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The Daily TIP: Israel and Other Donors Gave at Least $32 Million in Aid for Syria

Posted by Tip Staff - September 01, 2017

Israel and Other Donors Gave at Least $32 Million in Aid for Syria
Palestinian Authority Media Attributed Fake Quotes to Secretary-General, Says UN Spokesman
Nuclear Experts: IAEA Does Not Require Violations to Demand Inspections of Iranian Military Sites
Israeli Basketball Star to be Inducted into Sport's Int'l Hall of Fame


Israel and Other Donors Gave at Least $32 Million in Aid for Syria

Israel and donors to the country are said to spend at least $32 million on goods for Syrian civilians this year, including $26 million from donations and $6 million from the army budget for the cause, Haaretz reported Thursday.

The numbers, obtained by the newspaper through a Freedom of Information Act, shows that a large sum of the money has already been invested to buy medical equipment, food and medicine. Donations came from organizations such as the Peres Center for Peace and private citizens, including Syrians residing in Chicago.

The $32 million do not include the costs for the 3,000 Syrian patients who have received treatment in IDF-operated field hospitals along the border and Israeli hospitals.

92 pallets of drugs, incubators, ventilation machinery, two ambulances, 1,970 feet of pipes, seven generators, 100 tons of warm clothing, 363 tons of food and 1,800 packets of diapers, were transferred to Syria in the period of August 2016 to June 2017.

“At the end of the day this is help for people who are really suffering on a day-to-day basis,” an IDF officer said. “The Israeli aid is helping save lives every day,” he added.

The army’s peace initiative also includes sending over prefab houses to serve as classrooms. “There’s a whole generation of Syrian children who haven’t studied for years,” one IDF officer said. “The only thing that requires no education is guns.”

In July Israel officially acknowledged its aid to Syria, naming it Operation Good Neighbor.



Palestinian Authority Media Attributed Fake Quotes to Secretary-General, Says UN Spokesman

The Palestinian Authority forced a meeting with the families of terrorists on UN Secretary General António Guterres, and then lied about the chain of events.

According to a spokesperson for the UN chief, Guterres was not scheduled to meet with relatives of Palestinian terrorists and the quotes released by the PA’s official news agency of Guterres expressing sympathy with them were “fabricated,” The Times of Israel reported.

At the end of the meeting with Palestinian officials in Ramallah on Tuesday, a surprised UN chief was told that a group of Palestinian mothers of convicted terrorists wanted to meet with him to hand over a petition.

The PA’s official news agency WAFA, however, framed events differently. According to them “UN Secretary-General António Guterres met this evening [Aug. 29, 2017] in Ramallah with several families of Palestinian Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners that are sitting in the Israeli occupation’s prisons… Present at the meeting were Latifa Abu Hmeid.”

The PA not only distorted the truth about Guterres’ intention of meeting with the families, but also outright lied about his reaction. “We understand the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners. We will work together with the authorized and relevant parties in order to put an end to their suffering,” the official PA news outlet quoted Guterres.

The statement was later dismissed by a UN spokesperson as a complete lie. “All of the quotes attributed to the Secretary-General are fabricated,” he confirmed.



Nuclear Experts: IAEA Does Not Require Violations to Demand Inspections of Iranian Military Sites

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) does not require suspicion of Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal to demand access to military sites for inspections, two nuclear weapons experts argued in an analysis published Thursday.

While Iran continues to insist that it will not allow inspections of its military sites by the IAEA, Olli Heinonen, and David Albright, wrote that such inspections are justified not only to investigate suspected violations of the deal, but also to ensure that Iran is abiding by restrictions written in the accord.

Heinonen and Albright point to Section T of the nuclear deal and observe that in its first several quarterly reports on Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, the IAEA did not address the concerns laid out in that section. Section T describes a "routine inspection approach" designed to ensure Iran's "compliance by regular IAEA monitoring." Access under Section T does not require "alleging violations," to demand access, but rather it is "analogous to verifying that allowed activities and equipment are not misused, as is common to many aspects of IAEA safeguards at declared nuclear sites."

Iran, it is known, has acquired a number of high-speed cameras, which, if still in use, must be monitored by the IAEA. If Iran is using them without approval from the Joint Commission, it is violating Section T of the nuclear deal. If it is using them, it must submit to inspections to ensure that they are being used in ways that are consistent with the deal.



Israeli Basketball Star to be Inducted into Sport's Int'l Hall of Fame

What do Shaquille O’Neal, Tom Kukoc and Moshe “Mickey” Berkowitz have in common? They’re all being inducted into the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Hall of Fame in September.

Berkowitz, 63, is widely regarded as Israel’s greatest-ever basketball player. He won 16 Israeli championships, 13 state cups and two European cups while playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard, whose name is often spelled “Miki Berkovich,” also led the Israeli national team to second place in the 1979 European championships.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “This is a great honor for Israel, for Israeli basketball and for Mickey Berkowitz. I’m happy to have been given a place among the greatest basketball players of all time.”

The first Israeli to enter the FIBA Hall of Fame, in 2015, was journalist and former sports official Noah Klieger.

The 2017 induction ceremony will be held Sept. 30 at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland. The building is shaped like a hand and can be seen from the sky when flying into Geneva’s airport.

In addition to O’Neal (US) and Kukoc (Croatia), other former athletes to be inducted this year include Pero Cameron (New Zealand), Rajiza Mujanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Valdis Valters (Latvia) and Dusan Ivkovic (Serbia). This year’s inductees were selected from a list of some 150 candidates.

The FIBA Hall of Fame has been honoring basketball’s greats since 2007. FIBA was founded in 1932 and is the governing body for 213 national basketball federations around the world.

(via Israel21c)


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