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Posted by Tip Staff - June 02, 2017

Israeli Ambassador Elected to Serve as VP of UN General Assembly
Iran to Resume Funding for Hamas, Report Says
Lebanon Bans Wonder Woman Film on Account of Israeli Star, Gal Gadot
Israeli Scientists Discover Promising Alternative to Antibiotics

Israeli Ambassador Elected to Serve as VP of UN General Assembly

Israel's ambassador was elected on Wednesday to serve as vice president of the United Nations' General Assembly, a year after being elected to head a permanent committee at the UN for the first time.

Ambassador Danny Danon will serve as vice president of the General Assembly when the UN convenes its next session in September, helping to chair meetings of the GA and set its agenda, The Jerusalem Post reported. Leaders of the GA are selected in a rotation assuring equitable geographic representation. Danon was elected as part of the Western European and Others regional group.

The newly elected president of the GA is Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcák.

“It is an honor to represent the State of Israel in this leadership position at the United Nations,” Danon said after the election. “We have proven once again that Israel is ready and able to serve in significant positions in the UN and the attempts to block this progress will not succeed.”

Danon was elected last year to head the the UN's Sixth Committee, which deals with legal issues, despite lobbying against him by Muslim and Arab nations.

Iran to Resume Funding for Hamas, Report Says

Iran has agreed to resume its financial support for the terrorist organization Hamas, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Tuesday.

The deal to restore Hamas’s funding came after top Hamas officials recently met in Lebanon with senior members of the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, is expected to visit Tehran in the near future to bridge gaps between the two parties and put old disagreements to rest in light of Hamas’s worsening financial crisis, according to Palestinian sources.

In the past, the Islamic Republic has bankrolled Hamas with tens of millions of dollars to help restock its weapons arsenal and reconstruct tunnels used by the group in its terror operations against Israel. Iran has also pledged financial rewards to the families of Palestinian terrorists at the height of the terror wave that erupted in Israel in October 2015.

Relations between Hamas and Tehran began to deteriorate in 2012, after the wave of Arab Spring revolutions reached Syria, where the two parties find each other in opposite camps. Hamas is supporting the Sunni-led opposition against the regime of Bashar al Assad, while Iran and Hezbollah are firmly aligned with the regime.

The report said that as part of the agreement to restore payments, the Iranians dropped their earlier demand for Hamas to take Iran’s side in the power struggle between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia.

During his recent trip to Riyadh, U.S. President Trump singled out Iran as a major sponsor of international terrorism and, together with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, called for the isolation of the Islamic Republic.

Lebanon Bans Wonder Woman Film on Account of Israeli Star, Gal Gadot

Lebanese authorities banned the critically-acclaimed movie "Wonder Woman" on Wednesday, hours before it was set to premier in Beirut, on account of its Israeli star Gal Gadot.

Grand Cinema, a chain that had planned to screen the movie in theaters across the country, cancelled the opening and began removing promotional material following the decision, the Associated Press reported.

The move is in accordance with Lebanese laws boycotting Israeli products and prohibiting citizens from traveling to Israel or interacting with Israelis.

"The movie has nothing to do with Israel," said Tony Chacra, managing director of the distributor Joseph Chacra and Sons, who described the ban as "frustrating."

Chacra's company had obtained permission to screen the movie and paid for distribution rights and advertising. According to Chacra, the movie will be shown in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Oman. Previous films featuring Gadot, including Batman vs. Superman and several installments of the Fast and Furious franchise, were shown in Lebanese theaters.

"Even though Lebanon enjoys a greater margin of freedom of expression than other countries in the region, prior censorship remains in place, particularly with content relating to Israel, religion and homosexuality," the AP explained.

In 1994, Lebanon banned the Holocaust movie Schindler's List.

Israeli Scientists Discover Promising Alternative to Antibiotics

As humanity approaches the post-antibiotic era – when antibiotics will no longer be effective and even minor contaminations will threaten our lives and crops – research at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology suggests that a compound of metals and organic acids could be an effective alternative to antibiotics.

The findings by a team of biochemists led by Assistant Prof. Oded Lewinson in the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine were recently published in Scientific Reports.

Numerous alternatives to antibiotics already are being tested by researchers around the world. Two substances of interest are metals such as silver, zinc, and copper (which were used in ancient Egypt and Greece for treating infection and purifying water sources), and organic acids such as those used as food preservatives.

Lewinson and his team — graduate student Daniel Zhitnitsky and post-doctorate Jessica Rose — mixed organic acids and metals together at a low concentration, and found that the combination is extremely effective in eradicating pathogenic bacteria such as cholera, salmonella and pseudomonas, as well as bacteria that attack crops such as tomatoes, melons and apples.

“Combining these two types of substances is far more effective than using each one separately,” said Lewinson. “Called ‘synergistic inhibition,’ the combination enables the use of extremely low concentrations of metals and food acids for preserving food and spraying crops.”

He added that the ability to lower the concentration of these substances would have significant positive implications for the environment and human health.

(via Israel21c)

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