Sunday, May 08, 2016

From Ian:

Even Palestinian Leaders Want Jewish Doctors
Many Palestinian leaders frequently, and in utmost secrecy, ferry their loved ones to receive medical treatment in Israeli hospitals. They do not tell their people and they do not tell the Arab world. But when they need medical care, they reach out for the best medical care in the world—Israel.
Some would call it hypocrisy. Some expediency. When a loved one is ill, politics and enmities fall by the wayside. It is a game changer.
The cloak of secrecy is mandated because, in the Arab world, the optics would not look good at all. After all, Israel is portrayed as the oppressor, the evil persecutor, the murderer of Palestinians. How would it look across the world if it were known that privileged Palestinians utilize the skills of the forbidden and cursed Jewish Zionist State?
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ younger brother, Abu Louai, was recently treated in Assuta Hospital, a private hospital in Tel Aviv. Abu Louai is 76 years old and suffers from cancer. He lives in Qatar. The PA press has not and probably will not publish this information—neither will the rest of the Arabic press should they ever get the news.

Fred Maroun: The Arabs' Real Grievance against the Jews
The Arab world still does not today accept the concept of a Jewish state of any size or any shape. Even Egypt and Jordan, who signed peace agreements with Israel, do not accept that Israel is a Jewish state, and they continue to promote anti-Semitic hatred against Israel.
During Israel's War of Independence, Jews were ethnically cleansed from Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, and in the years that followed, they were ethnically cleansed from the rest of the Arab world.
Jews demand the right to exist, and to exist as equals, on the land where they have existed and belonged continuously for more than three thousand years.
We would rather claim that the conflict is about "occupation" and "settlements." The Jews see what radical Islamists are now doing to Christians and other minorities, who were also in the Middle East for thousands of years before the Muslim Prophet Mohammed was even born.
The real Arab grievance against the Jews is that they exist.
Guardian article claims that the Golan Heights were ‘Palestinian’
A Guardian article by Sian Cain (Michael Chabon witnesses ‘grievous injustice’ in occupied territories, May 6th) included the following paragraph, with background on the “Palestinian territories” Israel “entered” during the 1967 war.
Chabon and his wife, writer Ayelet Waldman, are contributing to and editing the as-yet-unnamed book of essays that will be published to mark the 50th anniversary of 1967’s six-day war, when Israel first entered the Palestinian territories: the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, parts of the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip.
Of course, the Golan Heights were seized from Syria during the Six-Day War, and were never ‘Palestinian’ – even in the broadest sense of the term.
The passage conflates the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza (which were controlled by Jordan and Egypt respectively before the war, and now claimed by some Palestinians as part of their future state) with the Golan Heights, which were controlled by Syria since 1944. Whilst referring to the West Bank and east Jerusalem as “Palestinian territories” – rather than the ‘disputed territories’ claimed by Palestinians – is itself misleading, saying the same about the Golan Heights is simply inaccurate.

Canada: Fatah is a terrorist group
The Federal Court of Canada validated the decision of the Immigration Division (ID) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada which denied a Palestinian man refugee status in Canada because of his affiliation with the Fatah terrorist organization.
Akram Muslih Anteer, a permanent resident of Sweden, joined Fatah when he was 10-years-old and recently worked with high ranking Fatah officials in the Jenin area, including the head of Fatah, Ata Abu Rumeila.
Fatah is the main Palestinian faction of the PLO, and its leader - Mahmoud Abbas - governs the Palestinian Authority.
The ID found that “it had been established that it is likely that Fatah did not entirely disassociate itself from acts of terrorism against the Israeli state even after renouncing armed struggle and that the most notorious faction within Fatah, the AAMB (Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades), did not exist separately from Fatah as a whole.”
Shin Bet foils 77 attacks, 5 suicide bombings this year so far
The Shin Bet security agency foiled 77 terror attacks since the beginning of 2016, including five suicide bombings and 10 other bombings, seven kidnappings and 34 shooting attacks, according to figures released on Sunday.
