The Juno Inc. and Gett Inc. apps are displayed on an Apple iPhone.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | The Gett app announced on Tuesday that it had raised an additional $ 100 million from investors, bringing the company’s total funding to more than $ 750 million. The company, founded in Israel in 2010, said in a press release that it would use the funding to improve its “ground travel platform for businesses.” Like Uber and Bolt, Gett allows people to flag a ride on demand to get them from A to B. This all-in-one booking platform is available to businesses in Europe and North America. Unsurprisingly, the company is increasingly eager to recruit large companies with thousands of employees as customers, but it is not the only one. India Ola on Tuesday announced a similar “Ola for Business” offering while Uber launched Uber for Business in 2014. Many other companies are trying to compete in this area, including Addison Lee and Wheely. Despite the competition, Gett said one-third of the Fortune 500 have become customers since launching its business travel service in 2010. Customers include Google and Disney. Gett highlighted the fact that it became operationally profitable in December 2019. He also highlighted how it is on track to become positive cash flow in 2021 ahead of a possible stock exchange listing. Dave Waiser, CEO of Gett, said in a statement: “The product will help us grow our unique enterprise SaaS (software as a service) platform internationally as we consider an IPO. in the future, to further accelerate our expansion. “.
Activists, journalists, and even one of the richest people in the world are said to have been hacked by spyware developed by an Israeli company called the NSO Group.
But the technology company insisted its products were only sold to government agencies authorized to fight “terrorism and crime”.
The rights group Amnesty International said one of its researchers was also targeted. They demanded the NSO to revoke its export permit from the Israeli defense ministry.
The court in Tel Aviv rejected the case after six months of trial behind closed doors, allowing the company to continue selling products overseas.
So who should be held responsible when surveillance technology is misused?
Master of Ceremony: Imran Khan
Nolen Gertz – Assistant professor, Twente University in the Netherlands
Amichai Stein – Political analyst
Nishanth Sastry – Professor of computer science, University of Surrey
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El Al planes were parked at Ben-Gurion Airport on July 7. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by … [+] JACK GUEZ / AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images It may sound illogical, but last Monday, even though most trips from the United States to Israel are prohibited, most trips from Israel to the United States are prohibited , and El Al Israel Airlines temporarily stopped flying, Jill Daly had a good day. Daly is director of the Midwest region for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. On Monday July 6, United Airlines announced that it would begin Chicago-Tel Aviv service in September. “The great thing about it is that United is announcing this new flight in the Covid era because they understand the resilience of the American market,” said Daly. “People will travel again,” she said. “There is pent-up demand and Israel is a market that offers meaningful inspirational travel.” United, easily the main carrier between the United States and Israel, also resumed service to San Francisco-Tel Aviv three times on Wednesday. He said that in August he would increase Newark-Tel Aviv to ten instead of seven weekly flights and that he would resume Dulles-Tel Aviv flights in October. Travelers to Israel keep their eagerness. A group of about 50 people from Michigan recently postponed a trip planned for the last week of July. The group had made all its arrangements on the ground. “They lasted the last minute,” said Daly. But Israel has yet to lift travel restrictions imposed in March. Looking on the bright side, Daily said, “If things open up, we will have a very busy October-November-December,” she said. “We are constantly communicating with our travel partners. Many groups are still planning to go. It is an outdated notion that most visitors to Israel are Jewish. In 2019, according to questionnaires submitted to passengers departing from Tel Aviv, 51% were Christians, 39% were Jews and 10% specified other religions or did not specify. Daly herself is an Irish Christian who considers Israel her second home. Travel from the United States to Israel was on the rise, increasing each year between 2011 and 2019. The total for 2019 was approximately 969,000, up from 651,059 in 2010. In the first quarter of 2020, arrivals totaled 166,000. In the second quarter, arrivals essentially ended. “Until Corona hits, we have had record tourism every year,” said Daly. “We were close to a million.” The United States is the largest single market for Israeli tourism, she said. Overall, visitors to Israel, including cruise ship passengers and day visitors, totaled a record 4.6 million in 2019, compared to 3.4 million in 2010. In the first quarter of 2020, arrivals totaled approximately 786,000. In addition to United, Delta and Air Canada maintain service in Israel, but the number of passengers is limited since the only people who can enter Israel from the United States are dual citizens. , diplomats and American citizens returning home to Israel. All arrivals must be quarantined for 14 days. Delta flies from JFK, while Air Canada flies from Toronto. El Al flew from Tel Aviv to Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, Newark and Orlando, and planned to launch service from Chicago in March. American had planned to launch DFW in Tel Aviv in September, but has postponed flights until 2021. El Al will restart, Daly said, but the date is uncertain. The Israeli government is likely to be the main owner. “It is not the long-term intention, but we will do it in the short term,” she said. Meanwhile, European carriers are gradually resuming service to Israel. On Sunday, nearly two dozen flights, most of them to Europe, were to leave Ben Gurion International Airport. But so far, there is no date to lift restrictions on the arrival of American passengers. Chicago-based Daly is among those eagerly awaiting the new service. “It will be very important to use Chicago as a gateway,” she said. “Tour operators say people from central Canada need two stops to get to Israel” because many cities in the Midwest have flights to Chicago, where passengers to Israel would connect to Newark or Dulles . .
