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The Daily TIP: Syrian Woman Treated in Israel: “All of Syria Would Follow Me”

Posted by Tip Staff - November 21, 2017

Syrian Woman Treated in Israel: “All of Syria Would Follow Me”
Christians Accuse Iran-Backed Militias of Human Rights Abuses in Kurdish Region
Commander of Lebanese Army Says Soldiers Should be “Fully Prepared” to Fight Israel
Hogwarts Science: Israeli Scientists Make Invisibility Cloak Breakthrough for Real

Syrian Woman Treated in Israel: “All of Syria Would Follow Me”

Unprecedented footage has emerged of the Israeli army opening the border gates to Syria for a group of mothers and their children seeking medical assistance in the Jewish state, The Times of Israel reported Sunday.

The IDF allowed an Israeli TV crew to film the event, which was broadcast by Hadashot News, formerly Channel 2.

After the Syrians reached the other side of the fence, they were transported to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment. One mother told the TV interviewer. “Everyone wants to come here. Adults too; not just the children.”

Speaking to the TV reporter, another Syrian mother said that, in the past, “Israel was thought of as the enemy… Now that you are helping us, most are with you. They love Israel. They see the true face… the reality.”

When asked who was the enemy now, she replied, “All of them: Islamic State, Hezbollah, Bashar [Assad]. They’re all the same,” one of the women replied.

A senior army officer, Sergei Kotyakov, described how the Syrian patients eventually realized “that nobody is going to harm them here.” He added, “Quite the reverse. We’re here to help and provide assistance…. Then they start to talk, and to describe what they’ve been going through.”

“I wish we could stay here for good,” said one of the mothers. If the border to Israel was open, “I’d be the first to cross,” she asserted. How many Syrians would follow? the reporter asked. “All of Syria would follow me,” she replied.

Christians Accuse Iran-Backed Militias of Human Rights Abuses in Kurdish Region

Iran-backed Shia militia forces have been accused by a parliamentarian of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the autonomous region in northern Iraq of engaging in “flagrant injustice” toward the Christian minority, Ben Cohen reported in The Algemeiner on Monday.

Wahida Yaqo Hormuz, a Christian representative in the Kurdish parliament, said she had alerted international human rights organizations and the Vatican that Shia militia groups were engaging in grave violations against the Christian population and were subjecting them to “Shia-ification.”

“This is a flagrant injustice done to Christians,” Yaqo Hormuz said, commenting on reports that the Hashd al-Shaabi militia, an umbrella group of armed Shia forces supported by Iran, was preventing the return of Christians to the Nineveh Plains.

Most Christians displaced by Islamic State sought refuge in the Kurdistan region, which is widely regarded as the most tolerant place in Iraq for religious minorities.

But, according to a Christian refugee, interviewed by the Kurdish news outlet Rudaw, Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi forces are now persecuting those Christians---once a population of 40,000---after they seized more than 50 percent of the territory liberated from Islamic State by the Kurds.

“The situation of these areas is getting worse day by day,” the refugee, Amir Yaqu, said. “The Hashd al-Shaabi forces are systematically trying to change the Christian demography of these places. They have started to operate sectarian schools in churches and religious centers.”

Iran-backed militias have frequently been accused of committing war crimes and other human rights abuses.

Commander of Lebanese Army Says Soldiers Should be “Fully Prepared” to Fight Israel

The commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, General Joseph Aoun, has called upon his soldiers “to be fully prepared on the southern border to confront the Israeli enemy’s threats and violations,” The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

The general also warned that Israel has “hostile intentions against Lebanon, its people, and army” and urged his troops to be ever vigilant for the “good implementation” of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 to “preserve stability” at the border with Israel.

Israeli officials had no immediate comment.

The Lebanese army is responsible for security on the Lebanese side of the border under United Nations Security Council resolution 1701 that ended the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanon-based terrorist organization Hezbollah. Hezbollah has amassed a huge arsenal including sophisticated missiles in violation of that resolution which required the terrorist group to disarm.

The general’s remarks came a day after Lebanese President Michel Aoun defended Hezbollah as an integral part of the resistance movement against Israel, after a statement by the Arab League attacked Aoun’s government for being in a coalition with Hezbollah, which they accused of spreading terror across the Middle East region.

In September a member of Hezbollah boasted to NBC news that without its support “the [Lebanese] army is nothing.” Similarly, a few weeks later Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman observed, “The Lebanese army has turned into an integral part of Hezbollah’s command structure. The Lebanese army has lost its independence and become an inseparable part of the Hezbollah apparatus.”

Hogwarts Science: Israeli Scientists Make Invisibility Cloak Breakthrough for Real

Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak just got one small step closer to reality thanks to Israeli scientists, who have made an invisibility cloak breakthrough for real. It’s still only on the nano level, but such a cloaking chip could be used on stealth aircraft, local optical camouflage or electromagnetic wave scattering.

The technological breakthrough, which was published in the Scientific Reports section of the journal Nature, only refers to manipulating light around a tiny chip, the sort you’d find inside an optical device at the nano level.

It’s also only a concept so far. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where the technology is being developed, commented that now the team needs to “overcome the significant challenge of developing a prototype.”

If they’re successful, the implications are wide ranging and exciting.

The tech works like this: An “operational cloaking chip” deflects and scatters light away from the chip’s surface, so it is not detected. “The light does not interact with the object, thus resulting in the object’s invisibility,” explained Dr. Alina Karabchevsky, head of BGU’s Light-on-a-Chip group, a member of the BGU Electro-Optical Engineering Department and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

Eventually, much larger objects may be rendered invisible. In which case, remember these names: Yakov Galutin and Eran Falek, students at BGU who contributed to the study. The full name is Invisibility Cloaking Scheme by Evanescent Fields Distortion on Composite Plasmonic Waveguides with Si Nano-Spacer.

We’ll just call it the “Harry Potter breakthrough.”

(via Israel21c)

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