Over 300 Jewish suspects have also been indicted on terror charges since 2013, the report said.
The report detailing the agency’s activities in the past five years came as outgoing director Yoram Cohen stepped down, and was replaced by Nadav Argaman.
In 2015, the security agency foiled some 239 attacks overall, among them 12 suicide bombings, 19 kidnappings, 41 bombings and 120 shootings. In 2014, some 217 attacks were prevented by the security agency, up from 187 in 2013, 112 in 2012 and 88 in 2011.
Security forces foil possible stabbing attack near Jericho
Security forces thwarted a possible stabbing attack at a checkpoint in Jericho in the Jordan Valley on Saturday when they arrested a Palestinian man in possession of a knife.
The 23-year-old Palestinian was taken in for questioning.
The foiled attack is the latest incident in a spate of terror attacks that have included stabbings, car-rammings, shootings and a suicide bombing over the past seven months. The violence has claimed the lives of 29 Israelis and four foreign nationals. Some 200 Palestinians have also been killed for the same period, the majority of then while carrying out attacks against Israeli civilians or soldiers, and the rest during clashes with troops, according to the Israeli army.
On Friday, Border Police arrested a Palestinian man in possession of a knife in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Will Clinton Back Obama on Israel?
With less than nine months left in office, President Obama apparently plans on ending his time in the White House the way he began it: by pushing hard to create more “daylight” between the U.S. and Israel. That’s the upshot of a new report about the Middle East peace process from the so-called “Diplomatic Quartet” endorsed by the Obama administration. According to the Associated Press, American diplomats are saying that while the report will mention the incitement and violence from Palestinians that have resulted in a new bloody surge of terror against Israelis in the last year. But its primary focus will be on upbraiding Israel for the construction of homes in the West Bank and Jerusalem. While very much in keeping with administration policy, this should be a moment for Hillary Clinton as well as Donald Trump, to make it clear that they oppose the president on this point.
The point of the report which will be unveiled sometime in the next several weeks and then presented for an almost certain approval vote at the United Nations is to assess the blame for the failure to create a two-state solution to the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. Its contents make clear that the four entities involved in the Quartet, the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States, all agree that the reason why peace hasn’t yet been attained is settlement building.
The real question about the report isn’t about the degree of blame to be placed on Israel. The Obama administration, like its diplomatic partners, isn’t very interested in any aspect of the conflict but the one of how many apartments are being built in decades old Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem or West Bank settlements. Rather, the variable in this strategy is just how far the administration is prepared to go in its last months to pursue the president’s vendetta against his longtime antagonist Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. With the Palestinian Authority poised to head again to the United Nations to get the world body to recognize them as an independent state without first making the PA make peace with Israel, the administration has a dilemma. It can either insist that the Palestinians negotiate their independence via a peace process that will entail their recognition of Israel and commitment to ending the conflict for all time or it can abandon the Jewish state at the UN as Obama’s parting shot after eight years of increasingly bitter conflicts between the two governments driven primarily by the president’s obsessive belief that Israel is the obstacle to peace.
Daphne Anson: Perpetuating Propaganda: David Singer challenges Jewish Voice For Peace
McGraw Hill’s decision to trash copies of its textbook Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World has been subjected to intense criticism on web sites propagating the “Palestinian Narrative” of the 100 years old Arab-Jewish conflict. The “Palestinian Narrative” is a concoction of lies and half-truths based on the 1964 PLO National Charter – as amended in 1968 – and the 1988 Hamas Covenant.
Now, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has published a letter signed by 35 “prominent academics” attacking McGraw Hill’s “shocking and outrageous act of censorship of the Palestinian narrative from US schoolbooks”.
The fact that JVP openly acknowledges the offending maps are part of the “Palestinian narrative” is surely more than sufficient justification for trashing the text book – because no disclosure was made by the contributing editors that the maps they used were partisan in nature.
