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The Daily TIP: Freshman Representative with Anti-Israel Views Appointed to Influential Foreign Affairs Cmte

Posted by Tip Staff - January 18, 2019

Freshman Representative with Anti-Israel Views Appointed to Influential Foreign Affairs Cmte
TIP CEO: Code Pink is Blind to Evils of Iranian Regime
Former DNC Chair: Until Women's March Denounces Anti-Semitism, "I Cannot Stand Alongside It"
Researchers from Harvard, Bar-Ilan Discover Trigger for Immune System to Attack Cancers


Freshman Representative with Anti-Israel Views Appointed to Influential Foreign Affairs Cmte

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has appointed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to serve on the influential House Foreign Affairs Committee that oversees U.S. foreign policy and foreign aid, despite Omar’s history of anti-Israel rhetoric and her support for the anti-Semitic boycott movement, JNS reported Friday.

Omar’s tweets about Israel have earned her notoriety in the pro-Israel community. The Congresswoman tweeted in November 2012 that Israel had “hypnotized the world” to ignore its “evil doings,” using traditional anti-Semitic language about a nefarious Jewish cabal that controls and deceives the world.

Defending the tweet in May 2018, Omar charged that “drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime” was not anti-Semitic, nor equivalent to hating Jews.

In a CNN interview that aired Wednesday night, Omar doubled-down on her comments, including the tweet in which she accused Israel of hypnotizing the world: “Those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that moment.”

She added: “What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies and being offensive or attacking to particular people of faith.”

Josh Block, CEO & President of The Israel Project, tweeted Thursday that Omar’s selection was “A deeply disturbing choice by the Dem leadership.” He asked: “What message does this send? Make anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic remarks, get seat on Foreign Affairs. Moral abdication.”

During her campaign, she changed her views on the anti-Semitic boycott campaign that advocates for the destruction of the Jewish State several times, depending on the audience she addressed.

When a Jewish journalist inquired about her seemingly contradicting views on the boycott movement, Omar insisted she hadn’t changed her views on BDS: “I believe and support the BDS movement and have fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” Omar said. “I do, however, have reservations on [the] effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”



TIP CEO: Code Pink is Blind to Evils of Iranian Regime

Code Pink, the far-left anti-war group, has been slammed by Israel Project CEO & President Josh Block for embarking on a 'peace delegation' to the Islamic Republic of Iran, while ignoring “ordinary Iranians fighting for freedom against a regime that tolerates no dissent,” in an op-ed published in JNS on Thursday.

“From a feminist enterprise with a focus on human rights, one would expect meetings scheduled with local women’s rights organizations, activists and free thinkers, civil libertarians and opposition figures, even political prisoners,” Block said.

Instead, he wrote, Code Pink is meeting with representatives of the repressive regime in Tehran. The mullahs, he observed, are complicit in the killing of Syrian civilians at the behest of Bashar al-Assad, plot terrorist attacks in Europe, and sponsor Shiite militia in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

“Code Pink is meeting with representatives of a system that arrest and sometimes murder women for taking off the hijab in an act of ultimate defiance against the draconian laws of the 1979 Islamic revolution,” Block continued. “Women that groups such as Code Pink have vowed to protect.”

He added: “They are legitimizing a regime that brutally oppresses workers and teachers who peacefully protest the Islamic Republic’s foreign adventurism at the expensive of a collapsing economy…People who are truly anti-war. Code Pink, not so much.”

Block charged that Code Pink has no interest in engaging with Iran’s suffering population because their stories wouldn’t “corroborate Code Pink’s strident anti-Americanism that has blinded them to the evil of the regime.”

“In the absence of any hint to the contrary, Block said, “Code Pink’s trip to Iran is a 'peace delegation' in name only. They are useful idiots in a perverted propaganda campaign for the mullah’s repressive and reactionary regime.”

Block concluded: “Whatever Code Pink thinks of the current U.S. administration or the policies of the Israeli government, the fact that many progressives consider America and Israel public enemy No. 1—not Iran, Syria, North Korea or other rogue regimes—demeans liberalism.”



Former DNC Chair: Until Women's March Denounces Anti-Semitism, "I Cannot Stand Alongside It"

As long as the leaders of the Women's March, scheduled to take place Saturday, don't disassociate themselves from bigots who espouse anti-Semitism and other bigotry, "I cannot stand alongside it," Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-Fla.), former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, wrote in an op-ed published Friday in USA Today.

Wasserman-Schultz recalled that she was "electrified" by the "promise" of the initial Women's March two years ago.

However, now, she "must walk away from the national Women’s March organization, and specifically its leadership."

First, the congresswoman noted that she is not alone in distancing herself from the national movement on account of its "leaders who still ally with bigotry."

She recalled that in November, Teresa Shook, who founded the movement with a viral Facebook post, called on the march's current leadership — Bob Bland, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory — to resign because "they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform.”

Wasserman-Schultz explained further that with the recent increase in reports of anti-Semitic incidents, the continued association of Perez, Sarsour, and Mallory with Nations of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan "have been most troubling."

"NOI has been deemed a hate organization by the Southern Poverty Law Center," Wasserman-Schultz asserted. She added, "Mallory's attendance at NOI’s annual Saviour’s Day event last year was especially alarming."

The former DNC chair noted that with Farrakhan's long history of anti-Semitism — calling Hitler a great man, comparing Jews to termites, and referring to “the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan" — "it should not be difficult to condemn this hate speech and the person who constantly voices it."

Until the Women's March's leaders "cut ties" with those who engage in anti-Semitism and hate speech, Wasserman-Schultz wrote that she "cannot stand" with them.

She recalled that two years ago, "We marched to raise our voices against hate and discrimination. We did not march to help promote it."



Researchers from Harvard, Bar-Ilan Discover Trigger for Immune System to Attack Cancers

Researchers from Harvard University and Israel’s Bar-Ilan University have revealed a new mechanism for activating the immune system against cancer cells, a discovery that could aid the treatment of lung and skin cancer.

The researchers found that the immune system could be harnessed to fight cancer cells in an efficient manner when they blocked a mechanism that routinely serves the body by marking human virus-like genes in order to avoid identifying them as viruses.

“Deletion of the RNA-editing enzyme ADAR1 sensitizes tumor cells to immunotherapy,” explained Prof. Erez Levanon from Bar-Ilan University, one of the study’s co-authors.

The study, led by Prof. Nick Haining of Harvard Medical School, was recently published in the journal Nature.

“We, and others, are looking for a molecule that inhibits ADAR1. Such a molecule can serve as a drug and can be tested in animal models and later in humans. This will take several years,” Levanon said.

Recent years have seen the development of a new generation of cancer drugs that inhibit immune activity against tumors and which have shown success in treating several tumor types. However, these drugs have only been able to help a small number of patients and in many cases fail to cause the immune system to attack tumors.

The latest discovery could help the immune system attack cancer cells, in particular in cases of lung cancer and melanoma.

This could mean a significant alteration of cancer treatment. “Currently only few people benefit from the huge success of immunotherapy. We hope that by combining the new strategy many more will have the potential to benefit from this therapy,” Levanon said.

(via Israel21c)


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