Wednesday, June 27, 2018

From Ian:

Empress Trudy: Democratic Gamble: Calling People Nazis, the other N-Word
Just like in Nazi Germany, before the Nazis were actually entrenched in their power, it became acceptable to devalue, mistreat, take away jobs and even commit crimes against Jews, after all, they were less than, they were marginalized, they were not to be considered.

Democrats beware, you are perpetrators. The very fact that this week there was more propaganda about Melania Trump's coat than the specific and publicized plan by Peter Fonda encouraging the kidnap, imprisonment, and rape by pedophiles of the President's 12-year-old son should sicken and startle you, unless you're aware of the propaganda Goebbels playbook.

After uttering his dark vision for America, Peter Fonda's tepid apology excusing himself because what he watched on TV indicated that this is what was happening to migrants (which ironically would support separating children from the "pedophile adults" he apparently saw) was considered good enough should have produced outcry, but not surprisingly it didn't, after all he's a Democrat and no dissent is possible. Even when Pat Dussault picked up the hate mantle and threatened Donald Trump Jr.'s four year old daughter Chloe with the promise that "we're" coming for you too, Democrats barely blinked an eye.

On the Holocaust Museum website are commonly asked questions. One was: What happened in Nazi Germany if people refused to participate in atrocities? The site answers: "Germans who refused to participate in atrocities were generally not punished, but risked peer, social, and sometimes professional exclusion or disadvantage."

This is another Democrat method today. People are afraid of being shut down, ridiculed and ostracized (or worse) if they are not Democratic Party loyalists. Campuses are afraid not to bend to the wishes of groups shutting down conservative speakers even as they entertain Democratic party-liners feeding the continued stream of hatred that is the Democratic Party today.

But don't forget what finally happened in Nazi Germany after years of the propaganda, scapegoating and excusing and then encouraging crime against the sub-human enemies of the true Germans, the passage of the Nuremberg laws. This is where the Democrats are headed with their unconscionable, inaccurate and dangerous rhetoric against citizen segments of America who disagree with them and once they're in office making laws out of their hatred of today, America will face the dark, pessimistic hate-filled Democratic platform of today with the power of law behind it.
Another “N” word that needs to be scrubbed
So Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other members of the Trump Administration are being chased out of restaurants while being heckled as Nazis.

Oddly enough, Liberals are featuring Kristallnacht tactics to express their intolerance. Anyone wearing a MAGA tee-shirt is now a target for a Liberal with a grudge.

The mobs want the last word.

Nazis – that’s the word of the moment being hurled by the Left at anyone who supports President Trump, especially] as to his immigration policy.

They’ll be out there with more bullying now that, today, Trump scored a big victory from the Supreme Court for his 7-nation travel ban…inviting even more references to the Nazis.

Which means Americans need to go back to school to learn what the Holocaust was really all about, minus those who actually endured World War II and are still around to tell the story. Unfortunately, that’s a dwindling population. Too few are left. Among them are speakers and writers who usually end up talking to fellow veterans and survivors.

Honest Reporting: Bigoted Columnist: Jews ‘Poisoning the Wells’
The official visit of future British monarch, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, to Israel has, so far, been a very positive event. It’s disappointing then to see British journalist and commentator Peter Oborne using this opportunity to write a nasty anti-Israel piece in the Daily Mail.

It’s disgusting, however to see Oborne spreading blatant antisemitism:

Yes, you read that correctly – Oborne is charging Israeli settlers with poisoning Palestinian wells, which he claims to have personally witnessed.

Shortly following our complaint, the Daily Mail has made a shocking edit to Peter Oborne’s article, adding the words “according to a number of respectable sources” to justify the blatantly antisemitic allegation promoted by Oborne.

The Daily Mail’s reaction is almost as sickening as Oborne’s original offense.

