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Israeli General Counseling Police Protecting Cannes Film Festival

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Cannes mayor David Lisnard commissioned from Anti-terrorism expert Brig. Gen. Res. Nitzan Nuriel a full security audit for the city of Canne as it prepares for this Wednesday’s opening of Europe’s most important and most glamorous film Festival, on the French Riviera. The mayor and French security forces are determined to prevent a repeat of last November’s murderous attack on the capital Paris.

The Cannes Film Festival which opens May 11 will run through May 22.

A spokesperson at the Alpes-Maritimes district headquarters which has jurisdiction over Cannes and Nice said Nuriel’s recommendations are being applied to strengthen control of every entry point to the town including maritime checks on Cannes bay.

Before going into business for himself, serving on the advisory boards of large scale companies such as World Patent Marketing, among other things, Nuriel had served as the Director of the Counter-Terrorism Board under the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. He also served for many years as the Military Attaché to the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, acting as the official liaison between Israel, the US Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations Command, FEMA, and Homeland Security.

According to The Local, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve intends to supervise the Festival’s measures, promising “the highest level of security possible given the context of the terrorist threat.”

Hollywood stars Julia Roberts, Jodi Foster, Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron, George Clooney and Jeff Bridges are expected to be in attendance for the festivities. And so police have been training to thwart a variety of scenarios. Last month police staged a simulated terror attack on the Palais des Festivals, which shows the films competing for the Palme d’Or. They also simulated a car bomb attack on a local school.

More than 500 security personnel as well as paramilitary gendarmes will patrol the Palais des Festivals area.

Mayor Lisnard said police were ordered to “randomly search people in the street. We are taking all measures so that the festival will be both safe and popular.”

David Israel

What’s Wrong With the Star-K Kosher Phone?

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

About a month ago the Star-K, a world renowned Kashrus agency, announced that they were certifying kosher phones. These phones have no access to the Internet, cannot place or receive text messages, cannot take photos, and most importantly, cannot be hacked to perform any of these tasks.

It’s not troubling to me that people would want a phone that is insulated from certain tasks. Although I think it is an unnecessary measure and perhaps counter productive, I don’t begrudge people their personal self control restraints.

What is troubling is that a kashrus agency is part of this initiative. A kashrus agency should be concerned with one thing and one thing only. Their singular concern should be the kosher status of the food. I don’t even think that a kashrus agency must concern itself with humanitarian or other ethical issues that may arise. I have no problem with a secondary agency coming in and providing a secondary level of supervision. But the kosher status of the food cannot be affected by anything other its status as kosher food.

So when I see a kashrus agency entering into the phone market, I see an agency that should be worried about kosher status of food but is now legislating morality. It’s not even as if the technical skills involved in kosher supervision overlap the neutering of cell phones. They have nothing to do with each other. I don’t think it is smart for kosher supervision to be intertwined or even related to morality supervision.

Similarly, when kosher supervision agencies make demands on the clientele or ambience of an eating establishment I believe they are overstepping their bounds. There are restaurants that are not allowed to be open at certain hours because they will lose their hechsher if they are open. This is far beyond the scope of kosher supervision. Tell me if the food is kosher and I will decide if I want to patronize the restaurant. That is all we need from a kashrus agency. The stretching of their authority serves no important purpose for the public. It seems to me that it is merely a self-serving, self-righteous way to legislate their morality. If they can legislate phones and who can eat where, what’s next?

I am not making a slippery slope argument. I am pointing out that there is no logical connection between the kosher status of food and the kosher status of a phone. There is also no relationship between the kosher status of a restaurant and whether teenagers are hanging out. In other words, the kashrus agencies are already legislating their morality. There is no reason to think it only will apply in these two instances because there is no connection between these two things and the kosher status of food.

We need to stop using the word kosher for things other than food. Yes, the word is a general term but it has evolved into a word that describes whether food can be eaten by orthodox Jews who keep kosher. We don’t eat anything that is not kosher. Using the word kosher for phones and Internet implies that the non-kosher versions are not allowed to be used. This is sophomoric and divisive.

If anything, the kashrus agencies should be concerned with the ethics and morality of the actual food. This is something they have resisted time and time again. I am not recommending they get into the ethics of food business, but if they must expand their business and purview of supervision I think that is the first place they should be looking to legislate seeing as they have the knowledge and expertise to monitor and report on that aspect of food production. But teens mingling and phones? They don’t belong there at all.

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Rabbi Eliyahu Fink

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