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UAE-Israel Agreement to be Signed at White House on Sept. 15
By JTA & IsraelNationalNews.com
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington, D.C., next week for a
signing ceremony of the Abraham Accord normalization agreement between Israel and the
United Arab Emirates. Netanyahu said in a statement issued Tuesday evening that he will
travel to Washington "at the invitation of President Trump and to participate in the
historic ceremony at the White House on the establishment of a peace agreement between
Israel and the United Arab Emirates."
The signing ceremony will take place on Sept. 15, according to reports. A UAE delegation
is slated to arrive in Israel the week after to build on the agreement, Haaretz reported.
As part of the agreement made public last month, Israel agreed to suspend its plan to
apply its civil law to parts of the West Bank. Late last month, the UAE canceled the law
boycotting Israel, which was passed in 1972.
The UAE claims that the United States said it would allow them to purchase F-35 fighter
jets following normalization, which Israel opposes.
Israel-UAE Deal may Position Abu Dhabi as 'Idea Capital' through Higher Education
By Israel Hayom & JNS
When Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a normalization agreement earlier this
month, University of Haifa President Ron Robin immediately contacted his Emirati
colleagues to set into motion a process where higher education could serve as a central
vehicle for the growing relationship between the Israelis and Emiratis.
During his time as vice provost at New York University, Robin, an American history
professor, was responsible for establishing its international campuses in Abu Dhabi and
Shanghai, both of which he describes as "idea capitals." Launched in 2010, the NYU Abu
Dhabi campus was the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle
East to be operated abroad by a major American research university.
A decade later, Robin finds himself poised to facilitate Israel-UAE higher education ties
on the heels of the "Abraham Accord." In the following interview, he provides his vision
for future collaboration.
Q: How does higher education collaboration fit into the broader vision for Israel-UAE
ties? "It was critical in the agreement for NYU Abu Dhabi, and now the agreement between
the UAE and Israel, that we learn from each other. This is not the West coming to
enlighten the natives, so to speak. This is two different cultures, and they need to learn
from each other. I think the Emirates can learn from us a spirit of enterprise and
creativity. We don't have the funds that they have; we don't have the resources that they
have. But we bring a culture of creativity, and I'm sure that's what they're looking for.
When creativity meets resources, great things happen.
"I'm working to establish ties with universities in the Emirates because I believe very
strongly that this ecumenical bond between people who do research under the auspices of a
university, we can fast forward a robust relationship with the Emirates by establishing
these ties. We'll be cultivating ties with universities that I know well in the region,
and we'll work on fields in which we have something to contribute to the Emirates and the
Emirates have something to contribute to us. One example is marine research. We have the
same challenges in the Emirates as we have in Israel: fast-rising temperatures that affect
marine culture and the marine ecosystem, a lifeline for both societies. In both societies,
the sea is the source of potable water. The sea is the source of our energy. Finally,
because of climate change and the dramatic drop in precipitation and rainfall, the seal is
also the source of our protein."
Q: Do you envision a future University of Haifa campus in Abu Dhabi? "We're looking for
research and student exchange. I don't see us building a campus like anything NYU has in
the Emirates. I rather see this as an exchange of knowledge, whether its students or
research, but not a full-blown campus at this particular point in time. I'm not sure that
part of the world is ready for such a large Israeli presence. We're beginning with baby
steps. We do not want to impose ourselves. We want this to happen in an organic fashion."
Q: Could Israel-UAE collaboration in higher education help counter the BDS movement on
Amazon Caught Selling T-shirts with Yellow 'Juden' Star
By Israel Hayom
Yet more Holocaust-themed merchandise has been discovered for sale on the online retail
giant Amazon. This time, it was Amazon in Britain (amazon.co.uk) that was forced to remove
items that made light of the Holocaust in this case, T-shirts printed with yellow
Stars of David bearing the word "Juden," the type of badges Jews under Nazi occupation
were forced to sew onto their clothing leading up to the Holocaust.
In February of this year, Amazon.com pulled German children's books from the 1930s that
served as propaganda to disseminate Nazi anti-Semitism. Last year, Amazon.co.uk stopped
sales of a line of clothing printed with the image of a Holocaust victims kneeling before
a Nazi firing squad.
Despite the offense caused, the shirts were actually marketed as "remembrance gifts" and a
way to "honor" Holocaust victims. The UK Jewish news site The JC, which broke the story,
quoted an Amazon official who said that all sellers on its platform must respect Amazon's
guidelines, and that the shirts had been removed from its site.
