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The Daily TIP: TIP CEO: In Order to Fulfill Its Genocidal Charter, Hamas Will Inflame the Middle East

Posted by Tip Staff - June 22, 2018

TIP CEO: In Order to Fulfill Its Genocidal Charter, Hamas Will Inflame the Middle East
U.S. Ambassador: Germany Must Deny Access to Iranian Airline Used by Revolutionary Guards
LGBTQ Activist: After Last Year's Ejection of Jewish Marchers, I Won't Feel Safe at Dyke March
Waze Creator Launching VAT Refunding App, Will Reduce Hassle for Tourists


TIP CEO: In Order to Fulfill Its Genocidal Charter, Hamas Will Inflame the Middle East

In an op-ed published in The Algemeiner on Thursday, Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, said that Hamas, the terrorist group in complete control of the Gaza Strip, “in its efforts to fulfill the terms of its genocidal charter, will continue to inflame the region with riots, fires, and terrorism.”

Over the last weeks, people in Gaza have sent hundreds of incendiary devices across the border fence with Israel, causing extensive damage. According to data released by the Knesset’s House & Environmental Protection Committees, over 6,000 acres of land have been destroyed in 412 separate fires, as of June 14.

Hamas over the years has deployed various tactics of violence against the Jewish state, ranging from suicide bombings and kidnappings to rocket attacks and the building of terror tunnels. However, due to Israel’s effective missile defense system, Iron Dome, and modern barrier technology, Hamas has little leverage left.

Israel over the last weeks detected and destroyed several advanced tunnel infrastructures, including one described as the “longest and deepest” terror tunnel discovered to date, as well as a naval tunnel, which would have allowed Hamas “frogmen” to go out into the Mediterranean and launch an attack on Israel.

Block observed that while “the means may change (…) the goal of Hamas remains the same,” -- the complete annihilation of the Jewish State. “The international community and all those who truly care about peace must unequivocally hold Hamas responsible for these cowardly acts of violence,” he concluded.



U.S. Ambassador: Germany Must Deny Access to Iranian Airline Used by Revolutionary Guards

The new U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, said Germany must close its airspace and deny landing rights to Iran’s Mahan Air because of the airline’s material support for terrorism, Ben Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post Wednesday.

In a meeting last week with a senior delegation from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Grenell stated: “Here in Germany, I have asked the German government to support our efforts to stop an airline called Mahan Air from utilizing German airspace and airports.”

The ambassador explained that “We know that Mahan Air has been used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC] as a mode of transport for weapons, resources and fighters, so we’re asking our allies to help us put a stop to it.”

The government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far refused to take action against the IRGC.

The ambassador insisted that the “fatal flaws” of the nuclear deal “put the world at risk,” and the U.S. was now “working with allies to counter the regime’s destabilizing activities in the region, block the financing of terror, and address Iran’s proliferation of weapons systems that threaten peace and stability.”

Grenell further reflected on the strong partnership between Israel and the U.S., as well as the decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The alliance between America and Israel has never been stronger,” he told the delegation.

By relocating the embassy to Jerusalem, Grenell said, the U.S. “was recognizing the reality on the ground.”



LGBTQ Activist: After Last Year's Ejection of Jewish Marchers, I Won't Feel Safe at Dyke March

Dahlia St. Knives, a transsexual activist and writer, said she doesn’t feel “safe” at the Chicago Dyke March as a black Jewish woman, after organizers failed to apologize for the discrimination of two Jewish women at the event last year.

At the annual LGBTQ march in Chicago in 2017, organizers of the event demanded that Jewish participants leave because they carried a rainbow flag superimposed with a Star of David.

Writing a year later, Knives charged that “the Chicago Dyke March has made zero effort to apologize for their wrongs or show that they have made any progress in better understanding how to treat Jewish women.”

“Jewish people are more or less required to be subjected to a purity test with regard to their stance on the Occupation in Palestine," Knives continued. “In no other circumstances within progressive communities can I think of examples of marginalized people having to denounce what a nation-state they have no connection with does.”

The activist observed that, while the Dyke March is supposed to be a celebration of inclusiveness, for Jews to be accepted, they “must openly, loudly, and continuously disavow Israel, or we will be forcibly removed from any space that we share with progressives.”

According to her, “We are guilty by association and must prove our innocence in order to be treated like human beings.” Knives insisted that, “Such behavior should not be tolerated at all, and the creation of special rules that apply only to Jewish people is inherently anti-Semitic.”



Waze Creator Launching VAT Refunding App, Will Reduce Hassle for Tourists

Israeli tax refund startup ReFundit, founded by Waze co-founder Uri Levine and by CEO Ziv Tirosh, is preparing to launch a joint pilot in several European countries.

Levine announced in a press conference on Monday that the launch will begin in Slovakia, which is also the first country where Waze succeeded.

After his success with the Waze navigation app, sold to Google for more than $1 billion in 2013, Levine’s new focus with ReFundit is to help navigate the tiresome VAT refund process and make it more efficient for tourists.

More than 50 countries allow visitors to get refunds for value-added tax (VAT) placed on goods and services. In Europe, VAT on clothing, electronics and toys ranges between 17% and 27% of the price. However, in order to get a VAT refund approved, tourists must go through a process at the airport that can include waiting on long lines, presenting purchase receipts, filling out forms, and sometimes not even getting the money back in the end.

Using the ReFundit app, the VAT refund process is digital. Tourists can scan their invoices and submit VAT refund requests before arriving to the airport. Tax authorities will then send a digital approval. According to the statement, tourists will be asked to stop at the customs counter only under special circumstances.

Tourists will receive the full amount due, minus Refundit’s commission of around 9%-10%, which is “by far the lowest in the industry,” Tirosh told Times of Israel.

(via Israel21c )


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