But the academics letter goes even further in claiming:
1. “The maps in question are historically accurate” – but gives no evidence to back up that claim.
2. “If there were in fact any minor errors with the maps they should have been corrected rather than removed altogether” – but fails to list such minor errors.
Terror victim's husband slams outgoing UN chief Ban Ki-moon
Natan Meir, husband of Dafna Meir who was stabbed to death in her home in Otniel, sent a letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, condemning his attitude and alienating him and his daughter, Ranana, during their visit to the UN.
The two were brought to the UN in New York by the OneFamily organization that supports terror victims and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, who clashed with the Palestinian representative to the UN during the visit over the latter's refusal to condemn terror.
“In our presence, the Palestinian representative complained that hundreds of Palestinian children are in Israeli prisons. One of the children he talked about murdered my wife! Despite the terrible scandal of misrepresentation, nobody prevented him from continuing his speech,” wrote Meir.
"Israel's UN ambassador introduced me and my daughter and told our story. Not one UN ambassador bothered to come and comfort my 17-year-old daughter. No one came to shake our hands. No one called or met with us before or after. Not one letter. Even you, Mr. Secretary General, you were sitting at the front of that meeting and you did not open your mouth nor look in the eyes of someone in who is in anguish and pain.”
"I, a citizen of the world. A simple citizen who painfully asks: How can the United Nations strive to be relevant when there is not a single drop of basic human compassion? How can delegates not look directly in the eyes of a man who has all the right to condemn another person? Where is the honesty? Where is the human aspiration that was the basis of establishing the institution you lead? Can such an organization prevent hatred, animosity and inequality?” wondered Meir in his letter.
For Israeli victims of terror, a fruitless search for signs of genuine decency and humanity at the UN
Natan Meir has just sent a brief open letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, reflecting on the quite shocking way he and his daughter and their message were treated and making some serious points about how diplomats view real, live, in-the-flesh terror victims when they occupy the same room. It's searing.
Excerpts from the letter which he has now published via Facebook:
- "Israel's UN ambassador introduced me and my daughter and told our story. Not one UN ambassador bothered to come and comfort my 17-year-old daughter. No one came to shake our hands. No one called or met with us before or after. Not one letter."
- "Even you, Mr. Secretary General, you were sitting at the front of that meeting and you did not open your mouth nor look in the eyes of someone in who is in anguish and pain.”
- “In our presence, the Palestinian representative complained that hundreds of Palestinian children are in Israeli prisons. One of the children he talked about murdered my wife! Despite the terrible scandal of misrepresentation, nobody prevented him from continuing his speech...”
- "How can the United Nations strive to be relevant when there is not a single drop of basic human compassion? How can delegates not look directly in the eyes of a man who has all the right to condemn another person? Where is the honesty? Where is the human aspiration that was the basis of establishing the institution you lead? Can such an organization prevent hatred, animosity and inequality?”
- “Dear Secretary-General, as the UN celebrates the rights of the Palestinians, they must also remember the Jewish national desire to reclaim their cities, which they have longed for thousands of years. Billions of people worldwide know of the Jews and their deep connection to the Biblical land of Israel. A peaceful solution must also take into account the dream of the Jewish people. "
- "If you still insist on helping, please help us to build bridges and connections between people without borders and fences."
Netanyahu is 10th most admired man in America – poll
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is among the most admired men in the world among Americans, according to a new online survey of 30 countries.
The Israeli leader is 10th on the list of Americans’ top 20 most admired men produced by YouGov, an online survey company based in Britain.
He follows the Dalai Lama at 9th place, Donald Trump at 8th, Stephen Hawking at 4th, Pope Francis at 2nd and Barack Obama at 1st place among Americans.
But Netanyahu’s reputation is rather better in the US than elsewhere, it turns out. He was ahead of Johnny Depp, Bill Clinton and Brad Pitt in the US, but failed to even make it onto any other country’s list.
