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Hamas vetoes International Women’s Day

Posted by Tip Staff - March 06, 2017
Don’t get your panties in a bunch. Despite the Palestinian Authority having declared this Wednesday, International Women’s Day, a public holiday, Hamas stuck its nose up at the measure and announced there will be no such commemoration. Hamas gave no reason for its decision.

Wednesday is expected to be a normal work day and schools will be open, though the first hour of classes will include discussions about women’s role in the Palestinian national struggle.

The Associated Press reported that since the organization took the reins, “Gazan society has grown increasingly conservative, with Hamas imposing a dress code on female lawyers, principals harassing students who don't wear headscarves and occasionally banning women from smoking in cafes.”

Iranian aggression continues. Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles and Iranian vessels also harassed a U.S. Navy ship operating in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday. Fast-attack boats belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) came within 600 yards of the U.S. Navy vessel, the USNS Invincible, and forced it off course, in addition to three British naval vessels that were accompanying the Invincible. A U.S. official called the encounter “unsafe and unprofessional.” This follows another “unsafe and unprofessional interaction” in January, when IRGC boats came within 900 yards of the USS Mahan and, although given radio warnings, only dispersed after the Mahan was forced to fire warning shots.

Captain Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman, said in January that as of that month, there had been 58 incidents between U.S. and Iranian boats that were unsafe and unprofessional in the past two years: 23 in 2015 and 35 in 2016.

Iran test-fired two missiles last week as part of a naval exercise it was carrying out in the Strait of Hormuz. Last month, German newspaper Die Welt reported that German intelligence believes Iran tested a nuclear-capable cruise missile, with a possible range of 2,000-3,000 kilometers (1,250-1,875 miles). In its test, the missile successfully traveled 600 kilometers (375 miles)—a little less than half the distance to Israel. Furthermore, Iran carried out a ballistic missile test late January. The ballistic missile tests are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which codified the Iran nuclear deal.

Both the ballistic missile tests and the provocation on the seas of the Persian Gulf confirm the statements of the chief of Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, who told Congress last March that Iran has become “more aggressive in the days since the [Iran nuclear] agreement.”

Welcome to Camp Terrorist. The Palestinian Authority is opening a youth camp named after a Palestinian terrorist responsible for the death of injury of dozens of Israeli civilians. Dalal Mughrabi took part in the Coastal Road Massacre of March 11, 1978, during which Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children, and wounded more than 70 others.

The “Brothers of Dalal” camp will open in Jericho Tuesday with “the participation of 45 young men and women.”

The District Governor of Ramallah, who is an official of the Palestinian Authority, “welcomed efforts to hold a camp named after Martyr Dalal Mughrabi,” according to a translation by Palestinian Media Watch. “She praised the creative initiative and its goals, and particularly everything connected to remembering the pure-hearted Martyrs.”

In January of this year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas posed with a child holding a photo of Mughrabi. Abbas’ photo was shared by Fatah, the ruling political party of the Palestinian Authority, with the caption “Holiday of the Martyrs.”

Mughrabi is a national hero among Palestinians, with multiple schools, buildings, and streets in the West Bank bearing her name. She is routinely glorified by Palestinian leaders as a model for women and a champion of the Palestinian national movement. In one social media post on December 27th, Fatah described Mughrabi as a “Bride of Palestine.”

About 2,000 business and healthcare professionals from around the globe are arriving in Tel Aviv today for tonight’s kickoff of the three-day MEDinISRAEL Conference and Exhibition. Israeli cybersecurity solutions; on-site diagnostic tools; virtual and augmented reality for training, treatment and rehabilitation; technologies to drive hospital efficiency; and multidisciplinary advanced manufacturing solutions are to be showcased at MEDinISRAEL to the global high-tech community, venture capitalists, healthcare policymakers, medical device importers and distributors, hospital administrators and other stakeholders. There will be 120 startups and exhibitors, plus representatives from 300 Israel companies. Altogether, Israel boasts more than 1,300 active life-sciences companies and 500 medical device exporters. In 2015, life-sciences exports from Israel reached $8.5 billion. MEDinISRAEL 2017 is initiated and organized by the Israel Export Institute in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (via Israel21c)

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