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The Daily TIP: Progressive NYC Mayor De Blasio Slams Rep. Omar’s Comments about Loyalty as “Unacceptable”

Posted by Tip Staff - March 11, 2019

Progressive NYC Mayor De Blasio Slams Rep. Omar’s Comments about Loyalty as “Unacceptable”
U.S. Envoy Greenblatt Defends Israel's Deduction of Terrorist Salaries
Influential Senator Tours Hamas Terror Tunnels, Calls for Israel to Retain Golan
Global Investors See Israeli Startup Scene as Opportunity to Tackle Global Challenges

Progressive NYC Mayor De Blasio Slams Rep. Omar’s Comments about Loyalty as “Unacceptable”

In a video message to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, firebrand Palestinian-American activist and co-chair of the Women’s March, Linda Sarsour, claimed the movement and other left-wing pressure groups helped water-down the language of a resolution aimed at condemning anti-Semitism that passed in the House Thursday night.

The resolution – introduced by Democratic lawmakers to condemn anti-Semitism in the aftermath of anti-Jewish remarks made by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) – failed in the final version to single out the congresswoman by name. Instead, the language of the resolution had been broadened under pressure to condemn all forms of bigotry.

“Friends (…) you know the Women’s March were going through some rough times and if you know anything about this past week, I’m going to give you some ideas of what we did this week,” Sarsour said as she tried to rally support behind her efforts. “So, many of you know that our sister, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, was under attack.”

Sarsour then took credit for influencing the language of the resolution, saying: “You know being able to mobilize progressive leaders across the country to sign on to a letter to organize a press conference in support of Ilhan Omar to call on the Democratic leadership to actually expand the language of the resolution to include condemning all forms of bigotry – that’s the kind of movement we’re a part of.”

The letter described criticism of Omar as "unfounded accusations of antisemitism," when Omar had, in fact, questioned Jewish loyalty to the United States. Deborah Lipstadt, a prominent scholar of the Holocaust, assessed that Omar's statements were not critical of Israel but were “relying on anti-Semitic stereotypes, anti-Semitic tropes, anti-Semitic memes.”

Read more at The Tower.

U.S. Envoy Greenblatt Defends Israel's Deduction of Terrorist Salaries

The United States envoy in charge of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians defended Israel's decision to stop transferring taxes collected to the Palestinian Authority by the amount the PA was paying terrorists and their families, The New York Times reported Friday.

“If your citizens were being routinely attacked by terrorists, which of you would tolerate a reward system that compensated the attackers for their crimes?” Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations, wrote on Twitter. “How can we possibly censure Israel for taking the same stance?”

Greenblatt had been in New York to attend a closed United Nations Security Council session discussing the Israeli decision.

Last month, Israel's Knesset decided to deduct the amount the PA pays terrorists and their families, under a program that is called "pay to slay," from the amount that it collects on behalf of the Palestinian government. The PA paid out some 502 million shekels ($138 million) to living terrorists in 2018, according to recent Israeli media reports.

Following this decision, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said that he would refuse all transfers of money from Israel but that he would still pay the terrorists. Israel collects an estimated $222 million monthly on behalf of the PA, amounting to one-third of its budget. The PA also said that it was refusing American aid as long as the U.S. was demanding that it stop the practice of rewarding terror.

Abbas has consistently defied the U.S. and insisted that he will continue to pay terrorists and their families. In a 2017 meeting with Greenblatt, Abbas refused to budge on the issue. At that time, a PA official referred to Israeli and American pressure to stop paying terrorists as "aggression against the Palestinian people.”

Read more at The Tower.

Influential Senator Tours Hamas Terror Tunnels, Calls for Israel to Retain Golan

United States Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman toured attack tunnels on Sunday, dug by the Islamist terrorist group Hamas, which exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip, JNS reported.

The Times of Israel reported that Graham visited the Golan Heights on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and vowed to “start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel.”

“I come here as an American. I come here to try to figure out what’s best for America. What’s best for America is a safe, secure and prosperous Israel,” Graham observed.

“Why? Common values, common enemies. And from a military point of view, the best friend the United States can possibly ever have in a troubled region. I cannot tell you how much intelligence has been given to the US from our friends in Israel to protect the American homeland.”

Graham continued: “So if you believe, as I do, [that] the State of Israel is a strategic partner to the United States, and its survival and its prosperity and security is relevant to American national security, you would come here, to the Golan.”

The senator then backed Israeli sovereignty on the plateau.

“For decades, this was one of the more peaceful parts of the border that Israel has to police. Not so much now. So I’ve got a simple message: I will go back the US Senate, working with Senator [Ted] Cruz, I will start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel, now and forever.”

Graham concluded: “Because to give this territory up would be a strategic nightmare for the State of Israel. And who would you give it to?”

Graham's remarks come just days after human rights lawyers filed the first cases against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Read more at The Tower.

Global Investors See Israeli Startup Scene as Opportunity to Tackle Global Challenges

Doing good is a noble thing, but it’s not the most lucrative business model out there, right? Jerusalem-based global investment platform OurCrowd put the lie to that assumption at its annual Global Investor Summit on March 7, 2019.

“We truly believe in this double bottom line. We are absolutely convinced that we can do this — that we can do good and make money,” said OurCrowd founder and CEO Jon Medved.

This conviction was exemplified at the conference’s opening plenary, which brought to the fore OurCrowd-backed companies making a difference across varied fields.

The international audience – some 18,000 guests from 187 countries at the Jerusalem International Conference Center and online via livestreaming – learned about new technologies guaranteeing clean air, innovative weather forecasting and big-data and artificial-intelligence solutions in the medical world. All promise to make a real difference in the world, as well as real money.

During the conference, OurCrowd announced it’s partnering with Social Finance Israel of Tel Aviv, an enterprise promoting the flow of capital toward solving social issues, to launch an impact fund that will focus on venture-backed businesses attempting to solve such challenges.

“OurCrowd has a long history of making impact-driven investments and a wealth of expertise in fund creation,” says Richard Norman, OurCrowd co-head of funds. “Today we are proud to bring these two hallmarks of OurCrowd together and offer investors a dedicated, diversified vehicle of VC-backed businesses striving to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

It’s not only startups and burning global issues that require flourishing, Medved noted. “We need to not only attack global challenges, but we here in Israel have to be more inclusive and bring under-represented groups into our ecosystems; whether they are Arabs, or Haredim or women, we need to bring them into the tent.”

(via Israel21c)

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