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The Daily TiP: U.S. Fights to Stop Publication of UN Blacklist to Boycott Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - November 27, 2017

U.S. Fights to Stop Publication of UN Blacklist to Boycott Israel
Israel Offers Condolences over Mosque Massacre, will “Lend a Hand” to Help Egypt Fight ISIS
Claiming Its Missiles are Defensive, Iran Threatens to Increase Their Range to Target Europe
Israeli-Jewish Singer Releases Arabic Album Acknowledging Her Family’s Cultural Roots


U.S. Fights to Stop Publication of UN Blacklist to Boycott Israel

The United States and Israel are fighting the publication of a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) blacklist naming an estimated 150 companies---both Israeli and global---for doing business in the West Bank, which the UN considers to be "occupied territory," the Associated Press reported Sunday.

"Israel is the only country that faces an examination of its rights record at each of the council’s three sessions each year," the AP noted. "Some 70 resolutions, or about quarter of the council’s country-specific resolutions, have been aimed at Israel. That is nearly triple the number for the second-place country: Syria, where hundreds of thousands have been killed in a devastating six-year civil war."

The United States is backing Israel's efforts to fight the publication of the blacklist. The U.S. has demanded that the UN reform and, in October withdrew from the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, for its persistent anti-Israel bias. The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley blasted the UNHRC for its inclusion of dictatorships, demanding that it stop singling out Israel for condemnation, and hinted that the U.S. could quit the council.

The blacklist appears to be the first step to a complete boycott of Israeli companies as Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon characterized the intent of the blacklist as targeting Jewish companies and companies that do business with the Jewish state.

Publishing the blacklist, Danon asserted, would turn the UNHRC into "the world's biggest promoter of BDS," which singles out Israel for isolation.



Israel Offers Condolences over Mosque Massacre, will “Lend a Hand” to Help Egypt Fight ISIS

Israel has said that it would "lend a hand" to Egypt to fight terrorists and leaders from across the political spectrum have sent condolences to Egypt after 305 people were killed in an attack by a group likely affiliated with the terrorist organization Islamic State on a Sufi mosque in the Sinai Peninsula.

Between 25 and 30 armed men carried out the assault on the crowded al Rawdah mosque during prayers, settling off explosives and spraying worshippers with gunfire, in the deadliest ever attack on Egyptian civilians by Islamic extremists. Sufi Muslims practice a mystical form of Islam for which they are branded heretics.

“The Israeli defense establishment expressed its sympathies and, as always, is willing to lend a hand to any country in order to help fight terror,” an Israeli security official told The Times of Israel on Sunday. He added, "That’s how it was in this case, and how it will also be in the future."

The Prime Minister's Office condemned the attack in a statement on Saturday and wished a speedy recovery to those wounded in the “horrific and criminal terrorist attack,” adding that "terrorism will be defeated more quickly if all countries act against it together.”

In another show of solidarity, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai ordered the city's municipality building in Rabin Square to be lit up with the Egyptian flag. “We send our condolences to our friends across the border and light the Municipality building in their honor," he wrote on Twitter.



Claiming Its Missiles are Defensive, Iran Threatens to Increase Their Range to Target Europe

If the European Union insists on negotiating limits on Iran’s missile development program, Iran “may drop this limitation to the range” of the missiles, which Tehran claims are defensive, a top Iranian general told the semi-official Fars News Agency on Sunday.

Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), made his comments in response to the insistence of newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, earlier this month, that the international community needs to negotiate limits on Iran’s missile development program.

“We tell the European countries that if we have confined the range of our missiles to 2,000km until today and have not increased it any further, it is not because of a lack of technology,” Salami said.

“If the Europeans want to enter the sanctum of our missiles, we may drop this limitation to the range (of our missiles),” Salami added making the threat to Europe more explicit. “But if Europe wants to turn into a threat, the range of our missiles will increase.”

Despite Salami’s threats against Europe, Fars noted, “Iran has repeatedly said its missile program is defensive and not negotiable.”

Although language in United Nations Security Council resolution 2231—the resolution that formalized the nuclear deal—“calls on” Iran not to develop ballistic missiles, Iran has continued to do so.

Earlier this month Richard Goldberg and Behnham Ben Taleblu explained how Iran’s ballistic missile program is clearly offensive not defensive, and how the missiles being developed could be used to carry nuclear weapons.



Israeli-Jewish Singer Releases Arabic Album Acknowledging Her Family’s Cultural Roots

In Magi’s latest music video, “Alashoo,” from her soon-to-be-released debut album of the same name, young women clad in streetwear — short shorts, belly shirts and sports bras — circle the singer, throwing attitude, caressing each other and drinking Corona.

It has the makings of any girl-powered hip-hop video, but another element takes center stage here: The song is not in English or even in Hebrew, but in Arabic, with the Eastern melody and beats to match.

For an Israeli-Jewish artist who grew up on the streets of Tel Aviv, this may seem like an unlikely twist, but only if you don’t know the real Maggie Hikri.

“I used to steal my older brothers’ CDs, sit in my room and sing for hours. I was always attracted to the thought of singing in Arabic, but the opportunity came to do so professionally when I started working with English music producer Juno Reactor. From there I started to hear and learn the language and my family’s roots,” says Hikri.

Modern though her music may be, Hikri also credits the Yemenite synagogue in her neighborhood as one of her musical influences, alongside soul, funk, hip-hop, electronic beats, and the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, whose records her Iraqi grandmother played in their house.

Music producer Ron Bunker, guitarist for the popular group Balkan Beat Box, known for blending traditional music with hip-hop beats, helped her focus these sounds to create the distinctive style found on the album.

(via Israel21c)


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