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The Daily TIP: Blogger Facing Death Penalty in Iran Granted Asylum in Israel, Will Arrive in "Coming Days"

Posted by Tip Staff - August 07, 2017

Blogger Facing Death Penalty in Iran Granted Asylum in Israel, Will Arrive in "Coming Days"
Iran Sending Commandos to Afghanistan in Bid to Spread Empire and Defeat U.S.
AP: Lebanese Government “Based on a Partnership” With Hezbollah
Israeli College Creates Accelerator for Arab Tech Innovators


Blogger Facing Death Penalty in Iran Granted Asylum in Israel, Will Arrive in "Coming Days"

An Iranian journalist facing the death penalty in her home country has been granted asylum in Israel, where she is expected to arrive shortly.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotoveli said on Monday that Neda Amin would be arriving in Israel "in the coming days," though her initial plans to come to Israel had been delayed due to "personal reasons," The Jerusalem Post reported.

Amin, who has written columns for The Times of Israel in Persian, apparently missed the scheduled flight from Turkey that was supposed to bring her to Israel, leading to speculation that Turkish authorities had arrested her. David Horovitz, editor-in-chief of The Times of Israel, later tweeted that Amin had not been detained.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri confirmed on Sunday that Israel had offered Amin asylum. “This is a journalist whose life is in real danger simply for writing columns in an Israeli news site. In these clear humanitarian circumstances, I have authorized her entry without hesitation,” Deri said in a statement.

Amin fled to Turkey three years ago, but faced immediate deportation after Turkish authorities announced that they would send her back to Iran, despite threats to her life.

Neda Amin's plight is indicative of the continued erosion of human rights in Iran under putative "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani, who was just inaugurated for his second term. The Israel Project Senior Fellow Julie Lenarz reviewed Rouhani's dismal record of reform in an op-ed published Friday in The Tower.



Iran Sending Commandos to Afghanistan in Bid to Spread Empire and Defeat U.S.

By embedding itself throughout Afghanistan's government and cultivating networks of assassins and spies, Iran is "working quietly and relentlessly to spread its influence, in its eastern neighbor, following the withdrawal of the United States,” The New York Times reported Saturday.

While Iran was once at odds with the Sunni terror group, it now sees the Taliban as a "loyal proxy," tht can be exploited to "keep the country destabilized, without tipping it over."

Increasingly, Iran has come to view the Taliban as a means to raise the cost of American intervention in Afghanistan, with an eye towards getting the United States to retreat. Increasingly Iran has come to view the Taliban as a "useful proxy force."

While Mohammad Reza Bahrami, Iran's ambassador to Afghanistan, denied that Iran supported the Taliban, the Times described Iran's diplomatic priorities as complementing those of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps -- "the first openly sowing economic and cultural influence, and the second aggressively exerting subversive force behind the scenes."

"Iran has sent squads of assassins, secretly nurtured spies and infiltrated police ranks and government departments, especially in western provinces," the Times reported, citing Afghan officials.

Iran's record shows that it prioritizes its imperial ambitions over sectarian differences, and supports Sunni terror groups to achieve its aims.

Iran harbors senior members of al Qaeda and the support it gave to al Qaeda Iraq (AQI) was crucial in the formation of ISIS, which evolved from AQI.



AP: Lebanese Government “Based on a Partnership” With Hezbollah

Hezbollah's recent defeat of Sunni jihadist near the Lebanon-Syria border and subsequent prisoner exchange underscores the degree to which Hezbollah and Lebanon are indivisible, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

The partnership received greater attention after President Donald Trump praised the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri for its efforts to fight terrorist groups including Hezbollah, a characterization which received much criticism. "Far from being an ally in the fight against Hezbollah," the AP reported, "the Lebanese government headed by Saad Hariri is based on a partnership with the Shiite group, whose clout and dominance in the tiny country is on the rise."

"The Iranian proxy is the single most potent military and political force in Lebanon, with an arsenal surpassing that of the country's army," the AP wrote of Hezbollah. It also noted that many Lebanese charge that the terrorist group "has brought disaster to the country by engaging in destructive wars with Israel."

In addition to its military might, Hezbollah operates its own secure telecommunications network, maintains control over vital Lebanese facilities, and holds "veto power in the Lebanese cabinet."

"We have our opinion and Hezbollah has its opinion, but in the end, we met on a consensus that concerns the Lebanese people for the (good of) the Lebanese economy, security and stability," Hariri conceded, calling the recent battles led by Hezbollah "a big achievement."

When reporters for The Washington Post toured the Lebanon-Syria border with Hezbollah after the fighting concluded, they noted that "nowhere was there any evidence of the Lebanese state."

During that tour, the AP reported, "the group repeatedly stuck the yellow Hezbollah flag next to the Lebanese flag, suggesting the two cannot be separated."



Israeli College Creates Accelerator for Arab Tech Innovators

Muhammad, an engineering student at Azrieli College in Jerusalem, has an idea for a security application to send laptops into sleep mode upon sensing that the user has left the immediate vicinity. It could be helpful for people working in a public library or coffee shop, or even in highly sensitive military settings.

Arin, a student dentist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has an idea for a smartphone application that optimizes the process of scheduling appointments for both dentists and patients.

Because Muhammad and Arin are from Israel’s Arab sector, however, they were not nurtured in the culture of entrepreneurship and lack easy entrée to the startup nation’s mentors and accelerators.

Wamda (“flash of light” in Arabic) was created for budding entrepreneurs like Muhammad and Arin.

This pre-accelerator for ambitious Arab students from medical and engineering fields is a strategic cooperation between AtoBe startup accelerator at Azrieli College of Engineering together with Shirat Entreprises and the Neshama Fund in Ness Ziona.

Housed at AtoBe, Wamda provides the tools and networking to help integrate participants into the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Jerusalem in particular and in Israel in general.

Muhammad and Arin were two of seven men and five women selected out of many applicants for the first cohort, which is not limited to one academic year. They’re all students at Azrieli or Hebrew University and hail from as close as the capital city or as far away as the Galilee.

(via Israel21c)


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