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The Daily TIP: With His Resignation, Boris Johnson Once Again Betrays British-Iranian Hostage

Posted by Tip Staff - July 12, 2018

With His Resignation, Boris Johnson Once Again Betrays British-Iranian Hostage
Legal Scholars Assail Irish Anti-Israel Legislation as Discriminatory
Argentina Requests Extradition of Iranian Official Implicated in AMIA Attack
All-Star Draymond Green of NBA Champion Golden State Warriors Visits Israel

With His Resignation, Boris Johnson Once Again Betrays British-Iranian Hostage

On his way out, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has betrayed yet again the trust of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual citizen currently lingering in an Iranian jail on what can only be described as trumped-up charges.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who worked for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation, was detained in April 2016 at an Iranian airport while travelling home to London with her young daughter. Already serving a five-year sentence on spying charges, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was brought before a court in May 2018 accused of spreading propaganda against the Iranian regime.

Although her family has always insisted that Zaghari-Ratcliff’s stay in Iran was strictly of private nature – and there’s no reason to question them – Johnson, in a statement to parliament in November 2017 caused outrage when he suggested that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been “teaching people journalism” in Iran.

His reckless remarks were seized by Iranian authorities to proof that the British mother was indeed a threat to the mullah regime. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was brought back into court and accused by a judge of spreading propaganda.

Johnson’s betrayal could cost her an additional five years in jail, or worse.

The latest, and final, betrayal came with his resignation on Monday. At the time of his departure, Johnson had been in contact with Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family over the possibility to provide her with diplomatic protection. A decision from the Foreign Office was apparently imminent.

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Legal Scholars Assail Irish Anti-Israel Legislation as Discriminatory

Legislation that passed the Irish Senate, known also as Seanad Éireann, which would criminalize commercial dealings with Israeli businesses in the West Bank would constitute "unprecedented state-sanctioned discrimination," according to a legal expert, The Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday.

Brooke Goldstein, the executive director of the Lawfare Project, said that her organization "will do everything in our power to prevent this unprecedented state-sanctioned discrimination from becoming law in Ireland.”

The legislation was described by TheJC as seeking "to outlaw any goods or services produced by an Israeli person based beyond the armistice lines agreed at the end of the Six Day War in 1967."

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 25-20 with 14 abstentions.

The penalties in the proposed law include fines up to 250,000 euro ($292, 000) and five years in jail.

While the Irish government opposes the law, it is a minority government and may not be able to prevent its eventual passage.

Eugene Kontorovich, a professor of international law at Northwestern University, pointed out on Twitter that the standard the Irish legislation adopts for "occupied territory," applies only to the West Bank and not to any other disputes such as Western Sahara or Northern Cyprus.

The arbitrary nature of the law, Kontorovich observed, shows that criticism of Israel for "settlements" is "not about [international] law at all."

He also noted that the law would put U.S. companies that have a presence in Ireland in a bind, "who will face penalties under US boycott laws for complying."

Argentina Requests Extradition of Iranian Official Implicated in AMIA Attack

An Argentine judge investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires has requested that Russia extradite Ali Akbar Velayati, a close adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Wednesday.

Velayati, who is in Russia this week to build support for the 2015 nuclear deal, was Iran's foreign minister at the time of the terror attack. Velayati and seven other Iranian officials have been implicated for their role in the bombing, which killed 85 people and injured hundreds more. Interpol, however, rejected a request to issue a red notice — the equivalent of an international arrest warrant — for Velayati.

Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, who is investigating the AMIA bombing, requested the extradition. He had previously made requests to Iraq, Malaysia, and Singapore to extradite Velayati, but to no avail.

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who accused former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing, was found dead under mysterious circumstances the night before he was scheduled to present his case to an Argentine congressional committee in January 2015.

In June, an Argentine court ruled that Nisman was killed as a "direct consequence" of his investigation into Kirchner's role in covering up the AMIA bombing.

All-Star Draymond Green of NBA Champion Golden State Warriors Visits Israel

NBA All-Star and Golden State Warrior championship basketball player Draymond Green visited Israel on a four-day tour organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).

During the trip, Green met with Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, in Jerusalem. He presented Rivlin with a Warriors jersey.

“It’s not everyday you get to meet an All-Star! I hope this will be only your first visit to Israel, come back and visit us soon,” Rivlin tweeted.

Green also visited the base of an Israel Border Police counter-terrorism unit, Yamam. He played basketball with members of the squad and learned how they defend Israeli civilians. He presented the unit’s commander with a Golden State Warriors jersey bearing his number, 23.

FIDF’s Midwest Region executive director, Tamir Oppenheim, said Green “is such a role model for millions of people in the United States, and so we recognize how valuable his support is to FIDF and the State of Israel.”

(via Israel21c)

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