Here’s the latest installment in our ongoing series of posts documenting BDS fails.
Political BDS Fails
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will soon travel to Chad, where he will declare the resumption of ties between the two countries, severed in 1972, his office says.
The announcement comes during the unprecedented visit of Chadian President Idriss Déby to the Jewish state.
Netanyahu and Déby met in the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday and discussed “common threats and the fight against terror,” as well as agriculture, border control, solar energy, water, health issues and more, his office says.
It is illegal for municipalities to boycott Israel, the Chilean National Comptroller determined this week.
The comptroller’s decision followed complaints from Shai Agosin Weisz, president of the Chilean Jewish community, as well as the Chilean community in Israel about the Valdivia municipality’s decision to ban the city from signing contracts with any company linked to Israel.
Amid rising antisemitism and anti-Israel activism in Europe, over 3000 members of Jewish diaspora and supporters of Israel gathered in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 5th German Israel Congress this weekend. Widely regarded as the biggest pro-Israel event in Europe, the conference was attended by leading politicians, government officials, and public figures from Germany and Israel.
The new Governor of Florida @RepDeSantis sees @Airbnb's decriminatory delisting of Jewish lodging in Judea and Samaria as triggering anti-@BDSmovement legislation, and will therefore bar state employees from using the site for travel usage.@EVKontorovich pic.twitter.com/pWpRZTCvMH
— Yishai Fleisher يشاي ישי פליישר 🕎 (@YishaiFleisher) November 26, 2018
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has signed an executive order to ban the award of state contracts to companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Friday.
Bevin, a Republican, said upon signing the directive that “We will not allow state resources to benefit entities that intentionally engage in discriminatory practices to harm the sovereignty and economic prosperity of any ally nation. Today’s executive order makes it clear that Kentucky condemns the BDS movement and that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our friend, Israel.”
Bevin signed the order during a ceremony on Thursday at the Kentucky Capitol with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and Consul General of Israel to the Southeast United States Judith Varnai Shorer. Also in attendance were representatives from the Jewish Community Relations Council and Christians United for Israel.
Netanyahu says the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos, has permitted El Al to fly above his country. https://t.co/WcvUonytuW
— Eytan Halon (@eytanhalon) December 10, 2018
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israeli airliners would be able to overfly Sudan en route to South America, part of Israel’s drive to improve ties with Muslim countries and isolate arch-foe Iran.
Economic BDS Fails
Jerusalem is poised to become the world’s leading city in tourism growth, according to a new report by leading market research firm Euromonitor.
According to the report, the number of tourists around the world will hit 1.4 billion in 2018—an increase of 5 percent over last year.
Jerusalem is set to lead in growth, with an expected 37.5 percent following a “more modest” increase of 32 percent in 2017. According to the report, Jerusalem owes its increasing popularity to “relative stability and a strong marketing push.”
The Indian cities of Chennai and Agra took second and third place on the list, with 30.4 percent and 24.3 percent increase in growth, respectively.
This year alone, some 8.5 million outbound flights will be recorded out of Ben-Gurion International Airport, a 12% increase over 2017. All told, the airport will handle 23 million passengers this year and expects to handle 25 million in 2019.
A recent report by the Israel Airports Authority forecasts a 14% increase in the number of flights into and out of Israel this winter season to an average 1,198 a week. The number has jumped 57% since the 2014-15 season.
The shifting landscape of the global pharma industry, in which medicine is becoming more personalized as well as digitized, represents a huge opportunity for Israel, as the nation is a hotbed for life sciences research which can now be merged with the country’s strong digital technologies and machine learning prowess, industry leaders say in an interview.
“Israel is a treasure trove of innovation and talent across the entire continuum of the life and computer sciences,” said Iris Grossman, the chief Chief Scientific Officer of Cambridge, MA-based Camp4 Therapeutics, who was formerly in charge of setting up the personalized medicine unit of Israeli drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
“There is a unique and tremendous opportunity to marry these two domains and spiral innovation in drug discovery and development that would disrupt R&D traditional approaches,” she said in an email interview with The Times of Israel.
The country that is known for its information technologies and cyber security prowess, is also home to more than 1,400 Israeli companies in the life sciences sphere.
Israeli startups raised nearly $600 million in November, according to press releases issued by companies that completed financing rounds. The figure may be more as some companies prefer not to publicize the investments they have received.
This sum can be added to the $4.5 billion that Israeli startups raised in the first nine months of 2018, according to IVC-ZAG as well as the estimated $600 million raised in October. This means that the country’s startups have raised a record $5.7 billion since the start of 2018, easily surpassing last year’s record of $5.24 billion.
“According to Central Bureau of Statistics figures, Israel and the UK did some $9.5b worth of trade in 2017, with Israel enjoying a trade surplus of some $800m”@brightonbds – we salute you!
— SussexFriendsofIsrael (@SussexFriends) November 27, 2018
Technological and Cultural BDS fails
This 24-year-old #Israeli just won jazz’s most influential prize.
Meet Tom Oren who received the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition.https://t.co/PpYD7I6M3w
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) December 8, 2018
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Israeli technology employed by Argentina to provide security during the G20 global leaders’ summit detected several unauthorized drone incidents.
The meeting in Buenos Aires of leaders from 19 countries and the European Union concluded Friday.
The Defense Ministry of Argentina signed a contract worth more than $5 million with its Israeli counterpart last year to provide cyber defense and cybersecurity services to the meeting. Israel is not a member of the G20 group.
SBS has refused to bow to demands from protesters to boycott Eurovision in Israel next year and has threatened to sue them for appropriating the broadcaster’s branding.
An emergency response vehicle (ERV) carrying an innovative Israeli machine that pulls pure drinking water directly out of ambient air is on its way to California, to provide hydration to police and firefighters dealing with the aftermath of two massive wildfires that have taken at least 87 lives and destroyed over 10,000 homes and businesses.
The vehicle and the GEN-350 atmospheric water generator were sent by Watergen USA, the American subsidiary of the Israeli company that invented the system.
South Korea announced on Tuesday that it was purchasing two advanced radar systems from Israel that are meant to improve its ability to detect incoming missiles, like those that could be launched by North Korea.
The two Green Pine radar detectors will be provided by the ELTA Systems Ltd., a subsidiary of the state-owned IAI Israel Aerospace Industries.
The woman who was filmed going on an angry tirade on an Air India flight Saturday has been identified as Simone O’Broin, a prominent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) leader against Israel.
The 50-year-old activist and human rights lawyer from Northern Ireland can be seen threatening similar boycott power against the flight attendants because they refused to serve her “a wee glass of wine” on the flight from Mumbai to London.
“If I say ‘boycott f—ing Air India,’ done,” O’Broin boasted.
Miscellaneous BDS Tears
A Syrian friend who lives in rebel-held Aleppo asked on Facebook his friends whom they would support in case of a war between Israel & Hezbollah. Thus far he got 44 comments, out of them 41 said Israel, 3 wished both sides would lose.
— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) December 4, 2018
We've got a steady flow of BDS tears for the masses! Make sure you get the right receptacle this weekend because it's on sale. https://t.co/xpxpttMIPq
— The Mossad: The Social Media Account (@TheMossadIL) November 25, 2018