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June 27, 2016 / 21 Sivan, 5776

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Israeli UN Ambassador Pressured Ban Ki-moon Into Condemning Sarona Center Terror Attack in Tel Aviv

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Palestinian Authority Arab attack Wednesday night in Tel Aviv that left four dead and four others seriously injured.

But that vigorous condemnation was not issued until after Israel’s UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, stood up and demanded the international community respond to terror attacks in the Jewish State “the same way attacks are treated in Paris and Istanbul.”

Two Arab terrorists from the sprawling village of Yatta, a suburb of Hebron in the southern Hebron Hills, opened fire with submachine guns in the popular upscale Sarona Center.

Ban conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Israel. “There is no justification for terrorism nor for the glorification of those who commit such heinous acts,” Ban underscored, adding that he was shocked that the leaders of Hamas have chosen to welcome this attack and some to celebrate it.

Ban called upon the Palestinian Authority leadership “to live up to their responsibility to stand firmly against violence and the incitement that fuels it.”

But it appears that Ban’s condemnation may not have been a spontaneous response to terror, but rather a response to pressure by Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon.

It was Israel’s UN representative who demanded that the international body condemn the attack.

Immediately following the shooting, Danon called on the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council to condemn Palestinian Authority terrorism.

“Today’s attack is sad proof that when the international community refuses to condemn terrorist attacks against Israelis, the next one to come is only a matter of time,” Danon said in a statement to the UN.

Terror in Tel Aviv must receive the same response (from the international community) as terror in Paris, and terror in Istanbul,” he said.

“I urge the Security Council and the UN Secretary-General to unequivocally condemn this murderous terror attack and to demand that the Palestinian Authority leadership once and for all put an end to the hate speech that incites terrorism.”

Danon expressed his condolences to the families of the murdered and wished the injured a speedy recovery. “Israel stands by your side in this difficult period. Your pain is the pain of us all.” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

Terror Victim’s Widower to UN Secretary General: You Did Not Reach Out To Us

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Natan Meir, widower of terror victim Dafna Meir who was killed in January by a terrorist inside her home, accused the UN of ignoring his plight and that of his children in a letter written to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Meir reflected in the letter, upon his visit to the UN headquarters in New York over two weeks ago under the auspices of Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and the One Family non-profit organization.

“Not a single ambassador of the nations of the world bothered to come and comfort my 17-year-old daughter,” wrote Meir. “Not one came up to shake our hands. No one called or met with us before or after. No one wrote a letter.”

Apparently, the UN Secretary General did not approach Meir or his daughter, either.

“Even you, Mr. Secretary General, while sitting at the head of that meeting, did not reach out to us and or take notice of our anguished faces,” continued Meir.

Referring to himself as a “citizen of the world,” Meir also addressed the controversy involving his place of residence in the town of Otniel, located in southern Judea. Israeli construction in the Judean and Samarian regions, which were captured by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967, is viewed by many in the international community as illegal.

“Indeed, I know my place of residence is not acceptable to you, and so I ask you not to consent, but to understand,” Meir said. “You should know that many of my neighbors who are considered Palestinian Arabs have sent condolences, looked me in the eye, and come to my house.”

“They know and I know that true peace will be achieved by us, the common people,” Meir contended.

Meir also took the opportunity to object to current efforts within UN circles to impose a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He described such a plan, which would almost certainly result in the evacuation of thousands of Israelis living in Judea and Samaria, as racist and a violation of democratic principles and norms.

“The United Nations demands that Israel implement the vision of political separation by fences and borders,” noted Meir. “In this solution, there are no human rights and no democracy. It is based on a shocking element of racism.”

Meir suggested to the UN secretary general that efforts should instead be concentrated on mutual peace building initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians on the ground.

“Peace is the result of building a life together, recognition and appreciation of shared beliefs, mutual acquaintance, endless patience, and endless love,” wrote Meir. “All these things require time, dozens, or even hundreds of years.”