YouGov produced the list of candidates for the lists by asking “panelists” in the 30 countries the question, “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?”
'There is something deeply wrong with the Zionist Left'
The IDF's Deputy Chief of Staff, Gen. Yair Golan, unleashed a "terror attack" on the Jewish people when he controversially began comparing modern-day Israel to Nazi Germany, a prominent journalist claimed Sunday.
Ben-Dror Yemini, a Yedioth Aharonoth columnist, stated that the bad press Golan brought upon the State of Israel was as bad as an actual attack in terms of damage to Israel's image.
No less part of the problem, he said, were the responses to Golan.
"I voted for the Labor party (Ed.: now the Zionist Union) in the last elections," Yemini said on Facebook. "But the response of [Opposition leader] Buji [Yitzhak] Herzog and Tzipi Livni to the attack of the Deputy Chief [of Staff] shows something deeply wrong with the Zionist Left."
The Zionist Left, he said, "has lost all common sense," adding that "it's sad for the Zionist Union and it's sad for all of Israel."
PreOccupiedTerritory: Amazon Moves Peres’s “The New Middle East” To Fantasy Section (satire)
Internet commerce giant has reclassified a non-fiction work by former Israeli President Shimon Peres about Mideast peace, instead categorizing it as fantasy alongside Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and similar works involving alternative universes, imaginary creatures, and magic.
The retailer announced the recategorization today, informing thousands of registered users with an interest in political works of the change, which will take effect Monday. A company representative explained the move as consistent with Amazon’s policy on monitoring and reviewing its product category classification system.
“We periodically review the classification of every product in our system,” said the company’s Executive Vice President for Marketing, Rhea Liszt. “The most recent assessment of non-fiction book titles found that Shimon Peres’s 1993 exploration of new possibilities for Middle East peace based on mutually beneficial economic development and prosperity for Israel and its Arab neighbors found that it fits better with Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series than with, for example, Natan Scharansky’s memoirs.”
‘Green Prince’ to speak at Jerusalem Post Conference in NY
Mosab Hassan Yousef, known as “The Green Prince” after the award-winning documentary made about his spectacular life story, has accepted an invitation to speak at the 5th Annual Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on May 22.
The son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, he operated as an agent for the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) from 1997 to 2007, providing it with key intelligence in its counterterrorism operations against Hamas.
The 2014 documentary, based on his bestselling 2010 autobiography, Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices, won several awards, including the Best Documentary Award by the Israeli Film Academy and the Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Moscow International Film Festival.
While masquerading as his father’s successor and being groomed to lead Hamas’s political wing, Yousef risked his life to expose Hamas’s terrorist tactics to Israeli security forces.
According to security sources, he was Israel’s most secret weapon in its war against Hamas for a decade, foiling dozens of terrorist attacks.
Islamist leader Raed Salah starts 9-month prison term
An Islamist leader convicted of incitement to violence and racism began a nine month jail sentence on Sunday after recently losing an appeal against the prison time.
Raed Salah, 57, head of the banned Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, left his home in the town of Umm al-Fahm in the north of the country and headed down to Ohalei Kedar detention center near Beersheba in the south during the morning, Haaretz reported.
Salah was sentenced last year for incitement to violence and racism over an inflammatory sermon he delivered in 2007 in Jerusalem. He has previously served terms for similar offenses.
Hundreds of people turned out to show their support for Salah, among them lawmakers from the Joint (Arab) List, a Channel 2 report said, but did not identify which MKs were there.
Palestinian UNRWA revolt reaches Judea-Samaria
Crippling protests by "Palestinian refugees" in Lebanon last week over a change in UNRWA perks and benefits appears to be spreading, as this week "refugees" in Judea and Samaria are launching a campaign of their own.
Offices of UNRWA, a UN body established only to deal with the roughly 800,000 Arabs who left Israel during the 1948 War of Independence, were closed by the protests in Lebanon last Thursday and Friday, over a new policy requiring the "refugees" to pay a limited co-payment on medical treatment.
