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US Senators Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham Join Forces to Defund UN Over Anti-Israel Resolution 2334 [video]

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Thursday announced they will introduce legislation to cut off funding to the United Nations until UN Security Council Resolution 2334(2016) is repealed.

The two senators were uncompromising in their support for Israel, and in their disgust over the hostile behavior towards America’s ally by the Obama administration, as demonstrated by the abstention that allowed the anti-Israel resolution to pass unanimously last month at the UN Security Council.

“The UN resolution was [Secretary of State John] Kerry and [President Barack] Obama taking a slap at Israel,” tweeted Senator Graham on Thursday. “We’re going to push back.”

The Twittersphere was filled with headlines and tweets about what the plans announced by the two Republican senators.

Their interview with the American MSNBC cable news network came as delegates from 72 countries prepare to travel to Paris for a so-called “peace summit” to come up with more “concrete ideas” on how to force Israel into a final status arrangement with the Palestinian Authority – with or without direct negotiations.

Neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority has been invited to the conference, although PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has been consulted repeatedly by several of the participants over recent months.

But Republican Senators Cruz and Graham say they have Israel’s back. “Last month what we’ve seen President Barack Obama do to Israel I think has been shameful,” Senator Cruz told MSNBC.

“He has struck out repeatedly at Israel, and done real damage. At the United Nations the resolution that the Obama administration should have abstained from, and there are reports they actively orchestrated, was a profoundly anti-Israel resolution. It declares much of Israel illegal and illegitimate.

“Much of Jerusalem it declares is not legitimately part of Israel. It declares the Jewish quarter is not part of Israel. It says the Temple Mount – the holiest site for the Jewish People in Jerusalem – is not legitimately part of Israel.”

Senator Graham added, “The Western Wall.”

Agreeing, Senator Cruz exclaimed, “And the Western Wall! I mean, we all remember the image of Barack Obama wearing a yarmulka, standing in front of the Western Wall. He’s now signed on to the proposition that it is illegal occupied territory.

“That is shameful,” Cruz emphasized, “and in my view, we need to defend not only our friend and ally, the nation of Israel, but also U.S. interests, and so Lindsey and I today are joining and filing legislation that would end all U.S. taxpayer funding for the UN unless and until they reverse this resolution.

“It’s very simple.

“The only way to get their attention – we can give speeches, we can pass resolutions – and the UN is going to ignore what we have to say. But if you cut off their money, that gets their attention. And I think we’ve got real prospects of seeing this thing move through Congress and actually turning this thing around.”

Given the fact that Mr. Kerry leaves for Paris this weekend and there is barely a week to go before Mr. Obama leaves the White House, one wonders about the reaction in the West Wing to Thursday’s announcement on Capitol Hill.

Hana Levi Julian

Demonstrators in NYC to Demand: ‘Defund The UN’

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

A flyer is making its way around the internet, calling on demonstrators to show up at 12 noon on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, 799 UN Plaza, First Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets in New York City to call on the U.S. government to defund the United Nations in response to last week’s vote against Israel at the UN Security Council.

“As we begin the joyous festivities of Chanukah, we find ourselves beset with angst over the colossal betrayal of Israel by the Obama administration at Friday’s United Nations Security Council,” writes organizer David Hooreen in the Jewish Voice.

Demonstrators are urged to gather to “send a clarion call to the United States government to defund the morally bankrupt and highly tendentious United Nations.”

“Because we are cognizant of the fact that this resolution will become fodder in the obsessive crusade by the international community to create a terror-driven Palestinian state in Israel’s backyard, thereby jeopardizing its security, we have taken initiatives of our own to counter these nefarious agendas and we ask that you play an important role in them,” the notice continues.

“Make your voice heard and stand with those who support the timeless values of decency, democracy and equality as we show a united front for Israel and America.”