Time to face the facts
Prince William's historic Israel visit is part of Britain's efforts to contend with the consequences of its withdrawal from the European Union. The British are acting out of a clear interest in improving ties between the two countries, as a result of Israel's growing economic and political prowess – the product of many years of effort by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Britain's ties to Zionism began when the Zionist movement sent thousands of Jewish volunteers from around the world to fight with British forces against Germany and its allies in World War I. Thanks to their joint efforts during the war, Zionist leaders like Joseph Trumpeldor and my grandfather and namesake were able to establish the Jewish Brigade they had always dreamed of.

The Zionist movement's enlistment to the war effort was also why the Zionist Organization was invited to the Versailles Peace Conference. In February 1919, Chaim Weizmann led a large group of representatives of the Zionist Organization to the conference and presented their draft resolutions for Palestine for its consideration. All of these draft resolutions were added to the British Mandate for Palestine, an international agreement authorized by the San Remo Conference in 1920 and formally ratified by the League of Nations on July 24, 1922. This ratification made the British Mandate for Palestine international law, and it remains valid today.
Prince William: 'Israel's remarkable story looks to the future'
The following is the full speech given by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, at the British Embassy Garden Reception, Israel, Tel Aviv Tuesday evening.

Erev tov lekulam.

Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen, I am afraid that that is the extent of my Hebrew. But I am delighted to be here in Israel.

This morning I went to Yad Vashem as my first official engagement. It was a profoundly moving experience.

It brought back powerful memories of the visit that my wife Catherine and I made last year to Stutthof concentration camp.

At Yad Vashem, I met survivors of the Holocaust who came to the UK on the Kindertransport, whose 80th anniversary we mark this year. I heard their stories of a new life made after the United Kingdom in Israel.

I will also visit the grave of my great-grandmother, Princess Alice, who was declared Righteous Among Nations for saving Jews during the Second World War.

Her story is a matter of great pride for my whole family – and the gift I received today from you, Prime Minister, of a copy of the medal presented in her honor by Israel is something my family will treasure – thank you.
Prince William speech in Tel Aviv, June 26, 2018

IsraellyCool: Who Wrote it Better?
Prince Charles’ handwriting:

Prince William’s handwriting (left in the Yad Vashem guestbook today):

Prince William said to refuse to meet with Mayor Barkat in Jerusalem
Prince William reportedly refused a request for a meeting in the capital with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

According to a Hadashot TV news report Wednesday, Barkat requested a meeting in the city with the royal visitor, who has been staying at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, was the guest of honor at a reception at the British Consulate in East Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, and will be spending much of the final day of his visit, Thursday, in the city.

However, British Embassy officials reportedly told Barkat the prince would be pleased meet the mayor at a reception held Tuesday at the British ambassador’s residence in Ramat Gan, but that the prince would not meet with him in Jerusalem.

The prince met at length in Jerusalem on Tuesday with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with President Reuven Rivlin. Apparently a meeting by the prince with the mayor in Jerusalem, however, would have implied an unacceptable degree of British recognition of Israeli rights in the city.
Prince William, Eurovision star Netta stroll in Tel Aviv; she gives him a looper
Traffic in central Tel Aviv came to a standstill Wednesday morning when Prince William took a walk on the city’s famed Rothschild Boulevard with Israeli Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai.

Dressed casually in a lightweight summer blazer amid the soaring temperatures and humidity, the British royal and Barzilai received a tour of the area before stopping for gazoz, a carbonated soft drink, at one of the kiosks dotting the tree-lined street.

The Duke of Cambridge chatted with staff at the cafe and posed for photos, before stopping to talk to a woman holding a baby, perhaps to share stories of sleepless nights — Prince Louis, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, was born in April.

Barzilai presented the British royal with a looper, a digital sound mixing tool she often incorporates in her act. The prince laughed upon receiving the gift, exclaiming, “You haven’t heard me sing! You wouldn’t want that!”

Abbas to Prince William: Palestinians are serious about peace
The Palestinians are serious in their wish to achieve peace with Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Prince William on Wednesday.

