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Posted by Tip Staff - May 10, 2017

U.S. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff in Israel as Mark of "Rock Solid" Ties
FIFA Defers Action on Palestinian Anti-Israel Resolution
Israel's Foreign Ministry Rejects Turkish "Slander" About Jerusalem
Israeli Scientists Lead the Way in Innovative Cancer Research

U.S. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff in Israel as Mark of "Rock Solid" Ties

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Israel Monday to meet with Israel's top leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

Dunford, was received at the Kirya, the headquarters of Israel's Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, with an honor guard, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday. Eisenkot awarded Dunford a medal of appreciation "for his exceptional service, his special contribution to the IDF, and the personal leadership he has demonstrated in strengthening the ties between the United States Military and the Israel Defense Forces.”

A statement from the U.S. Department of Defense elaborated on a number of shared challenges that the United States and Israel face, including the tri-border area where Israel, Jordan and Syria come together, the threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and Iran's continued support of organizations dedicated to Israel's destruction. Dunford said "the major export of Iran is actually malign influence across the region.”

Netanyahu greeted Dunford saying, "It’s good to see you again. We have a great alliance between Israel and the United States, and a great alliance between the American military and the IDF. We appreciate it and we know that this alliance is good, not only for security but also good for peace.

Dunford replied that in his third visit to Israel in his current position he looked to "not only work on our overall relationship, but to work on my personal relationship with General Eisenkot, which is rock-solid and probably representative of the broader relationship that we have."

FIFA Defers Action on Palestinian Anti-Israel Resolution

The council of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world's governing body of soccer, has deferred, for now, taking action on a Palestinian resolution that would penalize Israel for having teams in the West Bank, Haaretz reported Tuesday.

Since 2015, the Palestinians have been pressuring FIFA to take action against Israeli teams based in the West Bank, claiming that these teams operate in violation of FIFA's charter. The Palestinians are further demanding that if Israel doesn't comply, then it should be suspended from FIFA.

However, legal scholar, Eugene Kontorovich wrote in September of last year, that the Palestinian effort to penalize Israel and possibly suspend it from the organization, would "contradict longstanding FIFA practice and create a double standard for Israel."

Rejecting claims that enterprises should not be allowed to operate in occupied territory, Kontorovich argued, “there is simply no support in international law for prohibiting business in occupied territories, as British and French courts have recently affirmed.”

Kontorovich also rejected the claim that no FIFA member may play on territory claimed by another member without permission, further observing that "the soccer federation of Gibraltar, a British territory, is a member of FIFA despite being located on territory claimed by Spain. Spain has protested Gibraltar’s inclusion, but FIFA still accepted Gibraltar."

Furthermore, he noted that both North Korea and South Korea are members of FIFA, despite both countries claiming the entire Korean peninsula as their own.

While the council has refused to take up the Palestinian resolution, Haaretz reported it is possible that the FIFA congress, which is meeting Wednesday and Thursday, could consider it.


Israel's Foreign Ministry Rejects Turkish "Slander" About Jerusalem

Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected charges, that it described as "baseless slander," made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that it was Judaizing Jerusalem in a "racist and discriminatory" way, in a statement released Tuesday.

Erdogan had vowed that his government would work with the Palestinian Authority to end the “occupation” and “protect Jerusalem against attempts of Judaization”, Newsweek reported Tuesday.

Erdogan condemned Israel as “racist and discriminatory” and called for Muslims to protest the “occupation” by flocking in the hundreds of thousands to the Temple Mount. “As a Muslim community, we need to visit al-Aksa Mosque often. Each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan’s initial comments prompted a strongly worded objection from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Those who systematically violate human rights in their own country should not preach to the only true democracy in the region,” the statement read.

“Israel consistently protects total freedom of worship for Jews, Muslims and Christians – and will continue to do so despite the baseless slander launched against it.”

Israeli Scientists Lead the Way in Innovative Cancer Research

May is National Cancer Research Month in the United States. But cancer doesn’t care who you are or where you live, so every research breakthrough is vital to the global community of cancer patients and their families.

And Israel is renowned for its many studies and scientific breakthroughs that have led to new treatments and better understanding of all forms of the disease.

The Israel Cancer Association and Israel Cancer Research Fund award dozens of grants and fellowships in fields ranging from epidemiology and basic research to clinical and observational features, aiming to harness Israel’s scientific talent to find a cure for cancer.

“The research of today is the cure for tomorrow,” Miri Ziv, ICA’s Director General, tells ISRAEL21c.

“We have in Israel very good researchers and this is a crucial part of the fight against cancer. The research gives us better methods for prevention, early detection and, of course, treatment,” says Ziv.

In December last year, the Technion Integrated Cancer Center (TICC), a first-of-its-kind hub for research, was established to spur the development of new treatments and early-stage diagnostic technologies.

“Conquering cancer is one of the global community’s most pressing challenges, and it requires an interdisciplinary approach,” said Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie at the inauguration ceremony. “We need collaboration between basic scientists, biochemists, cell biologists, computer scientists and experts in microscopy and imaging. We need the engineers and we need the clinicians.”

(via Israel21c)

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