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Says Israel Will ‘Overcome’ UN Resolution, Will Also Stop Funding UN Agencies

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told participants at a Chanukah lighting ceremony for wounded IDF soldiers, disabled veterans and terror victims on Saturday night that Israel is “reevaluating its ties with the United Nations.” He also said the Jewish State would “overcome” the anti-Israel condemnation, Resolution 2334 (2016), passed unanimously Friday by the UN Security Council with the assistance of the United States.

“The resolution … is distorted and disgraceful, but we will overcome it,” the prime minister said. “The resolution determines that the Jewish Quarter (in Jerusalem) is occupied territory. It determines that the Western Wall, the Kotel, is occupied territory. There is no greater absurd than that,” he said.

Netanyahu pointed out that the last U.S. president who was vindictive enough to allow such an anti-Israel resolution to pass at the UN Security Council had been former President Jimmy Carter, who until today maintains that Hamas is not a terror organization.

Netanyahu commented that Carter was a “particularly hostile president to Israel… Carter passed similar sweeping resolutions against us at the UN and that didn’t succeed either,” he said. “We objected to it, and nothing happened.

“All of the U.S. presidents after Carter met the American commitment not to try and dictate to Israel at the Security Council conditions for a final-status agreement. And yesterday, in complete contradiction of this commitment—including a specific commitment made by President Obama himself in 2011—the Obama administration carried out a disgraceful anti-Israeli underhanded move at the UN,” he said.

“Not only does the resolution not promote peace – it pushes it further away,” he added, vowing to “cancel” this resolution “just as we rejected the UN resolution that equated Zionism with racism… It took a while, but that decision was canceled. It’ll take time, but this decision will be canceled as well, not by concessions from us, but by us, and by our allies standing firm.

“Here on the eve of Chanukah I stand next to the modern-day Maccabees – IDF soldiers and wounded soldiers. I salute you and say this clearly: Light will banish the darkness.

“The spirit of the Maccabees will come out on top.”

Hana Levi Julian

State of Ohio Approves Anti-BDS Law

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The Ohio State Legislature last week approved a bill prohibiting the state from signing contracts with any company that “engages in boycott, divestment, sanction (BDS) against Israel.”

HB 476, passed by a vote of 26-5 on December 8, opposes economic warfare that threatens the sovereignty and security of allies and trade partners of the United States, including Israel.

The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support as well as the endorsement of a broad coalition of grassroots community organizations, including StandWithUs, Christians United for Israel, The Jewish Federation, The Israel Project, and Israel Allies Foundation.

Austin Reid, a StandWithUs Emerson Fellow and student at Capital University, represented students who often feel the brunt of BDS activity on American campuses in his testimony before a Senate hearing on the measure.

“The true aims of BDS become clear when you listen to the movement’s leaders in their own words,” he said in his testimony, referencing a quote by pro-BDS author Ahmed Moor, who said plainly, ‘BDS does mean the end of the Jewish state.’ He also quoted Ronnie Kasrils, who said, ‘BDS represents three words that will help bring about the defeat of Zionist Israel and victory for Palestine.’

Likewise, he quoted As’ad AbuKhalil, who said, “The real aim of BDS is to bring down the state of Israel… That should be stated as an unambiguous goal.. There should not be any equivocation on the subject. Justice and freedom for the Palestinians are incompatible with the existence of the state of Israel.’

Reid told the Senate hearing: “Within the United States, some supporters of the BDS movement have taken to issuing threats of violence against persons or organizations advocating for open academic and/or business ties to Israel.”

He then offered several examples, and then pointed out, “It is clear that BDS is in no way conducive to a healthy campus environment.”

Hana Levi Julian

UN Committee to Vote on Blacklist Against Israel-Linked Companies

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

A budget and administration committee within the United Nations is set to vote next week on a blacklist against firms with ties to Israel.

The UN “Fifth Committee” is scheduled to vote on funding for the blacklist, which names Israeli and international firms with offices located in post-1967 areas of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.

