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The Daily TIP: UN General Assembly Plurality Supports U.S.-Sponsored Amendment Condemning Hamas

Posted by Tip Staff - June 14, 2018

UN General Assembly Plurality Supports U.S.-Sponsored Amendment Condemning Hamas
Israel's Foreign Ministry: On Social Media, Iranians Defying Regime's Hatred of Jewish State
UCLA Students File Criminal Complaints Against anti-Israel Disruptors
Three Initiatives for Israeli-Arab Peace Efforts Awarded $30,000 Prize

UN General Assembly Plurality Supports U.S.-Sponsored Amendment Condemning Hamas

For the first time, a plurality of United Nations General Assembly members supported an amendment to a resolution that condemned Hamas by a vote of 62 to 58, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

The United States-sponsored condemnation was an amendment to a resolution that condemned Israel for the deaths of 120 Gazans in nearly three months of Hamas-led violent riots. Hamas was not mentioned at all in the main resolution.

The resolution condemning Israel, introduced by Algeria, passed overwhelmingly by 120 to 8 with 45 abstentions.

After the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley blasted the General Assembly for approving a resolution condemning the violence in Gaza but leaving out any mention of the terrorist group Hamas, which exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip.

Haley noted that despite more severe humanitarian crises in Nicaragua, Iran, Yemen, and Burma, the General Assembly chose to focus on Gaza because, "What makes Gaza different for some is that attacking Israel is their favorite political sport.”

Despite the overwhelming vote for the main resolution against Israel, Raphael Ahren, the diplomatic correspondent for The Times of Israel, speculated that the vote for the anti-Hamas amendment potentially bodes well for Israel in the future.

While passage of the resolution condemning Israel passed overwhelmingly, Ahren speculated that the vote for the amendment "underlined that Israel’s enemies don’t automatically win every single vote in the international body, and showed that more countries wanted to temper the anti-Israel resolution they were about to support with a condemnation of Hamas than not."

Israel's Foreign Ministry: On Social Media, Iranians Defying Regime's Hatred of Jewish State

Thousands of Iranians defied the regime's call to join anti-Israel marches last Friday, Quds Day, and instead showed their support for Israel on social media, according to Israel's Foreign Ministry, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

The campaign using the hashtag #WeStandWithIsrael is meant to bring people of the two nations together.

According to a Foreign Ministry official earlier this week, there have been tens of thousands of tweets featuring #WeStandWithIsrael.

"The Foreign Ministry implements digital public diplomacy in social media networks in various languages, one of them being Persian,” Sharona Avginsaz, the ministry's Persian language digital media manager, said.

“In the last six months our Twitter page ‘Israel in Persian,’ intended specifically for Iranian civilians, has been gaining steam,” Avginsaz told Hadashot news. “We have around 60 thousand followers, and our messages reach over 1.5 million people with that Twitter handle alone.”

She also explained that while Iran has officially banned Twitter, many Iranian users have been able to evade the restrictions and access the platform.

"During this week our Twitter page reached 2.5 million Iranians. There were tens of thousands of tweets with the hashtag #WeStandWithIsrael, each stating their individual positions on why they love Israel," Avginsaz said.

It isn't certain, however, how many of the tweets promoting closer ties with Israel came from Iran, and how many came from Iranians living abroad.

UCLA Students File Criminal Complaints Against anti-Israel Disruptors

Criminal complaints are now being filed by students following the belligerent disruption of a May 17, 2018 Students Supporting Israel [SSI] event at University of California Los Angeles. At least a half-dozen students announced they would visit the UCLA police department to file formal complaints reporting criminal disruption of a meeting, as well as disturbing the peace and conspiracy.

The disruption and nose-to-nose intimidation of the students attending the May 17 SSI event at UCLA was documented in a video, beginning at minute 41. Disruptors suddenly stormed into the room mid-session. One person tore down a 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 Louis Brandeis D. Center – led by attorney Alyza Lewin, along with Director of Legal Initiatives Aviva Vogelstein and three law students in the UCLA Brandeis chapter – dispatched a letter to the university asserting that the disruption crossed the line into misdemeanor violations of the California criminal code.

After the media disclosure, numerous students stepped forward to file complaints. The first was Justin Feldman, president of the SSI chapter at Santa Monica College, enrolled at UCLA for the fall semester. Feldman stated he feared for his personal safety during the incident. On June 11, Feldman, who had previously completed a StandWithUs [SWU] high school training program, appeared at the UCLA police department accompanied by Yael Lerman, SWU legal director, to formally file his complaint.

To read the complete report, please click here.

Three Initiatives for Israeli-Arab Peace Efforts Awarded $30,000 Prize

Three pairs of Jewish Israelis and Muslim Arabs were awarded the 14th annual Institute of International Education (IIE) Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East in Jerusalem Thursday, recognizing their work toward advancing peace.

“This award recognizes innovation, and rewards those who are courageous and committed enough to work together to overcome the religious, cultural, ethnic and political issues which divide the Middle East,” said former IBM executive Victor J. Goldberg, a longtime IIE trustee who created and endowed the prize in 2005.

The three winners include Mosaica Religious Peace Initiative, the PeacePlayers, Middle East Tamra/Naharia All-Star team, and Change Agents. The prize awards $30,000 split among the three pairs of individuals involved.

Religious Peace Initiative director Roie Ravitzky and Raed Badir, director of the Adam Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in East Jerusalem and Kfar Kassem, accepted the award together.

PeacePlayers uses basketball to bring together Jewish and Arab women from the Arab and Israeli communities of Tamra and Nahariya.

Change Agents, led by Nava Sonnenschein and Harb Amara, features courses designed to connect Palestinian and Israeli professionals to create dialogue and implement action around areas of need.

The IIE awards the Goldberg Prize each year to recognize outstanding collaborative work by two individuals, one Muslim Arab and one Jewish Israeli, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The winners are chosen by a selection committee that includes leaders from business, academia, the not-for-profit sector, and government.

(via Israel21c)

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