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The Daily TIP: Iran-Backed Houthis in Yemen Issue Student Cards Saying “Death to Israel”

Posted by Tip Staff - October 10, 2018

Iran-Backed Houthis in Yemen Issue Student Cards Saying "Death to Israel"
Michigan Professor Disciplined for Refusing to Write Recommendation for Study in Israel
Iranian Diplomat, Suspected in Paris Terror Plot, Extradited to Belgium
Israeli Archaeologists Find Two Thousand-Year-Old Inscription of Word "Jerusalem"

Iran-Backed Houthis in Yemen Issue Student Cards Saying "Death to Israel"

The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have handed out student and staff ID cards at the University of Sana’a with a slogan saying, “Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse the Jews, Victory to Islam,” The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

Nadwa Dawsari, a specialist on conflict and tribes in Yemen, posted a photo of one of the cards on social media on October 9.

The Houthis are a large clan originating from Yemen's northwestern Saada province, and almost took control of Aden in 2015, threatening the country’s most important cities. The Houthis are backed by Iran and their proxy war on the region has seen nuclear power plants, civilian airports and oil tankers all targeted.

The Post reported that the rebels have increasingly incorporated anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric into their speeches, as part of the growing network of Iranian-backed proxy forces in the region, including Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.The Houthis have adopted their “strident anti-Western rhetoric” from Iran, TIP Senior Fellow, Julie Lenarz, explained in the Tower Magazine in August 2017. “Their violent credo has left a trail of bloody footprints that leads all the way to Tehran,” she said.

According to a report on Monday, the Houthi rebels are preventing ships from unloading critical fuel and food supplies at Hodeidah port, a gateway accounting for at least 70% of Yemen’s aid and the illegal flow of Iranian weaponry to Houthi fighters.

In an op-ed published in The Jerusalem Post in August, Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of TIP, praised the decision by the United States to reimpose sanctions on Iran and limit the cash flow to Tehran’s proxies across the Middle East, including to the Houthi rebels. “Yemen is living with the consequences,” of Iran’s imperialist ambitions “every day” he said.

Michigan Professor Disciplined for Refusing to Write Recommendation for Study in Israel

A tenured professor, who refused to write a recommendation for a student who planned to study in Israel, was disciplined by the University of Michigan, and a second incident of an instructor refusing to write a similar letter was reported.

The Detroit News reported Tuesday the University of Michigan disciplined John Cheney-Lippold, who recently wrote to a student informing her that he would not write a letter of recommendation for her to study in Israel because doing so would violate the terms of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to isolate Israel.

According to a letter written by Elizabeth Cole, who is serving as the interim dean of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Cheney-Lippold will be barred from receiving a merit-based raise during the current school year, and will be unable to take a planned sabbatical in January, or any other sabbatical for two years.

"In the future, a student's merit should be your primary guide for determining how and whether to provide a letter of recommendation. You are not to use student requests for recommendations as a platform to discuss your personal political beliefs," the letter warned.

The Washington Post also reported that a teaching assistant, or graduate student instructor (GSI), as they are called in Michigan, informed a student that she would not write him a letter of recommendation to study at Tel Aviv University "as a way of showing solidarity with Palestine.”

Iranian Diplomat, Suspected in Paris Terror Plot, Extradited to Belgium

An Iranian diplomat linked to a foiled terror attack that targeted a rally organized by an Iranian opposition group near Paris in June has been extradited to Belgium from Germany, security officials said Tuesday. The rally was attended by high-profile figures, including close allies of United States President Donald Trump.

Radio Free Europe reported that the Iranian diplomat, who worked for Tehran’s mission to Austria, was handed over on October 9 and will appear before the Belgian judge in charge of the case on Wednesday, October 10. France announced last week it had frozen the suspects' assets for six months.

Previously identified as Assadollah Assadi, the 46-year-old Iranian official was arrested in the southern German state of Bavaria on July 1. In total, six people were detained afterwards in coordinated raids by European police forces, tipped off by Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

Assadi had reportedly recruited a married couple – Belgian citizens of Iranian heritage – who were in a Mercedes car when they were stopped by special forces and arrested in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, close to the EU headquarters in Brussels. According to officials, police found 500 grams of TATP explosive and a detonator hidden in a toiletries bag.

Iran has denied the allegations, which it described as a conspiracy to “sabotage Iran’s ancient and long-standing relations with France and other significant European countries.” However, European security officials confirmed that Assadi, since 2014, had been accredited to the Iranian Embassy in Vienna, where he was working for Iran's intelligence agency, which monitors opposition groups in the country and abroad.

Israeli Archaeologists Find Two Thousand-Year-Old Inscription of Word "Jerusalem"

An exciting find was unveiled October 9 by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Museum: a unique stone inscription dating from the Second Temple Period (first century CE), including the full Hebrew spelling of “Jerusalem” as we know it today.

The inscription was found last winter near the Jerusalem International Convention Center (Binyanei Ha’Uma) during an excavation prior to the construction of a new road, undertaken and funded by Moriah – the Jerusalem Development Company and the Jerusalem Development Authority.

The most important discovery was a stone column drum upon which the Aramaic inscription appears, written in Hebrew letters typical of the Second Temple Period, around the time of Herod the Great’s reign:


son of Dodalos

of Jerusalem

“As a resident of Jerusalem, I am extremely excited to read this inscription, written 2,000 years ago, especially when I think that this inscription will be accessible to every child who can read and uses the same script used two millennia ago,” said Israel Museum Director Ido Bruno at a press conference.

Dr. Yuval Baruch, Jerusalem Regional Archaeologist of the Israel Antiquities Authority, and Prof. Ronny Reich of Haifa University, who studied the inscription, note that “First and Second Temple-period inscriptions mentioning Jerusalem are quite rare. But even more unique is the complete spelling of the name as we know it today, which usually appears in the shorthand version. This is the only stone inscription of the Second Temple period known where the full spelling appears.”

At the site, IAA archeologists Danit Levy and Ron Be’eri have been exposing extensive portions of a potter’s quarter active for over 300 years, spanning the Second Temple Hasmonean period through to the Late Roman era. Therefore, Hananiah son of Dodalos most likely was an artist-potter.

(via Israel21c)

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