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The Daily TIP: State Department: Assad Installed Crematorium at Prison to Dispose of Bodies

Posted by Tip Staff - May 15, 2017

State Department: Assad Installed Crematorium at Prison to Dispose of Bodies
Israeli Envoy to Nigeria Cancels Party, Donates Funds to Kids Who Escaped Boko Haram
Party of French President Macron Boots Anti-Israel Candidate Over Anti-Semitic Tweets
Israel’s Delek Group Buys Canadian Energy Operator for $590m

State Department: Assad Installed Crematorium at Prison to Dispose of Bodies

Attributing new revelations about the "the depths to which the Syrian regime has gone with the continuing support of its allies, Russia and Iran," to newly declassified reporting, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones said that the regime had installed a crematorium at a notorious prison north of Damascus to dispose of the bodies of prisoners killed there, in a briefing to reporters Monday.

"We now believe the regime has installed a crematorium at the Sednaya prison complex, which could dispose of detainees' remains with little evidence," Jones said. "Beginning in 2013, the Syria regime modified a building within the Sednaya complex to support, what we believe, is a crematorium, as shown in the photos we've distributed to you."

Jones explained that while "credible sources have believed that many of the bodies have been disposed in mass graves," a building in the prison complex had been altered, The Daily Mail reported. A photograph of the building from January 2015, shows the building as the lone one in the complex with no snow on its roof.

As many as fifty people a day are estimated to have been hanged at the prison. A February report from Amnesty International called the prison a "slaughterhouse," in which 13,000 Syrians were killed from 2011 to 2015.

Moreover Jones called on Russia and Iran, whom he described as Assad's "closest allies," to "press for an end to these murderous detention policies."

Israeli Envoy to Nigeria Cancels Party, Donates Funds to Kids Who Escaped Boko Haram

Israel's recently installed ambassador to Nigeria cancelled the embassy's Independence Day celebration and used the money saved to create a soccer league for children who escaped from the terrorist group Boko Haram, Ynet reported Sunday.

Ambassador Guy Feldman used the money initially allocated for the party to buy uniforms for 225 children from three refugee camps in the Nigerian state of Adamawa, which borders Cameroon. The funds were also used to purchase balls and hire coaches and judges. The children, ages eight to 12, were divided into 10 teams that played each other for a week.

In addition to the soccer league, the money saved from canceling the reception will be used to pay tuition for the children's schooling in the camps for an entire year.

According to a recent United Nations report, Boko Haram has killed more than 3,900 children over the last four years, and injured more than 7,300 and kidnapped more than 4,000 children from northeastern Nigeria.

"Our intention was to bring a message of hope to the children, which is also the Zionist message," Feldman explained. He named the league, "Israel cares—Kids' Football League."

The Israeli embassy also engaged Nwankwo Kanu, Nigeria's former national football team captain, and Desmond Elliot and Funke Akindele, two Nigerian film stars, to organize a film competition around the league.

Party of French President Macron Boots Anti-Israel Candidate Over Anti-Semitic Tweets

The party of newly installed French President Emmanuel Macron expelled a candidate for a parliamentary seat on Friday over anti-Semitic comments he made on social media, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

En Marche removed Christian Gerin, a journalist, from its ticket for next month's legislative elections after tweets he made were publicized by LICRA, a watchdog that exposes anti-Semitism and racism.

The tweets in question were posted between 2013 and last year. One tweet by Gerin asked, "When will there be a separation between CRIF and state?” CRIF is an umbrella organization representing the Jews of France. Its opponents say that CRIF wields too much influence in France.

Macron, who was installed as president of France on Sunday, expressed support for a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians and denounced boycotts of Israel during his campaign, deeming them anti-Semitic, The Jerusalem Post reported.

"The role of France is to conduct an independent and balanced policy that would guarantee a dialogue by all sides and the construction of peace,” Macron said as he visited Lebanon in January. "France has already condemned boycotting Israel, and I have no intention of changing this position."

Israel’s Delek Group Buys Canadian Energy Operator for $590m

Israel’s Delek Group is acquiring the Canadian company Ithaca Energy, an oil and gas operator in the North Sea, through its DKL Investments wholly owned foreign subsidiary. The deal is worth $590 million.

Delek Group of Herzliya leads natural gas exploration and production activities in the Eastern Mediterranean’s Levant Basin, including Tamar and Leviathan, two of the world’s largest natural gas finds since 2000. Delek Group also has assets in downstream energy and water desalination. The acquisition of Ithaca Energy is part of its strategy to expand its international operations.

In another Canadian-Israeli deal this month, multiplatform music provider Stingray Digital Group of Montreal paid $35 million to acquire four-year-old Yokee Music of Yehud, developer of three social music apps that have been downloaded some 80 million times.

On May 11, Petah Tikva-based CyberArk Software cybersecurity company paid $42 million in cash to acquire DevOps security software company Conjur of Newton, Massachusetts. A CyberArk statement explained that the deal “extends CyberArk’s reach deeper into the DevOps lifecycle to protect secrets and manage machine identities.”

On May 9, Israeli molecular diagnostics company GeneSort announced its acquisition by Hong Kong investment fund AID Partners for $23 million. GeneSort develops diagnostic services in cancer and hereditary diseases to support personalized treatment plans. AID Partners will help the company expand into Southeast Asia and other global markets. Based in Herzliya, GeneSort has offices and laboratories in central and northern Israel.

(via Israel21c)

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