Pride in the flag

Jerusalem Post - - OBSERVATIONS - • By GREER FAY CASH­MAN (Courtesy)

Fol­low­ing his meet­ing with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Prime Min­is­ter and his wife, ac­com­pa­nied by can­cer pa­tients 13-year-old and 18-year-old took time out from their busy sched­ule to watch the sec­ond semi­fi­nal game of the World Cup. Like so many other pa­tri­otic Is­raelis who went to Rus­sia to watch the games live and to share in the ex­cite­ment, Ne­tanyahu proudly dis­played the na­tional flag, even though Is­rael was not among the com­pet­ing na­tional teams.

Putin, Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu Sara, Mika Lipsker,

TEL AVIV Deputy Mayor who is run­ning against his boss in the con­test for mayor of the city that never sleeps, was re­port­edly the youngest deputy mayor in Is­rael when elected at age 28 ten years ago. To some peo­ple, that’s not re­ally a big deal. For­mer jus­tice min­is­ter was only 24 when first elected to the Knes­set in 1959. For­mer Tel Aviv Mayor who was also Is­rael’s first ever en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter, was 28 when he was first elected to the Knes­set; who was jus­tice min­is­ter twice and over the years held a half dozen other port­fo­lios, was mayor of Yavne from 1974-87, tak­ing up that role at age 26. In the present Knes­set, who was one of the lead­ers of the 2011 so­cial-jus­tice protests, was 27 when elected to the Knes­set in 2013.

Roni Milo, Stav Shaf­fir, Vladimir Alon Eizarayev As­saf Zamir, Ron Hul­dai Moshe Nis­sim, Meir Sheetrit, Odeya Rash,

IS­RAELI-BORN AC­TRESS and model al­though only 21, has al­ready carved out a suc­cess­ful ca­reer for her­self in Hol­ly­wood and is liv­ing in Los An­ge­les. She is due to come home for a visit next week, pri­mar­ily to make a film, but also to open the TAU In­no­va­tion Con­fer­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Tel Aviv. Rash will talk about the in­no­va­tive meth­ods she used to boost her thriv­ing ca­reer. Rash left Is­rael when she was nine. The in­no­va­tion con­fer­ence will take place from July 16-18.

UN­DER THE tongue-in-cheek head­line “The de­fense never rests,” The New York Daily News re­ported this week on the fundraiser for Is­rael’s elite Du­vde­van Counter In­tel­li­gence Com­mando Unit. Ap­pear­ing above the story was a pho­to­graph of famed movie maker and no­to­ri­ous sex of­fender

who sparked the “Me Too” cam­paign which started in Hol­ly­wood and went global.

Above the item on the Du­vde­van event was a pho­to­graph of We­in­stein, at­tired in a smart suit, leav­ing Man­hat­tan Crim­i­nal Court with his lawyer

af­ter be­ing ar­raigned on three new sex crimes. Braf­man was among the guests at the Du­vde­van fund raiser. Du­vde­van has en­tered the pub­lic con­scious­ness in the US as a re­sult of the Net­flix Fauda se­ries, now in its sec­ond sea­son. The event, spon­sored by the fam­ily at

el­e­gant Re­serve Cut kosher steak­house in the Se­tai Ho­tel at 40 Broad Street in Lower

Braf­man, Al­bert Al­la­ham’s Har­vey We­in­stein Al­la­ham Ben­jamin

Man­hat­tan, raised $250,000. Al­la­ham came on his own from Syria to the US when he was only 13 years old. He is de­scended from a fam­ily of mas­ter butch­ers that op­er­ated in Damascus for more than 200 years. Be­fore open­ing the restau­rant, he opened the Prime Cut kosher butcher shop in Brook­lyn which de­liv­ers to cus­tomers all over New York. The restau­rant is the re­al­iza­tion of a dream.

Join­ing him in host­ing the event were

Joly Al­la­ham, Ralph Na­her, Harry Ad­jmi, Ronn Torossian, Charles Che­he­bar.

and In ad­di­tion to Braf­man there were a hun­dred other VIP guests in­clud­ing Is­rael Con­sul Gen­eral Jor­dache co-founder nightlife op­er­a­tor and re­al­ity TV star

Dani Dayan, Ralph Nakash, David Einhorn

TRUTH BE­ING stranger than fic­tion, it’s dif­fi­cult these days to re­al­ize that Eric Arthur Blair – bet­ter known as Ge­orge Or­well – was so pre­scient. In 1949, less than a year be­fore his death, he wrote 1984, his clas­sic dystopian novel which in­tro­duced the idea that “Big Brother is watch­ing you” in a work of fic­tion. In those days, few peo­ple could en­vis­age a world in which one’s pri­vate life was vir­tu­ally an open book con­trolled by the pur­vey­ors of var­i­ous so­cial me­dia out­lets, where in­for­ma­tion about a per­son’s life and con­tacts is not al­ways up to date, and is of­ten a mish-mash of data col­lected from other so­cial me­dia ser­vices.

The busi­ness net­work­ing site Linked In, for in­stance, this week sent out a mes­sage to some of its sub­scribers who men­tioned The Jerusalem Post in their pro­files, invit­ing them to con­nect with more peo­ple from the Post. Cu­ri­ously, none of the peo­ple cho­sen by ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence as fu­ture con­tacts work at the pa­per these days, and some of them haven’t worked there for sev­eral years now.

