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| OK. So I understand that you are ticked off at
Israel and in love with the Palestinians. That's fine with me, as long as you
have truly weighed up all the facts.
So, you want to boycott
I'll be sorry to miss you, but if you are doing it, do it
properly. Let me help you.
Check all your medications.
Make sure that you do not have tablets, drops, lotions, etc., made by
Abic or Teva. It may mean that you will suffer from colds and flu this winter
but, hey, that's a small price for you to pay in your campaign against Israel,
While we are on the subject of your Israeli boycott, and the
medical contributions to the world made by Israeli doctors and scientists, how
about telling your pals to boycott the following.....
company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and
more severe cases of Multiple Sclerosis. So, if you know anyone suffering from
MS, tell them to ignore the Israeli patent that may, more accurately, diagnose
An Israeli-made device helps restore the use of
paralyzed hands. This device electrically stimulates the hand muscles,
providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries.
If you wish to remove this hope of a better quality of life to these people, go
ahead and boycott Israel.
Young children with breathing problems will
soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israeli device called the Child
Hood. This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug
delivery system that provides relief for child and parent. Please tell anxious
mothers that they shouldn't use this device because of your passionate cause.
These are just a few examples of how people have benefited medically
from the Israeli know-how you wish to block.
Boycotts often affect
research. A new research center in Israel hopes to throw light on brain
disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease. The Joseph Sangol
Neuroscience Center in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer Hospital aims
to bring thousands of scientists and doctors to focus on brain research.
A researcher at Israel's Ben Gurion University has succeeded in
creating human monoclonal antibodies which can neutralize the highly contagious
smallpox virus without inducing the dangerous side effects of the existing
Two Israelis received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Doctors Ciechanover and Hershko's research and discovery of one of the human
cells most important cyclical processes will lead the way to DNA repair,
control of newly produced proteins, and immune defense systems.
Movement Disorder Surgery program at Israel's Hadassah Medical Center has
successfully eliminated the physical manifestations of Parkinson's disease in a
select group of patients with a deep brain stimulation technique.
women who undergo hysterectomies each year for the treatment of uterine
fibroids, the development in Israel of the ExAblate 2000 System is a welcome
breakthrough, offering a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
developing a nose drop that will provide a five year flu vaccine.
are just a few of the projects that you can help stop with your Israeli
boycott. But let's not get too obsessed with medical research; there are other
ways you can make a personal sacrifice with your anti-Israel boycott.
Most of Windows operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.
So, set a personal example. Throw away your computer!
The Pentium NMX
Chip technology was designed at Intel in Israel. Both the Pentium 4
microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed,
and produced in Israel.
Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 in
Israel by four young Israeli whiz kids. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their
only R.& D. facilities outside the US in Israel.
So, due to your
complete boycott of anything Israeli, you now have poor health and no computer.
But your bad news does not end there.
Get rid of your cellular
Cell phone technology was also developed in Israel by
Motorola, which has its biggest development center in Israel. Most of the
latest technology in your mobile phone was developed by Israeli scientists.
Feeling unsettled? You should be. Part of your personal security rests
with Israeli inventiveness, borne out of our urgent necessity to protect and
defend our lives from the terrorists you support.
A phone can remotely
activate a bomb, or be used for tactical communications by terrorists, bank
robbers, or hostage-takers. It is vital that official security and law
enforcement authorities have access to cellular jamming and detection
solutions. Enter Israel's Netline Communications Technologies with their
security expertise to help the fight against terror.
non-profit, venture between Israel and Maryland will result in a 5 day Business
Development and Planning Conference next March. Selected Israeli companies will
partner with Maryland firms to provide innovation to the US need for homeland
I also want you to know that Israel has the highest ratio of
university degrees to the population in the world. Israel produces more
scientific papers per capita - 109 per 10,000 - than any other nation.
Israel has the highest number of start-up companies per rata. In
absolute terms, the highest number, except the US, Israel has ratio of patents
filed. Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies outside of
Israel is ranked 2 in the world for venture capital
funds, behind the USA.
Israel has more museums per capita. Israel has
the second highest publication of new books per capita.
population, Israel is the largest immigrant absorbing nation on earth. These
immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom or expression,
economic opportunity, and quality of life.
Believe it or not, Israel is
the only country in the world which had a net gain in the number of trees last
So, you can vilify and demonize the State of Israel. You can
continue your silly boycott, if you wish. But I wish you would consider the
consequences, and the truth.
Think of the massive contribution that
Israel is giving to the world, including the Palestinians - and to you - in
science, medicine, communications, security.
Pro rata for population we
are making a greater contribution than any other nation on earth.
Unsigned in Israel