“Patience of generations enables mutual forgiveness and building a life together despite the pain,” asserted Meir. “This is the way real equality comes from shared inner desire.”

In that vein, Meir called for the secretary general to adopt such an outlook and to participate in the implementation of such a plan.

“Make it possible for us to patiently advance our shared lives for posterity,” requested Meir. “Please help us to build bridges and connections between people, rather than borders and fences.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

UN Censors Israeli Exhibits on Jerusalem, Arab Population and Zionism

Monday, April 4th, 2016

The United Nations has censored as “inappropriate” three out of 13 displays in an exhibition organized by Israel’s permanent mission to the United States.

The exhibit, “Israel Matters” was created together with the StandWithUs organization. It opens today (Monday, April 4) at UN headquarters in New York City.

A poster presenting Jerusalem as the spiritual and physical capital of the Jewish People was disqualified by the UN.

UN censored this Israeli poster on Jerusalem.

UN censored this Israeli poster on Jerusalem.

Written on the poster among photos of holy sites were the words, “The Jewish People are indigenous to Israel and have maintained a continuous presence in the land since 1000 BC. Jerusalem has been the center and focus of Jewish life and religion for more than three millennia and is holy to Christians and Muslims as well.”

A second display, which focused on Israeli Arabs noted the population is the “largest minority in Israel, making up 20 percent of Israel’s population.” The display described Israeli Arabs as “equal citizens under the law in Israel.”

UN censored this Israeli poster on its Arab citizens.

UN censored this Israeli poster on its Arab citizens.

The third display is one which explains Zionism, the driving force behind the establishment of the reborn Jewish State. Zionism is defined in this display as “the liberation movement of the Jewish People, who sought to overcome 1,900 years of oppression and regain self-determination in their indigenous homeland.”

UN censored this Israeli poster on Zionism, the ideology that helped Jews recreate the State of Israel once more.

UN censored this Israeli poster on Zionism, the ideology that helped Jews recreate the State of Israel once more.

Israeli Ambassador to the United States demanded Sunday that UN Secretary-General reverse the “scandalous” censorship of the posters. He accused the UN of trying to undermine “the very existence of the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people,” with the move. “We will not allow the UN to censor the fact that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital,” Danon said in a statement.

“The UN must reverse this outrageous decision and apologize to the Jewish People. Zionism and Jerusalem are the foundation stones and the moral basis upon which the State of Israel was founded.”

Hana Levi Julian

Ban ‘Mooned’ at Park East Synagogue

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Ban ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, spoke at New York’s Park East Synagogue over Shabbat. The United Nations is located in New York City, so it would not be such a surprise to have the UN Secretary General speak at a New York City shul, ordinarily. But these are not ordinary times.

Recently Ban has spoken and written publicly in ways, described by many, as justifying Palestinian Arab terrorism against Jews.

So when it was revealed that the Secretary General was going to be speaking at the Park East Synagogue to commemorate the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Shabbat on Feb. 6, pro-Israel stalwarts decided to make sure Ban knew how they felt.

In advance of Ban’s visit, a member of the synagogue sent out a public message, expressing his disgust. Julius Weil tweeted: “Let’s make this a Moonless Shabbat.” He included:

If you’ve read the newspapers, you know there’s a global war on Israel and Jews. The U.N. is the epicenter of this anti-Jewish push. While we still have clout in the U.S. we must stand up and voice or [sic] anger. To invite the Secretary-General to speak in a house of God while he ignores condemning Palestnian acts of terror committed on a daily basis against innocent Israelis is just wrong. To do it under the pretext of honoring the memory of the six million who perished at the hands of the Nazis makes a mockery of their deaths.

There were more who had had enough.

There were pro-Israel supporters handing out flyers outside they shul. The ZOA leaflets that were being distributed included the following information:

On January 26, 2016, United Nations Sec’y-General Ban Ki-moon justified and legitimized terrorism against Jews, by publicly telling the Security Council: “It is human nature to react to occupation,” and that “Palestinians” are driven by “frustration” and “despair,” and by blaming “settlements” (Jewish communities on 2% of Judea/Samaria) for anti-Jewish terror.

