Two days ago we asked, Did Indian election eviscerate BDS?, noting that election of a pro-Israel party and leader made likely vastly expanded business for Israel in India. We noted also a massive joint academic research deal signed with China.
It has just been announced that Israel had signed massive trade deals with various Chinese provinces, and 350 Chinese entrepreneurs attended a tech conference in Israel, as reported by The Jerusalem Post, Israel inks tech pacts with China’s Silicon Valley
Israel signed a bilateral industrial R&D cooperation agreement on Tuesday with China’s Zhejiang Province, known as the Silicon Valley of China, as 350 delegates from the Asian giant attended MIXiii, the Israel Innovation Conference.
It also inked agreements with Jiangsu Province’s Science and Technology Department to promote Israeli companies’ participation in Chinese innovation parks and a first-of-its kind pilot program to encourage Israeli companies participation in the Changzhou Innovation Park in Jiangsu (population 79 million).
“The science and technology of Israel need market potential and also market rules, and Zhejiang is a great partner,” Zhou Guohni, director- general of Zhejiang Province (population 55 million), told The Jerusalem Post at the signing in Tel Aviv. “We are facing a transformation and upgrade of the industry, and we need Israel’s technology to help transform and upgrade it.”
The Economy Ministry’s Chief Scientist Avi Hasson said the agreement “will help many Israeli companies expand into the Chinese market and marks the next stage in the economic and technological relationship between our two countries.”
Read on, the expansion of ties is even wider than described above.
Meanwhile, on campuses like UCLA, U. Michigan, Wesleyan and a dozen or two more, naive students are trying to get their student governments to call for divestment from selected companies doing business in Israel. The student governments have no power to effect divestment of university endowments, it’s all symbolic.
Sure, we’re going to fight BDS vigorously, to the end, because it’s malicious.
Witness what happened at Vassar, where SJP actually posted a Nazi cartoon and cited white supremacists for their anti-Zionist theories.
But the world is moving on. The two most populous nations in the world — not to mention the United States — are solidly behind expanded economic ties with Israel.
You are being played for fools students, by people who are invested in continuing the conflict here and abroad.
If you truly wanted to help the Palestinians you would speak truth to them, that true historic compromises are needed and that it’s time to end the war against the Jewish national presence.
It appears that more and more college students are figuring out that they don’t like being used:
BDS resolution just failed miserably at University of Washington 59-against 8-support like what's upppp pic.twitter.com/sym5fBja9u
— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) May 21, 2014
— Max Samarov (@MaxSamarov) May 21, 2014
— CiF Watch (@CiFWatch) May 21, 2014
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