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The Daily TIP: UN to Honor Israeli Medical NGO Saving Children with Heart Disease

Posted by Tip Staff - June 25, 2018

UN to Honor Israeli Medical NGO, which Saves Children with Heart Disease
U.S. Envoy Questions Abbas's Commitment to Peace
Omitted Details from UN Report Implicate Syria, Iran in Use of Chemical Weapons
UK-Israel Tech Partnership Results in 54 Deals Worth $112.8 Million

UN to Honor Israeli Medical NGO, which Saves Children with Heart Disease

The Israeli non-for-profit organization, Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) will be awarded the United Nations Population Award for saving the lives of Palestinian children with heart disease – the first time an organization from Israel will receive the award.

Thousands of children in 57 different countries have so far received care from SACH, about half of which are from Palestinian territories. In areas where Israelis are not allowed, the organization operates through a Christian partner group.

Once a family agrees to receive care from SACH, the patient is brought into Israel to Edith Wolfson Medical Centre, south of Tel Aviv, where the organization is based. SACH trains medical personnel, runs cardiology clinics and conducts screenings in Israel and abroad, at no cost to their patients.

“Many people might think that I’m naive, or my colleagues are naive, but we think … operating or treating a child with heart disease is like [planting] a seed of peace,” said SACH lead surgeon Lior Sasson.

“The mother of the baby knows what we did for her son, and when she goes back, the whole family and … many people know it. So I want to think and I want to hope that this might somehow be a factor that will promote peace between us and the Palestinians.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will present the award to SACH physicians Dr. Sasson, Akiva Tamir and Sion Houri at the UN headquarters in New York in a ceremony on June 26.

U.S. Envoy Questions Abbas's Commitment to Peace

In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper about the developing United States Middle East peace proposal, Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, said that though he sought to work with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, he questioned the Palestinian leader, "has the ability to, or is willing to, lean into finishing a deal," according to an English transcript published Sunday in The New York Times.

Kushner suggested that the Palestinian people may be more willing to compromise than their leaders, saying that Palestinians "are less invested in the politicians’ talking points than they are in seeing how a deal will give them and their future generations new opportunities, more and better paying jobs and prospects for a better life."

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Abbas, called the U.S. effort to develop a peace plan as a "waste of time" and "bound to fail."

Kushner brushed aside the comment saying that he viewed the Palestinian leadership as being "scared" of the peace plan, because "the Palestinian people will actually like it because it will lead to new opportunities for them to have a much better life."

In his concluding remarks, Kushner told the Palestinians, "Don’t let your leadership reject a plan they haven’t even seen. A lot has happened in the world since this conflict began decades ago. The world has moved forward while you have been left behind."

Omitted Details from UN Report Implicate Syria, Iran in Use of Chemical Weapons

Details removed from a United Nations report that had been released earlier this week implicate Syria and Iran for a series of chemical weapons attacks in January and February, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

A UN commission investigating war crimes during the seven-year-old Syrian civil war uncovered evidence of chemical attacks perpetrated by the regime.

The specifics of a number of these attacks, however, were omitted from the final report that was released. They were summarized at the end of the report.

One of the investigators asserted that the omitted details needed further corroboration and could be included in a future report. He also said that there was no pressure to leave the details out.

The leaked draft documented "in meticulous detail," according to the Times, six chemical weapons attacks between January and April 7 of this year.

In attacks that occurred on January 22 and February 7, the commission found that the deadly chemicals were delivered on "industrially produced Iranian artillery rockets," which are "only known to have been used by Government forces, and rarely, affiliated militias."

The presence of Iranian weapons in the Syrian conflict are an indication that Iran is violating United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which implemented the 2015 nuclear deal, and had provisions extending the ban on Iran exporting arms until at least 2020.

In January of this year, a UN panel found that Iran was violating the export ban by sending weapons, including ballistic missiles, to the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

UK-Israel Tech Partnership Results in 54 Deals Worth $112.8 Million

The UK Israel Tech Hub, based in the British Embassy in Israel, has led to 175 tech partnerships and 54 deals worth a cumulative £85 million ($112.8 million), according to a new report on its impact.

The potential UK economic impact of the UK-Israel innovation partnerships established through the hub since 2011 is £800 million, according to the June 2018 report.

The hub focuses on sectors such as retail, insure-tech, cyber, healthcare, mobility, smart cities, ed-tech, and Arab-led technology.

Some highlights of the report:

More than 150 UK companies and 490 Israeli companies engaged in hub activities during 2016-2017. Twelve UK-Israel cybersecurity deals are in progress following TeXchange 2017, the hub’s flagship innovation exchange program.

Eight long-term strategic programs have been facilitated, including programs in which UK partners such as the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and HSBC build permanent innovation centers in Israel. RBS’s 6.4 million customers are protected by Israeli cybersecurity technology as a result of RBS and the UK Israel Tech Hub working together for four years.

In February 2018, the hub launched the UK Israel Dangoor Health Initiative, aiming to bring Israeli healthcare innovations into the UK’s National Health Service in partnership with IBM Alpha Zone and DigitalHealth.London.

Arab-Israeli startups that have benefited from the UK Israel Tech Hub include smart-home IoT company MindoLife, which closed a deal of $20M with international company; and AI disease-prevention platform Wikaya, selected among top 100 startups in Europe by WEBIT.

(via Israel21c)

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