Prince William and Abbas met in the Palestinian presidential compound in Ramallah in the first visit of its kind to the West Bank by a member of the British royal family.

"We want to reach peace through negotiations," Abbas told Prince William.

Abbas expressed hope that the prince's next visit would be "after the Palestinians had achieved their independence."

Abbas said he believed that the visit would strengthen friendly relations between the Palestinians and the British people.

Abbas pointed out that Britain had recently provided aid to the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

The meeting in Ramallah was attended by a number of senior Palestinian officials, including Saeb Erekat and Hanan Ashrawi.
Pro-Palestinian Bernie Sanders Protege Wins Upset in NYC Primary Race
A 28-year-old progressive Democrat and former organizer for Bernie Sanders' presidential bid ousted a ten-term party boss from his perch in Congress on Tuesday, touting a new era in Democratic politics that would shift the party, in her image, sharply to the left.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Joseph Crowley in the Tuesday primary race in New York's 14th Congressional District by campaigning largely on radical changes to immigration and welfare policy, such as abolishing US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and securing Medicare and federal jobs for all. Crowley has been Chair of the House Democratic Caucus since 2017.

But she drew attention from foreign policy circles upon her upset victory for a single tweet on Israel she published during her campaign, in which she characterized the killing of over 60 Palestinians on the Gazan border last month as a "massacre" and demanded congressional attention.

In an interview with Glenn Greenwald, a pundit with the Intercept, conducted earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez explained her position in greater detail. Greenwald opened the discussion referring to "peaceful, unarmed protesters" killed on the Gaza-Israel border in the mid-May protests, although Israel and Hamas both note that 50 of the 62 killed were members of Hamas– categorized by Western governments as a terrorist organization– and were attempting to breach the border.
WATCH: Check Out The Radical Anti-Semite Standing Behind Rising Socialist Star Ocasio-Cortez At Her Victory Rally
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old socialist who defeated Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) last night in a huge upset, has her supporters, one of whom is Thomas Lopez-Pierre, the anti-Semite whose campaign platform was to defeat the “greedy Jewish landlords” whom he accused of “ethnic cleansing.”

Lopez Pierre was delighted with Ocasio-Cortez’s victory; it gave him the opportunity to double down on his mantra:

(h/t Predictor92)

Twitchy: ‘That was FAST’! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I absolutely DENOUNCE’ anti-Semitic party guest and campaign volunteer

South Carolina Congressional Candidate: Israel’s a Colonialist State Brutalizing Gaza
The runoff election in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District will be held today, and one of the leading Democratic nominees is a sociology professor named Mal Hyman. His singular campaign issue? Israel, or the evil thereof.

Earlier this spring, Hyman sent out a campaign email, sharing with his supporters his worldview concerning the Hamas-led riots on the Gaza border: “Last week,” he wrote, “thousands of Palestinians in Gaza peacefully marched towards the barricade that segregates Jews from Arabs, to raise awareness of the brutal blockade that has been in effect since 2007. These protesters were also demanding the right to return to their homes which they have been expelled from (mandated by the U.N.) since the 1940s.” It’s America’s duty, Hyman continued, to broker peace talks, “but first, it must abandon its colonial mentality.”

The obsession with Israel is hardly a new one for Hyman. “Being raised Jewish,” he told an interviewer, he traveled to Israel in the late 1980s and was shocked by what he saw. “It couldn’t have been more appalling to see the situation there,” he said. “I saw my country on the wrong side of history, supporting colonial power.”

Talking to The Intercept, Hyman’s chief fundraiser, Esha Krishnaswamy, said that the candidate’s anti-Israel message played well with voters. “Given the overwhelmingly positive response we got from the email (including an endorsement from a Holocaust survivor), there’s a big disconnect between where the American people are on Israel and where the American media is,” she said. You could be uncharitable and alert Ms. Krishnaswamy to the recent poll indicating that American support for Israel is the highest it’s been in 27 years, with 74 percent of American adults having a favorable view of the Jewish state. But that would do little to dispel what is clearly becoming the ethos of the New Democratic Party, where Jews need apply only if they’re willing to support the indigenous rights of Palestinians against the genocidal, apartheid regime of Israel.
Sarsour: ‘Martin Luther King Warned Us About People Like Chuck Schumer’
Women's March co-chair and progressive activist Linda Sarsour said on Tuesday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warned the country about people like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.).

