BDS is failing – a continuing series (Dec. 2015)

Here’s the latest installment in our monthly series of posts detailing BDS fails:

Economic BDS Fails

Texas-based end-to-end merchandize optimization developer Revionics Inc. has acquired Israeli company Marketyze, which develops advanced on-line competitive pricing intelligence, inventory optimization and merchandising solutions. No financial details about the deal were disclosed but Revionics is believed to be paying several tens of millions of dollars for the Ra’anana based company, which was founded in 2011.

Bosch will soon set up a development center in Tel Aviv, sources inform “Globes.” The German engineering and electronics giant already has development centers in Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Moscow and Singapore. Bosch’s development center will initially employ six people. Bosch invests 10% of its annual revenue of €5 billion in R&D.

Australia has decided to create two high-tech incubators abroad, one in Tel Aviv and the other in Silicon Valley in California. The country’s $1.1 billion “Ideas Boom” project was announced this weekend by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The project is aimed at helping Australia become a leader in the field of new technologies, while the money allocated to the project will be distributed by the Australian government over the next four years.

Israel and China’s science ministers signed a joint research declaration on Monday, the latest in a string of Sino-Israel accords.

The document, inked in Beijing by Israel’s Ofir Akunis and his Chinese counterpart Wan Gang, resolved that China would invest some $5 million and Israel more than $1 million in joint scientific studies.

Research fields will include the human brain, nano-technology, 3D printing, bio-medicine, renewable energy, computer science, smart cities and aging populations.

China seeks to tap into Israeli technical know-how to help it upgrade from an increasingly high-cost manufacturing nation to a lean and innovative, high-tech producer of advanced products and services.

Political BDS Fails

PARIS — A day after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited Jerusalem, his foreign minister Nikos Kotzias sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, informing him of the opposition by Athens to the EU guidelines, The Times of Israel has learned.

Another European country, however, has already declared its intention to defy Brussels’s instructions on labeling.

“We do not support that decision,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó declared earlier this month at an event of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations. “It is an inefficient instrument. It is irrational and does not contribute to a solution [to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict], but causes damage.

Reynders is the first European foreign minister to pay the price for the new Foreign Ministry measures, first reported in Yedioth Aharonth, taken against the countries that supported the EU decision to label settlement goods. Among other things, a decision was made to limit meetings with ministers and delegations from these countries during visits to Israel.

As part of the ongoing campaign to fight the Jew-hating BDS movement, Jewish Human Rights Watch issued in October proceedings to have boycott decisions made by Gwynedd County Council and Swansea City Council overturned.

In response to these legal claims both councils have formally stated that not only were the motions non-binding but that they have had no practical effect and have been entirely superseded.
JHRW welcomes these U-turns and is delighted to declare that now no local councils in Wales support anti-Jewish boycotts. There remain now 5 BDS-supporting councils in the UK -West Dunbartonshire, Highland, Newry & Mourne, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. JHRW will be redoubling its legal efforts against them. JHRW calls upon them to follow Wales’ lead and bring to an end their Jew-hating campaigns.

The student government’s ethics committee at the University of Michigan unanimously voted on Sunday not to take disciplinary action against a Jewish student who was under investigation for challenging anti-Israel demonstrators on campus, The Algemeiner has learned.

The Central Student Government (CSG) Ethics Committee released a report concluding that sophomore and CSG representative Jesse Arm “did not engage in unethical behavior or engage in conduct unbecoming of a representative.” The decision was made after the committee heard testimonies from all involved parties and reviewed footage of Arm confronting the protesters.

Scientific, Cultural, Technological BDS Fails

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a new method to destroy HIV-positive cells without damaging the healthy ones. When the HIV virus attacks, it inserts a portion of its DNA into the genome of the healthy cell through an enzyme called integrase. However, research led by Prof. Abraham Loyter and Prof. Assaf Friedler has discovered that certain peptides (amino acids) can interfere in this DNA-transfer process, and ultimately cause the infected cell to self-destroy.

The procedure was tested on cultures of human cells infected with HIV-1, the most common form of the virus, and within two weeks, those cells were destroyed. The study is still in progress; the researchers have signed a partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, as well as with the Hebrew University’s technology transfer company, Yissum, in order to find investors and continue with clinical trials.

Internationally recognized and the winner of major awards – including a million-dollar award presented by US cellphone firm Verizon last year – the Sesame Enable device uses voice commands and gestures – very slight ones – to control the device. The Sesame phone is a specially rigged Nexus 5 smartphone that includes the Sesame software system – an adjustment of the Nexus device’s Android operating system – which takes control of the device, with voice commands used to open up applications, make calls, etc.

Jewish actress Mayim Bialik took to Facebook on Tuesday to condemn those boycotting her on social media due to her pro-Israel beliefs.

