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Pro-Israel Rally at UNHRC in Geneva

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Some 1,000 demonstrators attended a rally Monday at the Place des Nations in Geneva to express their support for the State of Israel as the United Nations Human Rights Council held its debate on Israel and the Schabes Report on last summer’s counter terror operation in Gaza.

Members and supporters of more than 80 NGOs, including many Jews and Christians, travelled to the Swiss city to express their support for the Jewish state and to urge the U.N. to treat Israel fairly.

“The reason we are here today is to tell the United Nations that it needs to change. It needs to overcome its obsession with Israel,” said World Jewish Congress (WJC) CEO Robert Singer. “This obsession is destructive and it stands in the way of an effective human rights policy that is so badly needed.”

Singer insisted that Israel had a right to defend itself against Hamas. “Gaza is still an occupied territory, but the occupier is not Israel. It’s a terrorist movement called Hamas. Blaming Israel for every woe has become a sport. Not just here at the U.N., but here especially.”

A resident of Gaza Belt community Kibbutz Aza, located just a kilometer away from the southern border (less than a mile), Ofir Libstein also traveled to Geneva to attend the rally. Libstein said, “My four little sons were born into a 15-second reality – the time between the rocket alert and the explosion. By the time they turned two, we had already trained them to run for cover.

“Nitzan, my 11-year-old, was waiting for his soccer training to begin when a rocket attack started. Ever since, he has not been able to sleep by himself. Every alert and every explosion makes him relive the attack.”

Another resident of the area, Adele Raemer of Kibbutz Nirim, described how residents of the kibbutz were nearly murdered last year when terrorists emerged from an attack tunnel.

“I am disappointed by the tone at times of the Human Rights Council, which insinuates that Israel does not demand accountability from her army. I know that in the process of protecting my community, our soldiers have put their lives at risk to save innocent Palestinian lives, aborting vital missions when non-combatant Palestinians were in harm’s way. We all need to be able to raise the next generation to respect our neighbors, not fear them,” she added. This is clearly not a conflict that can be resolved by weapons. It can only be resolved by courageous leaders and diplomacy.”

Pre-Occupied UN Human Rights Council Debates One Issue – Israel

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Iran and Syria headlined the wolf pack verbal assault on Israel at today’s 29th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s pre-occupation with the “occupation.”

This is the first time I ever have watched this much-talked about about circus, but none of the previous reports of the Council’s Israel bashing could have prepared anyone for what must be described as a humanitarian disaster.

Country after country attacked Israel for apartheid, occupation, violation of human rights and freedom, searches on the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, crimes and the violations of human rights. Morocco claimed that Israel is harming the “Islamic identity” of Jerusalem.

Qatar’s representative stated that Israel is not serious about peace, and charged that Israeli forces “have taken control of the third flotilla that was going to Gaza.”

Syria alleged that Israel is supporting terrorists in the Golan Heights, with the backing of the United States.

Saudi Arabia’s official noted that Israel ignores “any human rights norms” but that “many countries” do not condemn Israel, making the Council powerless to “give rights back to Palestinians under occupation.”

And the Palestinian Authority? It said that Israel is the biggest violator in the world of human rights.

China said the “Palestinian issue” is the “heart” of problems in the Middle East.

And in other news this week, Iran has passed a bill that allows men to marry their adopted children to protect their daughters from being married off.

According to Amnesty, Iran also made a retrogressive amendment in Iran’s new Code of Criminal Procedures, limiting the right to access an independent lawyer of one’s choice during primary investigations in certain criminal cases.

In Syria, Assad’s forces killed 13 civilians and wounded dozens of others in a barrel bomb attack.

Christian Today reported Monday:

Things have taken a turn for the worse for Asia Bibi, 50, the falsely accused Christian woman who has been languishing in Pakistani prison for six years now despite her declining health.

Bibi was accused of blasphemy in Pakistan for sharing her faith in God to other women, according to Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaries International. She was then sentenced to death, although an appeal has been filed at the Supreme Court with no news yet on when her case will be heard.

And in Saudi Arabia, the ministry said it support internationally recognized human rights but not those that are specific to homosexuals.

