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The Daily TIP: All 100 Senators Call for End to Anti-Israel Bias at UN

Posted by Tip Staff - April 28, 2017

All 100 Senators Call for End to Anti-Israel Bias at UN
UAE Sentences Man for Smuggling Nuclear-Related Items to Iran
Israeli Officials: Trump Set to Visit Israel in May
Israeli Charity Makes Free Medical Equipment Available for Disabled Tourists

All 100 Senators Call for End to Anti-Israel Bias at UN 

All 100 members of the U.S. Senate signed a letter Thursday urging the United Nations to stop unfairly targeting Israel.

The senators noted that while the U.S. co-founded the UN "with the intention of saving future generations from war," today many member states and agencies "are using the U.N.'s privileged platform to advance an anti-Israel agenda."

"Although, as Republicans and Democrats, we disagree on many issues, we are united in our desire to see the United Nations improve its treatment of Israel and eliminate anti-Semitism in all its forms," they stressed.

The lawmakers praised UN Secretary-General António Guterres for insisting that the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), a body comprised of 18 Arab states, rescind a controversial anti-Israel report it issued last month.

Noting that the U.S. is both the UN's "principal founding member and its largest contributor," the senators urged Washington to "insist on reform." The "continued targeting of Israel by the U.N. Human Rights Council and other U.N. entities is unacceptable," they stressed.

"If you continue to build on your recent actions, we stand ready to work with you to eliminate the organization's anti-Israel bias and to fight anti-Semitism in all its forms," the lawmakers concluded.


UAE Sentences Man for Smuggling Nuclear-Related Items to Iran 

The United Arab Emirates sentenced a man to ten years in prison for smuggling parts to Iran for use in its nuclear program, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The man, an Iranian citizen identified only by his initials S.M.A.R., was convicted of smuggling an electric motor and other devices. While the UAE's official press agency WAM said the man was convicted of "violating the international ban on nuclear weapons," it didn't specify how the items smuggled related to Iran's nuclear program.

Earlier this week, a report in Politico revealed how Iran used operatives all around the world to help smuggle materials and technology in order to boost its nuclear program.

Iranian agents have frequently been caught attempting to smuggle nuclear-related items. German intelligence last year reported that in 2015 Iran engaged in secret efforts to procure nuclear-related materials that spanned at least half of Germany’s states. A year earlier, Germany’s federal intelligence agency warned that Iran was still trying to procure illicit technology for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, despite then-ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers.

Israeli Officials: Trump Set to Visit Israel in May 

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to arrive in Israel for a two-day visit on 22 May, official sources in Jerusalem told The Times of Israel on Thursday.

A delegation of some 25 U.S. officials landed in Israel on Thursday to start planning what is due to be the president’s first trip abroad since entering the White House. No previous U.S. president has visited Israel in the first months of his term.

Trump is expected to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during his trip to Israel. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley are expected to visit Israel at a later date. Haley's visit it scheduled for June.

It is thought that Trump will visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and the Old City in Jerusalem as well as the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

The timing of the visit will coincide with the day Israelis celebrate the unification of Jerusalem, which begins on the evening of May 23. Speculation has continued over whether Trump will follow through on his campaign promise of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Referring to a potential restart of a peace process, Trump told Reuters: “I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians. There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians – none whatsoever.”

(via BICOM)


Israeli Charity Makes Free Medical Equipment Available for Disabled Tourists

Traveling abroad presents many challenges for people with special needs. A new service in Israel, Yad Sarah for Tourists, provides personalized assistance to those who want to visit Israel.

Without charge, Yad Sarah for Tourists arranges loan and delivery of medical and rehabilitative equipment to the tourist’s hotel or host’s residence, such as an electric hospital bed, hoist, shower chair, wheelchair, crutches, oxygen concentrator and so on. It recommends tour guides specializing in clients with limited mobility and special needs, as well as advice about tourist sites with easy access.

“I don’t know of any other place in the world that does this for free. You can come and visit Israel even with physical disabilities because of the service we give,” says Nadia Allalo, head of Yad Sarah for Tourists.

For a fee, disabled tourists also can hire a specially equipped vehicle from Yad Sarah for transfers to and from the airport and for sightseeing. The vehicle can accommodate two wheelchairs and four ambulatory companions.

Yad Sarah, the largest voluntary organization in Israel, provides a spectrum of free or nominal cost services to make life easier for sick, disabled and elderly people and their families, and also lends baby gear to families with newborns. Now 40 years old, Yad Sarah has more than 100 branches throughout Israel run by close to 7,000 volunteers.

(via Israel21c)

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