The hypocrisy, selectivity, and politicisation of the UN is staggering

Via the Times of Israel

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…The (UN) General Assembly will have adopted a total of 22 resolutions condemning Israel—and only four on the rest of the world combined.

…193 UN member states, condemned Israel for violating the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, of Palestinian refugees, and even of Syrians in the Golan Heights.

That’s right: the UN adopted a resolution today that mentions the word “Syria” no less than 10 times—yet said nothing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s massacre of more than 100,000 of his own people.

Entitled “Occupied Syrian Golan,” the resolution condemned Israel for allegedly mistreating Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights. Israel was also condemned for violating the rights of Syrian citizens under international humanitarian law. The UN found no time today, however, to comment on the international legality of President Assad gassing his own citizens to death.

What a Joke: Saudi Arabia, Cuba & China will join UN ‘Human Rights’ Council

 

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…It is well and good to hold Israel to account for its treatment of Arab and other minorities, just like every other nation.

Yet something is wrong when not a single word in today’s Palestinian-themed resolutions mentioned the genocidal anti-Semitism expressed regularly by Hamas organs in Gaza, or the dangerous incitement by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, whose official schools, mosques, newspapers, and TV stations continue to glorify the murderers of Israeli civilians as heroes worthy of emulation.

Word is father to deed. Yet none of today’s UN resolutions concerning the West Bank mentioned the outburst of Palestinian terrorist attacks over recent weeks, such as the brutal murder of Shraya Ofer outside his Jordan Valley home, as his wife managed to escape. The murder of Ofer by axes and iron bars was “a gift to the Palestinian people and Hamas prisoners, in honor of Eid al-Adha,” the two suspects said under questioning.

By turning a blind eye to Palestinian incitement and terrorism, the UN resolutions promote a one-sided narrative that gives a free pass to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Authority, encouraging intransigence instead of compromise.

No wonder a UN interpreter said anti-Israel votes are a ‘bit much’…

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On Thursday a United Nations interpreter, unaware that her microphone was on, uttered words of truth in reaction to the General Assembly’s adoption of nine politically-motivated resolutions condemning Israel, and zero resolutions on the rest of the world.

Under the mistaken impression that she was speaking only to colleagues, the interpreter uttered the following words into the headphones of every UN delegate, and before a live webcast audience worldwide:

“I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”

Laughter erupted among the delegates.

The UN is a joke.

 

 

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Israel – Palestine – who should live where

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Who are the rightful land owners and who shall live where is an argument that has stagnated in the Middle East for decades with heads of major Western powers achieving little via peace talks.

Lev Cherkasski has recently toured the region and writes on matters not generally covered in foreign, mainstream media. GC.Ed.

The United Nations Human Rights Council has stopped short of accusing Israel of war crimes following a six-month inquiry into settlement activity in the West Bank. The report found that Israel is pursuing a policy of annexing the Palestinian territories through its policy of settlement expansion, thereby further complicating the creation of a viable future Palestinian state. Asked directly whether or not Israel had committed war crimes, Christine Chanet, one of the authors of the damning report, replied that “its offences fell under Article 8 of the International Criminal Court [‘ICC’] statute. Article 8 of the ICC statute is the chapter of war crimes. That is the answer”.  For a body whose sole purpose for existence appears to be bashing Israel, the report has lived up to the expectations of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

To put things into perspective, it is often claimed that Israeli settlements violate international law and their mere existence puts into threat the likelihood of a future Palestinian state. These facts alone might lead the casual observer to take them at face value. What is very often forgotten however, is that Israel has previously offered to dismantle settlements in the West Bank in the event of a future peace deal. Having set the precedent for this in the Sinai withdrawal in 1979 and the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Israel has proven to be a credible partner for peace when it comes to genuine negotiations and compromise.

Going back even further to 1967, Israel had just dealt a fatal blow to the Arab world with its victory in the six-day-war and emerged as a country three times its former size. Israel had no intention of keeping the newly conquered territory and offered a land for peace deal, the first of many since. Israel offered all occupied land in exchange for peace and recognition of the Jewish state. Instead, Israel was given the Khartoum Resolution, the diplomatic equivalent of a one finger salute. Whilst calling for economic assistance to Egypt and Jordan and ending the Arab oil boycott, the Arab League also resolved on the third paragraph of the resolution. “The Three No’s”. No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it. From here, we can draw the effective protracted stalemate of the last 46 years.

