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The Daily TIP: Yazidi Survivor, Nadia Murad, Named Co-Winner of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by Tip Staff - October 08, 2018

Yazidi Survivor, Nadia Murad, Named Co-Winner of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
Merkel: Palestinians Must Accept Israel as Jewish State
MK Oren Praises Morocco for Introducing Holocaust Education to Fight Anti-Semitism
NASA, Israel Space Agency Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Unmanned Lunar Mission

Yazidi Survivor, Nadia Murad, Named Co-Winner of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Yazidi human rights activist, Nadia Murad, for her efforts to eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, The Times of Israel reported Friday. Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who treats victims of sexual violence, shared the award with Murad.

Murad, a Yazidi woman from Kocho in the Shingal region in northern Iraq, was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants and later became the face of a global campaign to free the Yazidi people. She managed to escape captivity after three months and chose to speak about her experience. Since that time, Murad has raised global awareness for the genocide committed against her community.

The Islamic State terrorist group invaded the Shingal region on August 3, 2014. According to data from the Kurdistan Ministry of Religious Affairs, 1,193 individuals were slaughtered on the first day of the attack alone. Murad saw six of her brothers killed and her mother executed for being too old to serve as a slave.

Last year in July, Murad visited Israel for the first time, where she raised awareness for the plight of her people and explained how it relates to Jewish suffering during the Holocaust.

“My visit here today is to ask you to recognize the genocide being committed against my people, in light of our peoples’ common history of genocide,” Murad said in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

She added, “I respect how you rebuilt a global Jewish community in the wake of genocide. This is a journey that lies ahead of my community.”

Merkel: Palestinians Must Accept Israel as Jewish State

While reiterating her support for a two-state solution for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported the Israeli demand that the Palestinian Authority accept Israel as a Jewish state, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Merkel, who wound up her two-day trip to Israel Thursday, answered a question to the Times, saying that she "asked questions" about Israel's recently passed Jewish state bill. The Chancellor continued, "And yet, we recognize the Jewish state. And if there is supposed to be peace, an enduring peace, between Israelis and Palestinians, then of course it cannot be that all states say Israel should be a Jewish state, with democratic rights for minorities that live here, but the Palestinians don’t say it."

PA President Mahmoud Abbas, on numerous occasions, has stated that he would never accept Israel as a Jewish state.

Earlier, Merkel had said that she planned to call Abbas and ask him questions about his views of peace talks with Israel, including his policies regarding Gaza. And while the Chancellor expressed a preference for a two-state solution, she allowed that there are "many other" possible ways to solve the conflict.

Merkel's suggestion that there could be other ways to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians echoes comments by President Donald Trump, who expressed ambivalence about a two-state solution in February 2017. Trump then said of other possible solutions, "if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best." However, Trump, in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week at the United Nations, said that he thought that a two-state solution is "what works best."

MK Oren Praises Morocco for Introducing Holocaust Education to Fight Anti-Semitism

The decision of Morocco's King Mohammad VI to incorporate Holocaust education in the nation's high-school curriculum has drawn praise from Israeli MK Michael Oren, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

A Moroccan news site, Le Desk, reported that the king's decision was initially publicized at a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last week by Morocco's Education Minister Said Amzazi.

The message from Mohammad VI was that anti-Semitism it the "antonym of freedom of expression." The king elaborated that anti-Semitism "manifests the negation of the other and is an admission of failure, insufficiency and inability to coexist."

"The battle against this plague can not be handled carelessly," Mohammad VI's message continued. "[The battle] is fought neither with the military nor with money, it above all depends on education and culture." He added, "This battle has a name: education. And in the interest of our children, it is important for us to win it because they will be the beneficiaries and our ambassadors in the future."

Oren praised the move, writing that the king "sent a profound moral message to the world." He added, "Anti Semitism & Holocaust denial is rising in the West, the leader of a proud Arab country is introducing Holocaust education into Moroccan schools with the goal of fighting anti-Semitism. There is indeed hope."

NASA, Israel Space Agency Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Unmanned Lunar Mission

The United States space agency, NASA, signed an agreement on October 3 with the Israel Space Agency to cooperatively utilize the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL’s commercial lunar mission, expected to land on the moon in 2019.

As a part of the agreement, a retro-reflector from NASA will be installed on SpaceIL’s unmanned spacecraft. This instrument reflects laser beams, which will enable NASA to locate the spacecraft precisely on the lunar surface after the landing.

NASA will grant SpaceIL access to its Deep Space Network communication services, and its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter — currently orbiting the Moon — will try to capture images of the Israeli spacecraft during its landing.

Also under the agreement, NASA will have access to data gathered by the magnetometer installed aboard the spacecraft. This instrument, developed in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, will measure the magnetic field on and above the landing site.

The agreement was signed by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Avi Blasberger, director of the Israel Space Agency, in the presence of SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby.

“I’m thrilled to extend progress in commercial cooperation we’ve made in low-Earth orbit to the lunar environment with this new agreement with the Israel Space Agency and SpaceIL,” said Bridenstine. “Innovative partnerships like this are going to be essential as we go forward to the Moon and create new opportunities there.”

SpaceIL competed in the Google Lunar XPRIZE and continues to work toward landing the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon. Together, NASA and SpaceIL will collaborate on analyzing the scientific data returned from the mission.

(via Israel21c )

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