The United Nations: Purveyor of Anti-Semitism

Photo: UN General Assembly

(Photo: United Nations)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported that Hamas has admitted to committing war crimes by launching rockets at Israel from heavily populated civilian areas, though the world pays little attention. Yet the United Nations still seems intent on pursuing war crimes against Israel, a nation forced to defend itself against these terrorists. Anne Bayefsky, an international law and human rights attorney and the director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, writes that the U.N. is a leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism and has launched a legal pogrom against the Jewish state:

One does not honor the memory of Jews murdered by intolerance six decades ago by inciting murderous intolerance towards the remnant of the Jewish people in the here and now.

Incitement to hate, like declaring Israel to be racist – as does the UN Durban Declaration – is the flagship of the UN’s racist anti-racism program of action. In theory, the UN Charter demands equality both of individual men and women and of nations large and small. In reality, the UN mass-produces inequality for Jews and the Jewish nation.

  • 35% of all resolutions and decisions ever adopted by the UN’s top human rights body – the Human Rights Council – that are critical of the rights records of specific states condemn one state: Israel. That is antisemitism.
  • 50% of the emergency special sessions of the General Assembly over six decades were convened to denounce Israel; no emergency special session has been called on any other state in over thirty years. That is antisemitism.
  • The Human Rights Council has a fixed agenda with one item to condemn Israel at every session, and one item to consider the other 192 UN member states if “required.” That is antisemitism.
  • 70% of all the 2013 General Assembly resolutions criticizing specific countries for human rights abuses were about Israel. That is antisemitism.
  • The UN Division for Palestinian Rights denies entry to public meetings at UN Headquarters for individuals and NGOs that it discovers…
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:36 AM  | Stand for Israel

Which Side Is UNRWA On?

UNRWA-logo-724x1024As Operation Protective Edge brought Israel back into Gaza, it also brought the United Nations’ UNRWA agency back into the news. Much of this attention was due to the fact that terrorist rockets were found in UNRWA-run schools, while many more rockets were launched from such locations. Former national security adviser Elliott Abrams writes that while UNRWA has always been bad, now they seem to be even worse:

So now there are two compelling reasons to end UNRWA. Its cooperation with Hamas, and the way in which it has been permeated by Hamas, constitute one reason. The second is that UNRWA is engaged in the perpetuation and expansion of the “Palestinian refugee problem” rather than its solution …

In the decades of its existence, it has not solved or even diminished the Palesinian refugee problem; instead it has presided over a massive increase in its size, for all the descendants of Palestinian refugees are considered to be refugees as well. Once there were 750,000; now there are five million people considered by UNRWA to be “Palestinian refugees … ”

Which side is UNRWA on? Its supporters would say “on the side of Palestinian refugees,” but instead the agency appears to be on two other sides: its own, always expanding its own empire and responsibilities, and on the side of Hamas …

The Gaza war has illuminated once again the ways in which Hamas has been acting as a parasite feeding on this UN agency–to which the United States is the largest donor. Time for a change.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 8:34 AM  | Stand for Israel

Kangaroo Court

(Photo: flickr/ coalitionforicc)

(Photo: flickr/ coalitionforicc)

The United Nations has ordered an inquiry into possible human rights violations and war crimes committed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge. The Israeli government rightfully condemned the inquiry, certain that Israel’s actions during the conflict will be judged guilty no matter where the evidence may lead. Hamas, on the other hand, welcomed the U.N. commission, sure that it will serve the terror group’s agenda of isolating Israel internationally while further delegitimizing the Jewish state’s right to self-defense.

This U.N.-sponsored charade has been played out before. In 2009 at the conclusion of Operation Cast Lead, a similar ”fact finding” mission headed by Richard Goldstone condemned  both Hamas and Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity, while accusing Israel of deliberately targeting Palestinian civilians. The Israeli government sharply rejected the infamous “Goldstone Report” as prejudiced and erroneous, while Hamas urged world leaders to embrace the report, even though its findings were later retracted by Richard Goldstone himself. Regardless of this, the damage to Israel’s international standing and its ability to defend itself was already done.

Though the Goldstone Report did not result in Israeli politicians or military personnel being tried before the International Criminal Court, the threat of such action has influenced Israeli policy. Today, every IDF operation must be sanctioned by a team of international lawyers who advise the Israeli cabinet before giving their approval. This wreaks havoc on Israel’s ability to maneuver militarily during war.

To allay any fears that the latest human rights inquiry might actually be fair and balanced, William Schabas – an outspoken opponent of the Jewish state and a belligerent antagonist of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – was chosen to head the commission.