The modern history of the West Bank really should be drawn from this point. Up until 1967, the region today known as ‘the West Bank’ was sovereign Jordanian territory and subjected to Jordanian law. This area has been under Israeli occupation ever since and, justly, subject to the Geneva Conventions. The relationship between Jordan, The West Bank and the Palestinian people is a little known or explored aspect of Middle Eastern history. Today, Palestinian refugees make up 31% of the Jordanian population. Once you take into account Jordanians of Palestinian decent, this figure jumps to approximately 70% of the population. Further, up until 1988, the Jordanian lower house of Parliament was predominantly made up of constituencies from the West Bank and all residents were entitled to Jordanian citizenship. 

Throughout the 1970’s, the PLO under Yasser Arafat were the de-facto government in parts of Jordan and consequently the country of origin for many PLO terror attacks. King Hussein decided enough was enough and the time was ripe to rid his country of terrorists. In the course of effective secret operations, Jordan carried out assassinations of key PLO leaders and ultimately forced the PLO out of Jordan and into Lebanon which to this day carries the scars of this infiltration.

Whilst the extremist PLO was successfully forced out of Jordan, their claims to the West Bank along with their close co-operation with their Palestinian brethren were still very warm indeed. The relationship started to cool in 1974, when the Arab League anointed the PLO as the official representative body for the Palestinian people, thereby diluting King Hussein’s charge that he spoke for the Palestinian people. The disenfranchisement culminated in July 1988 when Jordan officially dissolved its lower house of parliament along with all representatives from the West Bank and renounced any claim to the land or it’s people. The official intention of this move was to cede this territory for the creation of a future Palestinian State, a State which neither the PLO, nor Fatah, Hamas, The Al-Aqsa Martyr’s brigade, the Palestinian’s Freedom Liberation Front or any other attempted Palestinian administration has been able to bring to fruition.

Israel has suddenly been left ‘occupying’ land which was no longer subject to sovereignty claims from any recognised government or representative body. Land which served as a festering ground for brutal terrorist activity of the first and second intifada and everything in between. In order to pander to domestic political interests as would be expected in any pluralistic democracy, yes, Israel pursued, and to an extent continues to pursue a program of settling these lands. However, as already highlighted, history shows that in the interests of peace, Israel is willing and most certainly able to dismantle settlements and forcibly evict its own citizen’s from land which strictly speaking is no longer subject to anyone’s charge.

Yet in spite of the legal protections enjoyed by all Israeli citizens, Jews and non-Jews alike, in spite of the stringent rules of conduct employed by the Israeli defence Forces and the transparency with which they operate, despite Israel being a genuine pluralistic constitutional democracy subjected to the checks and balances we in the west take for granted, the UN continues to bash Israel unashamedly whilst turning a blind eye to true criminals and violators of human rights. Below is a graph which most certainly doesn’t get circulated enough. 

Motions passed by the UNHRC broken down by member state 2003-2012

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Should you choose to subscribe to perpetual infallibility of the UN then you will forgive the United Nations for effectively turning a blind eye to places like Somalia, where there is no law to speak of, Iran, where the President slaughtered people in the street to quell unrest following an unfavourable election result and Sudan, which although ranking second is still polling at just over a third of motions held on Israel. So while Israel is guilty of ‘expanding settlements’, Sudan slaughter’s its own people and pursues an active policy of female genital mutilation. Yet again, the world chooses to turn a blind eye and continues to condemn Israel for pursuing the most basic of national interests: the desire for meaningful and lasting peace.

Lev Cherkasski is a recent Monash Arts/Commerce graduate, current executive member of the Victorian Young Liberals and has recently returned from a trip through Israel. 

Gillard policy on Israel – shameful and harmful.

6a012876778d82970c017d3e0761df970c-120wiLate Thursday night while Australia was deep asleep, the UN General Assembly voted to confer nonmember statehood on the Palestinian Authority by huge majority.

The only countries of any size to stand with Israel were the  US, Canada, and the Czech Republic. Czech Republic?

Back in 1993, the whole west, including Australia, piously sanctioned the Oslo Accords to set up the Palestinan Authority’s path to statehood. Everybody cheered and clapped each other on the back. Oh! there were smiles and air kisses and handshakes that day.

But with this vote, the UN turfed the Oslo Accords and its intentions. Pretended they had forgot about them.

In a nutshell, the members of the UN know perfectly well that the Palestinian Authority had done nothing to qualify for nonmember statehood.

