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The Daily TIP: TIP CEO: By Rejecting U.S. Aid, PA Chooses Terror over Well-Being of Palestinians

Posted by Tip Staff - January 31, 2019

TIP CEO: By Rejecting U.S. Aid, PA Chooses Terror over Well-Being of Palestinians
UK, France, Germany Prepare Financial Lifeline to Iran in Defiance of U.S. Sanctions
Labour MPs Blast Corbyn Ally for Protecting Party Members Accused of Anti-Semitism
Magen David Adom Trains Chilean Rescue Workers in Simulated Mass Casualty Event

TIP CEO: By Rejecting U.S. Aid, PA Chooses Terror over Well-Being of Palestinians

With the rejection of all U.S. financial assistance over a new anti-terror law, the Palestinian Authority “has chosen terror over the wellbeing of its own civilian population,” TIP CEO & President, Joshua S. Block, said in an op-ed published in JNS on Wednesday.

The PA announced earlier this month that it will renounce all U.S. aid in protest of the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA), which takes effect on Thursday and increases the PA’s exposure to U.S. anti-terrorism lawsuits. The act empowers Americans to sue foreign aid recipients in U.S. courts over complicity in terrorist activities.

“It’s important to understand the context of this development for the PA can be expected to blame everyone but itself for the dire consequences of the decision,” Block said, warning that the $60 million cut in annual funding “could affect the delicate coordination between Israeli security forces and the PA in the West Bank.”

Block argued that, “All it would take for the PA to avert the crisis is to do what should be expected of any political enterprise with a serious aspiration to build its own nation: renounce terror.” However, he observed, “not even the loss of so much money has moved the PA to reconsider its amoral tactics.”

The PA spent about $360 million, or 7 percent of its revenues, on the so-called “Pay-to-Slay” scheme last year under which Palestinian terrorists and their relatives receive generous financial rewards for killing Israelis. “To the Palestinian leadership, the “Pay-to-Slay” scheme is not a mere act of defiance against the U.S. It is a matter of patriotism,” Block said.

“Often Israel is told that it must make sacrifices for peace,” Block concluded. “In this instance, the PA is making a sacrifice so that it doesn't have to make peace. Understanding the PA's decision makes clear on whom the onus falls for the failure to give peace a chance.”

UK, France, Germany Prepare Financial Lifeline to Iran in Defiance of U.S. Sanctions

The United Kingdom, France, and Germany said that they are prepared to announce the launch of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), an arrangement that will allow them to trade with Iran and protect European companies from the effects of United States sanctions, the Associated Press reported.

The SPV would set up a barter system that would allow Europe and Iran to trade goods and forgo the use of currency.

The announcement is expected to be made Thursday as European Union foreign ministers are meeting in Bucharest, Romania. While no definitive statement has been made yet, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said that the EU was determined to protect the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

"The most important thing is to show our American colleagues that we are moving in the same direction on a whole series of issues such as ballistic missiles or Iran's regional influence, but that we do have a difference of opinion on the nuclear agreement," Reynders said. "I hope we can also find a solution for this vehicle."

Earlier this month, in a Tehran meeting with European representatives, Iranian officials reportedly stormed out and slammed the door. The undiplomatic response by the Iranians came in response to a European demand that the Islamic Republic end its ballistic missile tests and stop its terror plots on European soil.

While the purpose of the SPV is ostensibly to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, recently boasted that Iran cheated on one of its main nuclear commitments. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the AEOI, said last week that Iran didn't fill the core of its heavy water reactor with concrete. Salehi said that Iran lied to its partners and only poured concrete into the pipes leading into the core. Iran had surreptitiously purchased other tubes and didn't inform the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to Salehi.

"It is a shame that the EU, founded first and foremost to preserve European security and stability, has chosen to abandon these principles for blood-stained trade agreements with the theocratic mullah regime," Julie Lenarz, Senior Fellow at The Israel Project wrote in an op-ed published last week in The Tower. "Iran’s persecuted populations deserve better than being sacrificed on the altar of lucrative business deals with a regime that remains one of the worst violators of human rights in the world."

Labour MPs Blast Corbyn Ally for Protecting Party Members Accused of Anti-Semitism

A leading ally of British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, has been accused by Labour MPs of protecting members of the party accused of anti-Semitism from punishment, The Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday.

Formby has been on the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) for seven years. She was strongly backed by Corbyn in her bid for general secretary, and her appointment cemented the leader’s control of the most senior posts in the party.

Concerned Labour MPs laid down an 11-point motion on Monday, questioning Formby’s methods in tackling the allegations of anti-Semitism that have skyrocketed under Corbyn’s leadership. Three Labour MPs told the Chronicle that they suspect Formby of using her influence to protect members accused of anti-Jewish hate from appearing before a disciplinary panel for investigation.

A senior Labour figure highlighted to the Chronicle a recent decision by the party to reject a complaint made by the prospective parliamentary candidate for Chipping Barnet, Emma Whysall, who was called a “stooge for the Zionist Israeli government” by a fellow Labour member. Whysall had come under fire because the Jewish Labour Movement had endorsed her candidacy.

The criticism of Formby comes on the heels of the decision to readmit ex-MP Jim Sheridan, who was suspended last year for writing on Facebook that he no longer had “respect and empathy” for British Jews because they were working to undermine Corbyn’s leadership, into the party.

In an interview with i24news on International Holocaust Memorial Day, a former archbishop of Canterbury blasted the “deplorable” rise of anti-Semitism in Britain in recent years, specifically in the Labour Party.

“The weakness of his statements can give the impression that he is, deep down, someone who doesn’t like Jewish people,” Lord George Carey said of Corbyn.

Magen David Adom Trains Chilean Rescue Workers in Simulated Mass Casualty Event

Emergency workers recently evacuated people to safety and treated those wounded in a mass-casualty event in the Chilean city of Las Condes.

Luckily, no one was actually hurt, since the rescue operation was a training simulation directed by Israeli national emergency service Magen David Adom.

The rescue operation was the highlight of a four-day workshop on managing mass-casualty events initiated by the Israeli Embassy in Santiago. Some 100 participants from the Chilean ambulance services, firefighting forces, army, police, local hospitals and Las Condes City Hall took part in the workshop.

They learned about MDA’s mass-casualty event management, directing local teams and putting together a domestic model for such crisis management.

The simulation involved evacuating Las Condes’ 15-story City Hall. Three firefighting departments, a command post from Santiago Province’s health department, volunteer psychologists, local Red Cross personnel and ambulances from 10 organizations took part in the event – the first inter-organizational exercise of this magnitude.

Magen David Adom has been working with SAMU, Chile’s public emergency medicine services, since the 1990s, when it became a partner in establishing various services, training programs and conferences.

“Magen David Adom is part of the International Red Cross organization and is always ready to reach out and help anywhere in the world,” said MDA director Eli Bin.

“Chile needs a strong system capable of dealing with disaster events, we’re happy to contribute from our experience to the improvement and strengthening of the emergency medical system there,” Bin said.

(via Israel21c)

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