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The Daily TIP: The Tragedy of Syria: All Red Lines Have Been Crossed

Posted by Tip Staff - February 27, 2018

The Tragedy of Syria: All Red Lines Have Been Crossed
Haley Blasts Russia for Vetoing Resolution Condemning Iran for Violating Embargo of Houthi Rebels
For Second Time in a Month, PayPal Shuts Account of French Anti-Israel Boycotters
Israeli Physicist Leading International Effort to Build a Quantum Computer


The Tragedy of Syria: All Red Lines Have Been Crossed

What's happening in Ghouta is a war crime. A blood orgy orchestrated by Bashar al-Assad, a modern-day Caligula figure, and his criminal patrons in Iran and Russia.

More than 500 men, women and children have been killed since last week in the eastern enclave, where activists over the weekend reported a suspected poison gas attack.

According to 60 Minutes this past Sunday night, the Assad regime has used internationally banned chemical agents nearly 200 times throughout the civil war. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the world’s leading chemical weapons watchdog, opened an investigation on Sunday into attacks in Ghouta to determine whether banned munitions had been used.

The unspeakable suffering we are witnessing in Ghouta is the result of a conscious strategy of besiegement, systematic blocking of humanitarian aid, and the illegal destruction of civilian infrastructure – hospitals, schools and kindergartens have all been bombed into the ground.

If this story sounds familiar, that is because we have heard it all before. We have seen it in the ruins of Aleppo, on the killing fields of Cambodia, the poisoned ghost towns in Iraqi Kurdistan, the sieges of Sarajevo and Srebrenica, and the desert death camps of Darfur.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), corrupted by the malign agendas of Russia and China with no regard for human suffering, has long been reduced to issuing empty mantras ranging from being “concerned” to “very concerned” and, lately, “gravely concerned.”

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Haley Blasts Russia for Vetoing Resolution Condemning Iran for Violating Embargo of Houthi Rebels

Despite "overwhelming evidence" presented in recent weeks by a United Nations panel of experts demonstrating that Iran has not prevented the transfer of arms to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Russia's veto "protected the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran," Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations said in a statement Monday.

Eleven of the 15 states on the council voted in favor of the condemnation, however, Russia was able to veto the resolution with its vote as it is one of the five permanent member of the Security Council. A second permanent member of the council, China abstained from the vote.

"If Russia is going to use its veto to block action against Iran’s dangerous and destabilizing conduct," Haley said, "then the United States and our partners will need to take actions against Iran that the Russians cannot block."

The UN panel that examined rocket fragments that had been recovered from Saudi Arabia found that they had markings showing that they had been manufactured in Iran. The transfer of arms by Iran to the Houthi violates the embargo place on the Houthis, it also violates UN Security Council 2231, which implemented the nuclear deal.

Iran, according to Resolution 2231, is prohibited from “the supply, sale, transfer, manufacture, maintenance, or use of arms” to other parties until 2020. According to the resolution, Iran is also specifically prohibited from the sale or transfer of ballistic missiles until 2023.



For Second Time in a Month, PayPal Shuts Account of French Anti-Israel Boycotters

For the second time in 30 days, PayPal, the global payment service, has shut the account of a group of French anti-Israel boycotters, Benjamin Weinthal reported for The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

Weinthal confirmed that PayPal had shut the account of the pro-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group, Jewish French Union for Peace (UJFP) on Monday. UJFP can no longer accept donations through the service.

“Due to customer confidentiality, we cannot comment on the details of any specific PayPal account. However, we would like to stress that PayPal has zero tolerance for the use of our secure payments platform to facilitate illegal activities. We make every effort to comply with laws and regulations around the world," a PayPal spokesperson told Weinthal. "Compliance with these laws is something we take very seriously. We carefully review questionable activities reported to us and discontinue our relationship with account holders found to violate our policies.”

In France, a law - called the Lellouche Law - bans discrimination based on national origin effectively outlaws the anti-Israel BDS campaign.

PayPal closed the account of France-Palestine Solidarity Association, another pro-BDS group, late last month following a Post inquiry into funding sources for anti-Israel groups.

France’s highest civil court ruled in October 2015 that BDS is a form of hate speech. Dozens of BDS campaigners have been convicted in France of “inciting hate or discrimination.” Some have also been charged under an anti-racism law that bans “the targeting of specific nations for discriminatory treatment.”



Israeli Physicist Leading International Effort to Build a Quantum Computer

How can a desktop-sized computer outperform today’s massive supercomputers? If it’s run according to the principles of quantum physics.

A new internationally funded project headed by an Israeli physicist from Bar-Ilan University’s Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials may provide just the quantum leap required.

Bar-Ilan’s Beena Kalisky is working with researchers in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden on the project (dubbed Quantox for “Quantum Technologies with 2D-Oxides”).

The research is funded by QuantERA, a European fund comprised of 31 agencies from 26 countries; coordinated by the National Science Centre in Poland and the Israel Innovation Authority; and overseen by BIRAD, the commercialization company of Bar-Ilan University.

Quantum computers work by harnessing the power of atoms and molecules rather than silicon chips to perform memory and processing tasks. While classical computers encode and manipulate information as strings of binary digits (either 1 or 0), quantum bits (or “qubits”) are placed in a “superposition” of the states 1 and 0, which means a qubit’s state could elicit either the answer 1 or 0 with some well-defined probability.

The bottom line: Quantum computing will be blazingly fast even with a relatively small number of qubits.

The fastest quantum computer model available today for public research is a 5-qubit machine from IBM. Classic computers have billions of bits by comparison. IBM has announced it has made a quantum computer with 50 qubits. Intel has one with 49 qubits and Google is reportedly working on one too.

(via Israel21c )


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