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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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Ban Ki-moon Calls Emergency UN Session on ‘Violence’

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested a special closed-door emergency session with the UN Security Council at 10 pm Israel time Wednesday night to brief world leaders on the “violence between Israelis and Palestinians,” as he described it to reporters in Jerusalem.

The UN leader made his request Wednesday morning by video-conference from the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah.

Ban arrived in Israel on a surprise visit to the region, warning of an escalation “into a religious conflict with potential regional implications.”

He told reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday, “Security measures can be counterproductive if they are applied without special efforts to defuse the situation before people lose their lives.

“My visit reflects the sense of global alarm at the dangerous escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians,” Ban declared. “I am here to encourage and support all efforts to lower tensions and prevent the situation from spinning out of control.”

The UN chief expressed his condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims of the hostilities and terrorist attacks. “No society should have to live in fear,” he said. “No society can afford to see its youth suffer in hopelessness.”

Ban said that ‘if action is not taken fast’ the dynamics on the ground may only get worse, “with serious repercussions in and beyond Israel and Palestine.”

“It is not too late to avoid a broader crisis,” he said. “In my meetings today and tomorrow with the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, I will be appealing to all to take concerted steps to limit new incidents on both sides. Violence only begets violence.”

He said that extremists on either side, or those who think violence is the answer, must not be allowed to further fuel the conflict.

“Beyond the immediate tensions, what is missing is the resolve to restore a political horizon for talks, and a political process that delivers real results and hope,” Ban said. “Violence only undermines the legitimate Palestinian aspirations for statehood and the longing of Israelis for security.”

Underlining that “the status quo is only making things worse,” the Secretary-General stated that ‘this conflict has gone on for far too long.’

“We must, for the future of our children, turn back from this dangerous abyss, safeguard the two-state solution and lead people back onto the road towards peace,” he urged, adding that the UN, and himself as Secretary-General, will ‘continue to support all efforts to create the conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations and a just and lasting peace.’

During his day in Israel, Ban met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. He told the prime minister he understands the duty weighing on him to ensure that his citizens can enjoy safety and security. He also urged Israel to guard against violent incidents, and to conduct thorough investigations when necessary.

“Mr. Prime Minister, the security challenges your government is currently facing raise many complicated dilemmas and may require tightening of security measures,” the UN chief said in a news conference.

“However, security measures can be counterproductive if they are applied without special efforts to defuse situations before people lose their lives. If the use of force is not properly calibrated, it may breed the very frustrations and anxieties, from which violence tends to erupt,” he said.

Arab leaders have accused Israel of “excessive force” used in the response to the savage terror attacks carried out by suicidal young Arabs who are intent on becoming the latest movie star martyr to be featured on Arab TV.

A young teenage Arab girl who disappeared from her home in southern Israel this week happily sent SMS texts to her friends a few days ago that soon “they will see me on TV.”

Ban Ki-Moon Condemns ‘Reprehensible’ Arson of Joseph’s Tomb

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a rare condemnation of Arab violence against Jews but managed to moderate it with a call to “both sides” to respect holy sites.

Reacting to the arson of Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Yosef) last week by Palestinian Authority Arabs, he stated through his spokesman:

This reprehensible act is yet another example of the escalating violence in the region, threatening to further inflame sensitivities owing to the religious significance of Joseph’s Tomb.

And then came the “balance,” lest Israel escape from libel:

The secretary-general calls on all sides to respect the sanctity of all holy sites, refrain from any inflammatory actions or statements and reject the extremist elements that are pursuing a political agenda seeking to transform the current situation into a religious conflict.

After dozens of Palestinian Authority and Jerusalem Arab terror attacks that have resulted in the murders of nearly a dozen Jews, the shock of the arson of the holy site finally prompted PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas to break his silence and condemn the rioters.

His criticism was in stark contrast to his campaign that charges Jews with preventing Muslims from praying at the Temple Mount, even when “praying” means shooting at police at throwing rocks and firebombs at security officers and non-Muslim visitors.

Israeli Cabinet Minister Uri Ariel commented on Facebook:

Torching one of the places holy to the Jewish people is a new low, and a result of Palestinian incitement.

While the Palestinians brazenly lie about us harming the status quo on the Temple Mount, they go out and burn and desecrate the sacred places of Israel, and that won’t be forgiven.

