The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
We find it noteworthy, if not surprising, that with all the well-documented systematic human rights abuses committed by governments around the world – including, but not limited to, China, Cuba, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Zimbabwe – not one resolution condemning any of them is planned by the UN General Assembly.
Yet last week the UNGA adopted six condemnatory resolutions against Israel and plans fifteen more by the end of its annual session this month.
One of the six resolutions already passed said Israel should return the Golan Heights to Syria. A second declared that Israel must cede its jurisdiction over Jerusalem. A third called for a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians but admonished Israel as the “occupying power” to “comply strictly with its obligations under international law.” (This despite the fact that the Security Council resolution ending the 1967 Six-Day War generally called for negotiations to resolve land disputes, which Israel has been prepared to do for decades and the Palestinians have not.)
Another resolution proclaimed 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” and urged the GA’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to “organize activities to be held during the year.”
Still another one praised the UN’s Division of Palestinian Rights for its role in “raising international awareness of the question of Palestine and the peace process.”
UN Watch has raised the monitoring of this sort of charade to a fine art. Its president, Hillel Neuer, captured the moment: “The UN’s drumbeat of excessive, disproportionate and one-sided condemnations of Israel causes polarization, threatens to push the parties further apart and is counterproductive to the already fragile peace process.”
We would only add that encouraging the Palestinians to embrace a fictive reality that allows them to dispense with any need to negotiate directly with Israel does them no favors.
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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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