Dershowitz gets drunk on water

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Several outlets have reported a presentation at the AIPAC conference last week: when Alan Dershowitz came on to the stage to tout an Israeli company that sells a device that pulls water “out of thin air” as the best answer to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign aimed at Israel.

I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without.

Dersh was introduced by Elliot Brandt of AIPAC (at 1:45:00 in the video), and got very enthused. Here’s what he said:

I’m here because I’m a passionate Zionist who believes that no country in the history of the world has contributed more to lifesaving technology in a mere 69 years than the nation of Israel. And I’m here because  I spend so much of my life fighting against BDS and delegitimation of Israel, and I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without. You cannot boycott products that you cannot live without!…

We have a crisis in the world today. Two thirds of the world has water scarcity. This can cause disruptions, instability, destabilization.  This poses strategic challenges to the United States… Israel can do something to help stop that crisis!

What you do is, what this great new innovation from Water Gen does, you literally take drinkable water out of thin air.

That’s what Israel does! It turns science fiction into life saving reality. That’s the story of Israel! This is amazing!…

[The two men then sip from glasses of water produced by the device]

It will help humanitarian disasters around the world… This technology could have given water to the people of Flint and the people of New Orleans. It can also have military uses. It can be put in the back of Humvees…

Israeli innovation for the last 69 years has produced products that the world can’t live without! Drip agriculture. So many other products. We learn from the Talmud that who saves a single human life it’s as if they saved the whole world. But it’s better to save the whole world, and Israel can do that through its water technology and this great innovation!..

Let’s see Israel go forward  for the next 69 years and save even more and more lives and become a light unto the nations.

Nothing against Israeli innovation, but like the famous drip irrigation, a brief online search shows that “Atmospheric Water Generation” is an established field of innovation, globally.

Large claims have been made for commercial air-to-water devices going back to 2009, according to Australian scientists. This 2016 Toyota produces drinkable water at a faster rate than the Israeli device. Back in 2007, the Wall Street Journal gave an innovation award to a Florida company that was working on such a device for “the driest parts of the world,” noting, “Similar systems work effectively only in places with high humidity.” This German company has also been marketing such a machine. The Times mentions a US patent back in 2001.

Germans, Australians, Japanese, Americans — it seems that Israelis are not the only folks interested in water generation…

Thanks to Scott Roth. 

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  1. eljay
    April 5, 2017, 12:30 pm

    … Israeli innovation for the last 69 years has produced products that the world can’t live without! Drip agriculture. So many other products. …

    Dersh, if you’re going to boast about the vast (“so many”) number of products produced by Israel that the world can’t live without, the least you could do is name more than one.

    … We learn from the Talmud that who saves a single human life it’s as if they saved the whole world. …

    And whoever destroys a single life it’s as if he destroyed the whole world. You Zionists have destroyed – and are continuing to destroy – the world many times over. Chew on that.

    • pabelmont
      April 6, 2017, 9:09 am

      Thanks eljay. What TheDersh ™ is doing is (ahem) “wet-washing” Israel. He is saying that who does good cannot also do wrong. The Philanthropist (who saved the world’s Jews by making a safe haven for them, as some still believe) CANNOT ALSO be a Murderer. One or the other but not both.

      In fact I’m happy that Israeli scientists are discovering useful stuff — if it does not disappear behind the economic screen of patents and high purchase or licensing fees (which BIG-PHARMA has been illustrating in the USA so abundantly in recent years).

      But did they build their labs on stolen land? Did their government, with their general consent, happiness, connivance, etc., expel the Palestinians who used to live there and then continuously exclude them for 69 years?

      TheDersh ™ wants it to be believed that scientific prowess proves, or IS, moral excellence.

      Ha!

  2. broadside
    April 5, 2017, 1:13 pm

    “We learn from the Talmud that who saves a single human life it’s as if they saved the whole world.”

    No, we learned from the Talmud that he who saves a child of Israel — a Jewish child — has saved the whole world. Slight edit, Alan. (And Steven S.)

    But will that comment pass muster??

    You know — I no longer care.

    • MHughes976
      April 5, 2017, 2:51 pm

      The ‘single life’ vs. ‘single life of Israel’ is a matter of textual variants in Talmud Sanhedrin 37a. I am not competent to edit the Talmud, though to my mind for what it’s worth the ‘single life’ version reads more naturally – not that this ‘proof text’ is conclusive evidence for the temper of Judaism. I suppose Dershowitz is within his rights to prefer the version that suits his personal theology/morality.

  3. Sibiriak
    April 5, 2017, 1:17 pm

    Israel’s medical marijuana pioneers look to cash in on $20bn market”

    Country has seen 500 companies apply to join ‘green rush’ in cannabis products after more than 100 studies in pharmaceutical use

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/03/israels-medical-marijuana-pioneers-look-to-cash-in-on-20bn-market

    Image:

    Hetem, a worker on Tikun Olam’s medical marijuana farm in the Galilee hills in Safed, northern Israel.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/03/israels-medical-marijuana-pioneers-look-to-cash-in-on-20bn-market#img-3

  4. amigo
    April 5, 2017, 3:29 pm

    “I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/04/dershowitz-drunk-water/#sthash.vDE0JUmr.dpuf

    Have to disagree dersch , The most powerful weapon (already in Israel,s arsenal” but never tested “) is to end the occupation , end the siege of Gaza and obey and respect International Law.

    This speech by dershowits , shows what an insane zionist he is.He thinks he can blackmail us with a glass of water.Is this Water boarding , without the water.

  5. JosephA
    April 5, 2017, 7:15 pm

    It’s a real shame what Alan Dershowitz did to Norman Finkelstein. That man Dersch has no sense of decency.

  6. Keith
    April 5, 2017, 8:10 pm

    Yes, yes, Israeli technology is going to save us from the negative consequences of climate change. Global warming a business opportunity. Does this mean that Israel will stop trying to expand north to the Litani River? Relinquish control over the West Bank aquifers?

  7. MalcolmLeftly
    April 6, 2017, 1:47 am

    Israeli technology seems to be leading to weaponry…

  8. Balfour
    April 6, 2017, 6:13 am

    A world’s dependence upon lsraeli technological innovation will help ensure the survival of the nation state of Israel? Apparently Mr. Dershowitz conveniently omits the fact that 1930’s Germany was also one of the most sophisticated, technologically advanced nations of its era-

  9. Ossinev
    April 6, 2017, 7:16 am

    Wait a minute – if they can engineer fats and proteins into their world beating cherry tomatoes they can also feed humanity and if they can also somehow in due course factor in some Cannaboids they can make the whole world hydrated,fed and high at the same time.

    Awesome !

  10. RobertHenryEller
    April 6, 2017, 9:30 am

    “I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without.”

    In other words, Israel needs to hold the world at ransom to counter BDS? I thought that was the purpose of AIPAC and Israel’s nuclear arsenal. If those are not effective hostage devices, what will water do?

    Unfortunately, Israel has developed something that the world – including real Jews – cannot live with: Israel.

  11. genesto
    April 7, 2017, 12:49 pm

    Yeah, and they didn’t invent hummus either!

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