In 2011, Schabas co-sponsored a “Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity” conference in Iran. This conference accused Israel of practicing apartheid, while keeping close ties with the very Iranian regime that kidnaps opponents, murders dissidents, and calls Israel a cancer that must be eradicated. Some human rights!

In 2009, Schabas co-wrote a blog…

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 8:24 AM  | Stand For Israel

UNRWA: The Damage Done

(Photo: flickr/ amargretecom)

(Photo: flickr/ amargretecom)

In three separate incidents since the start of Operation Protective Edge, schools in Gaza being run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) were found to be stashing rockets – the very same rockets the IDF is trying to locate and destroy. In at least one of these cases, UNRWA returned the rockets they discovered to “local authorities” – Hamas – undoubtedly used them to launch attacks against Israeli civilians instead of handing them over to the Israeli army.

UNRWA was established in 1949 to provide various services to more than half a million Palestinian refugees after Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. But many people argue that UNRWA is fundamentally flawed, and has only exacerbated the issue of Palestinian refugees, who today number over five million.

The status and future placement of Palestinian refugees is one of the fundamental obstacles to peace between Israel and its neighbors. And while the Palestinian Authority and Hamas continue to call for the return of all refugees to their original neighborhoods within Israel proper – a scenario which would effectively bring an end to the Jewish state – it is UNRWA that has kept this fantasy alive.

All refugees across the globe – with the exception of Palestinian refugees – are tended to by the U.N. High Commission. This commission operates under guidelines established in 1951 and seeks to settle refugees as quickly as possible, and most frequently, in countries other than the ones from which they fled. UNRWA, whose only patrons are the Palestinians, states that those Palestinians who fled Israel in the course of the 1948 War, as well as their descendants, will retain refugee status so long as they do not return to the homes and villages from which they fled – villages and homes that no longer exist.

With over 30,000 personnel, many of whom are proud members of Hamas, UNRWA is the largest U.N. agency, and the only U.N. program dedicated to serving only one group of people –…

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 8:40 AM  | Stand For Israel

Rockets Found in UNRWA School for a Third Time

UNRWA-logo-724x1024Stand for Israel has been reporting on the recent frequency of terrorist rockets being found in United Nations-operated schools. And as we noted in today’s Daily Dispatch, rockets were again found in a UNRWA-run school in Gaza on Tuesday. The Times of Israel reports that this is the third such occurrence since the onset of Operation Protective Edge:

In its press release, UNRWA’s spokesperson said that the discovery was made during a routine inspection of the school, “which was closed for the summer and not being used as a shelter.”

“All the relevant parties have been notified,” UNRWA said, without elaborating which parties. Hamas, the terror group that controls the Gaza Strip, has launched over 2,000 of rockets at Israel in the past month …

Despite announcing the discovery, UNRWA could not send a UN munitions expert to disarm and remove the weapons “because of fighting in the vicinity,” it said in a statement. “But we hope to do as soon as the security conditions allow.”

It was not clear from the statement where the school was, how many rockets Hamas or one of the other Palestinian terror groups stored at the UN facility, or where the weapons are now.

Tuesday’s incident was the third instance in which Palestinian armaments were found in UN facilities in the Gaza Strip …

In Jerusalem, officials charged that the weaponry was returned to Hamas. “The rockets were passed on to the government authorities in Gaza, which is Hamas. In other words, UNRWA handed to Hamas rockets that could well be shot at Israel,” a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 9:37 AM  | Stand For Israel

The U.N. Human Wrongs Council

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(Photo: wikipedia)

The United Nations is at it once again. This week we’ve reported on the rockets found in U.N.-operated schools in Gaza, and the U.N.’s giving of said rockets back to Hamas. And yesterday we told you about the U.N. Human Rights Council voting for a resolution to investigate Israel for its actions during the current Operation Protective Edge. Former national security adviser Elliott Abrams, always an intelligent voice of reason, writes at Israel Hayom that this is an unfair resolution and that the U.S. – even as it was the one vote for Israel – should not be part of such a council:

This is a biased, one-sided, mendacious resolution. The word “Hamas” is not mentioned. The firing of thousands of rockets into Israel is not mentioned. The massive system of attack tunnels through which Hamas terrorists have entered Israel is not mentioned. The fact that Hamas hides weapons in U.N. schools is not mentioned …

The United States erred in joining up in 2009, and the returns are in. The experiment failed. Until the council stops its biased and one-sided actions, and stops throwing fuel on the flames in the Middle East, we should disengage. Council members such as China, Cuba, and Russia (yes, all three are, amazingly enough, members) will not recognize moral clarity, but very many Americans will.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 8:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

Why Nobody But the U.S. Voted Against the U.N.’s Anti-Israel Resolution

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(Photo: wikicommons/ russavia)

Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved a resolution that condemned what it calls “the widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms arising from the Israeli military operations,” and called for an inquiry committee to investigate Israel’s actions during the current Operation Protective Edge. Writing at The Times of Israel, Raphael Ahren looks at the U.N.’s continued bias against the Jewish state, as well as the fact that the United States was the lone nation to stand for Israel:

Only the United States voted against the resolution. Twenty-nine nations voted in favor, among them not only the usual suspects such as Saudi Arabia, Algeria and South Africa, but also some ostensible friends of Israel, including Russia, Kenya, India and Mexico.