"Dr. Martin Luther King warned us about people like Chuck Schumer," Sarsour said. "He said it wasn't the Ku Klux Klan and white citizen counselors who were the obstacles towards justice. It was people calling for ‘civility' and people that were telling us when to protest and at what time and how to protest."

Several Trump administration officials have been confronted by protestors in recent weeks while out in public. The confrontations have been over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents who enter the country illegally.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted by protesters in a Mexican restaurant near the White House and had to leave. Senior White House Adviser Stephen Miller was yelled at as he ate a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and several family members were at the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia and were asked to leave by the restaurant co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson. When asked why she told Sanders to leave, Wilkinson told the Washington Post that Sanders works for a "inhumane and unethical" administration. The latest incident occurred when Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao was confronted after leaving an event at Georgetown University.
Ellison: Jake Tapper Bringing Up Farrakhan Is ‘Trying to Put Me on the Spot, It’s Not Fair’
Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, argued with CNN’s Jake Tapper Tuesday about his prior connection to Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan.

Ellison termed President Donald Trump a bigot in response to CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s question about whether travel bans targeting Muslim majority countries during the Obama administration were problematic. Ellison said the Supreme Court should not have ignored bigoted intent in ruling against Trump’s travel ban, leading Tapper to ask about Ellison’s own connection with Farrakhan, a notorious bigot.

"You've been decrying president Trump's bigotry; obviously, you used to follow somebody who continually expressed sexist, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-Semitic bigotry, Louis Farrakhan—"

"I would disagree with that," Ellison interjected. He went on to explain that he has denounced Farrakhan but he was not associated with him, contradicting the Washington Post’s fact check on the matter.

Ellison continued to talk over Tapper and prevent him from asking his question, saying he had no right to bring up Farrakhan and set up a "false equivalency" with Trump.
Paul Ryan Raises $300k to Fight Anti-Israel Democrats
Speaker Paul Ryan hosted a Monday fundraiser for five Republicans facing Democratic opponents who have been vocally anti-Israel, a growing sentiment in Democratic ranks that Republicans hope to capitalize on in November.

Ryan's Capitol Hill fundraiser brought together candidates from five different states, illustrating how common associations with anti-Israel advocacy groups such as J Street is becoming among Democrats. More than half of the Democratic caucus in both the House and the Senate is endorsed by J Street, a frequent critic of Israel that was recently found to have aided the push to boycott the Jewish State.

Ryan raised more than $300,000 for the five Republicans on Monday, and made clear the stakes were high in each of their races when it came to support for pro-Israel policies.

"Our members have advocated for pro-Israel policies, countering the threat of the Iranian regime, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and supporting Israeli security policies," Ryan said during the fundraiser. "Many of our Democratic opponents, specifically the opponents of these members here tonight, have gone out of their way to criticize Israel and some have gone as far to align themselves with the BDS movement."

"My colleagues here are clear and unwavering in their full support for Israel, and we strongly condemn our Democratic opponents that attack our closest friend and ally in the Middle East," he said.
WJC launches digital initiative to fight online BDS incitement
The World Jewish Congress Digital Ambassador Club, an initiative launched by the organization to combat online activity by and on behalf of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement that seeks to isolate Israel internationally over the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has recruited some 40,000 participants and is starting to bear fruit.

When the project was still in its beta stage, WJC "ambassadors" managed to circulate a petition that led to a meeting with Bulgarian President Ruman Radev that focused on the need to prevent a planned neo-Nazi march in his country.

With the trial period now over, the WJC has officially launched the project.

