I believe in freedom of thought and freedom of speech. I therefore believe people have every right to speak out about their demands to boycott, divest and sanction when it comes to Israel.
But I also believe it is worth knowing what emanates from Israel that would be boyotted, divested (i.e. unfunded) and subject to those sanctions.
Here is another in the series of advances which emanate from Israel, for BDS crowd to clamp down on – this one supplied from a list compiled at israel21c.org (the entire list is available by clicking here):
Probably no other advancement has been quite as significant. While the concept of drip irrigation existed well before Israeli statehood, it was revolutionized by Israeli water engineer Simcha Blass, who serendipitously discovered that a slow and balanced drip led to remarkable growth. He created tubing that slowly released water where it was most effective, and in 1965 Kibbutz Hatzerim built a whole new industry, Netafim, based on his invention.
Israeli drip and micro-irrigation solutions rapidly spread worldwide. The newest models are self-cleaning and maintain uniform flow rate regardless of water quality and pressure.
Just one recent example of how this method has impacted food supply in foreign countries is Tipa, literally “Drop,” an Israeli-developed kit that has allowed 700 farming families in Senegal to reap crops three times a year instead of just once, even on infertile land.
Tipa is “a simple drip irrigation system that uses gravity when there is no water supply or water pressure coming to rural areas,” MASHAV’s Ilan Fluss told ISRAEL21c. The organization has similar activities in Kenya, South Africa, Benin and Niger.
To the people committed to BDS: please let me know when you travel to those countries and demand that their farming industries stop using the drip irrigation system. I want to be there to hear what they tell you.
Having grown up in Brooklyn and Queens, I think I’m pretty well versed in curse words, but I have a feeling I would learn a few new ones at that time.
To be continued…