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Israel will demand that the United Nations label Hamas a terrorist organization when the head of the IDF’s international law department and Israel’s legal adviser to the international body meet this month for the first time ever with U.N. officials.
The United Nations never has officially recognized any group as a terrorist organization, and considering the solid pro-Arab majority in the General Assembly, the chances of its labeling Hamas as a terrorist group are as high as Iran publicly turning over its nuclear development program to the United States for safe keeping.
“Operation Protective Edge serves as a serious ‘indictment’ that reveals Hamas’ international crimes with emphasis on the terror tunnels as well as the usage of civilians as human shields,” the Israel delegation said in a statement.
The meeting with senior United Nations official will take place with the IDF’s expert on law, Col. Noam Neuman, and the Foreign Ministry’s legal adviser Ehud Keinan to UN senior officials.
It added, with what must undoubtedly be a carload of sarcasm, “Surprisingly, to date the UN has not officially recognized any organization in the world as a terrorist organization.”
The United Nations does not even know what terrorism means. It has no official definition of the term, according to Anne Bayefsky, editor of Eye on the UN. If the United Nations were to define a country that sponsors terrorism and then expel it from the undistinguished international body, the General Assembly could move into much smaller quarters.
The United Nations, once known for its work around the world to help poor societies, especially in Africa, has turned into a front for terrorism because it protects countries that operate on terror. It even awards them with prestigious positions. Saudi Arabia is on the Human Rights Council and Iran is on the Commission on the Status of Women.
Bayefsky wrote last week in the New York Daily News:
“Since the UN has no definition of terrorism, state sponsors of terrorism happily denounce terrorism’ at the very same time as they promote it. Second, the terrorist funders and weapons suppliers redirect the world’s attention to the supposed ‘root causes’ of terrorism….
“On Oct. 7, at the legal committee meeting at UN headquarters, Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon listed ‘root causes that may lead to radicalism such as . . . poverty, social exclusion and marginalization’ along with ‘Islamophobia.’
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani played the same card in an address to the General Assembly in September when he whined about ‘Iranophobia.’ …
“Iran is also the president of the so-called ‘Non-Aligned Movement — a group of nations routinely aligned against the West. As such, Iran speaks for 120 UN member states — a majority of the 193 UN countries.
“Here’s the Iranian speech to the UN legal beagles that was webcast Oct. 7: ‘Terrorism should not be equated with the legitimate struggle of peoples under colonial or alien domination and foreign occupation for self-determination and national liberation.’
“All 56 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have signed on to the Islamic Convention on Combating International Terrorism, which gives a green light to killing Israelis, Americans and anybody else deemed fair game. The treaty says, ‘Peoples’ struggle, including armed struggle against foreign occupation, aggression, colonialism and hegemony, aimed at liberation and self-determination . . . shall not be considered a terrorist crime.’”
The United Nations Security Council has followed the Peace and Love philosophy of universal self-destruction by blaming “conditions” for the “spread of violent extremism.”
No one is responsible for his actions, except Israel of course, whose existence is alleged as the reason for terror. Get rid of Israel, and there will be no more terror.
In death, many things become clear. Including a U.S. Arab citizen teenager’s terrorist membership.
The body of a 14-year-old terrorist-in-training killed while attacking Jewish drivers on Friday night was dressed in his finest for burial this weekend. Orwa Abd al-Hadi Hammad was tenderly wrapped in a black-and-white checkered keffiyah.
Encircling his brow was a fancy green terrorist headband bearing the ‘Qataib al Qassam’ logo.
The Palestinian Authority-American Arab teen was certainly no boy scout. He was killed while hurling a firebomb (Molotov cocktail) at passing Israeli vehicles on Highway 60 north of Jerusalem.
Israeli soldiers who had set up a lookout patrol on the highway spotted the group of teenage terrorists attacking civilians passing on the road.
The slogan and logo were translated by Yigal Carmon and Dr. Mordechai Kedar from a photo published on the website of the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. They indicate that Hammad was linked to the Izz a-Din al-Qassam: the military wing of the Hamas terrrorist organization.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Hammad moved to the PA village of Silwad with his family at age six, according to the U.S. State Department. The U.S. had immediately issued a statement of “deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad.”
