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The Daily TIP: Qatari Ex-Minister Tainted by Anti-Semitism Leading Candidate to Head UNESCO

Posted by Tip Staff - October 10, 2017

Qatari Ex-Minister Tainted by Anti-Semitism Leading Candidate to Head UNESCO
UC Berkeley Adopts Policy that Could Restrict Access to Pro-Israel Speakers
German Intelligence: Iran Made 32 Attempts to Obtain Technology for Proliferation Programs
Israeli Companies Receive Grants to Develop Unmanned Search and Rescue Systems

Qatari Ex-Minister Tainted by Anti-Semitism Leading Candidate to Head UNESCO

Qatar's former culture minister, who has disseminated anti-Semitic material, both in the course of his official duties and personally, is a leading candidate to succeed Irina Bokova as head of the UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural agency, Ben Cohen reported for the Algemeiner on Monday.

Despite protests from the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) and other Jewish organizations, Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, then the Qatari culture minister, allowed the display of what was described as "violently anti-Semitic literature" at the Doha Book Fair in Qatar in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Qatar has also promoted anti-Semitic texts in its stand at the international book fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

While he was still Qatar's minister of culture, Al-Kawari, wrote the preface for a 2013 book, Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Poets, which was published by his ministry, and featured the statement, "The Jews control the media, newspapers, publishing houses in the United States and the West.”

Dr. Shimon Samuels, SWC's director of international relations, observed that the trope that Jews control the media recalls the language used by Nazi Germany's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

In addition, the book quoted the late French Holocaust denier, Roger Garaudy, who was cited as an expert denying Jewish historic claims to the land of Israel. The book also charged that Israel was responsible for war and turmoil in the Middle East.

In order to promote al-Kawari's candidacy, Qatar has been "handing out cash all over the place, throughout Africa especially,” Samuels observed.

UC Berkeley Adopts Policy that Could Restrict Access to Pro-Israel Speakers

The University of California-Berkeley has introduced a new policy on campus events that encourages a “double standard” against pro-Israel groups, Shiri Moshe reported in The Algemeiner on Monday.

The university put on hold a speech by renowned civil liberties lawyer Alan Dershowitz over a new “viewpoint-neutral” measure that requires campus student groups to notify administrators eight weeks in advance about planned events with an intended audience larger than 200 individuals.

Dershowitz’s speech, co-sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Student Center and pro-Israel student group Tikvah, was originally slated to take place at Berkeley on October 10, but had to be rescheduled.

Adah Forer, co-president of Tikvah, told The Algemeiner that the rule “can work against students who would like to bring pro-Israel speakers, because many departments on campus will refuse to host pro-Israel speakers but will gladly host anti-Israel speakers.” Forer added that the new policy is “skewing the ability of the campus community to hear differing perspectives and engage in dialogue.”

Multiple departments at Berkeley rejected or ignored requests to host Dershowitz, including departments “that we know have sponsored anti-Israel speakers in the past,” Forer explained. In 2015, the Ethnic Studies Department sponsored a talk by Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the anti-Semitic boycott campaign against Israel.

Dershowitz threatened in an interview with Fox News last month that “if no department invites us, having invited people from the other side, we will sue them.” He believes that the eight-week rule allows the school to discriminate against pro-Israel speakers.

German Intelligence: Iran Made 32 Attempts to Obtain Technology for Proliferation Programs

In possible violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, German intelligence charged that Iran made 32 attempts last year to obtain technology that could be used for proliferation programs, including chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

According to one intelligence report Iran made "32 procurement attempts … that definitely or with high likelihood were undertaken for the benefit of proliferation programs” in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Benjamin Weinthal reported Monday for Fox News. The report states that Iran is a country involved in proliferation meaning that it is "spreading atomic, biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction.”

The North Rhine-Westphalia intelligence agency reported that Iran used front companies, based in United Arab Emirates, Turkey and China, to evade restrictions to obtain nuclear and missile-related technology.

The 32 reported attempts occurred in 2016. The nuclear accord with Iran was implemented in January 2016. Weinthal observed that the German report "calls further into question Iran’s compliance with the agreement."

A year earlier, the intelligence agency reported 141 similar attempts by Iran to obtain illicit proliferation-related technology.

Another intelligence report from the German state of Hessen, charged that Iran, along with several other countries, has used "guest academics" to obtain information about nuclear and other weapons programs. “An example for this type of activity occurred in the sector of electronic technology in connection with the implementation of the enrichment of uranium,” according to the report.

Unnamed German diplomats told Weinthal that they did not believe that Iran was violating the nuclear deal, but expressed concerns about its ballistic missile development which has continued in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231. "Having said that, we remain worried by Iran’s missile program," the diplomats told Weinthal. "The aforementioned report, as well as reports from regional intelligence authorities, shows that Germany is highly vigilant in this regard and will continue to do so."

Israeli Companies Receive Grants to Develop Unmanned Search and Rescue Systems

Israeli companies have received a grant to develop their novel remote monitoring and control system for first-responder teams in the United States and Israel.

As both manmade and natural disasters become increasingly lethal global phenomena (whether a terror attack or a hurricane), robotically controlled search-and-rescue systems fill in the “capability gaps” for first-responders in dangerous environments.

Mantaro Networks and Beeper Communications Israel have received a $900,000 grant from the Israel-United States Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to develop their Unmanned Search and Rescue System (USRS) for “distributed, decentralized command and control” of first-responder teams in the United States and Israel. The grant covers 18 months of funding.

The project will include the development of a high-bandwidth wireless broadcast infrastructure that can transfer large amounts of media-rich data (images, audio and video) between the robotic devices and first-responder teams over a large distance.

This will enable remote monitoring in real time, “removing first-responder personnel from harm’s way during uncertain and challenging situations,” explained Jeremy Parsons, CEO of Mantaro. Parsons added that the first milestone was reached in September.

In order to commercialize the project, the two companies entered into an agreement with Safety Dynamics in Arizona, which specializes in gunshot detection, camera and acoustic surveillance.

Mantaro and Beeper will work with Safety Dynamics’ current customers in over 30 metropolitan areas in the United States, which include several police departments, to gain direct feedback. The Baltimore and Houston police departments have already expressed interest in testing the new technology.

(via Israel21c)

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