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February 8, 2016 / 29 Shevat, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Tel Aviv’

Google Reps Too Afraid to Come to Israel to Testify in Court Case

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Google Representatives who were expected to testify in a court trial being conducted against the planetary juggernaut have refused to come to Israel. The reason: the precarious security situation.

A Tel Aviv judge issued an exceptional order to approve their request for a video testimony.

The court hearings were scheduled to take place on November 30 and December 1, at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, but Google’s lawyers in Israel have asked the judge to postpone the hearing dates or, alternatively, to hold them using video conferencing.

The company is being sued by an Israeli businessman claiming the company foreclosed on his account for AdSense, a tool offered by Google to website publishers to sell advertising space.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt visited Israel in June, before the current wave of violence broke out.

But now, Google’s lawyers’ stated that in view of the prevailing security situation in Israel, especially due to the wave of terrorism, the witnesses expressed in the past few days real fear that prevents them from coming to Israel during this period, and requested the court to allow a brief respite of several months until the evidentiary session, in the hope that by then the security situation will improve.

The lawyers, who represent two Google employees in Ireland, the company’s European headquarters, added that their clients have learned that different countries have issued “a kind of travel warnings to Israel, which naturally intensified their and their families’ fears.” They attached an Irish Foreign Ministry and US State Department travel advisories to Israel.

The attorneys wrote:

In light of the above, it seems that the witnesses’ fear is legitimate and perfectly understandable. At the present stage the defendants should not be compelled to come to Israel to testify.

They asked to postpone the court hearing to the end of the first quarter of 2016.

The plaintiff’s lawyers objected, saying it was the product of prejudice. They said:

More stabbing attacks, in proportion to the population, take place in Ireland and the United States than in Israel, but there they receive lower media attention.

They complained that the “defendants’ request is based on prejudice, hysteria and an anti-Israel agenda.” They noted that tourists, diplomats, business people and witnesses continue to arrive in Israel, citing the arrival of a representative for Facebook who came to Israel to testify in another case.

On Wednesday, Judge Michael Tamir decided not to compel the Google representatives to come to Israel and allowed hearing their testimonies via video conferencing, but ruled that the defendants should bear the costs involved.

“I do not accept the plaintiff’s claim that the witnesses should be required to arrive in Israel against their will at a time when travel warnings are being issued,” he said.

Aeroflot Adding Flights on Russia-Israel Route

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The Russian Aeroflot airline company is adding flights on the Moscow and St. Petersburg routes to and from Israel and soon will be flying 37 times a week.

The increase service follows the cessation of service from TransAero, whose license was suspended in Russia, and also reflects the large number of Russian immigrants and increased trade and tourist traffic.

Aeroflot inaugurated service to Israel only five years ago. It soon will fly operates four flights a day on the Moscow-Tel Aviv route and a daily flight to and from St. Petersburg. as well as two flights a week to Rostov.

London Mayor Hunts Hi-Tech, Slams Anti-Israel Boycotters

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

London Mayor Boris Johnson had harsh criticism Monday for people who boycott the Jewish State, during a recruiting visit to Israel.

Johnson told an audience in Tel Aviv it is “foolish” to boycott “a country that when all is said and done is the only democracy in the region.”

However, in a possible effort to minimize the damage being done by the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement in Britain, Johnson said that boycotters in London are “a very small minority.”

The London mayor and Conservative MP is on a mission to connect with Israeli hi-tech business owners and bring them to his city.

Israel, he said, is “the only place that has — in my view — a pluralist, open society.”

It has been 10 years since Johnson last had dinner in Tel Aviv, he told Britain’s newspaper, The Guardian, but added he had enjoyed that experience very much.

Mysterious DeLorean Car Crash in Tel Aviv – No Injuries

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

A mysteriously modified, old model DeLorean car, crashed in Tel Aviv near Dizengoff Center on Wednesday.

No injuries were reported. Police could not locate the driver or occupants of the car.

The car was towed by the Tel Aviv Municipality.

Back to the Future Day

Happy Back to the Future Day, 2015.

Scandinavian Airline to End Tel Aviv-Copenhagen Route

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced it will cancel its Tel Aviv-Copenhagen, citing both “political instability” and ‘’increasing costs and competition.”

