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The Daily TIP: Iran Threatens U.S. After Launching Mid-Range Missiles in Syria

Posted by Tip Staff - June 19, 2017

Iran Threatens U.S. After Launching Mid-Range Missiles in Syria
With Quds Day March, London Shows Tolerance for Anti-Semitism
Israel Reduces Power to Gaza in Compliance With Palestinian Authority Request
Eighteen NFL Hall of Famers Wow Israeli Fans

Iran Threatens U.S. After Launching Mid-Range Missiles in Syria

An Iranian general threatened the United States on Sunday after the Islamic Republic launched mid-range missiles at ISIS targets in Syria, the Associated Press reported.

The six Zolfaghar missiles, which were unveiled last September, can carry cluster warheads and have a range of 700 kilometers (435 miles). The projectiles were fired some 600 kilometers (370 miles) from Iranian territory into Deir el-Zour in eastern Syria. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which oversees Iran's illicit ballistic missile program, indicated that the missiles were meant to target an ISIS command center and suicide car bomb facility.

“Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran.”

The ballistic missile strikes by Iran are the first such strikes launched by the Islamic Republic in 30 years. They come in the wake of the overwhelming passage of a Senate bill to impose sanctions on the IRGC and Iran for its ballistic missile program and support for terror.

Iran has alleged that the Senate bill violated the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.

However, then Secretary of State John Kerry was emphatic at a Senate hearing two years ago that non-nuclear sanctions would not violate the nuclear deal, saying, "all of our other sanctions authorities remain in place, they are unaffected by this agreement, and Iran only said, if you read what it says, that they would treat the imposition of new nuclear related sanctions as the grounds to cease performing. But they are clear and we are clear that we have all other kinds of authorities and let me specific on that because it’s important for this whole debate to be clear. Even with the lifting of sanctions after eight years on missiles or five year on arms are the UN sanctions. It’s only the UN sanctions. We still have sanctions."

With Quds Day March, London Shows Tolerance for Anti-Semitism

Just weeks after the British government spent millions on putting armed police on the streets to make people feel “safer” in wake of the recent terror attacks, authorities have taken the bizarre decision to allow hundreds of Hezbollah sympathizers to march through the streets of London on Sunday to mark al-Quds Day.

Hezbollah is a highly sectarian, anti-Semitic terrorist organization that calls for the genocide of Jews and is currently, in its own words, waging “jihad” in Syria in support of the murderous Assad regime at the behest of their state sponsor Iran.

Al-Quds Day (Al-Quds is an Arabic name for Jerusalem) was established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in the immediate aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution to call for the annihilation of the state of Israel. Robert Wistrich, the late scholar of anti-Semitism, wrote that Khomeini designated al-Quds Day as one when the oppressed nations would "rise up and dispose of this source of corruption [Israel]."

The organizers of the rally, the so-called Islamic Human Rights Commission, advertised the event on its website as an opportunity for people from all over the country to unite “for the freedom of the oppressed in Palestine and beyond.” But it was nothing other than an opportunity for anti-Semites to rally behind the flag of a terrorist organization and engage in a hate fest on the streets of London with impunity.

A look at the list of speakers reveals the true nature of the event. There was Baroness Jenny Tonge, who quit the Liberal Democrats in 2016 after she was suspended for anti-Semitic comments. Tonge has long used inflammatory rhetoric against the Jewish people and has condoned acts of terrorism. In 2004, she said she would consider becoming a suicide bomber if she were a Palestinian. Also among the speakers was Mick Napier, chair of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, who was convicted in March of aggravated trespass over allegations of intimidating the staff at Barclays Bank over its investment in Israel’s Iron Dome.

Meanwhile, marchers including young children draped themselves in Hezbollah flags and organizers distributed placards emblazoned with the slogan, “We are all Hezbollah.” A friend, who attended the counter-rally, said she could hear them chant “From the river to the sea” --- a sanitized version of the genocidal fantasy of throwing the Jews into the sea. Protesters also peddled anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and claimed the Zionists created ISIS to give Muslims a bad name. Even the horrific tragedy that unfolded at Grenfell Tower was not safe of their twisted worldview and the fire declared a Zionist plot.

