BDS Fail: Pope Gives Green Light for Vatican to Invest in Israel

The Vatican has recently gotten into investing in humanitarian-based start-ups, and Israel’s got a lot of them

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The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement suffered yet another setback last week when Pope Francis approved investing Vatican funds in Israeli start-ups.

A representative of the Vatican's investment fund, Dickson Doll, spoke earlier this month at the Axis Tel Aviv investors' conference, and discussed investment opportunities with a number of Israeli companies.

Doll was one of the main speakers at the conference, which invested many investors from around the world who are interested in partnering with Israeli technology firms.

Among the local start-ups approached by the Vatican was Air Doctor Ltd., which has developed an online platform enabling users to access professional medical assistance wherever they might be traveling. Also on the list were FruitSpec, which helps farmers to accurately predict crop yields, and EyeControl, which has developed a system to enable people suffering from ALS and other debilitative conditions to communicate with loved ones.

PHOTO: Pope Francis meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2014. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

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