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Roger Waters, Aggressive BDS Advocate, at Haaretz NY Conference

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Roger Waters, former frontman for the 70’s rock band Pink Floyd and current number one international Israel-hater and aggressive advocate for boycotts of all things Israel, showed up at the New York City conference put together by Israeli newspaper Haaretz in coordination with the far-left New Israel Fund. Waters was treated like a…well, a celebrity.

Why Waters would show up at a conference put on by an Israeli newspaper is only confusing if you think of Haaretz as a newspaper which is anything but also aggressively focused, like Waters, on revealing and repeatedly emphasizing the most egregious accusations aimed against Israel.

First, a reminder of how much Waters hates Israel. A constant refrain of his is to compare Israel to Apartheid South Africa, facts – like Arab members of the Knesset, an Arab member of the Supreme Court – be damned.

In 2012, Waters spoke at the United Nations, condemning Israel as an Apartheid state, and blaming Israel for denying the “Palestinian” people their “inalienable right” to “self-determination.” That same year he was a leader of the effort to get Carnegie Hall to cancel the scheduled appearance by the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, and he helped convince Stevie Wonder not to appear at a benefit in Los Angeles for the Friends of the IDF.

Roger Waters assailed actress Scarlett Johansson for working with SodaStream and musician Neil Young for his planned performance in Israel in 2014. In an open letter to Johannson, Waters called her choice to continue representing SodaStream and stepping down as a representative of Oxfam “an act of intellectual, political, and civil about face, that we, all those of us who care about the downtrodden, the oppressed, the occupied, the second class, will find it hard to rationalize.”

For years Waters has been bullying other celebrities, seeking to intimidate them into canceling any planned visits to Israel. This past fall, Waters went after Jon Bon Jovi who was scheduled to perform with his band in Israel. Bon Jovi snubbed Waters and performed in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on Oct. 3. The lead singer even told Israelis, to great applause, they should adopt his song, “We Don’t Run.”

The Haaretz/NIF conference was described in its promotional literature as “an opportunity for our community – those of us who care about Israel and about democratic values – to get together, to ask the hard questions, and to drive our movement forward.”

At the Haartz/New Israel Fund conference, dozens of hard-left Israeli Israel-bashers appeared, alongside such luminaries as Saeb Erekat, perennial spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority, Peter Beinart, an American Jewish pro-BDS advocate, Jeremy Ben-Ami, head of the faux pro-Israel J Street, newly-appointed by President Obama ISIS czar Rob Malley, and many, many others who share a goal to publicly humiliate Israel through the pages of such media handmaidens as Haaretz.

Others were also slated as speakers at the conference, such as Israel’s president Ruvi Rivlin and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.

But what was Waters doing there? He had on an official name tag, but he wasn’t a speaker (or singer). Maybe he had simply signed up to attend. For this he was  willing to put aside his hatred and refusal to be associated with, or allow anyone else to be associated with, anything Israeli, if the Israeli item is just as virulently anti-Israel as is he.

Haaretz writer and U.S. editor Chemi Shalev was apparently thrilled to be shown in a picture with Israel-hater Waters. He tweeted a picture of the two of them with the (untrue) caption, “Boycott/shmoycott, no Pink Floyd addict can resist the thrill of meeting Roger Waters at #HaaretzQ.”

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Jimmy Carter’s Cancer NOT Treated by Israeli Drug (Plus, it isn’t Cured)

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

When the news broke on Monday, Dec. 7 that Jimmy Carter, who recently disclosed he had a serious and likely-fatal form of cancer, suddenly had ‘no evidence of cancer,’ Carter-watchers went a little crazy.

Some people, of course, were thrilled to hear that the former U.S. president was no longer at death’s door.

Others, especially strong pro-Israel activists were aghast when they read in a widely-circulated news article, that Keytruda, the drug credited for Carter’s health turnaround, was developed in Israel. Carter is widely-reviled as a virulent and relentless basher of Israel.

A 2014 article in YNet described Keytruda as an “Israeli breakthrough.”