The service, which is offered four times a week and which began three years ago, will end in March following a temporary suspension this summer because of staffing problems.

SAS also said it will eliminate Moscow and Ankara from its list of destinations.

Traffic on the Tel Aviv-Copenhagen route increased 41 percent last year and another 21 percent this year, through July, but the company maintained that the route still is losing money because of “stiff competition.”

American Airlines Flight to Tel Aviv Declares Emergency

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Friends and relatives waiting for travelers aboard American Airlines Flight #AA796 from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv will have to wait a little longer to see the passengers.

An emergency was declared at approximately 10:30 am Israel time aboard the flight while enroute over England Tuesday morning.

The plane landed instead at London’s Heathrow Airport in order to evacuate a passenger with severe chest pain.

There were no related security issues on board the flight.

Israeli Anti-Facebook Price Tag Campaign Graffiti: ‘Blood On Your Hands’

Monday, October 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) Operation Price Tag against Facebook Israel was carried out in the early AM Sunday, by Rotem Gaz, aka “Mark Zuckerberg Israel,” Mizbala.com reported. Gaz sprayed red graffiti and attached sticky labels reading “Blood on your hands” on some of the walls of 22 Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, where the offices of Facebook in Israel reside. Facebook Israel CEO Adi Soffer Teeni last March rented four whole floors in the prestigious building.

Facebook Israel with the red Price Tag graffiti

Facebook Israel with the red Price Tag graffiti. Photo credit: 21.7K קראו

Rotem Gaz is well known in the corridors of the global Facebook management, after, back in December 2011, he had changed his name legally to Mark Zuckerberg, as part of a campaign designed to undermine Facebook’s lawsuit against him for allegedly peddling “likes” and other services at variance with the juggernaut social network regulations. The threat of a publicity blowout for the Zuckerberg V. Zuckerberg court case worked, and Facebook dropped the lawsuit.

Now Gaz the Terrible is back with yet another campaign against his favorite social network, in view of the widespread wave of incitement taking place on Facebook, with Arab terrorists calling for the murder of Israelis and Jews. In recent weeks a wave of terror has taken over the social network, with hundreds of thousands of pages of incitement to harm Israeli citizens and Jews worldwide—unimpeded by Facebook’s clear standards that forbid such presentations.

It appears that the social network representative in Israel is choosing to ignore the incitement violators and disclaims any responsibility for such displays. Last Thursday Mizbala.com published a recording made by Israel Hayom reporters and other media organizations in Israel, who turned to Facebook’s PR staff as well as to the CEO herself, and were dismissed, their questions were ignored, and at one point they were hung up on.

Despite repeated reports by hundreds of thousands of Israelis, demanding the removal of pages promoting hate and violence, Facebook in most cases allows this content to remain online unmolested, and sometimes removes arbitrarily and without explanation content by Israeli users who try to fight incitement.

A case in point: Liat Alon, a popular Facebook user, like many Israelis received death threats during the first week in October, 2015. A Chat note sent to Alon by a Hamas operator said (Numerous Hebrew mistakes corrected): “Today I will be in your home and your family will burn. Palestine is our land and we have the right to live here or we’ll burn here. We’ve waited for this hour, and it is time already to meet and send you to Hell.”

The response status from Alon read: “The men of today are so aggressive.” The status earned 5,000 likes and hundreds of shares, and then something weird happened, reflecting what happens when Facebook uses robots to monitor its pages: Alon’s truly funny message was removed by Facebook, because it did not meet the social network’s community standards, and her page was blocked for 24 hours—while the perpetrator who openly threatened her life, part of hundreds of thousands of profiles, real and fake, continues to operate freely.

Gaz issued a message saying: “As long as Facebook maintains its refusal to remove pages that incite to the murder of Israelis and Jews, the blood of the victims will be in its head and the heads of its managers. This post was sprayed on the wall of Facebook’s Tel Aviv offices by the Israeli Mark Zuckerberg and its meaning is clear: stop the aid and the stage you provide inciters and maybe it will help to reduce the flames, Keep refusing to remove the pages of hatred, and the victims’ blood will be on your head.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-anti-facebook-price-tag-campaign-graffiti-blood-on-your-hands/2015/10/19/

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