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White House Refusing to Censure Iranian Human Rights Abuses

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12 Jul 2016
White House Refusing to Censure Iranian Human Rights Abuses
Reports out of Iran indicate that the clerical regime has indicted several dual-nationals, including an Iranian-American businessman, a British charity worker and a Canadian academic, who were arrested while visiting the land of their birth. Authorities are refusing to say on what grounds the indictments were issued aside from vague references to suspicions of “espionage”. Meanwhile, Iranian officials reiterated their complaints this week that the economic benefits they hoped to receive after signing the JCPOA nuclear agreement last year have not yet materialized.
In related news, the US Congress is expected to pass legislation this week imposing new sanctions on Iran, although the sponsors of the bills conceded that these efforts are largely meant to draw attention to the issue of Iran’s continued human rights abuses, support for terrorism and other malignant behavior as US President Barak Obama has already said he will veto any legislation which endangers the JCPOA, which his administration considers their greatest foreign policy achievement.
Here is a video offering some analysis of these issues 

UNESCO Demands Israel Cease Activity in Jerusalem’s Old City
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) issued a public demand on Monday that Israel halt all archeological and restoration work in Jerusalem’s Old City, while it discusses the submission of a draft resolution which denies any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount. Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold sent a letter to UNESCO in response, telling it it is “disconnected from reality.”

“As the historical heritage sites of this area are being systematically destroyed by jihadist forces, such as the Islamic State, in Syria and Iraq, UNESCO’s adoption of utterly false allegations about Israeli archeological practices is misplaced and hypocritical, at best,” Gold said. “We urge you to oppose this effort to distort history, which will offend the members of the Jewish and Christian faiths, and undermine the credibility of UNESCO in the future.”

Israelis Advised to Avoid Travel to South Sudan
Israeli citizens are being advised to avoid South Sudan as the young country appears to be once again slipping into civil war. The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid (IsraAID) announced on Monday that one of its workers is trapped in the capital of Juba and in need of emergency extraction.

Hamas Suffers Diplomatic Setbacks
The Islamist terror militia Hamas issued a statement Sunday condemning former Saudi Intelligence Chief Turki al-Faisal for his remarks in Paris on Saturday in which he said, among other things, that Iran was using Hamas to destabilize the Middle East for its own nefarious purposes which have nothing to do with helping the Palestinian people. The comments are the latest blow to Hamas following recent moves by Turkey and Egypt, erstwhile allies of Hamas, to improve relations with Israel.

Israel Blesses the World
A new treatment developed by researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem shows great promise in protecting the brain from the effects of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) such as commonly occurs among children at play, athletes in contact sports and others. “This research demonstrates the potential for TXM-peptides to significantly reduce cognitive impairment after mild traumatic brain injury,” said the leader of the research team.

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