The digital ambassadors initiative includes a cutting-edge website, private groups that operate on social media platforms, mailing lists, and direct contact with prominent anti-BDS activists. The WJC said it believes that in the next few months, its base of digital activists will expand to some 100,000, who will lead widespread international campaigns advocating for the state of Israel and the Jewish community.
Canadian Socialist Society Endorses Academic Boycott of Israel
The Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) in Canada unanimously adopted a boycott of Israeli academic institutions last month.

In a motion passed at its annual general meeting on May 31, the Society said it “endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions,” and praised the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel as “a practice of solidarity and resistance.”

The SSS — which does not currently have a boycott in effect against any other country — also accused the Jewish state of carrying out a “massacre” of Palestinians on May 14, when Hamas-led rioters attempted to breach the Israel-Gaza Strip border as part of the “Great March of Return.”

More than 60 Palestinians were killed in the clashes, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, the vast majority of whom were claimed by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad as members.

While participants were filmed throwing firebombs, burning tires, and flying flaming kites during the riots — and the IDF released footage of Hamas gunmen trying to enter Israeli territory — the SSS claimed they were “peacefully protesting.”
Suspended J’burg counselor apologizes for pro-Israel remark
A leader from the Johannesburg Municipality in South Africa who was suspended by the city’s mayor after saying both she and “the City of Joburg stand with Israel” has apologized for the hurt her remarks caused.

Mpho Phalatse, who is in charge of the city’s health and social development portfolio, made the comment at a South African Friends of Israel conference earlier this month.

“I would like to issue my most sincere apology to the residents of the City of Johannesburg for the confusion and hurt caused by my remarks.”

She said that she realized that “the nature of the Middle East conflict is a very challenging and sensitive subject which, if not approached with the required consideration, causes acrimony in our diverse society.”

“In the unpublicized component of my speech, I specifically spoke to the commitment of the DA [Democratic Alliance] and our government to achieving ‘freedom, fairness, opportunity and diversity’ in Johannesburg,” she said, adding that the publicized component of the speech denied the listener the relevant context which was captured in the content preceding those parting remarks. “This led to a lot of confusion, and I realize that many were offended as a result,” she added.
Don’t Give in to BDS Intimidation
When South African model Shashi Naidoo attacked Hamas on Instagram for being a terrorist group that uses foreign aid to build terror tunnels and rockets she was subjected to a torrid campaign of abuse. This included the loss of almost all of her endorsements, as well as hate mail and actual death threats.

Under undoubtedly extreme pressure, she backtracked, appearing at a media conference with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, pledging to “reeducate” herself about the conflict. In other words, she adopted the BDS position.

I don’t want to overly criticize Shashi for “changing” her position, because when your life has been threatened and you are in actual physical danger, it’s hard to maintain such an unpopular stand. It takes someone with an incredible amount of strength and courage to stand up against the enormous amount of fear, stress, and pressure that she must have felt. Not everyone has the ability to do that.

Instead, we should be targeting the antisemitic thugs behind it all, i.e. the BDS movement itself.

BDS is a movement created from hatred itself. They feed on the misery they sow. They fester off the pain they cause. And they celebrate the havoc that they wreak.
The media's embrace of anti-Semitism
News coverage of the current unrest in Gaza shows how profoundly anti-Semitism has infected the mainstream media, as reporters have mobilized the blood libel myth to disparage Israel and promote the revisionist Palestinian narrative. Though media bias against Israel has been well-documented in recent years, the use of classical anti-Jewish tropes to suggest Israeli bloodlust against Arab civilians marks an ethical low-point for journalism as a profession. One does not have to scratch too far below the surface to see that depicting Israelis as callous predators while lending credence to fictitious claims of Israeli atrocities conjures images of the blood libel, which traditionally accused Jews of ritual murder and precipitated crusades, pogroms, and massacres.