ATHENS, May 30 (Reuters) – Greece said on Saturday that it would conduct a coronavirus test on visitors coming from airports deemed at high risk by European Union aviation safety agents EASA when opening the airport to tourism traffic on June 15.
EASA regularly updates the list of airports located in affected areas with a high risk of transmission of COVID-19 infection, which includes 13 in the United Kingdom, all in 22 U.S. states and airports in the Ile de France region around Paris: here
“If you are from an airport on the list of areas affected by EASA, then you will be tested on arrival,” the foreign ministry said in an announcement, adding that restrictions on movement would also apply.
“If the test results are negative, the passengers will quarantine for 7 days. If the test is positive, passengers are quarantined under supervision for 14 days. ”
Visitors coming from other regions will be randomly tested on arrival. Greece released the first list of 29 countries considered safe on Friday and said it would be reviewed before July 1, depending on the developing situation.
The Mediterranean country, which emerged from a decade-long debt crisis in late 2018, is heavily dependent on tourism – around 20% of its output – for its economic recovery.
The nationwide lockdown imposed in March helped Greece keep the spread of infection under just 3,000 cases, a relatively low number compared to elsewhere in the European Union. But that makes the tourism sector stall.
The Greek economy is seen contracting by up to 10% this year. (Reporting by Renee Maltezou; editing by Nick Macfie)
PESHAWAR: A senior Iranian cultural diplomat stressed Wednesday the need for Muslim unity to end atrocities against Palestine.
“Our brothers and sisters in Palestine are left alone to face oppression by Jewish and American imperialists who must be a source of extreme concern for all Muslims. The Islamic Republic of Iran believes the time has come to take serious steps to help end Israeli atrocities in Palestine, “said Director General of the Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Peshawar, Mehran Eskandarian.
He spoke to reporters in front of Yaum-e-Al-Quds marked on Jummatul Wida (last Friday of Ramazan) to express solidarity with poor Palestinians and called for the liberation of the holy city of Al-Quds which has the first prayer direction of Muslims .
The diplomat said the Palestinians had endured the atrocities of the Israeli occupation army for a long time.
He regretted that they had been completely abandoned by Muslim countries facing divisions and that was a source of serious concern.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes now is the time for all Muslim countries to act simultaneously to end the oppression and Israeli occupation of Palestine forever,” stressed Mehran Eskandarian.
He said half-hearted and incoherent steps would not end the suffering of our brothers in Palestine or the occupation of Al-Quds from the clutches of Israel.
“This is a time for the Muslim world and its forums, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to move beyond mere resolution and not to take solid steps to resolve the Palestinian problem,” he stressed.
The diplomat said the Islamic Republic of Iran has always called the Palestinian issue the core problem of the Muslim world because Al-Quds has the first direction of prayer for Muslims and our Holy Prophet (Peace be with me) has continued Miraj from Al Masjid -Aqsa is located in this holy city.
He said the Islamic Republic of Iran would continue to provide support to the Palestinian people until the achievement of their freedom of rights and the liberation of Al-Quds.
Director General Khana-e-Farhang is worried that unresolved Palestinian problems will cause more crises in Muslims.
He said Muslim countries must forge unity in line by forgetting all differences and unite to obstruct Israel’s path of cruelty to Palestine and have an expansionist design to go further.
The diplomat said our Palestinian brothers and sisters had endured the oppression of Israeli occupation forces for a long time.
“It’s time for all Muslims around the world to unite and help our Palestinian brothers and sisters,” he stressed.
Mehran Eskandarian said Israel had lost all ethical reasons to keep Palestinians under occupation. “It must come out of Palestine, whatever happens,” the diplomat said with certainty.
