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The Daily TIP: Iran’s Air Force Chief Threatens to Destroy Israel, After Quds Force Attack on Golan Heights

Posted by Tip Staff - January 22, 2019

Iran’s Air Force Chief Threatens to Destroy Israel, After Quds Force Attack on Golan Heights
Sarsour Uses Women's March Speech to Promote Boycotts of Israel
Envoy Calls on Palestinian Authority to be "Credible Leaders" and Work with U.S. on Peace
Israeli Researchers Discover Protein that Could Make Cancer Treatments More Effective

Iran’s Air Force Chief Threatens to Destroy Israel, After Quds Force Attack on Golan Heights

Following a weekend that saw Israel retaliate for an Iranian attack on the Golan Heights, Iran's air force chief said that his forces were ready to fight a war culminating in “Israel’s disappearance," The Times of Israel reported Monday.

“We’re ready for the decisive war that will bring about Israel’s disappearance from the earth. Our young airmen are prepared for the day when Israel will be destroyed,” Brig. Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh said in remarks made during an interview with a state-owned media site. Nasirzadeh was appointed head of Iran's air force this past August. His remarks come just hours after Israel retaliated for an attempted rocket attack by Iran-backed forces on the Golan Heights.

According to the IDF, members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - Quds Force fired a rocket towards the Golan Heights. The rocket was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome system. The rocket attack followed a rare Israeli daytime attack against Iranian positions in Syria.

Israel subsequently retaliated against Syrian and Iranian positions in Syria. Twenty-one military personnel were reported killed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the Israeli strikes.

According to the Observatory, twelve of those killed were members of the IRGC, six were Syrian soldiers and the remaining three were fighters from other nations. The Israeli raids caused one of the highest death tolls of the raids Israel has undertaken to fight Iran's entrenchment in Syria. In May of last year, 23 were reported killed after Israel targeted dozens of Iranian installations in Syria following the firing of 30 rockets into Israel.

According to the IDF, Monday's raids destroyed Iranian intelligence sites, training bases, and arms depots belonging to the Quds Force.

Sarsour Uses Women's March Speech to Promote Boycotts of Israel

The co-chair of the national Women’s March, Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, used her address to thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., at the annual rally on Saturday to advocate on behalf of the anti-Semitic boycott movement against the Jewish State, The Times of Israel reported.

The Women’s March, Sarsour vowed, would defend “freedom of speech and the constitutional right to boycott, divestment, and sanctions in these United States of America.” The announcement came as the national leadership of the movement struggles to calm fears among members of the Jewish community that the group was not inclusive toward Jews.

Sarsour’s controversial co-chair, Tamika Mallory, stood next to her on the stage when she declared the movement’s support for the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which seeks the total destruction of the Jewish State, as acknowledged by leaders of the campaign.

The Women’s March on Friday released a 71-page document detailing for the first time its policy agenda, including fighting anti-BDS laws. “Whether it’s the attempts to create federal or state laws banning political boycotts or criticism of Israel (including the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions tactic), targeting environmental protest or preventing students and faculty on college campuses from expressing their views or engaging in peaceable assembly, the silencing of one side of the debate is precisely what our First Amendment protects against,” the platform reads.

In fact, legal expert, Eugene Kontorovich and others have written that the anti-BDS laws target unlawful boycotts, but do not restrict speech.

The national Women’s March has been rocked in recent months by allegations of anti-Semitism by the group’s co-chairs, leading to numerous organizations breaking away from the movement, including The Democratic National Committee, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Greenpeace, The National Council of Jewish Women, and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Envoy Calls on Palestinian Authority to be "Credible Leaders" and Work with U.S. on Peace

United States envoy Jason Greenblatt has slammed the Palestinian leadership’s ongoing boycott of U.S.-led peace efforts as a “huge disservice” to the Palestinian people, after a senior Palestinian official accused the Trump administration of bias towards Israel, JNS reported Monday.

Palestinian legislator and senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hanan Ashrawi, had charged earlier that the U.S. has “zero credibility” and thus cannot be trusted as a genuine broker in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“Peace is worth pursuing & we are committed to trying. You & other leaders can also work hard & see if it can be done,” Greenblatt tweeted at the official on Sunday, adding, “Or you can all continue to prevent the many significant benefits of peace by refusing to engage. The ball is in your court. Time to be credible leaders.”

The envoy said while the Palestinian leadership may disagree with the policy of the Trump administration, “to say we have zero credibility is simply not factual,” citing the White House’s promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocating the embassy there.

Greenblatt continued: “Another commitment @POTUS made was to work to see if we can achieve Israeli/Palestinian peace. We are doing that, but no one—no country, group of countries, or international body—can promise to achieve it. You know that; everyone knows that—even if they won’t say it out loud.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in May 2018 that “I will not end my life as a traitor. [The U.S.] can announce the deal whenever and wherever they want, but nothing will happen against our will.” The Palestinian leader has rejected the U.S.-led effort from the start without ever having seen a detailed draft of the plan.

During the terms of Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, Abbas derailed the administration’s two biggest pushes for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Israeli Researchers Discover Protein that Could Make Cancer Treatments More Effective

Our DNA is under constant attack from many sources (chemicals and radiation, for example) that can result in genetic instability. This can lead to genetic disorders, chronic diseases and predisposition to cancer. Our bodies do their best to fight DNA damage, but it now seems their defensive response sometimes can cause more damage than good.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University recently found that elevated levels of ubiquilin-4, a protein that takes part in defending the genome from DNA damage, are actually harmful. They discovered that when the amount of ubiquilin-4 rises in tumor cells, the cells become more prone to genome instability, accelerating the tumor’s growth and making it resistant to some cancer treatments.

The discovery suggests that elevated ubiquilin-4 levels is a biomarker, or indicator, for genome instability.

“This novel biomarker provides new, critical information about the tumor stage and grade, as well as the patient’s chances of responding to treatment,” said lead researcher Prof. Yossi Shiloh. “Tumors with high levels of ubiquilin-4 may be more resistant to radiation and some chemotherapies than those with normal levels of this protein.

“But the good news is that they may also respond better to other types of cancer therapy. Obviously, this is vital information for clinicians and patients,” he adds.

Shiloh and his TAU team collaborated on the study with Prof. Christian Reinhardt of University Hospital Cologne and University of Cologne and Dr. Dave Hoon of the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. Their research was recently published in Cell.

The research shows that the body’s DNA damage response is key in maintaining genome stability in the face of harmful agents.

(via Israel21c)

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