The black list was initiated this past March in a resolution approved in 32-0 vote (15 abstentions) by member states at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. According to a report published Friday in Haaretz, the resolution required UN ‘human rights officials’ to create a database of “all business enterprises” that have enabled or profited from the growth of Israeli settlements.

Proposed and sponsored by the Palestinian Authority and the Arab nations, it includes a condemnation of ‘settlements’ and a call for companies not to work with Israeli communities in post-1967 areas.

The blacklist, to be updated annually, is expected to become a useful tool for activists in the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, according to Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.

Israel’s mission to the UN will publicly oppose the list, Danon said. The envoy added that he intends to organize a task force comprised of international pro-Israel organizations and other partners to fight the move.

“We will not be silent in the face of this shameful initiative,” said Danon. “The UN’s intent to mark Jewish businesses and international companies with ties to Israel, so that they can boycott them, reminds us of dark times in history.

“The Human Rights Council has already become notorious as an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel entity.

“But it’s unacceptable for the UN itself to continue to support this despicable decision,” Danon added.

Hana Levi Julian

Third Largest City in Norway Approves Anti-Israel Boycott

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

In the Norwegian city of Trondheim, city council members approved a resolution this month banning government purchase of goods and services from what it calls the “Occupied Territories,” according to The Local Norway.

Trondheim city lawmakers this week also officially called local residents to boycott goods and services produced by Israeli manufacturers in Judea and Samaria.

The French government also joined the boycott last week, announcing on Thursday new requirements for importers and retailers to label products manufactured in Jewish communities located in any area won by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump has clearly showed his stand on the BDS issue: last week he named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley, 44, is known in Israel for her vocal opposition to the BDS movement. Last year, she signed into law the first statewide bill in the United States to block BDS activity in her state.

One of the most rabidly pro-BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) groups in Israel is partly funded by Norway.  Sabeel, founded in 1989 and run by Naim Ateek, former Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. The group is based in Jerusalem and registered in Israel as a nonprofit organization.

The moves by Norway’s third largest city were condemned in a vote on Friday by the World Jewish Congress.

In a letter to Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende, World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer wrote: “Everybody has a right to express views and voice criticism about international affairs of concern. However, in this instance, we notice once again that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel uses double standards.

“No other country is being made the target of such a hypocritical campaign. Trondheim wants to boycott Israeli goods, and Israeli goods alone, for political reasons.”

A little over a year ago, an anti-Semitic caricature implying that Jews control money was produced on a VISA debit/credit card issued by Norway’s largest banking institution, DNB.

When the Israeli Embassy in Oslo contacted the management of the bank, the manager apologized to the ambassador but also offered the excuse that the bank allows clients to order personally designed cards — even though the person who received the offensive design had never requested it.

Kosher slaughter is forbidden in Norway and circumcision is frowned upon.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Embassy in UK Slams Event Hosted by House of Lords Blaming Jews for Holocaust

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Israel Embassy in London has condemned an event hosted by the House of Lords at the Palestine Return Center which also co-hosted the “Balfour Apology Campaign” launched ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

The event, which calls on Britain to apologize for the Balfour Declaration and show remorse for its “past colonial crimes in Palestine,” also blamed Jews for the Holocaust, and compared the Jewish State to the Islamic State, or Da’esh (ISIS).

The Balfour Declaration was the document which in 1917 pledged British support for a Jewish homeland in what was then called Palestine, the Roman name for the land referred to in the Bible as “Eretz Israel,” the Land of Israel.

The session, run by Baroness Tonge, an independent MP who was formerly a Liberal Democrat, was held to launch the Balfour Apology Campaign ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

“This Islamic State in Syria is nothing with Islamic. It is a perversion of Islam just as Zionism is a perversion of Judaism,” said a member of the audience at the event.

A second audience member said, “If anybody is anti-Semitic, it’s the Israelis themselves,” with panel members applauding in response.

Blogger David Collier, who attended the event, said he had “witnessed a Jew-hating festival.”

Hana Levi Julian

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