Israel Apartheid Week 2016

February 17, 2016

It is that time of the year again. From 7 to 13 March 2016 anti-Israel propagandists in South Africa will be in full force with an array of antics to demonize and delegitimize Israel during a week-long campaign, which they call Israel Apartheid Week. The BDS campaigners certainly have no lack of creative ideas to enforce their flawed view of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

While South Africa is faced with the worst drought in decades and the government is struggling with proper water management, the country which is uniquely positioned to assist in these areas, are boycotted by BDS’S to satisfy their hate for Israel. For them it is OK for their countrymen to suffer as long as they can satisfy themselves.

A conference on equitable and sustainable water management for poverty alleviation, organised by the Mail & Guardian for 26 February was cancelled after it attracted criticism for including the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa as a panellist. BDS might see it as a victory, but only small minds ignore a hand of help in a time of crisis.

While BDS claims successes in their so-called Israel Apartheid campaign, the other side is not often published in the mainstream media. Recently, more governments, companies and institutions started to either withdraw their support for BDS or legalised against it.

The Munich-based DAB bank is slated to discontinue the account of one of the top BDS campaign websites in Germany. The BDS website lists DAB bank Munich as the financial institution for electronic money transfers.

The City Council of Paris adopted two nonbinding resolutions condemning attempts to boycott Israel, which is illegal in France. One of the resolutions said the City of Paris “opposes publicly all attempts to isolate Israel from the collective of nations,” and also reaffirmed the city’s “commitment to the promotion of a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict.”

The multi-talented star Jennifer Lopez will be having her debut performance in Israel despite pressure from the the BDS movement to cancel.

To frustrate BDS even more, Beyonce wore a fabulous gown designed by the Israeli designer Inbal Dror. Her jewellery was also by an Israeli designer, Keren Wolf.

A princess from the Islamic country of Bahrain chose to receive life-saving treatment in Israel after she was given the chance to undergo the necessary operation in the US. Logic dictates that the princess would not have made such a decision if she regarded Israel as an Apartheid State.

Israel Apartheid Week 2016 will be no different than the previous years. The BDS supporters will once again be vocal in their efforts to brand Israel as an Apartheid State, but better-informed people will watch this spectacle from a distance, sometimes laughing, sometimes even emotional for the stupidity people are able to come up with. The sad reality is that most of the BDS supporters have never visited Israel or have an in-depth knowledge of the Middle East to understand the intricate situation Israel finds itself in.

Be it as it may, but branding Israel as an Apartheid State is so ridiculous, it is no wonder that a princess of Bahrain trusted Israel to perform a specialised operation, Jennifer Lopez ignored BDS to perform in Israel, DAB bank discontinued BDS’s website in Germany and the City of Paris adopted resolutions against BDS.

Unfortunately, South Africa lost the opportunity of any future involvement in the Israel-Palestinian issue.


What the main stream media chose not to publish

February 11, 2016

As mentioned before on this page, the true facts which the mainstream media often ignores will be posted without prejudice. Honest reporting is a rare commodity these days.

Israel is on the forefront of innovation and breakthroughs in the world:

Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have destroyed the HIV virus using peptides containing multiple copies of the virus’ DNA.  Combined with existing HIV medications the peptides activate the cell’s self-destruction mechanisms.  After two weeks there was no sign of the virus.  Human trials will commence in a few months.

To read further on this story: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4750903,00.html

The mainstream media often chose to publish negative news about Israel and most of the time it is propaganda of the worst kind. The following is only one of many good stories happening in Israel on a daily basis:

Doctors at Rambam Medical Center, Haifa saved the life of Jummana, a 17-year-old girl from Nablus suffering from a serious and rare endocrine problem.  With help from the US National Institutes of Health, the doctors traced the source to a tiny tumor, which they removed.

To read further on this story: http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Israeli-Palestinian-and-American-collaboration-saves-life-of-Nablus-teen-443374

The BDS movement’s disingenuous efforts to brand Israel as an Apartheid state and the call on countries and businesses to boycott Israel are rightfully ignored by many:

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj came to Israel, seeking new areas where the two countries can cooperate.  Speaking from Jerusalem, she stressed the importance of Israeli-Indian ties and said the “potential of our relations are much much more.”  Meanwhile the number of visitors to Israel from India during 2015 increased by 13.5% compared to 2014 – to around 40,000.

To read more on this story: http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/18/indian-foreign-minister-in-israel-to-strengthen-bilateral-relationship/#

Jewish children are taught to be a light unto the nations from an early age:

13-year-old Israeli Roni Oron won a “Satellite Is Born” award from the Israel Space Agency for her design of a system to produce oxygen in outer space.  Her “BioSat” uses algae, carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, mirrors and photosynthesis.  She will develop the satellite at a NASA summer camp in Florida.

To read further on this story: http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/21/13-year-old-israeli-girl-develops-satellite-system-for-producing-oxygen-in-space/

Many dictators and regimes attempted to eradicate the Jewish people, but failed. They bounced back with even more determination and vigour and are a real blessing to the nations, despite the vitriolic propaganda disseminated on a regular basis:

Yisrael Kristal Kristal was born in 1903 to a religiously observant Jewish family in what is now part of Poland. His first wife and two children were murdered in the Holocaust. He survived Auschwitz and other death camps, remarried, made Aliyah, and had more children.

To read more on this story: http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/1/22/israeli-auschwitz-survivor-oldest-man-in-the-world-at-112


Israel’s innovative spirit

February 5, 2016

While Israel is confronted with academic, trade and cultural boycotts, the innovative spirit of the Israeli people cannot be extinguished. The irony is that countries on the forefront of these boycott actions, are the ones who also benefit from the entrepreneurial prowess of the Israeli’s.

Although much of the international media focuses on the negative, many positive developments are indeed happening in Israel. It is, as if the media does not want Israel to have a positive image in the world.

Here are some developments the mainstream media choose not to report:

  1. The Israel emergency response organization ZAKA has received official consultative status from the United Nations. ZAKA will now be recognized as an official body in the UN, which will help it to expand its international search, rescue and recovery missions.
  1. Israel will spend 13 billion shekels ($3.3.billion) over the next five years to improve the standard of living of its Arab minority. Investment will be boosted in education, infrastructure, culture, sports and transportation in Arab areas.
  1. Jerusalem’s water company has been rewarded a key role on the 4-year European Union project to improve governance and social awareness of water environmental challenges. It involves setting up a Digital Social Platform to share details of water scarcity, security and water consumption related issues.

And the good news on a prophetic level:

  1. Over 30,000 new immigrants arrived in Israel in 2015, 10% more than in 2014 and the highest number in over a decade. Nearly 8,000 came from France, while around 7,000 came from Ukraine. Tel Aviv received the most immigrants, followed by Netanya, Jerusalem and Haifa. Aliya from the UK in 2015 increased by 25% since the previous year. Aliya from Western Europe hit record levels.

Israel is called to be a light unto the nations and that role is been fulfilled on many levels.