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The Daily TIP: Hamas Publicly Executes 3 Men Accused of Killing Terror Mastermind, Drawing Int’l Criticism

Posted by Tip Staff - May 26, 2017

Hamas Publicly Executes 3 Men Accused of Killing Terror Mastermind, Drawing Int'l Criticism
Iran Boasts That It Built Third Underground Ballistic Missile Production Facility
U.S. Treasury Secretary Says Iran will Face More Sanctions, Planes Deals to be Reviewed
Conference Highlights Israel's Growth as Global Leader in Transportation Technology


Hamas Publicly Executes 3 Men Accused of Killing Terror Mastermind, Drawing Int'l Criticism

Hamas executed three men it had accused of killing a terror mastermind by hanging and firing squad drawing international criticism, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Ashraf Abu Leila, the alleged trigger man in the March killing of Mazen Faqha, a Hamas commander, in March, was hanged as well as Hisham al-Aloul, who was accused of being an accomplice. A third man, Abdullah al-Nashar, who had previously been part of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' guard detail, was executed by firing squad.

The executions were witnessed by 3,000 people who were invited. The executions were streamed live from a building overlooking the execution site by a Gaza-based news agency.

Hamas arrested 45 people following the killing of Faqha. The three executed men were sentenced to death Sunday after a closed week-long trial.

“A regime that takes lives as a punitive or deterrent measure is committing an immoral act that constitutes an intolerable violation of human rights,” a statement from B'Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization said.

"Reliance on confessions, in a system where coercion, torture and deprivation of detainee's rights are prevalent, and other apparent due process violations further taint the court's verdicts. Death as government-sanctioned punishment is inherently cruel and always wrong, no matter the circumstance," said Sara Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch's Middle East director.

According to Palestinian law, Abbas must approve all executions. Since it ousted the ruling Fatah party from Gaza in 2007, Hamas has sentenced 109 people to death and executed 25, Reuters reported.



Iran Boasts That It Built Third Underground Ballistic Missile Production Facility

A top Iranian commander said that Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production facility, the state-owned PressTV website reported Thursday.

"I hereby announce that in recent years the third underground missile production factory has been inaugurated by the IRGC," Commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said at a ceremony in the southwestern city of Dezfoul.

Hajizadeh further boasted of Iran's self-reliance in developing its ballistic missile program, saying, "all the basic material for manufacturing [missile] shells and producing fuel, etc for missiles are fully designed and manufactured at home by Iranian experts.”

“It is natural for the US and Israel to be concerned and nervous over our missile production, missile tests and the display of our missile cities as they always want the Iranian nation to be in the position of weakness," the general added.

Last year, following the launch of two ballistic missiles, Hajizadeh boasted that Israel was within the range of Iran's missiles, saying, "“[the] reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2000 km is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance."

Iran has continued testing ballistic missiles since implementation of the nuclear deal in defiance of the United Nations Security Council resolution that formalized the deal. Under Security Council resolution 2231, Iran is “called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”



U.S. Treasury Secretary Says Iran will Face More Sanctions, Planes Deals to be Reviewed

The administration will seek to impose new sanctions on Iran and North Korea to "protect American lives," Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnoochin told Congress this week, Reuters reported Wednesday. Though he did not elaborate he also said that the administration would be reviewing licenses issued to Boeing allowing the plane manufacturer to sell planes to Iran Air, Iran's largest carrier.

Calling it a "big focus" of his and President Donald Trump, Mnoochin said, "We will use everything within our power to put additional sanctions on Iran, Syria and North Korea to protect American lives."

On Thursday, a bill with strong bipartisan support targeting Iran's non-nuclear behavior, including its support for terror and its ballistic missile program, passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is headed to the full Senate for a vote.

Mnoochin's reference to reviewing the licenses allowing Boeing to sell Iran Air 80 planes comes amid continuing reports that Iran uses its civilian airlines, including Iran Air, to transport troops and weapons to Syria in support of the the government of Bashar al-Assad, in that nation's civil war. More than 400,000 are estimated to have been killed in the war and millions more have been displaced.



Conference Highlights Israel's Growth as Global Leader in Transportation Technology

In June 2013, 250 Israeli smart-transportation visionaries flocked to the inaugural EcoMotion “unconference” to share their crazy fantasies about the future of moving people from one place to another.

Only four years later, leaders of the global automotive and transportation industry were among 1,500 participants at the fifth annual EcoMotion Main Event at the Peres Center in Jaffa on May 18.

It hasn’t taken long for Israel to emerge as a significant source of innovation for autonomous and connected vehicles, navigation, public transportation, alternative fuels, super-efficient engines, urban parking and environment-friendly personal and mass transportation.

More than 500 Israeli companies involved in this sector have raised a combined nearly $20 billion over the past four years.

“Five or six years ago, who’d have thought Israel would be a potential player in the global industry of transportation? We don’t even have any automakers,” says Lior Zeno-Zamanski, executive director of EcoMotion, a nonprofit community initiated by the National Program for Alternative Fuels and Smart Transportation and the Israeli Innovation Institute, with the support of the Ministry of Economy.

“The megatrend in this world is electric, connected and autonomous — and that put Israel in the center because those are things we are really good at,” she tells ISRAEL21c.

(via Israel21c)


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