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The Daily TIP: Florida Municipality Passes Nation’s First Bill Defining Anti-Semitic Crime

Posted by Tip Staff - December 14, 2017

Florida Municipality Passes Nation’s First Bill Defining Anti-Semitic Crime
How Anti-Israel Bias Corrupts Duke University Press
Experts: Treason Charge Against Argentinian Ex-President Vindicates Murdered Prosecutor
Israeli Trainers Prepare Philippine Emergency Instructors for Mass-Casualty Incidents

Florida Municipality Passes Nation’s First Bill Defining Anti-Semitic Crime

Bal Harbour on Wednesday made history when the South Florida municipality became the first of its kind in the United States to pass an ordinance that defines an anti-Semitic hate act.

The ordinance aims to assist police in identifying and processing anti-Semitic crimes, especially when official instructions are not readily available. “Tonight we become the first in the nation to codify the State Department’s 2010 working definition of anti-Semitism,” said Bal Harbour Mayor Gabriel Groisman.

The mayor added that the rise in anti-Semitic crimes makes the new rules an effective vehicle to tackle the problem. “It’s our role to do something to combat the rise of anti-Semitism,” he said. “Year over year, it’s growing exponentially, and we shouldn’t wait for the federal government, or even the state government, to do something. We can do it at the city levels.”

While Jews total about 2.2 percent of the U.S. population, over half of the religiously motivated hate crimes in America are directed at them, Josh Block, President and CEO of The Israel Project, recently wrote in an essay published in Tablet Magazine. According to FBI statistics, in 2016, out of 1,273 reported religion-based hate crimes, 684 were anti-Jewish with Muslims being the second most-victimized group.

The majority of these crimes are vandalism, not crimes against a person, and that’s where the new rules come into effect. For example, graffiti involving the depiction of a swastika will be treated as a hate crime under the ordinance, instead of simply as vandalism.

The ordinance is already in effect and community leaders hope other municipalities in Florida and elsewhere in the U.S. will follow suit. The initiative has received the support from local Democratic and Republican legislators.

How Anti-Israel Bias Corrupts Duke University Press

Recently, I have written a series of articles about widespread anti-Israel bias at Duke University Press (DUP) and its particularly offensive November publication, ‘The Right to Maim,’ by Jasbir Puar. Puar sells anti-Semitic blood libels, suggesting that Israelis -- and by extension Jews -- target Palestinian children for maiming and subsequently profit from incurred disabilities in ways such as Palestinian sweatshop labor. Comparing Israelis to Nazis, Puar wonders if Hamas-ruled Gaza is “a debilitation camp” for Israel and asks, “Is Gaza an experimental lab for the production, maintenance, and profitability of biopolitical debilitation?”

‘The Right to Maim’ is extensively and virulently anti-Israel, yet the book does not inform the reader of Puar’s role as an Advisory Board member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI). In the author’s biography on the book’s DUP and Amazon webpages, Puar is identified as a professor and author, but not as a prominent BDS activist. Where is the transparency and academic integrity?

The DUP peer review process includes an editor soliciting a manuscript, the manuscript being “sent to two readers for review,” followed by the manuscript being sent to the “Editorial Advisory Board (composed of Duke faculty members) for final approval.” In the case of ‘The Right to Maim,’ a staff which includes several BDS activists ostensibly solicited a book by a prominent BDS activist, which was then approved by an advisory board including at least six BDS-related activists.

To read the complete essay please click here.

Experts: Treason Charge Against Argentinian Ex-President Vindicates Murdered Prosecutor

In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday, Mark Dubowitz and Toby Dershowitz, argued that the treason charge sought against Argentinian ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and a number of her top aides, vindicates the late Alberto Nisman’s investigation into the 1994 AMIA bombing.

Last Thursday, Argentinians woke up to a political earthquake as the federal judge Claudio Bonadio, who investigated Kirchner’s government role in covering up Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center, indicted Kirchner, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, as well as other government officials. Dubowitz and Dershowitz, respectively the CEO and senior vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explained that Kirchner was being charged with “nothing less than covering up Iran’s role in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the Americas before Sept. 11.”

Charges against Kirchner include “treason against the homeland” and she could spend 25 years in jail. The judge has asked lawmakers in the Senate to strip away her parliamentary immunity so that she can be arrested and tried.

From 2004 to 2015, Dubowitz and Dershowitz recounted, Alberto Nisman investigated the AMIA terror attack and concluded that Iran planned it, and that later, the Kirchner government sought to “whitewash” the Islamic Republic’s role in the attack by establishing a joint “truth commission” that would allow them to identify the culprits of the bombing. The memorandum of understanding between Argentina and Iran would also remove Interpol’s red notices (similar to arrest warrants) against the perpetrators.

Israeli Trainers Prepare Philippine Emergency Instructors for Mass-Casualty Incidents

A Magen David Adom (MDA) delegation recently went to the Philippines to train instructors for emergency medicine teams on dealing with mass casualty incidents.

MDA, Israel’s national ambulance, blood-services and disaster-relief organization, has been collaborating for more than two years with the Philippine Red Cross in order to strengthen lifesaving capabilities and emergency response in the Asian island country.

The Philippines is prone to typhoons, volcanos, earthquakes as well as armed conflicts, which require a high level of skilled medical and rescue forces.

“Over the past few years, the Philippines Red Cross has been able to improve, with the help of MDA’s professional trainings, their emergency response system that aims to provide response to disasters,” said Menachem Blumental, senior MDA paramedic and one of the instructors in the delegation. “During the last mission, we worked on improving preparedness and management of mass casualty incidents.”

The training was led by the Philippine Red Cross in collaboration with MDA, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Israeli Embassy in the Philippines and the American Red Cross.

A mass traffic accident simulation in Batangas was led by graduates of two EMT courses taught by instructors who were trained by MDA last year. It was the first drill of its kind in the city.

“Dealing with mass casualty incidents for many years, unfortunately, has granted MDA with expertise, and we are ready to share that knowledge anywhere in the world where there’s interest in saving lives,” said MDA Director General Eli Bin.

(via Israel21c)

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