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The Daily TIP: German Company Defies U.S., Continues Sending Iran Parts Used in Syria Chemical Attacks

Posted by Tip Staff - April 12, 2018

German Company Defies U.S., Continues Sending Iran Parts Used in Syria Chemical Attacks
For the Second Time in a Week, an Iranian Official Threatens Destruction of Tel Aviv, Haifa
Israel's Labor Party Cuts Ties with UK Labour Leader Corbyn over "Hostility" Towards Jews
Startup Helps Yad Vashem Transform Holocaust Stories into Dynamic Videos


German Company Defies U.S., Continues Sending Iran Parts Used in Syria Chemical Attacks

A German company involved in Syrian chemical attacks has defied a warning from the United States and continues trading with Iran, Ben Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

A Syrian photographer found parts made by German company Krempel in Iranian-produced rockets that were used to target Syrian civilians with chemical weapons in January and February, resulting in the death of 21 children and adults.

“There continue to be ongoing risks with doing business there because the Iranians have not reformed their system,” the U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, said on Tuesday. She warned that Iran was using money to support Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Krempel conceded to the Post that it continues trading with Iran but maintained “Krempel GmbH complies strictly with legal guidelines.”

The company added that it was now delivering “a different Pressspan [also not a dual-use good] exclusively to an original equipment manufacturer in Iran because we can know the end usage."

Krempel's decision to do business with Iran drew a sharp condemnation from Julie Lenarz, a Senior Fellow at The Israel Project.

"On Saturday, harrowing footage of children foaming at the mouth, dying in agony from exposure to chemical weapons, flashed across our television screens again,” she said.

Lenarz told the Post that “since the nuclear accord was signed with Iran in 2015, European countries and companies have flocked to Tehran for lucrative business deal,” with devastating consequences.



For the Second Time in a Week, an Iranian Official Threatens Destruction of Tel Aviv, Haifa

Iran's liaison between the nation's Supreme Leader and its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force threatened that "Tel Aviv and Haifa will be razed to the ground" by Iran, if the Islamic Republic is given a pretext, The Times of Israel reported Thursday. Thursday is commemorated as Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.

The threat was the second one made during the past week by an Iranian official.

According to a translation of remarks originally made to Iran's Fars News Agency, Ali Shirazi said, "Iran has the capability to destroy Israel and given the excuse, Tel Aviv and Haifa will be razed to the ground." He further said that Iran would destroy Israel if the Jewish state continues its "childish game."

Shirazi made the threat in the wake of an airstrike on a Syrian airbase earlier this week. The airstrike was widely attributed to Israel and claimed the lives of seven Iranian military personnel including a colonel. In his Friday sermon last week, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a senior member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, threatened Israel generally, and both Tel Aviv and Haifa specifically. “Despite the fact that Hezbollah is stronger today than ever," Khatami said, "if you want Tel Aviv and Haifa razed to the ground, try your chances again.”

He also referenced Khamenei's often-stated prediction that Israel will be destroyed within 25 years, saying, "Perhaps it is God’s will that, with all the madness they are causing, [Israel] will be destroyed even before.”



Israel's Labor Party Cuts Ties with UK Labour Leader Corbyn over "Hostility" Towards Jews

Israel’s Labor Party announced on Tuesday that it had cut all formal ties with the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, over his “hostility” towards the Jewish community, Reuters reported.

“It is my responsibility to acknowledge the hostility you have shown to the Jewish community and the anti-Semitic statements and actions you have allowed as leader of the Labour Party UK,” Israeli Labor Party leader, Avi Gabbay, wrote in a letter to Corbyn.

Last month, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies organized a rally in front of Parliament, accusing Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-Semitism in party ranks because of his long-standing ties to enemies of the Jewish people.

Corbyn had previously described member of the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends”, invited a Palestinian hate preacher for tea in parliament, and entertained Holocaust deniers.

Mr. Gabbay observed that the policies of Israel's opposition party and the ruling coalition government were "aligned" when it came to the "security of our citizens and the actions of our soldiers" and charged Corbyn had shown "hatred" of the government's policies in these areas.

He further noted in his letter that Israel was reminded of the horrors of anti-Semitism in Europe as it approached Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day this week. “As such, I write to inform you of the temporary suspension of all formal relations between the Israel Labour Party and the leader of the Labour Party UK.”



Startup Helps Yad Vashem Transform Holocaust Stories into Dynamic Videos

Right before the annual Holocaust Memorial Day (commemorated on April 12 this year), Yad Vashem announced a cooperation agreement with Israeli high-tech startup Wibbitz to transform Holocaust stories, now documented in texts and sound clips, into dynamic video clips using a special artificial intelligence platform.

The Jerusalem-based Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority and museum believes the video format will increase visitor engagement with Holocaust-era stories, as few people invest the time to read text.

In addition, the video format will allow the hundreds of thousands of stories to be shared and distributed beyond the walls of the museum. These are stories recorded in Yad Vashem in various languages from World War II, commemorating survivors and victims, Righteous among the Nations and Jewish life before the war.

“We are deeply moved by the announcement that we have become a partner of Yad Vashem,” said Zohar Dayan, CEO and cofounder of Wibbitz. ”The recognition we received from Yad Vashem to address this important content is a significant milestone for us.”

Wibbitz supports and creates tailored video content for more than 400 content sites including CBSi, Forbes, Reuters, Time Inc, Hearst, and The Street. The company was founded by Zohar Dayan and Yotam Cohen in 2011 and has offices in Tel Aviv, New York and Paris.

(via Israel21c)


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