"The Holocaust was not something to create merchandise for profit, it was the systematic
murder of 6 million Jewish men, women, and children," Chief Executive of the Holocaust
Educational Trust Karen Pollock told The JC.
Volkswagen Blasted for Nazi Display in Dealership
By` the Algemeiner
German car giant Volkswagen apologized on Monday after a customer at one of its showrooms
in Mexico tweeted a photograph of Nazi imagery on the walls that quickly went viral.
Fernanda Martinez, a writer based in Mexico City, photographed the offending image during
a visit to the Volkswagen showroom in Coyoacán on Saturday. A stylized photograph
of a Nazi rally being addressed by Adolf Hitler was hanging from the wall.
Martinez tweeted the photo with an appeal to Volkswagen to act. "The fact that their
historical memory is an apology for racism causes sadness and deep concern," she wrote.
In a response posted the following day, the car manufacturer said that the image did not
correspond to its "corporate image" and action would be taken. "We have a history that we
have learned from," the company said on its Mexican Twitter feed. "We value respect,
fairness, inclusion and freedom. We do not tolerate manifestations of hatred and
discrimination. The images do not correspond to our corporate image or that of the
distributors. We will take action."
In a letter to Steffen Reiche president of Volkswagen's operation in Mexico
the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC) urged the company to cut ties with the dealership where
the Nazi imagery was spotted. "We expect you to immediately identify those responsible and
publicly announce the action you will take. The most appropriate would be to drop the
concession completely, in order to pass a clear message to your customers that you have
learned from your history," the letter stated.
The Volkswagen brand was leading symbol of German Nazism in the 1930s, billed as the
"people's car." The company was centrally involved in the subsequent Nazi war effort,
producing military vehicles for the German armed forces.
Report: US Global War on Terror Has Displaced Up to 59 Million People
By VOA News
The U.S. war against global terrorism has displaced as many as 59 million people since
2001, according to a new report released Tuesday by Brown University.
The study, published by the Rhode Island-based university's "Costs of War Project," says
between 37 million and 59 million people in eight countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle
East "fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the U.S. military has launched or
participated in since 2001," when the al-Qaida terror group attacked the United States.
The figures in the report, titled "Creating Refugees: Displacement Caused by the United
States Post-9/11 Wars," show that displacements have risen sharply from 21 million in
2019. The majority of those displaced were from Iraq, with at least 9.2 million. Syria
saw the second-highest number of displacements, with at least 7.1 million, and Afghanistan
was third with at least 5.3 million people displaced.
The study's authors say the estimate was derived by counting refugees, asylum seekers
pursuing protection as refugees, and internally displaced people or persons (IDPs) in the
eight countries that the United States has most targeted in the post-9/11 wars:
Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya and Syria.
The report said 37 million displaced people is "almost as large as the population of
Canada" and "more than those displaced by any other war or disaster since at least the
start of the 20th century with the sole exception of World War II."
"We are not suggesting the U.S. government or the United States as a country is solely
responsible for the displacement. Causation is never so simple. Causation always involves
a multiplicity of combatants and other powerful actors, centuries of history, and
large-scale political, economic, and social forces," the study's authors noted. "Even in
the simplest of cases, conditions of pre-existing poverty, environmental change, prior
wars, and other forms of violence shape who is displaced and who is not."
The study does not include "the millions more who have been displaced by other post-9/11
conflicts where U.S. forces have been involved in 'counterterror' activities in more
limited yet significant ways, including in: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African
Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Niger, Saudi Arabia, and
First Hebrew Class Opens in West China
By the Jerusalem Post
The first Hebrew studies option in western China opened at a high school in Chengdu on
Monday. Ran Peleg, Consul General of Israel to West China, was present at a ceremony
marking the opening of the course and gave an introductory class about Israel and the
Hebrew language to the 51 students who signed up.
"This is considered the hardest out of all the electives, but it's the most special," said
one student, Peleg wrote on Facebook.
The students received textbooks and pins for the young diplomats club of Israel's
consulate in Chengdu. "I told the children that language is the truest and most
substantial bridge that exists between cultures, between people," wrote Peleg. "They
should learn it well and then in the future they can be this bridge."
During the ceremony on Monday, an olive tree was planted "as a symbol of the ancient peace
and friendship between the people," added Peleg.
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