Ban Ki-moon showed that he is morally bankrupt when he justified the inhumane Palestinian Arab terrorists who murdered 30 innocent Israeli Jews and injured almost 300 innocent Israeli Jews in stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks during the past four months in an ongoing terror wave. These vicious Arab terrorists even stabbed a Jewish pregnant woman and stabbed to death a Jewish mother of six children while she tried to protect her children.

Jews are not “occupiers” of our own land. And Arab terror against Jews existed long before Israel recaptured Judea/Samaria from illegal Jordanian occupation during a defensive war.

By making excuses for murdering Jews, Ban Ki-moon violated his duty to eradicate terror.

There were also pro-Israel supporters handing out flyers inside the shul, some stationed in the women’s section and others in the men’s section of the shul.

Some of the groups handing out the flyers were Americans for a Safe Israel, and the ZOA. There were also members of the Jewish Rapid Response Coalition.

One activist, Hillary Barr, of Mothers Against Terrorism, said she was approached by “security” as she was giving out her flyers, and told that what she was doing was a security risk.

Barr said, “I explained that in America you can hand out fliers at shuls,” and she would not turn hers over. She said she told him to “just relax.”

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the senior rabbi of the shul, introduced various holocaust survivors – he is also a holocaust survivor – and ended his speech with “we must not be silent.”

Barr said she “took the ‘we must not be silent’ as a direct message” to her. Then Rabbi Schneier introduced Ban ki-Moon. When Ban approached the podium, Barr stood up and said:

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Ban Ki-Moon Doubles Down on His Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seems to have become the new psychologist, band leader and apologist for the Palestinian Authority.

It’s the Israelis’ fault we haven’t reached peace until now, Ban said Wednesday in a speech to the UN committee on rights for citizens of the Palestinian Authority. He fully excused the terror attacks on Israelis in his remarks.

“After nearly 50 years of occupation — after decades of waiting for the fulfilment of the Oslo promises — Palestinians are losing hope. Young people especially are losing hope. They are angered by the stifling policies of the occupation. They are frustrated by the strictures on their daily lives. They watch as Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, expand and expand.

“They are losing faith in their own leadership to deliver genuine national reconciliation and see the dream of a sovereign, contiguous and independent Palestinian state slip away.

“The people of Palestine have lived through half a century of occupation, and they have heard half a century of statements condemning it. But life hasn’t meaningfully changed. Children have become grandparents. But life hasn’t changed.

“We issue statements. We express concern. We voice solidarity. But life hasn’t changed. And some Palestinians wonder: Is this all meant to simply run out the clock? They ask: Are we meant to watch as the world endlessly debates how to divide land while it disappears before our very eyes?”

Sounds a little like an incitement speech by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, no? Maybe a touch more elegant. A better speech writer.

But what really takes the biscuit is Ban’s outrageous defense of the violations of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords – a document his own United Nations lauded.

“I urged Israel to take action consistent with prior agreements, particularly in Area C, to improve Palestinian lives, empower Palestinian institutions and enhance stability and security for Israelis and Palestinians.”

Particularly in Area C, the European Union – and US AID – have been funding and enthusiastically encouraging Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to build illegal structures, and infrastructures, that have nothing whatsoever to do with Israeli life. Under the Oslo Accords, signed by the PA as well as Israel, Area C is to be maintained under the sole legal administration of the State of Israel.

Oddly, Ban’s job description on the UN website says he is enjoined to “uphold the values and moral authority of the United Nations, and speak and act for peace, even at the risk, from time to time, of challenging or disagreeing with those same Member States.”

He’s sure been working real hard at that lately, when it comes to the Middle East.

