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The Daily TIP: J. K. Rowling's Tweets Denouncing Anti-Semitism go Viral

Posted by Tip Staff - April 23, 2018

J. K. Rowling's Tweets Denouncing Anti-Semitism go Viral
Hamas Drone Maker Killed in Malaysia
Twenty-Three German Universities Hacked by Iran
Israeli Rescuers to Train South African Emergency Workers in Treating Psychological Trauma

J. K. Rowling's Tweets Denouncing Anti-Semitism go Viral

Bestselling author J.K. Rowling stepped into Britain’s anti-Semitism debate last week, when she said in a series of viral tweets that “non-Jews should start shouldering the burden” in the fight against rising anti-Jewish sentiments, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

The Harry Potter author referenced the abuse Jewish people suffer on social media platforms and condemned semantic arguments of anti-Semites.

“Most UK Jews in my timeline are currently having to field this kind of crap, so perhaps some of us non-Jews should start shouldering the burden,” she wrote in response to a tweet saying, “Because Judaism is a religion and not a race.”

Rowling continued, saying, “Antisemites thinks this is a clever argument, so tell us, do: were atheist Jews exempted from wearing the yellow star?”

The author, who has over 14 million followers on Twitter, rejected all defenses of anti-Semitism, saying the response to anti-Jewish sentiments had to be the same as against any other racism or bigotry.

“Split hairs. Debate etymology. Gloss over the abuse of your fellow citizens by attacking the actions of another country's government. Would your response to any other form of racism or bigotry be to squirm, deflect or justify?” she asked.

Rowling stated that she was “so sorry” to hear examples of anti-Semitism and replied to a Jewish mother, who had tweeted at the author that her children experience anti-Jewish bullying at school. “Know that you aren’t alone and that a lot of us stand with you,” Rowling reassured her.

Hamas Drone Maker Killed in Malaysia

A Palestinian engineer whom Hamas claimed worked for them, was shot and killed by unknown assailants in Malaysia where he taught, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

Hamas, the terrorist organization that exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip blamed Israel for killing Fadi al-Batsh, who was described by the terrorist group's leader, Ismail Haniyeh, as a member of Hamas with "an honorable reputation in science."

A spokesman for the Israeli government didn't comment on the killing. On Sunday, however, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Israel Radio that Batsh was "no saint" and suggested that his killing was the result of "a settling of scores among terrorist organizations."

Batsh, who was a senior lecturer at the University of Kuala Lumpur, was shot on his to a mosque for dawn prayers by a helmeted man on a motorcycle. In 2014 he had published a paper on how to make power sources for aerial vehicles more reliable.

"Since Israel has successfully developed defense systems against the rockets and the missiles and…new technological regarding terror tunnels, Hamas was left almost with nothing,” said Kobi Michael, a researcher at Israel's Institute for National Security Studies. Michael said that a drone packed with explosives could fly lower than a rocket and possibly evade Israeli defenses, such as Iron Dome.

Twenty-Three German Universities Hacked by Iran

As part of a global cyber-attack, Iranians hackers targeted at least 23 German universities, stealing unpublished research, dissertations, and conference reports, the magazine Der Spiegel reported (link in German) on Friday.

According to the report, the cyber-attacks started in 2014 and can be traced back to the Tehran Mabna Institute, a private company linked to Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The United States Department of Justice in March 2018 accused nine employees working there of hacking into U.S. universities, companies and state agencies.

“They hacked the computer systems of approximately 320 universities in 22 countries. 144 of the victims are American universities. The defendants stole research that cost the universities approximately $3.4 billion to procure and maintain,” the statement said.The hackers also allegedly broke into the accounts of employees of U.S. government and non-governmental entities, including the Department of Labor, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the states of Hawaii and Indiana, Indiana's Department of Education, the United Nations, and the United Nations Children's Fund.

U.S. officials stressed at the time that the hacking was conducted at the behest of the Iranian regime, and that Mabna Institute functions as a contractor for the Revolutionary Guards. "The IRGC plays a central role in Iran's maligned activities across the world, including fomenting terrorism," Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, observed last month.

The German Federal Prosecutor's Office has now launched an investigation into foreign espionage.

Israeli Rescuers to Train South African Emergency Workers in Treating Psychological Trauma

United Hatzalah of Israel is sending a delegation of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to Johannesburg, South Africa, to train their counterparts in providing effective psychotrauma care in times of crisis and catastrophe.

The training will combine the World Health Organization’s protocols in psychological first aid, together with the Israeli adaptation of psychological first aid based on using cognitive stimulation to help shift immediate attention from emotions to actions.

The trainees, a group of 60 medics from South Africa’s Hatzolah Medical Rescue and mental-health workers from the community, will also be able to learn from the experiences of United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit, which has responded to more than a thousand traumatic incidents last year in Israel and in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.The unit provides emotional support and stabilization to trauma victims and bystanders in the initial minutes following a traumatic experience and its immediate aftermath.

“The training will be based on the results of the work that we’ve done – what we’ve learned, what we’ve seen, what worked and what didn’t, what they can expect to see, and how to take care of themselves so that they can be able to last longer and more healthily in this very difficult field,” said United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit Director Miriam Ballin.

In South Africa, the average response time of the government-operated ambulance system is several hours, Ballin said.

This strain on the existing medical services is what led the Johannesburg Jewish community to establish Hatzolah South Africa (no relation to United Hatzalah of Israel).

(via Israel21c)

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