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The Daily TIP: U.S. Diplomacy Derailed Irish Israel-Boycotting Legislation

Posted by Tip Staff - February 06, 2018

U.S. Diplomacy Derailed Irish Israel-Boycotting Legislation
German Company “Shocked” that Parts it Sold to Iran Were Used in Syrian Chemical Attacks
Republicans Distance Themselves from Holocaust-Denying Congressional Candidate in Chicago
Acclaimed Actor Liev Schreiber Visits Israel, Teaches Class at Tel Aviv University

U.S. Diplomacy Derailed Irish Israel-Boycotting Legislation

American diplomacy derailed a bill that was set to pass Ireland's parliament, which would have outlawed Irish citizens from buying souvenirs in lands captured by Israel in 1966, Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reported Monday.

Last week, Ireland's parliament was poised to pass legislation that would have made the purchase souvenirs in Israel a criminal act, punishable by a maximum of five years in jail and a $310,000 fine.

When the Trump administration became aware of the bill, which is thought to be part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to isolate Israel, it opened up channels of communication with Irish politicians to warn them of the significant consequences they would face if they adopted the legislation.

The administration "made clear to Irish leaders that passage of the bill would put them starkly at odds with the United States and subject them to inclusion on a list of countries supporting boycotts of the Jewish state," Kredo reported.

While some legislators called the legislation a "crackpot bill," it appeared to have enough support to pass.

"Our strong opposition to boycotts and sanctions of the State of Israel is well known," an unnamed State Department official told the Free Beacon. "We look to other countries to join us in bringing an end to anti-Israel bias."

While the bill is officially tabled until the summer, a number of observers don't expect it to be reconsidered any time in the near future due to the administration's opposition.

German Company “Shocked” that Parts it Sold to Iran Were Used in Syrian Chemical Attacks

A German firm’s technology was purchased by Iran and later used in chemical attacks carried out against civilians by the Assad regime in Syria, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

Germany’s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control approved a license for Krempel, a company located near the southern city of Stuttgart, to sell electronic press boards to Iranian companies that were used in the production of rockets.

The rocket debris, with the company logo of Krempel and the product signature: “Made in Germany,” was subsequently found after two poisonous gas attacks earlier this year, that injured dozens of Syrian civilians, including many children.

Krempel confirmed the delivery of the electronic technology and a spokesman told the German newspaper BILD that the company was “shocked... that its Pressspan PSP-3040 apparently was used in motors that were applied to weapons of war.”

German exports to Iran increased in 2017 by 19%, worth just under €2.4 billion ($2.96 billion) in export volume, making the country the Islamic Republic’s most important trading partner in the European Union.

Multiple German intelligence reports revealed that Iran sought chemical and biological weapon technology in the federal republic. In 2016 alone, Iran made more than 30 attempts to obtain illicit nuclear and missile goods from Germany.

The Assad regime first used poisonous gas to attack the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in 2013, killing nearly 1,500 civilians, including 426 children. According to experts, Iran was crucial in helping Syria develop its chemical weapons program.

Republicans Distance Themselves from Holocaust-Denying Congressional Candidate in Chicago

In Illinois, a vocal Holocaust-denying, white supremacist, anti-Semite is running for Congress. Even though Republicans are distancing themselves from him, Arthur Jones is poised to become the Republican nominee for the 3rd congressional district in Southwest Chicago.

Jones has been running for this seat since the 1990s and never been considered a serious contender, but this year is slightly different. He is running unopposed. Unless the Republican party can find a way to get him off the ballot, which they did in 2016, or there is a successful write-in candidate, Jones is expected to be the party’s nominee.

Jones formerly led the American Nazi Party and currently leads the America First Committee (AFC). In 1980, Jones left American Nazi Party to revive the AFC "to combat the dual evils of Communism and Zionism." He told the Chicago Sun Times in an interview Tuesday that “membership in this organization is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent.” He has routinely referred to the Jewish state as “racist criminal Zionist Israel.”

Republican spokespeople have distanced themselves from Jones. Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said: “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones.” Maddie Anderson, spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee said Jones is a “fringe candidate who has no real connection to the GOP."

According to the ADL, anti-Semitic incidents in the first nine months of 2017 rose 67 percent over the same period of the previous year.

Acclaimed Actor Liev Schreiber Visits Israel, Teaches Class at Tel Aviv University

Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Liev Schreiber landed in Israel this week without fanfare, leaving a clue only in the photo of the Tel Aviv beach he posted on his Instagram page before the trip alongside the message “Looking forward to warmer weather, good humus, and lots of fizzy bobolah!”

It seems the “Ray Donovan” Showtime series star was in Israel for a friend’s wedding and also gave a master class for drama students at Tel Aviv University on the afternoon of February 5.

“Great actor, great person, great heart,” posted Israeli actor Ohad Knoller, who hosted the class.

The 6-foot-3 Schreiber, who has acted or directed numerous movies including “The Sum of All Fears,” “The Omen,” “Defiance,” “Phantoms,” “Chuck,” “Everything is Illuminated” and “Spotlight,” was last in Israel in 2009 with his then-partner, Naomi Watts, and their two young sons.

During that trip, the family visited Keren Kayemeth L’Israel-Jewish National Fund’s bomb-proof indoor recreation center in the Gaza border town of Sderot and planted trees in a JNF forest.

(via Israel21c)

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