The West Bank and Jordan Valley are Palestinian territories occupied illegally by Israel since 1967, FO said
‘Pakistan supports the position adopted by the United Nations and OIC on the Palestinian issue and calls on the international community to uphold and support Palestinian rights. ‘PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan strongly opposes any Israeli move to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, waning that such actions will threaten peace and security in the region, the Foreign Office said.
During a weekly briefing Thursday night, Foreign Ministry spokesman Aisha Farooqui said that any annexation of occupied Palestinian territory would be a serious violation of international law and dangerous escalation in an already volatile situation.
“The West Bank and Jordan Valley are Palestinian territories, illegally occupied by Israel since 1967,” he said.
“Pakistan supports the position adopted by the United Nations and the OIC [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation] on the Palestinian issue and calling on the international community to uphold and support Palestinian rights. “
He repeated Islamabad’s support for a two-state solution to the Palestinian problem under the UN Security Council and relevant General Assembly resolutions.
“Pakistan renewed its call for the establishment of a viable, independent and adjoining Palestinian state, based on internationally agreed parameters, pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital,” added Farooqui, referring to Jerusalem.
Addressing the similarities between the Palestinian issue and the disputed Kashmir region, he said in both cases the occupation forces violated human rights, changed the demographic structure, and posed a threat to peace and security. “Both of these situations are getting worse and calling for urgent attention from the international community.”
Israel is expected to annex West Bank on July 1, as agreed between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz.
Palestinian officials have threatened to cancel bilateral agreements with Israel if it continues the annexation plan, which will undermine the two-state solution.
The so-called “agreement of the century” by US President Donald Trump, announced on January 28, called Jerusalem “the undivided capital of Israel” and acknowledged Israel’s sovereignty over much of the West Bank.
The plan includes the creation of a highly fragmented Palestinian state linked by bridges and tunnels.
Palestinian officials say that under US plans, Israel will annex 30-40% of the West Bank, including all of East Jerusalem, seen as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
The plan has drawn widespread criticism from the Arab world and was rejected by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which urged “all member states not to be involved with this plan or to cooperate with the US government in implementing it in any form”.
The German Parliament late Thursday passed a law make burning flags from the EU or foreign countries is a punishable offense. Under the new law, violators can receive up to three years in prison.
The law was pushed by lawmakers after protesters burned an Israeli flag on the streets of the capital Berlin.
“In Germany, the Israeli flag cannot be burned,” said Johannes Fechner, a spokesman for legal policy for the Social Democratic Party (SPD).
Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said that “burning the flag in public has nothing to do with peaceful protests.” Instead, the aim is to “incite hatred, anger and aggression,” he added.
Before the law, German criminal law provides protection for the symbols of the federal republic and sovereign states under certain conditions. For example, Germany needs to have diplomatic relations with the country.
The new law aims to remove the loopholes and expand protection of the European Union flag, which has been burned during euroskeptic and right-wing protests in Germany.
The only party that opposes the new law is the far right alternative for Germany. They argued that it seriously disturbed the freedom of expression and artistic creativity of German citizens.
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A German federal court said Tuesday that it had rejected an Iraqi asylum seeker application that was denied his conviction for raping and killing a 14-year-old local Jewish girl.
Ali Bashar was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Wiesbaden state court in July after a four-month trial in a case that sparked tensions about migration.
The judge, Juergen Bonk, also found the crime to be very severe, which meant that Bashar would not be given parole after 15 years as is usually the case in Germany.
Bashar committed “a cold-blooded murder” and pointed out “no remorse or,” the presiding judge said, adding that during his trial the defendant “did not voice sincere words of remorse”.
Bashar, who was 21 years old at the time of the murder, was convicted of assaulting and killing Susanna Feldman in Wiesbaden in May 2018.
The Iraqi man beat, raped and strangled the schoolboy to death in a wooded area near the railroad tracks on May 23.
The court heard he later sent a fake message from Susanna’s smartphone indicating that he had left for an impromptu trip to Paris. His body was only found on June 6 in a shallow grave covered with leaves, twigs and soil.
Bashar and his family suddenly left the house for asylum applicants in Germany after the killings, and he was later arrested by Kurdish forces in Iraq, handed over to German police officers and flown back to Germany.
Bashar is believed to have arrived in Germany in October 2015.
The Federal Court said it canceled Bashar’s appeal in the April 28 ruling. Among other objections to his belief, he argued that his return from Iraq was a “procedural obstacle.”
The Alternative Party for Germany (AfD) and other right-wing groups have captured the brutal murder of 14-year-old Susanna Maria Feldman in their campaign against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s asylum policy.