While there are many pos­i­tive as­pects to so­cial me­dia, it also has many down­sides, such as the un­for­tu­nate fact that those who use it take for granted that ev­ery­one else also does. One can’t help won­der­ing about those in­vi­tees to the Bastille Day re­cep­tion hosted on Thurs­day by French Am­bas­sador

who re­ceived emailed in­vi­ta­tions to the re­cep­tion and who, on the evening be­fore, were sent an e-mail with a per­sonal App code to put in their tablet or mo­bile phone for the pur­pose of gain­ing en­try to the re­cep­tion, but who don’t use ei­ther tablet or cell phone.

Yes, be­lieve it or not there are peo­ple who do not want to be con­stantly pre­oc­cu­pied with check­ing their mes­sages or look­ing for news up­dates on their mo­bile phones. A ride on pub­lic trans­port is enough to con­vince any­one with this frame of mind, that cell phones are rul­ing and even ru­in­ing our lives.

Al­most ev­ery pas­sen­ger, whether sit­ting or stand­ing, is us­ing a cell phone. Some are check­ing mes­sages, some are look­ing at pho­to­graphs, some are en­gaged in loud con­ver­sa­tions with rel­a­tives, friends, places of

Le Gal, Siggy Flicker. Hélène

PRIME MIN­IS­TER Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and his wife, Sara, proudly dis­play Is­rael’s flag at the World Cup semi­fi­nal game be­tween Eng­land and Croa­tia in Moscow on Wednes­day, flanked by can­cer pa­tients Alon Eizarayev, 13 (left), and Mika Lipsker, 18, who went with them to Rus­sia. em­ploy­ment, govern­ment of­fices, etc. on mat­ters that are of­ten very per­sonal. Any would-be nov­el­ist would have a bo­nanza just record­ing such con­ver­sa­tions, which in­ci­den­tally, can also be done with the aid of a cell phone. We may all think we are liv­ing in free­dom but in fact we are liv­ing in slav­ery to many forms of so­cial me­dia through which Or­well’s prophecy has not only be­come true, but has ex­ceeded even his own fer­tile imag­i­na­tion.

TALK ABOUT bit­ing the hand that fed it. Re­cently, Aus­tralian For­eign Min­is­ter an­nounced that Aus­tralia had ter­mi­nated its AU$10 mil­lion fund­ing to the Pales­tinian Author­ity be­cause the Pales­tini­ans could not con­firm that the money was be­ing used for hu­man­i­tar­ian pur­poses and was not be­ing di­rected to­wards ter­ror­ist in­cen­tives. Af­ter­wards, ad­vi­sor on for­eign af­fairs to PA Pres­i­dent

de­clared that Aus­tralia is wor­thy of be­ing spat on. This an­gered read­ers of on-line re­ports of Pales­tinian re­ac­tion to the Aus­tralian govern­ment’s de­ci­sion, and sev­eral peo­ple whose names do not have the slight­est Jewish ring to them cas­ti­gated Shaath; some also crit­i­cized coun­tries that are still sup­port­ing the Pales­tini­ans fi­nan­cially where it is no se­cret how the money is be­ing used.

It’s a tragic sit­u­a­tion when Pales­tini­ans who are in dire need of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid are not get­ting it de­spite the good in­ten­tions of some coun­tries in the world, and many young Pales­tini­ans are los­ing their lives by fall­ing vic­tim to in­cen­tives to be­come ter­ror­ists. It’s very sad that his­tory has not yet taught them that vi­o­lence

Sha’ath, Mah­moud Ab­bas, Julie Bishop Nabil

is not the way to re­al­ize their as­pi­ra­tions.

FOR MANY years, Is­raeli fash­ion­istas vis­it­ing New York would find their way to the Rose­bud store op­er­ated by in the Big Ap­ple’s Up­per East Side. Part of the rea­son was that the Rose­bud, which was a “Made in Is­rael” con­cept store fea­tur­ing fash­ion, ac­ces­sories and home dec­o­ra­tive items, had mer­chan­dise that they couldn’t nec­es­sar­ily find in Is­rael – just as Is­raelis who go to Lon­don make their way to M&S to pur­chase bet­ter qual­ity Is­raeli goods and at cheaper prices than they would pay at home.

In the course of run­ning the store, Fern Penn came to Is­rael at least twice a year to look at new de­signs and to place or­ders. She also be­friended many Is­raeli de­sign­ers, who were sad­dened to learn that her store was clos­ing due to the spi­ral­ing rentals be­ing charged in New York. But just be­cause she closed her store, doesn’t mean that Penn was fin­ished with Is­raeli fash­ion – far from it. She’s now or­ga­niz­ing fash­ion tours to Is­rael in which she takes Amer­i­can clien­tele to meet her fa­vorite de­sign­ers and choose “Made in Is­rael” while in Is­rael.

The first of these tours is due to take place in Novem­ber when the weather is pleas­antly warm but not too hot. If Penn has any con­cerns about its suc­cess, it’s that the tour is al­ready over­sub­scribed. There’s a limit as to how many peo­ple one can take into a de­signer’s show­room. But she’s very ex­cited at the prospect and so are those of her for­mer clients who have al­ready signed up. Rose­bud Tours may prove to be a very in­ter­est­ing sales out­let for Is­rael’s fash­ion in­dus­try.

Fern and Les­lie Penn greerfc@gmail.com

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