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Gaza News Agency Mocks "So-Called" Holocaust, Calls Tel Aviv a "Settlement"

Posted by Tip Staff - April 24, 2017
Gaza News Agency Mocks "So-Called" Holocaust, Calls Tel Aviv a "Settlement"
Expert: U.S. Released Iranian Sanctions Violators to Secure Nuclear Deal, Eroding Leverage
Five Israelis Injured in Two Palestinian Stabbing Attacks This Week
Israeli Couple Creates Mobile App to Sound Siren on Holocaust Memorial Day



Gaza News Agency Mocks "So-Called" Holocaust, Calls Tel Aviv a "Settlement"

The popular Arabic-language Twitter feed of a Hamas-linked news agency mocked Israel's observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, sharing a photograph of Israelis standing outside their vehicles as memorial sirens blared in Tel Aviv.

While the city was established by Zionist Jews in 1909 and was part of Israel before 1967, the Gaza-based Palestinian Information Center described it as a "settlement" when referring to the "so-called 'Holocaust remembrance'" in a

There is no comparable tweet at the center's
English Twitter feed.

How Holocaust Denial Shaped Mahmoud Abbas’ Worldview, which was published in the June 2016 issue of The Tower Magazine, Edy Cohen explained why many in the Palestinian territories, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, downplay or deny the Holocaust:

Perhaps most depressing, however, is the fact that Abbas’ claims are widespread among the Palestinians and the Arab states in general. As long as this persists, peace is all but impossible, because the Palestinians and the Arab world cannot make peace with the Jewish state without admitting, to some degree, the justice of its cause. To do this, it must acknowledge and sympathize with the terrible crime done to the Jewish people.

Expert: U.S. Released Iranian Sanctions Violators to Secure Nuclear Deal, Eroding Leverage

The Obama administration's decision to release several high-profile Iranian prisoners in order to secure the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal undermined Washington's ability to counter Tehran's nuclear and missile proliferation efforts, Politico reported Monday.

In January 2016, the Obama administration released seven Iranian-born prisoners---six of whom were also U.S. citizens---convicted or accused of what a senior U.S. official called "sanctions-related offenses." The White House portrayed the move as a modest trade-off that would bolster the nuclear agreement and secure the freedom of five Americans.

The U.S. also agreed to stop seeking the extradition of 14 Iranian fugitives, including Seyed Abolfazl Shahab Jamili, who was charged with supplying Iran with parts for nuclear applications from China between 2005 to 2012. These included sensors for centrifuges used to enrich uranium, the activity that led to sanctions on Iran.

However, while President Barack Obama said those being released were not "charged with terrorism or any violent offenses,"
reported that the Justice Department had accused a number of them as "posing threats to national security."

“There was always a broader conceptual problem with the administration not wanting to upset the balance of the deal or the perceived rapprochement with the Iranian regime,” said Juan Zarate, an expert on sanctions and former Bush administration official who had originally supported the nuclear deal. “The deal was sacrosanct, and the Iranians knew it from the start and took full advantage when we had — and continue to maintain — enormous leverage.”

Five Israelis Injured in Two Palestinian Stabbing Attacks This Week


An 18-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank injured four people on Sunday afternoon at the promenade near Atarim Square in Tel Aviv.

The attacker entered Israel on a day permit obtained via an organization called “Natural Peace Tours,” an Israeli group that brings Palestinians to Israel for special visits to promote peace and co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.

At 2:30 PM, the Palestinian teenager went to the Tel Aviv promenade after leaving one of the hotels in the area with a small work tool. He lunged at a passerby and assaulted him, causing light injuries. The attacker then continued to the Leonardo Hotel where he attacked three more people before being arrested.

The four victims, a 70-year-old man and two men and one woman in their 50’s, were taken to Ichilov Hospital with moderate injuries.

A stabbing attack occurred Monday morning at the Kalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem. A 25-year-old female soldier sustained light injuries to the shoulder. A Palestinian woman named as Asya Kabaneh, 41, from Duma in the Nablus area was arrested at the scene.


Israeli Couple Creates Mobile App to Sound Siren on Holocaust Memorial Day

Amir and Rotem Lev Zwickel, an Israeli couple living in New York, launched a mobile app called Standing Still that allows people anywhere in the world to stop and stand in silence during the Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israeli Memorial Day two-minute sirens, just as virtually all Israelis do.

“On Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, April 24th, 2017, we call Israelis, Jews and Israel supporters around the world to download our app, donate to the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Survivors and to stand still with us during the Siren,” the Zwickels wrote in their description of the app on Google Play and iTunes.
Standing Still, the first project of The Israeli Connection, a nonprofit venture founded in 2016, reportedly was developed in collaboration with the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel and the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin.

Sirens are sounded throughout Israel for two minutes at 10am on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah); for one minute as night falls on the eve of Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) and for two minutes at 11am on Memorial Day.

Israeli stop whatever they are doing to stand silently in respect, even pulling over on highways and getting out of their cars.

Users of the app can choose to hear the siren in real time or at some other time.

(via Israel21c)


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