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Even while Israel has come under attack from closer enemies, we have kept you updated on the nuclear threat posed by Iran. And as the deadline for a nuclear deal with the Iranians nears, Yediot Achronot now reports that the United Nations has realized Iran has not been transparent with its nuclear investigators:
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Iran has still not implemented all the nuclear transparency measures it had agreed to carry out by late August, the head of the UN atomic energy agency said on Monday, suggesting little headway in an inquiry into suspected bomb research.
Western officials say Iran must cooperate more with United Nations nuclear sleuths if it wants to settle a protracted dispute with six world powers over its nuclear program and be rid of crippling financial sanctions.
Nearly two months after an Aug. 25 deadline for answering questions about alleged activity that might be used to develop atomic arms, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) made clear that Iran had not yet fully done so.
Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 2:48 PM | Stand for Israel
In yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Gaza, even witnessing Hamas’ terror tunnels. Yet Ban’s visit didn’t seem to make much of an impression, as The Algemeiner reports that he blames Israel for the war, and that the UNRWA has even published anti-Semitic text on its website:
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Investigative pro-Israel blogger, Elder of Ziyon, on Monday uncovered a report, in Arabic, posted on the the United Nations Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA) website, that accuses Jews of supporting “social corruption.”
Entitled, “The Historical Development of Human Rights Throughout History,” the document purports to be a summary of human rights policies held by a number of civilizations over the ages …
But soon enough, the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel stereotypes kick in.
“But if we look around us at communities supposedly protecting human rights and at well-known oases of democracy we do not see [human rights] but instead charges that the victim was a terrorist or supporter of terrorism, and also pornography justified freely as rights. We see monopoly and fraud justified by the right of ownership and earnings in any form (Mokbel: 2005: 5) All of this happened as a result of distortion and misinformation by the Jewish clergy. The Jews in the sixth and seventh centuries promoted social corruption (1981: 39), and the claim that they are God’s chosen people demonstrates that the Jews did not know anything about human rights,” the author claimed.
In a related development, both the Bnai-Brith and the Anti Defamation League on Tuesday criticized recent remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holding Israel almost exclusively responsible for the summer’s clashes with Hamas in Gaza.
Ban, speaking at a Gaza reconstruction conference in Cairo on Sunday, and in Ramallah a day later, said Israel was at fault for “a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations.”
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 8:40 AM | Stand For Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be addressing the United Nations shortly. To watch live, go here.Comments (4) »
Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:17 AM | Stand For Israel
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
As 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:
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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.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 8:34 AM | Stand for Israel
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…Read More » Comments (14) »
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 8:24 AM | Stand For Israel
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 –…Read More » Comments (20) »
Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 8:40 AM | Stand For Israel
Stand 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:
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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.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 9:37 AM | Stand For Israel