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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 25, 2013 By Alex Traiman An apparent antidote to the anti-lsrael lycott, Divest- ment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is coming from a once uhlikely source. Chinese magnate Li Ka-Shing, among Asia's richest businessmen, recently donated $130 million to Israel's Technion Univer- sity, as part of a joint venture with Shantou University that will establish the Tech- nion Guangdong Institute Of Technology (TGIT). The gift, one of the largest ever to an Israeli university, is indica- tive of a pervasive deepening in the connection between Israel and one of the world's emerging powers, China. This is the first time a school from any other country has been invited to establish an entirely new academic college based in China. In addition to the $130 million gift to Technion, for strengthening Technion's home campus in Haifa, Guangdong Province will invest approximately $150 million to develop the ne.w Technion Guangdong cam- pus. "While academics around the world are attempting to damage Israel's economy with calls for boycotts and divestment, it is the Chinese who see the inherent, value in Israeli ingenuity, innova- tion and education," Carice Witte, executive director of Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership (SIGNAL), an institute work- ing to advance Israel-China relations, told ,Economic stability is one of China's main goals. They view this collaboration as an investment in their own future," Witte said. Over the past several years, China has demonstrated a growing interest in Israel's technological contributions, particularly in the areas of water conser:tion and purification, agriculture, air quality and alternative energy. Further, multiple Chinese universities have established BDS antidote may come from China Israel Studies Centers. The: development of such study centers is a strategic asset for: Israel, as top Chinese academ- ics often serve as advisors to top government officials. At the same time, American campuses are seeing sig- nificant anti-Israel activity, including the annual "Israel Apartheid Week." Over the past decade, many leading universities have accepted multi-million dollar dona- tions from philanthropists in Muslim-majority nations, most notably Saudi Arabia, to establish Middle Eastern studies programs that many Jewish groups criticize for an alleged anti-Israel bias. Last month, a map used in an Arabic language course at San Diego State University labeled all of the Jewish state's terri- tory as "Palestine," before it was replaced with a map that included Israel. Academics at American universities are among the leaders of those calling for divestment from Israel, in addition to expressing other anti-Israel sentiments. Uni- versity of Pennsylvania profes- sor Ian Lustick in September wrote a controversial New York Times op-ed calling for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, under which Israel "may no longer exist as the Jebish and democratic vision of its Zionist founders." Last summer, the University of California (UC) Board of Regents voted in Sa- dia Saifuddin, a leading BDS activist, as a student regent. Additionally, several student governments in the UC system have passed resolutions call- ing for their schools to divest from Israel. According to Witte, China's investment in Israel is neither political nor ideological, but rather a practical investment in China's own economic and social interests. "China wants to make the transition from beinga manu- facturing power to becoming innovators, and they believe that the Israeli innovative spirit can help them accom- plish that goal," Witte said. Technion President Peretz Lavie wrote in a letter to alumni, "A number of lead- ing universities from the U.S., U.K. and Australia have already launched academic programs in China, but the Technion is the first univer- sity whose China campus and operation will be fully funded by Chinese resources." "With this agreement the Technion has taken another major step forward in our quest to become one of the top leading science and technology universities in the world," Lavie wrote. "To- gether with our partnership with Cornell in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute in New York City, and other s[rategic international collaborations, the Technion has become aworld renowned powerhouse in science, tech- nology and innovation-v-and this is manifesting itself east and west." In September, Technion was cited by Bloomberg Rank- ings as the world's seventh leading university--the only university in the top 10 out- side the U.S. Undergraduate and graduate students at the new facility in Guangdong Province will receive their degrees from Technion. In addition to the new university campus, a nearby a technological park will be built to"serve as a bridgehead for Israeli companies inter- ested in the Chinese market," according to Lavie. Ka-Shing, the Chinese investor, held a significant investment in the Israeli start- up Waze, a social-based GPS app that provides real-time changes in traffic conditions and anticipated travel times. Google recently purchased Waze for nearly $1 billion. Funds earned by. Ka-Shing in the sale contributed to the Technion investment. Speaking at a ceremony in