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The Daily TIP: In Official Statement, Chicago LGBT Group Calls Zionism a ‘’White-Supremacist Ideology’”

Posted by Tip Staff - June 28, 2017

In Official Statement, Chicago LGBT Group Calls Zionism a ‘’White-Supremacist Ideology’”
"We Are Coming": Iran, Hezbollah Erect Flags, Signs on Israel's Border With Lebanon
U.S. Aircraft Carrier to Visit Israel for First Time in 17 Years
Israeli Coral Could Provide Key to Saving Reefs Around the World


In Official Statement, Chicago LGBT Group Calls Zionism a ‘’White-Supremacist Ideology’”

Organizers of the Chicago Dyke March on Tuesday defended their decision to eject three participants who displayed Jewish symbols by claiming that "Zionism is an inherently white-supremacist ideology."

The group's official statement also included screenshots of a chat between an organizer and Laurel Grauer, one of the individuals targeted for holding a rainbow LGBT flag emblazoned with a Star of David, which is closely associated with Judaism. Grauer is an official at A Wider Bridge, which works to build ties between the LGBT communities in the United States and Israel.

The chat appears to confirm Grauer's account of the incident, which was published Monday in Haaretz. The organizer told Grauer via text that the Chicago Dyke March Collective does not support "any form of anti-Semitism" and that she would not be subject to any harassment. However, during the march, she and two other marchers were told to leave for displaying "Jewish pride" flags.

"What made these people 'feel unsafe' was the presence of Jews," Jamie Kirchik observed in Tablet Magazine.

With the acceptance of anti-Israel groups into more LGBT events, Kirchick reported, "the effort has shifted from inserting anti-Israel activism into the gay rights movement to outright discriminating against Jews."

Similarly Bari Weiss observed in The New York Times, that “the incident in Chicago is a sign "that anti-Semitism remains as much a problem on the far-left as it is on the alt-right.”



"We Are Coming": Iran, Hezbollah Erect Flags, Signs on Israel's Border With Lebanon

Iran is not shy about its aim of spreading influence abroad, nor its apparent success with establishing a “visible presence ... just a stone’s throw from Israel,” The Jerusalem Post’s Seth J. Frantzman reported Wednesday.

Just meters from the fence that separates Israel and Lebanon, where the Israeli community of Metulla is located, Iranian, Hezbollah, and Palestinian flags are provocatively displayed on the Lebanese side of the border.

“On a hill overlooking new houses being constructed in Metulla is another huge poster with a photo of the Dome of the Rock. The face of Ayatollah Khomeini glowers down over the dome and Hezbollah has written 'we are coming' in Hebrew and Arabic,” Frantzman reported. “They’ve put a giant Palestinian flag next to the poster."

According to Frantzman, the flags are symbols of the changing political situation on the border and increased Iranian influence nurtured by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, where the regime in Tehran has consolidated power with the help of its proxies.

The message is clear. Iran is looking down on Israel from the north. “It’s purposely done so Israeli residents can see the flags and the billboards next to them. In Metulla there is a memorial for the 12 Israeli soldiers killed in the 1985 suicide bombing, while just across the border a huge billboard celebrates the same killing,” Frantzman explained.



U.S. Aircraft Carrier to Visit Israel for First Time in 17 Years

A United States aircraft carrier is slated to dock in an Israeli port for the first time in 17 years on Saturday.

The USS George H. W. Bush, named for the World War II naval aviator and 41st U.S. president, is scheduled to arrive in Haifa for a four day stopover with a crew of about 5,700 and some 90 planes, Haaretz reported. The crew will spend the Fourth of July in Israel.

Because of its massive size, the George H. W. Bush will be unable to dock at Haifa's port, but will remain offshore. Ferries will transport the crew to land.

The carrier, a Nimitz class nuclear-powered vessel, was deployed to the Persian Gulf to serve as a base for air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria.

On a visit to Israel in April, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said that Washington "maintains absolute and unwavering commitment to Israel’s security."

“The two dangers that face Israel and all of the other nations in the region that are trying to maintain a stable and peaceful and prosperous region are those that I’m here to discuss with the Prime Minister," Mattis added.



Israeli Coral Could Provide Key to Saving Reefs Around the World

Coral reefs are dying on a massive scale around the world, driven by climate change. The planet’s largest reef, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, has only a third of its 2,300-kilometer ecosystem left unscathed by bleaching, which happens when colored algae are ejected by the coral and their normal symbiosis breaks down.

Coral reefs are dying on a massive scale around the world, driven by climate change. The planet’s largest reef, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, has only a third of its 2,300-kilometer ecosystem left unscathed by bleaching, which happens when colored algae are ejected by the coral and their normal symbiosis breaks down.

However, corals in the Gulf of Aqaba in the northern Red Sea are particularly resistant to the effects of global warming and ocean acidification.

That is the encouraging finding of a study recently published in the journal Royal Society Open Science by scientists in Lausanne, Switzerland, and from Bar-Ilan University and the InterUniversity Institute of Marine Sciences in Israel.

Because the Gulf of Aqaba is a unique coral refuge, its corals may provide the key to understanding the biological mechanism that leads to thermal resistance, or the weakness that underlies wide-scale bleaching. It is also hoped that the Gulf of Aqaba reefs could be used to re-seed deteriorated reefs in the Red Sea and perhaps even around the world.

(via Israel21c)


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