As noted above, today is the first time I ever watched the live video of the United Nations so-called Human Rights Council.

God willing, this will be the last time, also.

Iran ‘Alarmed by Hatred’ – Elsewhere

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

If it were a movie, it would be hilarious, but it is real and tragedy. One could find the positive side and say that the U.N. Human Rights Council provides volumes of evidence for historians to record for future generations that twisted minds did not die with Hitler.

Here are a few choice comments made at the so-called Human Rights Council Monday:

Saudi Arabia: My country, we are based on Islamic Sharia, which upholds human rights.

Venezuela: My country is a model of political tolerance….All people may express their opinions and criticisms freely.

Iran: We are alarmed by horrendous acts of religious and racial hatred in different parts of the world, in particular in Western societies.

The U.N. Human Rights Council keeps most of its workers employed by their spreading blood libels against Israel. CAMERA pointed out that on the same day that the Council heard the above comments, provided by a Twitter follower, Saudi Arabia “recorded its 100th beheading two weeks shy of the mid-year.”

It added:

Apparently, the Saudis are on a record pace. The majority of those decapitated are said to be murderers and drug offenders, however, apostasy is also listed as a capital offense. The executions are usually carried out in public.

The Council’s obsession with Israel has been so widely-document that perhaps, just perhaps, it is beginning to repent.

The United Nations reported Monday on remarks made by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the 29th session of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council:

[Syria is] the ‘most mind-numbing humanitarian crisis of our era’….

In addition to the situation in neighboring Iraq, where the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) continues to perpetrate the most ‘despicable abuses,’ Zeid talked about Libya, where armed groups continue to engage in violent clashes using heavy weaponry, and indiscriminate shelling of residential neighborhoods.

Zeid then ticked off countries where attention should be paid to human rights: Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Burundi, Russia, South Sudan, and Venezuela.

Note that Iran and Saudi Arabia were not specifically mentioned, but that is not the end of the list.

The U.N. report did not conclude without stating, “He also expressed concern about the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

He meant the Palestinian Authority, right?

Biased Schabas Resigns, Must Scrap Tainted ‘Investigation’ and Report

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

It was announced late on Monday, Feb. 2, that the man named last year by the United Nations Human Rights Council to head an investigation and craft the official UN report on Israel’s conduct during last summer’s war has resigned due to repeated allegations of bias against Israel.

The investigation, however, is over and the report is due to be published next month; that means all of the substantive work is complete.

If the allegations against Schabas’s bias against Israel were so strong and enduring that he was forced to resign, then the entire investigation and report is tainted.

The investigation must begin anew, with an unbiased official overseeing the entire enterprise. That is the essence of the statement issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following the resignation of William Schabas.

Here is Netanyahu’s statement:

After the resignation of the committee chairman who was biased against Israel, the report that was written at the behest of the UN Human Rights Council – an anti-Israel body, the decisions of which prove it has nothing to do with human rights – needs to be shelved. This is the same council that in 2014 made more decisions against Israel than against Iran, Syria and North Korea combined.

It is Hamas, the other terrorist organizations and the terrorist regimes around us that need to be investigated, not Israel, which this past summer acted in accordance with international law as it defended itself against the Hamas war criminals who used residents of Gaza as human shields to fire at Israeli citizens. Israel will continue to defend itself against the terrorism that is being directed against it on all fronts.

An excellent compilation of the many charges of bias against Israel by Schabas is available at the UN Watch site.

Schabas had said how eager he was to get the Israeli prime minister “in the dock” for human rights violations long before he was chosen to head the very team charged with conducting an impartial investigation.

What is less well known is that while a Ph.D. student and active member of the radical group SDS at the University of Toronto, he was charged and convicted with violating human rights and freedoms by physically obstructing a visiting Harvard professor from speaking on campus. Schabas was found guilty on four charges and was kicked out of the university for several years as the result of his actions.

So this human rights violator who is biased against Israel should not get off with only resigning from the investigations committee. He never should have been chosen in the first place, and the report concocted under his leadership must be scrapped. The entire process must begin anew.

