Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

June 20, 2011

This is the tenth in a series of “Video dispatches”. This Israeli invention – soon to be exported, and already being widely used in Israel – could revolutionize the way we drive, and also change the world of journalism.

-- Tom Gross


I have long pointed out the truly extraordinary contribution and ground-breaking scientific advances made in the small state of Israel, for example, developing the technology that helps power instant messaging, the I-phone, laptop and desktop computers, as well as life-saving medical devices. Even Arab leaders, such as King Abdullah of Jordan, have noticed that Israel is at the forefront of these achievements.

Now finally some British journalists are waking up to it too. The following video is the first of three reports due to be broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 News on Israeli technological successes, and how are they being exported around the world.

There is not a single mention of human rights or war or occupation in this news clip.

(In the past, Channel 4 News has been particularly harsh in its attacks on Israel. It has been at least as bad as its rival, BBC News, possibly even worse. Channel 4 is also infamous for having invited Iranian despot broadcast Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deliver a seven-minute “Christmas message” to the British people in place of the English Queen on Christmas Eve 2008. Since then, various senior staff at Channel 4 News have subscribed to this email list/website.)

The other two reports on Channel 4 News on Israeli technology success will be placed on this website once they have been broadcast. They are due to be broadcast later this month or early next month.

It is interesting to see reporters like Benjamin Cohen make videos like this without, a senior Channel 4 producer tells me, any interference from organized “pro-Israel” pressure groups in Britain, whose work, Channel 4 says, is often counter-productive and hinders news reports like this being made.


UPDATE, July 2, 2011

The second of the reports on Channel 4 News examining how Israeli technological innovations – from computer memory sticks to the invention of online chat – are being used across the world, was broadcast this evening.

Here it is:

Other dispatches in this video series can be seen here:

* Video dispatch 1: The Lady In Number 6

* Video dispatch 2: Iran: Zuckerberg created Facebook on behalf of the Mossad

* Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

* Video dispatch 4: While some choose boycotts, others choose “Life”

* Video dispatch 5: A Jewish tune with a universal appeal

* Video dispatch 6: Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Video dispatch 7: A brave woman stands up to the Imam (& Cheering Bin Laden in London)

* Video dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Video Dispatch 9: “The one state solution for a better Middle East...”

* Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

* Video dispatch 11: “Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

* Video dispatch 12: All I want for Christmas is...

* Video dispatch 13: “The amazing Israeli innovations Obama will see this week (& Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz!)

* Video dispatch 14: Jon Stewart under fire in Egypt (& Kid President meets Real President)

* Video dispatch 15: A rare BBC recording from 1945: Survivors in Belsen sing Hatikvah (& “No Place on Earth”)

* Video dispatch 16: Joshua Prager: “In search for the man who broke my neck”

* Video dispatch 17: Pushback against the “dictator Erdogan” - Videos from the “Turkish summer”

* Video dispatch 18: Syrian refugees: “May God bless Israel”

* Video dispatch 19: An uplifting video (& ‘Kenya calls in Israeli special forces to help end mall siege’)

* Video dispatch 20: No Woman, No Drive: First stirrings of Saudi democracy?

* Video dispatch 21: Al-Jazeera: Why can’t Arab armies be more humane like Israel’s?

* Video dispatch 22: Jerusalem. Tel Aviv. Beirut. Happy.

* Video dispatch 23: A nice moment in the afternoon

* Video dispatch 24: How The Simpsons were behind the Arab Spring

* Video dispatch 25: Iranians and Israelis enjoy World Cup love-in (& U.S. Soccer Guide)

* Video dispatch 26: Intensifying conflict as more rockets aimed at Tel Aviv

* Video dispatch 27: Debating the media coverage of the current Hamas-Israel conflict

* Video dispatch 28: CNN asks Hamas: “Do you really believe Jews slaughter Christians?” (& other items)

* Video dispatch 29: “Fighting terror by day, supermodels by night” (& Sign of the times)

* Video dispatch 30: How to play chess when you’re an ISIS prisoner (& Escape from Boko Haram)

* Video dispatch 31: Incitement to kill

* Video Dispatch 32: Bibi to BBC: “Are we living on the same planet?” (& other videos)

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