The UK-based Campaign Against Antisemitism reported that the Metropolitan Police Service refused to make arrests or accept reports of hate speech when approached by concerned members of the public. One inspector even claimed “that Hizballah flags belong to a legitimate ‘state’ instead of a terrorist organisation.”

However, section 13 of the U.K. Terrorism Act clearly states, “A person in a public place commits an offence if he wears an item of clothing, or wears, carries or displays an article, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he is a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation."

The so-called “military wing” of Hezbollah has been proscribed by the British government, but attempts to have the “political wing” of the organization banned as well have so far failed. Of course the distinction is a fantasy, one that is even mocked by Hezbollah itself.

In the words of the group’s Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem, Hezbollah does not “have a military wing and a political one; we don't have Hezbollah on one hand and the resistance party on the other...Every element of Hezbollah, from commanders to members as well as our various capabilities, are in the service of the resistance, and we have nothing but the resistance as a priority."

And if that were not enough, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah is refreshingly honest about the genocidal nature of his organization: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide."

Despite all evidence that al-Quds Day is more than just a controversial rally that should fall under the protection of free speech, British authorities have failed time and again to block the event, even though London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan just recently promised a “zero tolerance” policy towards anti-Semitism.

His promise is difficult to bring in agreement with what unfolded in London on Sunday. While Hezbollah sympathizers marched through the streets without interruption, police demanded that anti-terrorist protesters move out of the way. The extremists were rewarded. The terrified public punished. Evidence of a truly broken moral compass.

In the wake of the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market, it was revealed that one of the perpetrators had previously flown the Islamic State flag in a television documentary. Over the weekend, the flag of another terrorist organization, one just as brutal and dangerous, was displayed again without consequence.

Until we learn, we remain our own worst enemy.

Israel Reduces Power to Gaza in Compliance With Palestinian Authority Request

Israeli on Monday reduced the amount of electricity it is providing to the Gaza Strip, in compliance with a request from the Palestinian Authority, The Times of Israel reported.

The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority (PENRA) announced that Israel would reduce the amount of power it provides to the Gaza Strip, which is governed by the terrorist group Hamas, by eight megawatt-hours. Israel has been providing 125 megawatt hours of electricity to Gaza every month, and has been the main provider of power to the territory for the past two months.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri warned that Israel would "bear responsibility for the consequences of the reduction," even though it was requested by the Palestinian Authority, because it "levies taxes on crossings [into Gaza] that are enough [to pay] for Gaza’s electricity and more."

Longtime Palestinian affairs correspondent Avi Issacharoff wrote last week that Hamas raises an estimated $28 million monthly in taxes and could use some of those funds to resolve Gaza's energy crisis.

"Those who took control of Gaza in a military coup and since then invested more than $1 billion in their military infrastructure, could have easily directed their resources to resolve Gaza’s problems,” Issacharoff wrote. “But what is the value of another few hours of electricity for the people of Gaza, compared to another few tunnels or rockets?”

PENRA, in its statement, characterized the Israeli reduction as an “initial step” to “gradually” comply with the PA's request to significantly cut Israel's power supply to Gaza.

In April, the PA informed Israel that it would reduce the amount it pays monthly for Gaza's power from NIS 40 million ($11 million) to NIS 25 million ($7 million). Israel had been supplying 125 megawatt-hours to Gaza then, approximately 30 percent of what's required to power the territory for a full day.

Cutting power to Gaza was characterized by the Times as one of a number of steps taken by the PA to force "Hamas to cede control of the Strip, or begin footing the bill itself." The PA has also cut pay to its Gaza-based employees and reduced the medical supplies it sends to Gaza.

The PA's efforts to squeeze Hamas come as the terror group celebrates the ten-year anniversary of its bloody 2007 takeover of Gaza, when it killed and expelled forces loyal to the Fatah party, which rules the PA.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the PA's request to reduce the power Israel supplies to Gaza last week as an "internal Palestinian argument."

