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The Daily TIP: VP Mike Pence Announces that U.S. Will Move Embassy to Jerusalem by End of 2019

Posted by Tip Staff - January 22, 2018

VP Mike Pence Announces that U.S. Will Move Embassy to Jerusalem by End of 2019
TIP CEO: With Europe's Abdication, U.S. Must Take Lead in Promoting Freedom for Iran
ADL CEO: Boycott of Scarlett Johansson’s Women’s March Speech was “Contemptible”
First Female Muslim Volunteer EMT in Israel Recognized as a “Powerhouse of Lifesaving”


VP Mike Pence Announces that U.S. Will Move Embassy to Jerusalem by End of 2019

United States Vice President Mike Pence announced on Monday that the United States will relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before the end of 2019, ahead of schedule, honoring a bipartisan commitment made over 20 years ago, enshrined in the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act of 1995.

“In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem — and that the United States embassy will open before the end of next year,” Pence said in an address to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. “By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction — and fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace.”

The Vice President “strongly” urged the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, saying that “peace can only come through dialogue.”

The Palestinian leadership, meanwhile, has responded in anger to the speech. Pence’s announcement, they said, was a “gift to extremists.”

For over 20 years, the endeavor to move the U.S. embassy has been a bipartisan effort, supported by both Democrats and Republicans. Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, renewed his call for relocation in October 2017. “Moving the embassy as soon as possible would appropriately commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification and show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” he said.

Antony Korenstein, a senior adviser at The Israel Project, welcomed Pence’s perspective on peace talks as “thinking out of the box.”



TIP CEO: With Europe's Abdication, U.S. Must Take Lead in Promoting Freedom for Iran

When Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs finally spoke up about the protests that have recently roiled Iran, she didn't speak up for freedom and demand that the government respect the rights of the protesters, but rather, she offered a non-judgmental "we expect all concerned to refrain from violence," after the government had already killed at least 22 people. In the absence of a strong response from Europe, America’s leadership is all the “more critical,” Josh Block, president and CEO of The Israel Project, wrote in an op-ed published Sunday in The Times of Israel.

"Europe’s unwillingness to clip Iran’s wings of terror and oppression makes America’s leadership more critical," Block wrote. "America,” he noted, “has sometimes stood proudest when it has stood alone."

While Europe's timid response to Iran's repression may be driven by the European appetite for Iranian business, sanctioning those institutions that are intertwined with Iran's ruling class will make European business leaders think twice about engaging with their Iranian counterparts. Will Europe's businesses pursue opportunities in Iran's $400 billion economy if it means being shunned the U.S.'s $19 trillion economy?

While members of Iran's government may act more welcoming to the West, Block observed, "They are still driven by the same ideology of clerical fascism that crushed protesters in 1979 and again in 2009." The "silence, or even complicity, of European governments towards the repression in Iran means that "it is now up to America to say, 'no more.'"



ADL CEO: Boycott of Scarlett Johansson’s Women’s March Speech was “Contemptible”

Those who boycotted Scarlett Johansson's Women's March speech in Los Angeles due to her position as spokesperson for SodaStream, an Israeli company that employs both Jews and Arabs, was both "clarifying & contemptible," Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League said on Twitter Sunday.

Greenblatt was reacting to news, reported Saturday, that a Palestinian group, Palestinian American Women’s Assn. (PAWA), was withdrawing from the march due to Johansson's participation.

"The Women’s March mission says we believe that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,” Sana Ibrahim, a past president of PAWA, said. “Apparently that does not extend to Palestinian human rights, during the WMLA.”

Ibrahim's sentiment echoes that of Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the Women's March movement. Sarsour has said that Zionism and feminism are not compatible.

Julie Lenarz, a senior fellow at The Israel Project, rejected Sarsour's formulation, observing, "Both movements represent groups that, throughout history, faced deep-rooted discrimination and profound hostility, simply for seeking equality among nations and people." She added that "The modern Jewish state is a place where Zionism and feminism thrive side by side."

In 2014, Johansson was appointed global ambassador to SodaSteam. Johansson stood up to pressure urging her to disassociate herself from the company and wrote that SodaStream, was not just "committed to the environment but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights."



First Female Muslim Volunteer EMT in Israel Recognized as a “Powerhouse of Lifesaving”

On a recent Wednesday morning, volunteer emergency medical technician Sanaa Mahameed was the first responder on the scene as fire and rescue personnel extricated two injured people from their vehicles following a car crash.

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents aren’t a rare occurrence. What was unusual about this scene is that the woman tending the wounded was a religious Muslim who modestly covers her hair and neck with a hijab.

Sanaa Mahameed holds the distinction of being the first female Muslim volunteer EMT in the United Hatzalah of Israel voluntary first-responder network, whose total volunteer force of 4,000 includes about 320 Muslims and 330 women.

United Hatzalah international spokesman Raphael Poch describes Mahameed as one of the most active volunteers in Umm al-Fahm, an Arab town in the Haifa district.

“Sanaa Mahameed is a powerhouse of lifesaving. She has spent the better part of her adult life dedicating her time to save the lives of others,” Poch said.

Mahameed, now 30 years old, explained that she decided to go into this type of work following a tragic incident in her own family when she was 16.

“From that day onwards I knew that I would dedicate my life to saving other people by becoming an EMT so that I would know how to help people no matter what was occurring around me. That is precisely what I did,” Mahameed said.

(via Israel21c)


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