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The Daily TIP: U.S. Reimposes Sanctions on Iran Lifted Under Nuclear Deal

Posted by Tip Staff - August 07, 2018

U.S. Reimposes Sanctions on Iran Lifted Under Nuclear Deal
Prosecutor Expands UCLA Disruption Probe as Jewish Groups Extend Criminality Approach to other Campuses
Two Israeli Teams Top International Debate Competition in Serbia
Israel-India Initiatives Receive Grants From Joint Technology Innovation Fund

U.S. Reimposes Sanctions on Iran Lifted Under Nuclear Deal

The United States on Monday re-imposed sanctions on Iran, three months after the Trump administration announced the country’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order, which targets financial transactions that involve U.S. dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold. Further sanctions will take effect in early November aimed at Iran’s oil sector and central bank.

In a statement released by the White House, President Trump described the accord to freeze Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions as a “horrible, one-sided deal,” which failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb.”

The President observed further that the accord had left the Iranian government flush with cash to use to fuel conflict in the Middle East, including in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. “To this day, Iran threatens the United States and our allies, undermines the international financial system, and supports terrorism and militant proxies around the world,” Trump said.

“We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation,” the President added.

Trump issued a stark warning to European partners, and other countries, saying that those who don’t wind down their economic ties to Iran “risk severe consequences” under the new sanctions.

Prosecutor Expands UCLA Disruption Probe as Jewish Groups Extend Criminality Approach to other Campuses

Los Angeles city prosecutor Spencer Hart, who is reviewing the belligerent shutdown of a Students Supporting Israel panel at the University of California-Los Angeles on May 17, 2018, has requested additional investigative materials from the UCLA Police, according to a prosecution source. The request on Case 18-1206 was transmitted to UCLA campus Detective Selby Arsena, who assembled the original investigative package submitted to Los Angeles Pacific Branch prosecutors in mid-July.

The request was seen as an indication that LA prosecutors are taking the case seriously and undertaking a thorough review. No timeline for a decision could be identified, prosecution sources say, because prosecutor Hart, who is second in command at the Pacific Branch, not only handles his own substantial case load, but as assistant supervising attorney, he also oversees the case loads of other prosecutors.

However, since a one-year statute of limitations applies, investigative sources envision a decision on prosecution by year’s end.

In the now well-known case, Students Supporting Israel gathered in a UCLA function room on May 17, 2018 for a panel discussion titled Indigenous Peoples Unite. Disrupters—suddenly and loudly—stormed into the room mid-session. One person tore down the students’ flag, demonstratively pulled away a desk placard, and cursed threateningly close to the face of a panelist.

With bullhorns, whistles, staged dancing, and slogan shouting, the event was shut down. The disruption and nose-to-nose intimidation of the students attending the SSI event were documented in a video, beginning at minute 41.

To read this complete report, please click here.

Two Israeli Teams Top International Debate Competition in Serbia

Two Israeli teams topped the European Universities Debating Championship in Serbia, in which a total of 187 teams from 30 countries within and surrounding Europe were competing against each other, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

The tournament, hosted in Novi Sad, took place from July 31 through Saturday. The Israeli Debating League sent a total of 20 teams and 25 adjudicators representing nine universities and academic institutions from all over Israel. Five Israeli teams reached the final stages of the international tournament.

Noam Dahan and Tom Manor of Tel Aviv University, who were defending champions of last year’s title in the “English as a Second Language” category, won the competition, after a grueling nine-round tournament against the best debaters from across the continent, including from Oxford University and the University of Cambridge.

This year, their pair competed alongside native English speakers. Amichay Even-Chen and Ido Kotler, also from Tel Aviv University, won in the “English as a Second Language” category.

In an academic world where Israeli institutions are facing boycotts, the world of debating has great respect for the Israeli teams and adjudicators. It is the fourth year in a row a Tel Aviv University team has won this title.

However, some countries tried to politicize the tournament and refused to engage with students from Israel. The Qatar representatives repeatedly boycotted debates in which they were competing against Israel, stating on multiple occasions that they refuse to debate alongside an “apartheid state.”

Israel-India Initiatives Receive Grants From Joint Technology Innovation Fund

Projects to improve energy and water efficiency, cellular networks and affordable surgical devices are the first Israel-India initiatives receiving grants from a joint technology innovation fund between Israel and India.

The governing board of the Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F), announced the four grant recipients of the fund, which was launched earlier this year following the historic visit of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel.

“These grants constitute an important milestone in the continuation of the historic partnership between Israel and India,” said Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen.

The I4F Fund will grant $40 million over a period of five years to the selected joint projects. India’s Department of Science & Technology and the Israel Innovation Authority are the respective funding agencies.

Bacsoft (Israel) and Energy Efficiency Services (India) will develop a solution to achieve energy and water efficiency in villages around India through integration of improved groundwater level technology, water nexus technology and an IoT platform with smart monitors.

Agrosolar Irrigation Systems (Israel) and Vyoda Private (India) will develop a solar energy-based water pump system that is cost effective and suitable for any type of well in order to enhance yields and decrease operational and maintenance costs.

“The highlight of this fund is creating a breakthrough tool that can assist Israeli entrepreneurs and industrialists in penetrating the Indian market,” Ami Appelbaum, Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy & Industry and Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority said at the award ceremony.

(via Israel21c)

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