Firstly, This ‘state’ cannot even control its own territory. It has had zero control over Gaza for the  five years since Hamas seized power and, on the West Bank, where Abbas pretends to be in control, whole towns are run by tribal extortionists.

Secondly, Gaza itself is a terrorist state in every possible sense. Al Quaeda does what it likes; and it is a jumpoff for the demented mullahs of Iran in their aim to annihilate Israel.

Thirdly, the place is light years away from even a pretense at a democratic state. Human Rights Watch reports are unequivocal on this. Read here for a lengthy description of the murderous tactics of the Palestinian Authority over its own citizens, journalists, bloggers….

Fourthly, the Palestinian Authority is bankrupt; it earns nothing, it makes nothing, it is nothing. It depends completely on “foreign aid”. Aid which is constantly diverted from its object. Part of its annual budget goes to paying imprisoned terrorists and looking after their families, making sure that terrorists can terrorise without worrying about their families income. 

What the hell sort of a ‘state’ is that? These things should disqualify, not qualify, for statehood.

Gillard, Shorten, and Conroy were all for voting 'no'. But  the rest of the Party, on a knife edge in the next election, fearing Islamic reprisals at the ballot boxes of western Sydney (as if) rolled her. Then tried to manufacture excuses that might sell in the media.

Those bullshit excuses were things like – if Australia votes in favour of the resolution (or abstain) it will strengthen the Authority’s leader, Abbas, as against Hamas – a total crock since Hamas is in favour of statehood too. Another one put around is that it shows that Australia is independent and won’t just go along with the US; game, brave little Australia, standing up to the Yanks.  

Trying to get an official position, and dismally failing, Craig Emerson announced that it was perfectly logical to abstain since the UN resolution isn’t worth a spit. What a reason. He would be better off admitting that Australia stood proudly in the ranks of toadeaters and lickspittles.

Which leaves a niggling question.

Why did the Czechs vote no – almost on their own, with only the US and Canada?

Because they remember when the same thing happened to them at Munich in 1938, when the gutless world stood by and let Hitler walk right in and take the Sudetenland.

And they remember the words of the arch appeaser who made World War II possible if not inevitable – Neville Chamberlain – “How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing.”

The Labor Party doesn’t only remember that sentiment.

It endorses it.

Jim McCrudden is a retired lawyer, an avid admirer of Dickens, Shakespeare and many others. He lives on the NSW South Coast, has a keen interest in politics and sits on local government.

In Defence of Freedom

Cory-BernardiSenator Cory Bernardi stands with Israel:

I have always been a supporter of Israel.

It is a beacon of freedom and democracy in the Middle East. During a visit there a few years ago, I was struck by the resilience and optimism shown by the Israelis under very trying circumstances. The testing of their patience and resolve in the face of repeated attacks from terror group Hamas has since increased.

Most recently, missiles salvaged from the Libyan Islamist insurgency by the rulers of Gaza have been launched at major Israeli population centres – Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. This is an alarming escalation from the hundreds of home-made and rather ineffective rockets directed at Israel annually from within the Gaza Strip.

The cowards in Hamas responsible for these attacks usually store and launch their weapons of terror from within residential areas. This is so that any retaliatory strike will likely incur civilian casualties, which can be paraded before a sympathetic and often unquestioning press in an attempt to discredit the justifiable Israeli defence response.

This is a common tactic used in the propaganda war by terrorists. They view the loss of innocent civilian lives as just collateral damage that can be used to further advance their cause. In some instances, they will even target their own people in grotesque public displays of political violence.

This morning’s media carried one such event. 

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Senator Cory Bernardi is a Senator for South Australia. 

Why is the UN Condemning Israel Over “Women’s Rights” But Ignores Syria?

The United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) is set to wrap its annual conference this Friday. And according to them, the great threat to womens‘ rights isn’t Syria, nor Iran, nor even the Taliban, but wait for it…Israel.

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Friday's session will include such professional resolution as concerning "woman and natural disasters," "women hostages," women and girls and AIDS," and "mortality among women.

However, the panel is expected to also an eight-clause resolution, determining that the "Israeli occupation" in territories, including East Jerusalem, is the main obstacle for the advancement of the Palestinian woman.

The panel, which includes representatives from 45 countries, including Israel, is considered to be one of the UN's most active and respected bodies.

Responding to the decision to condemn Israel, Israeli envoy to the UN Ron Prosor told Haaretz that the "council's bring levels of absurdity and cynicism to new heights."

