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The Daily TIP: Reuters: Since Nuclear Deal, Iran has Arrested at Least 30 Dual Nationals

Posted by Tip Staff - November 09, 2017

Reuters: Since Nuclear Deal, Iran has Arrested at Least 30 Dual Nationals
A Man With Conviction: Playing in Tel Aviv, Boy George Tells Boycotters, “I Go Where I Want”
PA Police Chief: Hamas Must Get Rid of Its Arsenal Before We Can Secure Gaza
Wonder Woman Starring Gal Gadot Rated Best Superhero Movie Ever


Reuters: Since Nuclear Deal, Iran has Arrested at Least 30 Dual Nationals

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC has arrested at least 30 dual nationals over the past two years, twice as many as earlier reported.

According to accounts of lawyers, diplomats and relatives, most individuals are being held on espionage charges. The number marks a sharp rise since 2015, when the nuclear accord signed between the Islamic Republic and world powers.

The nature of the arrests also point to a new trend with 19 out of 30 prisoners having citizenship in Europe, while previously most of the detainees were Iranian Americans, Reuters reported in an exclusive story published on Thursday.

In all cases, the sources insist that the detainees had not carried out any espionage and were arrested only because of their second citizenship, which Iran uses as bargaining chips in international relations.

Western governments generally try to keep details of arbitrary arrests under wraps, as they see quiet diplomacy as the best strategy to secure their nationals’ release. However, relatives often seek the help of human rights organizations and international media, frustrated by a lack of information and little progress made by government agencies.

Last week, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made inaccurate comments about British-Iranian prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, which reportedly led to her being summoned to a court hearing at which Johnson's remarks were cited as proof that she had engaged in "propaganda against the regime."

In July 2016, the United Kingdom upgraded its warning to citizens traveling to Iran that they face a risk of being “arbitrarily detained.”



A Man With Conviction: Playing in Tel Aviv, Boy George Tells Boycotters, “I Go Where I Want”

“Whenever I go to Israel, people always say don’t go there, don’t go there. ‘F–k off, I go where I want!" legendary rocker Boy George told the audience as he and his band Culture Club performed in Tel Aviv, The Algemeiner reported Wednesday.

After more than 30 years, Boy George and his band came back to Israel and spent part of the show dressed in an outfit covered with Jewish stars. In addition to three bandmates, Boy George performed Karma Chameleon, one of the band's signature hits, with Israeli singing star Dana International.

Over the course of the concert, Boy George referred to attempts by members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) to dissuade him from playing in Israel, saying, that he'd taken "abuse" for his stand, and acknowledged that one band member refused to accompany him to Israel. But, he said, “I love it here and it’s always a pleasure to be here!” He added, “There is such a mad vibe in this country.”

The famed English band Radiohead performed in Tel Aviv in July despite a very public campaign headed by Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters to discourage them from performing in Israel. In an interview a month earlier, Radiohead's outspoken lead singer, Thom Yorke had dismissed the calls for the band to boycott Israel as "offensive" and "patronizing in the extreme."



PA Police Chief: Hamas Must Get Rid of Its Arsenal Before We Can Secure Gaza

The Palestinian Authority's (PA) police commander questioned how the PA could provide security to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, when the terrorist organization has "all these rockets and guns," the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Speaking about the reconciliation talks with Hamas, Hazem Atallah told reporters, "It is impossible. How can I do security when there are all these rockets and guns? Is this possible? It doesn't work.”

Fatah, the dominant party in the Ramallah-based PA and Hamas have been at odds for more than a decade, when Hamas launched a bloody coup and expelled the PA from Gaza in 2007. Although the two factions have previously announced reconciliation agreements, none have ever taken hold.

The United States has said that in order for it to recognize a Palestinian government that incorporates Hamas, Hamas would have to embrace the Quartet principles for peace with Israel including a rejection of “incitement, and terror,” and acceptance of “the two-State solution, building upon previous agreements and obligations."

Hamas has said that it will not give up its arsenal, the AP reported, calling disarming a "red line" that it will not cross to reconcile with Fatah.

Atallah said that he would not accept members of Hamas into his police force - unless they had previously been members of the PA police prior to the 2007 coup - and said that Hamas must disarm. Atallah said that the requirements for reconciliation "are very clear. We are talking about one authority, one law, and one gun."



Wonder Woman Starring Gal Gadot Rated Best Superhero Movie Ever

Wonder Woman is the best superhero movie of all time, according to influential US online review site, Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, which stars Israeli actor Gal Gadot, has moved to top position on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the 50 best superhero movies of all time.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman opened to rave reviews on June 2 this year and proceeded to break box office record after record, including the highest-grossing film directed by a woman, the highest-grossing superhero origin film in the US and worldwide, and the largest opening for a female-led comic book film.

The film, which cost $149 million to make, grossed over $821 million worldwide, making it the seventh highest grossing film of 2017.

The movie beat out films like The Dark Knight and The Avengers, scoring 108.567% on the Rotten Tomatoes list, which compiles movie reviews from amateur critics and professional critics to come up with a score.

Next on the list was Logan, followed by The Dark Knight, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

In a Tweet following the announcement, Gal Gadot said: “This is incredible!!! So grateful for working w/ such amazing ppl & for your amazing reviews.”

Gadot is to appear in a sequel, Wonder Woman 2, which is due to be released on December 13, 2019. She will also star in related films such as Justice League, Justice League 2 and Flashpoint over the course of the next few years.

(via Israel21c)


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