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This Is How You Stand for Israel

Col. Richard Kemp, a retired British Army officer, writer, and friend of the Jewish state, appeared before the U.N. to speak about the IDF’s high standards, especially in regard to the most recent war in Gaza. Col. Kemp shows us all how – even in the face of international bias – to stand for Israel!

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Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 8:16 AM  | Stand For Israel

Bibi Blasts UN’s Ban: Your Remarks Are a Tailwind for Terror

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

Speaking to the United Nations Security Council earlier today, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon attributed the current wave of Palestinian terror facing Israel and her people to “human nature.” In response, reports The Jerusalem Post’s Danielle Ziri, PM Netanyahu said that such remarks only spur terror:

Earlier in the day, Ban condemned the current wave of Palestinian terror against Israel, but added that “it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”

“The secretary-general’s remarks provide a tailwind for terror. There is no justification for terror. Those Palestinians who murder do not want to build a state, they want to destroy a state and they say this openly,” Netanyahu said.

“They want to murder Jews for being Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights,” he added.

Netanyahu then attacked the United Nations in general.

“The United Nations long ago lost its neutrality and its moral force, and the secretary general’s remarks do not improve its standing,” Netanyahu said.

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at 2:30 PM  | Stand For Israel

UN Officially Recognizes Yom Kippur

(Photo: flickr/U.N. General Assembly)

(Photo: flickr/U.N. General Assembly)

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in Judaism. But until yesterday, the anti-Israel faction within the United Nations had kept it from being recognized as an official holiday. That has changed, reports Arutz Sheva’s Ben Ariel, thanks to the U.S. and Israel standing together to have the holy day officially recognized:

The decisive victory was achieved thanks to the cooperation between Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Danny Danon, who led the efforts on behalf of the Israeli Mission, and the United States Permanent Representative of the UN, Ambassador Samantha Power.

“Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish People, and the UN should have recognized this holiday many years ago. Today we finally have an official place for the Jewish religion in the world’s parliament”, Danon said on Thursday.

The partnership with the American prevented the anti-Israel majority at the UN from blocking the resolution.

“The American-Israeli partnership at the UN stands for good versus bad and right versus wrong. The value of justice, anchored in Jewish tradition and thought, will finally find its place in the family of nations, and be a part of the UN’s history”, Danon added.


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Friday, December 18th, 2015 at 7:47 AM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu and Obama Meet During UN Climate Summit in Paris

Photo: Israel Government Press Office/ASHERNET

Photo: Israel Government Press Office/ASHERNET

Israeli National News reports on a brief meeting between Netanyahu and Obama during a recent international climate change conference:

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held an impromptu meeting with US President Barack Obama at the sidelines of an international climate change conference in Paris Monday.

Netanyahu, who traveled to the UN summit last night along with Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay, took part in a brief “walking meeting” with the American leader, which lasted around 10 minutes.

At the conclusion of the meeting, which was summarized as “important” by sources close to the PM, Netanyahu held a brief meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 9:33 AM  | Stand for Israel

Don’t Let the UN Rewrite Biblical History

(Photo: wikicommons/Golasso)

(Photo: wikicommons/Golasso)

Last month, UNESCO passed a resolution listing the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb as Islamic sites, as reported by Arutz Sheva:

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution Wednesday listing the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem as Muslim sites.

The resolution – which passed with 26 in favor, six voted against, and 25 abstentions – condemned Israel for archaeological excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem and particularly near the Temple Mount…

We ask that you stand with us for Israel and sign our petition against this attempt to rewrite biblical history.

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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 1:17 PM  | Stand For Israel

First Time Ever: Egypt Votes for Israel at the UN

(Photo: UNOOSA)

(Photo: UNOOSA)

While so much of what we who stand for Israel hear is often bad news – from the current rash of terror facing Israeli citizens to the ever-present bias against the Jewish state by the international community – today we have a bit of good news. Arutz Sheva’s Ari Soffer reports that, for the first time ever, Egypt has voted in favor of Israel at the United Nations:

For the first time since Israel’s establishment in 1948, Egypt has voted in the Jewish state’s favor in the United Nations.

The vote came during elections for membership in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) late last week.

The vote for Israel triggered angry criticism among Arab social media users, with some even creating a hashtag “Egypt votes for Israel” to criticize the vote.

