Another comment on the various British unions' ridiculous boycott of Israel. Once again the West's left feels compelled to single out and demonize Israel, while it continues to be apologetic about some of the most repressible regimes around the world. (My highlights)
Alan Dershowitz says it perfectly, "The utter hypocrisy of the British National Union of Journalists, which recently voted to boycott only Israel, has now become evident in the face of the silence over the recent move by Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez to suppress dissent by the media in his leftist regime. General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan too has now imposed massive press censorship. In many other of the hard left favored countries - Cuba, China, Iran, North Korea and Zimbabwe - suppression of the press is routine and imprisonment of journalist is common. But there is not a peep about these countries from the British National Union of Journalists who seem to admire tyranny and condemn democracy and openness."
British Boycott of Israel?
Israel News Agency / Google News ^
June 20, 2007
By Joel Leyden - Israel News Agency
Ra'anana ----June 20....... The British academic boycott against Israel is making headlines worldwide. Not so much for it's substance, but rather for its truly perverted, absurd and tragic anti-Semitic sense of humor.
Over 51 Nobel Prize laureates have signed a petition presented by Israel Professor Aaron Ciechanover, which directly confronts the British plan to boycott Israel academia. The petition protesting the British boycott against Israel will have more signatures added as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and the Israel Foreign Ministry aid the process.
"We, Noble Prize laureates, condemn the UCU's shameful decision to boycott contact and exchange of information with Israeli educators and academic institutions," stated the petition.
The petition condemns Britain's University and College Union's proposed academic boycott against Israel. The petition also confronts a boycott against buying Israel goods proposed by the British National Union of Journalists and UNISON, the largest trade union in the UK.
If the British truly take their boycott against Israel seriously, it could wreak havoc on England's economy. Most of the Windows operating systems on British computers were developed by Microsoft - Israel. So, the British would need to throw away their computers! The Israel News Agency believes that British computers should have a sign attached saying Israel Inside. The Pentium NMX Chip technology was designed at Intel in Israel. Both the Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrum processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel.
"Not only do such boycotts encourage the extremists," criticizes the British petition, "but they also praise and glorify prejudices."
Writing in the June 17 issue of the New York Times, respected columnist Tom Friedman, labeled the British boycott action against Israel universities as “anti-Semitism.”
Friedman’s views were written in the context of his participation in the annual conferral of doctoral and honorary doctoral degrees at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In that ceremony, held on June 3, Friedman was one of eight distinguished figures to receive an honorary Ph.D.
Among the 305 students who received the regular Ph.D.’s, wrote Friedman, were a number of Arab students. One of those female students was wearing an Islamic veil, something she could do at the Hebrew University in Israel but not in France, he noted.
“Arab families cheered unabashedly when their sons and daughters received their Hebrew U. Ph.D. diplomas, just like the Jewish parents,” wrote Friedman.
Yet, while this was happening, he noted, the University and College Union in Britain was calling on its members to consider a boycott of Israel universities, accusing them of being complicit in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
“How crazy is this,” Friedman wrote. “Israel’s premier university is giving Ph.D.’s to Arab students, two of whom were from East Jerusalem while some far-left British academics are calling for a boycott of Israel universities.” .
If these academics really cared about Palestinians they would call for other steps, such as enabling more Palestinian students to study on full scholarships in Britain or sending British visiting professors to Palestinians universities. “That’s what people who actually care about Palestinians would do. But just singling out Israel universities for a boycott, in the face of all the other madness in the Middle East – that’s what anti-Semites would do,” concluded Friedman.
In a related statement regarding the boycott issue, Hebrew University President Prof. Menachem Magidor said that “there is no place for an academic boycott. The Hebrew University is an example of a pluralistic institution that accepts students exclusively on the basis of academic excellence, without any distinctions of religion or race.
“Hundreds of Arab students study at the Hebrew University, ranging from undergraduates to advanced students. The University also has ties in many areas with Palestinian researchers and with academics from neighboring and other states, and it will continue to do so,” Magidor said.