The blood libel was employed by Christians starting in medieval times (and increasingly by Muslims from at least the 19th century onward) to justify the persecution and murder of Jews throughout Europe and the Levant. Blood libel symbolism was popularized across diverse religious, ethnic and political lines – by Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians; by Russians, Ukrainians and Poles; by Islamic leaders and Arab nationalists; by despotic European monarchs and the enlightened progressives who opposed them; by communists and socialists; and by right-wing zealots, fascists and Nazis. For more than a thousand years, various religious, ethnic and national leaders around the globe accused Jews of rapacious parasitism and thus facilitated wholesale degradation and suffering.

Today one might expect to find such hateful themes in extremist literature and on radical websites. The mainstream press, however, has done far more damage by its banalization of anti-Jewish imagery through the mindless repetition of false claims of Israeli abuses. Western journalists have reinforced the myth with ill-conceived stories from unvetted sources accusing Israelis of indiscriminately attacking schools and hospitals, firing on unarmed civilians, and even killing Arabs to harvest their organs. And they have maintained an unrelenting editorial campaign to undermine Israel’s right to protect herself, to inflate civilian casualty reports by misidentifying armed terrorists as innocent noncombatants, and to deny the genocidal anti-Semitism that pervades Palestinian society.
Fifth Gaza rocket attack this month not newsworthy for the BBC
Twelve hours after the last incident took place, there is still no mention of the attacks whatsoever on the BBC News website. It is of course difficult to imagine that had British citizens been the target of over a dozen rocket attacks by terrorists – and especially if it were the fifth such incident in less than a month – the BBC News website would have failed to produce any reporting.

PreOccupiedTerritory: We Welcome All Converts To Islam, But European Jews Can’t Really Be Jewish By Yusuf Jabber (satire)
I shall explain. Leaving aside red herring arguments about half the Israeli population not coming from European ancestors, and where exactly they came from we shall ignore because it makes me uncomfortable, one cannot be intellectually honest if one attempts to draw a distinction between the ties to the Holy Land that conversion to Islam creates and the ties to the Holy Land that conversion to Judaism creates. To deny it would be to engage in the kind of rhetorical fallacy that points out many of the inhabitants of Palestine under the Muslim conquest remained Christian. That is to say, stop complicating matters with inconvenient facts.

We must also ignore the multitudes of Palestinians, especially among the Bedouin, who proudly trace their ancestry to clans that arrived in Palestine in the last two or three hundred years. Focus on the actual discussion, which involves exploring the mechanism by which a convert to Islam automatically gains a hold on Palestine by virtue of being Muslim even if he hails from far-flung Fez, whereas those Europeans could not possibly be considered authentically Jewish after conversion, certainly not Jewish enough to have an attachment to their “homeland” despite cultivating and maintaining liturgical longing for it all these centuries, and definitely not as Jewish as Muslim converts are Muslim. Islamic armies won the land fair and square, which means Islam is stronger and must prevail. We shall not engage with heretical challenges to that point around questions of what the Zionist capture of the land means for this argument, and the theological and political implications of it if applied with any consistency, because it is yet another red herring. Herring is popular in Eastern Europe. QED.

In closing, we must also note the biological basis for this phenomenon, and use it as justification for bombing school buses and firing rockets at kindergartens.
Comedy Central tells the 'Drunk History' story of Eichmann's capture
The story of the Mossad capture of Adolf Eichmann is already being turned into a Hollywood drama. But before that film is released, the dramatic operation has been given the Drunk History treatment.

One of the sketches in an episode of the popular Comedy Central show that aired Tuesday night featured actress Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) retelling the tale of Eichmann’s capture.

The show, which is now in its fifth season, features a wide range of somewhat inebriated actors narrating stories from history while other actors portray the characters on screen. The series has been nominated for nine Emmys and been praised for its historical accuracy.

On Tuesday night’s show, Bloom begins with the establishment of the State of Israel, and the formation of the Mossad – with its director, Isser Harel, portrayed by Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep).
Israeli water start-up selected as international 'technology pioneer'
The World Economic Forum has chosen Watergen as one of its technology pioneers out of hundreds of candidates.