Some people were outraged that Carter, a supporter of the BDS movement to boycott Israeli goods, was cured of cancer by a drug he would encourage others to boycott.

That drug, Keytruda, is indeed a breakthrough drug, but it was not developed in Israel.

This new drug, distributed by the American drug company Merck and developed by Nanostring Technologies, based in Seattle, Washington, became widely available last year, although it has been used in clinical trials for a number of years, according to Dr. Rene Rothstein Rubin, the director of the Cancer Center at Hahnemann University Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rubin explained that Keytruda is a form of immune therapy, and is a “program cell death” inhibitor. It works by “inhibiting the cancer cells from proliferating, and by kickstarting the body’s immune response to fight the cancer cells.”

It does that by enabling the body’s immune system to break down the “protective coating” which encase cancer cells. Cancer cells don’t know when to stop reproducing.

Rubin explained: “if you have a cut on your hand, your skin cells reproduce until the two cut sides meet. Cancer cells don’t get the signal to ‘turn off.’ The immune therapy utilized in Keytruda allows the body’s immune cells to block the cancer cells from continuing to reproduce.”

Rubin described Keytruda and the immune therapy approach to cancers as “very exciting. It works by using the power of our own immune system to kill the cancer cells.”

Right now Keytruda is approved for melanoma and lung cancer. Carter has stage 4 melanoma — the most serious stage. Keytruda is also now in clinical trials, in the pipeline to be approved for renal cell cancer. Clinical trials for Keytruda were carried out at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Israel, as well as in other places. That is where the confusion arose about the drug having been developed in Israel.

Rubin said the advance made with the perfection of immune therapy is huge, and has energized the oncologic community. Further advances in immune therapy are expected to eventually provide a huge breakthrough for genetically-transmitted cancers, like certain kinds of breast cancer, such as the BRAC1 and BRAC2 breast cancers.

Another benefit of the immune therapy approach, as opposed to chemotherapy, is that the side effects are relatively minor, compared to those with chemotherapy. “In fact,” Rubin explains, “the immune therapy works in the exact opposite way, and so has the opposite effects, including side effects, from chemotherapy, which suppresses the body’s immune system.”

But as enthusiastic as Rubin was about Keytruda, she repeatedly cautioned “it is not a cure. Instead, what looks like a cure simply means there is no discernible evidence of the disease right now.”

So, although test results for Jimmy Carter reveal that right now he is cancer free, he has not been cured. And the drug that did not cure him? It was tested, but not developed, in Israel.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Elton John to Perform in Israel and BDS Can Go Fly a Kite [video]

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

His gift is his song and his one is for Israel.

British rock icon Elton John will return to Israel next for his fourth performance, the Boycott Israel-BDS Movement notwithstanding.

Yediot Acharonot, which reported the news Thursday, did not give an exact date.

He first appeared in Israel in 1979, when he told reporters:

In all of my performances throughout the world, I have seen an audience that participated so actively. Everyone joined in to sing with all their hearts, and I only am sorry that because of the lighting, I was not able to see these warm people.

He added that he decided to play in Israel because he wanted “a place a bit different.”

Elton John also performed in Israel in 1980, 1993, 2010.

One of his visits was very problematic after “Paparazzi” tangled with his guards at his hotel, resulting in a cancellation of his scheduled performance the next day. However, he returned to two days later to entertain thousands of fans.

In his 2012 performance in Tel Aviv, Elton John said on stage:

Shalom! We’re so happy to be back here. Ain’t nothing gonna stop us from coming, baby.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

UPDATE: German Store Sells ‘Made in Israeli’ Goods from Settlements

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Galeria Kaufhof, one of Germany’s largest department store chains, says it will continue to sell Israeli “settlement” products even if they do not have the new required label “Made in Settlements.”

The store reiterated a statement last week that it is the importers’ responsibility to follow the new European Union requirement that all products from the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria be labeled without indicating that they are made in Israel.

