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Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Lashes Out at Security Council for Silence on Terror Attacks

(Photo: wikicommons/ public1london)

(Photo: wikicommons/ public1london)

In the wake of yesterday’s two terror attacks in Israel, the Jewish state and all who stand with her mourn for those lost or injured. However, Israel’s envoy to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, lashed out at the U.N. Security Council for its silence in the wake of the attacks. The Jerusalem Post provides the text of Prosor’s letter to the council, calling its members out for their inaction on the recent events:

If recent events offer any indication, the Security Council will once again remain silent as Israel buries yet another victim of Palestinian terrorism.  Earlier today, a terrorist rammed his vehicle onto two crowded Jerusalem train platforms, killing Jedan Assad and injuring 14 others.  Shortly after the attack Hamas claimed responsibility, calling the perpetrator a ‘martyr’ and describing the attack as ‘a heroic operation.’

This is the most recent example of the violence that has come in the wake of inflammatory remarks made by the Palestinian leadership.  Two weeks ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using ‘all means’ necessary.  In response to this blatantly dangerous provocation, the Security Council did not utter a word.

Following Abbas’s incitement, hundreds of Arabs rioted in Jerusalem, on 23 October a terrorist deliberately drove full speed onto a Jerusalem train platform killing two people, and days later, Palestinian terrorist, Moataz Hijazi, shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick.  The Security Council continued to remain silent.

As Rabbi Yehuda Glick lay in a coma, fighting for his life, President Abbas saw fit to write a condolence letter to the family of the would-be murderer.  In the letter he describes Israeli security forces as ‘terrorists’ and glorified Hijazi as a ‘martyr.’  President Abbas is sanctioning and celebrating murder and Israelis are paying with their lives.  Still nothing from the Security Council.

I write to you today with the full expectation that the Council will continue adhering to its vow of silence. Should the Council revise its policy and deem it appropriate to…

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 8:17 AM  | Stand For Israel

Iran Not Cooperating with U.N. Nuclear Probe

(Photo: flickr/IAEA)

(Photo: flickr/IAEA)

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:

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.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 2:48 PM  | Stand for Israel

UNRWA’s Anti-Semitism and U.N.’s Anti-Israel Bias

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

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:

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.”‎

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 8:40 AM  | Stand For Israel

Palestinians Still Won’t Negotiate

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

While the meeting yesterday between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu was marred by the White House’s reaction to Israel’s declaration to build in East Jerusalem, it was also marred by the actions of Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas. Right before the Obama-Netanyahu meeting, Abbas submitted his latest U.N. proposal for Palestinian statehood. Writing at Commentary, Tom Wilson says that while the proposal’s demands are ridiculous, it is even more ridiculous that Abbas expects these demands to be met before he’ll even negotiate:

The draft of the Palestinian proposal, submitted just as Prime Minister Netanyahu was about to step into the Oval Office for a meeting with President Obama, seeks to win UN Security Council backing for a deadline that would force Israel to cede the West Bank by November 2016. But that is not all. The petition also gives an extensive rundown of what the final settlement must look like. In addition to the total Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Jerusalem being turned into the Palestinian capital, the resolution also calls for a complete end to all Israeli military activity in the territories, an end to any Israeli settlement construction, an opening of all Gaza’s borders, and the deployment of an international force throughout the disputed territories–for the protection of Palestinian civilians, of course. Naturally the resolution draft also calls for a just settlement of Palestinian refugees, which is code for Israel being obliged to allow several million Arabs claiming Palestinian descent to relocate to the Jewish state.

Now, you can think these demands are reasonable or you can think that they are not. But what is undeniable is that it is ridiculous for Abbas to have essentially made meeting all his demands the precondition for his participation in any further peace talks. What kind of negotiation is it that can only begin once all of the outcomes have already been decided? In effect what the Palestinians have said is that there will…

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 8:47 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: Sounding the Alarm While Sounding Optimistic

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly had a number of key points, two of which I will mention here. First, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Iran – all Israel’s enemies – are born from the same ideology that drives ISIS and other al-Qaeda offshoots currently being fought by the West. Second, the 20-year-old template of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) must be retired for now, since the P.A. has left no doubt that they are unready, uninterested, and unwilling to achieve peace with Israel.

The prime minister took an optimistic tone after ruling out peace talks with the Palestinians, however. In the face of radical forces threatening not only Israel but other Arab countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, the Jewish state, Netanyahu explained, should aim to foster relationships with these relatively moderate regimes. This, he argued, would serve as the necessary prerequisite for future peace talks with the Palestinians by creating an environment conducive to peace.

This formula of recognition as the first step towards Arab-Israeli peace goes in the opposite direction of all the peace proposals in the past twenty years, which have offered recognition of Israel by its Arab neighbors as a reward to Israel once a Palestinian state is achieved.

In fact, it’s Palestinian rejectionism that has blocked Palestinian statehood. So it makes perfect sense that Arab recognition of Israel would only help moderate the P.A., which has always used Israel’s pariah status to get everything they want without making the necessary concessions for peace. This new formula sounds reasonable – Arab recognition of Israel could have a moderating effect on Palestinian positions.

However, the elephant in the room is still Iran, which Netanyahu emphatically tried to expose and shed light on in his address. If Iran’s nuclear program is not thoroughly destroyed, any chance of peace between Israel and its neighbors will be extinguished.

Addressing the threat of radical Islam, Netanyahu warned the West that defeating ISIS while leaving Iran’s nuclear program intact would be tantamount to…

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 9:05 AM  | Stand For Israel

Watch Now: Bibi to Address U.N.

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(Photo: instagram/ israelipm)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be addressing the United Nations shortly. To watch live, go here.

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Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:17 AM  | Stand For Israel

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

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(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

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(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

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