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The Daily TIP: U.S. Designates Hamas Chief Haniyeh, Muslim Brotherhood and Iran Affiliated Groups as Terrorists

Posted by Tip Staff - January 31, 2018

U.S. Designates Hamas Chief Haniyeh, Muslim Brotherhood and Iran Affiliated Groups as Terrorists
Macron Says Assault on Jewish Boy near Paris is Like the “Whole Country is Being Attacked”
Experts: To Fix Nuke Deal, U.S., EU Must Impose “Tough Sanctions” on Iran’s Missile Program
Eleven-Year-Old Israeli Girl Sews and Sells Textile Bags for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief


U.S. Designates Hamas Chief Haniyeh, Muslim Brotherhood and Iran Affiliated Groups as Terrorists

The United States has designated Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, as a “global terrorist,” the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The State Department similarly designated three groups – two Muslim Brotherhood splinter groups, and one Iranian-backed group – as terrorists.

The announcement about Haniyeh was made by Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales at a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. Sales said that Haniyeh is a “specially designated global terrorist,” meaning that any assets he has in the U.S. will be frozen and will prohibit U.S. citizens from doing business with him. .

In a statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “these designations target key terrorist groups and leaders – including two sponsored and directed by Iran.” .

Tillerson was referring to Haniyeh, under who Hamas has grown closer to Iran, and the group, Harakat al-Sabireen, which was formed in 2014 in Gaza and is backed by Iran. .

Two other groups designated today, are Liwa al Thawra, and HASM, both of which are based in Egypt and are viewed as break-offs from the Muslim Brotherhood. .

The designation of Liwa al Thawra and HASM shows that the Trump administration “is getting more aggressive against the Brotherhood’s violent affiliates,” Eli Lake reported for Bloomberg View. .

Jonathan Schanzer, the senior vice president for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told Lake that the designation of Haniyeh showed “that the U.S. is signaling it does not see a difference between the political leadership in Gaza, the politburo and the military leadership.”



Macron Says Assault on Jewish Boy near Paris is Like the “Whole Country is Being Attacked”

French authorities are investigating an assault on an 8-year-old boy wearing a Jewish kippa in a Paris suburb, the second assault on Jewish children in the area in three weeks, which France’s President Emmanuel Macron denounced as "heinous."

The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday that investigators suspect the incident in the town of Sarcelles was motivated by anti-Semitism.

According to the victim, the assailants were about 15 years old and attacked him on his way to after-school tutoring. They pushed him to the ground and then beat him.

President Macron condemned the attack on Tuesday evening, saying that any attack on a citizen over their religious identity is an attack on France.

“An 8-year-old boy was attacked today in Sarcelles. Because he was wearing a kippa. Every time a citizen is attacked because of his age, his appearance or his religion, the whole country is being attacked,” the French leader wrote on his Twitter account.

“And it is the whole country that stands, especially today, alongside the French Jews to fight each of these despicable acts, with them and for them,” he added.

On January 10, a 15-year-old girl had her faced slashed during lunch break by an unidentified assailant, in an assault which also took place in the town of Sarcelles. She was wearing the uniform of her private Jewish school, Merkaz-Hatorah, and arrived home bleeding and in shock.



Experts: To Fix Nuke Deal, U.S., EU Must Impose “Tough Sanctions” on Iran’s Missile Program

In an effort to fix the weaknesses in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a new working group tasked with forming a joint United States-European Union position on Iran's ballistic missile program "must produce nothing less than a commitment to reimpose tough sanctions on Iran" if it continues to develop ballistic missiles, two experts on Iran wrote Tuesday in Foreign Policy.

Behnam Taleblu, and Richard Goldberg wrote that despite growing differences between the U.S. and EU regarding Iran's missile program, President Donald Trump should reject Iran's pledge to limit the range of its missiles to 1,243 miles (2,000 kilometers).

The U.S. and EU should agree that if Iran continues defying the Security Council on its missile development, that they should be willing to impose the toughest sanctions on Iran.

"Iran’s leaders clearly do not feel hamstrung by the JCPOA to expand its missile program," Taleblu and Goldberg conclude. "Likewise, the West should not feel hamstrung by the JCPOA to respond in kind."

In a similar vein, Benny Avni reported for the New York Post that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is working to convince Europeans to take as stronger stand against Iran.

Recent evidence that Iran is exporting arms to Houthi rebels in Yemen, Avni observed, show that Iran is "brazenly" violating the nuclear deal "because the only rules that apply" in the nuclear deal are those set out "in the Security Council resolution," which prohibits Iran from exporting weapons.

Experts: To Fix Nuke Deal, U.S., EU Must Impose “Tough Sanctions” on Iran’s Missile Program


Eleven-Year-Old Israeli Girl Sews and Sells Textile Bags for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

When Hurricane Maria pummeled the Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico last September, most of the island’s infrastructure, buildings and homes were destroyed. Almost half a year later, the damage to Puerto Rico’s water system still poses a looming health crisis for island residents exposed to contaminated water.

Israeli NGO IsraAID distributed and set up water filters in the most affected places, and trained local people how to use them.

Now, the emergency response team is getting some unlikely assistance from 11-year-old Meital Sternthal, an Israeli-American sixth-grader from Modi’in, Israel. In honor of her upcoming bat mitzvah, Meital is hand-making and selling textile bags to raise money to help IsraAID’s team in Puerto Rico provide safe water to the communities affected by the hurricane.

She founded PuertoTiko (tik means bag in Hebrew) to combine her passion for sewing along with her desire to contribute to the Caribbean’s recovery efforts. Her goal is to use 100 percent of the proceeds to raise $4,000 to purchase 100 water filters, including equipment and installation.

Meital said her connection to the Caribbean islands started with a family vacation in 2015, during which she experienced the beauty of the landscape and underwater wonders. When she learned of the devastation this fall, she said it saddened her that the place she once considered a paradise had been transformed into a place of suffering for so many residents without electricity, shelter, clean water and other basic necessities.

(via Israel21c)


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