Hammad’s cousin admitted, meanwhile, that he was part of a group who were hurling rocks and firebombs at cars traveling down Highway 60 on Friday night.
The velocity of a rock or fireball the size of a baseball or larger, when hurled straight into the moving windshield of a driver or front seat passenger, can create an impact that shatters the glass instantly. At the very least, the driver is stunned, if not badly wounded. Or dead.
Road terror attacks are intended to kill, and they have. When they don’t, they maim their intended victims. Failing that, they succeed in traumatizing their targets.
This is not about “throwing rocks” like little school children. This is an issue of life and death — on both sides of the road — because in Israel, people of any age who hurl rocks or firebombs or fireworks at traveling vehicles are doing it in order to kill those within. That qualifies them as terrorists, qualifying them as a potential deadly threat to a driver and a target the second they raise a hand to hurl any form of ammunition at a traveling vehicle, its driver and its passengers.
Arabs in eastern Jerusalem resumed rioting Saturday night, and Border Police arrested four rock-throwers and firebombers in an effort to keep an upper hand and send a strong message to deter incitement for a widespread uprising.
Only one person,possibly an Arab, was injured by rock throwing.
Border Police in Beit Hanina arrested three teenagers who were spotted preparing to throw stones, and one firebomber in Silwan, across the road from the Old City, also was arrested.
Riots broke out in several neighborhoods, and Arabs continued to target the light rail system, which has become a symbol of the “enemy” even though it serves Arabs and Jewish.
Palestinian Authority violence has escalated the past several weeks, and several attacks have gone unreported.
Hamas is trying to light the match to inflame violence in eastern Jerusalem, and its senior official Mahmoud Al-Zahar said that violence is needed to put an end to “Israeli aggression.”
However, he added that Arabs in Judea and Samaria are also fighting the Ramallah-based Arab regime.
Israeli forces numbered in the hundreds Saturday night to deal with a smaller number of rioters. The situation definitely is far from calm, but so far, there is not enough fuel for a return to the widespread intifada of the late 1980s and of the Oslo War, AKA Second Intifada, that began in 2000.
The security fence has stopped deterred most terrorists, and mainstream Palestinian Authority Arabs don’t seem to have any burning desire for the establishment of the corrupt and mismanaged Palestinian Authority as a country.
They know they are more secure with Israel protecting them in case Hamas takes over.
The Obama administration pledged its “full support” for Canada to “to hold those responsible” for Wednesday’s terrorist attack but told Israel “to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions.”
The different reactions say in a nutshell everything you need to know how the United States is feeding what Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called a “worldwide epidemic” of terrorism.
The Obama administration constantly maintains that if Israel simply would stop trying to survive as a Jewish state and hand over more than half of the country to the Palestinian Authority on an Islamic platter, there will no longer be a reason for Arab terrorists to exist.
When a terrorist attacks in Ottawa, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says, “We will continue to work closely with our Canadian colleagues to ensure the safety of all our people, and together to counter violent extremism in North America and elsewhere around the world.”
When a terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, Kerry does not even bother to put his name on the press release. He dictates to Spokeswoman Jen Psaki to say, “We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.”
The United States condemned both attacks, of course.
“We condemn today’s heinous and evil attacks in Ottawa, seemingly aimed at the heart of the federal government itself. The United States has faced this kind of violence firsthand on our own soil, and we grieve with Canada, seared by the memory of our own painful experiences,” Kerry stated.
He even picked up the phone to speak with Canadian Foreign Minister Baird “to express our deepest condolences on this tragic day, and to pledge the full support of the United States to Canada as it works to determine the facts and to hold those accountable responsible.”
In response to the murder of a three-month-old baby, an American-Israeli, Psaki stated, “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured.
“We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.”
That’s it. No support for the Israeli government “to determine the facts and to hold those accountable responsible.”
No statement that the United States “will continue to work closely with our Israeli colleagues to ensure the safety of all our people, and together to counter violent extremism in North America and elsewhere around the world.”
The United States did not call on “all sides” in Canada “to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions.”
The State Dept. simply cannot condemn terror in Israel without sticking a knife in the victims’ backs.
“Maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions?” What does that mean?
