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The Daily TIP: Saudi Foreign Minister: Iran, Hezbollah Have “Kidnapped” Lebanon

Posted by Tip Staff - November 17, 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister: Iran, Hezbollah Have “Kidnapped” Lebanon
Israel’s State Attorney Rules That Breaking the Silence Spox Lied, Did Not Beat Palestinian
Is Anti-Semitism the Only Bigotry That’s Subject to Debate?
Haifa Inaugurates Innovative Electric Car-Sharing Service

Saudi Foreign Minister: Iran, Hezbollah Have “Kidnapped” Lebanon

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has accused Hezbollah of having “kidnapped the Lebanese system,” as he warned at a press conference in Riyadh on Thursday that regional efforts were under way to oust the terrorist organization from the Lebanese government.

The Times of Israel reported that al-Jubeir called on Hezbollah to disarm, denouncing the group as “a tool of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards” and “a first-class terrorist organization used by Iran to destabilize Lebanon and the region.”

Al-Jubeir added that “consultations and coordination between peace-loving countries and Lebanon-loving countries are underway to try to find a way that would restore sovereignty to Lebanon…”

The group, which maintains complete political and military control over Lebanon, “is not just a power unto itself, but is one of the most important instruments in the drive for regional supremacy by its sponsor: Iran,” Ben Hubbard wrote in an exclusive investigative story in The New York Times published in August.

Tehran is currently trying to secure a corridor from its border, through Iraq and all the way to the Mediterranean—providing it unhindered land access to its allies in Syria and Lebanon for the first time—a plan of which Hezbollah is a central component.

Hezbollah has drastically increased its area of operation under Iranian guardianship. No longer just exercising power over Lebanon, the group sent legions of fighters to Syria to support the Assad regime, trained other Iranian-backed militia in Iraq, and supported the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Israel’s State Attorney Rules That Breaking the Silence Spox Lied, Did Not Beat Palestinian

Israel’s State Attorney found that a spokesman for Breaking the Silence (BtS), an NGO that alleges abuses by Israel soldiers, lied when he claimed that he had beaten a Palestinian suspect, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Dean Issacharoff, spokesman for BtS had spoken of an incident where he beat a Palestinian man whom he was arresting while doing reserve duty in Hebron.

The State Attorney closed the case concluding saying “after the investigation revealed that the events he described did not occur.”

The Arab man, whom Issacharoff said he had beaten, acknowledged that he had been arrested in February 2014, as Issacharoff said, and that that he wasn’t beaten.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked had approached Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit about investigating Issacharoff’ after the spokesman made his claim in April at a Break the Silence rally.

“It turns out that the Breaking the Silence spokesman is a liar defaming the State of Israel in front of the world,” Shaked said in a statement in reaction to the State Attorney’s decision. “Kudos to his comrades in his company who refused to remain indifferent and were unwilling to remain silent while he lies. It is good that the truth has come to light about this organization, which is making money at the expense of IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens.”

Numerous soldiers and commanders had questioned Issacharoff’s claim.

BtS told The Times of Israel that it had corroborated Issacharoff’s account with other soldiers.

Is Anti-Semitism the Only Bigotry That’s Subject to Debate?

In the wake of its controversial decision to host a panel discussion on anti-Semitism that includes Linda Sarsour and Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), the New School chose to defend its choice of panelists, saying, that engaging in “debate” is critical to its role as an academic institution and that there are “differing views on the issue of anti-Semitism.”

In order to deflect from the criticism, the New School is offering to have a second panel, to be organized by Tablet Magazine, whose writer Liel Leibovitz had criticized the Sarsour panel, and featuring ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, who had tweeted, “Having Linda Sarsour & head of JVP leading a panel on #antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism.”

Of course one would have thought that anti-Semitism, bigotry against Jews is a bad thing, not something that is subject to debate.

Going by the widely-accepted definition of anti-Semitism which includes applying double standards to Israel and “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist,” Sarsour and Vilkomerson fit the definition of “anti-Semite,” as they are both advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

While BDS proponents, like JVP, couch their advocacy for boycotting Israel in terms of promoting peace, by embracing the movement they are embracing the the vision set out by its leading advocates, who are not so circumspect.

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Haifa Inaugurates Innovative Electric Car-Sharing Service

Imagine an environmental taxi, reserved just for you, that you drive yourself, and for about half the price. This is the concept behind Car2Go, a cooperative and environmentally driven initiative.

The innovative electric car-sharing project was launched in Haifa on November 7, and follows similar schemes in Amsterdam, Madrid and Stuttgart.

For the first two months, Haifa residents will be able to try the plan without membership fees, and pay just 1.20 Israeli shekels per minute – more than a bus, but less than a taxi in the city.

In the first phase, 40 cars will be deployed, 300 hundred parking spots converted, and 30 electric car charging stations installed, with the intention of making another 60 cars available for use through December and January.

More than NIS 20 million has been invested in the scheme, which is a joint venture with German rental company Car2Go, which will run the scheme; the Haifa Municipality; Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection; and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL)-Jewish National Fund (JNF), as part of its “Easy to Breathe” project.

So far, more than 2,000 people have registered for the service.

To use one of the new electric cars — an emissions-free electric Zoe Renault — users need to download the Car2go app. When you reserve a car on the app,it shows you the locations of vehicles parked nearby in Car2Go spots. You select one, and from that point only your personal swipe card can open the vehicle.

(via Israel21c)

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