The Israeli start-up’s devices and technology are a new source of clean drinking water, using patented Genius technology. The device is simple to use, requiring only an energy source, which cracks many water challenges the world faces, including drought, defective and damaged water supply systems and dangerous lead pipes that pollute the drinking water.

In addition, Watergen’s transformative advances have dramatic implications for worldwide water security, promoting peace, stability, and environmental sustainability.

Watergen’s rapid technology uses the “air we breathe” and converts it into “the most premium quality drinking water,” the start-up says on its website.

With clean drinking water being the sixth goal on the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development list, executive chairman Maxim Pasik said last week that the company had emphasized to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres when he visited Israel recently that “Watergen technology is the game changer for the global drinking water crisis. We do not have to wait until 2030 to achieve this goal.”
Tel Aviv University Partners With University of Illinois for R&D
University of Illinois president Tim Killeen announced that Tel Aviv University will be the first international academic partner of the Discovery Partners Institute, as part of a larger progress report following state-secured funding to accelerate significant research at the innovation center.

DPI is an interdisciplinary public-private research institute located in Chicago, and is a hub of the Illinois Innovation network, a set of virtually connected clusters across the state.

Gov. Bruce Rauner joined members of the Illinois General Assembly and leaders from the University of Illinois System for a news conference on June 19 announcing key advancements for the project. The passed state budget puts half-a-billion dollars towards this venture, promoted as “the Midwest’s answer to Silicon Valley.”

“Israel is a global leader in innovation, technology, research and education, as Gov. Rauner and President Killeen saw on their professional visit to our country last year,” said Aviv Ezra, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. “Israel, thus, is a natural partner for the DPI. We are proud that Tel Aviv University is collaborating, and we are honored to be a part of such a groundbreaking project.”
Electricity from germs could be the next big thing, say Israeli researchers
You can generate electricity from oil, you can produce it from natural gas, you can make it from nuclear energy, and you can channel it from the sun, via solar energy conversion systems. You can even generate electricity from photosynthetic bacteria, also known as cyanobacteria, based on a new innovation developed at the Technion. As published in a study in the journal, Nature Communications, the Technion researchers have developed an energy-producing system that exploits both the photosynthesis and respiratory processes that cyanobacteria undergo, with the harvested energy leveraged to generate electricity based on hydrogen.

The study was conducted by three Technion faculty members: Professor Noam Adir from the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Professor Gadi Schuster from the Faculty of Biology, and Professor Avner Rothschild, from the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering. The work involved collaboration between Dr. Gadiel Saper and Dr. Dan Kallmann, as well as colleagues from Bochum, Germany and the Weizmann Institute of Science. It was supported by various bodies, including the Nancy and Stephen Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP), the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI), the Technion Hydrogen Technologies Research Lab (HTRL), the Adelis Foundation, the Planning and Budgeting Committee’s I-CORE program, the Israel Science Foundation, the USA-Israel Binational Science Fund (BSF) and the German research fund (DFG-DIP).

Scientists have long considered cyanobacteria a possible energy source. Cyanobacteria belong to a family of bacteria common to lakes, seas, and many other habitats. The bacteria use photosynthetic mechanisms that enable them to generate energy from sunlight. They also generate energy in the dark, via respiratory mechanisms based on digestion and degradation of sugar.
New Survey: 88 Percent of Israelis Happy With Their Lives
Complaining often seems like Israel’s national pastime, but a new government survey shows that, in fact, 88% of Israelis are happy and satisfied with their lives.

The Hebrew news site Walla reported that the results of a wide-ranging survey conducted by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, which were published on Wednesday, showed that 89.8% of Israeli Jews and 80.7% of Israeli Arabs are satisfied with their lives — an average of 88.3% of all citizens over the age of 20.

The poll also found that despite the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, an overwhelming number of Israelis have a strong sense of personal security. Some 85% of Jews and 89% of Arabs feel they are safe and, for example, have no fear of going out after dark.

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