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The Daily TIP: New Orleans City Council Unanimously Rescinds Resolution Supporting Israel Boycott

Posted by Tip Staff - January 26, 2018

New Orleans City Council Unanimously Rescinds Resolution Supporting Israel Boycott
Khamenei Orders Transfer of Billions From Rainy Day Fund to Military
UK Parliament Passes Resolution Deeming Hezbollah in Its Entirety a Terrorist Organization
Israel Hosting Thousands at Biggest Cyber Technology Conference Outside of U.S. Next Week


New Orleans City Council Unanimously Rescinds Resolution Supporting Israel Boycott

The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to rescind a resolution passed two weeks ago, which was backed by the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The earlier resolution, while not explicitly mentioning Israel, stated that the city had “social and ethical obligations to take steps to avoid contracting with or investing in corporations whose practices consistently violate human rights, civil rights or labor rights” and it “encourages the creation of a process” to end those contracts. It was backed by BDS activists, who are seeking to isolate Israel. While one of the supporters of the resolution accused the "Zionist lobby" of unfairly labeling the BDS campaign as anti-Semitic, BDS activists have gone on record opposing the two state solution and affirming that the movement seeks Israel’s destruction. BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti said in 2014 that Palestinians have a right to “resistance by any means, including armed resistance.”

“Anti-Semitic, far-left activists wrote this crazy resolution, and it should have never seen the light of day,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R – La.) said in a statement released by his office Thursday. “I’m glad the city council listened to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Anti-Defamation League and reversed its embarrassing endorsement of the anti-Israel BDS movement.”

Cassidy had previously urged the council to rescind the measure and is also one of 51 bipartisan co-sponsors of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), which "seeks to counter the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement."



Khamenei Orders Transfer of Billions From Rainy Day Fund to Military

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered that $2.5 billion should be transferred from the nation’s reserve fund and to its military, continuing a trend that has been ongoing since the nuclear deal was implemented two years ago, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/ (RFE/RL) reported Thursday.

The decision to increase the military budget comes in the wake of demonstrations across Iran spurred by economic concerns, especially military spending in conflicts across the Middle East. According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, described the demonstrations as being driven “by price hikes but also word of a draft government budget that earmarked major funding for religious institutions and the clerically dominated country’s armed forces.”

A study in June 2016 determined that Iran’s economy would grow at a rate of 4% a year over the next five years driven by the ending of sanctions as part of the nuclear deal. But rather than spending on domestic needs, the money has been going to boost Iran’s military spending, which increased 90% from 2016 to 2017. Last year, Iran’s parliament voted to designate $7.4 billion of Iran’s defense budget to the IRGC, marking a 24% increase in spending on the powerful institution.

Former Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew had assessed in advance of the nuclear deal that Iran, constrained by domestic needs, would be limited in what it could spend on its military and terror support. “Most of the money Iran receives from sanctions relief will not be used to support those activities,” Lew said. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered that $2.5 billion should be transferred from the nation’s reserve fund and to its military, continuing a trend that has been ongoing since the nuclear deal was implemented two years ago, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/ (RFE/RL) reported Thursday.

The decision to increase the military budget comes in the wake of demonstrations across Iran spurred by economic concerns, especially military spending in conflicts across the Middle East. According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, described the demonstrations as being driven “by price hikes but also word of a draft government budget that earmarked major funding for religious institutions and the clerically dominated country’s armed forces.”

A study in June 2016 determined that Iran’s economy would grow at a rate of 4% a year over the next five years driven by the ending of sanctions as part of the nuclear deal. But rather than spending on domestic needs, the money has been going to boost Iran’s military spending, which increased 90% from 2016 to 2017. Last year, Iran’s parliament voted to designate $7.4 billion of Iran’s defense budget to the IRGC, marking a 24% increase in spending on the powerful institution.

Former Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew had assessed in advance of the nuclear deal that Iran, constrained by domestic needs, would be limited in what it could spend on its military and terror support. “Most of the money Iran receives from sanctions relief will not be used to support those activities,” Lew said.



UK Parliament Passes Resolution Deeming Hezbollah in Its Entirety a Terrorist Organization

Members of Parliament on Thursday supported a non-binding resolution in the House of Commons to proscribe Hezbollah as a terrorist organization under UK terrorism legislation.

There was widespread support for the move to proscribe the political wing of Hezbollah. Currently, only the military wing is defined as a terrorist organisation in UK law. The full text of the resolution said: “This House believes that Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation driven by an antisemitic ideology that seeks the destruction of Israel; notes that Hezbollah declares itself to be one organisation without distinguishable political or military wings; is concerned that the military wing of that organisation is proscribed, but its political wing is not; and calls on the Government to include Hezbollah in its entirety on the list of proscribed organisations.”

During the debate, Labour MP Joan Ryan, who proposed the motion, said: “Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation, driven by antisemitic ideology, which seeks the destruction of Israel. It has wreaked death and destruction throughout the middle east, aiding and abetting the Assad regime’s butchery in Syria and helping to drive Iran’s expansionism throughout the region. It makes no distinction between its political and military wings, and nor should the British Government. .”

Ahead of the debate, the Labour Party sent a briefing note to Labour MPs urging them to oppose the motion. The briefing made no mention of Hezbollah’s involvement in the ongoing conflict in Syria or its long history of carrying out terrorist attacks.

(via BICOM)



Israel Hosting Thousands at Biggest Cyber Technology Conference Outside of U.S. Next Week

Some 13,500 attendees, 120 companies, 90 startups and 67 multinational delegations are expected at Cybertech Israel conference and expo, January 29-31 at the Tel Aviv Convention Center.

Cybertech Israel, the biggest annual cyber technologies event outside of the United States, will showcase commercial problem-solving strategies and solutions for the global cyber threat in a wide range of sectors: finance, transportation, utilities, defense, R&D, manufacturing, telecommunication, health and government.

Among special events planned are Cyber NYC sponsored by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Tech against Terrorism sponsored by the UN, Cyber for Airports, Cybermed, and sessions focusing on cyber for trains, ports and maritime.

A startup competition powered by YL Ventures will gift the lucky winner with two tickets and airfare to the RSA security conference in San Francisco next April.

A new special feature this year will be Cyber Junior, a platform sponsored by the Rashi Foundation enabling 120 Israeli teenagers to attend event and the startup competition, and meet presenters and featured speakers.

The conference, chaired by Yossi Vardi, focuses on networking, strengthening alliances and forming new connections and B2B interactions. One of the 146 speakers will be Marc van Zadelhoff, general manager of IBM Security.

(via Israel21c)


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