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CIC-CIJA Press Release: Canadian Position On Goldstone Repor
Raising chutzpah
Israel's AnyClip has cut a dream deal with Universal Studios
Three Israeli universities sign research collaboration with Google
Israeli Jews, Arabs sing about unity

CIC-CIJA Press Release: Canadian Position On Goldstone Report Vindicated By Goldstone Himself

Ottawa - Canada's oft-criticized rejection of the tainted United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, known as the Goldstone Report, has been vindicated.

In a Washington Post article, the report's author Justice Richard Goldstone repudiates both the report itself and its sponsor, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), for being inherently biased against Israel. In the column, Goldstone wrote: "If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document." Referring to Israeli actions during the war, Goldstone noted that "civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy."


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Raising chutzpah

Israeli Professor Peretz Lavie says one of the secrets to success in innovation is to not give up on the young.

 

Israeli Professor Peretz Lavie says one of the secrets to success in innovation is to not give up on the young.

Professor Peretz Lavie is a serial entrepreneur and president of The Technion: Israel Institute of Technology. He was in Toronto last week to speak to the Economic Club of Canada about Israel's thriving high-tech startup economy. Financial Post technology reporter Jameson Berkow had a chance to sit down with Prof. Lavie to discuss the origins of that booming industry and how Canada might be able to replicate some of that success. The following is an edited transcription of their conversation.


AnyClip heads to Hollywoo


Israel's AnyClip has cut a dream deal with Universal Studios to bring favorite clips from the movie giant's enormous library to the Internet.

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The sexy spots in Last Tango in Paris; the scary moment when the shark in Jaws is about to chomp into the leg of victim number three; or the "Oh yeah" in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off -- there are so many classic moments from the movies we'd like to find, see again and share, and now the Israeli company AnyClip will help us do it.

Founded by a high-tech entrepreneur from Israel, AnyClip has developed a technology that can tag and trace elements in digital film, and with human editing can hand over bite-sized clips that can be replayed and relived over and over and over again.

Recapturing memories

AnyClip can help you find that memorable moment in the last film you and your first date saw together, or help you find exactly what the starlet wore in the final scene, so you can buy the same outfit.

The company was founded in 2008 and has already cut a dream deal with Universal Studios to splice and clip moments from Universal's library. According to the deal, AnyClip will cut up a large number of Universal movies into searchable clips, and can sign on distribution partners such as IMDB, Fandango and Hulu for the clips, which are expected to be embeddable on blogs and social media sites like Facebook.

 

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Three Israeli universities sign research collaboration with Google



Eager to address opportunities of the Internet economy, particularly online auctions, Google will sponsor some 20 research projects at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Universityand the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

"The field of electronic auctions and markets has grown tremendously over the past decade, and has become a significant factor in the Internet industry and economy," said Prof. Yossi Matias, managing director of the Google Israel R&D Center in Tel Aviv. "Google is proud to support open academic research which will advance the fundamental research in this evolving discipline."

Matias added that "Israel boasts unusual academic excellence in the interdisciplinary foundations of electronic auctions and markets."

The agreement was signed with the three universities' technology transfer companies, Yissum at Hebrew University, Ramot at Tel Aviv University and TRDF Research and Development Foundation at the Technion.

Researchers will explore questions about the economic effects of viral networking, the dynamics of electronic markets and new formats of selling advertisements -- e-commerce, online advertising, social networks and other new business models that challenge tradition.

 

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Israeli Jews, Arabs sing about unity

Ten members of rap group System Ali sing along together in Hebrew, Arabic, English and Russian

 

The 10 band members of rap group System Ali are a mixture of Jewish and Arab Israelis and they sing about unity and co-existence in Hebrew, Arabic, English and Russian.

 

BBC Duncan Crawford interviewed them at a rehearsal in Jaffa in Israel and filmed it for BBC's Newsbeat.

 

Neta Weiner, a singer and accordion player, told Crawford that the point of the band is to "bring a voice or several voices that are unheard in Israel...taking them out to the world."


Working in bomb-shelter in Jaffa (Photo: Gili Yaari)

 

They've been working the Israeli hip-hop scene since their 2006 formation in a bomb-shelter in Jaffa.

 

 

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