Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Letter to the Teachers Union of Ireland on their boycott of Israel


To the Teachers' Union of Ireland on their boycott of Israel


Dear Sir/Madam

So, you're helping to turn the land of saints and scholars into a land of saints and racists! Maintaining the underlying continuence of being the only neutral country in Europe that takes sides.

Your boycott of Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, is at the very least totally misguided, at the very most, ignorant and abhorrent racism.

You are making total fools of yourselves, supporting the arch anti-semitic agitator and libelous Jim Roche (I don't see him raising objections that his soul-mates the Taliban prevent girls from having an education, or that there is repression in Bahrain in the run-up to the Grand Prix!), who, plainly has so much time on his hands that should otherwise be used to better effect in promoting the cause of Irish Education. If he is so worried about Palestinians and the Gaza strip, he should actually be less of a coward and take a ticket (preferably one-way; I'm sure there's a queue to provide one) and go and live there.

I presume in pursuance of your ridiculous boycott, you, and your ambassador to Gaza, Roche, will now do your utmost to ensure your members will no longer make use of any of the items on the following list. All were invented in Israel, otherwise you will not only just be racists, but hypocritical racists to boot.

In particular, I draw your attention to mobile telephony, mobile storage (pen drives) for computers, INTEL processors, VOIP and Skype, all invented in Israel. You should stop using these immediately in pursuance of your boycott, together with agricultural solutions and medical treatments.

Also, you should note many of these Israeli medical inventions that are used for cancer and other degenerative diseases [sadly not antisemitism], as well as machines for internal microscopic body examinations - if you or your members have, for example, ulcers, or embolisms/blood clots as a result of strokes, please ensure these items invented in Israel are not used, as this would completely forfeit your boycott.

Here is a non-exhaustive lists of some Israeli inventions and achievements. I urge you to read through carefully making sure that you and your members stop using these below with immediate effect.

Chemistry

- Model of quasicrystals, discovered by Nobel prize winner Dan Shechtman of the Technion
- Discovery of Quasicrystals by Dan Shechtman of the Technion.[1] The discovery led him to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- Discovery of the role of protein Ubiquitin by Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover of the Technion Institute (together with the American biologist Irwin Rose). The discovery led them to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Physics

- Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation
- Prediction of Quarks by Yuval Ne'eman of Tel Aviv University (together with the American physicist Murray Gell-Mann).
- Discovery of the Aharonov-Bohm effect by Yakir Aharonov and David Bohm.
- Formulation of Black holes Entropy by Jacob Bekenstein of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Optics

- World's smallest video camera - a camera with a 0.99 mm diameter, designed to fit in a tiny endoscope designed by Medigus.
- Development of the "Pillcam" by Given Imaging, the first Capsule endoscopy solution to record images of the digestive tract. The capsule is the size and shape of a pill and contains a tiny camera.

Medicine
- The EarlySense continuous monitoring solution allows hospital nurses to watch and record patients’ heart rate, respiration and movement remotely through a contact-free sensor under the mattress. The system’s built in tools include a wide range of reports on the status of patients, including alerts for falls and bedsore prevention.
- Pillcam endoscopic capsule developed by Given Imaging
- Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation - a notation system for recording movement on paper that has been used in many fields, including dance, physical therapy, animal behavior and early diagnosis of autism.
- Development of the Copaxone immunomodulator drug for treating multiple sclerosis. It was developed in the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel by Michael Sela, Ruth Arnon and Deborah Teitelbaum.
- Development of the Interferon proteins by Michel Revel from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
- ReWalk, created by engineer Amit Goffer, founder of Archomedical.  The Rewalk is a kind of robot suit that enables wheelchair users to walk, sit and stand again.  A crutch, a system of movement censors, mini computers and rechargeable batteries all wrapped in a very lightweight material is part of this.
- Development of taliglucerase alfa (Elelyso), a recombinant glucocerebrosidase enzyme produced from transgenic carrot cell cultures.  Taliglucerase alfa won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2012 as an orphan drug for the treatment of Type 1 Gaucher's disease.

Economics
- Work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem explaining irrational human economic choices.
- Developments in Game theory. Israel Aumann of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem received the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in this field.
- The Rubinstein bargaining model, one of the most influential findings in game theory, refers to a class of bargaining games that feature alternating offers through an infinite time horizon. The proof is from Ariel Rubinstein 1982.

