Israellycool » Brian of London Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:25:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Labour Pains In The UK Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:04:58 +0000 Jeremy Corbyn with Palestine Solidarity Campaign - Photo: Richard Millett

Jeremy Corbyn with Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Photo: Richard Millett

Following their comprehensive defeat at the general election earlier in May the UK’s Labour party is now trying to select a new leader. The front runner is a Mr Jeremy Corbyn. You may remember the anti Israel Liberal party was almost destroyed in that election: and now it seems the Labour party is rushing to top them in the anti-Israel stakes by electing this guy.

From the blog Guido Fawkes (a very influential political blog with hoards of inside sources):

Jeremy Corbyn has run the risk of appearing to shun the Jewish community by pulling out of an interview with the Jewish Chronicle, Britain’s most widely read Jewish newspaper.

Guido understands that Corbyn’s people approached the JC offering them a clear-the-air interview, realising he was not exactly JC readers’ number one choice given his ‘friendship‘ with Hamas and his support for the anti-Semitic Islamist Raed Salah.

The JC agreed, proposing that Corbyn be interviewed by Oliver Kamm, the neo-Con Times journalist, a Labour supporter but a friend of Israel. Upon being told Kamm would conduct the interview, Corbyn’s team informed the JC he was no longer interested in speaking to them.

Next week’s Labour Friends of Israel hustings, which Corbyn is attending and which is co-hosted by the JC, will certainly be punchy…

The link from ‘friendship‘ with Hamas leads to this video:

As Guido adds:

Read more about Corbyn’s links to various terror organisations hereExplosive…

Good luck to the Labour Friends of Israel if your party chooses this chap.

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Iran Deal Worse Than Repainting The White House Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:15:43 +0000 There’s plenty of serious and useful comment on the web. The only thing worth saying is that Israeli internal politics is uniformly united against what Obama and Kerry have done in the name of the United States of America. Oh and Saudi Arabia are on the same side as all the Israeli politicians. And achieving that kind of unity in Israeli politics and across the middle east is harder than convincing Ali Khamenei to officiate at a gay wedding.

Ben Shapiro yesterday:

Me this morning:

Fun and games a day or two ago kicked off on the hash tag: #IranDealWorseThan

Here are just a few of my favourites, tell me yours in the comments.

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Iran Reacts To First Closeup Images Of Pluto Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:26:31 +0000

First high resolution image of Pluto causes concern:

The Iranian Foreign Minister, : “Well…It is ours but it is only for peaceful purposes…”

Facebook comment by Ronen.

To which I say to Iran: “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”  – let’s hope the force is with us here in Israel.

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Startup Dispatches: ThemeGo Theme Park Awesomeness Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:28:49 +0000 ThemeGo-Paper-PresentationHave you ever arrived at a large theme park with a gaggle of excited kids, taken a look at the funny, not quite right looking, perspective skewed map they gave you at the gate (after the 25 minute queue) and looked to the sky for help and guidance? Where do we go first that will quiet the kids down following the drive, the parking, the queuing for the gate?

ThemeGo is an Israeli startup I’ve came across during my own startup nation journey which helps with this problem. It’s like Trip Advisor for Theme Parks and allows people to help out with detailed reviews and tips for getting the most out of specific attractions in parks. It’s got maps, ride reviews that help you decide if a queue of 50 minutes for a 3 minute ride is worth it, details of restaurants in the parks and more.

You can add each individual ride or attraction you find to a personal itinerary and then (and I know this may seem a little backward) print it out on that new fangled thing called “paper”. “Paper” is an amazing invention that displays bright, colour images all day without a battery which can even be read in direct overhead sunlight. It’s amazingly light, can be folded and unfolded without damage for easy, portable storage and the best part is it can be (responsibly) discarded or recycled at the end of the day. Amazing! Alternatively you can also use a smart phone, though you’ll loose many of the benefits of “Paper”.

I was in Euro Disney or (Disneyland Park on this site) a couple of years ago with the kids, and, I would have loved this back then. It has more details on the US parks for now but I really hope this catches on and picks up more content. And best of all, of course, it’s yet another creative use of new technology by Israeli entrepreneurs.

ThemeGo   My Plans ThemeGo-Paper-Presentation ThemeGo-showcase-presentation ThemeGo

You might also like these other posts about cool Israeli startups and tech:

App Of The Day: Via Is Not Just A Road In Rome

App Of The Day: Parking Polly Electrified Me

Startup Dispatches: Crowdmii And MyMDband

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Tech Talk: Applescript From Mac Mail To OmniFocus With Link To Original Mail Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:10:45 +0000 Propeller Beanie hatWARNING!!!! On a geek-scale of 1 to 10, this post is pushing past 11. This is coding. Not very advanced coding, but coding nonetheless. So if you’re looking for the usual Israellycool greatness about Israel, try almost any other post.

Good, you’re still here, and I hope you’ve put on your propeller hat so we can continue.

To manage my increasingly hectic life I use a program called OmniFocus by OmniGroup which allows me to manage the various things I have to do according to the philosophy laid out in the book “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. It may not be an exaggeration to say this changed my life. OmniFocus runs on my Mac and syncs with my iPhone. This is not free software, I’ve paid for it but it’s essential to me.