Equally hurtful for Israel, if not more so, were the abstentions of the eight European Union member states who had the right to vote: Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom …

The resolution does not mention Hamas once.

For Israel, the vote was another heavy slap in the face. Because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hesitated before launching the Gaza campaign and accepted several ceasefire offers, officials were sure of the international community’s (relative) support for Operation Protective Edge. But statements reiterating Israel’s right to defend itself are apparently no guarantee of supportive votes at the UN.

“It’s a travesty of justice; it’s a travesty of fairness; it’s a travesty of common sense; it’s a travesty of truth,” Netanyahu said Thursday …

Let us be thankful that Israel still has those who stand with them, and pray that God will continue to watch over the Holy Land and its friends.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 1:15 PM  | Stand For Israel

Did the United Nations Give Rockets to Hamas?

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(Photo: flickr/ dbwhitcon)

As we reported yesterday, a second stash of terrorist rockets have been found hidden in a U.N.-run school in Gaza. The first group of rockets – found in a similar school last week – were handed over to the police, The Daily Beast reports … except this police force is connected to the very terrorists who wish to launch them at Israel:

When 20 rockets were discovered last week in a U.N.-funded school in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees was quick to condemn the storage of weapons of war in a building meant to educate children.

But rather than turn them over to a third party, or arrange for their disposal, the agency, known as UNRWA, handed them over to the local police force, which was established by Hamas, and is believed to be under the militant group’s control. In other words, the supposedly neutral agency may have given weapons to one of the combatants in a conflict that has claimed more than 360 lives in the past two weeks.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 AM  | Stand For Israel

For Second Time, Rockets Found at U.N. School in Gaza

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(Photo: flickr/ ismpalestine)

Both last week and in yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, Stand for Israel brought you news of terrorist rockets found hidden in Gaza schools. Today, The Times of Israel reports that rockets were again uncovered in a school operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA):

Israeli officials reacted furiously to the discovery. “How many more schools will have to be abused by Hamas missile squads before the international community will intervene,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor told The Times of Israel. “How many times can it turn its head the other way and pretend that it just doesn’t see?”

Another senior official pointed out that UNRWA has a history of letting Hamas use its facilities for its terrorist activities. “Time and again, over the years, UNRWA has been abused by gunmen from different terrorist factions who are using UN facilities to stockpile weapons, to fire rockets from, to steal UNRWA humanitarian equipment and to cause damage and fire in UNRWA’s hangars,” a senior Foreign Ministry official told The Times of Israel.

“Against all evidence, UNRWA refuses to acknowledge reality and pathetically attempts to ingratiate itself with Hamas, pretending that nothing serious has happened,” the senior official said. “This is a classic case of beaten-wife syndrome, which we have been witnessing for years from UNRWA. The people of Gaza, and indeed taxpayers from countries who contribute to UNRWA’s budget — including Israel — deserve better.”

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 3:57 PM  | Stand For Israel

The Scorpions at the U.N.

(Photo: wikicommons/ Henry Mühlpfordt)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Henry Mühlpfordt)

As we reported in Stand for Israel Daily Dispatch, the mother of kidnapped teen Naftali Frenkel – joined by the mothers of Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar – spoke at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today. While one can imagine no more moving speaker than a mother missing her son, Ruthie Blum writes at Israel Hayom that we shouldn’t expect the U.N. to give Israel a fair shake:

Indeed, since the June 12 abduction of the Israeli teenagers, the U.N. has been focusing ‎solely on the response of the Israeli government to the kidnapping.‎

Considering that time is of the essence when searching for captives — who might be ‎wounded or undergoing torture — the behavior of the Israel Defense Forces and the public ‎at large has been exemplary, if not mild. This is particularly the case since Operation ‎Brother’s Keeper has uncovered an extensive network of tunnels and explosives labs ‎throughout the West Bank.‎

Yet in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening, U.N. ‎Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed “concern” about the restrictions on movement ‎and mass arrests of Palestinians.‎

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