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Ban Ki-moon Greets 1,500 Jewish Teens at Chabad CTeen Convention

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The snow fell wet and thick on to the stairs and sidewalk on Eastern Parkway — and all around the New York area, in fact — but no one heard inside the Oholei Menachem boys’ school in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn on Sunday.

As hundreds of airlines delayed and canceled scheduled flights, more than a thousand carousing teens were joyously dancing on their chairs and romping around the banquet tables as Chabad emissaries chuckled and moved around them, conversing placidly with counselors, teens and each other. “COUNTDOWN!” Total rave on the floor.

“3. 2. 1. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS SO WE CAN KEEP THE ENERGY FLOWING!!!” Miraculously, 1,500 squiggling, wiggling, laughing and singing teens sat down in two halls to listen as a slender young girl with shining long hair, and then a healthy boy on video hookup from the matching hall each addressed the crowd. Roars of applause for each.

Mark Seddon, speechwriter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, sat amongst the bedlam appearing slightly bemused by it all. Ban himself had sent a personal, videotaped greeting to the teens, delivered with a warm smile and a cordial tone, and kicked off with a bit of Hebrew just for fun.

“Shalom, Bruchim Ha-baim (Welcome) to Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky and to all the delegates of CTeen. A special welcome also to the 100 young people from Paris. The thoughts of us all are with those who have lost family and friends in the recent horrific terrorist attacks in that city. Chabad institutions such as CTeen have a strong reputation for working in the community. This year you will honour young people who have made a significant difference in people’s lives through CTeen’s social service projects. To them we say, thank you – and keep up the good work! I encourage all of you to continue to reach out to anyone in need with no distinction. This spirit of compassion and equality drives the United Nations. Empowering youth is one of my top priorities. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN World Programme of Action for Youth. We have a campaign called #YouthNow [“hashtag youth now”] that I hope you will all join. When you speak up about the issues that matter we all benefit. The United Nations stands ready to work with you. Thank you.”

Speaking exclusively with JewishPress.com amid the bedlam, Seddon added, “I like the international aspect of this group especially, and that it gives the teens something to believe in.

“The Secretary-General sent warm greetings to these teens, he has a very strong concern about the events that are taking place. This is a such a special program in that it emphasizes that nothing is too big too tackle, and that anything can be overcome. That is so important.”

No less important to the crowd, however, was a video of a young man that it seemed every one there knew. Suddenly, the halls were silent as the young man related how his year had gone, how he had struggled to survive and had seen a miracle because of his friends sitting in that room.

“Every time I strapped up, the straps of the tefillin were connecting me to God and to all of you. I had that fat stack of mitzvah cards to look at, each one with a different name, when things got tough, said the young man on the video. The teens watched avidly, and then exploded in applause as the young man in the video materialized before their eager eyes, striding up to the podium with spotlights playing around the darkened room and video screens beaming the scene to the second hall.

UNRWA Runs Out of Money that Israel Says Being Used for Terror Tunnels

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

UNRWA said Tuesday it has suspended it program  rehabilitate Gaza, which may be good news for Israel since it says material shipped to Gaza are also being used to rehabilitate terror tunnels.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told President Reuven Rivlin in New York Monday night that the United Nations has sent a team to Gaza to investigate assertions by Israel that metal and cement shipped into Gaza are being used for tunnels as well as homes.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told The Jewish Press he is not aware of any money being used for the tunnels, some of which have been identified by the IDF as newly constructed.

The UNRWA program to help Gazans, whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hamas rockets as well as Israeli fire in last summer’s war, is dependent on pledges of $5.4 billion, including $720 million for UNRWA, made by foreign donors at a conference in Cairo last October..

“The gap between expectations after the October Cairo conference and present reality is widening. There are genuine fears that if UNRWA halts this program, the consequences could be dramatic,” said Gunness.

He added, “All of the money that we can dispense has been spent. There is no more money.” He also stated that no money is missing.

There are two UNRWA aid plans, one for rental subsidies and the other for cash payments for Gazans to buy materials.

The Jewish Press has learned that most of the money that actually was turned over to UNRWA came from Saudi Arabia, followed by the European Union.

The constant threat of violence from Gaza is often fueled by great expectations, and the halt to work for homes in Gazans could stir up the locals again.

And what happened to all of the pledges?

Par for the course, most Arab countries have not lived up to their promises.

For example, Qatar pledged $1 billion.

With the price of oil having caved in since October, perhaps the richest country in the world, which has investments of more than $100 billion, cannot find the shekels for its poor brethren in Gaza.

Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad may need the small change for the maid to clean his home in London, for which he paid $62 million and then spent another $110 million to refurbish, complete with marble bathrooms.

UN Says PA to Join ICC on April 1

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that the Palestinian Authority will be joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 1, 2015.

Ki-Moon says he is holding all the application papers.

The PA wants to use the ICC to attack Israel on yet another front.

In response, The Israel Law Center / Shurat HaDin organization has already filed several terrorism charges against the PA/PLO, in anticipation of their becoming a member.

