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The Daily TIP: Why Are U.S. Academics Attending a Conference Led by a Terror Supporter in Erdogan’s Turkey?

Posted by Tip Staff - October 22, 2018

Why Are U.S. Academics Attending a Conference Led by a Terror Supporter in Erdogan’s Turkey?
U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: Israel "Is a Really Great Place for Investments"
Israel Charges Environmental Group Set Up Hezbollah Post on Border Violating UN Resolution
Israeli Martial-Arts NGO that Trains Jews and Arabs Wins Award for Promoting Coexistence


Why Are U.S. Academics Attending a Conference Led by a Terror Supporter in Erdogan’s Turkey?

Why are American professors of Middle East studies attending an Istanbul conference chaired by former Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) board member Sami Al-Arian, who pled guilty to conspiring to provide services to PIJ – a U.S.-designated terrorist organization – while teaching at the University of South Florida?

And why, as if Al-Arian’s presence weren’t bad enough, are they cozying up to Turkey’s authoritarian Islamist regime that kidnaps Americans for its hostage diplomacy, threatens to conduct “operations” against opponents in the U.S., and dispatches thugs to beat up Americans as they peacefully protest in the streets of Washington, D.C.?

Because like so many of their colleagues in the discipline, they are apologists for Islamism or – worse – Islamists themselves. They gathered in Istanbul this week to participate in the Second International Conference on the Muslim Ummah at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) on October 14-16.

Al-Arian’s sordid legal history includes being charged with contempt, spending several years in prison, and deportation to Turkey in 2015 as part of a final plea agreement. Welcomed as a hero by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s lackeys, he is director of the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) and professor of public affairs at Istanbul Zaim University. The Americans’ participation in the conference legitimizes both Al-Arian and, more the point, the brutal government he supports.

Journalists concerned with the rise of extremism in the Middle East should pay attention to the efforts of Turkey's strongman, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to consolidate his power. Erdoğan is transforming his country slowly into a Khomeini-like Islamic regime. American academics who travel to Turkey for conferences, like the one that ended earlier this week, are helping legitimize a brutal Islamist autocracy, using their credentials and the good names of their universities to support a thuggish regime that is squelching free speech and free thought.

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Israel Charges Environmental Group Set Up Hezbollah Post on Border Violating UN Resolution

The IDF charged that a purported environmental group has been serving as a lookout for the Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist group, Hezbollah, and set up an outpost to spy on Israeli military activity one kilometer from the border, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday. The outpost violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, and prohibits any armed groups in southern Lebanon below the Litani River.

The outpost is disguised as belonging to a phony environmental group, Green without Borders.

According to the IDF, this is the sixth such outpost it has discovered during the past two years. In June of last year, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon wrote a letter to the UN Security Council with photographs of five outposts. Danon's letter called on the council to “demand that the government of Lebanon dismantle these observation posts immediately, and prevent any future activity of Hezbollah and its affiliates in southern Lebanon, particularly near the Blue Line” that separates Israel from its northern neighbor.

The IDF issued a statement saying, "Hezbollah acts as if the IDF is not aware of its activities."

“From inside Israel we can see observation posts and sensor equipment,” he added. “Even if the outpost is unarmed, we know that its goals are not innocent. The objective is to gather intelligence on the border.”

In August of last year, the United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized UNIFIL for failing to stop the shipments of arms to Hezbollah in violation of Resolution 1701 and said that the head of UNIFIL must be "the only person in south Lebanon who is blind to what Hezbollah is doing."



U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: Israel "Is a Really Great Place for Investments"

United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hailed investment opportunities in Israel and vowed Washington would increase its participation in infrastructure projects there, as he embarked on a Middle East tour on Sunday, The Algemeiner reported.

“We have a very important relationship with Israel. This is really a great place for investments, particularly technology investments,” Mnuchin told reporters in Jerusalem. “We are going to make sure we do more infrastructure investments here,” he added in a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In their closed-door meeting, the two agreed to “ramping up the pressure” against Iran. “We have seen in recent years that pressure is the only thing that arrests the forward movement of the Iranian nuclear program and pressure is the only thing that rolls back Iran’s aggression in the region,” Netanyahu told Mnuchin, as he welcomed the Treasury Secretary on his second official visit to Israel.

Netanyahu also praised the strong Israel-U.S. partnership in a range of fields, including in their “common approach to preventing aggression” in the Middle East, notably joint efforts to confront and contain Tehran’s hegemonic ambitions in the region including in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Ahead of sanctions that the U.S. is poised to impose on Iran's energy sector in early November, the Treasury Secretary said, "This is a very important part of exiting the JCPOA [the nuclear deal with Iran] and our plan to make sure that there are never nuclear weapons in Iran. Not now, not in ten years, never."



Israeli Martial-Arts NGO that Trains Jews and Arabs Wins Award for Promoting Coexistence

When does fighting contribute to fostering peace? When it’s part of an Israeli-run martial arts program that trains young Jews and Arabs in Israel, the Palestinian Authority territories and the wider Middle East.

Budo for Peace was named NGO of the Year at the 2018 Peace and Sport Regional Forum last week in Rhodes, Greece.

The group’s nomination for the Peace and Sport Award followed its February 2018 annual international seminar, which included 80 international senseis (teachers) and 800 Jewish and Arab youth martial-arts representatives from as far afield as Iran and Greece.

Nearly 2,000 youth have participated in a Budo for Peace class or seminar over the organization’s 14 years of operation.

Budo for Peace founder Danny Hakim says that only by bringing together communities “across religious, cultural and political boundaries” can we promote “peaceful initiatives and lead children … by example.”

Most of Budo for Peace’s classes are held for Jewish or Arab Israelis separately. There are classes in Lod, Kiryat Malachi, Kiryat Gat, Jisr-az-Zarqa, Tamra, Ra’anana, Givat Shmuel and other communities across Israel.

The coexistence part kicks in when senior martial arts advisers to the Jewish groups come from Arab and Muslim communities, including the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco. Budo for Peace also organizes visits by Israeli students to these destinations.

Hakim said that “even just by making sure that people from diverse origins, religions and political backgrounds get to meet each other, and interact in an environment that lends itself to equality and effective exchange of perspective – as is the case with our Budo for Peace platform – we believe we have achieved half the magic.”

(via Israel21c)


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