It means, “Don’t get tough with terrorists. Let’s talk about it. Let’s agree that if the Palestinian Authority would be established as a country in place of Judea, Samaria and half of Jerusalem, including the Jewish Quarter, terror would go away, just like it went away when Israel expelled every last Jew and withdrew every Israeli soldier from Gush Katif and northern Gaza nine years ago.
Oh, were there a few thousand missiles attacks from Gaza on Israel since then? No worry. There now is a cease-fire while Hamas re-arms.
“Maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions” – is that what the Obama would have said if the terrorist had struck in Washington?
And want is this “all sides” business?
Official Palestinian Authority media day in and day out educate Arabs that every inch of the Land of Israel will be Palestine and incite youth to “resist” by becoming martyrs. So how does Psaki come up with this shpiel for “all sides to maintain calm.”
The funeral for Chaye Zisel Braun began at midnight Wednesday night. Chaye Zisel Braun is the 3 month old baby who was killed by the terrorist Abdul Rahman al-Shaloudi who mowed down a group of commuters with his car.
Chaye Zisel Braun is an American citizen, and the great-granddaughter of the late Rabbi Rafael Halperin, a well know figure in Israel.
The terrorist who killed the baby has died of his wounds.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who was at the funeral, released the following statement:
“We must restore peace and security in Jerusalem- as I have said for months, the situation in Jerusalem is intolerable and we must act unequivocally against all violence taking place in the city. Today, more than ever, it is clear that we must send police forces into neighborhoods where there are disturbances, placing them strategically and widely in significant numbers.
Following my request, the Prime Minister has given instructions to reinforce the police forces in order for us to implement an operational action plan formulated to deal with riots, including the addition of personnel and special units, using technological means, and increased intelligence.
I will continue to be vigilant and we will not rest until security is restored in Jerusalem.”
On Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, an Arab resident of the Silwa neighborhood of Jerusalem, a member of the Hamas terrorist organization, deliberately plowed his car into a crowd of Israelis waiting for the light rail. The attack injured eight people, and a three month old baby, Chaya Ziso HY”D, died from the injuries she sustained in the attack.
The terrorist, later identified as 21 year-old Abdur Rahman Slodi, a Hamas member who has been jailed for terrorist activity, was shot at by police as he attempted to flee the attack scene. Initial reports were that the terrorist was killed. In fact, Slodi survived and underwent surgery at an Israeli hospital.
But, in one of the best – if most pathetic – examples of man bites dog, the Palestinian Arab news source Maan described the incident in a very different way. This was Maan’s headline: “Palestinian ‘shot dead’ by Israeli police in Jerusalem.”
Despite a video plainly showing the white car which Slodi (whose name as reported in the Arab media is Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi) was driving veer off the road and directly into a crowd of people waiting for the light rail, Maan described what happened as al-Shaludi having “lost control of his vehicle and it hit commuters standing nearby.” Those pesky murdering cars.
But how to explain that the Hamas member tried to flee the scene? Maan creatively explains: “al-Shaludi had exited his vehicle after striking the pedestrians, at which point he was shot in the back by the guards.”
Shot in the back, of course, suggests that the perpetrator did not pose an immediate threat. Why, he was just minding his own business, walking away after his evil car had misbehaved.
The Arab news source quoted unnamed “eyewitnesses,” who “stressed that the incident appeared to be an accident, not a terrorist attack, as had been reported by Israeli media.”
Maan failed to explain why Hamas leadership acknowledged the deed, attributing it to the evils of the “occupation.”
“This is a natural response to the crimes of the occupation and invasion of our land by the Jews, particularly on the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” said Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran on Hamas television.
Al-Shaludi, incredibly enough, had been unlucky before. Apparently he was, according to Maan, “previously a prisoner in Israeli jails and was held for 16 months before being released on Dec. 22, 2013.” Imagine that. A prisoner for all that time, and apparently for no reason, at least none worth mentioning. And then, shazam! It happened again. Al-Shaludi “was re-arrested in February for a month.”
What bad luck.
But Al-Shaludi is in an Israeli hospital, while baby Chaya is dead.
Maan was not the only media outlet to shift the wrongdoing from an Arab terrorist on to the Israelis. The initial Yahoo! News headline for the story, taken from the Associated Press, was “Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem.”
No doubt the U.N. will condemn the Israeli police. Or Al-Shaludi’s car.