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
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 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.
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.
FM @yairlapid: “We landed in Bahrain. Proud to represent Israel on the first and historic official visit to the Kingdom. Thanks for the warm welcome”
📸Shlomi Amsalem / GPO pic.twitter.com/8k93WITkeu
— Israel Foreign Ministry (@IsraelMFA) September 30, 2021
THREAD on ECJ ruling against EU trade deals with Morocco applying to W.Sahara (1/3): The EU is reaping what it sowed with its anti-Israel policies. https://t.co/16n8U3gStA
— Eugene Kontorovich (@EVKontorovich) September 29, 2021
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.
In a 5-4 decision, #Seattle STOPPED this antisemitic resolution.
Thank you to those members of the city council who took a principled stand and thank you to all of you who raised your voice against this resolution online as well! https://t.co/VbgUAeiHjH
— Emily Schrader – אמילי שריידר (@emilykschrader) September 22, 2021
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 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.
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
— Andre Oboler (@oboler) October 13, 2021
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
“Hi Siri, show me the @BDSmovement’s worst nightmare”
“The BDS’ worst nightmare is @BobBlackman asking what ‘progress has been made on increasing our trade with Israel?’ With the Minister responding ‘trade with Israel continues to go from strength to strength’” pic.twitter.com/9nEZuNjlLx
— Self Declared Zionists (@SussexFriends) October 21, 2021
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 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.
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.
Live update: Czech Republic signs $630 million deal for Israeli-made air defenses https://t.co/3wwqYFNOY3
— TOI ALERTS (@TOIAlerts) October 5, 2021
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 to convert 30 Airbus SE wide-body planes for use as freighters as international air shipping continues to grow.
— Ireland Israel Alliance (@irlisrAlliance) October 4, 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
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.
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.
Groundbreaking success: the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a “pioneering blood test” developed by Israeli MedTech firm @memeddx, which helps diagnose bacterial & viral infections.
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) September 29, 2021
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.
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
— Aaron Reich (@AaronReich) October 12, 2021
In today’s Mail on Sundays list of top 10 Foreign Language Dramas on Netflix two are from a tiny sliver of land in the Middle East with a population of just 8,000,000 and that just 74 years ago didn’t even exist.
— Self Declared Zionists (@SussexFriends) October 3, 2021
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.