The Foreign Ministry stated:

Israel condemns in no uncertain terms the harm to Joseph’s Tomb committed for the sole reason that it is a place where Jews pray. The torching of Joseph’s Tomb clearly demonstrates what would happen to the holy places in Jerusalem if they were placed in the hands of the Palestinian leadership.

Only Israel can protect the holy places of all religions in Jerusalem.

Israel’s Ambassador to UN Ron Prosor ‘Glad to Come Home’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Israel’s outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bid farewell this week to the world body in New York. The two men spoke about the Ambassador’s four-year tenure at the UN and the situation in Israel.

The Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation for Prosor’s contribution and for their collaboration, and Prosor invited the Secretary-General to visit Israel again. On his Facebook page, Prosor continued: “Four years ago, when I arrived at our Mission to the UN, Israel was facing a challenging reality and was fighting in the battle on public opinion. Today, upon my return to Israel, our reality remains complicated.

“Throughout my time here at the UN, I have always said that I walk the halls of the United Nations standing tall and proud, knowing who I represent and what I represent, and I’m going home with this same feeling.

“I have confidence in the resilience of the people of Israel in the face of constant challenges, and I thank the government of Israel and its citizens for the privilege of representing you at the United Nations, an important arena that knows no rest.

“I’m leaving behind here in New York a dedicated and professional team and I know that they will continue doing an incredible job. I wish the incoming Ambassador, Danny Danon, the best of luck and strength to face any future battles, and may he mark many achievements.

“Today, as I complete my tenure as Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, I have more faith than ever in the State of Israel and the people of Israel.

“And more than anything, I’m glad to come home.”

Netanyahu Reiterates: Israel Maintaining ‘Status Quo’ on Temple Mount

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reiterated Thursday night in a conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that Israel has no interest in changing the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Israel is, however, acting against the escalating violence being perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs at the sacred site, he told Ban.

“Israel is strictly maintaining the status quo, Palestinian incitement to the contrary notwithstanding,” Netanyahu told Ban, according to a statement issued by the prime minister’s media adviser.

Both the United States and Jordan have weighed in on the issue, as well as Saudi Arabia; all have expressed deep concern about the increasing violence at the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism, and the third holiest place in the world for Islam. Jordan has custodial rights over the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem in accordance with the terms of the 1994 peace treaty with Israel. Within the past two days, an unconfirmed threat was allegedly issued against Israel by the Arab League, warning there would be “consequences” if the violence at the Temple Mount did not cease.

However, since it is the Palestinian Arabs themselves who are inciting the violence and perpetrating it as well — under the Islamic Waqf Authority which is administered under the custodial rights of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan — one can hardly expect a Jewish nation to have more power to end the violence than the Jordanian monarch himself, other than through force of arms.

Security personnel meanwhile have been placed on high alert status in advance of Friday’s “day of rage” declared by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization in solidarity with rioting Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem.

At least 14 Israeli police officers have been injured this week in violent clashes with Arab attackers at the Temple Mount and around the Jerusalem area.

Sixty-four-year-old Jerusalem resident Alexander Levlovitz was murdered earlier this week by Palestinian Arab terrorists who hurled rocks at his car, smashing his windshield and sending the vehicle careening out of control. His wife and daughter were injured as well.

Hamas Accidentally Admits to Committing War Crimes

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Hamas is upset with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and are calling on him to resign, and in the process admitted to committing a different act of “unlawful perfidy”, otherwise known as a war crime.

Ban Ki Moon has gone on the record of agreeing with the Israeli timeline on the kidnapping and murder of IDF officer Hadar Goldin in Gaza — that the Hamas attack occurred after the cease fire was in place.

Hams has now decided they don’t like that timeline, as it makes them guilty of breaking the truce, so they’ve come up with a new narrative.

Hamas now says they attacked, kidnapped (and murdered?) the IDF soldier before the ceasefire was in play.

But they decided to add another detail in their statement, apparently as part of their ongoing psychological warfare against Israel, and in part to try and explain how their narrative works in the real world.

Hamas claims that Israel found the body of their fighter Walid Tawfiq Mas’oud, who participated in the ambush of Goldin, and the IDF confused him with the Israeli soldier, because their Hamas fighter, who participated in the Goldin kidnapping/attack, was wearing an IDF uniform.

While the laws of war are split on whether its acceptable to wear an enemy uniform to move forward or retreat, it is clear to all nations that wearing an enemy uniform during an actual attack constitutes “unlawful perfidy” under international law, or in simpler terms, a war crime.

Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land. The Hague, 18 October 1907.

Art. 23. In addition to the prohibitions provided by special Conventions, it is especially forbidden

(f) To make improper use of a flag of truce, of the national flag or of the military insignia and uniform of the enemy, as well as the distinctive badges of the Geneva Convention;

The ICRC further states:

Rule 65. Perfidy Rule 65. Killing, injuring or capturing an adversary by resort to perfidy is prohibited.

Either way, whether Hamas attacked under “a flag of truce” or while wearing a “uniform of the enemy”, Hamas is guilty of a war crime, by their own admission.

Anti-Semitic, Pro-Terror Cartoons on UNRWA School Facebook Page

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is once again in the spotlight for its support of anti-Semitic, pro-Arab terrorist incitement against Jews.

This time, the watchdog agency “UN Watch” noticed the organization’s lack of neutrality when it spotted a couple of crude, anti-Semitic caricatures on an UNRWA Facebook page. UN Watch sent a letter to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, demanding he “take action immediately to remove the images, apply accountability to the highest levels of UNRWA, and apologize.”

One of the caricatures depicts a hook-nosed Chassidic Jewish man with payot (long side curls) dressed in black with a Magen David (Jewish star) adorning his black hat. A Palestinian Arab boy wearing a kefiyya (Arab scarf) tied around his neck, with a toothy Cheshire-cat grin his holding a remote control with which he directs a car chasing the Chassid, who is fleeing the attack.

The site is run by the Palestinian Arab Rameh school, located in the Jaramaneh camp near Damascus.

The cartoon celebrates Palestinian vehicle terror attacks against Israeli Jewish civilians.

A second cartoon showed a car attacking people, with a caption that translated to “Vehicle intifada da’es’ — a play on words for the Arabic ‘Da’esh’ (ISIS). Da’es in Arabic means to ‘run over.’

“Excellency, at a time when UNRWA claims to be in crisis it is shameful that an UNRWA facility featured on a UN video asking for help for victims in Syria would be the same one engaged in incitement to racism, terrorism and murder,” the letter continues.

“All of this follows the April report of your board of inquiry which found that UNRWA effectively turned a blind eye to Hamas rockets and other terrorist weapons being stored in its facilities.”

A copy of the letter was also sent to U.S. Ambassador the UN Samantha Power, and Anti-Defamation League national director Jonathan Greenblatt.

US, Russia Agree on UN Resolution to Find Chemical Weapons in Syria

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

The United States and Russia agreed late Wednesday on the text of a resolution in the United Nations Security Council aimed at identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

The resolution calls on UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and the UN’s global chemical weapons watchdog to organize a team of investigators to track down the perpetrators.

Those behind the toxic gas attacks, which involved the use of lethal sarin nerve gas, were responsible for the torturous deaths of thousands of Syrians.

The elimination of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons was allegedly to have been completed in August 2014.

The Obama administration announced in August 2014 that U.S. military and civilian personnel had completed the destruction of the Syrian government’s declared chemical weapons stockpile.

The destruction was carried out under the auspices of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.

Early in July 2014, a Danish container ship transferred 620 tons of substances used as precursors for sarin and other chemical weapons to the MV Cape Ray in the Italian port of Gioia Tauro. The American vessel then made for international waters in the Mediterranean Sea where it used custom-made equipment to diffuse the chemical agents into polluted water.

The neutralization of the chemical agents aboard an American ship was ballyhooed as a “watershed moment” in the years-long Syrian civil war.

President Barack Obama said in a statement at the time that it advanced “our collective goal to ensure that the Assad regime cannot use its chemical arsenal against the Syrian people and sends a clear message that the use of these abhorrent weapons has consequences and will not be tolerated by the international community.”

Secretary of State John Kerry added, somewhat more cautiously, that there were still “discrepancies and omissions related to Syria’s chemical weapons declaration.” He also pointed out that Syrian government troops continued to use chlorine gas against the country’s citizens.

Likewise, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby also pointed out that the international community’s work to “completely” eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program was “not yet finished.”

The new UN Security Council resolution proposed by the United States is ultimately aimed at bringing the chemical weapons murderers in Syria to justice. The Council is expected to vote Friday on the resolution, which was proposed by the United States.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-russia-agree-on-un-resolution-to-find-chemical-weapons-in-syria/2015/08/06/

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