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The Daily TIP: Denmark Breaks Up Iranian Terror Plot to Kill Opposition Activist

Posted by Tip Staff - October 30, 2018

Denmark Breaks Up Iranian Terror Plot to Kill Opposition Activist
Israeli Judoka Wins Second Gold; Hatikva Plays Again in Abu Dhabi
Netanyahu: Israel Trying to Avoid Escalation and Prevent Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
Merkel Gives IsraAID Award for Work with Refugees in Germany

Denmark Breaks Up Iranian Terror Plot to Kill Opposition Activist

A Danish police operation thwarted an Iranian plot to assassinate an opposition leader in the Scandinavian country.

Finn Borch Andersen, Denmark's intelligence chief, said that a Norwegian of Iranian descent was arrested on October 21 for acting as an accomplice with an unidentified Iranian intelligence agency “to act in Denmark” in an assassination plot targeting an Iranian opposition leader, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Borch Anderson said that the suspect, who is awaiting a hearing on November 8, says that he's innocent. The intelligence chief added that agencies in Norway and Sweden cooperated in the investigation.

The suspect was seen taking pictures of the residences of members of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA). Iran accused the group of being responsible for an attack on a military parade in September that left more than 25 people dead. ASMLA has denied any involvement in the attack.

Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said that it was “totally unacceptable” for Iran to plot an attack on Danish soil, and that he would talk with European allies about possible unspecified "further steps" to be taken in reaction to the attempted attack.

The broken-up attack in Denmark is the latest terror attempt by the Islamic Republic on foreign soil.

Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that the attempted Paris terror attack this past summer has “sparked growing anxiety” in numerous European countries, the U.S., and Israel, and that Tehran has stepped up its intelligence activities abroad in preparation for more “audacious” terror attacks.

Israeli Judoka Wins Second Gold; Hatikva Plays Again in Abu Dhabi

A second Israeli judoka won gold at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam event, meaning that Israel's national anthem Hatikva was played once again in the United Arab Emirates.

Israeli Peter Paltchik beat Elmar Gasimov from Azerbaijan, and won the gold medal in the under-100 kilogram (220 pounds) weight class, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

"After receiving his prize on the podium, the Hatikva anthem was played in the arena," the Times reported, "only the second time it has been heard in a Gulf state sporting contest, and one day after it was first played."

Paltchik's medal is the second gold, and fifth overall won by the Israeli team in the tournament.

“Our Peter is giving the sweetest dessert to a historic journey, and made the Hatikva heard for the second time in the arena in Abu Dhabi,” Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said in a statement. “The members of the delegation proved superiority throughout the contest by winning five medals. The whole team showed a tremendous fighting spirit.”

A day earlier, Paltchik's teammate, Sagi Muki, won the gold medal, prompting the historical playing of Hatikva. Regev, the first Israeli minister to pay an official visit to the United Arab Emirates, was visibly moved by the ceremony.

After Muki received his medal, Regev thanked UAE officials for receiving the Israeli team "in an exemplary manner."

Netanyahu: Israel Trying to Avoid Escalation and Prevent Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Israel is trying both to avoid an escalation with Hamas and to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe" in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli diplomatic reporters, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

While the prime minister didn't discount the possibility that Hamas might eventually force Israel into an all-out war, he argued that Israel's interests were to accept whatever international mediation and assistance is available to forestall such an outcome.

“We are acting first of all to protect Israel from infiltration by people who come to harm us — our soldiers and our communities — and who want to cross the border and kill our civilians and soldiers. We have prevented it thus far,” Netanyahu told the reporters in his office.

“On the other hand, we’re trying to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza,” he said. To prevent such a crisis, the prime minister explained that Israel was willing to accept the participation of the United Nations, Egypt or other Arab nations to assist in reducing the tensions.

On Tuesday, Egyptian intelligence officials were reported to be in the Gaza Strip attempting to negotiate a ceasefire. The latest negotiations follow a reported demand by Hamas that Israel allow Qatar to send $15 million in cash to Gaza every month in order to maintain quiet on the border.

According to Israel's Hadashot news show, Israeli officials have rejected the demand. However, Hamas's leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, has reportedly informed the Egyptians that the terror group expects the first installment of cash on Thursday.

Merkel Gives IsraAID Award for Work with Refugees in Germany

On October 29, Israeli non-governmental humanitarian aid organization IsraAID received the German Chancellor’s Integration Award in recognition of its work with Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees in Germany.

IsraAID’s team in Germany was granted the award at a Berlin ceremony in recognition of its Brückenbau (“Bridge Building”) project providing psychological support in Arabic for at-risk refugee women and victims of gender-based violence living in shelters, as well as training and counseling for shelter staff.

The program, which helps these mostly Syrian and Iraqi women to build better self-help structures, improve interactions with shelter staff and strengthen personal and child safety, is run in partnership with ZWST, the Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany.

IsraAID has been operating in Germany since 2015, when one million asylum-seekers and refugees reached the country, most fleeing the brutality of the Syrian civil war and the threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

IsraAID’s team in Germany is a multicultural mosaic of Arabic-, Hebrew-, German- and English-speaking psychologists, social workers, art therapists and educators.

Yotam Polizer and Navonel Glick, IsraAID co-CEOs, said: “Through our work with IsraAID, we have seen the power and potential of the refugees we work with as they write a new story for themselves and their communities. Only through working together with communities experiencing crisis can we build a better future, both for refugees and their hosts. We stand committed to this cause, and IsraAID will continue to support the needs of refugees and their hosts in the countries we work in for as long as we are needed.”

(via Israel21c)

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