Product from the Golan Heights (Israeli settlement)’ or ‘Product from West Bank (Israeli settlement).’

An earlier report carried here quoted Channel 10 as saying that Galeria Kaufhof, which operates more than 100 stores in Germany, is removing “settlement” products from its shelves. The company vehemently denied the report, which also quoted a store manager as saying:

The EU is waging a religious war against Israel. It is one big political madness.

Galeria Kaufhof firmly stated today, as reported by Globes:

Our company has not removed any of those products from the shelves. We import the goods via European importers who are responsible for correct declaration. We do not get involved in politics with our assortment. Our core customer’s demands set the standards for the products we sell.

The company stand is directly opposite that of the large KaDeWe supermarket chain that yanked Golan Heights wines, Ahava cosmetics and other goods from its shelves.

KaDeWe later said the merchandise would be returned after being labeled according to the new EU regulations.

Under the new rules, products are from Arab areas will carry labels declaring: “Product from West Bank (product from Palestine), “Product from West Bank (Palestinian product),” “Product from Gaza (Palestinian product)” or “(product from Palestine).”

However, the EU says the labeling is not intended to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a country.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Lawyers Called Upon to Use Their Legal Skills to Fight for Israel

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Terror is now an everyday occurrence – in Israel and all around the world. An unprecedented wave of murderous and barbaric terrorist violence in Israeli cities has commenced. Social media is being used to escalate that terror on a frightening scale. Global attacks against Israel are escalating. At the same time the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has moved into high gear, threatening to delegitimize the Jewish State.  Jewish communities worldwide report daily attacks menacing their security.    In response to these dangerous challenges, the Tel-Aviv based civil rights non-profit, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, is organizing attorneys and other supporters of Israel around the world to fight back. The group’s second annual “Activist Lawyer’s Training Seminar”, is to be held March 6 to March 13 in Jerusalem and offers attorneys at least 15 continuing legal education (“CLE”) credits. The Lawyer’s Seminar will be an intensive week-long training course designed to give attorneys the opportunity to learn skills and strategies to combat Israel’s enemies on the new emerging battlefields being utilized by terrorists and the hate groups. It will mix dynamic lectures and legal workshops with cutting edge field trips to the frontline of Israel’s conflict with neighboring enemies. The kosher Lawyer’s Seminar program will provide five star Israeli hotel accommodations and local cuisine.     

According to Shurat HaDin director Nissan Darshan-Leitner, “We decided to initiate the Activist Lawyer’s Training Seminar to teach attorneys how they can use their legal skills to help defend the Jewish State. The Israeli government alone can no longer fend off all the vicious threats to our existence and the private sector, especially lawyers, need to get involved and join the battle. We are bringing in some of the best attorneys, professors and officials involved in confronting Israel’s enemies globally to teach the participants the skills they need to play a vital role.”  

Last year’s Lawyer’s Seminar participants have already joined Shurat HaDin in the trenches. They have organized rallies and speakers. They participate in a group chat that actively discusses problems facing Israel and the Jewish people and proposes action. They have drafted and published articles and papers on such topics as BDS under US law and a legal summary of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And, one Lawyer’s Seminar participant drafted and filed with Shurat HaDin a National Labor Relations Board complaint accusing the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) of violating the US National Labor Relations Act when it endorsed a BDS resolution in mid-August.

Shurat HaDin is uniquely qualified to host the summer’s training course for lawyers. For the past twelve years, the law center has become known for its use of innovative legal strategies utilized to combat global terror financing and to seek justice for terror victims in courtrooms around the world. Shurat HaDin has made a reputation using creative legal tactics to staunchly defend the State of Israel and the world Jewish communities against the growing tide of anti-Israel activism and anti-Semitism through calls for boycotts by the BDS movement.  The group has taken the lead in by going on the offensive to defend IDF officers and Israeli officials against accusations of war crimes in different international tribunals. The Lawyer’s Seminar was specially crafted to meet the needs of lawyers from around an international array of countries who have expressed an interest in learning about Shurat HaDin’s work and methods and getting involved as legal activists on behalf of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Over the years, Shurat HaDin has developed expertise in developing quality and fun educational programs through its highly successful “Ultimate Missions to Israel,” which the group has been running since 2003, and its summer and winter internship program for law students. 

