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The Daily TIP: Abbas Keeps on Defying U.S., Says PA Will Fund “Pay to Slay” Program Until Last Penny

Posted by Tip Staff - July 25, 2018

Abbas Keeps on Defying U.S., Says PA Will Fund “Pay to Slay” Program Until Last Penny
Experts: Unless Europe Takes Decisive Action, Iran Will Continue Terror Attacks
In "Barbaric" Fashion, Syrian Regime Informs Prisoners' Relatives They Died in Jail
Israeli Researchers Develop "Smart Probe" to Ensure Doctors Can Find All Cancer Cells


Abbas Keeps on Defying U.S., Says PA Will Fund “Pay to Slay” Program Until Last Penny

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday defiantly vowed to continue making financial rewards to Palestinian terrorists and their families, even to the PA’s last penny, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“We will not accept a cut or cancellation of salaries to the families of martyrs and prisoners, as some are trying to bring about,” Abbas said during a meeting with families and relatives of Palestinian “martyrs” and former security prisoners.

“Even if we have only a penny left, we will give it to the martyrs, the prisoners and their families,” Abbas promised. “We view the prisoners and the martyrs as planets and stars in the skies of the Palestinian struggle, and they have priority in everything.”

Abbas’ defiance comes despite the suspension of U.S. aid through the Taylor Force Act and Israel’s approval of a new bill which withholds tax funds to the PA as long as they maintain their “Pay to Slay” program.

Abbas hailed the Palestinian security prisoners held by Israel, saying they “pave the way for the liberation of Palestine.”

Trump told Abbas in May of last year, when the two met in Washington D.C., that “no lasting peace” can be achieved between Israel and the Palestinians “unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence.” A few weeks later, when they met in Bethlehem, Trump said during a joint appearance, “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded.”



Experts: Unless Europe Takes Decisive Action, Iran Will Continue Terror Attacks

In the wake of the attempted terror attack in Paris last month, Europe must take decisive action against Iran, or risk again being the target of terrorist attacks plotted by the Islamic Republic, two experts argued in an analysis published Wednesday at Real Clear Defense.

Benjamin Weinthal and Toby Dershowitz observed that despite the arrest of Assadollah Assadi, Iran's ambassador to Austria, in the plot just days later "Austria’s leaders welcomed Iranian President Hasan Rouhani to Vienna. Rather than canceling his visit, they provided a military honor guard."

Austria's chamber of commerce even advocated for stronger commercial ties with Iran during Rouhani's visit, despite the arrest of an Iranian diplomat accredited to Austria.

The push for strengthened ties between Austria and Iran was made even though Austria felt that Assadi's role in the Paris terror plot was significant enough to ask Iran to lift his diplomatic immunity.

The European record of appeasing Iran, despite the setting for the Islamic Republic's efforts to eliminate opponents, is a long one.

Weinthal and Dershowitz argue, "If nothing changes, Iran will carry out more assassinations on European soil." They conclude by urging Europe to come to terms with the United States and mount "a comprehensive international pressure campaign that compels Iran to shut down its terrorism, spy and assassination network."



In "Barbaric" Fashion, Syrian Regime Informs Prisoners' Relatives They Died in Jail

In what one Syrian described as a "barbaric way," the Assad regime is updating its records of prisoners it is holding and informing families that their loved ones have died, sometimes years after the fact, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday.

As the Syrian regime is updating it records, families of the estimated 80,000 Syrians held in regime prisons are learning of their relatives' deaths. The report of a relative's death often comes after years of silence from the regime.

"Before, the regime was giving no details on the detained. It wouldn't declare them dead," Fadel Abdul Ghany, head of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, told AFP. "Now it is, but in a barbaric way."

One activist, who was identified as Salwa, recounted how, in June, she and her sister-in-law went to the regime offices to find out about her nephew and found "a line out the door," of other Syrians seeking information about their missing relatives.

A civil records official checked a list and informed Salwa that her nephew's name was one of those who died. When Salwa expressed disbelief, the official confirmed, "Yes, we received the names of everyone who died inside" the prison.

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution in March 2016 calling for a tribunal to prosecute Assad and his allies for war crimes. The resolution notably cast blame on the Assad regime, as well as “the Russian Federation, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Iran’s terrorist proxies including Hezbollah,” for killing the “vast majority” of Syrian civilians who have died in the conflict.



Israeli Researchers Develop "Smart Probe" to Ensure Doctors Can Find All Cancer Cells

A new smart probe for image-guided surgery developed in Israel may dramatically improve postsurgical outcomes for cancer patients.

Many cancer patients die not from the primary malignant tumor, but rather the spread of lingering cancer cells to other parts of the body, known as metastasis. The so-called “smart probe” developed by a team of Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers may be able to help surgeons pinpoint cancer cells more precisely, allowing them to guarantee the removal of more cancer cells than ever before.

The smart probe, injected into the patient a few hours prior to surgery to excise the primary tumor, uses near-infrared technology to identify the cancer cells.

“The probe is a polymer that connects to a fluorescent tag by a linker. This linker is recognized by an enzyme called cathepsin that is overproduced in many cancer types,” says lead researcher Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine. “Cathepsin cleaves the tag from the polymer and turns on its fluorescence at a near-infrared light.”

The smart probes may potentially be used to guide the surgeon in real time during tumor excision. The surgeon can also avoid harming any “non-glowing” healthy tissue, the researchers said.

The research work done by the Satchi-Fainaro laboratory was supported by the European Research Council Consolidator Award, the Israeli National Nanotechnology Initiative, Focal Technology Area program, Nanomedicine for Personalized Theranostics, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Nanotechnology Research Fund, the Israel Science Foundation and the Israel Cancer Association.

(via Israel21c)


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