Alan M. Dershowitz, a Brooklyn, New York native and Harvard Law School professor who has been called “America’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” comments on the British boycott against Israel.
"The utter hypocrisy of the British National Union of Journalists, which recently voted to boycott only Israel, has now become evident in the face of the silence over the recent move by Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez to suppress dissent by the media in his leftist regime. General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan too has now imposed massive press censorship. In many other of the hard left favored countries - Cuba, China, Iran, North Korea and Zimbabwe - suppression of the press is routine and imprisonment of journalist is common. But there is not a peep about these countries from the British National Union of Journalists who seem to admire tyranny and condemn democracy and openness."
" Only Israel, which has among the freest presses of the world, is being targeted for sanctions. Even Arab and Muslim journalists have more freedom of the press in Israel than in any Arab or Muslim nation. While Palestinian terrorist groups murder, kidnap and threaten journalists, the British Union exempts the Palestinian authority, run by the censorious Hamas from its journalistic sanctions. The reason is obvious. The British Union cares less about journalists or freedom of the press than it does about blindly condemning the Jewish state."
Dershowitz adds: "The same can be said about the British University and College Union which has voted to move forward with the boycott against only Israel academics. Israel has more academic freedom - for Jews and Muslims alike - than any Arab or Muslim nation and then the vast majority of countries in the world. Israeli scientists have developed, on a per capita basis, more life-saving medical technologies than any nation in the world. Yet the British Union has singled out Israel alone for boycott. Again, this has nothing to do with protecting academic freedom or scientific inquiry. It has everything to do with anti-Israel bigotry. Now academics around the world are fighting back against this British bigotry. Led by more than a dozen Nobel Prize winners, thousands of American academics have signed a petition declaring themselves to be honorary Israelis for purposes of any academic boycott. They have pledged to refuse to participate in any events from which Israeli academics are boycotted. Any academic who wishes to join this moral response to an immoral boycott can email ScholarsforPeace@aol.com.
(Here starts the common list found floating in cyberspace on Israel's per capita contribution to society at large - and science & technology, in particular.)
OK. So we in Israel understand that the British are ticked off at Israel, and in love with the Palestinians. That's fine with us in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, as long as you have truly weighed all the facts.
So, you really want to boycott Israel?
I'll be sorry to miss you, but if you are doing it - please do it properly. Check all your medications. Make sure that you do not have tablets, drops lotions, etc., made by Abic or Teva in Israel. It may mean that you will suffer from colds and flu this winter but, hey, that's a small price for you to pay in your campaign against Israel, isn't it?
While we are on the subject of your jolly good British Israel boycott, and the medical contributions to the world made by Israel doctors and scientists, how about telling your fellow
British citizens to boycott the following.
An Israel company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of Multiple Sclerosis. So, if you know anyone suffering from MS, tell them to ignore the Israel patent that may, more accurately, diagnose their symptoms.
An Israel - made device helps restore the use of paralyzed hands. This device electrically stimulates the hand muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries. If you wish to remove this hope of a better quality of life to these people, go ahead and boycott Israel.
Young children with breathing problems will soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israel device called the Child Hood. This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug delivery system that provides relief for child and parent Please tell anxious mothers that they shouldn't use this device because of your passionate cause.
These are just a few examples of how people have benefited medically from the Israel know-how you wish to block. Boycotts often affect research. A new research centre in Israel hopes to throw light on brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease. The Joseph Sangol Neuroscience Centre in the Sheba Medical Centre at Tel HaShomer Hospital, aims to bring thousands of scientists and doctors to focus on brain research.
A researcher at Israel 's Ben Gurion University has succeeded in creating human monoclonal antibodies which can neutralize the highly contagious smallpox virus without inducing the dangerous side effects of the existing vaccine.
Two Israelis received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Doctors Ciechanover and Hershko's research and discovery of one of the human cells most important cyclical processes will lead the way to DNA repair, control of newly produced proteins, and immune defence systems.