Now on Sunday the popular committees of the Palestinian "refugee camps" in Judea and Samaria announced they will harass UNRWA over its decision to replace its food distribution program in the "camps" with a cash card system.
Husni Odeh, a spokesperson for the committees, told Ma'an News Agency that they had informed UNRWA of the protest, which is to last from Monday until Friday.
As part of the protest the "refugees" will block UNRWA cars from moving inside Judea and Samaria, will close all UNRWA warehouses, social affairs offices, and "camp" directors' offices in the region.
JPost Editorial: Eyeless in Gaza
Last week’s uncovering of the second Hamas attack tunnel within a few weeks was both good and bad news. It was certainly encouraging for an increasingly tense public to learn that the IDF’s tunnel detecting technology is better than ever; but discouraging to be reminded that the Islamist enclave on our doorstep continues to plot our destruction.
Israel’s discovery of the shafts led to an immediate escalation by Hamas, which fired mortar rounds at troops searching for more of the tunnels Hamas has continued to build despite Operation Protective Edge. The mortar attacks were responded to with tank and aircraft fire, in tit-for-tat exchanges that indicate Hamas’s determination to prevent the uncovering and destruction of its only strategic threat to Israel.
The increasing efficiency of IDF technology is seriously reducing the threat of terrorist incursion via tunnels. Hamas vainly tries to impede shaft detection by shelling anti-tunnel troops. The IDF returns fire and continues the grim search for the would-be conveyors of death from out of the ground, targeting Israeli civilians. The young soldiers are in a surreal movie, Raiders of the Lost Tunnels.
Against the background of the current escalation, and the clamor of “Free Gaza” supporters among the BDS anti-Zionist crowd, Israel recently eased the transport of goods by truck to Gaza on the one hand, while an IDF general seriously proposed creating a Palestinian-designated port area in Ashdod for a similar purpose.
Labour MP: ‘We could say sorry for creating Israel’
A Labour Party MP has been revealed as proposing a Labour Government could make an historical apology for the creation of the modern State of Israel in 1948.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Ealing MP Rupa Huq made the comments last year at a meeting of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, saying that the apology was something that a Labour Government “could probably get that through”.
The revelation comes at the end of a tumultuous week for the left-wing party as members have been suspended and publicly exposed for anti-Semitic remarks as well as anti-Israel sympathies.
As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, just last Wednesday former Labour Mayor of London Ken Livingstone called the creation of Israel “fundamentally wrong,” and “a great catastrophe.” The existence of the Jewish state in the Middle East, he said, could ultimately lead to nuclear war.
One week ago Mr Livingstone faced public censure and suspension from the Labour Party for his claim that Hitler was a Zionist “before he went mad”.
Now it appears Rupa Huq has voiced similar concerns over Israel’s existence.
Complaints of anti-Semitism derail New Albany Amnesty International chapter
New Albany High School has suspended a student chapter of Amnesty International after receiving complaints that the human-rights group is anti-Semitic.
Ellie Henze, 17, the junior who started the group, contends that New Albany-Plain schools administrators violated students’ rights when they shut it down.
The district made the move to respect the school's diversity and shield students from a potential political firestorm, officials said.
The controversy began last month, shortly after Henze distributed a poster promoting the club’s first meeting, she said. It featured a photo of an anti-war protest that included a person holding a “Free Palestine” sign, in reference to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Alliance of Baptists Doesn’t Let Facts Get in the Way of Affirming BDS
The Alliance of Baptists recently released what they refer to as a “bold and courageous statement” that affirms “the use of nonviolent boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) strategies and comprehensive education and advocacy programs to end the 49-year Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land.”