I’m not going into the details of these things but here’s what I wanted to do: when some emails come into any of my multiple inboxes (I have 5  separate google mail accounts that are in regular use) I wanted to be able to flag (manually) any of these on any of the many devices I check mail for later action in OmniFocus.

I also wanted to maintain a link to the original email that would work on both my Mac and my iPhone. This is incredibly useful so if I need to reply later, I can click and get straight to the correct email thread.

I came up with a system that works for me and may work for other so, in the interests of being a good netzion I’m putting it out there.

Here’s my system:

  1. Mail arrives: Gmail runs some automatic filters and automatically labels some mail.
  2. I read it: if I need it to be dealt with in a more comprehensive way (and the automatic rules didn’t catch it) I label it or move it to a special folder called [flag-omni]. The square brackets are in the label name. I can do this on ANY device and ANY mail app I’ve tried across mac, web and iPhone.
  3. I run an applescript on my Mac: I could automate this but I prefer to run it from the keyboard (via QuickSilver) when I’m sitting at my Mac.
  4. The Script goes through all the [flag-omin] folders in all my mailboxes, moves items into OmniFocus including (and this was a hard part) a direct link to the original email that works in Apple’s Mail system including back over on the iPhone. It makes sure it won’t double move the same item to OmniFocus by flagging (in blue) messages it’s dealt with.
  5. Infrequently I go into the web gmail interface and remove the [flag-omni] label: there doesn’t seem to be a way to do this properly on Mac Mail via applescript so it’s best to do this manually every so often. If you know different, let me know!

So here’s the things you need to do:

Set up a label in gmail or a folder in Mac mail and call it [flag-omni] with the square brackets.

Download this AppleScript (right click download linked file): Move Actions and send to Omni v003 or run the Applescript editor copy and paste into a new Applescript.

There’s one bit you should look at and change near the end of the script:move to omnifocus applescript screenshot

This bit lets me add a project, context and due date to certain messages so they bypass the OmniFocus Inbox. If you’re still here, you’ll understand what that bit is useful for!

Good luck and please let me know in the comments if this works for you and you find it helpful!

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MUST WATCH: Who’s Your Favourite Political Prisoner? Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:09:25 +0000 David Keyes is back with a great new video: Punking Iran’s Nuclear Negotiators in Vienna.


MUST WATCH: Punking the Iranian Foreign Minister

MUST WATCH: Punking The Saudis, Gaylord Style

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What Happens When You Are Not PayPal Support In Israel Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:44:20 +0000 A friend of mine has ended up being the unofficial support site of PayPal in Israel. And by support it means a chance for a Jew to chat with an Israeli Arab businessman from another part of the country. And her experience matches mine: we get along just fine and we all face the same sort of business challenges in this country. Which we share, without apartheid by the way.

Miriam Schwab (who has a great web design and building company, Illuminea, if you need such services) said:

PayPal Israel has such bad support that a few blog posts on our site with tips for Israeli PayPal users rank higher than their site does. We rank so high that we get calls every second day from people who need PayPal support, and every time I have to let them down by telling them that no, we are not PayPal, and yes, they have a phone number for support, but no, it doesn’t work, so good luck.

But sometime these calls end up being pretty interesting. Today an Arab from the North called. He was disappointed when I told him we’re not PayPal, but then we started shmoozing about his business and my business, and what we both do. He has a guesthouse in the North, and he specializes in Christian tours. And we both agreed that although we’ve been around the world, there’s no place like Israel.

Cana Guest House christian-day-tour-jerusalem-1“When you come back from overseas,” he said, “and the plane lands, you can take a deep breath of relief. Yes, life is good overseas, and there are lots of things to buy, but the best place to live is here, in Israel.”

Well, I love a person who loves Israel as much as I do. So here’s a link to his (he did a pretty good job!) site, in case you’re looking for a place to stay in the north. Tell him Miriam from not-PayPal sent you!

Cana Guest House


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You’re Talking To Me With Your Eyes Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:46:15 +0000 This new Israeli startup, EyeControl, will be a whole lot more useful for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or MND) than pouring a bucket of cold water over your head. But they need your help to get funded. Watch the video then visit their Indiegogo site for more details:

And please remember, Israellycool also needs your help to keep bringing you the very best of Israel.

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The BBC Shills For Hamas And Melanie Phillips Calls Them On It Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:13:11 +0000 Yesterday on Twitter, Melanie Phillips unleashed a devastating barrage of tweets against a forthcoming BBC program about Gaza. It included this:

Noted Israel hater Ben White (we’ve mentioned him many times) took exception to this:

Ben White about Melanie Phillips

Now Melanie Phillips has written the following on Facebook:

Ben White tweeted today as shown above.

My response:

Venomous rubbish. Your “blockade-busting commercial tunnels” were used by Hamas to smuggle into Gaza not just routine supplies but also arms and ammunition whose sole purpose was to murder as many innocent Israelis as possible, including children.

