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The Daily TIP: AP: Support for Pro-Palestinian UN Resolution "Significantly Lower" Than Expected

Posted by Tip Staff - December 21, 2017

AP: Support for Pro-Palestinian UN Resolution "Significantly Lower" Than Expected
UN Experts Call on Iran to Annul Death Sentence against Swedish Resident “Immediately”
France “Determined” to Stop Iran’s Advanced Ballistic Missile Development
Israeli Startup Signs Int'l Soccer Star Messi to be Its Brand Ambassador

AP: Support for Pro-Palestinian UN Resolution "Significantly Lower" Than Expected

A non-binding resolution introduced in the United Nations General Assembly rejecting President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as "null and void" passed but with "significantly lower" support than the Palestinians had hoped for, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The resolution passed 128 - 9 but with 35 abstentions. There were 21 nations that did not show up for the vote. Supporters of the measure had been expecting 150 votes but the final tally "was significantly lower than its supporters had hoped for." The AP also suggested that the number of nations not supporting the resolution was a "victory" for the Trump administration, whose threat to cut funding to nations opposing its recognition of Jerusalem had "an impact."

The resolution was opposed not only by Israel and the United States, but by Guatemala, Honduras and Togo, the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported. Canada, Mexico and a number of Eastern Europrean countries, Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania all abstained. A number of African nations including Uganda, Cameroon, and Rwanda also abstained.

In her speech ahead of the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley not only rebuked the UN for its anti-Israel bias, calling it "a hostile place for the state of Israel", but also for targeting the U.S. "for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation."

Haley reiterated that the "United States is by far the single largest contributor to the United Nations and its agencies," helping the UN "[produces] great good," but that when, despite its contributions, the U.S. is "disrespected" in the UN, it might be time to "spend our resources in more productive ways."

UN Experts Call on Iran to Annul Death Sentence against Swedish Resident “Immediately”

Four independent experts working with the United Nations have called on Iran to “immediately” annul the death sentence against Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, an academic and doctor accused of espionage for Israel, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday..

The U.N. expert on the human rights situation in Iran, alongside the experts on arbitrary detention, torture and summary executions, emphasized that Djalali had been held incommunicado, denied access to a lawyer, and forced to confess.

Djalali was arrested in April 2016 on espionage charges and was held in solitary confinement for several months. Iran has refused to grant Djalali—who is a resident of Sweden—access to Swedish consular services.

He was sentenced to death on October 21. Djalali had been found guilty by an Iranian court of sharing sensitive information about some 30 senior Iranian figures during meetings with officials from Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency. Djalali claims that he was targeted for refusing to spy for Iran while he was based in Europe.

“The execution of Dr. Djalali must be immediately halted and he must be released and accorded an enforceable right to compensation and other reparations,” the U.N. experts said. “No formal charges were brought against him for nearly 10 months and he was effectively prevented from exercising his right to challenge the legality of detention,” they added.

They also maintained that “Djalali’s rights to a fair trial before an independent and impartial tribunal and to an effective defense have been violated.”

France “Determined” to Stop Iran’s Advanced Ballistic Missile Development

On a visit to the United States, France's foreign minister said that his nation is "determined" to stop Iran's continued development of increasingly sophisticated ballistic missiles, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, who was in Washington for talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. President Donald Trump’s special adviser Jared Kushner, said, "We are fully determined to press very vigorously on Iran to stop the development of an increasingly significant ballistic capability."

In response to Iranian criticisms of French President Emmanuel Macron recent accusation that Iran's is pursuing "hegemonic temptations” in the Middle East, Le Drian, who is slated to visit Iran next month, told reporters, "They didn’t like the word, but I stand by it." He added, “Iran’s hegemonic temptations in the region is a matter of urgency because it’s within the framework of getting peace in Iraq and Syria that we will stop this process.”

United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which implemented the deal, called on Iran not to develop ballistic missiles, an activity that Iran has continued to pursue despite the deal.

Earlier this month, both France and Germany reiterated their opposition to Iran's continued ballistic missile development and called on the Islamic Republic to give up "its hegemonic temptations."

France and Germany joined the United States and the United Kingdom in August, sending a letter to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, charging that Iran’s launch of a satellite violated resolution 2231.

Israeli Startup Signs Int'l Soccer Star Messi to be Its Brand Ambassador

Israeli-led startup Sirin Labs signed on Barcelona soccer star Lionel “Leo” Messi as its brand ambassador prior to launching an initial coin offering “crowdsale” on December 12 that moved $144 million worth of SRN cryptocurrency tokens in seven days.

Switzerland-based Sirin Labs, with R&D in Tel Aviv and an office in London, is developing secure open-source consumer electronics, including the Finney ultra-secure mobile phone, for the blockchain era.

Cofounder and co-CEO Moshe Hogeg posted a photo of himself and the celebrity footballer on his Facebook page.

“Happy and excited about Leo Messi’s joining Sirin as the company’s new presenter,” he posted in Hebrew. “I have no doubt that it will greatly help us in our mission to make the technology available to the general public through our next phone and the software we are developing.”

On his Facebook page, Messi posted: “I am usually busy trying to decentralize defences and after digging deeper into Blockchain and decentralized systems, I’m excited to join SIRIN LABS as an ambassador to make blockchain more friendly with their upcoming operating system for smartphones!”

Messi, a native Argentinean, won the FIFA Ballon D’Or prize for the best soccer player in the world five times and will be part of the Argentine national team at the World Cup 2018.

Messi visited Israel in August 2013 with other Barcelona teammates. Another world soccer star playing in Spain, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, was in Israel in 2016 to film a TV commercial for Internet provider HOT.

(via Israel21c)

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