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The Daily TIP: TIP CEO: Improved Ties between Israel, Arab States “Will Change the Region for the Better”

Posted by Tip Staff - November 05, 2018

TIP CEO: Improved Ties between Israel, Arab States "Will Change the Region for the Better"
Why Linda Sarsour's Denunciation of Pittsburgh Shooter is Meaningless
Anti-Semitic Hate Preacher Farrakhan Goes to Iran, Leads "Death to America" Chants
Worldwide Dance for Kindness to Kick Off Next Week In Jerusalem

TIP CEO: Improved Ties between Israel, Arab States "Will Change the Region for the Better"

Israel enjoys unprecedented cooperation with the Arab Muslim world in light of shared security interests and changing dynamics in the region, Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal on Monday.

“Although Israel and the Arab Gulf states have long had clandestine diplomatic ties, recent public gestures of normalization have taken the relationship to a new level,” Block observed.

As evidence, Block referenced recent events, which indicate deepening ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

As part of the International Judo Federation’s Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, Israel’s culture and sports minister, Miri Regev, paid a historic visit to the United Arab Emirates last week. In a moving ceremony, Israel’s national anthem – Hatikvah - was played for the first time, after the Israeli team took gold. The minister also toured the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, where she signed the guest book in Hebrew.

Earlier in the week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had embarked on a groundbreaking visit to Oman, where he met with Sultan Sayyid Qaboos bin Said al Said. Oman later called on the Arab world to recognize Israel’s right to exist and invited Israeli Transport Minister, Yisrael Katz, to the upcoming World Congress of the International Road Transport Union in Oman to discuss plans for a railway linking Israel to the Persian Gulf.

“Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this. The world is also aware of this, and maybe it is time for Israel to be treated the same [as other states] and to also bear the same obligations,” Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman’s foreign minister, told a security forum in Bahrain.

“The Middle East is changing,” Block said, as he explained the two major forces driving the rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world: Israel’s entrepreneurship and the threat posed by Iran. In May, Bahrain had officially supported Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression.

Block concluded, saying, “The rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world will change the region for the better.”

Why Linda Sarsour's Denunciation of Pittsburgh Shooter is Meaningless

On the last Saturday in October, Robert Bowers shot and killed eleven members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, physically injured six other people, including law enforcement officers, and created distress and turmoil for the entire American Jewish community. He’s been indicted in federal court on 44 counts, and may face the death penalty.

Bowers killed eleven Jews solely due to his annihilationist anti-Semitism, which was of the neo-Nazi variety. He provided a political cover – he wrote that he didn’t like the political positions held by some other Jews (not the ones he killed), who support certain immigration policies in this country. But as Alana Newhouse noted in Tablet Magazine, the truth was simply that “he had reached the end point of a brain-eating disease called anti-Semitism.”

One day after these brutal murders, Linda Sarsour once again put herself in the spotlight. She did so while attempting to portray herself as a defender of Jews.

While Sarsour denounced Bowers, she has, in the past, embraced a different unrepentant killer of Jews, Rasmeah Odeh.

Many of us, by now, may have forgotten about Odeh. However, just over a year ago she was deported from the United States, after admitting that she lied on her citizenship application. Odeh also killed two Jews, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, who were students at Israel’s Hebrew University in 1969. She was convicted in a trial that was observed and deemed fair by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Like Bowers, Odeh was motivated by annihilationist anti-Semitism, while using political reasons as a fig-leaf for her crime. In her case, her anti-Semitism was of the anti-Zionist variety. As Allister Heath recently explained in The Telegraph, anti-Zionism is “obsessed with delegitimising the world’s only Jewish country (and no other), in the full knowledge that its existence is what protects its people from persecution, misery and even death.” Both Bowers and Odeh targeted their victims for one reason, because they were Jews.

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Anti-Semitic Hate Preacher Farrakhan Goes to Iran, Leads "Death to America" Chants

Hate preacher Louis Farrakhan, on a solidarity trip to Iran ahead of the reimposition of United States sanctions on the clerical regime, led chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," The Algemeiner reported Sunday.

During his public appearances, Farrakhan, who heads the Nation of Islam and recently compared Jewish people to termites, claimed that the U.S. “has never been a democracy and has always leaned towards the wealthy and powerful class.”

In a meeting with Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, the American preacher assured him that he would stand with Iran. "I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots," Farrakhan said.

Farrakhan also condemned American support for Saudi Arabia, saying, "Satan seeks to divide Muslims and wants them to kill each other, while God tells us in the Quran to be united.”

In addition, the Nation of Islam leader spoke at the University of Tehran law school, where he railed against Israel, praised women's rights in Iran and the Islamic laws mandating that they cover themselves.

Following his talk, Farrakhan led the crowd in chants of the common Iranian refrains "Death to America" and “Death to Israel.”

Leaders of the Women's March, including Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, support Farrakhan and have appeared at Nation of Islam events, which promote hatred of Jews. Despite that, U.S. ice cream maker, Ben and Jerry's, has recently introduced a new flavor, Pecan Resist, profits from which will go to the Women's March. However, Ben and Jerry's Israeli licensee said last week that it will not carry the new flavor.

Worldwide Dance for Kindness to Kick Off Next Week In Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the global flagship location for the seventh annual worldwide Dance for Kindness sponsored by Life Vest Inside to kick off World Kindness Day on November 13.

The November 11 event will feature a global freeze mob/flash mob at 8pm local time at The First Station (registration is at 4, rehearsal at 5, and a community art project at 7). Groups from dozens of countries will join together to perform the same dance to the same song on the same day.

The song, “Unity,” was written by the Solomon Brothers. They will perform afterward along with Israeli pop star Ishay Ribo and a local dance company and DJ.

Last year’s Dance for Kindness took place in 120 cities in 50 countries, with more than 20,000 participants.

“The Middle East is known to the world as a place of conflict, hatred, fear, mistrust, animosity and war. Through Dance for Kindness we can show that even in a place of high tension, kindness prevails,” says Orly Wahba, founder and CEO of Life Vest Inside.

“A flash mob uniting cities and countries around the globe under the banner of kindness shows that regardless of our differences in race, religion, ethnicity, culture and background, kindness is the common thread that unites us all.”

Life Vest Inside will donate 10 percent of each participating city’s overall fundraising to a local nonprofit chosen by that city’s designated group leader.

Cosponsors include Yaniv Cohen Productions, Tachana Rishona (First Station), Made in Jerusalem, Hebrew University and Jewish International Connection of New York.

(via Israel21c)

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