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As LGBT protest sweeps Israel, business sector rallies in support

CTech 10:5020.07.18
As LGBT protest sweeps Israel, business sector rallies in support. On Wednesday, Israeli parliament approved a new surrogacy law that fails to extend the right of couples to use surrogate mothers to the country’s gay population. In response, members of the Israeli LGBT community and their supporters protested in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Wednesday evening. Now the community is escalating its demonstrations with a call for a general strike on Sunday, and many international companies operating in the country and Israel-based businesses are voicing their support. Read more


Wednesday's demonstrations in Tel Aviv. Photo: Moti Kimchi. Wednesday's demonstrations in Tel Aviv. Photo: Moti Kimchi.



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Kleiner Perkins, Alphabet back stroke detection startup Viz.ai. Kleiner Perkins led a $21 million round for the medical startup. Viz.ai develops an automated analysis software for brain scans. Read more


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