The Movement Disorder Surgery program at Israel 's Hadassah Medical Centre has successfully eliminated the physical manifestations of Parkinson's disease in a select group of patients with a deep brain stimulation technique.
For women who undergo hysterectomies each year for the treatment of uterine fibroid, the development in Israel of the Ex Ablate 2000 System is a welcome breakthrough, offering a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
Israel is developing a nose drop that will provide a five year flu vaccine.
These are just a few of the projects that you can help stop with the British boycott of Israel. But let's not get too obsessed with ducal research, there are other ways you can make a personal sacrifice with your anti-Israel boycott.
Most of Windows operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel. So, set a personal example. Throw away your computer! Computers should have a sign attached saying Israel Inside. The Pentium NMX Chip technology was designed at Intel in Israel. Both the Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrum processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel. Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 in Israel by four young Israeli whiz kids.
Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only research and development facilities outside the US in Israel .
So, due to your complete British boycott of anything which comes from the Holy Land of Israel, you can now have poor health and no computers.
But your bad news does not end there. You must get rid of your cellular phone. Cell phone technology was also developed in Israel by MOTOROLA which has its biggest development center in Israel. Most of the latest technology in your mobile phone was developed by scientists in Israel.
Feeling unsettled? You should be. Part of your personal security rests with Israel inventiveness, borne out of our urgent necessity to protect and defend our lives from the terrorists you support.
A phone can remotely activate a bomb, or be used for tactical communications by terrorists, bank robbers, or hostage-takers. It is vital that official security and law enforcement authorities have access to cellular jamming and detection solutions. Enter Israel's Net line Communications
Technologies with their security expertise to help the fight against Islamic terrorism. A joint, non-profit, venture between Israel and Maryland will result in a 5 day Business Development and Planning Conference next March. Elected companies from Israel will partner with Maryland firms to provide innovation to the US need for homeland security.
British citizens should be aware that Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
Israel produces more scientific and academic papers per capita - 109 per 10,000 - than any other nation.
Israel has the highest number of start-up companies per rata. In absolute terms, the highest number, except the US., Israel has a ratio of patents filed.
Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies outside of Silicon Valley. Israel is ranked number two in the world for venture capital funds, behind the USA .
Israel has more museums per capita. Israel has the second highest publication of new books per capita.
Relative to population, Israel is the largest immigrant absorbing nation on earth. These immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom or expression, economic opportunity, and quality of life. Believe it or not, Israel is the only country in the world which had a net gain in the number of trees last year.
Even Warren Buffet of Berkshire-Hathaway fame has just invested millions with companies in Israel. So, some British can vilify and demonize the State of Israel. You can continue your silly British boycott, if you wish. But we wish you would consider the consequences, and the truth.
Think of the massive contribution that Israel is giving to the world, including the Palestinians - and to you - in science, medicine, communications, security. Pro rata for population, Israel is making a greater contribution than any other nation on earth.
While the British academic union's boycott policy forges ahead, the covert campaign to secretly carry out acts of discrimination against Jews in UK universities is also gathering pace.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on leaders of labor unions from around the world to speak out against a move by UNISON, Britain's largest public services union with 1.3 million employees, to support a cultural and economic boycott of Israel.
ADL called the boycott resolution, approved today at the union's National Delegate Conference, a "biased and bigoted" attempt to unfairly punish Israel while ignoring Palestinian terrorism, rejectionism and civil strife.
So go ahead, spit at the next Jew you meet. If he or she is from Israel be sure not to get too close to the horns coming out the back of their heads. Take an example from your fellow Brit - Borat. Be a real Brit. Take the British boycott against Israel seriously and turn off your computer. Throw away your mobile phones.
After all, you can replace all of these truly silly items with technology from Palestine. That's if you call rocks, guns, suicide bomber vests, Katyusha and Kassam rockets technology?
With The Daily Sport of Great (not so great) Britain.