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Woke Seattle Tech Conference Says Israel Commits Genocide

The anti-Israel narrative is finding itself even in science and tech conferences, with presentations about "Israel committing genocide."

The recent incident at the annual Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR) accused Israel of committing genocide, exemplifies the severe and unwarranted public relations campaign against Israel. This presentation, which occurred during a workshop, highlighted the extreme lengths some will go to defame and delegitimize Israel’s right to defend itself.

In the workshop, a slide boldly proclaimed “How has CPR research contributed to genocide in Palestine,” indiscriminately listing companies like Amazon, Lockheed Martin, and General Motors as participants in these so-called atrocities. This is not only an egregious misrepresentation but an alarmingly irresponsible accusation that stokes the fires of anti-Israel sentiment under the guise of academic discourse.

To make matters worse, an Amazon employee, 28-year-old Sasha Troufanov, is currently held hostage by Hamas—a stark reminder of the real and present dangers posed by those who oppose Israel. Yet, instead of focusing on these tangible threats, the conference chose to spotlight baseless claims of genocide, further poisoning the discourse with vitriolic falsehoods.

They Don’t Want Israel to Defend Itself

One must ask: Why is there such a persistent narrative aiming to paint Israel as a genocidal state when it is clear that Israel is simply defending its sovereignty and the safety of its citizens? There is no evidence of genocide—only a nation trying to survive in a region that often seems bent on its destruction.

The insidious nature of these accusations cannot be understated. They do not merely misrepresent the situation; they contribute to a global atmosphere that is increasingly hostile to Jews and to Israel. This is not an issue of mere politics or academic freedom; it is a matter of propagating dangerous lies that have real-world consequences, fueling Antisemitic sentiments and justifying extremist actions against Jews and Israeli interests worldwide.

It’s high time that the scientific community, and indeed all sectors of global discourse, reject these destructive narratives and focus on factual, constructive dialogue. Antisemitism and anti-Israel propaganda have no place in forums dedicated to technological and scientific progress. Let’s return to advancing science and technology for the betterment of all humanity, and leave such unfounded political accusations at the door where they belong.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.