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The Daily TIP: Iroquois Nationals, Who Defied Boycott Pressure, Advance to Lacrosse Semi-Finals in Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - July 20, 2018

Iroquois Nationals, Who Defied Boycott Pressure, Advance to Lacrosse Semi-Finals in Israel
Israel, Europol Sign Agreement to Cooperate in Fighting Terrorism, Organized Crime
Congressional Panel Told Israeli Sovereignty over Golan is in U.S. Security Interests
Jerusalem Offering New Services To Enhance Tourism

Iroquois Nationals, Who Defied Boycott Pressure, Advance to Lacrosse Semi-Finals in Israel

Iroquois Nation, which defied pressure from the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign not to travel to Israel for the Men's World Lacrosse Championship, defeated Puerto Rico 14 to 7 to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

After their come from behind win over Puerto Rico, the Iroquois Nationals are scheduled to face off against Canada's national team on Thursday.

The Iroquois team represents the Iroquois Confederacy, a group of indigenous people from the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada.

“As indigenous peoples, we have both seen our traditional lands colonized, our people ethnically cleansed and massacred by colonial settlers,” the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) said in a letter to the Iroquois Nationals earlier this month.

PACBI has long sought to pressure artists and sportsmen not to perform in Israel and to boycott events with Israeli involvement. However, last week, the Iroquois National Lacrosse Team touched down in Tel Aviv, and the team has now made it to the semi-finals.

Ryan Bellerose, a Canadian native rights activist, explained in a Jerusalem Post op-ed that the Iroquois team saw that Israel was respecting their sovereignty by accepting their passports.

"Considering that the team has not participated in tournaments in countries that refuse to recognize their passports," Bellerose wrote, "it is more than cynical to ask players to abstain from these championships – which happen only every four years – while they take place in Israel, a country that stands out for its proven respect for the Iroquois."

Israel, Europol Sign Agreement to Cooperate in Fighting Terrorism, Organized Crime

Israel and Europol, the European Union's police agency, signed an agreement to cooperate more closely against terrorism and organized crime, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

The agreement was between Israeli Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich and Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle in The Hague.

This is the first time that Europol has signed a cooperation agreement with a non-EU country.

In a statement released by Europol, Alsheich said, “The agreement will enable the Investigations and Intelligence Division of the Israel National Police to advance its capabilities to deal in the best way possible with new threats in the field of organized crime, cybercrime exploited by international criminal and terrorist elements, fighting terrorism in its various forms, and crime that crosses borders in the field of social economies."

De Bolle said, "Today, I am signing the first ever Europol working arrangement between Europol and a non-EU country. These provisions were introduced last year in the Europol legislation. It is a major step forward in enhancing the relationship between Europol and Israel. The arrangement will multiply contacts at all levels and open doors to closer cooperation, making the European Union and Israel safer."

The Europol statement observed that the EU has often linked financial crimes to Israel, and noted that "the Israeli contribution in such cases continues to be of utmost importance."

The agreement appears to be a sign that Israel will act more aggressively against financial crime.

Congressional Panel Told Israeli Sovereignty over Golan is in U.S. Security Interests

A former White House adviser during the administration of President George W. Bush said that recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights is "manifestly in the interest of the United States," in testimony before a Congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Michael Doran, currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, told the Subcommittee on National Security of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, that the history of the past seventy years has shown that "when in the hands of Syria, the Golan Heights promoted conflict. When in the hands of Israel, they have promoted stability."

Doran also argued that ceding the Golan to Syria would give access of its strategic heights to Iran, which would give the Islamic Republic the position necessary to threaten Israeli civilians, Israel's water supply, and even Jordan.

In his testimony, Dore Gold, the former Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and current President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, informed the subcommittee that recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights "would constitute the fulfillment of a series of previous diplomatic assurances given to Israel by past administrations regarding the international status of Israel's position on that strategic plateau."

Over two decades, letters from President Gerald Ford, Secretary of State James Baker, and Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Gold explained, all "conveyed a consistent American understanding at the highest level that Israel must remain on the Golan Heights."

Others who testified included Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, Amb. Daniel Kurtzer, and ZOA President Morton Klein.

Jerusalem Offering New Services To Enhance Tourism

This summer, the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) has launched a series of “iTravelJerusalem” services to make the city more accessible and convenient for tourists.

The fun starts with a new Jerusalem City Pass that can be purchased before arrival in Israel. Valid for a week, the pass entitles the holder to discounts on main attractions in the city and may be used to save time standing in lines.

Upon landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, travelers can have their Jerusalem City Pass validated by attendants in the iTravelJerusalem stand. The attendants will offer information and direct those tourists wishing to travel directly to Jerusalem a free ticket for a branded bus with Wi-Fi.

During their ride from the airport, the passengers will have access to the popular iTravelJerusalem website – available in six different languages — to see a full listing of events in the city that week.

Jerusalem City Pass holders also get free intra-city public transportation, including buses and light rail, for a whole week.

Ilanit Melchior, tourism director for the JDA, noted that Israel’s capital city is experiencing a tourism boom – a 47 percent increase in the number of overnights stays and a five-fold increase in conference tourism.

“These new services will offer great help for tourists and will make ‘all the dots connect’ in Jerusalem. As part of this concept, we also plan on adding a free-of-charge Wi-Fi service across the city in the near future,” said Melchior.

(via Israel21c)

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