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Intel Announces Program for Israeli Startups Targeting Tech Inflections

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 18 giugno 2019

Based in Tel Aviv, the program called Ignite will leverage Intel’s global market access and business and technology leadership to provide early-stage startups with unique advantages on their paths to disrupt the future. Following a rigorous selection process, Intel will host 10 to 15 top pre-seed to seed startups through a 20-week program where they will receive hands-on mentorship from Intel and industry experts in a variety of product, business, management and technical areas. Intel is committed to accelerate their growth and scale their ideas for greater impact.“Intel has always worked in concert with open ecosystems to scale new technologies so they can be transformational for our customers, business and society. This process is fueled by the innovation and passion of the startup community,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “Israel has the deep skill base in AI, autonomous systems and the underlying technologies critical to these inflections that make it a natural choice to launch our Ignite program.”The Ignite program will begin operations in Israel this year, with plans to scale to additional countries over time. Diversity will be an important guiding principle of Ignite, with startups established, owned and run by different representatives of Israel’s diversified social mix. Intel has no plans to seek equity in or rights to intellectual property from these companies.Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld, former global head of Microsoft for Startups, will serve as general manager and managing director of Ignite, reporting to Yaniv Garty, general manager of Intel Israel. Weisfeld will be assisted by Avner Goren, Intel vice president in the Architecture, Graphics and Software Group, who will connect the Ignite program to the technical community inside Intel.

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WJC disconcerted by Amnesty International’s campaign against Israeli

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 gennaio 2019

The World Jewish Congress is disconcerted and disheartened by Amnesty International’s newly launched campaign calling on the world’s leading digital tourism companies – Trip Advisor, Expedia,, and AirBnB – to stop listing in Israeli settlements, and to governments to bring in regulation to prevent these businesses from operating with or in these communities.“Amnesty International is a serious and respected human rights organization, whose work to stop abuses around the world should never be underrated, but its singular focus on corporate entities doing business in Israeli settlements is gravely misguided and undermining of the organization’s true mandate,” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer.
“If Amnesty wishes to involve itself in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it should center its attention on the real human rights abuses ongoing in Palestinian territories, and not attack corporate businesses who strive to bridge divides and build peace through global tourism and interaction,” Singer said.“Amnesty has expressed its concern that these businesses are profiting from and contributing to what it calls human rights violations caused by the settlements. Let it be reminded that in the Palestinian territories today, convicted terrorists who murder innocent Israeli civilians are awarded handsome salaries for their so-called martyrdom, by the Palestinian Authority. This is profit from terror and human rights abuses, plain and simple,” Singer said.“Amnesty International would do well to shift its focus and campaign against this atrocious policy and urge corporate entities and governments to halt any funding to the Palestinian Authority that might be used for terror payments, and advocate loudly and clear against the continued incitement and encouragement to terrorism that proliferates in these territories,” he added.“The World Jewish Congress stands ready and willing to engage with Amnesty International and work together against the real human rights abuses and abusers threatening our world today, and to ensure that the price of unbridled hatred is never forgotten,” Singer said.

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Supermarkets selling products from the illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine violate international standards and are linked to human rights violations

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 maggio 2015

amsterdamAmsterdam. Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories constitute a violation of international humanitarian law, and result into serious human rights violations. However, Dutch supermarkets continue to import and sell products from those settlements, including fruits and vegetables. As a result, supermarkets profit from companies that strengthen and expand illegal settlements. In its paper ‘Trading settlement products and the role of Dutch supermarkets in human rights violations’ SOMO concludes that it is time for supermarkets to take responsibility and for the government to adopt binding rules.Both the international community and the Dutch government recognise that the settlements are a violation of international law. Moreover, the settlements are one of the main obstacles to a solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and lead to a series of human rights violations, such as violence against Palestinians by settlers, land expropriation for agricultural production in the settlements, and improper use of water by the settlements at the expense of the Palestinian population. “International trade between the settlements and companies such as supermarkets is one of the driving forces behind the settlements”, says Shawan Jabarin, director of Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq. “To end these human rights violations, it is essential to stop the trade in settlement products”. Earlier this month the umbrella organisation of Dutch supermarkets, CBL, announced that it will start listing the settlement origin on products. This in contrast to the current practice in which products from both the settlements and Israel are labelled ‘made in Israel’. While this will properly inform consumers about the origin of fruits and vegetables from the settlements, SOMO emphasises that correct labelling does nothing to end the human rights violations connected to the import and marketing of settlement products.
On the level of the Dutch government there currently exists a lack of clear legislation and rules concerning the issue. The government expects the supermarkets to take their own responsibility. It refers to existing international standards such as the OECD guidelines which states that companies should prevent becoming linked to human rights violations either as a result of their own practices, via the products they market or the suppliers they work with. However, supermarkets continue to act in contradiction with these guidelines and continue to wait for more guidance from the government.
SOMO argues that buying and selling settlement products is not in line with the OECD guidelines. “Settlements products cannot be seen in isolation from the illegal status of the settlements and the human rights violations as a result of the settlements”, says Anne Schuit, researcher at SOMO. “Supermarkets should be aware of these violations and take steps to prevent or end their involvement in violations”. Wednesday 20 May the Dutch Parliament will have a debate on the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. SOMO calls on the government to implement mandatory human rights due diligence standards for supermarkets and food companies, obliging them to analyse the actual and potential impact on human rights in their supply chain and to take effective steps to prevent or end their involvement in violations. If not, this vicious circle, which paves the way to serious human rights violations and breaches of international law, will continue to exist.

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WJC Praises US-Israel Coordination on Seizing of Gaza-Bound Rockets

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 marzo 2014

New YorkNEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress today praised the US-Israel military coordination that resulted in the interdiction of a ship bearing advanced rockets that was sent by Iran in order to arm the Hamas regime in Gaza.“Prompt American-Israeli intelligence and military coordination, as well as the personal attention of President Obama, thankfully led to the seizing of this ship before its deadly cargo wound up in terrorists’ hands,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. “Iran’s shipment of these weapons, which could have threatened the lives of millions of Israelis, show that its true aims are to sow violence, instability, and terror.”
According to a report by Agence France Presse, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One that American intelligence and military channels began coordinating with their Israeli counterparts as soon as the shipment was spotted. President Barack Obama also directed the US military to work out contingencies in case it had to intercept the vessel, Carney said.”Throughout this time, our intelligence and military activities were closely coordinated with our Israeli counterparts, who ultimately chose to take the lead in interdicting this shipment of illicit arms,” AFP quoted Carney as saying. He added: “We will continue to stand up to Iran’s support for destabilizing activities in the region in coordination with our partners and allies. These illicit acts are unacceptable to the international community and in gross violation of Iran’s Security Council obligations.”

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