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman similarly said that Israel was strictly a “supplier of electricity and was prepared to supply electricity” if the Palestinians paid for it. “This is an [internal] Palestinian crisis," he explained. "Those who need to pay for electricity are the leaders of Hamas, of the Palestinian Authority — we are not a party in this."

Eighteen NFL Hall of Famers Wow Israeli Fans

Last night, a cheering crowd at Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem showed the love to the most prestigious group of Pro Football Hall of Famers, known as “Gold Jackets," ever to appear outside the United States.

The 18 Gold Jackets included Lem Barney, Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, Jim Brown, Cris Carter, Dave Casper, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, “Mean” Joe Greene, Willie Lanier, Joe Montana, Andre Reed, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, John Stallworth, Roger “Captain America” Staubach, Andre Tippett, Aeneas Williams and Ron Yary.

And the love went both ways. The players signed footballs and jerseys for the mostly American expat fans, threw a few passes and posed for selfies.

Several of them shared their impressions of Israel with about 1,000 invitees, speaking about their experiences five days into the trip led by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker.

“I hope our being here will inspire some Israeli kid who wants to be the first to come over to play in the NFL, because I do believe that’s possible,” said former Pittsburgh Steelers great Bettis.

He was accompanied by his wife and said that “being in Israel has changed our lives. Coming to Jerusalem, we had no idea what it was going to look like. We just stayed up talking about how incredible the city was, but even more important than that, the people,” said Bettis.

“The resolve of the Jewish people resonated with me. Now we understand what it means to be a community, because that’s what it feels like here: one giant community who believes in each other and who works together for each other. It’s an amazing sight to see.”

Legendary quarterback Joe Montana said this was his second time in Israel with his wife, Jennifer, and the first time their two sons accompanied them.

“We’ve been in Israel for five days, and the one thing we’re always so surprised at is that the people here are wonderful. It feels like family and you feel that everywhere you go,” said Montana.

Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach recalled that while serving as a naval officer in Vietnam in 1967, he heard about the existential danger Israel faced in the Six-Day War.

Sometimes called “Captain Comeback” for his fourth quarter game-winning heroics with the Dallas Cowboys, Staubach said that he sees parallels between team sports and the Israeli spirit.

“In sports, it takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to get spectacular results and you have to just work at it, and it takes trust in your teammates. Sports has taught me a lot about the teamwork aspect and also the adversity. And there’s nobody more than the great people of Israel who understand that adversity reveals and prosperity conceals. You find out the best of people when times are tough,” said Staubach.

During the week-long “Touchdown in Israel II” mission this month, Kraft will kick off the construction of the Kraft Family Sports Campus, to which he contributed $6 million.

“This will be the first regulation-size American football field in this part of the world, and will certainly be another milestone in the development of football in Israel,” said Steve Leibowitz, president and founder of the American Football Federation in Israel, the official federation for all football activities in the country, including men’s and youth tackle leagues and men’s, women’s and youth flag football leagues.

Kraft built the stadium in which the ceremony was taking place, in a section of the city’s Sacher Park, completed in the year 2000.

“I first came to Israel 54 years ago on my honeymoon,” Kraft told the crowd. “I’ve been supporting Israel for 50 years, but my sweetheart, Myra, said, ‘You’re never going to win with the Patriots until you get football involved here.’ And she was right, as usual. In 1999 we got involved here, and won our first Super Bowl in ’01.”

Since then, the Patriots have won Super Bowl competitions four more times.

Kraft compared his team’s fourth-quarter victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the latest Super Bowl to “the history of this great country,” Israel.

“It’s about great preparation, never giving up and winning,” said Kraft. “In that spirit, I wanted to bring the best people here and give them the best experiences in this country. Tonight we have the greatest players in the 97-year history of football in America, sitting right here in Jerusalem.”

Leibowitz presented two footballs signed by each of the Gold Jackets to the Israeli company ElMindA, a pioneer in neuroscience-based technology for analyzing brain network functionality.

“The issue of concussions and brain health has been very concerning for the sport of football,” said Leibowitz. “The Israeli company ElMindA has been on the cutting edge of technology toward finding solutions relating to this problem and helped sponsor tonight’s event.”

(via Israel21c)

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