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The Daily TIP: Actress Alyssa Milano Won't Speak at Women's March Until Leaders Repudiate Farrakhan

Posted by Tip Staff - November 08, 2018

Actress Alyssa Milano Won't Speak at Women's March Until Leaders Repudiate Farrakhan
As Sanctions Return, Iranians Are Increasingly Critical of Political Elites on Social Media
LA City Council Urges UCLA Not to Host SJP Conference
Israeli Startup Signs License to Produce 3D Printed Lungs for Transplants

Actress Alyssa Milano Won't Speak at Women's March Until Leaders Repudiate Farrakhan

Alyssa Milano, the actress and liberal activist who pioneered the #MeToo Movement, has distanced herself from the Women’s March, saying in a recent interview that she does not intend to support the initiative so long as its leaders defend "bigotry or anti-Semitism."

Milano blasted Women’s March organizers Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory for supporting notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, the leader of Nation of Islam, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

“Any time that there is any bigotry or antisemitism in that respect, it needs to be called out and addressed. I’m disappointed in the leadership of the Women’s March that they haven’t done it adequately,” the actress said in an interview with the LGBTQ publication The Advocate.

Asked if she would participate in the Women’s March again, Milano said she would not, so long as Sarsour and Mallory were at the helm. "I would say no at this point," she answered. "Unfortunate that none of them have come forward against him at this point. Or even given a really good reason why to support them."

Milano spoke at last year’s Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

The criticism stems from Mallory’s close links to Farrakhan, whom she praised as “GOAT” or “Greatest of All Time.” Mallory was criticized earlier this year for not speaking out, after she attended an event during which Farrakhan said, “The powerful Jews are my enemy.” Her fellow co-chair, Linda Sarsour, later defended her against claims that she was tolerating anti-Semitism.

Sarsour wrote on Facebook, “I stand with Tamika Mallory every day, with every fiber of my being because she has so much of what we need in the movement right now to win."

Carmen Perez, another leader of the Women’s March whom Milano didn’t explicitly mention, has also voiced support for Farrakhan.

As Sanctions Return, Iranians Are Increasingly Critical of Political Elites on Social Media

Ordinary Iranians on social media are increasingly expressing their frustration with the nation's privileged political class, as new sanctions take hold, Reuters reported Wednesday.

A deteriorating economy sparked nationwide protests beginning late last year, but Iranians are "increasingly pointing fingers at the rich and powerful, including clerics, diplomats, officials and their families," according to Reuters.

A cleric named Seyed Mahdi Sadrossadati has amassed 256,000 followers on Instagram, criticizing the lavish lifestyles of children of Iran's wealthy, politically-connected elite. In one instance, Sadrossadati posted a photograph of an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander and his son posing in front of a tiger, lying down in a mansion.

“A house tiger? What’s going on?” the cleric demanded. “And this from a 25-year-old youth who could not gain such wealth. People are having serious difficulty getting diapers for their child.”

Reuters characterized the criticism of the family of a commander in the elite force backed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a "rare act of defiance."

The exchange rate for the Iranian rial is now 149,000 for one dollar on the black market. At the beginning of 2018, the exchange rate was 43,000. The withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear deal in May and the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran have prompted companies to stop doing business Iran or stay away in the first place.

Earlier this year, an outcry arose when pictures of the lavish wedding between Amir Mohsen Moradian, the son of Iran’s ambassador to Denmark, and fashion model and designer, Anashid Hosseini, were published on social media.

A website called Fararu pointed out that the extravagant wedding was being held when an estimated 12 million eligible Iranian singles cannot marry because they don’t have the resources for a wedding.

LA City Council Urges UCLA Not To Host SJP Conference

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging UCLA not to allow Student for Justice in Palestine (SJP) to hold its annual conference on the campus, the Jewish Journal reported Tuesday.

Part of the resolution reads, “SJP members have posted violent anti-Semitic rhetoric on social media, ranging from calling for the annihilation of the Jewish people, to the admiration of Adolf Hitler and hateful calls to ‘kill Jews’ ‘kill all Zionists’ and ‘let’s stuff some Jews in the oven.’”

Also, according to the resolution, SJP, by “comparing Israel to the Nazis” on its website, violates the definition of anti-Semitism formulated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Councilman Paul Koretz, who introduced the resolution, said that he feared that the conference would "promote anti-Semitism.”

The resolution also noted that by only allowing participants at the conference who were approved by SJP or other pro-Palestinian campus groups, the conference could run afoul of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of "race, color, or national origin in federally assisted programs or activities.”

"A public university should not allow any group to implement a litmus test for event participation on their campus based on an attendee’s beliefs, religion, or national origin,” the resolution says.

A similar issue faced the American Studies Association in 2014 when it rented a Los Angeles hotel to host its conference after it passed a resolution supporting an academic boycott of Israel. At the time, the American Center for Law & Justice sent a letter to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel stating that by hosting a conference from which Israeli academics would be barred, it would violate California law by discriminating on the basis of "national origin, race, and religion."

Israeli Startup Signs License to Produce 3D Printed Lungs for Transplants

CollPlant, an Israeli regenerative medicine company focused on 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, signed a license, development and commercialization agreement with United Therapeutics Corporation of Maryland for 3D bioprinted lung transplants.

The agreement combines CollPlant’s proprietary recombinant human collagen (rhCollagen) derived from engineered tobacco plants, and its BioInk technology, with the regenerative medicine and organ manufacturing capabilities of United Therapeutics subsidiary Lung Biotechnology PBC.

One of many companies founded by Hebrew University nanotechnology pioneer Prof. Oded Shoseyov, CollPlant will manufacture and supply BioInk for a few years to meet development process demand, and will provide technical support to United Therapeutics as it establishes a US facility for the manufacture of CollPlant’s rhCollagen and BioInk.

The BioInk product line also includes a soft-tissue repair matrix for treating tendinopathy and a wound repair matrix to promote a rapid optimal healing of acute and chronic wounds.

In addition to the initial focus on 3D bioprinted lungs for transplant surgeries anywhere in the world, the agreement grants United Therapeutics an option to expand the field of its license to add up to three additional organs.

“We are excited to work with CollPlant’s extraordinary Israeli technology to transform the tobacco plant that is so associated with lung disease into a collagen-expressing plant that will be essential to the production of an unlimited number of transplantable lungs,” said United Therapeutics Chairwoman and CEO Martine Rothblatt.

Once the agreement is approved by the Israel Innovation Authority and meets certain closing conditions, Ness Ziona-based CollPlant will receive an upfront payment of $5 million and milestone payments of up to $15 million based on the achievement of certain operational and regulatory milestones related to the development of manufactured lungs.

(via Israel21c)

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