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The Daily TIP: TIP Backgrounder: U.S. Withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council

Posted by Tip Staff - June 20, 2018

TIP Backgrounder: U.S. Withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council
Part 2: How Durham Came to Discriminate Against Israel and the Jewish People
Hamas Launches 45 Rockets and Mortars at Israel Overnight
Israel Leading the Way in Personalizing Cancer Treatments

TIP Backgrounder: U.S. Withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council

What happened?

• The U.S. will withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announced Tuesday.

“The US is officially withdrawing from the UNHRC. This step is not a retreat from human rights commitments,” Haley said, charging that the U.N. forum is a "hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights" and "is not worthy of its name.” Pompeo described the Council as "an exercise in shameless hypocrisy" and said it had become "an obstacle to progress and an impediment to change" by providing cover for repressive regimes.

• The council, Haley added, has a “chronic bias against Israel.”

Why did the U.S. withdraw?

• The decision to withdraw from the Council comes after more than a year of threatening to exit the forum, calling for reform, and accusing the body of a pathological anti-Israel bias.

• Haley specifically called out China, Russia, Cuba, and Egypt for blocking reform efforts, charging they had prevented change to protect their own repressive actions.

• Haley also attacked the Council for including serial human rights violators among its ranks and not speaking out against those member states. The ambassador specifically cited countries like Venezuela and Congo, both of which are currently members of the Council.

"When a so-called Human Rights Council cannot bring itself to address the massive abuses in Venezuela and Iran and it welcomes the Democratic Republic of Congo as a new member, the Council ceases to be worthy of its name," Haley said.

To read the complete backgrounder, please click here.

Part 2: How Durham Came to Discriminate Against Israel and the Jewish People

On April 16, 2018, the Durham City Council in North Carolina unanimously passed a resolution banning police exchanges and training between Israel’s military and the city’s police department. The anti-Semitic move was orchestrated by the fringe organization Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and other Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS)-supporting groups as a part of “Demilitarize from Durham2Palestine” campaign.

Public record requests have discovered that in late March, Durham’s highly respected Chief of Police, Cerelyn “C.J.”Davis, was notified by Durham officials of JVP’s petition and of media questions stemming from JVP letters to the city council. JVP’s disinformation campaign was clearly succeeding as evident by one reporter’s question, “I’ve been noticing a lot of emails to City Council recently regarding Durham police getting trained by Israeli security forces…How long [have] DPD [Durham Police Department] officers have been receiving it?”

Chief Davis responded the very next day in a March 30 memo by highly praising the police training she received in Israel when a member of the Atlanta Police Department. Davis wrote that her training in Israel was “based on developing leadership academies, leadership principles, and building community and police relations with the growing Homeless population in the US, compared to Sudanese in Israel.” Davis offered to share the "curriculum and course outline” from her training in Israel when with the Atlanta Police Department “if it helps to quell this evolving matter.”

To read the complete report, please click here.

Hamas Launches 45 Rockets and Mortars at Israel Overnight

Hamas launched 45 rockets and mortar shells into Israel overnight, prompting retaliatory strikes targeting the terror group's infrastructure, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

At least six of the rockets were reported to have landed in Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip. One landed near a kindergarten, with most of the others reportedly landing in nearby open fields. Seven of the rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome system, and three were reported to have landed in Gaza.

The IDF said that it struck 25 Hamas targets, including "targets in Hamas-owned military compounds and a Hamas underground training facility."

“Another one of Hamas’ rockets hit another Israeli kindergarten. Luckily, again, no kids were there at the time and there were no casualties,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International and Social Media Branch. Last month, a rocket that was part of an unusually heavy barrage landed near a kindergarten. No one was in the building at the time.

The Times said that though there were no reported injuries, residents of the communities bordering on Gaza spoke of damage to "a number of buildings and cars." On Tuesday, Gazans attempted to fly incendiary kites and balloons into Israel, starting roughly 20 brush fires.

The IDF reported, "Over the last 75 days Hamas has flown approximately 700 arson kites and incendiary balloons towards Israeli civilians. In the process, they have started more than 400 fires and burned 6100 acres of land, jeopardizing Israeli livelihoods and targeting Israel’s food supply."

Israel Leading the Way in Personalizing Cancer Treatments

Last year’s stunning $12 billion acquisition of Kite Pharma, which commercialized made-in-Israel CAR-T technology to train a patient’s own immune system to attack lymphoma cells, has put the spotlight on Israeli cancer research.

Immunotherapy treatments like CAR-T hold enormous promise for addressing – and in some cases even curing – cancer, but they don’t work for everyone. The same problem crops up with other cancer-fighting drugs: Because every person’s chemical and biological makeup varies, determining the exact amounts and combinations of therapies for a specific patient can be a challenge. A tiny variance can spell the difference between life and death.

Enter personalized medicine, which uses sophisticated methods to screen patients and match them with the right medicine for their particular illness.

Israel has become a hot spot for the development of personalized medicine, in part due to local expertise in processing and manipulating data, digital-health consultant Neta Kela Madar tells ISRAEL21c.

“When we’re talking about screening data, protecting data, and building a high-tech platform for data, that’s where Israel’s value is,” explains Madar, who has a PhD in immunology.

Jennifer Yarden, CEO of Curewize, a Yokne’am-based company developing diagnostic systems for personalized medicine, adds that Israel has established a “personalized medicine ecosystem that includes world-class research institutes, large health/medical organizations, technology-transfer groups and favorable government policies towards innovation and startup companies.”

(via Israel21c)

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