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The Daily TIP: Under “Moderate” Rouhani, Iran is as Repressive as Ever

Posted by Tip Staff - August 04, 2017

Under "Moderate" Rouhani, Iran is as Repressive as Ever
Shin Bet Dismantles Turkey-Based Hamas Money Laundering Ring
Two Muslim-Majority African Nations Sending Ambassadors to Israel for First Time
Israeli High-Tech Firms Raised $1.26 Billion in Second Quarter of 2017

Under "Moderate" Rouhani, Iran is as Repressive as Ever

Nothing subverts a cliché better than a look behind the polished façade. The Islamic Republic of Iran is a case in point. The Iranian mullahcracy has long been portrayed by supporters of the nuclear deal as a country in flux, with moderate forces slowly making their way to power at the expense of the old repressive elite.

Yet reality paints a very different picture. Just as Hassan Rouhani won the endorsement of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his second term as president on Thursday, Amnesty International published a report that rips to shreds the myth of the rise of moderates in Iran.The organization concluded that rather than taking steps to address the abysmal human rights situation in the country, conditions have steadily deteriorated for peaceful activists under the Rouhani presidency.

“Iran’s judicial and security bodies have waged a vicious crackdown against human rights defenders since Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013, demonizing and imprisoning activists who dare to stand up for people’s rights,” Amnesty International said on Wednesday. “President Rouhani and his administration have so far failed to take any meaningful steps to stop these abuses. On the contrary, they have brushed aside reports of abuses.”

The organization detailed how scores of human rights activists---vilified as “foreign agents” and “traitors”---have been viciously prosecuted and arrested on trumped up “national security” charges, crushing any hopes of reform raised during negotiations over the nuclear détente and Rouhani’s first election campaign.

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Shin Bet Dismantles Turkey-Based Hamas Money Laundering Ring

Israel's Shin Bet security agency announced Thursday that it had broken up a Hamas money laundering ring.

The ring, which was established early last year, was an attempt to evade Israeli sanctions barring the terrorist group from moving money freely, The Times of Israel reported.

Under the scheme, two members of the ring, Hebron residents Muasseb Hashalmon and Taha Uthman, would travel to Turkey and receive funds from Hamas. They would then buy and sell merchandise with the money they received, then take a percentage of the proceeds and transfer the rest to members of Hamas in the West Bank. According to the Shin Bet, the ring managed to transfer to 720,000 shekels ($200,000) to Hamas leadership in the West Bank.

Both men were recruited by Muhammad Maher Bader, a senior member of Hamas in Hebron and member of the Palestinian parliament, who was identified by the Shin Bet as the ringleader of the scheme.

“The discovery of this operation shows the never-ending desire by Hamas operatives in Turkey and Gaza to increase terrorism by Hamas in the West Bank,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.

Haron Nasser al-Din was the Hamas official in Turkey who gave Hashalmon and Uthman tens of thousands of dollars for the scheme. Meanwhile, Umar Qimri and Yusri Hashalmon, two other Hebron residents, worked with Gaza-based Hamas official Majd Jaaba to arrange the deals through Turkey.

Two Muslim-Majority African Nations Sending Ambassadors to Israel for First Time

Two Muslim-majority African nations will send their first-ever ambassadors to Israel next week, as the Jewish state continues to bolster its ties on the continent.

Senegal and Guinea, both of which recently upgraded their diplomatic relationships with Israel, announced that they are appointing ambassadors to the Jewish state for the first time, The Times of Israel reported.

Talla Fall, who represents Senegal and is based in Cairo, and Amara Camara, who represents Guinea and is based in Paris, will present their credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin next Tuesday.

Senegal and Israel restored full diplomatic relations in June after falling out over Senegal's sponsorship of United Nations Security Council resolution 2334, which ignored Israel's claims to Jerusalem.

Israel and Guinea restored relations last July, nearly 50 years since Guinea broke ties over the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israeli High-Tech Firms Raised $1.26 Billion in Second Quarter of 2017

According to the latest IVC-ZAG Israeli High-Tech Capital Raising Survey, Israeli high-tech companies raised $1.26 billion in Q2/2017 (April through June), the second-largest amount in five years.

The report shows that 21 deals above $20 million accounted for 55 percent of the total amount, VC-backed deals went up from the quarterly three-year average, and there was an improvement in late-stage capital raising ($889 million) following three weak quarters.

Software was the leading sector, with $482 million (38% of total) while life sciences was second, with $387 million, or 31% of total capital in Q2/2017.

The average financing round grew significantly in the second quarter, reaching $8 million, compared with the $6.8 million average of the previous quarter, according to IVC Research Center in Tel Aviv.

(via Israel21c)

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