Iran: "We Will Help Any Country Fighting the Zionist Regime and the United States"
- Lt.-Col. (ret.) Michael Segall (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces Brig.-Gen. Abolfazi Shekarchi claimed that there is no Iranian military presence in Syria, only Iranian advisors.
He added that Iran also provides military advice to Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen, which are part of the "resistance front."
He said that "any country that opposes the Zionist regime and the bloodthirsty United States will receive assistance from Iran."
See also Iran Activates Terror Cells Against Saudi Arabia
- Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
On Sept. 23, 2020, Saudi Arabia revealed a terrorist cell, three of whose operatives had been trained in Iran by the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
Weapons recovered included explosive bricks, electrical detonators, Kalashnikov rifles and Heckler & Koch sniper rifles.
Pictures of the captured explosives are similar to those linked to Iran in Yemen and Bahrain and, in a slightly different configuration, in Iraq.
The writer is a senior research fellow at the Jerusalem Center.
Caronavirus Cases Surge in Jordan
- Suleiman Al-Khalidi (Reuters
Jordan on Wednesday recorded 1,767 new cases of Covid-19, its highest daily tally since the start of the outbreak.
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Clinical Trial at Hadassah Hospital: 5 Serious Corona Patients Now Healthy
- Tzvi Joffre (Jerusalem Post
Five patients recently discharged from Hadassah Medical Center were healthy and coronavirus-free after taking part in the first clinical trial of an innovative treatment. All five had been hospitalized in serious or critical condition.
The drug Allocetra is based on research conducted by Prof. Dror Mevorach, director of the internal medicine and coronavirus departments at Hadassah.
Mevorach explained, "Its activity is carried out by treating cells taken from a healthy donor and engineering them in the laboratory in a way that, when they are injected into the patient's body, will control the inflammation or storm of cytokines that is very harmful to patients."
See also Allocetra Immune Rebalancing
Proliferation of Weapons Widespread among West Bank Clans
- Ahmad Melhem (Al-Monitor
Palestinian security services intensified in September their security operations in the West Bank in pursuit of individuals who have used arms during family quarrels.
Louay Arziqat, a spokesman for the Palestinian police, said that since the beginning of the year there have been 37 murders, up 42% over last year.
On Sept. 18, in southern Hebron, a quarrel between families degenerated into armed clashes, during which firearms, including machine guns, were used, and several homes and vehicles were set ablaze.
On Sept. 17, a young man and two girls were killed northeast of Bethlehem, shot by four armed people who stopped the vehicle and opened fire due to a family dispute.
The Palestinian security services might sometimes make arrests, but the widespread proliferation of weapons among families and clans will prevent them from eradicating this phenomenon.
Israeli Startups Raised $1.1 Billion in September
Israeli startups raised $1.1 billion in September, according to Start-Up Nation Central.
After raising a record $8.3 billion in 2019, Israeli tech companies
have raised $7.6 billion in the first nine months of 2020.
Czechs to Acquire Israeli Air Defense System in $400 Million Deal
(AP-Stars and Stripes
Czech Republic Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said Friday his government wants to buy the Spyder air defense system from Israel to replace its obsolete, Soviet-era anti-aircraft system.
The Czech military said it had analyzed nine systems from seven producers before deciding on the Israeli one.
Israeli Soccer Player Signs for Dubai Club
Israeli soccer player Diaa Sabia, 27, currently an attacking midfielder with China's Guangzhou R&F, signed a two-year contract with Dubai's Al-Nasr, the club said Sunday.
Sabia was born in northern Israel and played for several Israeli clubs.
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News Resources - North America, Europe, and Asia:
- UN Nuclear Watchdog Inspects Second Iranian Site
The International Atomic Energy Agency has inspected the second of two suspected former secret atomic sites in Iran, the agency said on Wednesday. (Reuters)
- Iran Is Helping Venezuela to Form Popular Mobilization Force
Former Chief-Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Maj.-Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, says Iran is transferring its experience to countries like Venezuela that are "standing against the U.S." and is helping Venezuela to form a mobilization force like the IRGC Popular Mobilization Force used to suppress social uprisings. Safavi also said, "We gave gasoline to Venezuela and received gold bars, and carried the bars to Iran by plane." (Radio Farda)
- Gaza Peace Activists Face Hamas Prison for Holding Video Call with Israelis - Adam Rasgon
Palestinian military prosecutors in Gaza have charged three Palestinian peace activists with "weakening revolutionary spirit" for their role in holding a video call with Israelis in April that drew more than 200 participants on Zoom. Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, took issue with the decision to charge the activists in a military court.
