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The Daily TIP: Video of United Hatzalah by Popular Israeli-Arab Vlogger Goes Viral

Posted by Tip Staff - November 15, 2018

Video of United Hatzalah by Popular Israeli-Arab Vlogger Goes Viral
In Face of U.S. Pressure, EU Efforts to Evade Iran Sanctions are Collapsing
Watchdog: Human Rights NGOs Are Silent about Hamas's Rockets
Not #FakeNews: Mark Zuckerberg Joins Tel Aviv Facebook Group

Video of United Hatzalah by Popular Israeli-Arab Vlogger Goes Viral

A video of the Israeli first-responder organization, United Hatzalah of Israel, produced by the popular Israeli-Arab vlogger (video blogger), NAS Daily, became the most-viewed video about an Israeli non-profit in just one week, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

NAS, as Nuseir Yassin is known, produces one-minute videos on topics of interest that he posts to Facebook, where he has 10 million followers.

Though most of Yassin's videos garner between 2 and 10 million views, in one week the United Hatzalah video was viewed by 22.5 million people. (The number is now at 25 million.)

Introducing the United Hatzalah video, Yassin wrote that the organization is "one of the most impressive things I've seen in a while."

Yassin, who has been traveling around the world for nearly three years, usually makes one-minute videos, and signs off with "That’s one minute! See you tomorrow!” However, the United Hatzalah video runs nearly four minutes.

"The people at United Hatzalah of Israel are doing incredible work. All for free. All to save lives. Here is how they did it," Yassin wrote. "Thank you Eli Beer and the team of volunteers for reaching out to Nas Daily and letting me film your operations. All around impressive.”

The video currently has 11,000 comments and has been shared over 400,000 times.

Vice President of United Hatzalah Michael Brown said, “We are incredibly thankful to Nuseir and his team for the light that they have shone on our operations and on the coexistence that exists between our Jewish, Muslim and Christian volunteers in Israel. As an Israeli Arab, Nuseir has a valuable perspective on coexistence in Israel and I am glad that he was able to tell our story.”>

In Face of U.S. Pressure, EU Efforts to Evade Iran Sanctions are Collapsing

The United States increased pressure on European banks and firms that engage in a special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran, warning them on Thursday that they will be at risk from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported.

"European banks and European companies know that we will vigorously enforce sanctions against this brutal and violent regime," the U.S. Special Representative, Brian Hook, said in a telephone briefing with reporters.

"Any major European company will always choose the American market over the Iranian market,” Hook charged. The biggest European companies have already pulled out of Iran, among them French oil giant Total and German engineering conglomerate Siemens.

Hook observed it was, therefore, "no surprise" that EU efforts to establish a so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) were collapsing over fear in EU capitals that hosting it would provoke U.S. punishment.

The SPV is a central part of European attempts to salvage the 2015 nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic, aiming to circumvent the U.S. sanctions regime.

In theory, the SPV would act as a financial and commercial intermediary for exports and imports between Iran and the EU and will be open to other countries that are trading with Iran. It would use Euros or sterling, rather than U.S. dollars, to minimize the exposure of participating businesses to U.S. sanctions.

The EU had wanted to have the SPV set up by this month, but six senior diplomats told Reuters this week that the initiative was on the brink of collapse.

Watchdog: Human Rights NGOs Are Silent about Hamas's Rockets

Major human rights Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have failed to condemn the barrage of rockets and mortars fired indiscriminately into Israel by Hamas, a survey published Tuesday by the watchdog group NGO Monitor concluded.

Even though Hamas fired an estimated 460 projectiles into Israel on Monday and Tuesday — making it the heaviest bombardment since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas — NGO Monitor charged that NGOs, such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International, failed to explicitly condemn the terror group that exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip.

"NGOs and NGO officials have entirely ignored the Palestinian violations against Israelis. Some have simply remained silent, while others have focused exclusively on demonizing Israel," NGO Monitor wrote.

"Notably, Palestinian NGOs, which claim to meticulously document violations occurring in Gaza, have not released detailed accounts of the illegal launches of indiscriminate weapons into Israel nor systematically examined how combatants embed themselves among civilian infrastructure."

The survey also looked at the social media activity of NGOs and their personnel.

Amnesty did address the escalation of violence but did not explicitly condemn Hamas. Amnesty tweeted, "As tensions between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in #Gaza continue to escalate today Amnesty is calling on all sides to respect the laws of war; never carry out disproportionate or indiscriminate attacks. Civilians must be protected."

Even though Amnesty called on "all sides" to protect civilians, the Hamas rockets were aimed at civilians.

In contrast, Raf Sanchez, the Middle East correspondent of The Daily Telegraph, noted after returning from Gaza on Thursday that Israel took extra care to protect civilians. "We got a sense of how careful Israel was to avoid civilian casualties during the airstrikes in #Gaza," Sanchez tweeted. "The Israeli army called one guy we met and spent 45 mins on the phone with him, getting him to evacuate his neighbours, before they blew up a Hamas media building next to his."

Not #FakeNews: Mark Zuckerberg Joins Tel Aviv Facebook Group

Some of the 227,100 members of the Facebook club Secret Tel Aviv understandably suspected that the latest person to join — Mark Zuckerberg – must be a fake account, but indeed the actual Facebook cofounder and CEO joined the group earlier this week.

Why would the Palo Alto, California resident want to know the inside scoop on stuff happening in the White City some 7,400 miles away?

“Hey, I’m glad to be here to stay more connected with Tel Aviv. It’s been too long since my last visit. Thanks for creating this community!” he posted.

Secret Tel Aviv is described as “a space for all Tel Avivis to share their experiences and questions, meet new people, and learn about some of the Secrets of this awesome city.”

Though Zuckerberg isn’t a frequent visitor to the Holy Land, Facebook Israel maintains a gorgeous multistory office on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard.

It seems that fellow Secret Tel Aviv members are happy to have him aboard, even if from afar.

One member posted: “I hope the new member in the group likes the hummus in the city,” to which Zuckerberg replied, “Everyone likes hummus.”

Another member took the occasion to repost an older “request” on Secret Tel Aviv asking Facebook to add an emoji reaction button showing the quintessentially Israeli gesture for “rega!” (“wait a minute!”).

And in another bit of insider humor, a poster proclaimed:

“If Mr. Zuckerberg would be a real Tel Avivi, he’d have to change his name first…” and posted a photo of a kippah-wearing dog titled “Mark ZuckerBark,” alluding to the fact that Tel Aviv is believed to have the highest number of pet canines per capita in the world.

(via Israel21c)

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