“I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.” Ps 71:14
DENMARK, AUSTRALIA: UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MUST STOP BIASED TREATMENT OF ISRAEL: Denmark and Australia this week called on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to stop its biased treatment of Israel by eliminating Agenda Item 7 that singles out Israel. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said, “Denmark will work for a council that treats all states in an equal and fair manner. It undermines the credibility of this council and its members when it insists on singling out one country, Israel, a democracy, under its own agenda item.” Only Israel is singled out with its own separate listing on the agenda. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne added: “It is our firm view that a separate agenda item focusing on a single country situation – in this case, Israel – is inappropriate. It does not occur in any other context for any other country.” (J. Post) Intercede that the blatantly anti-Israel item 7 from the UNHR’s annual agenda is removed.
ARGENTINA’S CHIEF RABBI IN SERIOUS CONDITION AFTER ATTACK: The Chief Rabbi of Argentina, Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich, was violently assaulted early this week at his home in Buenos Aires. According to the report, Rabbi Davidovich was attacked by unknown assailants who entered his home at around 2:00 a.m. and told him, “We know that you are the rabbi of the Jewish community.” The assailants stole money and personal effects and attacked his wife as well. As a result of the assault, the rabbi was hospitalized in a local hospital and is in serious condition. The attack on Rabbi Davidovich and his wife was the second anti-Semitic incident in Argentina in two days. This week gravestones were desecrated in a Jewish cemetery in the northern city of San Luis. The news coming from Argentina follows a string of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and Europe. Last Friday 22 Feb. 2019 swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti were drawn in a Jewish schoolyard in Queens. Also on Friday, vandals suspected of being soccer hooligans from The Hague painted graffiti, including swastikas and anti-Semitic texts, on buildings in Amsterdam. France alone has seen a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in recent weeks, including the daubing of swastikas on nearly 100 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France on Tue. 26 Feb. 2019. (Arutz-7) Pray for the full recovery of Rabbi Davidovich and his wife.
GERMAN JEWS SLAM GERMAN PRESIDENT FOR PRAISING ANTI-SEMITIC IRANIAN REGIME: The head of Germany’s Jewish community blasted the president of the federal republic, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on Mon. 25 Feb. 2019 for sending a congratulatory telegram to the Iranian regime to honor the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic. Dr. Josef Schuster, the chairman of the Jewish community, told media sources, “Regarding the Federal President’s congratulatory telegram on the anniversary of the revolution in Iran, routine diplomacy seems to have supplanted critical thinking. It is incomprehensible that on the topic of Iran the presidential office apparently lacked the necessary sensitivity.” Schuster added, “I expect the Federal President to take the next opportunity to make clear to Iran the critical attitude of the Germans in whose name he speaks.” Steinmeier refused to congratulate USA president Trump on his election victory in 2016 and called him a “hate preacher.” However, the social democratic president Steinmeier has sent congratulation remarks to authoritarian leaders such as president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey and Russian president Vladimir Putin on their questionable election victories. The Israeli-Palestinian psychologist and Islam expert Ahmad Mansour wrote on Twitter: “Did not the same Steinmeier refuse to congratulate Trump? Why is he setting different standards for Iran? (J.Post)
PM NETANYAHU IN MOSCOW TALKS WITH PUTIN ON SYRIA, IRAN: Israeli PM Netanyahu met Wed. 27 Feb. 2019 in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks focusing on Iran’s role in Syria. The premier has met with Putin about a dozen times since Russia in 2015 intervened in the war in Syria and subsequently became the major power broker in the theater. However, it is their first formal encounter since the Sept. 2018 downing by Syrian forces of a Russian reconnaissance plane, an incident the Kremlin nevertheless blamed on Israel which minutes earlier conducted an aerial raid on a nearby Iranian arms depot. The Jewish state has relied on Putin to rein in Tehran, which has invested heavily in fighting on behalf of the Assad regime and currently is attempting to establish permanent military infrastructure across Israel’s northern frontier. Prior to his departure, Netanyahu reiterated that Iran repeatedly threatens to destroy Israel “and we will not give it a base near our border.” (Medialine)
