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The Daily TIP: Legal Scholars: Academics Colluded with Anti-Israel Boycott Leader to Take Over Association

Posted by Tip Staff - December 04, 2017

Legal Scholars: Academics Colluded with Anti-Israel Boycott Leader to Take Over Association
U.S. Nat’l Security Adviser McMaster: 80% of Pro-Assad Forces in Syria are Iranian Proxies
Former Israel Security Official: Jerusalem Declaration Would Make Peace More Likely
Israeli Doctors Treat Seriously Ill Children in Tbilisi, Georgia


Legal Scholars: Academics Colluded with Anti-Israel Boycott Leader to Take Over Association

Professors who were part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to isolate Israel, coordinated their effort to gain control of the American Studies Association (ASA) with external anti-Israel activists, two legal experts wrote in an op-ed published Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.

According to Jesse M. Fried and Eugene Kontorovich, professors of law at Harvard University and Northwestern University, the revelation came from e-mails uncovered in the course of a lawsuit filed by four members of the ASA against the organization for violating its charter. Fried and Kontorovich are advising the legal team representing the ASA members bringing the suit.

Earlier e-mails showed how the anti-Israel professors coordinated their efforts to gain control of the ASA leadership in order to pass anti-Israel resolutions. The BDS-supporting professors - Sunaina Maira, Neferti Tadiar, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Jasbir Puar, and Steven Salaita - ran for leadership positions without disclosing their pro-boycott affiliations.

The newly discovered e-mails further revealed that the anti-Israel academics coordinated their efforts with "outside anti-Israel activists, such as Omar Barghouti, a founder of the BDS movement."

The lawsuit charges that by pursuing pro-BDS policies, the boycott-supporting professors violated the ASA's charter. According to its website the association “promotes the development and dissemination of interdisciplinary research on U.S. culture and history in a global context."

Rather than reflecting the views of the ASA, Fried and Kontorovich observed that the vote was "orchestrated by a small cadre of academics who infiltrated the ASA’s leadership to demonize the Jewish state."



U.S. Nat’l Security Adviser McMaster: 80% of Pro-Assad Forces in Syria are Iranian Proxies

Speaking at the 2017 Reagan National Defense Forum in California, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster said that “about 80 percent of Assad fighters are Iranian proxies in Syria to establish a land bridge over into the Mediterranean,” as he warned of the “prospect of Iran having a proxy army on the borders of Israel,” The National reported on Sunday.

McMaster stated, “What the Iranians have done across the Middle East is fuel and accelerate cycles of violence so that they can take advantage of chaos and weak states to make them dependent on Iran for support.”

McMaster said that the nuclear deal has only fueled Iran’s regional ambitions, “The fact that we were trying to accommodate Iran has empowered Iran across the globe, and when president says he inherited a mess that is in greater Middle East, we have to address growing Iranian capability, and their use of militias, proxies and terrorist organization.”

Pompeo, meanwhile, confirmed that he recently sent a letter to Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard's (IRGC) foreign operations arm, to issue a stark warning that the U.S. was determined to roll back Tehran’s proxies across the Middle East.

The CIA chief also referred to the changing dynamics in Iraq, after the Kurdish independence referendum in September and the attack on Peshmerga-controlled territory by Iranian-backed militia, observing that these showed “Iranian efforts to be the hegemonic power throughout the Middle East continues to increase.”



Former Israel Security Official: Jerusalem Declaration Would Make Peace More Likely

Dismissing threats of violence emanating from the Palestinians and Arab nations, Israel's former deputy national security adviser, Eran Lerman, believes that, were President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital this week, as expected, it could have a positive effect on the peace proposals the administration is preparing.

In a press briefing held Monday with The Israel Project, the former official and current vice president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, acknowledged that productive negotiations could result from the declaration even "after a first period of turmoil."

Lerman dismissed the threats of violence as "attempts to manipulate the American administration," and the incitement, especially emanating from the Palestinians, as counterproductive.

Regarding charges that Trump would forfeit his ability to be an honest broker by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Lerman said that it was a necessary step to respond to “those who think they can impose a solution on Israel that doesn't recognize Israel's position on Jerusalem.”

He added that “it is the duty of the honest broker to tell them that the sooner they let go of such an illusion,” of an imposed solution, there’s a better chance of a negotiated peace.

Lerman also characterized the Palestinian view of negotiations as being more similar to "a kind of international court of law in which Israel is always in the dock," and said that the administration "must debunk [this] before we have any chance of a serious and successful negotiation."



Israeli Doctors Treat Seriously Ill Children in Tbilisi, Georgia

A baby born without an esophagus and a five-year-old boy unable to eliminate bodily waste naturally were among the complex cases awaiting senior Israeli surgeons on their voluntary visits to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.

“It gives us a chance to do something good for others. I don’t care if I treat a Georgian child or an Israeli child. I like to give good medical solutions to those who don’t have them,” says Dr. Ran Steinberg, director of pediatric surgery at Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital on the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa.

Steinberg leads a group of medical personnel from the Rambam pediatric intensive care and anesthesia departments, all working pro bono, twice a year, to perform complex medical procedures on children Tbilisi doctors have been unable to treat successfully. Air fare and accommodations for five days are provided by the Georgian government.

“This began as an initiative of the president of Georgia to encourage other countries to support medicine there,” Steinberg tells ISRAEL21c.

Israeli doctors have been participating for about 10 years, originally under the leadership of Dr. Itzhak Vinograd, then chief of pediatric surgery at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. When Vinograd was ready to retire five years ago, he asked Steinberg to be his successor.

“Over the years, the Rambam team has managed to treat a fairly large group of patients at the Georgian hospital,” says Steinberg.

(via Israel21c)


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