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The Daily TIP: Hezbollah Once Again Threatens Nuclear Terror against Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - December 03, 2018

Hezbollah Once Again Threatens Nuclear Terror against Israel
UN Passes 6 More Anti-Israel Resolutions, Including 2 Denying Jewish Ties to Jerusalem
Jewish Groups Praise Pitzer College President for Rebuffing Anti-Israel Faculty Vote
NBA Hall of Famer Mutombo Helps Inaugurate New Sports Center at Jerusalem's YMCA

Hezbollah Once Again Threatens Nuclear Terror against Israel

The Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah threatened to attack a number of strategic locations in Israel, including the nuclear reactor in Dimona – a threat that constitutes nuclear terrorism – along with a warning, “if you dare attack, you will regret it.

The Times of Israel reported that the video appeared to show images and exact locations of the strategic sites, including the reactor, the IDF’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, a number of air force bases, and an oil refinery. In the accompanying message, Hezbollah, in both Arabic and Hebrew, warned Israel against launching an attack against the group or, in return, risk attacks against those high-profile targets.

The warning, issued by the group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah, came a day after an alleged Israeli airstrike on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in southern Syria and near Damascus. It was the first such action since the September 17 incident in which a Russian plane was shot down during an IAF operation in Syria.

This isn't the first time that Hezbollah has threatened the Dimona reactor.

For example, in February 2017, Nasrallah commenting on the fact that Israel was preparing to shut down ammonium tanks in the northern Israeli city of Haifa after Hezbollah had threatened to target them, said of the Dimona facility, "we will turn it into a threat to Israel.”

According to the United Nations’ 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, attacking the Dimona facility could constitute nuclear terrorism. An attack on such a facility could cause the release of radioactive material, which would lead to mass casualties among the surrounding population.

Israel has repeatedly warned that it will act to prevent Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria and said it would continue to strike weapons convoys en route from Tehran to Hezbollah.

Iranian-controlled Hezbollah is in complete political and military control of Lebanon and Israel is concerned that the Shiite terror organization now has a much-larger and developed arsenal of weapons than it did during the Lebanon war in 2006.

In an op-ed published in the Boston Herald in June 2017, Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of the Israel Project, warned that “at the heart of the group’s military strategy is the deployment of human shields — a war crime and terrorist tactic aimed at exploiting the moral sensibility of the enemy.”

UN Passes 6 More Anti-Israel Resolutions, Including 2 Denying Jewish Ties to Jerusalem

The United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday approved six anti-Israel resolutions, including two that reject Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported.

One resolution on Jerusalem, which passed 148 to 11 with 14 abstentions, refers to the Temple Mount only by its Arab name of Haram al-Sharif and disavows Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. Other resolutions addressed the “the Syrian Golan,” “Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat,” and “Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine.” They passed by equally wide margins.

Apart from the United States and Israel, all six resolutions were opposed by Canada, Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Nauru. The remaining “no” votes came from Guatemala (3 resolutions) and Britain, Honduras, Hungary, Moldova and Palau (1 resolution each), as well as from Kiribati (opposed 4 of the 6 resolutions) and Solomon Islands (2 resolutions).

The UN General Assembly by the end of the year is expected to have adopted a total of 20 resolutions singling out the Jewish State for discrimination.

“The international community must stop participating in such a blatant denial of history. You must not permit these blatant attempts to delegitimize Israel,” said Israeli Deputy Permanent Representative Noa Furman.

Her concerns were shared by U.S. representative Leslie Ordeman, who said, “We are disappointed that despite messages of support for reform, member states continue to single out Israel with these resolutions.”

Jewish Groups Praise Pitzer College President for Rebuffing Anti-Israel Faculty Vote

A group of 75 civil rights, education, Jewish and student groups praised Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver for disavowing a faculty vote to end the school's year abroad program with the University of Haifa, according to a statement released Friday by the Amcha Initiative.

The Israel Project, which publishes The Tower, was one of the groups to sign the letter in support of President Oliver.

The faculty had voted last Wednesday to suspend the program with the Israeli university.

However, the next day, Oliver gave a speech sharply criticizing the vote at a meeting of the Pitzer College Council — a joint board consisting of students and faculty — calling a "repudiation of Pitzer’s values.”

Oliver added that "this [suspension] would be paltry support for Palestinian rights and a major blow to Pitzer College’s mission,” explaining that suspending the program was “inconsistent with Pitzer’s core values,” and that it would “foolishly alienate Jewish and non-Jewish constituents” of the college, including alumni and donors.

Addressing one of the faculty's pretexts for suspending the study abroad program at Haifa University, Oliver noted that Israel's Supreme Court had said that Israel could not deny visas to students on account of views that they held.

“China currently has 1 million Muslims imprisoned in re-education camps. Why would we not suspend our program with China?” Oliver argued, addressing the faculty's decision more generally.

Instead of singling out Israel, “Pitzer College must continue to be appreciated for its diversity of political and socio-economic views,” Oliver said.

The statement released by the Amcha Initiative expressed the "appreciation" of the groups to Oliver for his taking a stand "to defend and protect the rights of all Pitzer students to study in and about Israel."

The Amcha Initiative is a civil rights organization that "monitors more than 400 college campuses across the U.S. for anti-Semitic activity." Its unique real-time tracking system monitors the occurrences of on-campus anti-Semitic incidents.

NBA Hall of Famer Mutombo Helps Inaugurate New Sports Center at Jerusalem's YMCA

Fifty kids in red-and-white jerseys sat on the shiny basketball court looking way up high at United States Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo giving them a pep talk in the new Sylvan Adams Sports Center of the Jerusalem International YMCA (JIY).

“We are bringing you here to build friendships with people you have never seen before and who may not speak your language,” Mutombo told the group, a fraction of the 450 Jewish, Muslim and Christian 11- to 13-year-olds expected to take part in the 30-team Jr. NBA Jerusalem International YMCA League.

The towering NBA Global Ambassador was in Israel for the first time, lending his eight-time All-Star power to the inauguration of the 100,000-square-foot (9,290-square-meter) sports complex and the first Jr. NBA league in Israel.

Eleven-year-old Emily Polansky of Jerusalem said the new center and league “will give us all a chance to one day be professional sportspeople or at least be healthy and strong. Maybe one day I will even play for the WNBA.”

Emily had the privilege of presenting Sylvan Adams at the November 27 inauguration ceremony of the multistory complex, said to be the largest of its kind in the Middle East with a half-Olympic-size pool, indoor basketball court, exercise studios and rooftop garden plaza.

The Canadian philanthropist, living in Israel since 2006, supports a host of sporting initiatives in his adopted country.

As co-owner of the Israel Cycling Academy, Israel’s first national bike team, he brought the Giro d’Italia Grand Tour’s Big Start to Israel last May. He built a velodrome in Tel Aviv, the first in the Middle East; and established the Sylvan Adams Sports Institute at Tel Aviv University as a home for applied research to raise the level of Israeli sports achievement. On December 2, the new 110-kilometer Sylvan Adams Bicycle Trail will be inaugurated at a ceremony at its starting point in HaYarkon Park.

(via Israel21c)

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