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New indictment alleges involvement of Hezbollah in bombing of Israeli tourist bus

Posted by Tip Staff - July 18, 2016

The anniversaries of two terrorist attacks this week illustrated the global reach of Iran and its proxy group Hezbollah. Four years after a bus full of Israeli tourists was bombed in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing six and wounding 35 more, Bulgarian prosecutors indicted two Lebanese nationals on Monday for carrying out the attack. The two suspects have never been found and will face trial in absentia. Then-Interior Minister, Tsvetlin Yovchev said a year after the attack that there were “clear signs that say Hezbollah [was] behind the Burgas bombing.” The Burgas bombing was only one of many Iranian-sponsored attacks against Israelis in 2012; Israeli diplomats in India and Thailand were targeted that same year. Two Lebanese members of Hezbollah were arrested in Bangkok in 2014 for planning attacks against Israelis during Passover. And last year, a court in Cyprus sentenced a Hezbollah member to six years in prison. Cypriot authorities seized 8.5 tons of ammonium nitrate at the home of the terrorist, who intended to use them on Israeli targets.

Additionally, 22 years ago today, 85 people were killed and 300 wounded by a truck bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, in what is still the deadliest anti-Semitic attack since World War II. The suicide bomber was later identified as Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a Lebanese member of Hezbollah. Argentine prosecutors formally charged senior Iranian and Hezbollah officials, including former Iranian President Hashemi Nafsanjani, for the attack in October 2006. Nearly a decade later, chief prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Argentina’s then-President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of blocking an investigation into the attack in return for favorable trade deals with Iran. A day before Nisman was to present his evidence to the Argentine Congress, his body was found with a bullet hole in his head. Both Hezbollah and Iran have a significant footprint in Latin America, with established intelligence and logistical networks. Hezbollah in particular is heavily involved in the Latin American drug and weapons smuggling trade, using the proceeds to, among other things, fund its fight to keep Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in power.

Iranian hardliners close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are “gaining authority” in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Monday.
Khamenei’s allies control the bulk of financial resources as well as the judiciary, the security forces, public broadcasters and the Guardian Council which vets laws and election candidates,” the news agency wrote.
According to many experts, parliamentary elections earlier this year solidified the hold of hardliners over Iran’s political institutions.
“Iran’s political system allows elections for president and parliament, but gives a hardline watchdog body power to veto laws and decide which candidates may stand,” Reuters explained.
Khamenei’s support derives from the “the loyal support of 150,000 Revolutionary Guardsmen and their Basij henchmen,” senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Karim Sadjadpour told Reuters, referring to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The IRGC is estimated to control a sixth of Iran’s economy. One Iranian executive told Reuters last July that “boosting the economy [via the nuclear deal] will increase the IRGC’s influence over politics and the economy because it will strengthen the hardline establishment.”
Emanuele Ottolenghi and Saeed Ghasseminejad of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies similarly predicted in May 2015 that the groups most likely to be strengthened by the nuclear deal were businesses controlled by Khamenei and the IRGC.
Shortly after the deal was reached last July, Lee Smith, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, observed that it was “a huge victory for the regime’s hardliners.”
In addition to its increasing financial and political clout, the IRGC has been behind a growing crackdown on civil rights. In November of last year, The New York Timesreported that anti-Americanism had increased and individual liberties were being curtailed even further since the announcement of the deal. A number of Iranian journalists, activists, and cultural figures were arrested by IRGC forces at the time.
The IRGC also supports terror groups and militias throughout the world through its Qods Force, which is commanded by Gen. Qassem Suleimani. While Suleimani has been implicated for his support of terror and sanctioned by United Nations Security Council, the international community has failed to enforce the sanctions against him. (via TheTower.org)

For people who suffer from motion sickness, the revolting feeling of nausea, dizziness and unevenness can be debilitating. The market has numerous wearable devices and anti-nausea pharmaceuticals boasting cures or prevention, but as most sufferers will tell you, almost nothing works. Now, an Israeli team of entrepreneurs offers a solution for some sufferers. It’s called MotionCure and it is developed by Sidis Labs, a Tel Aviv startup that is pulsing away all those bad feelings. “It’s a big thing for everyone who suffers from motion sickness,” Sidis Labs CEO Ohad Raz says. “There’s no on/off solution to motion sickness. For some people, MotionCure doesn’t work and we’re honest about it. If it doesn’t work for you, just return it. But for others, the reviews are saying, ‘This is like magic for us.’ It can be an amazing solution.” MotionCure is a neck brace that looks like a cross between cervical collar worn after a whiplash injury and an airplane travel pillow. The brace transmits pulses to the brain through both the median nerve at the back of the neck and the inner ear’s vestibular system — a network of nerves, channels and fluids in your inner ear, which gives your brain a sense of motion, equilibrium and spatial orientation. The customized frequencies sent to the body and brain help reduce symptoms of motion sickness. (via Israel21c)


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