The Alliance's decision to jump on the BDS bandwagon is neither bold nor courageous. Other denominations have taken similar steps for years. Like its predecessors, this new declaration is rooted in the false pretense that the BDS movement is all about the struggle for Palestinian human rights and the claim that boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning Israel actually helps Palestinians. The affirmation of BDS by the Alliance of Baptists not only perpetuates this charade, but it helps to promote the Arab propaganda and misinformation upon which it is based.
10 Tips for Pro-Israel Viral Videos: A Video Activism Guide
Think quick: your organization is launching a huge campaign and you have to get the word out — NOW. You have no budget, and exams are around the corner. Sound familiar?
Many of our participants in the Onward Israel Video Activism summer internship run into similar situations on a regular basis.
Here is a list of 10 of our ninja tactics that Video Activism program alumni are using to create viral content.
1) Hook ‘em and keep ‘em
Starting from the headline, get them hooked and keep them wanting more. If it goes stale at any point along the way, they’ll leave.
Tarek Fatah: Islamapologists Shouldn't Point Fingers
Former Toronto Star columnist and editorial page editor Haroon Siddiqui recently accused Sun Media and Postmedia of pandering to Islamophobia.
Notwithstanding the fact that Sun Media and Postmedia give far more prominence to secular liberal Muslim columnists than the Star, it's time to put Siddiqui's role as an editor and columnist in perspective, as he fanned the flames of victimhood among Muslims, while looking the other way as Islamism spread.
Let's begin with 2001. In February 2001, while the 9/11 terrorists, 15 of 19 of whom turned out to be Saudis, were arriving in America and planning their attack, the Star's Siddiqui was on a tour of Saudi Arabia writing a series of positive columns about the medieval dictatorship.
On February 4, 2001, Siddiqui praised developments in the kingdom, showered accolades on then crown prince Abdullah, and said this about the unelected Saudi Consultative Assembly: "Members are grilling cabinet ministers, even if away from live television cameras. Whatever else their shortcomings, neither group is short on talent. Eighteen of the 24 ministers and 58 of the 90 Majlis members have PhDs – surely the most educated lawmakers anywhere."
A BBC correspondent’s recommended reading
Given the above it is obviously less than ideal for a BBC correspondent to be found retweeting an article supposedly “Exposing the fake anti-Semitism scandal manufactured to shatter Labour’s left-wing” – especially when that article was written by a well-known professional anti-Israel activist renowned for making up delusional allegations and straying into the realms of antisemitism.
Meet the BBC economics correspondent Andrew Verity.
This is apparently what he thinks is worth reading “on an issue of current public controversy or debate”.

Patchy and selective BBC News reporting of Gaza border incidents
None of the above was reported at the time on the BBC News website.
As the mortar attacks against IDF soldiers dealing with the newly discovered tunnel continued, the IDF retaliated with artillery fire and according to Palestinian media reports, a woman was killed near Khan Yunis.
In the early hours of May 6th the BBC News website published a report with the context-free headline “Israel tank fire kills Gaza woman, medics say“.
Readers of the report found the background story presented in qualified terms, using the BBC’s standard ‘Israel says’ formula.
Israel seizes chemicals bound for Gaza – BBC yawns
As has been the case on numerous occasions in the past BBC audiences did not get to hear about this latest attempt to smuggle materials for the purposes of terrorism into the Gaza Strip.
That of course means that when the BBC refers to ‘tight restrictions’ in relation to the Gaza Strip border – as it frequently does – audience understanding of why such measures need to be in place continues to be impaired.
Islamic State claims shooting near Cairo that killed 8 cops
Eight policemen were shot dead on Cairo’s southern outskirts in an attack claimed Sunday by the Islamic State group, one of its deadliest in mainland Egypt.
The interior ministry said four assailants in a truck intercepted a van carrying the policemen in the district of Helwan, just south of Cairo, and sprayed them with automatic rifle fire.
It said those killed in the shooting overnight included a lieutenant and seven lower ranking policemen who had been on patrol in plain clothing.
