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The Daily TIP: Three Years After His Death, Will Alberto Nisman’s Work Bring Justice to the AMIA Victims?

Posted by Tip Staff - January 17, 2018

Three Years After His Death, Will Alberto Nisman’s Work Bring Justice to the AMIA Victims?
U.S. Cuts Contribution to UNRWA in Half, Following Its History of Corruption, Terror Support
Israel Appoints First Female Aviation Squadron Commander
Revolutionary Israeli-Developed Paint Can Absorb Sun's Hot Rays, and Cool Buildings Down


Three Years After His Death, Will Alberto Nisman’s Work Bring Justice to the AMIA Victims?

It is difficult to expose the truth and seek justice when there is no trust in the legal system and there’s a lack of judicial independence facilitating impunity. Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman fought against all odds and was murdered in his quest for justice.

In 1997, Nisman became involved in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA bombing---the deadliest terror attack in the Western Hemisphere prior to 9/11---and worked under two other prosecutors who were already handling the case. The trial began years later, but the investigation, headed by federal judge Juan Jose Galeano, was plagued with irregularities: Galeano bribed a suspect with $400,000 to testify against other officers under investigation, former president Carlos Menem endorsed that bribe in what appeared to be an attempt to humiliate the governor of Buenos Aires who was a political adversary, and the role of the local police facilitating the attack was overlooked. The absurdities in the case continued and the AMIA case became one of the most high profile investigations in modern Argentinian history. .

The case collapsed, and its handling became a national embarrassment. But, a year later, Nisman was appointed to lead a new AMIA investigative unit and by 2007 he charged several top Iranian officials, including former President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani as well as Hezbollah leaders, for carrying out the attack. Interpol issued “red notices.” Iran refused to extradite the suspects, denied its role in the terror attack, and ignored Interpol’s red notices. .

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U.S. Cuts Contribution to UNRWA in Half, Following Its History of Corruption, Terror Support

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it was conditioning roughly half of a periodic contribution to UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East). The administration will transfer roughly $60 million immediately, but the remaining pledge of $65 million has been withheld “for future consideration.” The administration had previously indicated that funding would be withheld in response to a lack of movement towards peace by the Palestinian leadership.

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum have long called for reforms to UNRWA and moved to cut funding. Rep. Eliot Engel, a top Democrat of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in 2010 that UNRWA has "perpetuated" the plight of Palestinians by keeping them in refugee status.

In 2014 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and then Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), wrote a letter in 2014 to then U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accusing the U.N. agency of bias and characterizing its role in the conflict as “troubling.”

In 2015, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, introduced the UNRWA Anti-Incitement and Anti-Terrorism Act to hold the agency accountable for ties to Hamas, support for incitement and anti-Israel bias.

UNRWA has long been accused of ignoring its mandate to alleviate the plight of Palestinian refugees and instead promoting incitement against Israelis. With their actions, the organization has directly facilitated terrorism.

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Israel Appoints First Female Aviation Squadron Commander

The head of the Israeli Air Force announced that he had appointed its first female aviation squadron commander.

The commander, who was identified only as "Major Tet," after the first initial of her name, out of security concerns, was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and will head a squadron of transport planes, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

“She will be the first female pilot to have this position and to have this rank,” according to a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin, the IAF commander, announced the promotion of another woman, known as "Maj. Mem," to command the IAF’s Operational Command and Control Unit. She is also being promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Maj. Mem will be the highest ranking woman to serve as an IAF traffic controller.

The two appointments mark a trend within the IAF to integrate and promote more women into the force. In November it was announced that Capt. Y was appointed as the first female deputy commander of a combat squadron.

The increased integration into the armed forces is occurring not just in the air, but on the ground too.

In 2016, the Israeli military decided to test women’s ability serve in infantry and special forces units and in January 2017, Israel’s first female tank operators completed their training.



Revolutionary Israeli-Developed Paint Can Absorb Sun's Hot Rays, and Cool Buildings Down

Coating materials that protect against fire, water or extreme temperatures are nothing new. But an Israeli high-tech paint doesn’t just protect surfaces from the sun. SolCold actually uses the sun’s power to activate a cooling mechanism, effectively providing air conditioning without electricity.

You read that right: This double-layered coating absorbs the hot rays of the sun and re-emits that energy in the form of cold. The hotter the solar radiation the more the coating cools down, making SolCold’s paint a potentially game-changing electricity-free solution for intensely sunny climates such as Africa and Central and South America.

The Herzliya-based startup is raising funds and plans to begin trials within 18 months of closing the Series A round in the first quarter of 2018. Two commercial and one residential building in Israel and Cyprus are waiting to get the trial SolCold treatment.

Meanwhile, SolCold cofounder Gadi Grottas tells ISRAEL21c that the company has received hundreds of inquiries regarding orders and distribution rights — which he estimates to be worth around $100 million — from places including Africa, Australia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Philippines, Turkey and the United States.

SolCold’s product is generating interest for coating anything from chicken coops to cargo ships, malls to stadiums, cars to planes, satellites to hothouses, military equipment to apartment houses.

The “anti-stokes fluorescence” technology behind SolCold was invented by electrical engineer Yaron Shenhav, who became cofounder and CEO of SolCold. The IP is owned by the company.

(via Israel21c)


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