“You can count on me,” he said Wednesday in his opening remarks to the 2016 Session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

Ban vowed  to “continue to speak up and speak out – to push and to prod – to do all in my power” to achieve the “long-overdue” peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

His “one and only path to a just and lasting solution” leading to that peace — of course — is “an end to the occupation that began in 1967, leading to a sovereign and independent State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel.”

Earlier in the week, he justified bloodthirsty terrorist attacks in a speech to the UN Security Council by explaining, “It is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”

“The UN Secretary General’s remarks give a tailwind to terrorism,” Netanyahu said Tuesday in response to Ban’s explanation. “There is no justification for terrorism.

“The Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state – they want to destroy a state and they say this openly. They want to murder Jews simply because they are Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights. The UN lost its neutrality and moral force a long time ago and the Secretary General’s remarks do not improve the situation.”

For Israel, the presence of terrorist strongholds in Judea, Samaria and Gaza is an existential threat. The question of Jerusalem is no question whatsoever: One has only to open a Bible to know that. The United Nations understood that well before the partition plan was passed in 1947, and it was the Arabs who rejected that, not the Jews.

Israel won’t commit national suicide to win an international popularity contest. Not even the leftist factions have ever been willing to go that far.

The only goal accomplished by Ban’s latest remarks is the incitement of greater terrorist savagery against Israelis; Palestinian Authority leaders and most of its residents view such statements as validation for violence.

Ban’s declaration on behalf of the international community has now granted legitimacy to the current wave of terror – thus a license to wage a war of attrition on Israel.

But don’t imagine even for a heartbeat that Israelis living anywhere, on either side of the 1949 Armistice Line, will not defend themselves.

That went out with the gas chambers.

Hana Levi Julian

In Wake of Arab Terror Spree, UN Chief Castigates…Israel but Israel Responds

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Ban Ki-Moon had it right when he began his remarks to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Jan. 26. In the first session of 2016, Ban said that this new year started the same way that 2015 ended, with “unacceptable violence.”

We’re with you there.

But despite emitting a one sentence acknowledgement of reality – “Stabbings, vehicle attacks, and shootings by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians – all of which I condemn —  and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, have continued to claim lives,” Moon then proceeded to justify Palestinian Arab terrorism.

It’s the same old tired trope: the “Occupation” leads to “frustration,” the sense of “alienation and despair,” a “potent incubator of hate and extremism,” a “chipping away” at the “ability of Palestinian people to live in dignity.”

So what does Ban suggest to end the terrorism? He called for the “strengthen[ing] of Palestinian institutions, security and economic prospects,” [please note, the Palestinian Arabs are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid] hand over more control of Area C (the sector of the disputed territories where the greatest number of Jews live!) to the Palestinian Arabs; and a “freeze of Israel’s settlement enterprise.” Oh, and everyone should please fulfill their pledges to help rebuild Gaza and Palestinian Arab groups please stop fighting with each other and concentrate instead on Israel.

Just in case you might be wondering where Ban’s sympathies lie, he lays it out clearly. The building of homes for Jews anywhere in the disputed territories, he said, “are an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community. They rightly raise fundamental questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution.”

Got it.

Ban went so far as to suggest that Israelis should ignore the ruling by its own Supreme Court – not a hawkish institution by anyone’s (rational) imagination – that land south of Gush Etzion could be used by Jews.

That’s right, the Secretary General of the U.N. told a sovereign people to ignore the ruling of their own Supreme Court. That is unprecedented and unconscionable.

The whole issue is the creation of a Palestinian State. It is not a peace process, it is simply a Palestinian State creation process, and the security of Israel? Yes, of course, if that happens. But make no mistakes about what is the priority.

To be fair, the U.N. Secretary General also chided the Palestinian Arabs. There was one sentence, 21 paragraphs along, in which he “condemned the firing of rockets into Israel from Gaza.” But the remainder of his focus on Gaza was about reconciliation, about encouraging Arab factions in Gaza to work out issues amongst themselves. The better to eat you with, my dear. No, he actually didn’t say that. What he said was that will enable the Palestinian Arabs to work together in a more unified fashion in order to achieve a Palestinian State.