In a statement circulated on social media, IS said “a squad of the soldiers of the caliphate” opened fire on the police van and then made off with their weapons.
It said the attack was carried out in retaliation for “women imprisoned” in Egyptian jails.
Douglas Murray: Visa-free travel for 75 million Turks despite entry test failures will drive the EU to destruction
Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in 2010, David Cameron went to Ankara and announced that he would do everything he could to ensure Turkey entered the EU.
He announced: “Turkey deserves its place at the top table of European politics. I will remain your strongest possible advocate for EU membership and for greater influence.”
Our Prime Minister has been true to his word. Only a few months ago in the Commons, he reconfirmed his government’s commitment to Turkish entry.
In private, Erdogan must be amazed at just how much he can wrangle. The worse his behaviour, the greater his clout in Europe.
A few weeks ago, a leaked transcript of a conversation showed Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, pleading with Erdogan to consider that “we have treated you like a prince in Brussels”.
Erdogan, prince of Europe — quite a title to confer upon a wretched Islamist bully, who regards refugees as human bargaining chips and stands poised to destroy our continent.
Nevertheless, he is someone who has at least established, and shown the world, just how the EU works.
Mexican lawmaker calls Jewish leader ‘a f***ing Jew’
Mexican congressman Jorge Romero was accused of using anti-Semitic language when referring to the head of the country’s Jewish umbrella organization and human rights activist Salomon Achar Achar.
Romero’s statement calling the Jewish Community Central Committee’s president “a f***ing Jew,” was recorded by Grupo Imagen Multimedia radio news service, The Excelsior newspaper reported late last week.
“Since 2003, our country has a law to prevent and extinguish discrimination, including anti-Semitism. It’s unacceptable that, in a pluralistic and democratic society, people keep on using depreciative expressions like the one congressman Romero did,” read a note from the Mexican Jewish Community Central Committee, distributed by the Israelite Tribune.
The aggression was witnessed during the confirmation of Achar’s name for the position of honorary adviser of the Human Rights Commission in Mexico’s Congress, whose session rules Romero’s political party PAN and other parties attempted to change at the last minute.
Israeli solar panel robot cleaners ‘outsourced’ to India
One gigawatt of electricity can power as many as a million homes, the energy rule of thumb goes – and with 100 gigawatts of power to be produced by 2022 from solar energy systems, India will have more than enough green energy to light and heat homes, businesses and office buildings.
It’s the world’s most ambitious solar energy program, with tens of thousands of photovoltaic panels to be installed throughout the country. And to keep those panels functioning efficiently, Israel-based Ecoppia is building a plant in India to manufacture its robotic solar cleaners at a new, state-of-the-art facility near Chennai.
With 300 sunny days annually, India is an ideal place for solar energy to thrive. That is why the government is promoting an ambitious program to rapidly expand solar energy production. As a result of incentives and changes in the law, solar system installations jumped four times in 2015 over the year before, and 2016 is set to be another banner year, according to government officials.
7 Israeli robots that are transforming surgery
Robotic or robot-assisted surgery can give doctors better vision, precision, flexibility and control when performing complex minimally invasive procedures. Someday, surgeons will even use robotic tools to operate through the Internet, bringing modern medical techniques to remote parts of the world.
Only a handful of surgical robots currently are approved for use, and Israelis developed three of them.
“This really puts us in the center of the field,” says Prof. Alon Wolf, founding director of the Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and chair of the Robotics in Healthcare session at the upcoming 2016 IATI-BioMed conference in Tel Aviv, May 24-26.
Wolf was studying for his doctorate under robotics pioneer Moshe Shoham of the Technion when they started developing SpineAssist (see below) for minimally invasive spinal surgery. This revolutionary device later formed the basis forShoham’s Mazor Robotics.
“Many countries are putting a lot of money into developing these technologies, yet they have not been as successful as we are,” Wolf tells ISRAEL21c. “Israel is very respected around the world in this area.”
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