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Economic sanctions – such as those imposed against Iran, Libya, North Korea, apartheid South Africa (not to mention the JFK imposed embargo during the Cuban missile crisis) – have long been recognized as legitimate means, short of all out war, to pressure governments to change odious behavior.
All but the blind and dedicated Israel haters can see that it is Hamas, by its indiscriminate shelling of civilians in southern Israel, that has engaged in crimes against humanity, and is directly responsible for the suffering of its constituents in Gaza.
Arbour deserves credit on at least one front: she is nothing if not consistent. During the 2006 war in Lebanon, while minimizing Israeli suffering from the shelling into the north by Hizbullah (more than 40 civilians killed, over 1200 injured and hundreds of thousands forced to relocate), she actually threatened war crimes prosecutions of Israeli political and military leaders for actions which, as any objective observer understood, were taken to protect civilians from missiles intentionally aimed at them from sites purposely embedded in Lebanese civilian areas.
Hizbullah’s campaign of indiscriminate missile attacks – like those of the Nazi V rockets assaults that wreaked havoc on London and Brussels – have no military value whatsoever. They had one purpose and one purpose only: to terrorize the innocent. Israel had every right under international law to defend its citizens and knock out the missile sites. Somehow, the former judge and war crimes prosecutor managed to miss these inconvenient truths.
The nauseatingly predictable knee jerk reactions from Arbour and the “human rights” community make clear that, when it comes to Israel, hypocrisy rules the day at the UN.
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ZIM Piraeus isn’t Israeli-owned or flagged, incidentally, it is Greek operated.
Foolish me, thinking the goals were the destruction of Hamas thereby giving peace a real chance.
The free-spirted lifestyle didn’t hold your interest; the needs of your people did.
Several years ago the city concluded that the metzitzah b’peh procedure created unacceptable risks for newborns in terms of the transmission of neo-natal herpes through contact with a mohel carrying the herpes virus.
The world wars caused unimaginable anguish for the Jews but God also scripted a great glory for our people.
Judging by history, every time Hamas rebuilds their infrastructure, they are stronger than before.
His father asked him to read Psalms from the Book of Tehilim every day.
(Reposted with permission from author’s website) Moderate truth-teller Daniel Pipes (Dream) has further moderated his stance on Islam by actually entertaining the idea of “Moderate Islamism”, with Andrew C. McCarthy- whom I’ve debated about this- giving it some credence. We’ve gone from Naming the Enemy -Nazism, Communism- to Renaming the Enemy – “Islamic Totalitarianism”, “Radical Islam”, “Islamism”, […]
Maimonides: “Your 1 mitzva may tip the scales and bring redemption to the entire world and creation”
Jerusalem has been aware of the importance of China to its growth and security.
In other words, how by any rational playbook can one even begin to explain anti-Semitism?
Entire movements within “orthodoxy” propagate a Judaism of outlandish folklore and Jewish mysticism
The espionage charges leveled against American scientist Stewart David Nozette raise more questions than they answer – and those questions should deeply trouble, if not outrage, the American Jewish community.
That the UN is hostile to Israel hardly comes as a surprise. The perfidy that permeates the house over which Kurt Waldheim once presided can be cut with a knife; Israel bashing has become an integral part of the culture of that body. Such duplicity does not appear from thin air – it must be nurtured and stoked by individuals who, by dint of impressive titles, can command international attention and influence public opinion and thus cause much mischief.
On April 27, 1987, as director of the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) in the Justice Department, I notified the INS that Austrian President Kurt Waldheim was to be placed on the “Watchlist” of persons barred from entering the United States.
Fascinating, isn’t it, to watch professors Stephen Walt (Harvard) and John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) attain near rock-star status by resurrecting the tired and discredited canard that U.S. foreign policy is dictated by a devious, dangerous and disloyal cabal known as the pro-Israel lobby – sort of a Protocols of the Middle-Agers of Zion.
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