Now Shurat HaDin also directs its educational programming to practicing lawyers. The Lawyer’s Seminar offers an incredible program filled with lectures and intensive workshops by renowned attorneys and Israeli officials, including Canadian MP Irwin Cotler an Israeli Supreme Court Justice and field trips to Israeli agencies and institutions that are inaccessible rarely by the general public, including the military courts, Israeli security agencies, IDF bases and border crossings. In addition to the opportunity to travel in and enjoy Israel, participants will receive practical training in advocacy on Israel’s behalf on issues such as terror victim litigation, Israel in international law, the anti-Israel BDS movement and lawfare.

Darshan-Leitner stated: “This is a wonderful opportunity for concerned lawyers to learn about the up to the minute human rights and legal challenges facing Israel while networking with other likeminded professionals and earning CLE credits in their jurisdictions – all at the same time. It will help harness all this passionate concern and commitment so many attorneys have expressed to us about wanting to fight on Israel’s behalf. We envision that the ALTS will be an important new resource and legal network to combat Israel’s enemies.”   

The Seminar will be held on March 7 to March 13 in Jerusalem and Northern Israel. Registration has already begun. 

More information about Shurat HaDin and The Activist Lawyers Training Seminar is available here.

Jewish Press Staff

Some Settlement Businesses See Potential Lemonade in EU Commission’s Lemons

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

(JNi.media) Tura, a family owned, boutique winery located in the village of Rehelim, in Samaria, produces 56 thousand bottles a year, 40% of which are shipped for export. According to winery owner Vered Ben Sa’adoun, the boycott movement against Jewish products from Judea and Samaria has achieved the opposite effect of the one intended: “For five months we were stuck without wine on the shelves thanks to [customers] who didn’t like the violence of the boycott movement,” she told Israel’s Channel 2 News Wednesday.

The EU Commission’s new regulations requiring member states to label products from the settlement stops short of actually making them illegal, and it has been argued that the regulations are not mandatory, meaning that individual states can decide to ignore them. But in all the discussion about the labeling requirement, it has been taken for granted that European consumers would shun products they know were made by Jews on the “wrong” side of the 1949 armistice line. Few have suggested that the European consumer’s sense of fair play, their admiration for the underdog and, yes, their general distaste for things pro-Islamic, might spell a boon for settlement-produced exports.

“The EU wants to boycott us, but I want to tell them that this boycott will not lead us [to any concessions],” said David Daniel, who owns beehives in the Jewish enclave in Hebron. “This attempt to harm us will not succeed. Our clients are very satisfied and happy with our products, and we are happy to market them to the world.”

PR firm Marketing Team Houston, actually recommends negative marketing to some of its clients, as a strategy to gain market share. “Be controversial,” they advise. “Nothing gets people buzzing like a little controversy. However, you’ll need to be prepared to manage the conversation – and the emotions that are sure to arise. … Choose a topic related to your brand that people are passionate about. When handled correctly, this negative marketing tactic can generate buzz and traffic.”

On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy imposed a trade embargo on Cuba to sanction Fidel Castro’s communist government. As a result, until the ban has been lifted recently, in the US, authentic Cuban-made cigars were seen as “forbidden fruit” for Americans to wish to purchase at any cost. The boycott didn’t turn off anyone, it only made the product more desirable. Of course, it had to be a great product to start with—which is also the case with many settlement-grown and produced goods.

“We believe that we must fight back and call on all of Israel’s supporters around the world, Jews and non-Jews, to buy Israeli products,” said Jacob Berg, of the Psagot winery in Benjamin region. “The best way to fight this European boycott is let the numbers prove it, that a year from now we will sell 2 to 3 times more. If we cry and say it’s unfair, it’s racist, that won’t defeat them, because their goal is hurt the nation of Israel.”

