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The Daily TIP: Head of Saudi-Based Muslim Organization Calls Holocaust Denial "A Crime to Distort History"

Posted by Tip Staff - January 29, 2018

Head of Saudi-Based Muslim Organization Calls Holocaust Denial "A Crime to Distort History"
U.S. Middle East Envoy Blasts Hamas for Prioritizing Tunnels over Basic Necessities for Gaza
Study: Since Nuke Deal, Iran has Launched at Least 23 Ballistic Missiles
Critically-Ill Baby Born to Syrian Refugees Released from Israeli Hospital after Successful Surgery


Head of Saudi-Based Muslim Organization Calls Holocaust Denial "A Crime to Distort History"

In a historic move, the leader of the Muslim World League, a group based in Saudi Arabia, has condemned Holocaust denial in a letter sent to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, JTA reported Friday.

“History is indeed impartial no matter how hard forgers tried to tamper with or manipulate it,” Mohammad Al Issa, the secretary general of the Muslim World League, wrote in the message sent to museum director, Sara Bloomfield, five days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.

“Hence, we consider any denial of the Holocaust or minimizing of its effect a crime to distort history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished. It is also an affront to us all since we share the same human soul and spiritual bonds,” the message said.

Al Issa did not specify Jews as the principal victims of the Holocaust in his letter, but instead spoke of “this human tragedy perpetrated by evil Nazism” and “our great sympathy with the victims of the Holocaust, an incident that shook humanity to the core, and created an event whose horrors could not be denied or underrated by any fair-minded or peace-loving person.”

Satloff described Al Issa's letter as a departure for Muslim religious leaders whom he has previously engaged on the topic of the Holocaust, for Al Issa did not "deflect potential criticism of engaging on the Holocaust by wrapping himself in the false equivalence of Israel's 'genocide' of Palestinians."



U.S. Middle East Envoy Blasts Hamas for Prioritizing Tunnels over Basic Necessities for Gaza

The American Special Representative for International Negotiations, who is currently in Israel, blasted Hamas for prioritizing the building of "tunnels & rockets" at the expense of "getting the lights on, the water flowing & the economy growing" for the people of Gaza, as he toured southern Israel and was briefed on Hamas's preparations for war against Israel.

Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories Yoav Mordechai, met with the envoy, Jason Greentblatt, and took him on a tour of one of the tunnels recently uncovered by Israel built Hamas, which has complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip.

Mordechai criticized Hamas for "investing funds in death tunnels and arms" and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for adding to the humanitarian suffering in Gaza by trying to pressure Hamas politically.

Greenblatt insisted in October that if Fatah, the main Palestinian faction, would reconcile with Hamas, then Hamas would have to disarm. This demand has been consistently rejected by Hamas.

The envoy's criticism of Hamas echoes a recent comment made by an IDF officer who noted that in recent months there has been a fifty percent drop in commercial goods brought into Gaza because Hamas is using funds to build up its arsenal instead. The officer noted that "a lack of funds is not the problem in Gaza."

Similarly, last week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin asked the international community to recognize “that the ones who are preventing rehabilitation are Hamas.”



Study: Since Nuke Deal, Iran has Launched at Least 23 Ballistic Missiles

Since agreeing to the nuclear deal with six powers, including the United States, in July 2015, Iran has tested 23 ballistic missiles, in defiance of language in a related United Nations Security Council resolution calling on Iran not to develop such weapons, according to a study released last week by a leading expert on Iran.

The study of open source reporting on Iranian ballistic missile tests was conducted by Benham Ben Taleblu. The study concluded that 15 of those missiles were or likely were nuclear capable missiles. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which formalized the deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the UN, called upon "Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons," including tests.

The importance of inventorying exactly which missiles Iran has tested is essential, Taleblu wrote, because "knowing what systems it tests, when it tests them, as well as the success/failure rate offers insight into the regime’s long-term strategic intentions and capabilities." It is also important to know in terms of how to counter the threat from Iran.

He urged the government to provide greater transparency about the threats posed by Iran's ballistic missile arsenal noting that while Iranian deception may lead to differing estimates of the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile arsenal and launches, "there should be no debate that the actual number should have been zero."



Critically-Ill Baby Born to Syrian Refugees Released from Israeli Hospital after Successful Surgery

At the end of December, we reported on the airlift of a critically ill newborn boy to Sheba Medical Center’s Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital in Israel, just days after he was born to Syrian refugees in Cyprus.

ISRAEL21c has just received an update on the successful treatment of the infant’s serious congenital heart defect.

“It was not clear to us if he needed an operation or could be stabilized with proper treatment without the need for surgery. After monitoring the situation closely, it was decided that an operation was needed,” said Dr. David Mishali, chief of pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery at Safra.

“We were able to substantially improve his pulmonary blood flow, which resulted in a quick improvement in his condition. After a period of recovery, we released him from the hospital today [January 24]." He is scheduled to return to Sheba when he is six months-plus old in order to finish the treatment for his condition.

“During the baby’s time in the hospital, we made sure that the family felt at home and we will continue to follow his progress.”

The infant’s journey to Israel was facilitated by a representative of the Cyprus Ministry of Health, who contacted Israeli Ambassador Sammy Revel. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with security forces and officials from Ben-Gurion International Airport, successfully appealed to Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to allow the baby and his father to enter the country.

(via Israel21c)


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