In a highly propagandistic article in the New York Times – written by a man whose own son serves in the terrorist Israeli occupation army – the Times has a story about how Israel wants to improve its highly battered image but telling people about its supposed achievements. The Times article – written purely as a free promotion of such Zionist propaganda – cites the Israeli claim that the cherry tomato and drip irrigation were both invented in Israel.
This is a falsehood. And it is not surprising Israel would claim inventions that do not belong to it since they also claim land that does not belong to it (along with pretending that Arab food such as Hummus, Couscous, Shawarmas, ect… are also distinctly Israeli). We may live to see the day that Israeli will claim the Palestinian Kufiyah as ‘Israeli’.
Anyway, about the cherry tomatoes. I am not an expert in this regard, but I will defer to an expert of agriculture, professor of agriculture and an employee of the agriculture department in California. He writes:
The Israelis claiming that they have developed the cherry tomato is completely unfounded. As a matter of fact, the ‘regular’ tomato itself was developed from cherry tomatoes as one parent, and reports of the existence of cherry tomatoes appear before 1948. While the Israelis have produced some popular varieties, most commercial varieties were developed somewhere else. The coveted Santorini variety of cherry tomatoes that Rami refers to is still only grown in Santorini-Greece and is largely unchanged. It is also thought that the Santorini originally came from somewhere in Egypt, so the Egyptians can claim that they are behind one of the most famous cherry tomato varieties. Other very popular varieties like Sweet 100 and derivatives have been developed in the US. North Carolina State University (especially R. Gardner), as well as the USDA have developed many varieties as well as the breeding lines that others (like those Israelis) use to develop new varieties. This claim, as with their other false claim that they have developed drip irrigation (which was ‘invented’ in the US), as Rami said, is their usual practice of taking something that they have not invented and slapping their name on it.
This is par for the course in Israel. A lot of Israeli so-called success in IT is a based on the theft of American technology. Israel often steals wholesale American research and patents without paying a dime and then repackages it as Israeli:
Market Watch, an industry trade publication owned by the Wall Street Journal, is reported that Israel has stole $71 billion worth of American intellectual property related to the IT, pharmaceutical and defense industry.
It all started in 1983 when Israel and the America Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC], the main pro-Israel lobby, asked the Reagan to negotiate a free trade agreement with Israel. During the negotiating process, an American agency sought to asses the impact of a free trade deal with Israel on American industry. During the process that agency, US International Trade Commission, “compiled “business confidential” information and intellectual property solicited from US corporations and industry associations into a classified report for the negotiations.”
It does not have to worry about consequences because the U.S. Congress will not impose sanctions for fear of the Israel lobby that abates such theft.
Now what about that irrigation? Modern drip irrigation is an American product, but there is a historical precedent to be found in none other than Palestine by a Palestinian man whose last name literally means ‘the man from Nablus’ (a town in the occupied West Bank). The Palestinians invented drip irrigation:
>On that other issue of israelis (or americans) having invented drip irrigation, the book “علم الملاحة في علم الفلاحة” by Abdul Ghani al Nabulsi, 1050-1143 hejri refers to a method of drip irrigation using large clay vessels with a small opening at the bottom from which water drips gently. The vessels are placed near trees to irrigate them without wasting precious water. They are refilled as needed.
Take that Zionists!
And even this exaggeration of national ‘greatness’ is riped-off. The former also notes:
Of course, as any self-deluding Lebanese knows, the act of claiming a non-existent achievement is itself a practice that the Israelis have stolen from the Lebanese.
They cannot help it: When the country is based on the theft of land and the ideology that Jews are entitled to steal such land, then people grow up believing simply that if they covet something they can take it. And so they do. But in time there will be punishment. And in the end, Israel will not exist so this economics issue will not even matter.