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The Daily TIP: Team of Terrorists Attack in Jerusalem's Old City, 2 Israelis Murdered

Posted by Tip Staff - July 14, 2017

Team of Terrorists Attack in Jerusalem's Old City, 2 Israelis Murdered
Top UAE Official Slams Qatar-Owned Al-Jazeera for Anti-Semitism
Two Years After Nuclear Deal, Iran's Belligerent Behavior Confirms Critics' Concerns
Israel Donates 100 Special Wheelchairs to Needy Vietnamese Children

Team of Terrorists Attack in Jerusalem's Old City, 2 Israelis Murdered

Three terrorists, identified as Arab-Israelis from the city of Um-el-Fahm, opened fire using automatic weapons at around 7:00 am local time this morning, on Israeli police officers guarding the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. They then fled up to the Temple Mount platform, where security forces confronted them as they attempted to seek refuge in one of the mosques on the Mount, killing all three. Two Israeli police officers were killed in the initial attack, and a third sustained serious injuries.

The victims, identified as Hail Stawi and Kaamil Shnaan from Israel's Druze community, were evacuated in grave condition from the site of the attack and pronounced dead at Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus. Shnaan is the son of former MK Shachiv Shnaan.

The terrorists, identified as Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamed Abed al-Atif Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Mafdel Jabarin, 19, had no prior record of terror activity.

In the wake of the attack, and out of a concern that there were additional terrorists, explosives or weaponry on the Temple Mount or in its shrines, Israeli police evacuated the Temple Mount area and cancelled scheduled Friday prayers at the Al-Aqza Mosque.

Top UAE Official Slams Qatar-Owned Al-Jazeera for Anti-Semitism

In the latest sign of the growing rift between the Saudi-led Gulf states and Qatar, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates blasted Qatar's Al-Jazeera network on Wednesday for promoting anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE's minister for foreign affairs, charged that Al-Jazeera “promoted anti-Semitic violence by broadcasting sermons by the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi," Agence France-Presse reported.

Qaradawi had also “praised Hitler, described the Holocaust as ‘divine punishment,’ and called on Allah to ‘take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people… and kill them, down to the very last one,'” Gargash added.

Gargash's criticism of the Qatari network came in a letter responding to charges by the United Nations that the Saudi-led effort to shut down Al-Jazeera violates press freedom.

David Kaye, the UN's special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion, said that shutting down Al-Jazeera "would be a major blow against media pluralism." The Middle East is “already suffering from severe restrictions on reporting and media,” he added.

But Gargash responded that “Freedom of expression cannot be used to justify and shield the promotion of extremist narratives,” claiming that “Al Jazeera is a platform for spreading terrorist ideology.”

Gargash’s letter referred to the broadcasting of an infamous sermon by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi on Al-Jazeera in 2009. Al-Qaradawi addressed his message “to the aggressor Jews, those arrogant plunderers, who act arrogantly toward the servants of Allah in the land of Allah.”

Two Years After Nuclear Deal, Iran's Belligerent Behavior Confirms Critics' Concerns

Friday marks the second anniversary since Iran signed a landmark nuclear agreement with six major world powers led by the United States. Over the past two years, the Islamic Republic has violated the nuclear terms of the deal at the margins and pursued a much more aggressive military campaign across the Middle East, confirming concerns first raised by the deal's critics.

For example, Lee Smith, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, warned a week after the deal was announced that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps would strengthen its hold over Iran as a result of the deal. Saeed Ghasseminejad and Emanuele Ottolenghi, both fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), similarly cautioned that the groups most likely to be strengthened by the nuclear deal were businesses controlled by the IRGC and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran.

The IRGC has been instrumental in supporting the continued rule of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and has significant ties to Shiite militias in Iraq.

Ghasseminejad reported in April that the IRGC, many of whose former members now serve in Iran's parliament, has been allocated $7.4 billion under the 2017-2018 budget. The sum accounts for 53% of Iran's military spending and reflects a 24% increase over the previous year. The IRGC's growing influence and budget means that "Tehran’s capacity to destabilize the region is gaining steam," Ghasseminjad observed.

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Israel Donates 100 Special Wheelchairs to Needy Vietnamese Children

The Israeli Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, decided to take the budget allocated for a party celebrating Israel’s 69th Independence Day in May and use it to purchase 100 innovative lightweight wheelchairs from Israeli company Wheelchairs of Hope to donate to needy local children.

In a ceremony held at the Orthopedic and Functional Rehabilitation Center in Hanoi on June 22, Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam Meirav Eilon Shaha presented 20 colorful Wheelchairs of Hope to a festive crowd, sending a message of solidarity and friendship.

The remaining 80 wheelchairs will be delivered to additional rehabilitation centers in four provinces in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho, Ben Tre and Ha Giang.

On Israel Independence Day, 250 Wheelchairs of Hope were donated to mobility-challenged children under the age of nine in Israel and PA territories, some of them earmarked for Syrian refugee children.

In addition, more than 600 Wheelchairs of Hope have been delivered to disabled children in Peru and Tajikistan through a philanthropic foundation and the World Health Organization.

Wheelchairs of Hope was among the first recipients of the Grand Challenges Israel (GCI) grant, dedicated to supporting technological and innovative solutions to challenges in global health and food security in developing countries.

GCI is operated by the Israel Innovation Authority in collaboration with MASHAV, Israel’s agency for international development cooperation, as part of Israel’s commitment to share its knowledge and experience to inspire and support fellow nations in their struggle with development challenges.

(via Israel21c)

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