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The Daily TIP: UK Jewish Groups Demand Apology from Corbyn for Using "Classic Racist Trope"

Posted by Tip Staff - August 30, 2018

UK Jewish Groups Demand Apology from Corbyn for Using "Classic Racist Trope"
U.S., Israel Announce Joint Effort to Enforce Economic Sanctions on Iran
August 2018 Ranks as Busiest Month in Ben Gurion Airport's History
Israeli Rescue Organization Conducts Search-and-Rescue Training with IDF for Int'l Volunteers


UK Jewish Groups Demand Apology from Corbyn for Using "Classic Racist Trope"

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn must apologize for repeating a “classic racist trope,” Jewish leaders have said, and condemned his meetings with “antisemites, terrorist-sympathizers and other extremists,” The Jewish Chronicle reported on Wednesday.

In separate letters to Labour’s general secretary, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), and the Community Security Trust (CST) said Corbyn had failed to take meaningful action against anti-Semitism and, instead of challenging extremists views, had shown “solidarity” with them.

"To move forward, Mr Corbyn must acknowledge his own failings and offer a heartfelt apology to British Jews and to the Israeli victims of the terrorists with whom he has shown solidarity,” The BDBJ's chief executive, Gillian Merron, said.

In a separate joint response, the JLC and CST said Corbyn should make "public acknowledgement of, and apology for" his extremist associations, adding the atmosphere in the party is "too febrile and too lacking in trust for us to consult in any way that risks being construed as somehow lacking in transparency.”

The groups further charged that Jews are being discriminated against. "[The] obsessive hatred of Israel and Zionism means that no Jew can be an equal member of the Labour party, because even if they pass an initial loyalty/morality test, they still always remain under suspicion, lest they display ‘Zionist’ or ‘pro-Israel’ tendencies," the letter read.



U.S., Israel Announce Joint Effort to Enforce Economic Sanctions on Iran

The United States and Israel announced a joint task force to enforce sanctions on Iran, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

In a meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said, "the sanctions on Iran contribute to removing a threat to Israel's security and to the security of the entire free world."

The team, which will be comprised of professionals from both governments, will have a special focus on sanctions related to the high-tech sector.

The meeting between Mnuchin and Kahlon was the fourth between the two officials over the past year.

Praising the U.S. sanctions as "effective," Kahlon said, "They contribute to the removal of the threat to Israel's security and to the security of the entire free world, and this is why we should be thankful to the US."

"Treasury’s illicit finance team works closely with counterparts in Israel on efforts to counter the financing of terrorism, money laundering and other illicit finance schemes and sanctionable conduct emanating from Iran," a Treasury Department spokesperson said.

Earlier this month the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran's automotive sector, as well as some exports, including pistachios and carpets. The newly reimposed sanctions also limit Iran's access to industrial metals. If Iran doesn't change its behavior — including the support of terror and pursuit of nuclear weapons — the U.S. will reimpose more severe sanctions, including those targeting Iran's oil industry in November.



August 2018 Ranks as Busiest Month in Ben Gurion Airport's History

August will end by setting a new record for the number of passengers coming and going via Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, with almost three million travelers passing through during the month, Globes reported on Tuesday. This makes it the busiest month on record for the airport.

According to the Israel Airports Authority, international passenger traffic will total 2.7 million in August – 10% more than in August 2017. 2.4 million passengers passed through the airport in July, up 10.6% from July 2017.

It is estimated that September will break last year’s record as well, as it is a busy month due to the Tishrei Yomim Tovim (High Holidays) and the vacation from schools and universities. Over 2.2 million passengers on 14,000 flights are expected to arrive and take off from the airport next month – 17% more than in September 2017.

Thousands of Israelis will travel to the town of Uman in Ukraine. 30,000 Hassidim are expected to travel to the city on 133 flights between the dates of September 5 to 9 ahead of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Israel will be establishing a temporary consulate in Uman over the holiday. Other popular destinations include Greece, Turkey [as a stopover], France, Italy and the United States.

One of the biggest contributors to the increased passenger load has been the emergence of a low-cost flight market in Israel, spearheaded by RyanAir and Wizz Airlines.



Israeli Rescue Organization Conducts Search-and-Rescue Training with IDF for Int'l Volunteers

Israeli humanitarian volunteer organization ZAKA, which specializes in search, rescue and recovery missions at mass-casualty incidents around the world, recently coordinated an IDF Home Front Command search-and-rescue training course at various sites in Israel for 40 experienced ZAKA commanders from its units in Miami, New York City, New Jersey, Washington, France, Guatemala and two African countries.

The intensive simulation focused on natural disasters, building collapses and other mass-casualty incidents. The commanders, most of whom are paramedics or physicians, learned rescue and recovery techniques, orientation, proper conduct for professional rescuers in a variety of disaster scenarios and earthquakes, emergency rescue medicine and population intelligence.

“This is the first time that ZAKA volunteers from around the world have come to Israel for advanced training in search and rescue, so that they can use this knowledge back home,” said ZAKA International Rescue Unit Chief Operating Officer Mati Goldstein.

Major Shahar Ben Simeon, head of the IDF Home Front Command rescue training unit in the rescue and training division said the cooperative effort will allow for the optimum response to disasters in Israel and globally.

“Together, we can act in the best and most effective manner in our endeavors to save lives. We will continue to spearhead international cooperation with organizations and security forces, with professionalism and cooperation.”

The ZAKA International Rescue Unit has trained nearly 1,000 volunteers – Jewish and non-Jewish — in 48 units around the world. These volunteers from the Jewish and wider communities, including representatives from the local emergency services, are trained and equipped to serve as first-responders in their countries.

(via Israel21c)


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