Richard Falk Blames Israel for Sins of Egypt and Palestinian Authority

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Richard Falk, whose official title is “U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories,” is furious that Gaza fisherman are being shot at, angry about the “blockade” on Gaza, and is upset beyond imagination at those who violate Palestinian Authority Arabs freedom of expression and assembly and who use “excessive use of force.”

Last week, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported, “An Egyptian naval ship opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip early Saturday, a Palestinian union official said.”

The following day, the Chinese Xinhua news agency wrote, “Islamic Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip organized Sunday a sit-in at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, urging the Egyptian government to reopen the terminal which was closed after the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last year….

“Since toppling Morsi, the new army-backed Egyptian government has been partly opening the Rafah crossing, allowing the entry of only patients, students in foreign countries and holders of foreign visas and passports.”

Today, the Egyptian Ahram reported, “The Egyptian army has destroyed eight more tunnels used for smuggling along the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, an army spokesman said on Sunday.”

Earlier this month, the French AFP news agency told readers around the world, “Palestinian authorities on Thursday imposed a blanket ban on all rallies in support of Egypt and Tunisia after the security forces were accused of harsh conduct towards demonstrators.

“The move came just hours after Human Rights Watch issued a statement condemning the Palestinian security forces and police for forcibly breaking up a pro-Egypt gathering in the West Bank city of Ramallah a day earlier….

“Police punched, kicked and detained participants in the demonstration, as well as at least two journalists and a HRW research assistant,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement, adding that the police “began beating demonstrators without warning.”

“The PA’s suppression is but a continuation of its crackdown on activists and anyone expressing dissent,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It is a clear violation of our basic rights.”

Palestinian Authority Security chief Adnan al-Damiri said in a statement, “The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority forbid any interference in the internal affairs of another country, be it Arab or other, and respect the will of the people to decide their destiny.”

Now, take all of those points, connect the dots and come up with this conclusion: Israeli policies in Judea, Gaza and Samaria amount to apartheid.

That is what Falk concluded Monday in order to show everyone that he failed Logic 101, otherwise known as his final report to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Falk lies in answers to “who shoots at Gaza fishermen and who prevents Palestinian Authority Arabs from protesting?”

“The humanitarian situation in the Hamas-ruled enclave is dire amid fuel shortages,” he added, according to Reuters. Falk insists that Gaza still is “occupied” by Israel because it allegedly controls border, air space and coastal waters. That is two-thirds correct. Israel does control the air space and the coastal waters, in what the United Nations has said is a legal blockade. Falk ignores that any sane nation controls waters and air space used by terrorists trying to destroy it.

The borders on land controlled by Israel and Egypt. Israel allows hundreds of tons of goods, including building materials that can be used to build rocket weapons factories and missiles, to flow into Gaza. Egypt does not.

As for excessive force, Falk gave no examples, but the above quote from the Palestinian Authority’s own unofficial media says it all. Hundreds of reports have shown week in and week out that the Palestinian Authority regime is not less repressive than that of Egypt.

Israel Tells UN Freeing Arab Murderers Proves It Wants Peace

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

It wasn’t bad enough that Israel backed down from its principled position of boycotting the United Nations Human Rights Council because that body relentlessly and virtually exclusively hunts down the Jewish state for opprobrium. And Israel did this, albeit at the last possible minute, knowing that the HRC would attack Israel as soon as the Jewish State came within its sights.

But on Tuesday, Oct. 29, Israel was the one soiling itself before those in the UN’s star chamber even got a chance to get in their first whacks.

Yesterday, The Jewish Press and other media outlets reported that Israel chose to appear before the UN HRC for the Universal Periodic Review, which it had been boycotting for 18 months due to the HRC’s relentless attacks on and double standard towards the Jewish state.

Today, October 29, when Israel presented its human rights record to the HRC, which is the first step in the UPR process, it seemed to prove it has bought into the corrupt, demonizing ethos of the HRC.  Israel presented its worst acts of betrayal against its own people as evidence of proof that it is serious about peace.