Biotechnology

- Nanowire - a conductive wire made of a string of tiny particles of silver, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. developed by Uri Sivan, Erez Braun and Yoav Eichen from the Technion.
- World's smallest DNA computing machine system - "the smallest biological computing device" ever constructed, according to Guinness Book of Records, which is composed of enzymes and DNA molecules capable of performing simple mathematical calculations and which uses its input DNA molecule as its sole source of energy it was developed in 2003 in the Weizmann Institute of Science by professor Ehud Shapiro and his team.

Theoretical computer science

- Michael O. Rabin introduced the concept of nondeterministic finite automatons.
- Amir Pnueli introduced temporal logic into computing science.

Technology
- Reconnaissance satellite TecSAR - developed and built by Israel Aerospace Industries.
- Technion Satellite - launched into space in July 1998, it is one of the smallest satellites in the world. Cube-shaped satellite which has 45 centimeter-long sides and weighs 48 kilograms and has an extremely low power consumption. The Technion satellite began as a student project of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, supervised by Haim Eshed and initiated by Giora Shaviv, former head of the Asher Space Research Institute (ASRI) at the Technion.
- Wall radar - a unique radar which utilizes Ultra Wide Band (UWB) to allows users to see through walls. Developed by the Israeli company Camro.
- Mobile telephony (developed in Israel by Motorola), the camera telephone chip, Voicemail and Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) such as Skype and Digital Voice.
- Injured Personnel Carrier - A unique evacuation method developed by Israeli company Agilite Gear, comprises of a strap which allows you to carry the wounded person on your back.
- Airport Security That Checks Intentions -now hidden sensors can predict whether someone is planning a terrorist act
- PrimeSense revolutionises interaction with digital devices by allowing them to “see” in three dimensions and transfer control from remote controls and joysticks to hands and body. It is the leading business provider of low-cost, high-performance 3D machine vision technologies for the consumer market.
- Panoramic Power provides a current monitor solution that enables enterprises and organizations to reduce their operational and energy expenses using a breakthrough power flow visibility platform.
- Decell Technologies is a global leader in providing realtime road traffic information based on monitoring the location and movement of phones and GPS devices. Swift-i Traffic, Decell’s premium product, is incorporated in leading navigation systems, fleet management services, mapping operations and media channels in several countries.
- HydroSpin is developing a unique internal pipe generator that supplies electricity for water monitoring and control systems in remote areas and sites without accessibility to electricity.d an environmentally friendly and economically beneficial way to float solar panels on water instead of taking up valuable land, generating energy while protecting and limiting evaporation from reservoir surfaces.

Computing
- Intel Israel changed the face of the computing world with the 8088 processor (the “brain” of the first PC), MMX and Centrino mobile technology. Israeli engineers at Intel in the 1990s had to convince skeptical bosses to take a chance on MMX technology, an innovation designed to improve computer processing. It’s now considered a milestone in the company’s history.
- USB flash drive, originally marketed as the DiskOnKey - a flash memory data storage device integrated with a USB interface. The Israeli company M-Systems (in partnership with IBM) developed and manufactured the first USB flash drives available in North America.
- Quicktionary Electronic dictionary - a pen-sized scanner able to scan words or phrases and immediately translate them into other languages, or keep them in memory in order to transfer them to the PC. Developed by the Israeli company Wizcom Technologies Ltd.
- Laser Keyboard - virtual keyboard is projected onto a wall or table top and allows to type handheld computers and cell phones. Developed simultaneously by the Israeli company Lumio and Silicon Valley startup company Canesta . The company subsequently licensed the technology to Celluon of Korea.

Computer software
- Adi Shamir co-inventor of Differential cryptanalysis. Algorithms include Shamir's Secret Sharing.
- Lempel-Ziv-Welch algorithm - a universal lossless data compression algorithm created by Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv of the Technion institute together with the American Information theorist Terry Welch.
- Babylon - a single-click computer translation, dictionary and information source utility program developed by Amnon Ovadia.
- ICQ - an Instant Messaging software developed initially in 1996 by the Israeli company and adopted by AOL. Mirabilis.