Israel Okays Ban’s UN Commission on ‘UNRWA Incidents’

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

The Israeli government has decided to cooperate with a United Nations commission set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to investigate events this summer near facilities in Gaza owned by the UN Relief and Works Agency. The commission is to be headed by Patrick Cammaert, the former commander of the UN peacekeeping mission to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and a retired Dutch general.

Hamas has yet to confirm whether it will cooperate with the panel in its investigation.

International inspectors discovered during the war that missiles were being stored in at least three UNRWA buildings by local terrorists. In each case, the agency immediately “ordered them removed” but it was never made public where they went, or to whom they were sent. At least six UNRWA facilities were hit by mortar shells or other types of fire during Operation Protective Edge; but the IDF identified concealed rocket launchers around all of them and even within several of the buildings themselves.

Israel intends to share its intelligence materials with the commission established by the UN secretary-general, believing its composition to be more professional than that established by the UN Human Rights Council at the outset of the war.

UNHRC High Commission Navi Pillay announced the need for a board of inquiry in a statement of outrage at the start of the conflict, accusing Israel of committing “possible war crimes” and crimes “against humanity” in Gaza.

That three-member panel, which is led by anti-Israel Canadian law professor William Schabas, is to be boycotted by the Jewish State. It was intended solely to probe events that occurred after July 17 and has not defined Gaza’s ruling Hamas organization as a terrorist group, though it is classified as such by the United States as well as Israel.

Israel’s UN Amb: UNSC Must Understand Har Nof Massacre

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The following is the full text of the letter sent by Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor, both to the president of the United Nations Security Council, Gary Francis Quinlin, and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban ki-moon. Prosor’s letter is about the murders of Israelis praying in a synagogue, when they were – literally – cut down with axes, knives and a meat cleaver.

The letter describes not only the horrific events, but places the blame squarely on Mahmoud Abbas, the acting leader of the Palestinian Authority, for his repeated acts of incitement. It also describes the official Fatah website referring to the massacre as a “heroic operation,” and the celebrations which erupted amongst the Palestinian Arabs upon hearing of the gruesome murder of innocent, unarmed Jewish worshippers.

Amb. Prosor called up on the president of the Security Council to distribute the letter, in its entirety, to the full Security Council, as an official document of the UNSC.

***
11.18.2014

​Excellency,

Early this morning, the quiet that normally blankets the peaceful Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof was shattered. Two Palestinian terrorists armed with knives, axes and a gun stormed a synagogue and savagely attacked the Jewish worshipers who had gathered for morning prayers. The terrorists barbarically murdered four people and wounded eight others.

Three of the victims, Rabbis Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky, and Kalman Levine were dual Israeli-U.S. citizens, and the fourth, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, was a dual British-Israeli citizen.

Israel is searching for a partner in peace, but all we have found is a partnership of terror – in the unity government of Abbas and Hamas. In recent weeks, President Abbas has called on Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using “all means” necessary and repeatedly called for a “Day of Rage.”

Every time the Palestinian Authority inflames tensions, violence follows. This morning saw the sixth terrorist attack against Israelis in less than a month. We have been attacked on train platforms and on the streets of our largest cities; today we learned that innocent Israelis can’t even find sanctuary in the sanctuary of a synagogue.

Following this morning’s massacre, President Abbas’s official Fatah website called this a “heroic operation” and senior leaders praised the attack. Within hours, celebrations erupted in Palestinian towns and villages. Sweets were distributed, young Palestinian men posed with axes, loudspeakers at mosques in Gaza called out congratulations, and relatives of the terrorists hailed them as “martyrs” and “heroes.”

This disturbing response to the heinous slaughter of four innocent people is a stark indication of the culture of incitement that pervades Palestinian society. All nations and decent people should condemn this morning’s appalling act of savagery and call on President Abbas and his Fatah party to stop the anti-Israel incitement, stop glorifying murderers, and stop celebrating the murder of innocent civilians.

I should be grateful if you would have this letter distributed as an official document of the Security Council. I wish to inform you that an identical letter has been sent to H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Please accept, Excellency, the assurance of my highest consideration.
Yours truly,

Ron Prosor
Ambassador
Permanent Representative

H.E. Mr. Gary Francis Quinlan
President of the Security Council
United Nations
New York

Israel Attempts to Insert Reason into UN Debate About Middle East

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Once again on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Israel was on the hot seat before the United Nations Security Council.

Israel’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations David Roet had the pleasure of speaking to the “Question of Palestine,” which is always –  always – a topic on the U.N. Security Council’s agenda.

But before Roet spoke, U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon delivered his remarks on the topic.

The secretary-general’s focus was on the suffering of the Palestinian Arabs and on Israel as the responsible wrongdoer. And of course, Ban stated his iron-clad position that only the creation of a Palestinian State will spell the end to violence in the Middle East.

The secretary-general spoke particularly sharply about the “mile after mile of wholesale destruction” in Gaza. In fact, he said “nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed in Gaza.”

