LARGEST ANTI-BOYCOTT PRO-ISRAEL CONFERENCE EVER HELD AT UNITED NATIONS
What’s been billed as the largest anti-BDS conference ever was held recently at the United Nations. “BDS” refers to anti-Israel movement that aims to get countries, businesses and even churches to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel and Israeli Jewish businesses in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) for its alleged abuses of Palestinians. More than 2,000 people attended the event in the General Assembly hall, which included Jewish community leaders, students, diplomats, pro-Israel Christians and legal experts. The day’s activities began with Israel’s national anthem, Hatikva and remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu via video-conferencing.
Organized by Israel’s delegation to the United Nations, with the help of pro-Israel groups from around the world, the one-day conference under the banner, “Building Bridges, Not Boycotts,” was hailed a success. Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon called on participants to stand with Israel in its fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, calling unity “the most effective weapon” and saying it’s nothing more than “modern anti-Semitism.” It’s an ongoing battle, he said, that Israel and its supporters would continue to fight. “From this lectern in the parliament of nations, we must continue to work謡e must change the reality on campuses, in courthouses, and here at the U.N.,” Danon said. “We will not let the forces of hate demonize Israel. Together, we will overcome the BDS movement.”
Ron Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, said he understands the “power” of BDS. “It’s a political movement that makes you think you are standing against tyranny, especially when you are joined by celebrities, rock stars or your favourite professors, but I wonder if all those people who support BDS have the slightest understanding of what this movement really means. These activists are calling for the destruction of the State of Israel, make no mistake,” Lauder said. “Don’t be mistaken葉he BDS movement doesn’t support the Palestinian people. This campaign is intended to de-legitimize Israel擁t is an effort to deny the Jewish people the right of self-determination,” he said.
Israeli Supreme Court Vice President and Justice Elyakim Rubinstein laid a Biblical foundation for the modern-day anti-Israel movement. “As we read every year in the Passover Haggadah during the Passover meal, ‘in every generation they rise up against us,'” Rubinstein said. “The BDS movement is a part of those who wish to destroy us. Yet their mission will not be fulfilled. Just as we overcame the Arab boycott, so too will we overcome the BDS movement.” American Centre for Law and Justice (ACLJ) chief counsel Jay Sekulow led a workshop that focused on the legal aspects of boycotts and attempts to delegitimize. “The BDS movement uses ‘lawfare.’ They use the legal system to delegitimize,” Sekulow explained. “Well we are using the law to fight them. The law is on our side,” the Times of Israel reported.
BDS movements, he said, frequently violate non-discrimination laws and university policies. Sekulow cited a number of universities where BDS was defeated in the courtroom. One university student told the Times of Israel the conference did “a great job of showing what can be done to fight BDS beyond the campus.” Students also learned about how to counter “Israel Apartheid Week,” which has become an annual event every spring on many U.S. campuses. Israeli reggae star Matisyahu, who was banned and then reinstated from performing at a music festival in Spain last year, sang his anti-BDS song, “Jerusalem,” to a delighted audience. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority called the gathering inconsequential and “an admission” by Israeli leaders of losing ground against the BDS movement on American campuses.
Mansour is likely well aware of the pro-Palestinian groups at U.S. colleges and universities, which have succeeded to some extent in turning student bodies against Israel. Recent polls found one-third of Americans and 40 percent in the U.K. back a boycott of Israel.
COURAGEOUS MUSLIM GIRLS ENLISTING IN ISRAEL’S ARMY
Young Muslim girls are joining the fight, on Israel’s side! These courageous young women have a unique and important story to tell, and together with a growing number of Christian Arab girls, they are breaking new ground joining ranks with the Israeli army. When Private ‘A’, one of the Muslim girls now serving in the IDF decided to enlist, her parents refused to support her. She had to leave home and received support from the army as a lone soldier. “I need to support myself,” she says, “and it’s really difficult, even with the help I get from the army. It is rare for a Muslim girl to join the army, because our families will not accept it. Even so, I would still recommend others to enlist. It is a great, life-changing experience.”
