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.
With that in mind, here is the latest installment of my “Things for the BDS movement to B, D and S” series.
From Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman’s article in the Jerusalem Post:
A team of Jerusalem-based researchers and entrepreneurs claim they have a cure for diabetes that could hit the market as early as within the next few years.
Betalin Therapeutics has developed the first bio-artificial pancreas, composed of pig’s lung tissue and insulin secreting cells. The artificial pancreas would be implanted into the patient and connect with his or her blood vessels, and then be able to measure the body’s sugar level and secrete an optimal amount of insulin needed to balance blood sugar.
“This is a new way to treat diabetes,” said CEO Dr. Nikolai Kunicher. “Today, you only have ways to manage the disease. This is a cure. The diabetic pancreas has lost the function of secreting insulin and we give it back. The patient should never have to inject insulin into his body again.”
According to the World Health Organization, there are around half-a-billion people worldwide that suffer from Type I or Type II diabetes. Of those, according to Kunicher, some 160 million people are insulin dependent.
To the people committed to BDS: do you have one or more relatives or friends with diabetes? Are any of them among the 160 million who are insulin dependent?
If so, please be sure to tell them that when this solution to their diabetes problem hits the market they should avoid it at all costs – and tell their friends and family to do the same. See, it is from (gasp!!!) Israel. So the fact that it might take care of their diabetes is irrelevant. Immaterial. It doesn’t count and it doesn’t matter.
Hey, a boycott is a boycott.
But don’t advise them to do so by cell phone. See, cell phone technology was invented in Israel as well.
To be continued…