Tel Aviv Sunday marking the jointventure, Ka-Shingstated, "In a world of fluid boundar- ies, the transformative power of technology waves like a magic wand, bringing new models and opportunities to Jerusalem deputy mayor forms political party.led by women JERUSALEM--Ometz Lev, a new movement in Israel launched and headed by cur- rent Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur, is a political initiative led by the women of Jerusalem. The party will participate in the upcoming Jerusalem munici- pal elections 6n Oct. 22, vying for seats on the city council. According to recent estimates, Ometz Lev is geared to win four mandates on the 31-seat city council. Tsur and her fellow party members are leading a revo- lutionary movement for the championing of female leader- ship in a city that'has gained a reputation for the exclusion of women.: "Our uniqueness is not that we are a party with a women's agenda, but rather, we are a group of women leaders who will serve all the people of this great city. Our diverse mem- bers have incredible records of pushing the bounds, and we are thrilled to bring our collective experience together for the sake of Jerusalem," said Tsur. The Ometz Lev party list's top 10 members, eight of whom are women, come from across Israel's wide religious and cul- tural divides. Alongside Naomi Tsur, an environmental leader and Deputy Mayor of Jerusa- lem since 2008, party members include Massada Porat, the first ultra- orthodox woman to ever run for city council; Yaffa Sahalo, the first Ethio- pian woman to be realistically placed on a list running for the city council; Susan Silverman, a Reform rabbi and progressive local leader; andYossi"Captain Sunshine" Abramowitz, one of the world's leading solar innovators. Ometz Lev's platform sets four primary goals for the City of Jerusalem: Female leadership-- fncrease representation of women in leadership roles, to. properly reflect female popula- tion percentage. Government transpar- ency and public participa- tion-maintain openness of municipal committees to all residents and engage public in policy planning. Environmental responsi- bility and sustainability--help create and sustain local green jobs, green small businesses and green industries--includ- ing ecotourism initiatives. Secular-religious coopera- tion-promote understanding and collaboration among local religious and secular com- munities. Ometz Lev aims to serve as a positive example of female leadership for the entire State of Israel, and the wider Middle East, a region notorious for gender inequality and abuse against women. "Women con- stitute half of the population and should be so represented in leadership positions.We call on Jerusalem voters to take pride in this revolution and to join it. We are geared to win four seats, but with growing local enthusiasm and nationwide backing, we are ready to sur- prise," added Tsur. PAGE 11A Avi Ohayon/GPO/FLASH90 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) talks to China's Premier Li Keq- iang (right) during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 8. Netanyahu is one of several Israeli leaders to make recent trips to China to nurture the Israeli-Chinese relationship, which just got another boost in the form of magnate Li Ka- Shing's $130 million to Israel's Technion University. many frontiers and generating new solutions to entrenched problems, but we all know the wands are only as powerful as the wizards who use them, and the magic comes from the genius within." "Our responsibility is to invest in education to unlock that genius and enable %e continuing realization of human potential, building a society rich in knowledge and securingasustainable quality of life for all. Failing to do so amounts to a crime against the future," Ka-Shing said. "When you combine the innovation and entrepreneur- ial spirit of Israel with the unbelievable scale of China, you have a great partnership," Lavie added. "We hope that by combining our research methodologies with the scale and resources of China, we will create a major research institute that will help not only China and Israel, but also mankind in general.". Witte told that the' most significant aspect of the deal is that the Technion "offers a uniquely effective way of marrying Israeli in- novation and creativity with Chinese commercialization and minufacturing capabili- ties to build a new engine for development." The Israeli government has recently invested significant energy in strengthening the Israel-China relation- ship, particularly as the U.S. economy remains muddled in recession, and American government debt threatens ongoing financial aid for Is- rael. This past month, Israel expressed a willingness to waive $55 million in financial commitments from the U.S. for the Arrow Missile Defense System. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Indus- try, Trade and Labor Minister Naffali Bennett; and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz have all made recent trips to "China to nurture the relation- ship. The deal with Ka-Shing and Guangdong Province may prove to be just the first of many large investments. "This joint venture is im- portant for economic develop- ment and regional stability for both Israel's region and China's region," Witte said. 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