the PA is not permitted a conventional military but maintains security and police forces; PA security personnel have operated almost exclusively in the West Bank since HAMAS seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007; PA forces include National Security Forces, Presidential Guard, Civil Police, Civil Defense, Preventative Security Organization, the General Intelligence Organization, and the Military Intelligence Organization (2020)

Reuters photo captions about Erekat’s honors guard accurately reported “Members of Palestinian security forces stand next to the coffin of chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat,” and did not refer to the forces as soldiers.

Members of Palestinian security forces stand next to the coffin of chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who died after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during his funeral in Jericho in the Israeli-occupied West Bank November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman CAMERA has informed Reuters editors about the error, but as of this writing there is yet to be a correction. Media outlets which published the Reuters story, along with the error, include Ynetnews, The Jerusalem Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, and US News & World Report
. CNN Corrects on Israel’s Capital, West Bank Settlement
CAMERA’s Israel office yesterday prompted corrections at CNN after the network mistakenly cited Tel Aviv as shorthand for Israel and misidentifed the Israeli West Bank settlement of Psagot as an “outpost.”

The Nov. 14 article, “Al Qaeda loses one of its most experienced leaders in mysterious murder in Tehran,” had erroneously used Tel Aviv as a metonym for Israel. The article originally stated: The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has refused to comment on the report. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement that Washington and Tel Aviv “spread lies” to “portray Iran as associated with these terrorist groups.”

Indeed, in his statement Khatibzadeh, claimed:
Washington and Tel Aviv try every now and then to draw a link between Iran and such groups through falsification and the leakage of fabricated information to the media.”

But Tel Aviv is not Israel’s capital. Jerusalem is. Thus, media outlets providing a direct quote of Khatibzadeh’s words, including the false identification of Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, it should include the erroneous Tel Aviv reference in quotation marks. An alternative would be simply to correctly refer to “Washington and Jerusalem.”
Honest Reporting: Vox Sneaks Anti-Israel Imagery Into Confederate Flag Video
A new video on Vox’s popular YouTube channel, titled The 126-year fight to change Mississippi’s Confederate flag, features a disturbing image that completely diverts attention away from the ongoing movement pursuing racial equality in the US. The otherwise well-produced piece suddenly shifts gears, seemingly in order to promote a decidedly anti-Israel agenda. George Floyd, Systemic Racism… and Israel

The focus of the Vox video is the long and difficult road traversed by activists who recently succeeded in having Mississippi redesign its state flag. (The pending flag features a white magnolia blossom and the words “In God We Trust.” Its adoption was approved by state referendum on November 3, 2020, and will become the official state flag once a related bill is passed by the state legislature.)

The new flag will replace the old Confederate-era one, which made many African-Americans feel like second-class citizens as, to them and many others, it represented the enslavement of their ancestors.

The short film explains that the campaign in Mississippi got a significant boost following the killing by a white police officer of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The incident, the Vox video stresses, “spark[ed] widespread protest against police brutality and systemic racism.”

Nevertheless, the image below is shown immediately thereafter:


Top US Jewish Group Calls for Action After New Data Confirms Spike in Antisemitic Hate Crimes
A top American Jewish umbrella group expressed concern on Monday over the findings of a new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report that showed that Jews were disproportionately targeted by hate crimes in the US.

“Today’s FBI’s annual report on hate crimes statistically demonstrates what many American Jews know well: the number of incidents of Jew-hatred across the country continues to rise,” the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said in a statement.

“In 2019, the number of antisemitic hate crimes increased 14 percent and were over 60 percent of all hate crimes committed based on religion,” it added. “Indeed, these statistics are likely underreported, as the FBI’s data is based on voluntary reporting by local law enforcement.”

“The fact that a people who represent a small minority of the American population is subjected to such a degree of hate demonstrates that far more needs to be done to defend Jewish civil rights and to educate Americans about the anti-Jewish sentiment present in our country,” the Conference of Presidents declared.

