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The Daily TIP: EU Report Shows How Hezbollah Uses Organized Crime to Finance Terror

Posted by Tip Staff - August 08, 2018

EU Report Shows How Hezbollah Uses Organized Crime to Finance Terror
Hamas Rocket Attack Injures Two in Sderot
Corbyn Caught on Tape Questioning Israel's Right to Exist on Iranian TV
Patented Israeli Laser Technology Could be Used to Fight Forest Fires Across the World

EU Report Shows How Hezbollah Uses Organized Crime to Finance Terror

A newly released report by the European Union details Hezbollah’s international web of terror sponsoring and reveals how Lebanese nationals worked with organized crime organizations to finance Hezbollah’s terrorist activities, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. The European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2018 wrote, “In 2017, member states carried out several investigations into financing of terrorism. One major investigation focused on a large network of Lebanese nationals offering money laundering services to organized crime groups in the EU and using a share of the profits to finance terrorism-related activities of the Lebanese Hezbollah’s military wing.” The report added, “The cooperation of these money-launderers and Hezbollah’s military wing was a clear example of a nexus between organized crime and terrorism.” With an annual budget of $700 million, Iran is Hezbollah's main benefactor and both have played a major role in turning the tide of the Syrian civil war in favor of Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad.

The EU consider only Hezbollah’s so-called military wing to be a terrorist entity. The proscription came in response to an attack by the organization on an Israeli tour bus in Burgas, Bulgaria in 2012, killing five Israelis and their Bulgarian Muslim bus driver. The U.S., Canada, Israel, the Arab League and the Netherlands classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

In February, some 60 members of the European Parliament sent a letter to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, urging her to classify all of the Lebanese organization Hezbollah as a terrorist entity.

Hamas Rocket Attack Injures Two in Sderot

Shrapnel from rockets or Iron Dome interceptors struck four sites in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, injuring two, Wednesday evening, in the latest escalation of violence by Hamas — the terrorist group that exercises complete military and political control over the Gaza Strip — The Times of Israel reported.

According to Israeli authorities, eight rockets were fired from Gaza following an exchange of fire between terrorists in Gaza and the IDF.

Terrorists had fired on a civilian Israeli construction vehicle near the border with Gaza. An Israeli tank targeted a Hamas outpost in retaliation.

One of the injured men was hit by shattered glass in an apartment complex in Sderot. The other man was also reported to be injured by glass shrapnel. Eight people, including two pregnant women, were treated for panic attacks.

The latest uptick in violence comes against the backdrop of reported ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas. According to reported terms of the deal, Hamas would need to halt shooting and rocket attacks from Gaza, as well as end the practice of sending terror kites and balloons into Israel.

In a conference call hosted by The Israel Project, Kobi Michael, a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and the former deputy director-general at the Strategic Affairs Ministry, described the end of these attacks by Hamas as a first step in the ceasefire agreement. In return, Israel would reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza to full capacity and Egypt would reopen the Rafah crossing into Egypt.

Corbyn Caught on Tape Questioning Israel's Right to Exist on Iranian TV

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been caught on tape saying that the BBC “has a bias towards saying that… Israel has a right to exist,” The Times of Israel reported Wednesday, as the party faces fresh allegations of anti-Semitism.

Corbyn made the comments in 2011 in an interview with Press TV, a channel hosted by the Iranian regime. “I think there is a bias towards saying that Israel is a democracy in the Middle East, Israel has a right to exist, Israel has its security concerns,” he said in the 36-second clip.

The Labour leader charged that Britain’s public broadcaster was forced into favorable coverage of Israel by the highest ranks within the Israeli government. “There seems to be a great deal of pressure on the BBC from the Israeli government, from the Israeli embassy, and they are very assertive towards all journalists and toward the BBC itself. They challenge every single thing on reporting the whole time,” he charged.

Corbyn’s comments appear to be in violation of the party’s new code on anti-Semitism, which passed last month, and explicitly states that “The Party is clear that the Jewish people have the same right to self-determination as any other people. To deny that right is to treat the Jewish people unequally and is therefore a form of antisemitism.”

At the heart of Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis is the party’s refusal to adopt in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism – a definition adopted by 31 countries in the world, including the British government.

Patented Israeli Laser Technology Could be Used to Fight Forest Fires Across the World

Aggressive wildfires are rampaging through many countries this summer, bringing death and destruction in their wake. In California alone, firefighters are scrambling to control 18 separate blazes.

It was the massive forest fires in Israel over the past several years that gave electro-optics physicist Daniel Leigh the idea of using algorithm-controlled laser beams from helicopters or trucks to zap leaves, thin branches and pine needles off treetops in the path of fire. The flames are forced downward, where they can be more easily controlled by conventional methods.

Leigh explains that leafy treetops provide a highly combustible smorgasbord for hungry forest fires. Fanned by extreme wind and weather conditions, a forest fire that rises to the treetops spreads out of control in the blink of an eye.

When Leigh shared his idea with ecologist Zvika Avni, former chief of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) Forestry Department, Avni agreed to be the ecology and the wildfire fighting specialist for Leigh’s startup, Fighting Treetop Fire (FTF).

Founded in 2012 and bootstrapped by Leigh, FTF developed its laser technology in consultation with Hebrew University academics and with professionals. Several years later, management consultant Noach Cholev joined as a cofounder.

The company of four is now in the engineering, modeling and testing phase.

The technology at the heart of FTF is patented in Israel, Australia and Europe; a US patent is pending. There is already interest in the technology from Australia, which suffers devastating wildfires every summer.

(via Israel21c)

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