Yes, the shameful act of releasing convicted murderers and those who tried their best to murder Jews as a “good will gesture” to the political entities who encourage those murders, was held up as proof by the Israel’s representative to the HRC, Eviatar Manor, that Israel seeks peace.  His words:

All of them have blood on their hands; all of them have murdered Israelis. Their release, I believe, illustrates Israel’s determination to reach an agreement with our Palestinian neighbors that will, once and for all, end the conflict.

Just so readers of The Jewish Press are not confused, we’ll repeat it again. The Israeli envoy to the UN HRC in Geneva presented Israel’s release back into the wild of what is planned eventually to be more than 100 murderers of Jews as proof that Israel wants peace.

More unrepentant murderers out there on the loose means peace is close to the hearts of the Israeli government, in UNspeak, and Israel is now speaking that language as well.

But just in case anyone thought that Israel’s self-flagellation was enough pummeling of Israel for one HRC session, you can rest comfortably because more than 75  other member nations lined up to also vilify Israel.

The Ambassador from “Palestine,” Ibrahim Khraishi, was one of the first to get in his digs.

“I think Israel only understands the language of pressure,” Khraishi said. He demanded that Israel withdraw from the eastern part of Jerusalem and the disputed territories, although those were not the terms Khraishi used.

Of particular significance was Khraishi’s comment about the release of Arab prisoners from Israel’s prisons.  No, Khraishi did not praise Israel’s peace bona fides, but instead demanded that all Arab Palestinian prisoners be released from Israeli prisons.

Why?

“We would also like to see Israel release all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons, because Israel has no justification for keeping them in Israeli prisons,” the “Palestinian” Ambassador said to the exalted body.

Got that? Israel has no right to hold convicted murderers of its citizens in its prisons. And it is Israel that is permanently in the dock, not the political entity which creates and celebrates those murderers.

In addition to “Palestine,” HRC representatives from Switzerland, Egypt and the NGO Human Rights Watch were among the many who harshly criticized the Jewish state during Tuesday’s session.

And just to recall why it is that Israel initially boycotted the HRC: Israel has been the recipient of more critical resolutions from the HRC than any other country.  In addition, Israel is the only country to which the HRC has assigned a permanent investigator.

The final major insult which Israel dared to complain about is that on every HRC agenda there is “Agenda Item 7.” Agenda Item 7 mandates that in every UN HRC session, member states must debate Israeli human rights violations in what it refers to as the “Palestinian territories.”

And now Israel itself has categorized as evidence of its work on behalf of furthering peace and supporting human rights: releasing convicted murderers of Jews.

Russian Human Rights Council to Review Jewish Teacher’s Graft Sentence

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The Kremlin’s human rights council is reviewing a prison sentence meted out to Ilya Farber, a Jewish schoolteacher convicted of corruption.

The regional court of Ostashkov, north of Moscow, sentenced Farber last week to seven years in jail after convicting him of receiving $13,000 in bribes from a construction company. The company was seeking permission to renovate a culture club in a village where Farber settled in 2010 and began teaching art to children.

Many in Russia believe Farber did not receive a fair trial, partly because of his Jewish origins, according to Matvey Chlenov, the deputy executive director of the Russian Jewish Congress. Several people have testified that they heard the prosecutor in Farber’s first trial telling the jury: “Is it possible for a person with the last name Farber to help a village for free?” – a statement interpreted as referring to the fact that Farber is Jewish.

The Russian Jewish Congress has collected $30,000 in donations to help support Farber’s three young sons as he prepares to appeal the sentence, Chlenov said.

Alexander Brod, head of the Kremlin’s Human Rights Council, told the news site Utro.ru that he initiated a review of the case because he found the sentence to be “too harsh.”

Farber was arrested in 2011 and convicted. But a higher court scrapped the first conviction because of irregularities, including the judge’s instruction to the jury to “not to pay attention to the words of the defendant.” The conviction last week came in a retrial.

Farber was convicted of taking two bribes of $9,100 and $4,000 from the construction company Gosstroi-1 in exchange for permission to renovate a village club. Prosecutors said he signed off on the completed renovations when in fact none had been made.

Farber was a director at the club.

Chlenov said, “It is obvious Farber acted naively and some locals set him up and dropped their corruption on him.”

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