"The thousands of Syrian women butchered, tortured, raped and trampled under Assad's iron boot don't even get a passing mention in the panel's decisions," Prosor added.

Why the double standard exists is not immediately clear, though it may have something to do with the makeup of the UN generally. Many openly Anti-Semitic countries are representatives of the UNCSW.

 

 

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Released Terrorist Ahlam Tamimi: I Would Bomb Israelis Again and in the Same Manner

Andys RantMeet scumbag Jordanian terrorist Ahlam Tamimi. She was serving 16 life sentences for her role in the August 9 2011 bombing of a Sbarro’s pizzeria in Jerusalem that killed 15 and wounded 130 innocent Israelis. Unfortunately she and 1,000 other convicted terrorists were released from prison in Israel as part of a prisoner exchange that freed Israeli solider Gilad Shalit.

Ahlam Tamimi said in an interview on October 19 that she would return to her terrorist ways in a heartbeat. She also considers the murders a tremendous success — one granted to her by “Allah.”

When asked if she would carry out such a large-scale attack again if given the chance, Tamimi replied:

“Of course. I do not regret what happened. Absolutely not. This is the path. I dedicated myself to Jihad for the sake of Allah, and Allah granted me success. You know how many casualties there were [in the 2001 attack on the Sbarro pizzeria]. This was made possible by Allah. Do you want me to denounce what I did? That’s out of the question. I would do it again today, and in the same manner.”

MEMRI provides the interview and translation:

 

Pity some Israeli commando didn’t put a bullet in her head.

Meanwhile, some good news to report…

Two American drone strikes hours apart destroyed a hideout in Taliban strongholds in Pakistan’s rugged tribal regions Thursday and a vehicle with a number of fighters inside. A close ally of one of the area’s top militant commanders and 12 others were killed, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The first attack in the South Waziristan tribal area hit a vehicle and killed Khan Mohammed, also known as Sathai, deputy leader of a group of militants led by Maulvi Nazir and also the commander’s cousin, said the officials. It also killed Nazir’s younger brother, Hazrat Omar, the officials said.

Hours later, five missiles hit the militant hideout near North Waziristan’s town of Mir Ali, killing six men, said the officials on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Nazir is one of the most powerful militant commanders in the tribal region and is accused of working with the Taliban and al-Qaida to stage attacks against foreign troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

Five militants killed in Thursday’s drone strike were riding in a pickup truck from Tora Gola village to the nearby area of Azam Warsak when they were hit, said the intelligence officials. Three other people were injured in the attack, they said.

Is it seventy-three or seventy-seven Virgins? How many do these terrorist retards get when they go to paradise?

I think these dead SOB’s are actually on an express elevator to hell.

 

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Can We Trust the PLO?

Leesa Ashton discusses the two state solution:

A couple of days ago, Mahmoud Abbas as the current chairman for the Palestinian Authority presented a case for gaining Palestinian Statehood at the UN.  There seems to be a ground swell of support for the Palestinian case of late and equally strong anti-Israel sentiment going around.  Is there a strong case of global amnesia infecting the world at the moment?

It was in 1974 when the UN formally recognized the PLO as a legitimate voice for the people of the Palestinian Authority, even though it had a long history of terrorist activity and links to many terrorist organisations such as Hamas.  The modern state of Israel has a fairly short history, it doesn’t take much research to see the openly proclaimed agenda of the PLO and the surrounding Arab nations for the total destruction of the ‘Zionist Entity’ known as Israel (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel) and in 1967 those surrounding Arab nation attempted to do just that in the six day war.

Let’s look at the facts; Israel is the only democracy in the region, it has an elected head of state, it has freedom of religion and freedom of speech, it has a rule of law; the Arabs living in Israel enjoy full citizenship.  Do we really believe this will be the case if the Palestinian Authority is granted full statehood?  All the surrounding Arab nations are Muslim states with varying degrees of religious law, where religious persecution is normal, any Muslim in these countries daring to convert to any other religion or even criticising Islam in any way can be tried for apostasy and given the death penalty.  Churches are regularly burnt to the ground and Christians and people from other non-Islamic faiths are imprisoned. Israel is the only Jewish state in the world and it is surrounded by Arab and Muslim countries, most of which do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, in fact 5 of the 7 world’s state sponsored terrorist are either Arab or Iranian.   