(New York Times)
- Kuwait Emir Dies Aged 91
The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, 91, who has ruled Kuwait since 2006, has died. Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who became prime minister in 2003, was sworn in as the nation's new emir on Wednesday.
(Arab News-Saudi Arabia)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
- Netanyahu Reveals Hizbullah Weapons Depot near Beirut Airport
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday via video:
"The expanding circle of peace...will make peace between Israelis and Palestinians more likely. Palestinian leaders will increasingly realize that they no longer have a veto over peace and progress in our region, and hopefully, those leaders will ultimately decide to make peace with the Jewish state. And when that happens, Israel will be ready...to end our conflict with the Palestinians once and for all."
"We all saw the terrible explosion at Beirut port last month....Now, here is where the next explosion could take place. Right here [referring to a map]. This is the Beirut neighborhood of Janah. It's right next to the international airport. And here, Hizbullah is keeping a secret arms depot. This secret arms depot, right here, is adjacent, a meter away, from a gas company. These are gas canisters. Right here. It's a few meters away from a gas station. It's fifty meters away from the gas company. Here are more gas trucks. And it's embedded in civilian housing....If this thing explodes, it's another tragedy." (Prime Minister's Office)
See also Video: Prime Minister Netanyahu's Speech to the UN (YouTube)
See also IDF Reveals Two More Hizbullah Missile Sites in Beirut - Judah Ari Gross
The Israel Defense Forces identified two more Hizbullah missile sites in Beirut Tuesday night, in addition to the one Prime Minister Netanyahu revealed to the UN. One site is an underground facility built beneath four seven-story apartment buildings east of Beirut International Airport.
The second site is also a subterranean facility, located under five apartment buildings. (Times of Israel)
See also Netanyahu Highlights Hizbullah Use of Human Shields - A War Crime - Prof. Orde Kittrie (Foundation for Defense of Democracies)
- Coronavirus in Israel: Nearly 9,000 New Cases
8,919 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, the Israel Health Ministry reported Thursday. 810 patients are in serious condition, of whom 206 are ventilated. (Last Thursday there were 667 people in serious condition and 164 on ventilators.) The death toll is 1,571 (up from 1,335 last Thursday). There are 68,811 active patients. The most affected cities are Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, and Ashdod. (Ynet News)
- U.S. Amb. Friedman: Sovereignty Issue Suspended, Not Cancelled - Khaled Abu Toameh
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Israel Army Radio on Wednesday that the plan to apply Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank has been suspended. "The word that we chose was to suspend the declaration of sovereignty," Friedman said. "It means temporarily. It could take a year or two or more before we are back to that issue. We already made it clear that the issue has been postponed - that doesn't mean that it's cancelled. It just means that for the time being, it's on pause; it's not off the table." (Jerusalem Post)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis:
- This reasoning that hate groups promote hate and that studying the Holocaust will prevent hate prompted the establishment of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1980 and continues to undergird Holocaust education. But is there any evidence that Holocaust education decreases hatred of the Jews among those Americans who are susceptible to it?
- Already 30 years ago in Commentary, noted historian Lucy Dawidowicz raised serious concerns about the outcomes of Holocaust-related projects. Her study identified problems including a failure to suggest that anti-Semitism had any history before Hitler. What's more, Holocaust education is routinely appropriated for activist agendas.
- The destruction of European Jewry was not about hate. The mass murder of 6 million Jews began as part of an electoral process in which a party came to power by organizing politics against the Jews. Hitler ran on this platform and used it in the conquest of other nations, inviting their citizens to join in the killing and plundering of the Jews. Some people organized against Jews without hating them.
- Holocaust education distorts by equating evil with Nazism. The Soviets in their Gulag and forced famine in Ukraine killed more than the Nazis did in their death camps. Weaponizing the Holocaust against Nazism detracts attention from other ongoing anti-Jewish and anti-Western forces.
- American students are learning about the Jews first and foremost as victims of the Nazis. Yet, historically speaking, Jews are demonstrably the opposite of victims - they are builders, creators, innovators, facilitators, perpetually adaptive, the model of entrepreneurial resilience under circumstances beyond imagining.
- The Jews applied their energies to doing what had been considered impossible and resurrected their sovereign country.
Any true "Never Again" project should trace this instead of telling only half the story.
The writer is Professor of Yiddish Literature and Comparative Literature Emerita at Harvard University.
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