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Israel plans to treat Aleppo refugees in its hospitals

Posted by Tip Staff - December 20, 2016


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is readying to bring wounded refugees from the Syrian city of Aleppo to Israeli hospitals for treatment, Reuters reported Tuesday.
"We're prepared to take in wounded women and children, and also men if they are not combatants ... bring them to Israel, take care of them in our hospitals, as we've done with thousands of Syrian civilians," Netanyahu said at a meeting with foreign reporters in Jerusalem. "I've asked the foreign ministry to seek ways to expand our medical assistance to the civilian casualties of the Syrian tragedy, specifically in Aleppo," he added.
Despite the fact that Israel and Syria are formally in a state of war, Israel has treated more than 2,000 Syrian civilians in its hospitals. Each patient costs the Israeli taxpayer an estimated $15,000.
Israelis are also donating privately in large amounts to help beleaguered Syrians, according to a Christian Science Monitor article published Sunday. An Israeli crowdfunding initiative called “The Syrians on the Fences” was started last Thursday, and, by Sunday morning, it had raised 436,000 shekels—or $113,000. The funds will be used to buy formula, blankets, and medicine for Syrian children.


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has stripped five lawmakers of their parliamentary immunity in the aftermath of being unanimously reinstated as the head of the Fatah Party, Reuters reported Tuesday. Three of them, seeking sanctuary in the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ramallah, were escorted out by Palestinian police officers.
Abbas’ arch-rival, Mohammed Dahlan, was sentenced in absentia to three years in prison for graft last Wednesday, a decision that the exiled Dahlan said was political and “ordered by Abbas.” According to Reuters, “All five of those who had their immunity from prosecution revoked are regarded as allies or associates of Dahlan.” Many of Dahlan’s supporters have been purged from Fatah or arrested and were excluded from the recent Fatah Congress that re-elected Abbas as party chief.
Shami al-Shami, one of the parliamentarians whose immunity was revoked, said, “This was an absolute violation of Palestinian law and the constitution.” A group of Fatah parliamentarians issued a joint statement calling for the decision to be reversed and saying that Abbas did not have the right to make the move.
Abbas has long cracked down on both politicians and private citizens for opposing or questioning his leadership. This past March, Najat Abu Bakr, a Fatah lawmaker, sought sanctuary in the Palestinian parliament building; a warrant had been issued for her arrest by the Palestinian Authority after she accused a close Abbas associate of corruption. Journalists, activists, and musicians, among others, have been systematically intimidated, arrested, and abused.

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has warned that unless Iran slows down the pace at which it is enriching uranium, it will exceed the limits that the nuclear deal set on its possession of the material, senior diplomats told the Associated Press on Monday.
While the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN body charged with monitoring Iran’s compliance with the deal, said that Iran is abiding by its uranium enrichment obligations, the two diplomats revealed that the IAEA “warned Tehran that unless it slows the process it could soon bust through its cap on material that could be used to make a bomb,” the AP reported.
Following talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over the weekend, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said that Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium is within limits “for now.” Under the terms of the deal, Iran cannot possess more than 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of low-enriched uranium.
Since the deal was implemented in January, Iran has twice breached caps on its stockpile of heavy water, which is used to cool reactors in the production of plutonium. Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director-general of the IAEA, wrote that Iran’s repeated violations demonstrated “disrespect for the nuclear terms of the agreement.”
Last week, Rouhani ordered his country’s atomic energy agency to begin looking into ways to develop nuclear powered submarines, which would likely require enriching uranium to 20 percent. This would violate the terms of the deal, which limits Iran’s enrichment of uranium to 3.67 percent.


A 2,000-year-old bronze coin depicting King Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Greek tyrant under whose reign the Maccabean Revolt took place, was recently found at the Tower of David in Jerusalem, the museum announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The treasure was discovered during routine maintenance work, surprising archaeologists who believed that the historic site was completely excavated in recent decades.
Chief conservator Orna Cohen spotted the coin among the stones from a Hasmonean-era wall inside the citadel. Upon inspection, it was determined that the coin, which depicts Antiochus wearing a crown on the front and a goddess wearing a scarf on the back, was a bronze penny that was in circulation over two millennia ago.
Although no date was stamped on the artifact, antiquities officials said it was similar to thousands of others that were minted at the port city of Acre, which was called Ptolemais at the time, between 172 and 168 BCE.

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