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The Daily TIP: U.S. To End Funding of Anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council

Posted by Tip Staff - August 24, 2018

U.S. To End Funding of Anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council
In Face of Sanctions, British Airways, Air France Cancel Tehran Routes
Corbyn in Hot Water Again after Saying British "Zionists" have "No Sense of English Irony"
Israeli Paralympic Athletes Garner 14 Medals

U.S. To End Funding of Anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council

The White House’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said the United States will cut funding for the United Nations Human Right Council and for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The Trump administration pulled out of the 47-member body in June, accusing it of “unrelenting bias” against Israel and of allowing countries with poor human rights records to be among its members. Israel is the only country that has a dedicated agenda item at council meetings, subjecting it to unprecedented discrimination.

“We are going to de-fund the Human Rights Council,” Bolton said in an interview with the Associated Press, adding that U.S. officials would calculate how much of the U.S. annual budget goes to the rights office and the Human Rights Council.

“We’ll calculate 22 percent of the Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner’s budget, and our remittances to the UN for this budget year will be less 22 percent of those costs — and we’ll say specifically that’s what we’re doing,” Bolton explained. “We expect that impact to occur on the Human Rights Council.”

The United States is the U.N.’s largest single donor, providing about 22 percent of its budget. Ex-Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is set to replace Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein as the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Earlier this month, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley urged the new commissioner to end the bias against Israel.

In Face of Sanctions, British Airways, Air France Cancel Tehran Routes

Ahead of more restrictive United States sanction on Iran in November, both British Airways and Air France announced that they would be cancelling their service next month to Iran due to financial considerations, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

In announcing the end of its service to and from Tehran, British Airways described the route as "currently not commercially viable."

Similarly, Air France said that it would flights to Iran September 18 because of "the line's weak performance." A spokesman elaborated, "as the number of business customers flying to Iran has fallen, the connection is not profitable any more."

The German carrier, Lufthansa, said that it intended to continue flights to Iran.

However, in July, both Dutch carrier KLM and Austrian Airlines announced that they were ending flights to Iran.

In 2016, Air France granted exemptions to female and gay flight attendants, allowing them not to fly to Iran due to discriminatory practices. Female crew members, who did not want to submit to mandatory head coverings, and gay crew members who feared prosecution and punishment, were exempted from serving on the route.

Earlier this month, the U.S. reimposed some sanctions on Iran that had been lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, which the U.S. formally withdrew from in May. When he announced the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said, that since the deal was agreed to, Iran's "bloody ambitions have grown even more brazen.”

Corbyn in Hot Water Again after Saying British "Zionists" have "No Sense of English Irony"

The Labour Party was drawn into yet another anti-Semitism scandal on Friday, after it emerged that leader Jeremy Corbyn had accused British “Zionists” of having “no sense of English irony” despite having lived in the UK “all their lives,” The Jewish Chronicle reported Friday.

In a speech at a Hamas-advertised conference in 2013, a video of which has been released, Corbyn said that “British Zionists” have no understanding of history and lack a sense of irony. Corbyn made the remark during a meeting of the Palestinian Return Centre, when talking about an earlier speech from Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian envoy to the UK.

Corbyn described Hassassian’s speech as “incredibly powerful, passionate and effective.” He continued: “This was dutifully recorded by the thankfully silent Zionists who were in the audience on that occasion, and then came up and berated him afterwards for what he had said.

“They clearly have two problems. One is that they don’t want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, don’t understand English irony.”

Corbyn attended the meeting alongside Daud Abdullah, who supported a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day, and Alison Weir, an American anti-Israel campaigner allegedly linked to White Supremacists.

Responding to the news, Labour MP Luciana Berger slammed Corbyn on Twitter, saying: “The video released today of the leader of UK Labour making inexcusable comments — defended by a party spokesman — makes me as a proud British Jew feel unwelcome in my own party. I’ve lived in Britain all my life and I don’t need any lessons in history / irony.”

Israeli Paralympic Athletes Garner 14 Medals

Israeli athletes garnered a total of 14 medals in international Paralympic competitions so far this month.

Ami Dadon won gold medals in the 100-meter men’s freestyle and men’s 150-meter individual medley at the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships in Dublin. The 17-year-old swimmer also won silver medals in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke and men’s 200-meter freestyle.

Inbal Pezaro, 31, won a gold medal in the 200-meter women’s freestyle swim and a bronze medal (later upgraded to silver because of a change in classification of one of the other competitors) in the women’s 100-meter freestyle. She has represented Israel at the Paralympic Games since 2004. Pezaro and Dadon both train at Israel’s Ilan Haifa club with Coach Jacob Bininson.

Mark Malyar, 18, won a silver medal in men’s 400-meter freestyle and bronze medals in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter backstroke.

Israel’s squad of 11 swimmers also includes Iyad Shalabi, bronze winner for the men’s 150-meter individual medley; Erel Halevi, bronze medalist in the 400-meter women’s freestyle; and Yoav Valinsky, bronze medalist for the men’s 400-meter freestyle.

The European Championship, August 13-19, drew 400 swimmers from 37 countries.

Meanwhile, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Israeli Paralympic athlete Amir Levy won a gold medal in the International Badminton Tournament. A new competitive event, badminton will be added to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

This is the second year that Levy, who trains under Coach Reuven Moses at Beit Halochem in Jerusalem, won the International Badminton Tournament. Another Israeli, Nina Goroetsky, won a silver medal in Brazil.

(via Israel21c)

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