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The Daily TIP: Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Gaza After Soldier is Ambushed, Shot

Posted by Tip Staff - July 26, 2018

Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Gaza After Soldier is Ambushed, Shot
In Speech and Op-Ed Pompeo Condemns Religious Persecution in Iran
Three UK Jewish Papers Run Unprecedented Joint Editorial Condemning Corbyn's Anti-Semitism
FDA Approves Israeli Tool for Assessing a Patient's Risk of Heart Attack


Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Gaza After Soldier is Ambushed, Shot

Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza after an IDF soldier was ambushed, shot and wounded near the border, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

Following the ambush, Israel targeted seven Hamas sites with tank and artillery fire. Three members of Hamas's Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades were reported killed in those strikes.

In response, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades warned, "Israel will pay in blood for its latest crimes."

Nine rockets were fired towards Israel from Gaza after the Israeli strikes. One was intercepted by Iron Dome and the others fell in open fields.

The rockets set off alarms in southern Israel, sending residents of three communities in the Eshkol region to bomb shelters at 5:30 Thursday morning.

The ambush came four days after Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi was killed in a similar incident in the same area, when a group of 20 youth started rioting violently about 400 yards from the border fence. When the IDF soldier attempted to break up the riot, a sniper who had hidden inside the group, shot and wounded the soldier.

After surgery, the soldier, who had been shot in the torso, was reported to be in moderate condition.



In Speech and Op-Ed Pompeo Condemns Religious Persecution in Iran

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday called the religious leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran "hypocritical holy men," who amassed a fortune while ordinary Iranians are suffering extreme hardship.

"Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitized to the regime's authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence abroad, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government's many abuses," Pompeo said in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

America’s top diplomat made the remarks in a week in which the Trump administration seeks to highlight religious freedom around the world and brings together faith leaders for a three-day summit in Washington, which ends Thursday.

Writing in an op-ed for USA Today on Tuesday, Pompeo slammed religious persecution in Iran making a case of Mohammad Salas, a member of the Iranian Gonabadi Sufi dervish community, a faith group viciously persecuted by the mullah regime.

Salas last month was convicted and sentenced to death on questionable charges following violent clashes between Iranian authorities and Gonabadi dervishes. He was allegedly tortured into a confession and hanged in the notorious Rajai Shahr Prison on June 18.

“Hundreds of Sufi Muslims in Iran remain imprisoned on account of their beliefs, with reports of several dying at the hands of Iran’s brutal security forces. The religious intolerance of the regime in Iran also applies to Christians, Jews, Sunnis, Baha’is, Zoroastrians, and other minority religious groups simply trying to practice their faiths,” Pompeo observed.



Three UK Jewish Papers Run Unprecedented Joint Editorial Condemning Corbyn's Anti-Semitism

Asserting that the election of a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party into power in the United Kingdom would pose an "existential threat" to the Jewish community in the UK, the three leading Jewish newspapers ran a shared editorial titled "United we Stand," on Wednesday.

In the jointly authored editorial, The Jewish News, The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish Telegraph explained that the decision to join forces was "because the party that was, until recently, the natural home for our community has seen its values and integrity eroded by Corbynite contempt for Jews and Israel."

After years of "alarming lows" between the Corbyn-led Labour Party and the Jewish community, the incident that prompted the three papers to speak out was "last week’s stubborn refusal to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, provoking Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge to call her leader an antisemite to his face." This, the editorial stated, "was the most sinister yet."

In so doing, the Labour Party has "diluted the IHRA definition, accepted in full by the government and more than 130 local councils," regarding four provisions governing anti-Semitism and Israel.

The editorial concluded by noting that Labour has a vote set for September 5 to adopt the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism. This will force members of the Labour Party to make a stark choice, “implement IHRA in full or be seen by all decent people as an institutionally racist, antisemitic party.”



FDA Approves Israeli Tool for Assessing a Patient's Risk of Heart Attack

Zebra Medical Vision of Kibbutz Shefayim has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its automatic coronary calcium scoring algorithm, an artificial-intelligence tool that helps physicians assess the risk of coronary artery disease.

The algorithm can detect and quantify the presence of calcium, or plaque, in coronary arteries. Excess levels of calcium are associated with increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events. Studies have shown that coronary artery calcium score is useful for risk stratification of patients.

Coronary artery disease is a major cause of death in developed countries and is responsible for approximately one-third of all deaths of individuals over 35 years old.

“Identification of high-risk individuals is key to prevention,” said Prof. Ran Balicer, director of the Clalit Research Institute. Clalit is Israel’s largest health maintenance organization, caring for some 4 million people.

“Zebra’s algorithm could run on CT studies of the chest and potentially help identify people with cardiovascular risk sooner, allowing more effective treatment and overall reduction of adverse outcomes and healthcare costs for HMOs such as Clalit.”

Zebra Medical Vision cofounder and CEO Elad Benjamin said this clearance will allow the company to begin expansion in the US, following seven algorithms that have the CE Mark for use in the European Union. “It is the first of many to come, as we continue building our automated analytics engine.”

Founded in 2014, Zebra Medical Vision uses deep learning to create next-generation products and services for healthcare.

(via Israel21c)


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