Can we now really trust the PLO to turn its back on all the previous rhetoric and actions against Israel and live peacefully side-by-side?  Do we expect a Palestinian State to be a democracy and promote equal citizen rights to all its people?  Do we trust Mahmoud Abbas, who has previously stated that the holocaust was exaggerated and that gas chambers were never used, to lead this new nation into peace and reconciliation with his long term enemy? (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Abbas).

Had the Palestinians agreed to the UN recommendation partitioning Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, a Palestinian state would have been a reality in May, 1948, but they only wanted to drive Israel into the sea, and continued to pursue that agenda for many, many years, through wars, violence and terrorism.  Australia has always supported Israel’s right to exist and condemned the anti-Semitic sentiments and violence from their Arab neighbours, suddenly  are we going to put our trust in the same people who have supported and encouraged terrorism against Israel and believe they have changed?   I hope Australia shows more sense than to support this.  I hope the UN takes a good look at history before it jumps head first into this idea.  It is my belief that if the Palestinian Authority is given Statehood, it won’t take them long to begin pursuing their long stated agenda of eliminating Israel, at least they will try.   

Leesa Ashton is a stay at home mum, and occasional writer.

Pop Star Katy Perry Attacked After Tweeting her Followers to “Pray for Israel”

Katy Perry faced a slide of hateful responses from Palestinians and their supporters after she sent a tweet asking others to pray for Israel.

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It didn’t take long for the Twitterverse to light up with offensive responses from Muslims, Palestinians and others who found her message less-than-appealing.

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She was also called a “heartless lesbian.”

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Unfortunately it didn’t take Perry long to backtrack on her initial Tweet.

Political correctness strikes again.

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So in the end Perry doesn’t “support ANY side of violence in ANY place for ANY reason.” But, what about “violence” that occurs when a nation is defending itself? Certainly, most reasonable people stand against violent actions, but many would contend that there are times during which forceful defence is a necessary action.

Perry was raised in a conservative Christian home, which may explain her less progressive inclinations on the Middle Eastern conflict.

It would seem that it is forbidden for anyone to say anything nice about Israel these days.

 

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Bob Brown Tries to Defend the Indefensible

RonBoswell Ron Boswell attacks Bob Brown for his disgraceful attempt to defend the anti-Semitic boycott of Max Brenner Chocolates because of their Jewish owners:

Today, Senator Bob Brown, in an attempt to defend the indefensible – the boycott and persecution of Max Brenner Chocolate stores – moved a motion in the Senate that: "the Senate upholds the democratic principle that consumers should be free to buy or not buy goods based on personal ethics."

Bob Brown’s proposed motion today follows the Greens refusal to support my motion on Thursday 18th August, 2011 condemning the boycott of Max Brenner chocolate stores and all other Israeli companies.

The motion by the Greens was an attempt to hide what many Australians have come to realise that the Greens are moving further and further to the left, and that despite Senator Brown’s assurances, the truth is that the Greens support this blatantly anti-Semitic boycott.

The boycott of Max Brenner Chocolate shop and all other Israeli companies that manufacture and sell products to and within Israel as part of the Global Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (GBDS) must be condemned in the strongest terms.

Today, I successfully moved an amendment to Senator Brown’s motion by adding the following words to the Senator Brown’s motion:

“And that consumers should not be prevented from exercising that democratic principle to be free to buy or not to buy, by means of unlawful secondary boycott, intimidation or picket”

The amendment was carried on the voices on the floor with Senator Brown lacking the courage to divide.

Senator Brown should understand by now that when you are in a hole, you stop digging.  The original motion proposed by Bob Brown was a poor attempt to justify the boycotting and picketing of Max Brenner’s chocolate and coffee stores. 

With protesters planning to block potential customers from entering the Max Brenner store in Brisbane this Saturday, the 27th August as part of an BDS orchestrated campaign, Senator Brown attempted today to give the protestors some form of moral justification for the boycott planned this weekend.

Since the arrival of the new Senators in July the party has pursued a socialist alliance agenda with Senator Brown fixated on Senator Rhiannon’s support for the global BDS campaign.

Despite Bob’s Brown saying that he is opposed to the boycott his refusal to vote for my two previous motions condemning the boycotts and his motion today attempting to justify the boycotts speaks volumes. Senator Brown is saying one thing to the press and doing another thing in the Parliament.

Ron Boswell is a Senator from Queensland, and the Father of the Senate. For previous Menzies House coverage of the BDS issue, click here to read Danielle Harris invite you to join a Brisbane Rally in support of Max Brenner, and here to read Adam McKee on the actions the Victorian Government have taken.