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The Daily TIP: Taylor Force Act Easily Passes House of Representatives with Bipartisan Support

Posted by Tip Staff - December 05, 2017

Taylor Force Act Easily Passes House of Representatives with Bipartisan Support
Israeli Cybersecurity Firm: Iranian Hacker Group Targeted Dissidents Worldwide
Bedouin Leaders Condemn Violence, Urge Coexistence Following Terror Killing of Soldier
GE Healthcare Contracts with Israel Firm to Develop Software for Analyzing Ultrasounds


Taylor Force Act Easily Passes House of Representatives with Bipartisan Support

The Taylor Force Act, which will cut American aid to the Palestinian Authority as long as it pays stipends to terrorists and their families, a scheme sometimes referred to as "pay to slay," easily passed the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday, with strong bipartisan support.

It will now move to the full Senate, where it will be voted on as part of the foreign operations bill.

The bill passed "easily" in a voice vote, which was "a sign of how united Republicans and Democrats are on the bill," the Washington Examiner reported.

The Taylor Force Act is named for the United States army veteran who was stabbed to death in March 2016 by a Palestinian terrorist while visiting Israel. The terrorist who killed Force was later killed, but he was described as “heroic” by Fatah, the main Palestinian political faction, and his family receives a stipend from the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Taylor Force Act would condition U.S. aid to the Palestinians on the PA’s ending the practice of paying rewards to terrorists and their families. The legislation has already been approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with bipartisan support in August of this year and passed unanimously by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in November.

The Examiner reported that Force's parents are working with lawmakers on the Senate version of the bill after they learned that the PA's payments are based on the severity of the crime and the amount of time the terrorist serves in prison.



Israeli Cybersecurity Firm: Iranian Hacker Group Targeted Dissidents Worldwide

An Iranian state-sponsored hacker group, known as Charming Kitten, has targeted victims around the world, including Israelis, to gather information about Iranian dissidents living both in the Islamic Republic and abroad, the Israel-based cybersecurity firm ClearSky said.

The Times of Israel reported on Tuesday that the Iranian cyber-espionage group used false identities, malicious code, and phishing attacks to trap victims into revealing personal information. Their targets received Twitter messages or emails from accounts registered with ostensibly Jewish-Israeli names.

According to ClearSky, the hackers focused on academic researchers, human rights activists, media outlets, and political advisers. They focused on targets residing in Iran, the US, Israel and the UK, but also targeted people in France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, India, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

The purpose of the hacking attack was to obtain sensitive information about Iranian dissidents, ClearSky CEO Boaz Dolev, noted. “They want to know who the researchers are talking to,” he said, adding that “They want to know who in Iran is in contact with such people out of the country.”

This is not the first time that such allegations surfaced. In 2015, a report released by Canadian researchers from Voice of America, suggested that Iranian dissidents abroad, who are falling victim to sophisticated cyber-attacks, are likely being targeted by Iranian hackers affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which seek “to steal their email communications and contacts.”



Bedouin Leaders Condemn Violence, Urge Coexistence Following Terror Killing of Soldier

Following the arrest of two Bedouin Israelis for the murder on Friday of an Israeli soldier, Sgt. Ron Kokia, the leaders of several Bedouin communities condemned terror and called for coexistence as they met with the mayor of Arad, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

The mayors and council leaders of the Bedouin communities of Rahat, Hura, Ar’ara Banegev, and Al-Kasom met with Mayor Nissan Ben Hamo of Arad, the southern Israeli city in which the murder took place.

“We denounce the attack and we are against violence,” Rahat mayor, Talal al-Krenawi, said. “Don’t let this grave incident harm the coexistence between us. We are in favor of tolerance and call on all the young people not to resort to violence. We must work together and live together; this is my country, as it is yours.”

“This incident shocked everyone,” Muhammad al-Nabari, the mayor of Hura, said. “A clear statement must be made from [Bedouin] society and it must be denounced. We are with you all the way, and we have proved in various other meetings that we are working toward a common goal.”

Ben Hamo welcomed the remarks and said, "It strengthens us that you came and are condemning this grave incident and are standing with us."

Following a deadly terrorist attack in Beersheba two years ago, al-Nabari and al-Krenawi also condemned the violence.

Al-Krenawi said at the time, "we live in the Negev, Bedouins and Jews, as brothers.”



GE Healthcare Contracts with Israel Firm to Develop Software for Analyzing Ultrasounds

DiA Imaging Analysis of Beersheva, a medical imaging analysis software company, has signed a multi-year, non-exclusive licensing and professional services agreement with GE Healthcare to develop automated imaging analysis technology that will work with GE Healthcare’s ultrasound devices.

The Israeli company’s first-to-market automated tools for analyzing images from handheld ultrasound devices utilize advanced, proprietary pattern-recognition and machine-learning algorithms to improve monitoring of patient conditions. They are cleared by the FDA (United States) and CE (Europe).

“We are planning to soon launch additional automated imaging analysis tools as part of our vision to improve patient care,” said Hila Goldman Aslan, DiA’s CEO and cofounder. “We are excited with this collaboration, and look forward to working with a market leader such as GE Healthcare.”

“These tools would bring new capabilities to ultrasound at the point of care,” said Rob Walton, general manager of GE Healthcare Primary & Affordable Care.

The company displayed its systems at the Machine Learning Showcase of the recent Radiological Society of North America annual meeting in Chicago.

(via Israel21c)


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