It went on to vow that it would “continue to marshal the efforts of our member organizations and enlist others across the country to protect Jewish persons, institutions and dignity.”
Host of Iron Chef America apologises for “flippant” comment about Auschwitz uniforms
Alton Brown, the host of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and creator of “Good Eats”, issued an apology last week following a “flippant” remark he posted on Twitter about the uniforms worn by prisoners at the Auschwitz extermination camp during the Holocaust.

The post, originally shared on 10th November, read: “Do you think the camp uniforms will be striped, like the ones at Auschwitz or will plaid be in vogue?” Mr Brown claimed that the remark was a comment on the current political climate. In response to an individual comment, he also tweeted, “I have no gold fillings”, a reference to the fillings often stolen by the Nazis from the bodies of murdered Jews.

A few minutes after the post was tweeted from his account, another user of the networking site responded with criticism and Mr Brown replied: “F*** you”.

With 4.5million Twitter followers, numerous followers expressed shock at the television host’s gross insensitivity, describing his remarks as “hurtful” and “disgusting”. Several Jewish organisations called for the removal of the celebrity chef from the Food Network too demonstrate zero tolerance for antisemitic language.

In a public statement, Mr Brown maintained that the allusion to the victims of the Holocaust was not for a “humorous effect” and it was a “very poor use of judgement and in poor taste”. The tweet has subsequently been removed from the platform.
“Tell him to pack his Jew bags and f*** off”: Australian Cardiologist apologises for antisemitic comments
A cardiologist based in Victoria, Australia has issued a public apology after making antisemitic comments in a private e-mail.

Dr Arthur Nasis intended to respond to his sister, a property manager, regarding a negotiation over a rent reduction with her tenants during the coronavirus pandemic. The e-mail was inadvertently sent to the tenants, Paul and Susannah Swiatlo, as the property agent mistakenly forwarded the chain of e-mails to the tenants. It concluded with the statement: “Tell him to pack his Jew bags and f*** off”.

Ms Swiatlo, whose father had lost family members during the Holocaust, expressed shock and hurt at the casual use of such antisemitic language, and said that the incident has subsequently “sparked fear of the prevalence of antisemitism” in the community. She contact the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC), and raised the matter with Monash Health and Monash University, however the tenant was told that the remark represented a private matter.

Following a discussion with the Australasian Jewish Medical Federation and condemnation from the Victorian Health Minister, Dr Nasis issued a statement in which he expressed regret and said that he “[looks] forward to maintaining a positive relationship with [his] Jewish medical colleagues and the wider Jewish community.”
Co-founder of neo-Nazi terrorist group has set up online business selling inflammatory t-shirts
It has been reported that a co-founder of a neo-Nazi terrorist group has set up an online business selling inflammatory t-shirts.

Ben Raymond co-founded National Action as a student with Alex Davies in 2013 but, according to The Independent, distanced himself from the group after it was proscribed by the British Government following repeated calls by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others. He has never been prosecuted for his involvement, while others have been convicted and imprisoned. It is believed that he went on to produce designs for other splinter groups since the ban on National Action, for which he also worked on designs.

It is understood that Mr Raymond operates an online shop specialising in t-shirts and posters with neo-Nazi designs, including swastikas, swords, guns and other Nazi symbols and occult Nazi tropes. The online retailer is called Blackguard.

Apparently, when asked if Blackguard’s Twitter account was operated by Mr Raymond, he replied “yes” from his personal handle. Mr Raymond apparently did not respond to requests for comment from The Independent.
9 Israeli companies among 100 tech ’emerging market challengers’
Nine Israeli companies are listed among the 100 “tech challengers” that are leading the next generation of innovation in emerging markets, according to a report released Tuesday by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

The nine Israeli firms are CyberArk, a cybersecurity firm; ad tech firm ironSource; Landa Digital Printing; Monday.com, a maker of workplace management platforms; OrCam, a maker of devices to assist the visually impaired; Payoneer, a payments processing firm; online gaming firm Playtika; SolarEdge Technologies, a maker of smart-energy solutions; and Wix, the maker of a popular website creator platform.

The Israeli firms are among the 100 companies from 14 countries from all major emerging market regions. The firms listed are active in multiple sectors, addressing both businesses and consumers. More than half of the tech challengers have already expanded beyond their home market, and 40 percent of these are active in developed markets, the report said.