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 11:52 AM  | Stand For Israel

Iran’s Human Rights Remain Dismal After Nuclear Deal

(Photo: wikicommons/ Nick Taylor)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Nick Taylor)

Even as Iran advocated to the world for a nuclear deal – one that the world agreed to – the Islamic Republic still continued its hateful anti-Israel and anti-Western rhetoric. And, Newsweek’s Lucy Westcott reports, now that the agreement is done, the U.N. is somehow surprised that Iran’s human rights violations continue:

Iran’s human rights situation remains alarming and the country could execute more than 1,000 people this year despite the landmark nuclear deal that has opened up the country to international trade and investment, according to a new United Nations report.

In his annual report, published on Tuesday, the special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said the nuclear deal and lifting of economic sanctions on Iran “can potentially have a beneficial multiplier effect on the human rights situation in the country,” while noting that hundreds of executions still happen every year and women are treated as second-class citizens. Iran executes more people per capita than any other country in the world and last year executed 753 people, according to the report, which Shaheed will present to the U.N. later this week…

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 2:35 PM  | Stand For Israel

Outrage at Abbas and UNHRC

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

This morning, Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas briefed a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council. During the meeting, Abbas proceeded with vitriol against Israel – accusing the Jewish state of aggression against the Palestinian people despite the terror and incitement emanating from his own government and people.

The past few weeks have been devastating for Israel and the Jewish people, as lone-wolf attacks have left nearly a dozen dead, dozens more injured, and an entire population in fear. These attacks have been random, and without warning across the Jewish state. Parents have been shot to death in front of their children. A family of five was attacked by a firebomb. A teenaged boy was stabbed while riding his bicycle. Where is the world’s outrage? Why is Abbas given the platform to mislead the international community about the source of this violence?

According to Abbas, the formula for peace “is very simple.” The “…[Jewish] state must end occupation of land.” He failed to note that to him – and to the rest of the Palestinian population – this “occupation” is the very existence of the Jewish state. To Abbas, all Palestinian violence against Israel is justified because there should be no Israel.

After an hour of this vitriol, Abbas received a standing ovation from his audience. Words cannot describe our outrage.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 8:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

UNESCO Condemns Israeli “Aggression” on Temple Mount

(Photo: he.wikipedia/ אסף.צ)

(Photo: he.wikipedia/ אסף.צ)

Even as Palestinian terrorists increase their violent attacks on Israelis, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added to the incitement. The Times of Israel’s Raoul Wootliff and Raphael Ahren report that UNESCO has voted to condemn what it terms Israeli “aggression” on the Temple Mount:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization passed a resolution Wednesday condemning ongoing Israeli archaeological excavations near the Temple Mount and elsewhere in Jerusalem’s Old City. The resolution proposal had originally sought to name the Western Wall a Muslim religious site, but Arab states struck that demand from the draft earlier in the day.

It also condemned the “aggression and illegal measures taken against the freedom of worship and access of Muslims to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israel’s attempts to break the status quo since 1967.”

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at 2:21 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Silently Indicts the World

(Photo: twitter/IsraeliPM)

(Photo: twitter/IsraeliPM)

In prior speeches at the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sometimes relied on props and graphics to illustrate his case, the case for Israel. But, writes The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz, Netanyahu’s speech yesterday will be remembered for the silence he used to highlight the world’s inaction to stop Iran’s continued threats against the Jewish state and ongoing support of global terror:

“Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my people. And the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here,” he charged furiously, “has been absolutely nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.”

And then Netanyahu paused, staring defiantly, reproachfully out into the hall, head nodding slightly. For 44 very long seconds. In silent rebuke. And in apparent mourning for international morality…

After a year in which the Iran deal was concluded over all his loud objections, the Syrian civil war rages bloodily on, Islamic State continues its campaign of killing, and the Middle East remains predictable only in its chronic instability, Netanyahu is only too aware of how isolated he is. It is unlikely anybody will even have seriously registered his pledge that “Israel will not allow Iran to break in, sneak in, or walk in to the nuclear weapons club,” and that “No one should question Israel’s determination to defend ourselves against those who would seek our destruction.”

The Israeli prime minister barked. The Israeli prime minister fell shamingly silent. But the UN caravan goes inexorably on.

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 7:57 AM  | Stand For Israel