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The Daily TIP: Senate Unanimously Calls Jerusalem Israel's "Undivided Capital" on Reunification Anniversary

Posted by Tip Staff - June 06, 2017

Senate Unanimously Calls Jerusalem Israel's "Undivided Capital" on Reunification Anniversary
$1 Billion Ransom Paid to Iran, Al Qaeda, Prompted Arab States to Cut Ties with Qatar
Labour Chief Jeremy Corbyn Sought to Remove Hamas From UK's List of Terror Groups
Israeli Researchers Develop New Therapy to Treat Heart Disease

Senate Unanimously Calls Jerusalem Israel's "Undivided Capital" on Reunification Anniversary

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's unification and reaffirming U.S. law calling for the city to "remain the undivided capital of Israel" by a vote of 90-0 on Monday.

The resolution was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R - Ken.) and co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D - N.Y.) as well as 43 other senators. It acknowledged that "for 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been Judaism's holiest city and the focal point of Jewish religious devotion," and that "there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem for 3 millennia."

The resolution also noted that under Israeli rule, Jews, Muslims and Christians may all freely worship in Jerusalem, a situation that was impossible from 1948 to 1967, when portions of the city were under Jordanian rule "and Israeli citizens of all faiths as well as Jews of all nationalities were denied access to holy sites in eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City, in which the Western Wall is located."

The resolution called for strengthening the "mutually beneficial" American-Israel alliance, praised Egypt and Jordan for making peace with Israel, reiterated "the longstanding, bipartisan policy of the United States government" to achieve a two-state solution through negotiations, and called on the president to abide by the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which calls on the U.S. to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and "states that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected."

President Donald Trump signed a waiver last week to delay the move of the embassy for six months.

$1 Billion Ransom Paid to Iran, Al Qaeda, Prompted Arab States to Cut Ties with Qatar

Qatar paid up to $1 billion in ransom to Iranian figures and affiliated Shia militias as well as to al-Qaeda linked jihadist groups in return for the release of members of its royal family kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip, the Financial Times reported Monday.

The government in Doha secured the release of 26 members of a Qatari falconry party in southern Iraq and 50 militants captured by jihadists in Syria. According to local sources with intimate knowledge of the deal, around $700 million was paid to Iranian security officials and Shia proxy Kata’eb Hizbollah, while $200 million to $300 million went to radical Sunni Islamist groups in Syria, most of that to al-Qaeda affiliates Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham.

The transaction is thought to be one of the triggers behind the dramatic rift that emerged between Qatar and other Arab countries. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain yesterday announced they were cutting diplomatic ties and transport links with the government in Doha, amid accusations of fueling extremism and terrorism.

“The ransom payments are the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said one Gulf commentator.

“If you want to know how Qatar funds jihadis, look no further than the hostage deal,” said a Syrian opposition figure who had previously negotiated with al-Qaeda affiliated groups on behalf of hostages. “And this isn’t the first — it is one of a series since the beginning of the war,” he added.

Doha has a history of supporting various radical Islamist groups and movements across the Middle East. Senior Muslim Brotherhood members, Hamas leaders, and al Qaeda fixers reside in Doha. The Taliban even has an unofficial “embassy” in the country. Doha has also bankrolled with hundreds of millions radical Islamist opposition groups in Libya and Syria, which has angered its neighbors. And to Qatar’s critics, the hostage deal was further evidence of its role in sponsoring extremists.

Doha has denied charges of sponsoring terrorist groups and has dismissed the boycott by its neighbors as “founded on allegations that have no basis in fact”. It refused to comment on the hostage deal, but a source close to the Qatari government confirmed that “payments” were made.

Labour Chief Jeremy Corbyn Sought to Remove Hamas From UK's List of Terror Groups

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who hopes to become the United Kingdom's next prime minister after Friday's vote, has previously argued that the militant Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the Britain's list of terrorist organizations, The Telegraph reported Sunday.

In a statement to Qatari-owned Al Jazeera on April 16, 2009, Corbyn said, “At some point, Hamas should be removed from this list because contacts with Hamas by politicians are increasing day after day. All want to find a peaceful solution to the problem."

“Hamas, too, has thus far proven that it is committed to the process. It encourages these contacts and wants to get some sort of recognition of it. Therefore, this will one day take place," he added.

The segment was uncovered by BBC Monitoring, which locates and translates news from other countries.

At the time of the remarks, Corbyn was still a little-known parliamentarian who did not hold any leadership position in the Labour Party. That same year, he also referred to Hamas and the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah as "friends," and called Hamas "an organization that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about long-term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region." Corbyn also said that the UK's labeling of Hamas as a terrorist organization is "a big, big historical mistake." He expressed regret over that characterization last year, indicating that he used "inclusive language" in order to spur "a discussion about the peace process."

A spokesman for Corbyn told The Telegraph that the party leader "was echoing a political consensus that had emerged across Europe and the US at that time."

In Western Europe’s Most Powerful Anti-Zionist, which was published in the October 2015 issue of The Tower Magazine, Liam Hoare recapped Corbyn's history of whitewashing terrorists of all stripes.

Israeli Researchers Develop New Therapy to Treat Heart Disease

Israeli researchers have developed a new therapy to treat atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries, also called arteriosclerosis) and prevent heart failure, using a new biomedical polymer that reduces arterial plaque and inflammation in the cardiovascular system.

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease causes 56 million deaths annually worldwide, according to the 2015 Lancet Global Burden of Disease Report.

Arteries are lined by a thin layer of cells, the endothelium, which keep them toned and smooth and maintains blood flow. Atherosclerosis begins with damage to the endothelium, typically caused by high blood pressure, smoking or high cholesterol.

When endothelial cells become inflamed, they produce a molecule called E-selectin, which brings white blood cells (monocytes) to the area. That leads to dangerous plaque buildup in the arteries.

At present, there are several available treatment options for atherosclerosis, but no therapy can reverse arterial damage and improve the heart muscle. An innovative nano-polymer made in Israel shows promise in actually reducing arterial damage and improving the heart muscle.

“The new polymeric therapy may have life-changing benefits for millions of people.”

This E-selectin-targeting polymer selectively repairs damaged tissue without harming healthy tissue, so it has no side effects — unlike statins, which are currently the leading medication used for treating atherosclerosis.

“Our E-selectin-targeting polymer reduces existing plaque and prevents further plaque progression and inflammation, preventing arterial thrombosis, ischemia, myocardial infarction and stroke,” says Prof. Ayelet David of the Ben-Gurion University (BGU) department of clinical biochemistry and pharmacology.

Patented and in preclinical stage, the new polymer has been tested on mice with positive results.

In a study soon to be published, David and fellow researchers describe how they treated atherosclerotic mice with four injections of the new biomedical polymer and tested the change in their arteries after four weeks.

“We were stunned by the results,” said Dr. Jonathan Leor, director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Sheba Medical Center and professor of cardiology at Tel Aviv University, who collaborated with David on this research study.

“The myocardial function of the treated mice was greatly improved, there was less inflammation and a significant decrease in the thickness of the arteries,” said Leor.

David and Leor suggest that this polymer-based therapy may also be helpful to people with diabetes, hypertension and other age-related conditions.

“As such, the new polymeric therapy may have life-changing benefits for millions of people,” they stated.

“We are now seeking a pharmaceutical company to bring our polymer therapy through the next stages of drug development and ultimately to market,” said Ora Horovitz, senior vice president of business development at BGN Technologies (BGN), BGU’s technology and commercialization company.

“We believe that this therapy has the potential to help a great number of people,” said Horovitz.

(via Israel21c)

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