I cited the JCPA report on the falsification of Gaza casualty figures. (1) This noted:

“An old news item resurfaced during Operation Protective Edge saying that 160 Palestinian children were killed while digging Gaza tunnels. The original story appeared in the Journal of Palestine Studies 39 in an article entitled ‘Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon,’ by Nicolas Pelham. In December 2011, Pelham toured the smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Sinai. He found ‘nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies. At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials.’

“There was no international outrage against Hamas at the time for leading children to their deaths in underground passageways, nor is it clear how many Palestinian children died in the summer of 2014 – and were counted as civilian casualties – as a result of Hamas forcing them to serve as human shields and soldiers in its ongoing war against Israel.”

You appear to be relying upon a “correction” published by the Journal of Palestine Studies (2) no less than two years after it published Pelham’s article, and only after this had resurfaced causing a media frenzy and had been cited by Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu. This “correction” ran as follows:

“The Journal of Palestine Studies must, however, admit to an unfortunate editorial error in the article by Pelham it printed: the figure of 160 children killed in commercial tunnels is inaccurate. In the JPS text, Pelham purportedly says: “At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials.” Rather, the figure 160 reflects the total number of deaths in the tunnels recorded by the Hamas authorities as of 2012. The qualifier “children” was inadvertently added by JPS at a late stage of editing. [My emphasis] In fact, as of January 2013, al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza put the total number of Palestinians killed in the commercial tunnels at 235, only 9 of whom were children.”

You assume the figure of “only nine children” killed in the tunnels to be true, ignoring the fact that Palestinian casualty figures have been shown to be utterly unreliable. Indeed, the al Mezan Centre was previously reported as claiming that 13 children had been killed in the tunnels. How come they suddenly found four of them alive? Moreover, since the majority of tunnel workers were adolescents — the pro-Palestinian group B’tselem claimed in 2009 that “most of the workers in the tunnels are youths under 18” (3) – this proportion of tunnel casualties was clearly unsustainably low.

More pertinently, you do not acknowledge that the Journal of Palestine Studies claims that it added the word “children” itself to the 160 figure, thus maintaining that this was an error for which it was itself unaccountably responsible. No explanation was given for this apparently gratuitous distortion of Pelham’s own words. It also failed to address the fact that the phrase ‘160 children”, attributed to Pelham, directly followed his account of the unchecked use of children in the tunnels which he saw when he accompanied a police patrol in Gaza in December 2011.

Of course, you tell your credulous readers nothing of any of this context.

As you know perfectly well, I did not ever “cheer Israel as it bombed [Palestinian children] to pieces”. I supported Israel in its attempt to stop Hamas and Islamic jihad murdering Israeli civilians en masse, as it was attempting to do. I very much regretted the loss of innocent civilian life in Gaza, and deplored the fact that Hamas was using Gaza’s children as human sacrifices by deliberately siting its missiles around them, thus turning them into military targets which is a war crime. I noted that, despite this inhuman behaviour by Hamas, the IDF made more attempts to avoid the loss of innocent life, even at the cost of its own soldiers’ lives, than any army has ever done in the history of warfare.

Your false accusation against me is therefore nothing less than outright incitement to hatred by the use of incendiary falsehoods, the very tactic used against Israel for which you yourself are infamous and which you so nauseatingly deploy against me here.




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Snapchat #TelAvivLive Channel Opens And The Crowd Goes Wild Wed, 08 Jul 2015 07:32:35 +0000 Snapchat #TelAvivLive screens_ - 7Snapchat…. OK, where to start, Snapchat used to be a strange little app that (other) people used to send ephemeral pictures to each other. That means pictures that weren’t stored. Because it was promised the images could only be seen once and by the person you sent them to, it encouraged a certain type of image to be sent. And the kids loved it.

Snapchat grew up and now it offers ways for professional marketers to put out short clips to a wide audience. And somebody has set up a #TelAvivLive channel. If you download and run Snapchat, swipe to the left and you should be able to search. Search for Tel Aviv and you should find it.

It’s a stream of beautiful short clips showing the great life young people have in this beautiful city. I’ve put a few screenshots below (and if you’re thinking of sending nudie pics of yourself to someone else, remember there IS a way to save them even in Snapchat).

SnapChat #TelAvivLive Screens Snapchat #TelAvivLive screens_ - 2 Snapchat #TelAvivLive screens_ - 3 Snapchat #TelAvivLive screens_ - 4 Snapchat #TelAvivLive screens_ - 5

But what’s really fun is going on Twitter and seeing the HORROR with which the Jew haters and Israel haters have responded there! They’re pulling out every Pallywood image they can find to try to counter the REAL images of the amazing city that Jews built on the shores of the Mediterranean! Here’s a link to a search for #TelAvivLive.

They’re asking Snapchat support for help with an “error” in the application:

I guess some of them “just can’t handle the truth!”

Here’s a strange new use of the term “real” I was previously unaware of:

I honestly don’t quite follow the “logic” here:

Tel Aviv?

Feel free to highlight any good ones in the comments and if you see some good responses please link to them too.

Aussie Dave adds: Let’s not forget the many anti-Zionists-not-antisemites responding to it.

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