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12 Jul 2018 (All day)
Iranian Diplomat Avoids Arrest in Russia Despite International Warrant
A federal judge in the South American nation of Argentina issued a request to Russian officials on Wednesday to honor an international arrest warrant for senior Iranian diplomat Alí Akbar Velayati, who was in Moscow Wednesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite being wanted in connection with the 1994 bombing attack against the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires. Russia did not honor the Argentinian request and Velayati issued a triumphant press statement hailing the close strategic ties between the two countries.

In related news, aelf-described “human rights group” Amnesty International took a break from its obsessive criticism of Israel this week to issue a statement condemning Iran for publicly flogging a man accused of having consumed an alcoholic beverage at a birthday party in 2008. "The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities’ warped priorities," said Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Director Philip Luther.

China Pledges Massive Aid Package to Arab States
Chinese President Xi Jinping told officials and leaders of Arab countries this week that his government is prepared to provide as much as $20 billion in development loans for “projects that will produce good employment opportunities and positive social impact in Arab states that have reconstruction needs,” he said. “Chinese and Arab peoples, though far apart in distance, are as close as family. China welcomes opportunities to participate in the development of ports and the construction of railway networks in Arab states” as part of a “logistics network connecting Central Asia with East Africa and the Indian Ocean with the Mediterranean.”

Israel Hosts World Lacrosse Championship
The World Lacrosse Championship (WLC) got underway in Israel on Wednesday, with opening ceremonies in Netanya. Thousands of players, coaches, officials and fans have arrived in the Holy Land to take part in the tournament. In other sports news, NBA star Draymond Green has received a great deal of hate mail online following his recent tour of Israel as a guest of the Friends of the IDF.

“You got played,” wrote Shaun King, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist and political commentator, on Twitter. “Flashing a toothy grin w/ a sniper rifle in Israel on a trip sponsored by Friends of the IDF is so horribly offensive. They’ve recently slaughtered 100s of unarmed Palestinians w/ those rifles.”

Netanyahu Brings Cancer Patients to FIFA Match in Russia
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, were the guests of Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday evening for a viewing of the FIFA World Cup semifinal in Moscow, brining with them two guests of their own. “We decided to bring two wonderful children who are bravely battling cancer,” Netanyahu said, adding the name of the guests, 18-yearold Mika Lipsker from Katzir and 13-year-old Alon Izraev from Petah Tikva. “It is very exciting for us that we can make this dream come true for them [the kids].”

Irish Senate Votes to Join BDS Movement
Following a vote by the Irish Senate Wednesday to pass legislation criminalizing trade with Israeli companies operating in eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights, Alison Kelly, Dublin’s ambassador to Israel, gave an interview with the Jerusalem Post. “One of the points I always make to the Israelis is that I represent the government and the government opposed the bill in January and it opposed it today.” “The Irish government has consistently opposed the policy of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions in relation to Israel and we regularly say this publicly.”

She added that “The government opposed the bill for legal and political reasons but support for it in Ireland is a sign of the deep concern at continued settlement activity, which we believe seriously jeopardizes the prospect for peace and the two-state solution. We firmly oppose all settlement construction. Events on the ground at the moment in Gaza, the demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and announcement of settlement construction renders the task more difficult in opposing the bill…we will continue to work to foster and to build wider links and to improve positive engagement with Israel in spite of the issues on which we disagree.”

Today’s video shows yet another way that Israel is blessing the world

 

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