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Two additional aid workers accused of assisting Hamas in the Gaza Strip

Posted by Tip Staff - August 09, 2016


Just days after it was reported that the Gaza branch manager of World Vision, a Christian aid organization, was diverting donation money to Hamas, news broke this week that individuals in two other charitable organizations have also been accused of funneling money to the terrorist group. The internationally-backed United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and global nonprofit Save the Children are the latest organizations to have staffers implicated in ties to Hamas. Save the Children announced Monday that it would be investigating Israeli claims that one of its employees had been recruited by Hamas. Waheed Borsh, an employee of the UNDP based in Gaza, was indicted Tuesday for assisting Hamas. Two summers ago, an internal United Nations audit of the UNDP in Gaza found that the organization had allowed “non-staff contract employees to handle ‘core’ procurement processes that only staffers are supposed to handle, including those for ordering up ‘significant’ civil construction activities.” The upshot of these irregularities was the existence of “a possible black hole in Gaza and the other Palestinian territories for at least a year before the current explosion of terrorism [Hamas' launching of rockets that brought about Operation Protective Edge].”
“The fact that the donating world, which is recruited to help refugees and the needy, doesn’t understand that its cash is being pumped for terror uses… it is a naive world to the point of being hideous,” said Avi Dichter, chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and former chief of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency. In a radio interview, Dichter estimated that nearly all United Nations workers in Gaza are members of Hamas. “UN schools in Gaza long ago stopped being just schools," he added. "All these services and places are refuges for Hamas terrorists and commanders."
Hamas’ infiltration of NGOs operating in the Palestinian territories is rampant and well-documented. All humanitarian assistance into Gaza is taxed to the benefit of Hamas, contributing to its status as the world’s second-richest terrorist organization – surpassing even Al-Qaeda.


Yarden Gerbi, the 2013 world judo champion and seven-time Israeli titleholder, defeated Miku Tashiro of Japan to win the Olympic bronze medal in the women’s under-63 kilogram (139 pound) class Tuesday. She is the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal since windsurfer Shahar Tzuberi won a bronze medal in windsurfing in 2008.The 27-year-old from Netanya, returning to the city where she won her world championship, scored a yuko and a waza-ari by throwing Tashiro to the ground twice within 30 seconds.
Gerbi advanced to the medal round by defeating 16th-ranked Maricet Esposa of Cuba by completing an ippon and throwing Espinosa on her back. She was then upset by Brazilian Mariana Silva in a controversial decision—former judoka Yael Arad, the first Israeli ever to have won an Olympic medal when she won bronze in 1992, told reporters that judges, possibly influenced by the hometown crowd, “stole” Gerbi’s victory by not penalizing Silva for stalling. Undaunted by the controversy, Gerbi went on to vanquish 12th-ranked Yang Junxia with a hip throw waza-ari with less than a minute remaining to reach the bronze medal round.
Other Israeli judokas have not had as much luck at the Rio games. Sagi Muki lost the bronze medal match on Monday, and Golan Pollack, who won the bronze at last year’s world championships, was upset less than two minutes into the first round by Mathews Punza of Zambia, who is ranked 112th in the world.
The Tower Magazine’s August 2016 photo essay documents the journeys of Gerbi and other Israeli Olympians. (via TheTower.org)

In the global race to find potent weapons against hospital-acquired infections — affecting 511 million patients worldwide at a cost of $12 billion per year in Europe alone – an Israeli startup is putting its money on a method for embedding zinc-oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles onto natural and synthetic fabrics. Founded in 2014, Nano Textile licensed the proprietary technology from the tech-transfer company of Bar-Ilan University, where it was developed by chemistry Prof. Aharon Gedanken. ZnO is known for its antibacterial properties even against antibiotic-resistant strains, and has been approved by the FDA as safe. Gedanken’s method uses ultrasound radiation to form colorless ZnO nanoparticles that are then “thrown” onto the textile’s surface at high speed so they strongly adhere. “The main advantages of the technology is that it can apply antibacterial properties to any kind of readymade fabric, the treatment does not at all alter the fabric’s color, and the entire process is extremely cost-effective,” explains Gedanken, an adviser to the company. “In a hospital setting, for example, our technology can be used for inserting antibacterial characteristics to staff uniforms, patients’ pajamas, linen, blankets and curtains, in order to significantly reduce morbidity and mortality and in parallel reduce hospitalization costs.” (via Israel21c)


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