Really? Has the secretary-general seen pictures of the devastation in Syria? Has the secretary-general viewed the videos of beheadings and crucifixions in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, not only this summer, but continuing even now?

Ban curtly stated that he looked forward to a thorough investigation both by the IDF and by the independent Board of Inquiry regarding the suffering of Gazans and the hits on UN facilities and the deaths of many innocent people in Gaza.

THREE SENTENCES ON ISRAEL’S TRAUMA

After recounting the horrors visited upon Gaza by the IDF, the secretary-general devoted three sentences to Israeli suffering, and mentioned having visited terror tunnels, although he didn’t say who built the tunnels, or how they were built or upon whom attacks were launched using those tunnels.

Israelis also suffered during the conflict. I travelled to a kibbutz where I met the grieving family of a four-year-old child named Daniel who was killed by a Hamas rocket – another innocent victim of this mindless conflict. As I said in Gaza, firing rockets is unacceptable, and the rockets have brought nothing but suffering.

I also visited a tunnel built by militants to launch attacks.

But Ban was sanguine about at least some developments following this summer’s conflict. He was very pleased to report that “Palestinians are taking critical steps to forge a united path to the future.” He spent several minutes  praising the “historic meeting in Gaza of the Cabinet of the Government of National Consensus.”

One of the positive results Ban ki-Moon anticipates flowing from this historic unity government is the facilitation of “the flow of construction materials into Gaza.” More terror tunnels, coming right up!

Apparently unable to bear slighting the Palestinian Arabs who don’t live in Gaza, Ban addressed their needs as well.

According to the U.N. secretary-general, the devastation visited upon Gaza by the Israelis is paralleled by the voraciousness of the Israelis gobbling up living space in “occupied East Jerusalem.”

INTERNATIONAL LAW IS CLEAR?

“International law is clear: settlement activity is illegal. It runs totally counter to the pursuit of a two-state solution. I urge the Israeli Government to reverse these activities,” Ban said.

Actually, international law is far from clear on most topics, but it most certainly is not “clear” that Jews building homes anywhere is illegal. Even if building those homes undermines what people see as a two-state “solution,” that does not magically transform the building of those homes into illegal acts.

Ban then goes on to berate Israel for other alleged misdeeds, including “altering policies with respect to the Holy Sites that have been in place over many decades,” and “mounting numbers of attacks by settlers” and other imagined violations of “international human rights and humanitarian law.”

Ban’s conclusion, as is that of so many, is that the only hope for stability and peace in the region is for [Israel] to address the “underlying causes of the conflict: an end to the occupation that has grinded on for nearly half a century, a full lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and effectively addressing Israel’s legitimate security concerns.”

Ban Ki-moon Gives Hamas a Boost with Call for ‘One Palestine’ [video]

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Gaza and the rocket-battered Tuesday, but his heart clearly was with his hope for a “one Palestine” that unites Hamas and Fatah with joint supervision of goods moving in and out of Gaza.

“We stand by you. The international community supports your government’s efforts to assume the security and governance responsibilities in Gaza,” he said after meeting with Gaza officials.

He also visited Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha and Nirim, targets of Hamas tunnel terrorists, and he toured the remains one of the tunnels with IDF officials.

Ban didn’t connect the dots.

“This is a great opportunity to unite the West Bank and Gaza under one Palestinian leadership,” he said. “My visit today to the school and to Gaza has reinforced my conviction that there is no time to lose. There can be no peace in the Middle East, no security for Israel, while the crisis in Gaza festers.”

He did not acquit Gaza terrorists of all guilt and added, “I repeat here in Gaza: the rockets fired by Hamas and other armed groups must end.”

He said he was “shocked and alarmed by the underground tunnels which have been used for penetration for terrorist purposes. Nobody should live under constant threat or fear by these rockets and the penetrating alarming underground tunnels.”

Ban did his best to show sorrow for terror victims in Israel as Gazans who have been caught between their own terrorist regime and IDF retaliation.

But the bottom line, as expected, is that lifting the “senseless blockade” and addressing the underlying issues “is the only way – a viable option, so that the two peoples can enjoy peace and harmony and security.”

His visit follows by several days the “donors” conference in Cairo, where more than $5 billion was pledged to “re-build” Gaza.”

Ban said last week this will be the “last time” that aid will pour into Gaza, where Hamas has repeated used funds to feed its stockpile of weapons rather than feed its hapless resident.

A sign that the Ban called the “build-destroy, build-destroy cycle” is not about to end is that aid is going into Gaza without Hamas agreeing to give up its missiles.

The United States is coughing up more than $200 million for Gaza, and Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked the State Dept. Tuesday, “If you’re going to give them the money without a guarantee of – that hostilities aren’t going to start again, I’m wondering why you just don’t throw it on a bonfire or something.”

Spokeswoman Jen Pskai replied dodged the question, saying only, “We want to see Gaza reconstructed, and we believe that the people of Gaza have a vast array of needs… There’s a desire in the international community to see a serious approach to a lasting ceasefire. “

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