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Posted by Tip Staff - December 17, 2018

Women's March in Washington State Disbands Citing Farrakhan Ties to National Leadership
FM of Bahrain Defends Australia's Recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's Capital
Israeli Army Locates Fourth Hezbollah Attack Tunnel
Student at Israel's Bar-Ilan University Wins Int'l Business Competition

Women's March in Washington State Disbands Citing Farrakhan Ties to National Leadership

The Women's March movement of Washington State has announced its dissolution over the ties leaders of the national organization have with anti-Semitic preacher Rev. Louis Farrakhan, The Spokesman-Review reported Friday.

Angie Beem, who served as president of Women's March Washington, announced the disbanding of the group in a statement on Facebook last Thursday.

In her statement, Beem wrote, "Because of the events happening at the national level and their refusal to acknowledge and apologize for their anti-Semitic stance, we have decided to dissolve our Women's March on Washington State organization in order to separate from the National message that is being sent, both from a social justice standpoint and a financial standpoint. We have conveyed the message, multiple times, that WMWS does not agree nor support their praise of Farrakhan and all he stands for."

She said that Women's March Washington State would now affiliate with another organization, Smart Politics, a move "that will allow us to help everyone without biases or discrimination."

Beem cited a recent article in Tablet Magazine about the Women's March that documented the anti-Semitic sentiments of a number of the national organization's leaders and how those leaders effectively took over the national organization.

She said that the decision to disband the state group was difficult, noting, "It’s heartbreaking. Whenever you create something that literally changed your life, it’s really hard to walk away from it."

But Beem faulted the national leadership of the Women's March, including Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez, for their ties to Farrakhan's Nation of Islam and for their "fame-hungry" attitude.

Despite the break from the national Women's March, local organizers in Washington still are calling on people to support local marches next month.

FM of Bahrain Defends Australia's Recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

In a surprise move, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa on Saturday defended Australia’s decision to recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it would not affect the establishment of a future Palestinian state, after the Arab League “strongly condemned” the decision, The Times of Israel reported.

Australia confirmed the decision early on Saturday, reversing decades of Middle East policy. In announcing the move, Prime Minister Scott Morrison reaffirmed Australia’s support for a two-state solution and said the country would not move its embassy to West Jerusalem immediately.

"Australia now recognises West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel," Morrison said. "We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical," he told reporters.

In response, the Arab League issued a statement blasting the Australian decision as "blatantly biased towards the positions and policies of the Israeli occupation” and “contrary to international law.” The organization warned that the move could have serious ramifications for Arab-Australian relations.

However, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa sharply criticized the Arab League for their “irresponsible statements,” and publicly defended Australia's decision to recognize West Jerusalem as Israel's capital on social media.

He clarified that “Australia’s position does not hamper the legitimate demands of the Palestinians and first and foremost East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. It also does not contradict the Arab Peace Initiative.”

Earlier this month, Al Khalifa defended Israel’s operation to expose and destroy Hezbollah’s cross-border tunnels. Bahrain and Israel have no formal diplomatic relations, but the Shiite-majority country shares with Israel concerns over Iran’s growing influence in the region and oppose Tehran’s military expansionism in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

In May, Bahrain officially supported Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression.

Israeli Army Locates Fourth Hezbollah Attack Tunnel

Israel announced that it had located a fourth Hezbollah terror tunnel that extended into Israel from Lebanon, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.

Though local authorities have been informed of the location of the tunnel, the army has not publicly announced its location. Like the other three tunnels the IDF has located, the most recently found one has been boobytrapped ahead of its destruction so that Hezbollah can't use it.

“Anyone who enters it from the Lebanese side endangers their life,” the IDF warned.

“The Lebanese government is responsible for the digging of the tunnels from Lebanese territory. This is a serious violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

Alex Fishman, military correspondent for Ynet, provided a history of the preparations for Operation Northern Shield, the operation the IDF launched in early December to discover and destroy Hezbollah's attack tunnels.

While the operation was publicly launched in the morning of December 3, the actual operation started the night before when engineering units were covertly transported to Israel's northern border. One vehicle, called the "Ant," has multiple sensors and can detect underground digging through rock. Though the IDF predicted that it would take one or two days to uncover the first tunnel, the first tunnel was actually exposed after just two hours.

Col. Shahar Beck, the commander of the IDF's Yahalom engineering unit told Fishman. "As a veteran commander in the army, I'm excited every time anew when I see the soldiers: the creativity, the initiative, the solutions they come up with... the war against the tunnels is a war of minds: the enemy is trying to hide, conceal, mislead—and doing so very skillfully. I don't dismiss the northern enemy or the southern one. But we're here until the threat is lifted."

Student at Israel's Bar-Ilan University Wins Int'l Business Competition

Meir Cohen, an MBA candidate at Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, has become the first Israeli ever to win first place in the global Capsim Challenge of business simulations.

The Capsim Challenge is a biannual competition that challenges contestants to run a multi-million dollar simulated company.

In the early stage of the competition, approximately 200 teams competed against a computer simulating five competing companies. Bar-Ilan’s teams achieved record results. Cohen reached first place in the qualifying round, while classmates Ron Shremi, Noy Elimelech, Naftali Stern and Amit Shlomovitz came in second.

In the finals, Cohen competed directly with teams of students from New York, Utah, Illinois, India and Thailand for seven consecutive hours, simulating eight years of management. Despite some ups and downs, Cohen succeeded in recovering and showing profitable earnings.

“The Bar-Ilan University School of Business Administration is the first in Israel to incorporate advanced simulation in its studies,” noted Raveh Harush, head of business simulation Capstone courses for MBA programs at Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.

“We are committed to gaining knowledge and exhibiting excellence in the international arena. This is the third consecutive year in which our students have made it to the finals.”

“For me the competition was a combination of an enriching intellectual challenge and a unique learning experience that combines the academic world with business reality,” said Cohen. “The guidance and personal support I received from Dr. Harush made the participation an unforgettable experience.”

(via Israel21c)

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