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The Daily TIP: U.S. Envoy Blasts Palestinian Authority for “Doing Nothing” to Advance Peace

Posted by Tip Staff - February 08, 2019

U.S. Envoy Blasts Palestinian Authority for “Doing Nothing” to Advance Peace
Eurovision Winner Netta on BDS: "When You Boycott Light, You Spread Darkness"
Labour Party Refuses to Support Jewish MP Facing Deselection for Confronting Anti-Semitism
Israeli Researchers Show Antibiotic Cocktail Can Treat Infections, Lower Risk of Resistance

U.S. Envoy Blasts Palestinian Authority for “Doing Nothing” to Advance Peace

The United States Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, blasted the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Wednesday for “doing nothing” to advance peace, JNS reported. For months, the Palestinian leadership has boycotted a U.S.-led peace initiative and has refused to engage with the White House’s Middle East team. The PA and President Mahmoud Abbas have previously defied other efforts of the administration to facilitate peace with Israel.

In a series of tweets, Greenblatt responded to an assertion by a spokesman for Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, that “American support for settlements through silence is doomed to failure because there is no peace and stability without an agreement with the Palestinian people.”

Greenblatt replied, “Well, Mr. Nabil, we agree on something- there is no peace without an agreement. We are working hard on that. You’re doing nothing. You can’t claim to want peace and also try to sabotage the potential for an agreement. It can’t go both ways.”

“And the Palestinians deserve stability too,” he went on to say. “You’re holding that back as well. Don’t waste more time — do something meaningful for your people.”

In recent weeks, Greenblatt has taken PA officials to task several times over their continued resistance to engage in credible negations. In January, the envoy slammed the Palestinian leadership’s ongoing boycott of U.S.-led peace efforts as a “huge disservice” to the Palestinian people, after a senior Palestinian official accused the Trump administration of bias towards Israel.

Greenblatt, along with President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, have been tasked with formulating the highly anticipated regional peace proposal, which is expected to be released after the Israeli elections on April 9.

Read more at The Tower.

Eurovision Winner Netta on BDS: "When You Boycott Light, You Spread Darkness"

Israeli Netta Barzilai, whose victory in last year's Eurovision meant that Israel would host the competition this year, told BBC Breakfast that efforts to boycott the upcoming contest would "spread darkness," The Times of Israel reported Friday.

Though politics doesn't usually play a role in Eurovision, this year, because it is being hosted by Israel, members of the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign have been calling for the competition to be moved.

In her interview with the BBC, Barzilai decried the encroachment of politics into the competition, saying, “It’s all about building bridges, it’s all about celebrating diversity, being all these people from all these places on the same stage and saying ‘hey, we’re all the same and we’re celebrating all these ethnicities and all these kinds and types of music.'”

“It’s the magical music festival and you can do whatever you want and you can bring whatever you want and it’s amazing. It shouldn’t be political, it’s a disaster if it will be,” the singer continued.

Barzilai encouraged fans to come to Israel, saying, "Israel is incredible, it throws the best party ever and people should come.”

Regarding the BDS campaign, she said, "When you boycott light, you spread darkness.”

Last month, the BBC rejected a call by well-known anti-Israel activists, including Roger Waters and Ken Loach, as well as musician Peter Gabriel, designer Vivienne Westwood, and actress Julie Christie, to pressure the organizers to move the Eurovision contest out of Israel.

The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes the contest, emphasized the “non-political character of the event” and noted that preparations in Tel Aviv were already “well advanced.”

Ephraim Mirvis, the Chief Rabbi of Britain, also rejected the call for a Eurovision boycott.

Read more at The Tower.

Labour Party Refuses to Support Jewish MP Facing Deselection for Confronting Anti-Semitism

Luciana Berger, a prominent Jewish Labour MP, has been threatened with deselection by hard-left constituency members over her criticism of party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his failure to confront anti-Semitism, The BBC reported Friday.

One local member behind the no-confidence motion, Kenneth Campbell, called Berger a "disruptive Zionist.” Campbell previously linked the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States to Jews. In a post from 2017, he shared an article from AnonHQ, a conspiracy theory website, suggesting the falling of the Twin Towers was a “controlled explosion.”

Berger, who is the parliamentary chair of Jewish Labour Movement, faces two motions against her, which will be debated on February 17 in her constituency, Liverpool Wavertree. The motions charge that "Instead of fighting for a Labour government, our MP is continually using the media to criticise the man we all want to be prime minister."

Berger has frequently been the target of anti-Semitic online abuse, and the climate within Labour is now so hostile that at the annual party conference in September, she required special police protection from violent anti-Semitic Labour members.

Responding to the no-confidence motions, the MP said she had made "no secret that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, I have been deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn as party leader and many in the wider leadership of the party to the anti-Semitism that stains our party."

Meanwhile, Labour’s shadow chancellor and leading Corbyn ally, John McDonnell, told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that, "It's not a deselection... It's an expression of views.” McDonnell said, "Luciana has been associated in the media with a break away party... the media have asked her to deny that and she hasn’t been clear on that.”

Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock called it a "disgrace" that Mr. McDonnell was "demanding loyalty... rather than addressing the racism in your party.” Other Labour MPs have called his response "totally unacceptable.”

Read more at The Tower.

Israeli Researchers Show Antibiotic Cocktail Can Treat Infections, Lower Risk of Resistance

A new automated system for measuring the effectiveness of “antibiotic cocktails” devised by biology and computer-science researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa has been published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

The innovative method could be used to find the most effective antibiotic combinations and allow for treatments to be individualized.

Antibiotics are widely used to control the growth of bacteria or kill other bacteria. However, the overuse of antibiotics led to the evolution of resistant bacteria. Many researchers are concerned about a “post-antibiotic era” in which bacteria will no longer be overcome by antibiotics.

Technion Prof. Roy Kishony and doctoral student Dor Russ examined the efficacy of cocktails of various antibiotics. They found that when the number of drugs in a combination is increased, the total drug dosage required for growth inhibition increases as well, but the dosage of each individual drug can be decreased without reducing the cocktail’s efficacy.

To confirm the accuracy of their automated evaluation system, the researchers examined different combinations of multiple antibiotics on several types of bacteria.

The study was supported by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Israeli Centers for Research Excellence (I-CORE) and the European Research Council (ERC).

(via Israel21c)

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