“For those of you who refuse to follow me and discourage others from doing so because I am a Zionist (as if that’s a crime!!), I highly recommend you look up Zionism in a dictionary rather than using the definition perpetrated by anti-semitic media and leaders,” Bialik, who is also a neuroscientist, wrote.

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the awarding of its Starting Grants to 291 early-career researchers, 24 of them from Israel – putting Israel in the first place in the number of research grants per capita.

Four Israel-based companies are among 10 winners of 2015 Medica App Competition held in Dusseldorf, with applications enabling people with speech disabilities to use their own voice, offering smarter visual cervical cancer screenings, helping asthma patients breathe effectively and enabling provision of online medical services.

In light of the International Day of People with Disabilities on Thursday, Dvir Brand, vice president of research and development at Ziv-Av Engineering (ZAE), says that Israeli innovation in medical devices is burgeoning as the country continues to make a significant impact on the growing worldwide industry.

Israel is recognized as the world leader per capita in start-ups and patents for medical devices.

The Jewish state has more than 700 companies in the field, comprising 53 percent of Israel’s total life sciences industry, according to the 2015 report by the Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI) umbrella organization for hi-tech and life sciences.

 “We’re starting with a $6 million project there but I don’t have any doubt that it’ll grow exponentially over the years,” said Sharp, explaining that research in Israel often leads to startups and new commercial ventures.

“They don’t call it ‘startup nation’ for nothing,” he said.

The A&M System has achieved a primary goal of expanding into Israel to take advantage of the country’s growing reputation as a high-tech hub.

“There really is a remarkable amount of research and innovation occurring in Israel,” said James Hallmark, vice chancellor for academic affairs at A&M. “There’s just so much going on there and we wanted to be a part of that.”

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology broke ground on Wednesday to launch the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) in Shantou, in Guangdong Province, China. GTIIT, an historic partnership between the Technion and Shantou University, will offer high-level, innovative and research-oriented undergraduate and graduate education.

GTIIT will offer three units: the College of Engineering; the College of Science; and the College of Life Science. Areas of study will eventually include chemical engineering, materials engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, mathematics, physics, biotechnology and food engineering, biology, and biochemical engineering. Majors may be adjusted or replaced, depending on the need of Guangdong and the development of the GTIIT.


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  1. The Office of the Chief Scientist at the Israeli Economy Ministry, in tandem with the Innovation and Technology Commission in Hong Kong (ITC), announced the launch of an R&D Cooperation Program to fund joint projects.
    But all BDSers can relax- the EU insist to its new Jew-labeling project making it easy to boycott Israeli vines and cosmetics. (Probably these people wouldn’t buy these products anyway – they are not the cheapest brands in their categories marketed for losers)

  2. The BDS doesn’t influence most of the biggest players in the world market. Here’s the breakdown:

    The BRIC nations for the most part (Russia, India and China) aren’t interested in the Palestinian topic at all.

    Add to them Japan, Singapore the the rest of the far east, who couldn’t care less. (Asian cultures have a deep despise for Islam even though no one ever mentions this.)

    Eastern Europe, who are very pro-Israeli, and Germany where being anti-Israeli is still politically problematic. Add Greece who are now Israel’s “best friends forever” since they’ll be starting to get their gas from Israeli drills.

    South-America are slowly going out of their tantrum stage of pseudo Socialism of the last few years and are therefore no longer automatically anti-Israel to stick it to the US.

    Israeli business and agriculture technology are very sought after in Africa.

    And of course, the US, provided the Obama mindset of appeasing the villains of the world leaves office with him.

    That leaves West and North Europe, a sinking continent. They are not the future, but the past. As longer as the BDS gains traction only there Israel should be fine.

    • “And of course, the US, provided the Obama mindset of appeasing the villains of the world leaves office with him.”

      No idea what this means. The guy is a friend of Israel. In my opinion, a much bigger friend than the Bush family has ever been. He actually believes in Jewish autonomy and isn’t merely an asskisser of the sheiks in OPEC.

      • This is a president whose administration is treating the knife terror wave like its the responsibility of both sides, where settlements are to blame. They have bought wholeheartedly into the Palestinian narrative.
        During “cast lead” they pressured Israel to a one-sided ceasefire while rockets where still landing on Israel, without asking anything from Hamas.
        They signed an agreement with Iran that doesn’t include any restriction of supporting terror and Hezbollah. Obama, Kerry and these people are no friends of Israel.

        • John Kerry is not Barack Obama. Barack Obama does not control John Kerry. At least that’s the way I see it. I also know that those who hate Obama react like those who hate Israel. Nothing will convince you otherwise. So I respond on the Interwebz to lies about Obama the way I do lies about Israel.

          No one supports Hezbollah in America except anti-Israel nutbags. And those anti-Israel nutbags ARE NOT in Congress or in Obama’s cabinet. I’m seriously not sure what you’re going on about, but I’m sure you’ll go on about it nonetheless.