Private ‘G’, a devout Muslim, grew up in a Jewish neighbourhood. She decided to enlist after she saw all of her neighbours going to serve. “The army is an important part of everyone’s life in my neighbourhood,” she explained. “I wanted to serve just like everyone else. I want to give something back to Israel, my country.” She added that her mother has been very supportive and sends her regular letters for moral support. “Mom said that she would have enlisted also if it had been possible when she was my age.” According to Private ‘G’, recent tensions in Israel caused by young Muslims running through the streets attacking Israeli soldiers with knives does not influence her commitment to serve in the army.
“I am so angry, just like the other soldiers, with these attacks. I am angry that anyone would try to harm these soldiers who are supporting me,” she said. Private ‘S’ also grew up in a Jewish neighbourhood. “My whole life I went to school with Jewish girls, so I wanted to finish high school, and enlist in the army, just like my friends,” she noted. “I have never been ashamed of my Muslim faith, not even in the army. I wanted to enlist because it is my duty to serve and protect my country,” she added. “I want to serve in a way that makes a significant contribution.” According to Private ‘S’, the army allows her to practice her religious traditions during her army service. “They allow me to go home during the Muslim Ramadan fast, once a week to be with my family,” she explained.
“Some may think it is strange, but at home we actually celebrate some of the Jewish holidays like Purim.” Corporal ‘M’ is a Christian Arab serving in a sensitive operational unit. “One day I saw a group of girl soldiers walking by carrying machine guns. I asked them about their army service, and it sounded really interesting. I didn’t even know where one would go to sign up, so they told me what I needed to do to enlist,” she recounted. “After I enlisted,” continued the corporal, “I was walking around the [Arab] neighbourhood where I live in uniform. When people saw me they deleted me from their Facebook and erased my number from their telephone. It was very hard, but a few friends still supported me, and I have made a lot of new friends in the army,” she shared.
All the young Muslim and Christian soldiers say that other girls are asking them about enlisting too. “I tell them that I feel like I am doing something important for my country,” said Corporal ‘M’. “And when I explain to the Jewish soldiers why I decided to enlist, they all show real respect for the decision that I made.”
ISRAELI CURE WOULD SAVE THOUSANDS IN EVENT OF NUCLEAR TERROR
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is in advanced stages of testing an Israeli product that treats victims of radiation exposure from industrial catastrophes or a terrorist attack, Israel’s Defence News has reported. The news came ahead of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit, which focused on the growing threat of a nuclear attack on a Western civilian target by a Muslim terrorist organization. Developed by Pluristem Therapeutics, based in Haifa, Israel, the firm’s placenta cell therapy product妖ubbed PLX-R18揺as proven to be nearly 100 percent effective in mice. Over the coming year, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD), in collaboration with Pluristem and the US Food and Drug Administration, will evaluate the optimal dose of cells to be injected in monkeys.
Once the optimal dose is determined in “nonhuman primates,” the results could lead to application and eventual license for a new drug to counter Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS), according to NIAID’s Radiation-Nuclear Countermeasures Program, Defence News reports. The initial results from a three-year study funded and conducted by the Radiation-Nuclear Countermeasures Program have yielded “initial promising results.” In the wake of the March 26 attacks in Brussels, where two of the suspects were reportedly involved in surveillance of a high-ranking Belgian nuclear scientist, world leaders are increasingly focused on preventing what Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and others have coined “nuclear terrorism.”
“Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material cannot be excluded,” Amano said. Yaky Yanay, president and chief operating officer of Pluristem, told Defence News that the firm’s patented PLX placenta cell therapy releases a “cocktail” of proteins to counter inflammation, ischemia, haematological disorders and radiation damage in patients exposed to acute levels of radiation. If untreated, exposure involves potentially lethal damage to the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells and platelets, as well as to other systems and organs. “Today, we’re injecting 48 hours after exposure to radiation and we’re seeing very rapid recovery in small animals, while those that don’t get treated die quickly, within 15 to 30 days,” he said.
“It will be an off-the-shelf countermeasure, easily stockpiled and administered in the field,” he said. “There’s no need to match prospective patients or for hospitalization.” More importantly, Yanay said initial research essentially shows no adverse side effects: “We can treat the entire population, if necessary. And this is extremely important in mass catastrophe or mega terror events.”