ANTI-SEMITIC WAVE FLOODS POLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN AND GREECE: In an new wave of hate crimes across the continent, Jewish cemeteries are being desecrated and homes defaced. Fake ads bearing the Star of David were reported around Szczecin in north-west Poland on Mon. 25 Feb. 2019, claiming that the buildings will soon be confiscated and handed over to Jewish owners. In France, Jewish residents were singled out and their homes spray-painted with Stars of David and Neo-Nazi slurs. One resident, Oliver Feldman, said that “I fear for my wife, for my children, for my own safety. Every day I ask if it’ll happen again”. In addition, 100 gravestones were desecrated and spray-painted with Swastikas close to Strasbourg. In Greece, a Jewish school in Athens was spray-painted with anti-Semitic slurs. In Spain, Neo-Nazi symbols were painted on the homes of noted Jewish residents in Madrid, among the victims were Uri and Reot Hominer who are educators on behalf of the World Zionist Organization. (J.Post)
NUMBER OF ISRAELI ARABS STUDYING FOR DOCTORATES DOUBLES IN A DECADE: There were 759 Israeli Arab doctoral students in 2018, according to a report released this week by Israel’s Council for Higher Education. That number is up from 355 in 2008. The CHE report showed that 40% of Israeli Arab Ph.D. candidates were studying in the fields of engineering and natural sciences. Another 40% are learning social and life sciences. Nearly 7% of Israel’s Ph.D. students are from the Arab sector, according to the report. The study also showed an increase of 90% in the past decade in the number of Arab students studying toward a master’s degree. Around 1,300 doctoral students complete a PhD each year in Israel. Israeli universities are among some of the top-ranked universities in the world. (J.Post)
NONSTOP FLIGHTS FROM D.C. TO CONNECT HI-TECH BUSINESSES WITH START-UP NATION: Washington-Tel Aviv air travel has grown dramatically helping the thriving high tech scene in both areas. A new non-stop flight schedule will connect the local high-tech sector in Washington, D.C. with the equally thriving Israeli tech scene. United Airlines will begin offering nonstop flights to Ben Gurion International Airport from Dulles International Airport in Fairfax County, about 25 miles from the capitol city of the USA, starting on 22 May 2019. “With this new flight, we’ll be able to offer a new gateway to Israel,” stated Steve Morrissey, United Airline’s vice president of international policy. He added that increased flights will result in “connecting the seeds of government in Washington as well as connecting the thriving Dulles Tech Corridor to Israel, which is home to some of the world’s most advanced companies that develop sophisticated technologies in scientific and medical research, companies that innovate and companies that make the desert bloom.” (J.Post) “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deut. 8:18
WALMART PURCHASES START-UP ASPECTIVA: American retail giant Walmart has acquired Tel Aviv-based product review start-up Aspectiva the corporation announced on Tue. 26 Feb. 2019. The company, Walmart’s first acquisition in Israel, will join Walmart’s “Store N° 8” incubation arm but will continue to operate from its Tel Aviv offices. Aspectiva, established in 2013 by Ezra Daya and Eyal Hurwitz, utilizes artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology to analyze large volumes of consumer opinions and turn data into valuable insights and informed recommendations for purchasers. “Aspectiva has developed incredibly sophisticated machine-learning techniques and natural language processing capabilities, both of which are areas we believe will have a profound impact on how customers will shop in the future,” said Lori Flees, Principal of Store No 8. “Israel is a hotbed of tech talent and innovation. We’re thrilled to join the growing community of entrepreneurs in Israel and see it expand within Aspectiva,” said Flees. Launched in 2017, Store N° 8 aims to develop retail-related technologies through its portfolio of companies, ultimately seeking to create strategic assets for Walmart in the long-term. “Our team is extremely excited to be joining Store N° 8 and be part of Walmart’s most recent investment in Israel,” said Aspectiva CEO Ezra Daya. (J.Post)
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