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The Daily TIP: In Wake of Palestinian Unity Deal, Israel Demands that Hamas End Terror

Posted by David Gerstman - October 17, 2017

In Wake of Palestinian Unity Deal, Israel Demands that Hamas End Terror
Anti-Semitic Graffiti Defaces Holocaust Memorial in Uruguay for Second Time in a Week
CEO of Communications Giant Bezeq Blasts UN Blacklist as "Anti-Israel Propaganda"
Israeli Driver, Alon Day, Wins European NASCAR Championship


In Wake of Palestinian Unity Deal, Israel Demands that Hamas End Terror

Israel's security cabinet announced on Tuesday that Israel will not deal with joint Fatah-Hamas Palestinian government unless Hamas gives up terror and accepts Israel's right to exist.

Israel's demands are that Hamas, now a partner in the Palestinian government, accept the internationally endorsed Quartet principles for Israeli-Palestinian peace including a rejection of “incitement, and terror,” and acceptance of “the two-State solution, building upon previous agreements and obligations,” The Times of Israel reported.

Other concrete demands made by Israel ahead of resuming talks with a joint Fatah-Hamas government would be for Hamas to disarm, to release Israelis held in Gaza and the bodies of Israeli soldiers, for the Palestinian Authority to assume security control over Gaza, for the PA to continue acting against Hamas's "terror infrastructure" in the West Bank, and for Hamas to end its ties with Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the reconciliation deal would make "peace much harder to achieve,” but indicated that he would not end ties with the PA over it and that addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza was in Israel's interest.

The security cabinet's decision came in the wake of Hamas's denial that it agreed to stop terror attacks against Israel in the West Bank.

Earlier this month, Special United States envoy Jason Greenblatt said that any unified Palestinian government must accept the Quartet principles and “commit to nonviolence."



Anti-Semitic Graffiti Defaces Holocaust Memorial in Uruguay for Second Time in a Week

A Holocaust memorial in Uruguay was vandalized for the second time on Saturday.

The memorial, which was unveiled in 1994, was covered with black anti-Semitic graffiti with slurs that minimized the Holocaust. Sentences such as “The Holocaust of the Jewish people is the biggest lie in history,” “Gas chambers were a fraud,” and “Only 300,000 Jews died from typhus” were found on the memorial.

The memorial is located in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, and underwent restorations in 2016 Haaretz reported.

Anti-Semitic vandalism has been on the rise in Uruguay for the past few years, but El Pais, a local newspaper, highlighted that this instance was “the most severe” vandalism case thus far, as the black graffiti took over an extensive part of the memorial.

After the vandalism was discovered, the Mayor of Montevideo, Carlos Varela tweeted, “They have vandalized us again. What’s going on?” and added ”we call for sanity, tolerance and peace.”

The anti-Semitic graffiti was erased (Spanish link) and Varela pledged to add more security to the memorial.

The Israelite Central Committee, the institution that represents Jews on a political level in Uruguay, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center both released statements condemning the vandalism.

Both vandalism cases that occurred last week are currently undergoing an investigation.

The World Jewish Congress estimates that Uruguay is home to 20,000 Jews, and most of them live in Montevideo. Uruguay became the first country in South America to officially recognize Israel and the first Israeli Embassy opened in Montevideo in November of 1948.



CEO of Communications Giant Bezeq Blasts UN Blacklist as "Anti-Israel Propaganda"

Stella Handler, the CEO of Israeli telecommunication company, Bezeq, slammed on Monday a United Nations blacklist of Israeli companies as "anti-Israel propaganda" in a Facebook post, Haaretz reported.

Handler was criticizing a letter Bezeq had received from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that said that her company was subject to a blacklist for doing business in the West Bank, a copy of which she had also posted to her Facebook account.

The Facebook post and letter were later deleted at the request of Israel's foreign ministry.

In her criticism of the letter, Handler wrote, "“From our point of view, UN HRC Resolution 31/36 is a biased attempt to attack Israel by applying illegitimate pressure on businesses that operate legally. We won’t cooperate with any move that is entirely anti-Israel propaganda.”

Specifically, Handler criticized the UNHRC for focusing disproportionately on Israel, while "North Korea, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen are not addressed by it."

She also asserted that Bezeq serves all of its customers without bias.

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, an expert in international law, presented a study to the UNHRC in June showing that some 44 companies from countries including Sweden, Switzerland, France and Germany operate in different occupied territories around the world.

“The study reveals that international businesses play a crucial role supporting occupation and settlement enterprises around the world in places such as Western Sahara, Northern Cyprus, Nagorno-Karabakh and Crimea,” Kontorovich said, but “the Council has never condemned any of this business activity.”

Kontorovich called the blacklist of Israeli companies "absolutely unprecedented."



Israeli Driver, Alon Day, Wins European NASCAR Championship

Alon Day was having a very good day. The 26-year-old race car driver entered Israeli motorsport history last weekend when he clinched the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship in Zolder, Belgium.

Day is in the midst of a sensational racing season. He won four races in total this year. The Whelen race on Saturday was his third straight victory in the playoffs and the 10th in his career with CAAL Racing, the Italian racing team Day has been with for three years. He came in second place overall with the team in 2015 and came in third last year.

This year, Day finished in the top 5 eleven times and in the top 10 ten times.

“Finishing the season like this is the sweetest thing I can ask,” Day said. “I am so happy for the CAAL Racing team, they did a great job all season long. We finally made it. I have no words right now.”

Day has racked up a series of other racing accomplishments in his brief career. Earlier this year, he became the first Israeli to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And he came in 32nd place in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Sonoma Raceway in California.

He is the first driver from outside North America to be selected for the NASCAR NEXT program. In 2009, he won the Asian Formula Renault Series and FIA GT Championship. He has also raced in several US Xfinity Series League events.

Day grew up in Ashdod and, when he’s not competing overseas, lives in Tel Aviv. In January 2017, Day was recognized by Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sports as Israel’s “Athlete of the Year” in the motorsports category.

(via Israel21c)


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