BDS Fails, Oct. 2021: stories you likely didn’t see in the British media

Here’s the latest installment in our ongoing series of posts documenting BDS fails – stories of Israeli success rarely covered by British media outlets.

Political BDS Fails

Abu Dhabi crown prince invites Bennett for UAE state visit

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday received an official invitation from Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan to visit the United Arab Emirates in what will be the first state visit of an Israeli premier in the Persian Gulf country.

Saudi textbooks show dramatic improvement in depictions of Jews — study

Saudi Arabian textbooks showed significant improvement in 2021 in their treatment of non-Muslims and of violence in the name of Islam, according to a study by an Israel-based research organization.

The removal of explicitly antisemitic and anti-Christian material is part of a trend of moderation in Saudi schools, said the IMPACT-se report titled “A Further Step Forward: Review of Changes and Remaining Problematic Content in Saudi Textbooks 2021–22,” released in late September.

First official EgyptAir flight lands at Israel airport

Egypt’s national carrier Sunday made its first official direct flight to Israel since the two countries signed an historic 1979 peace treaty as an EgyptAir jet landed at Tel Aviv´s Ben Gurion Airport.

The airline’s affiliate, AirSinai, has for decades operated flights to Israel without the company logo, out of fear of public backlash. The national carrier will now run three weekly flights between Cairo and Tel Aviv with the EgyptAir markings.

Historic official visit to the Kingdom

EU Fisheries experience a BDS home goal

Empty seats as 34 countries boycott racist Durban Conference

Israel claimed a diplomatic victory on Wednesday, as 34 countries, including over a dozen in the final hours, openly boycotted a United Nations conference marking the 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban.

The boycott, which included a number of world powers and even, at the last minute, Poland — which currently is at severe odds with Israel’s government — was the result of a focused, intensive year-long campaign spanning two Israeli and American governments, and brought to bear using the full weight of Washington and Jerusalem.

Seattle votes 5-4 against anti-Israeli proposal

Florida moves to divest from Ben & Jerry’s over Israel stance

Florida announced on Wednesday it would end its financial ties with ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever PLC, following the former’s decision to cease marketing its products in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Ash Williams, executive director and chief investment officer of the State Board of Administration, was quoted Tuesday by the Miami Herald as saying he anticipated Unilever will be added to what is known as Florida’s list of “scrutinized companies that boycott Israel,” prohibiting state investments and contracts with the companies.

Nearly 70 ambassadors to the UN gathered on Monday at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York

Nearly 70 ambassadors to the UN gathered on Monday at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York to listen to a success story – one written nearly entirely outside of Turtle Bay.

Ambassadors from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and the United States took the stage to recount the dramatic steps that led to the creation of the historic Abraham Accords normalization agreement, and each of their respective nations’ vision for further peace and cooperation.

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of the accords between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain on the White House lawn.

Facebook blocks Hamas’s new page

For the second time in recent months, Facebook announced it was blocking the Hamas-affiliated Shehab News Agency page, accusing it of violating Facebook’s community standards against promoting violence, despite having been notified

Australia has adopted the IHRA Working Definiton of Antisemitism

Madrid adopts IHRA antisemitism definition

The Madrid Assembly has formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, which will come as a blow to the prominent and widespread Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in the region and Spain at large.
In the same motion adopting the IHRA definition, the assembly also called on the national parliament to pass legislation that would deny public funding to organizations that promote antisemitic hatred as defined by IHRA.

Economic BDS Fails

Trade between UK and Israel going ‘from strength to strength’

Trigo Powers Fully Autonomous Tesco Grocery Store in Central London

Trigo, an Israel-based computer vision company disrupting retail with frictionless checkout technology, has partnered with one of the world’s largest grocery chains Tesco PLC to open its first fully autonomous checkout-free grocery store in one of London’s busiest commercial centers.

Israel opens its pavilion with big bash at Dubai’s Expo 2020

Israel ceremonially opened its gleaming pavilion at the world’s fair in Dubai on Thursday, over a year after normalizing ties with the United Arab Emirates and amid a pandemic that has disrupted much of the tourist and cultural exchanges promised by the U.S.-brokered accords.

The pavilion’s arch — chock-full of flashy videos promoting Israel’s windmills, high-tech advances and historic sights — came to life as night fell. Zany Hebrew music played and patriotic balloons floated — all within eyesight of the Palestinian pavilion nearby.

Retail giant Gap acquires Israeli AI analytics company CB4

US apparel giant Gap has acquired Israeli AI company CB4, a developer of predictive analytics tools that offer data-driven insights and recommendations for retail businesses like grocery and retail chains.

The agreement was announced late Monday. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed but Israeli business daily Calcalist estimated the deal at approximately $150 million.

Czech Republic signs $630 million deal for Israeli-made air defenses

UAE seeks staggering $1 trillion in economic ties with Israel over next decade

A year into the Abraham Accords, trade between countries hits over $600m in 1st half of 2021; investors say big opportunities still ahead

Irish aircraft leasing company Avolon Holdings has announced a deal with Israel Aerospace Industries

Israeli tech companies raised $17.5 billion in the first nine months of 2021

Israeli tech companies have now raised $17.5 billion in the first nine months of 2021, already far above the record $10 billion raised in all of 2020. According to IVC-Meitar, Israeli startups raised $11.9 billion in the first half of 2021.

Technology and Medical BDS Fails

Israeli researchers and foreign colleagues print blood vessels using 3D technology

Scientists at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology have succeeded for the first time in history in printing functioning blood vessels using 3D technology. Advances in 3D printing have long captured the attention of the health care field due to its potential to improve treatment for certain medical conditions.

International funding for Israeli startup that helps mourners manage loss

Israeli startup Empathy, the developer of a platform that helps families navigate the complicated bureaucratic journey after losing a loved one, raised $30 million in Series A funding, the company announced on Thursday. The investment came just five months after Empathy emerged from stealth mode in April to reveal a $13 million seed round.

US Food and Drug Administration has approved a “pioneering blood test” developed by Israeli MedTech firm

Technion rated top in artificial intelligence in Europe

Israel’s leading tech institution, the Technion, has been rated the number one institute leading machine-learning research in Europe in a rating by CSRankings. The rating is based on data gathered between 2016 and 2021.
The Technion also placed 15th globally in artificial intelligence research and 11th in machine learning.

Israeli professor elected president of Europe’s nuclear research organization CERN

Israel’s Prof. Eliezer Rabinovici was on Friday elected as the 24th president of the council of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Rabinovici is a professor at the Racah Institute of Physics of the Hebrew University who has served on the council for years. He replaces Ursula Bassler as head of the council, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The panel represents the 23 member states, governs the organization and oversees major decisions including programs and budgets.

Cultural BDS Fails

Possible FIFA World Cup in Israel for 2030

2 of top 10 Netflix foreign Language Dramas are israeli

CAA – Anti-Semite David Miller fired from University of Bristol

David Miller, an academic obsessed with anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, has been fired by the University of Bristol one month after Campaign Against Antisemitism commenced a lawsuit on behalf of current students against the institution.

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  1. says: Richard+Turnbull

    The entire list is noteworthy — and the technology and medical fails in particular, show the depraved indifference to human life, pain and suffering of a BDS campaign that would directly harm the medical breakthroughs, for example.

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