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The Daily TIP: As Gaza Protests Continue, Fatah Accuses Hamas of Beating Its Spokesman

Posted by Tip Staff - March 19, 2019

As Gaza Protests Continue, Fatah Accuses Hamas of Beating Its Spokesman
U.S. Ambassador at UNHRC: Applying One Standard to Israel and No One Else is Anti-Semitic
Israeli Moon-Bound Spacecraft Makes Successful Final Maneuver in Earth's Orbit
U.S., Israeli Researchers Look at Immune System to Assess a Person’s Health Accurately

As Gaza Protests Continue, Fatah Accuses Hamas of Beating Its Spokesman

As protests against Hamas's rule in Gaza continue, Fatah, the faction headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, accused the terror group of beating and severely injuring its spokesman, Agence France-Presse reported Monday.

Hamas, the terrorist organization that exercises complete political and military control over Gaza, has denied the charge and said that it will investigate the incident. The terror group made the pledge "amid days of violent crackdown by its security forces on protests in Gaza," AFP reported.

The attack on Ateh Abu Seif, a Gaza-based spokesman for Fatah, as well as a member of its central committee, was reported by Wafa, a Fatah-affiliated news agency. He was reportedly beaten in his own home by a group of men.

Pictures appearing on Wafa showed Abu Seif with his head and leg bandaged. His clothes were bloodstained.

Mahmoud Aloul, deputy chairman of Fatah, charged that Hamas had attempted to carry out an assassination of a rival.

Iyad al-Bozum, a spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza, condemned the attack on Abu Seif and told AFP that the police were investigating.

In 2007, a year after winning Palestinian legislative elections, Hamas launched a coup, chasing most Fatah forces from Gaza.

The protests against Hamas and high prices in Gaza began last Thursday.

The brutal suppression of the protests earned the terror group condemnation from Nikolay Mladenov, the United Nations envoy to Israel and the Palestinian territories, who condemned the "campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children."

Read more at The Tower.

U.S. Ambassador at UNHRC: Applying One Standard to Israel and No One Else is Anti-Semitic

Declaring the United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) policy toward Israel to be anti-Semitic, the United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell denounced the council's "singular, obsessive focus" on the Jewish State in a speech he gave Monday in Geneva.

Grenell's speech was part of a rally organized by UN Watch, a watchdog group that holds the UN and its agencies accountable to abide by the principles put forth in the UN Charter. The rally, which protested the anti-Israel bias at the UNHRC, drew 1,000 people and featured prominent speakers.

In addition to Grenell, UN Watch's executive director Hillel Neuer, former director general of Israel's Foreign Ministry Dore Gold, and former MK Einat Wilf also spoke.

"The belief that a single country and a single people merit such attention on a permanent basis—this belief is motivated by one thing: anti-Semitism," Grenell said. In particular, he singled out the council's Agenda Item 7, which is "a permanent directive to debate the human rights record of Israel at every council session." No other country is subject to such scrutiny.

Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the commission, "I have observed the violent demonstrations on the Gaza border many times, from the front lines — unlike you Mr. Chairman, and your commission, who have never been there. These are organized efforts to break through the fence and slaughter Jewish civilians. Hamas also set out to induce the IDF to kill Gaza civilians, to instigate global condemnation of Israel."

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Geoffrey S. Corn, who is currently a professor at South Texas College of Law, told the commission, "By omitting from the UNHRC inquiry reports of the use of human shields by Hamas, the report incentivizes these terror tactics in the future, and the risk posed to the civilian population of Gaza is exacerbated. If we are really concerned about mitigating harm done to civilians, we should be condemning Hamas’ actions and this report."

Read more at The Tower.

Israeli Moon-Bound Spacecraft Makes Successful Final Maneuver in Earth's Orbit

Beresheet (Genesis), the spacecraft launched by the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL whose destination is the moon, made a final maneuver in Earth's orbit as it continues on its lunar journey, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

Signals from Earth activated the craft's engines for a full minute. The team in charge of the spacecraft is attempting to control its trajectory for the best possible entry into the moon's gravitational pull.

According to The Times of Israel, Beresheet is now 252,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) from Earth. The maneuver was performed a day early.

The maneuver, the Times reported, put "it on track for a historic landing on the Moon’s Sea of Serenity in two weeks."

Beresheet's historic launch was a month ago. If it reaches the moon, Israel will be the fourth nation to reach the moon — following the United States, Russia, and China. Aside from the accomplishment of reaching the moon, Beresheet it outfitted with equipment that will measure the magnetic properties of the moon's rocks.

At the beginning of March, controllers successfully activated the spacecraft's engines for four minutes. This came after technical difficulties had prevented the maneuver earlier in the week.

A week later, Beresheet transmitted a selfie of itself with the Earth in the background from a distance of 37,600 kilometers (23, 400 miles) from home.

If it reaches the moon, Beresheet will not only be the first Israeli spacecraft to reach the moon, it will also be the first time a private enterprise has made a craft that reached the moon.

The project grew out of SpaceIL's participation in the Google Lunar XPrize competition. While the competition ended in March of last year, the Israeli team that competed announced in July that it would continue its efforts to reach the moon.

Read more at The Tower.

U.S., Israeli Researchers Look at Immune System to Assess a Person’s Health Accurately

When a carnival huckster tries to guess a person’s age, he looks at outward signs such as firmness of skin and color of hair. But wrinkles and grays don’t tell the whole story, according to a team of researchers at the medical schools of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and California’s Stanford University.

These scientists propose in a paper published in the journal Nature Medicine that the state of a person’s immune system provides a far more accurate measurement of health than do physical signs or even chronological age.

The joint team has also developed a way to gauge “immune age,” which could open new frontiers in personalized medical treatment, drug and vaccine clinical development, and health management and insurance processes.

Over time, the immune system declines in function, a process accompanied by an increase in inflammation. This ultimately leads to an inability to cope with infections and a higher risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease, the leading causes of death among older people.

Due to the high complexity of the immune system, there is no real metric of immunological health beyond the complete blood count (CBC), a test that’s been standard since 1957 and reveals the number of immune cells but at a resolution too low to identify anything but extreme conditions.

Enter the new monitoring system developed by the Technion-Stanford team.

“Individuals varied only at the rate their immune system changes, not in the actual pattern of change,” said Shai Shen-Orr, Associate Professor in the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and lead co-senior author of the study.

“This allowed us to map a path of how the immune system ages and to quantify an individual’s immune age. Unlike your actual chronological age, the immune-age is intimately tied to the state of one’s immune system, the body’s chief sentinel. We can therefore capture medically relevant information using immune age that physicians would otherwise miss.”

(via Israel21c)

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