Agriculture
- Tomaccio tomato developed by Hishtil Nurseries of Israel
- Drip irrigation using a non-clogging plastic emitter developed in Israel by Simcha Blass and his son Yeshayahu.
- Hybrid cucumber seeds - In the 1950s, Prof. Esra Galun of the Weizmann Institute developed hybrid seed production of cucumbers and melons, disease-resistant cucumbers and cucumbers suitable for mechanical harvesting. Galun and his colleagues invented a technique for producing hybrid cucumber seeds without hand pollination.
- TA C o u n t r e a l – t i m e microbiology enables the detection and counting of harmful microorganisms in a matter of minutes, rather than the conventional method of cell culture that takes several hours to a few days. The technology applies to the fields of drinking and wastewater, pharmaceuticals and food and beverage production.
- Netafim is a worldwide pioneer in smart drip and micro-irrigation, starting from the idea of Israeli engineer Simcha Blass for releasing water in controlled, slow drips to provide precise crop irrigation. The kibbutz-owned company operates in 112 countries with 13 factories throughout the world.

Energy
- Super iron battery - A new class of a rechargeable electric battery based on a special kind of iron. More environment friendly because the super-iron eventually rusts. It was developed by Stuart Licht of the University of Massachusetts.
- Energy tower - Purely theoretical alternative electricity generation and water desalination technology in low cost. The Energy towers spray water on hot air at the top of the tower, making the cooled air fall through the tower and drive a turbine at the tower's bottom. The brainchild of the American physicist Phillip Carlson which was expanded by Professor Dan Zaslavsky and Rami Guetta from the Technion.
- A unique technology for producing hydrogen in vehicles as an alternative fuel source. It is produced by the Israeli company Engineuity and was invented by Amnon Yogev and Eli Gmaazaon.
- Improvement of previously existing flat plate solar water heaters - A home facility which converts solar energy to thermal energy. Following the energy crisis in the 1970s, The Israeli law requires the installation of solar water heaters in all new homes. It was developed by Zvi Tavor.
- Solaris Synergy innovated an environmentally friendly and economically beneficial way to float solar panels on water instead of taking up valuable land, generating energy while protecting and limiting evaporation from reservoir surfaces.
- Leviathan Energy innovated the Wind Tulip, a cost-effective, silent, vibration-free wind turbine designed as an aesthetic environmental sculpture, producing clean energy at high efficiency from any direction.

Consumer goods and appliances
- Epilator (originally "Epilady") - an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out. It was developed and originally manufactured at Kibbutz HaGoshrim.
- Wonder Pot - a pot developed for baking on the stovetop rather than in an oven.
- Micronized coating instant hot water pipes developed by A.C.T.
- Artificial gills - a theoretical special diving system that is not yet in production, currently being developed by the Israeli company Like-A-Fish Technologies which produces oxygen from water making oxygen tanks unnecessary.

Games
- Rummikub - a tile-based game for two to four players invented in Israel by Ephraim Hertzano.
- Hidato - a logic puzzle game invented by the Israeli mathematician Gyora Benedek.
- Taki - an Israeli card game invented by Haim Shafir.
- Mastermind - an Israeli board game invented by Mordecai Meirowitz.

Foods
- Bamba - peanut butter-flavored snack which has been manufactured by the Osem corporation since 1966. Bamba is one of the leading snack foods produced and sold in Israel.
- Limonana - a type of lemonade made from freshly-squeezed lemon juice and mint, created in the early 1990s after an advertising agency promoted the then-fictitious product to prove the efficacy of advertising on public buses. The advertising campaign generated so much consumer demand that the drink began to be produced for real by restauranteurs and manufacturers, becoming a summer staple in Israel and other Middle Eastern countries.
- Ptitim - wheat-based baked pasta. It was initially invented during the austerity period in Israel when rice was scarce.
- Shkedei marak - small yellow crisp crouton squares used as a soup accompaniment.


I have purposefully not mentioned defence inventions such as the Uzi, Iron Dome etc, as "friends" of Israel in neighbouring countries can go and search for themselves

I think the above bit more of an exhaustive list of inventions than those of other countries in the Middle East, renown for such world wonders as :

- rocket attacks
- Jihadists
- Al Queda
- fundamentalists
- suicide bombers

- forging pictures of attacks on civilians
- disallowing women to drive
- book burnings
- fatwahs
- flag burnings
- killing fellow citizens

all the otherwise sole inventions of countries neighbouring Israel, but not exactly the stuff of Nobel Prize Winners.

But then your type keep your blinkers firmly on and never look at the other side, do you?

Is mise le meas

Edward Moss

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