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The Daily TIP: U.S. Finds Iran in Violation of Spirit of Nuclear Agreement, Imposes New Sanctions

Posted by Tip Staff - July 18, 2017

U.S. Finds Iran in Violation of Spirit of Nuclear Agreement, Imposes New Sanctions
Reporter Harassed, Demoted for Breaking Story of Jews Being Excluded From LGBT March
Minority Leader Schumer Calls Anti-Zionism a “Modern Brand of Anti-Semitism”
Israeli High School Students Win Medals at International Chemistry Olympiad in Thailand


U.S. Finds Iran in Violation of Spirit of Nuclear Agreement, Imposes New Sanctions

The Trump administration told Congress on Monday that while Iran has met the conditions necessary to be recertified as complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, it is violating "the spirit" of the pact through its destabilizing behavior across the Middle East.

President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and "the entire administration judge that Iran is unquestionably in default of the spirit" of the agreement, one official told the Associated Press.

Administration officials announced that they would enforce the deal more strictly, impose sanctions on Iran for its terror support and other aggression, and engage European allies in applying more pressure on Iran. On Tuesday, the Treasury Department imposed fresh sanctions on 18 entities and individuals who are involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and support its malign behavior across the Middle East.

In a meeting with his national security team---including Tillerson, National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.---the president had insisted on such measures before agreeing to recertify. Trump is reportedly "frustrated" with the deal and told his top aides that he would not continue recertifying it indefinitely, The New York Times reported.

In an interview with the National Interest on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that Iran could allege that the United States is violating the deal and stop complying with its terms.

Reporter Harassed, Demoted for Breaking Story of Jews Being Excluded From LGBT March

The award-winning journalist who first revealed that three Jewish women were banned from the Dyke March in Chicago for carrying LGBT flags adorned with the Star of David last month, confirmed on Monday that she was removed from her position as reporter because of the event.

Gretchen Rachel Hammond wrote in a tweet directed at the Dyke March organizers, “You attacked, humiliated and robbed me of a job. No tears. I forgive you. Just hope you learn how destructive and pointless hatred is.”

When approached by the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) the same day, Hammond confirmed that she wrote the tweet. But the journalist said she could not elaborate further on events that followed the Dyke March controversy because of an agreement with her employer, the Windy City Times.

Hammond, who is Jewish, told JTA that she was subjected to dozens of abusive and threatening phone calls as a result of her reporting. One caller called her a “kike,” while others told her she should lose her job or accused her of having “betrayed” the LGBT community.

Jewish organizations, as well as the three women ejected from the march, have accused the Dyke March organizers of anti-semitism. The Dyke March came under fire last week after using an anti-Semitic slur, tweeting that “Zio tears replenish my electrolytes.” White supremacists, including former KKK Grand Wizard and Holocaust denier David Duke, have used the term “Zio” to target Jews.

Minority Leader Schumer Calls Anti-Zionism a “Modern Brand of Anti-Semitism”

Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D - N.Y.) on Monday slammed boycotts of Israel and called anti-Zionism a "modern brand of anti-Semitism" in a speech on the Senate floor.

Schumer praised French President Emmanuel Macron for identifying anti-Zionism---the denial of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination---as "a reinvention of anti-Semitism" over the weekend. .

"Anti-Semitism is a word that has been used throughout history when Jewish people are judged and measured by one standard and the rest by another. When everyone else was allowed to farm and Jews could not; when anyone else could live in Moscow and Jews could not; when others could become academics or tradesmen and Jews could not. The word to describe all of these acts is anti-Semitism," Schumer said, explaining why Macron's formulation was appropriate. "So it is with anti-Zionism; the idea that all other peoples can seek and defend their right to self-determination but Jews cannot; that other nations have a right to exist, but the Jewish state of Israel does not." .

"The BDS movement is a deeply biased campaign that I would say, in similar words to Mr. Macron, is a 'reinvented form of anti-Semitism' because it seeks to impose boycotts on Israel and not on any other nation," Schumer observed.

Diverse public figures including former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, Pope Francis, and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres have also denounced anti-Zionism as a form of modern anti-Semitism.

Israeli High School Students Win Medals at International Chemistry Olympiad in Thailand

Israeli secondary school students Ron Solan, Rina Sevostianov and Ofir Shmool won a silver and two bronze medals, respectively, at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad in Thailand this month.

Ben Pilarski was the fourth member of the Israeli team.

The annual contest draws teams of four students from 76 countries to show off their chemistry knowledge and skills in a five-hour laboratory practical and five-hour written theoretical examination.

The Israeli delegation trains with Prof. Zeev Gross from the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion, as well as with their teachers at their individual high schools.

Solan won a silver medal at last year’s Olympiad and a bronze at the year before. He won a gold medal at April’s 51st International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad. Sevostianov also brought home a bronze medal from the International Olympiad in 2016. Shmool won bronze at the Mendeleev contest this year.

(via Israel21c)


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