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The Daily TIP: German Intelligence: Iran Still Seeking Illicit Nuclear Technology

Posted by Tip Staff - July 10, 2017

German Intelligence: Iran Still Seeking Illicit Nuclear Technology
Family of Murdered French Jew Files Complaint Against Police for Refusing to Stop Killer
Radiohead Lead Singer Flips Off Anti-Israel Protesters at Concert
Israeli Doctors Perform Revolutionary In-Utero Heart Surgery on Ailing Fetus

German Intelligence: Iran Still Seeking Illicit Nuclear Technology

Reports from German intelligence agencies show that Iran is still attempt to procure illicit technology, including parts for the operation of its heavy water reactor, which was shuttered under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, Benjamin Weinthal reported for The Weekly Standard on Friday.

A report from the state of Hamburg concluded, "there is no evidence of a complete about-face in Iran’s atomic polices in 2016” following the announcement of the nuclear deal, which temporarily limited Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions in sanctions relief. Iran has continued seeking "missile carrier technology necessary for its rocket program," the report added.

Also according to the Hamburg report, three German citizens were charged with violating export bans for sending 51 specialized valves to Iran. The parts can be used in Iran's Arak heavy water reactor, which "can be used to develop plutonium for nuclear weapons" and was shut down as part of the nuclear deal.

The 181-page report documented 49 separate instances of Iran engaging in illegal procurement and terrorist activities, such as cyberwarfare, espionage, and support for the terrorist group Hezbollah.

This year's German intelligence reports are consistent with those issued in previous years.

Two years ago, despite the ongoing nuclear talks (and right before the talks concluded in an agreement), German intelligence agencies found that Iran was evading the existing sanctions on acquiring both nuclear and ballistic missile technology.

Last year, German intelligence agencies reported that Iran was actively seeking chemical and biological weapons capabilities in Germany.

Family of Murdered French Jew Files Complaint Against Police for Refusing to Stop Killer

The family of murdered French Jewish woman Sarah Halimi will file an official complaint against the police for failing to prevent her death, i24NEWS reported Tuesday.

Halimi---a 66 year-old former kindergarten teacher and widow---was murdered in the early hours of April 4. The suspect, Kada Traore, a 27-year-old immigrant from Mali, broke into her apartment and viciously beat her. Traore could be heard yelling “Allahu Akhbar,” which prompted neighbors to call the police.

French police arrived on the scene minutes later but reportedly refused to enter the building before anti-terror units had been deployed, more than two hours after Halimi’s ordeal began. During this time, Halimi was assaulted and eventually thrown out of the window by her neighbor.

"I can confirm that I have filed a complaint with the Paris public prosecutor against the police," said the family’s lawyer, Gilles William Goldnadel, adding that authorities must investigate which organization bears responsibility for the failure to prevent Halimi’s death.

"It is totally incomprehensible, in the literal sense of the word, to explain why the police did not intervene for an hour when for at least thirty minutes of that a woman was tortured by her assassin," Goldnadel added.

In an analysis for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, research fellow Benjamin Weinthal concluded, “That disdainful attitude—that refusal to recognize and name the violent anti-Semitism that is being actively cultivated in French Muslim communities—isn’t just confined to politics and media. It’s impacting law enforcement as well.”

Radiohead Lead Singer Flips Off Anti-Israel Protesters at Concert

The lead singer of the popular British rock group Radiohead, which is slated to perform in Israel next week, raised his middle finger at anti-Israel protesters who were disrupting the band's Glasgow concert on Friday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign, which seeks to isolate Israel until it accedes to a number of unilateral Palestinian demands, have long tried to force Radiohead to cancel its upcoming concert in Tel Aviv. Before performing the song “Myxomatosis,” Thom Yorke saw Palestinian flags and a sign reading "Radiohead: #canceltelaviv," and reportedly exclaimed, “Some f***ing people!”

At one point he flashed his middle finger at the disruptive protesters.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last month, Yorke slammed efforts to pressure his band to cancel their Tel Aviv performance, calling them "offensive" and "patronizing."

“But at the same time, if you want me to be honest, yeah, it’s really upsetting that artists I respect think we are not capable of making a moral decision ourselves after all these years," Yorke added in an apparent reference to Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters, who supports the BDS campaign. "They talk down to us and I just find it mind-boggling that they think they have the right to do that. It’s extraordinary.”

Radiohead's concert will be the latest by a major recording act to perform in Israel this summer. Rod Stewart, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, and Aerosmith all performed in Tel Aviv in recent weeks.

Israeli Doctors Perform Revolutionary In-Utero Heart Surgery on Ailing Fetus

In a risky and delicate procedure performed for the first time in Israel this week, an interdisciplinary team of Hadassah Medical Center physicians fixed a severe heart defect in a 28-week-old fetus in the womb.

The medical team widened the baby’s aorta using a balloon technique similar to adult catheterization.

The pregnant mother had approached Dr. Azaria Rein, director of Hadassah’s pediatric cardiology department, after tests showed her baby’s heart defect.

“The diagnosis was a critical narrowing of the aortic valve, which is also accompanied by severe damage to the function of the left ventricle, which was barely able to contract and perform its function,” said Rein.

The baby’s parents were told that without treatment, the left ventricle would likely degenerate and not be able to transfer blood to the baby’s body after birth. They decided to try the catheterization procedure.

Dr. Yuval Gielchinsky, head of fetal medicine at Hadassah’s Ein Kerem campus, said this specific complex surgery is performed in only a few medical centers around the world but had never been done in Israel before.

The full success of the surgery can be assessed only after the baby is born, but the doctors were pleased with initial results.

“Immediately after the operation we saw an improvement in blood flow through the valve, noted Dr. Sagi Gavri, director of pediatric catheterization.

Other members of the surgical team included Dr. Simcha Yagel, head of OB-GYN at Hadassah, senior OB-GYN Dr. Nili Yanai and anesthesiologist Dr. Carolyn Weiniger.

(via Israel21c)

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