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The Daily TIP: German Authorities Refuse to Call Repeated Attacks on Synagogue Anti-Semitic

Posted by Tip Staff - September 12, 2017

German Authorities Refuse to Call Repeated Attacks on Synagogue Anti-Semitic
Hamas Strengthens Strategic Ties with Iran
Iranian Statements Underscore Weaknesses of Nuclear Deal
Israeli Paralympic Table-Tennis Player Wins Gold in Czech Tournament

German Authorities Refuse to Call Repeated Attacks on Synagogue Anti-Semitic

Police in the German city of Ulm have indicated that there is "no indication of an antisemitic background" behind repeated acts of vandalism carried out against the city's synagogue.

Citing a report in the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper, Benjamin Weinthal reported Tuesday in The Jerusalem Post, that a man with a group of six others, kicked a hole in the wall of the building causing thousands of dollars worth of damages. On August 26, a man using a metal post demolished the facade of the building.

Police have issued a photograph of the suspect in both cases, described as a man with a full beard, who has not been apprehended.

While bottles have been thrown at the synagogue in the past, Rabbi Shneur Trebnik told the paper that the latest attacks were "like the first time," in that they cause physical damage to the house of worship.

"Once again it appears we have a situation of denial of antisemitism by important authorities in Germany," Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center told the Post. "First, it was the judicial system that denied that throwing molotov cocktails at synagogue in Wuppertal constituted an antisemitic attack. Now, it appears that the local authorities led by the police in Ulm refuse to treat attacks on a synagogue as antisemitism. Such outrageous attitudes and decisions constitute a threat to the safety of every in Jew in Germany and every Jewish institution."

Hamas Strengthens Strategic Ties with Iran

The terrorist organization Hamas is establishing a foothold in Lebanon with the support of the Iranian regime and aims to intensify strategic ties with the Tehran-led Shiite axis, Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman warned during a cabinet briefing on Sunday.

Ynet reported Monday that Hamas and Iran patched up relations half a year ago, when the terrorist organization selected a new leadership, ending years of tension over Hamas’ refusal to support Iran’s ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year-old civil war. Under the previous leadership of Khaled Mashal, the group worked hard to improve ties with other Sunni players, notably Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

With the change of leadership that took place in February and the rise of the militant Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’ new leader in Gaza, and pro-Iranian officials like Mohammed Deif and Saleh al-Arouri, the terrorist group began to make contact with Tehran again.

In June 2014, a Hamas cell in the West Bank kidnapped and murdered Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel and Israeli authorities suspected al-Arouri of coordinating the abductions. Al-Arouri later took credit for the kidnapping and killing.

He eventually moved with other senior Hamas members from Qatar to Lebanon, where Iran’s Shiite proxy Hezbollah is in complete political and military control. The terrorist organization, on orders from Iran, allowed Al-Arouri to establish a foothold in the country and, about a month ago, he visited Tehran with a high-profile Hamas delegation to attend President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration and cement the relationship.

Iranian Statements Underscore Weaknesses of Nuclear Deal

Iran will not allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to visit its military sites, a top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. It was the latest statement by a top Iranian official that exposed weaknesses in the nuclear deal made with Iran in 2015.

In response to Amano's statement Monday that "we will continue to implement the Additional Protocol in Iran ... as we do in other countries," meaning that the IAEA would ask to inspect military sites if necessary to ensure that Iran isn't violating its nuclear commitments, Khamenei's adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, said that Iran did not give the IAEA permission to visit nuclear sites, according to the semi-official PressTV news agency.

However, access to military sites is essential to nuclear inspections, Yishai Schwartz wrote in 2015 at the Lawfare blog, observing that "if there would be inspections-free zones, there could be no guarantee that states’ nuclear programs were peaceful…"

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization Of Iran (AEOI), said last month, that Iran has the capability to resume enriching uranium to 20% within five days. Salehi's remarks were recently translated and published by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Salehi also said that Iran put concrete “[only] into the external pipes” of the Arak heavy water reactor, meaning that it could make that reactor operational again within months.

Salehi's boasts show that Iran's concessions are temporary and easily reversible; Velayati’s demand means that Iran’s compliance can’t be enforced.

Israeli Paralympic Table-Tennis Player Wins Gold in Czech Tournament

Israeli Paralympic table-tennis player Karmit Dor won a gold medal in the Czech Open Championship last weekend, in which 150 athletes participated.

Dor overcame Poland’s Karolina Peck in the Women’s Singles Class 10 final in a close match (4-11, 12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11). Peck went into the tournament ranked third in the world in the light disability class; Dor was ranked second.

“It was a difficult match. Karolina is a strong player,” Dor said. “All the time I tried to attack first; that was my strategy, I never gave up.”

In the doubles games, Dor (who trains at Beit Halochem Tel Aviv and Herzliya) and Anat Siara Sagi (who trains at Beit Halochem Haifa) came in third behind Polish and Japanese duos.

Dor, 24, was asked by the coach of Israel’s regular women’s table-tennis team to fill its fourth slot at the European Championship in Luxembourg, September 13-17.

(via Israel21c)

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  • Many Vax
    I left Germany in 1963 knowing that the Muslim immigration started mostly from Turkey and that the old green shirts are still around and nothing good can come of that ,the result is i was right ,i wounder why Jews are not living Germany before it is to late.