Here are a few ideas we delineated from marketing websites and blogs that preach negative campaigns, most notably, hubspot.com:

1. Exclusionary Personas, the Other. The EU is siding with the Islamists you and I fear so much — show them the right way by purchasing settlements goods.

2. Leverage and Exclusivity. We may not be carried in all the stores, you may have to walk the extra mile and spend the extra five minutes to find our products — but it’s worth it, because they’re delicious. Remember the Cuban cigars? Make the settlement goods a Cuban cigar.

3. Come up with Negative Headlines. There’s a reason why you’re seeing more bad news than good — it’s the undeniable correlation between page views and negativity.

“The people who made this gadget are fearless Jews who guard all night and work all day. ”

“The man who baked this cake just shot a terrorist last night.”

“Taste our bananas and you, too, will want to settle here.”

4. Create a Bond Over a Shared Negative Experience. You think you got Muslims? You should see our Muslims. Here, have an apple cider.

5. Cast Villains. There’s no shortage of that — Arabs, faceless EU bureaucrats, far-left politicians. The Marxists in Brussels don’t want you to taste our grapes — they just ordered a container of them for themselves.

6. Self deprecation. If you don’t buy this Camembert, we’ll burn down this poor Palestinian’s olive grove. It acknowledges the anti-settlements myths and cuts across them with a joke.
Yesha Council, the umbrella body for the half-million plus Jews in Judea and Samaria, might consider this direction. They could call it chutzpah marketing.

JNi.Media

American Jews Spread BDS Message at the Kotel

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Wailing Wall wailed just a little louder on Tuesday, when two Jewish American, Code Pink activists Ariel Gold, of Ithaca, NY and Ariel Vegosen, of Oakland, CA, unfurled a banner at the old Wall that read, “American Jews support BDS.” It may have been a historic low for the Kotel, built in the first century by a grandson of Herod, to support the Temple Mount compound above, which burned to the ground shortly after the construction was concluded.

Representing the women’s peace organization, Code Pink, the two activists—both named after an angel, a modern Jewish city in Samaria, and a Disney mermaid—proudly expressed their “Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine” and endorsed “the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement as a nonviolent strategy to bring about a just peace in Palestine and Israel.”

Last September 18, the third grade classes at the Beverly J. Martin School in Ithaca, NY, heard a presentation on human rights by Ariel Gold and Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi, as well as the local chapter of the anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace. Tamimi is the Arab lady who sends children, especially her own video star daughter, in front of unsuspecting Israeli soldiers, to scream at, punch and even bite them — and then she films their reaction, proving the cruelty of the occupation.

The Kotel has seen many sad things since that terrible fire in the year 70, saw poet Yehuda Halevi killed by an Arab horseman right by its ancient stones, and it has seen many tears and felt millions of hopes, in the form of notes to God that were tucked in its crevices. And now it witnessed two Jewish women who came over just to teach Israelis about justice and non-violence:

“At this moment of escalated violence in Palestine and Israel, we are here at the Kotel to pray for an end to the occupation, the root cause of the violence. … We support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions as a nonviolent strategy to bring about a just peace and full equality for all people in Palestine and Israel. We call on all people to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and boycott Israel until Palestinians have equal rights and occupied lands are returned by Israel.”

During their visit, while helping Palestinian farmers with their olive harvest (always a good time to visit), the two Ariels “experienced major restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement … and numerous human rights abuses against Palestinians.”

Incidentally, Code Pink is involved in campaigns to bring peace elsewhere in the region, although their message is somewhat more abbreviated on those. For instance, their message regarding the civil war in Syria does not involve tales of helping downtrodden Syrian farmers with the olive harvest, it merely states: ” Code Pink and a coalition of women’s groups launched Women Lead to Peace, a global alliance of women and male allies calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, an embargo on arms sales, greater humanitarian aid for the refugees and displaced, and the full participation of women at the peace negotiations.”

That should do the trick.

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