Finally, in paragraph 31, Ban slips in along with his beseeching of all parties to please, oh please quickly create a Palestinian State, a wag of a finger at the Palestinian Arabs. No, not for terrorist acts, but just to remind them that “incitement has no place,” and that “questioning the right of Israel to exist cannot be tolerated.”

In other words, all the evil terrorist acts of the Palestinian Arabs can be understood as the result of the occupation, but stop saying Israel has no right to exist and stop saying (at least in public) that killing Israelis is your right.

NETANYAHU RESPONDS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response was swift and unequivocal, rejecting Ban’s statement and its premise. Rather than seeking to justify the terrorism of the Palestinian Arabs, the U.N., including its titular head, must recognize that “Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state – they want to destroy a state and they say this openly. They want to murder Jews simply because they are Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights.”

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Israel Condemned for Preparing to Designate State Land in Jordan Valley

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Israel is preparing to designate 370 acres (approx. 1,000 dunams) of agricultural land in the Jordan Valley as state land – and the the expected reactions of outrage are already starting from the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations. Even “concern” from the United States, before the ink is dry.

The land is located in Area C – legally under the control of Israel under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords – and a bit north of the Jewish community of Almog.

Israel farmers have been working the land for several years. It is agricultural land. And yet, the world is screaming about Israel extending its “settlements.”

Why? Because the parcel is within driving distance of the city of Jericho, which is currently under the complete control of the Palestinian Authority, in Area A — which makes it fair game for the PA’s expansionist policies and fantasies, fed by the European Union and egged on by some Arab nations as well.

Legally, however, under current Israeli law land which lies fallow for several years automatically reverts back to government property; the law dates back to 1858, under the Ottoman Empire.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led the international chorus of condemnation Thursday with a statement on his website.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about reports of the Israeli Government authorizing the declaration of 370 acres in the West Bank, south of Jericho, as so-called ‘state land. Settlement activities are a violation of international law and run counter to the public pronouncements of the Government of Israel supporting a two-state solution to the conflict,” the statement said.

Likewise, U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement Tuesday, “We strongly oppose any steps that could accelerate settlement expansion and we believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question frankly the Israeli government’s commitment to a two-state solution.”

That wasn’t enough, however.

Palestinian Authority journalist Said Erikat of the Al Quds newspaper has become a professional at lobbying for the cause in the guise of asking questions as a reporter.

Following is a transcript of his exchange with Toner over the U.S. view of Israel’s designation of state land in the Jordan Valley.

TONER: Please, Said [Erikat of Al Quds). ERIKAT: Can we go on to Palestinian-Israeli issue?

TONER: Yep, sure. I think so, yeah.

ERIKAT: I know John responded at length to the comments made by Ambassador Shapiro yesterday, and he also commented on the report by – a human rights report – but – and your position on the settlement. But the Israelis today announced the expansion of settlements, about 1,000 dunams or 300 acres and so on. And my question to you – not pertaining to your stance on your settlements, which is quite clear – but it seems that the Israelis, every time there is a report or there is any – or there’s criticism by you, by the Europeans, they go ahead and they just, like, poke you in the eye and just take more land and expand the settlement. Is that a pattern that you see?

TONER: I don’t know if it’s a pattern, Said. I mean, we’re obviously aware of the reports —

ERIKAT: You can almost —

TONER: No, I know, we’re —

ERIKAT: You look at it and you can see it every time.

TONER: We’re – yeah, you’re referring to the decision, the defense ministry’s decision for – to declare some 400 acres in the Jordan Valley as — ERIKAT: Right.

TONER: — yeah, as state land, and that obviously appears to be, as we’ve seen before, a step towards building settlements in that area. I don’t know if it’s a pattern. I feel as though I sound like a broken record, but we strongly oppose any steps that could accelerate settlement expansion, and we believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question, frankly, the Israeli Government’s commitment to a two-state solution.

Hana Levi Julian

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