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The Daily TIP: Paris Bomb Plot Demonstrates the Danger of Iranian Soft Power

Posted by Tip Staff - July 30, 2018

Paris Bomb Plot Demonstrates the Danger of Iranian Soft Power
TIP CEO: Nations Must Stop Tolerating Anti-Israel Bias in Sports Tournaments
Report: Iran Illicitly Financing War in Yemen Using German Companies
Canada's Largest Bank Invests $2 Million in Cybersecurity Research at Israeli Ben Gurion University

Paris Bomb Plot Demonstrates the Danger of Iranian Soft Power

In early July, Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi was arrested and charged with acting as a foreign agent and conspiracy to commit murder following his alleged involvement in a failed bomb plot targeting a gathering of Iranian opposition groups in Paris.

This thwarted terror attack, the latest in a long Iranian pattern of murdering its detractors, is symptomatic of the regime’s expansive global agenda and highlights Iran’s singular status as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

A successful response to this latest example of Iranian aggression must go beyond this incident, as Iran’s effort to export its anti-Western, anti-U.S. Khomeinist ideology of terror is truly a global undertaking. A new report from United Against Nuclear Iran offers a holistic exposition of the methodology Iran employs to spread its brand of Shi’a Islamic fundamentalism around the globe through soft power means, with a particular focus on Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

Tehran’s ideological expansion follows a similar pattern in each region.

The process begins with Iranian embassies, which serve as the hub for building influence in host countries. The proliferation of Iranian embassies around the world since the 1979 Islamic Revolution has enabled Iran to boost its trade and economic ties while also serving to enhance its ideological penetration. Once an embassy or consulate is established, Iran subsequently establishes mosques, cultural centers, educational institutions, charities, and media organs in the surrounding communities to proselytize, propagandize, and establish links to the targeted communities.

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TIP CEO: Nations Must Stop Tolerating Anti-Israel Bias in Sports Tournaments

Israel is subjected to an unprecedented discrimination campaign in the international sports industry, Joshua S. Block, President and CEO of The Israel Project, wrote in an op-ed for The Algemeiner on Friday.

Block was referring to the case of seven-year-old Liel Levitan from Haifa, who recently won the European Chess Championship. “For the ‘crime’ of being Israeli, the little girl is prohibited from playing in the World Chess Championship, because host nation Tunisia will not allow Israelis to compete,” Block said. “If that’s not racism, what is?”

He also cited previous incidents of “horrific acts of discrimination” against Israeli athletes, including the World Chess Championship in Saudi Arabia in December from which Israel’s players were excluded because of their nationality, as well as the refusal of the Lebanese national team to share a bus with their Israeli counterparts during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Block contrasted these vile acts of discrimination against the inclusive atmosphere at the World Lacrosse Championship, which took place in Netanya earlier this month.

“In a vibrant festival of sport, 46 teams from all over the world competed against each other across ethnic, religious, and cultural divides,” Block overserved. “Sports are a team-building exercise. They’re meant to bring strangers together in a celebration of healthy competition — and that’s exactly what happened in Netanya during the lacrosse event.”

He also praised the decision of the Iroquois Nationals, a group of indigenous people from Canada, to defy pressure from the anti-Israel boycott movement and compete in the tournament in Israel.

Report: Iran Illicitly Financing War in Yemen Using German Companies

The Islamic Republic of Iran is using German companies to disguise their illicit support for Shiite militia forces in the fight against the internationally recognized government of Yemen, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

Based on interviews with U.S. Treasury Department officials, Time Magazine revealed last week that, “The IRGC had then printed counterfeit Yemeni banknotes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars and used the bogus rials to fund its proxy war against the beleaguered pro-US government in the capital of Sanaa. German companies were being used as a cover by the Iranians to finance the world’s worst humanitarian conflict.”

Time added: “For several years, Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had been using German front companies to buy advanced printing machinery, watermarked paper and specialty inks in violation of European export controls.”

According to Time: “The evidence, uncovered by U.S. illicit-finance investigators, was meant to sway the Germans, but not just in hopes of countering Iran’s moves on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula” but also “to convince Berlin that Tehran cannot be trusted and that the Germans should join the Trump Administration in imposing economy-crippling sanctions on Iran.”

The report charged that U.S. officials involved in the operation met with their German counterparts at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin last April. Weeks after the meeting took place, “American officials presented their hosts with one last set of documents: detailed blueprints on how the Trump Administration was preparing to unleash financial warfare on the Iranian economy.”

Canada's Largest Bank Invests $2 Million in Cybersecurity Research at Israeli Ben Gurion University

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has invested $2 million in the cybersecurity research center at Ben-Gurion University (BGU), RBC and BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of BGU, announced.

Funding for the partnership between the financial institution and the university will support the development of adversarial artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning-based cyber mitigation techniques, BGU said in a statement.

“This partnership provides our researchers with the opportunity to further apply their leadership in cyber security research to the banking industry, where security is crucial for daily operations and the safety of customers,” said Danny Shtaier, a business development manager at BGN Technologies.

The research collaboration will be developed by Prof. Yuval Elovici and Asaf Shabtai, both from the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center.

The research will aim to boost and evaluate the resilience of current AI and machine learning techniques, while limiting their vulnerability to threats and tampering.

“In today’s incredibly complex world, we need advanced technology like AI and machine learning to continue developing leading-edge cyber security,” said Martin Wildberger, RBC’s executive vice president for innovation and technology. “This partnership will help support our cyber defense by working with prominent experts in the field, such as the researchers at Ben-Gurion University.”

(via Israel21c)

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