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The Daily TIP: Scotland Yard on Labour Anti-Semitism: "There May Have Been a Crime Committed"

Posted by Tip Staff - November 02, 2018

Scotland Yard on Labour Anti-Semitism: "There May Have Been a Crime Committed"
Brazil's President-Elect Reaffirms Intent to Move Embassy to Jerusalem
Syria's Sarin, Iran's Nukes, and the Limits of Diplomacy
Israeli High-Tech Startups Raised $1.55 Billion during the Third Quarter of 2018

Scotland Yard on Labour Anti-Semitism: "There May Have Been a Crime Committed"

Scotland Yard has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of anti-Semitic hate crime in the Labour Party, the Guardian reported Friday. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said it “appears there may have been a crime committed.”

The police said in a statement that special officers had spent two months assessing a leaked Labour Party dossier detailing 45 cases of alleged anti-Semitism and are now working with the Crown Prosecution Service on the investigation.

Among the allegations included in the dossier are messages sent by party members such as “We shall rid the Jews who are cancer on us all…” and “Zionist extremist MP who hates civilised people about to get a good kicking.”

Police sources who have seen the full dossier say 17 instances should have been reported by the party to the police for investigation, and an additional four were potential race hate crimes. A spokesperson for the Labour Party denied the charges and said that they had a “robust system” for investigating alleged hate crimes.

However, Labour’s internal Disputes Panel is currently chaired by Claudia Webb, a former adviser of Ken Livingstone who defended him after he compared a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard. Webb claimed in August that the “combined machinery of state, political and mainstream elite” are conspiring to smear Corbyn with “false allegations” of anti-Semitism.

Amanda Bowman, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, reacted to the police investigation, saying: "This comes as no surprise to us”

Former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks recently called Corbyn an “anti-Semite,” who has “given support to racists, terrorists and dealers of hate.” In an op-ed published in the National Review in August, The Israel Project's Senior Fellow Julie Lenarz, detailed the Labour leader’s long history with those individuals and groups.

Brazil's President-Elect Reaffirms Intent to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has reaffirmed a plan to move Brazil’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following in the path of the United States and Guatemala, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

“As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.

Bolsonaro, a controversial hardliner who has earned the nickname "Trump of the Tropics," won Brazil's presidential election last month with roughly 55 percent of the vote, ending a 15-year era of the far-left Workers Party.

In an interview Thursday, Bolsonaro repeated his pledge to relocate the embassy: “When I was asked during the campaign if I'll do it [relocate the embassy] when I was president, I said yes, and that you're the ones who decide on the capital of Israel, not other people.”

Bolsonaro noted that Israel can now “count on having our vote in the UN,” adding, “I know that often the vote is almost symbolic, but it helps to define the position a country intends to take. Rest assured that you can depend on our vote in the UN on almost all the issues having to do with Israel."

Netanyahu spoke to Bolsonaro earlier this week, congratulating him on his victory and inviting him to visit Israel. “I congratulate my friend Brazilian President-Elect, Jair Bolsonaro, for his intention to move the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem, a historic, correct and exciting step,” Netanyahu tweeted.

If Bolsonaro follows through on his pledge, Brazil would become the third country to have an embassy in Jerusalem, after the U.S. and Guatemala. Paraguay also relocated its embassy, only to move it back to Tel Aviv following the election of the country’s new President, Mario Abdo Benítez.

Syria's Sarin, Iran's Nukes, and the Limits of Diplomacy

Two recent reports highlighted the problem of using diplomacy alone to disarm rogue states.

On October 15, the BBC published an in-depth investigation that showed "for the first time the extent to which chemical weapons have been crucial to his war-winning strategy." According to the report, the BBC determined that "there is enough evidence to be confident that at least 106 chemical attacks have taken place in Syria since September 2013, when the president signed the international Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and agreed to destroy the country's chemical weapons stockpile."

Many of these attacks were carried out with chlorine, which is a dual-use substance that has legitimate uses, though its use as a weapon is prohibited. Chlorine was determined to be the chemical used in 79 of the 106 attacks. But sarin was used in two of the deadliest attacks to date: the August 2013 attack on East Ghouta that claimed at least 1,300 lives and the April 2017 attack on Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province that killed at least 80 people.

The first of those attacks was what prompted the world to act and agree upon a deal to force the regime of Bashar al-Assad to sign the CWC and get rid of all of its chemical weapons. The second attack came nearly three years after then-Secretary of State John Kerry said, "With respect to Syria, we struck a deal where we got 100% of the chemical weapons out."

Clearly, if Assad still had access to sarin in 2017, the chemical weapons deal did not succeed in forcing him to get rid of his complete chemical weapons stockpile.

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Israeli High-Tech Startups Raised $1.55 Billion during the Third Quarter of 2018

Israeli high-tech companies raised $1.55 billion in 131 financing rounds in the third quarter of 2018, according to a report released this week by Tel Aviv-based IVC Research Center and ZAG law firm.

In October, multinational Israeli company JFrog completed a $165 million funding led by New York-based Insight Venture Partners with participation from Geodesic Capital, Spark Capital, Dell Technologies subsidiary VMware, Battery Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Gemini Israel Ventures and Qumra Capital Management.

With offices in Netanya, Sunnyvale (California), Beijing, Toulouse, and Bengaluru, JFrog develops tools to streamline coding and automate software updates. Amazon, Google, Bank of America, Uber and Netflix are among the company’s clients.

In other investment news last month, Glilot Capital Partners of Herzliya Pituah closed its third fund at $110 million. Glilot focuses on early stage artificial intelligence, big data and cybersecurity startups.

Shavit Capital of Jerusalem completed a $100 million funding round for its fifth fund. The firm specializes in pre-IPO investments in technology companies, especially those in the life-science sector.

Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity startup VC firm Team8 launched a new fund with $85 million from 14 international backers including Walmart, SoftBank Group, Airbus Group, Temasek Holdings, Moody’s Investors Service, Microsoft, Barclays, Dimension Data Holdings, Nokia, and Cisco.

Brand-new pharma company 89Bio raised $60 million in Series A funding from OrbiMed Israel, OrbiMed US, Longitude Capital, RA Capital Management and Pontifax. The company was founded last January to further develop a treatment for liver and metabolic diseases that was originally developed at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Its main headquarters are in San Francisco while R&D is in Herzliya.

(via Israel21c)

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