“While tech companies from Africa, Asia, Israel, Latin America, Russia, Turkey, and the UAE have not yet achieved the global scale of Apple or Alibaba, they are bringing products and services to market, often in new ways, and growing fast in both size and number,” the report said.

“They are reinventing their industries and charting their own paths to scale and success. They are also gaining the attention of major industry incumbents, in the tech industry itself and in other industries, that must determine how best to deal with the rise of these new potential adversaries and allies.”
Oh thank heaven! 7-Eleven may be headed to the Holy Land
7-Eleven convenience stores may be on their way to Israel. Israeli companies are in advanced stages of negotiations to bring the chain here.

Fox and Electra Consumer Products have reportedly banded together in an effort to open 7-Eleven stores here.

Electra is working to sign a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 7-Eleven to establish a company that will operate the stores under the 7-Eleven brand name.

“After the signing of the nonbinding MOU, to the extent that they sign, the parties will negotiate the signing of a detailed binding franchise agreement, subject to acceptable terms,” Electra said in a report.

Electra and Fox stressed that nothing is final and that a franchise agreement may not take place.

Implementation of any agreements will be subject to conditions that are beyond Electra’s control, they said.
Program arms discharged fighters with cyberskills, wins IDF Chief of Staff award
A program designed to teach newly discharged combat soldiers cybersecurity skills and help them find jobs as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the economy has won an innovation award by the chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces.

The six-month bootcamp, called Cyber4s, was developed by Scale-Up Velocity, a nonprofit organization that partners with tech firms and academic and training institutions to set up initiatives to help Israel’s tech industry tap into talented human capital.

The IDF and the Israel National Cyber Directorate, responsible for cybersecurity defense in the civilian sphere, are also behind the bootcamp.

Cyber4s was developed at the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis to help highly talented discharged combat soldiers who served in non-technological positions in the army to gain the skills needed for entry-level, junior positions in the cybersecurity industry. Former combat IDF soldiers at the ceremony for the start of the Cyber4s bootcamp (Atid Mavtiach, Technology and Maintenance Corps, IDF)

Cybersecurity firms have been facing a shortage of skilled workers that has grown even more acute during the pandemic as remote work and studies have increased the vulnerability to cybersecurity attacks, said Maty Zwaig, the CEO of Scale-Up Velocity, in an interview.

The program also meets the soldiers’ demand for jobs. These highly motivated soldiers, many of whom chose combat units over intelligence units, were discharged at the time of the pandemic, and found themselves facing bleak prospects, she said. They missed the deadline for starting the academic year, can’t find jobs because of the high unemployment levels caused by the pandemic and are grounded at home, along with the flights, and are thus unable to undertake their traditional post-army trip to foreign lands.
The Real Life Inspiration for Yom Kippur War Miniseries 'Valley of Tears'

Interview with 'Valley of Tears' actor Shahar Tavoch

BBC traces ‘unimaginable trauma’ of Holocaust inherited by children of survivors
Without knowing the brutal history of this place, the sprawling mound rising from the earth just outside the town of Voranova, in Belarus, could easily be overlooked.

But for those who are all too aware, such as attorney Robert Rinder, who hosts the reality TV series “Judge Rinder,” it represents “the most articulate expression of human evil.”

For it was here that Rinder’s paternal grandfather’s family, having been deported from their homes in Lithuania, were forcibly marched by Nazi officers, told to lie down and murdered with machine guns.

Remarkably, Rinder finds an elderly eyewitness to the horrific scenes that took place 80 years ago. It is just one of the many poignant scenes featuring in his new two-part series, “My Family, The Holocaust And Me,” whose first part aired on BBC One on November 9, coinciding with the anniversary of Kristallnacht. The second installment airs November 16 at 9 p.m and is also available to watch alongside the first episode on BBC iPlayer.

The documentary was inspired by Rinder’s moving story of his Holocaust survivor grandfather, which featured on “Who Do You Think You Are?” two years ago, as well as a desire to explore how such events have impacted second- and third-generation relatives like himself.

The next episode of “My Family, The Holocaust And Me” airs Monday, November 16 at 9 p.m. on BBC One.





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