Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in Israel to oversee the opening of a new Apple research and development center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya. Even as campuses around the world begin their annual “Israel Apartheid Week” festivities, Cook openly praised Israel’s integration of minorities in its burgeoning hi-tech sector.
“True innovation can only result from full access to education for all, regardless of race, religion, or sex,” said Cook, noting that Israel had done just that. “We would like to learn from your experience in the US, in bringing education and technology to periphery groups and communities.”
During a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, Cook said that he and all the Apple staff “have an enormous admiration for Israel, not just as an important ally for the US, but as a place to do business.”
Rivlin highlighted the presence in the delegation of Johny Srouji, an Israeli Arab from Haifa and graduate of Israel’s prestigious Technion Institute of Technology who today serves as Apple’s vice president of Hardware Technologies.
“We are so proud of him and all he has achieved,” Rivlin said of Srouji.
PHOTO: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Apple VP of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji, an Israeli Arab and graduate of Israel’s Technion Institute.