          • Anti American and Anti- Israel nutbags sat in Rev, Wrights church for 20 years – considered him a close personal friend, and only ended their relationship when some sermons became public knowledge.

          • Where exactly did I write a lie about Obama? I also did not say I hate Obama. I just think he has a record of being wrong on many foreign policy decisions, especially in the middle east. On every single turn he has chosen to appease aggressors.

            I’m seriously not sure what you’re going on about Hezbollah. I was referring to the many demands in both Israel and the US that the Iran treaty would include restrictions on Hezbollah and Iran’s support of terror, and the fact the US chose to ignore everything about that in the Iran treaty. There is a lot of criticism about this, not just from Israel.

          • John Kerry works for Barack Obama. Obama sets policy, Kerry carries it out. He is a spokesperson for this administration’s policies. He’s the Secretary of State for crying out loud!
            Here’s just one example of the type of persons whom Obama likes to turn to for advice:

            You don’t have to be a right wing nut job to notice this stuff. But you might need to be a left wing nut job not to even question it.

            • To be honest, I don’t follow the White House. I also don’t buy headlines gleaned from the Interwebz. Someone says Kerry says something stupid about Israel, and I’m supposed to believe that Obama, who is the only President I know that has celebrated Hanukkah and Pesah each year, somehow hates Jews? That the President who has increased financial assistance to Israel during his tenure, even at times when Ted Cruz was trying to shut down the government, somehow doesn’t respect Israel? That a black man is willing to hate the Jews from his position of political power?

              No, Jeff. I’m not an unabashed apologist for Obama just because I don’t buy the constant petulant whining that has come from the same mouthpieces of the past 8 years.

              The Tea Party and the batshit loons who proclaim to speak TROOF11 poisoned that well long ago. I base my judgements on actions more than reporters.

              That’s the gist of this site, ain’t it?

              • Obama has supported Israel more, militarily, than any US President.

                His attitude towards the resolution of the I/P conflict is misguided, as Dennis Ross has shown has repeatedly been true of every US administration. Like all the others he consistently pressures Israel to give up territory, for which Israel gets nothing in return, rather than the Palestinians to take what they have been offered, but he is no enemy of Israel.

      ,7340,L-4741374,00.html – Obama signs budget with $3.1 bn aid package to Israel

                The $3.1 billion American aid package is provided within the framework of the memorandum signed by former president George W. Bush in August 2007. The memorandum stated that Israel would receive $30 billion in ten years, and Obama is working on signing a new memorandum which will go into effect only in 2017.

    • Interesting…. Someone is unhappy that the UAW removed the anti-Israel language from its charter? I guess because Unions = Socialism = Nazis ?

      News for Yous: Israel is not a right wing cause.

      • I’m glad that the UAW removed that language. Remind me again who wanted anti-Israel language? A bunch of right wing grad students?

        • The problem with unions like UAW is they expand beyond their scope for sake of uniting workers for the common goal of living wages, etc. Are the anti-Israel graduate students at Cal, who are the people who pushed for BDS measures w/in the Union, really left wingers? If they don’t believe in the open democracy that is Israel, for sake of the gang mentality that is the PA, then I’d have to say they are buying into the Arab nationalism that has plagued this planet for the past 100 years.

          No issue worth fighting over is strictly black and white. You and I may have differences in political allegiances, but we also welcome each others perspective.

          Have the Tea Lovers on this board grasped how liberal Israel is compared to the suffocating policies of modern day America? Folks are serving life sentences because of weed, FFS. Abortion doctors are being assassinated. Healthcare reform has stalled all progress this country could be making. These aren’t issues in Israel because they’re liberal enough to know that’s crazy talk.

          • Many of them are left wingers, however much you rant and rave.
            Israel has plenty of suffocating nonsense, btw, e.g. the grip that medieval ‘rabbis’ have on so much public space.

            • Well, John, with your simpleminded perspective of Left and Right, yes, everyone whom you disagree with is a Left winger because you’re such a tighty Righty.

              Hitler was a vegetarian! And Hamas hates Capitalists! That ought to answer everything.

  3. Just like South Africa, BDS will not make a jot of difference economically. But that’s not the point is it? BDS is there to create awareness of the situation in the West Bank and Gaza and that IS working. If it wasn’t you wouldn’t be expending all this hot air trying to convince us otherwise.

    Happy Christmas. BDS rules!

    • BDS ISIS, Al Qada, Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood, Al Nusra, Hamass, Hezbullah, Boko Haram –

      or are those “peace activists” like the ones who attacked Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan, London transport, Metrojet, Pan Am 103, Boston Marathon?

    • We are not trying to convince anyone, dear; we are laughing at you.
      “BDS is there to create awareness of the situation in the West Bank and Gaza” – LOL. First time I have seen ‘lies’ spelled ‘a-w-a-r-e-n-e-s-s’.