web analytics
December 8, 2016 / 8 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

Palestinian Authority Polluting Wadi Qelt [video]

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Yishai, the security chief from Alon, filmed the Nachal Prat / Wadi Qelt stream in the Ein Prat nature reserve, over the weekend. The Ein Prat reserve is a popular hiking area.

Palestinian Authority villages and cities are dumping untreated sewage into the environment, and you can see the results in the stream.

The stream originates near Jerusalem and eventually runs into the Jordan River.

Video of the Day

Saban, ADL’s Greenblatt: Ellison Clearly an Anti-Semite

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Movie mogul and major Democratic party donor Haim Saban on Friday night at a Brookings Institution dinner attacked Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, a leading candidate in the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, calling him an anti-Semite.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean dropped out of the DNC race on Friday, urging Democrats to elect only a full-time chairman, implying Ellison would not make an effective party leader because of his Congressional commitments. Speaking on Friday to state party chairs in Denver, Ellison said that if he’s elected chairman, he’d consider leaving Congress to devote his attention to rebuilding the party.

The fact that Ellison may be the next Democratic party decision maker stirred up Saban’s harsh response.

Speaking from his table at the dinner, Saban said: “I would just like to clarify something about Keith Ellison and him running for head of the DNC. […] I think it’s important for this audience to know. First, The fact that Keith Ellison is a Muslim is a non-issue at all. That is not an issue. With that out of the way, if you listen to Keith Ellison today and you see his statements, he’s more of a Zionist than Herzl, Ben-Gurion and Begin combined. I mean, really, it’s amazing, it’s a beautiful thing.”

Then Saban delivered his punch line: “[But] if you go back to his positions, his papers, his speeches, the way he has voted – he is clearly an anti-Semite, an anti-Israel individual. Words matter, and actions matter more. Keith Ellison would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party. Now I’ve said what I had to say.”

On Thursday, ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, not a rightwinger in anyone’s book, issued an almost identical statement, albeit in a less blunt style:

“When Rep. Ellison’s candidacy to be chair of the Democratic National Committee was first reported, ADL did not rush to judgment.  Instead, we took a hard look at the totality of his record on key issues on our agenda. We spoke to numerous leaders in the community and to Mr. Ellison himself. ADL’s subsequent statement on his candidacy appreciated his contrition on some matters, acknowledged areas of commonality but clearly expressed real concern where Rep. Ellison held divergent policy views, particularly related to Israel’s security.

“New information recently has come to light that raises serious concerns about whether Rep. Ellison faithfully could represent the Democratic Party’s traditional support for a strong and secure Israel. In a speech recorded in 2010 to a group of supporters, Rep. Ellison is heard suggesting that American foreign policy in the Middle East is driven by Israel, saying: “The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes.”

“Rep. Ellison’s remarks are both deeply disturbing and disqualifying.  His words imply that U.S. foreign policy is based on religiously or national origin-based special interests rather than simply on America’s best interests. Additionally, whether intentional or not, his words raise the specter of age-old stereotypes about Jewish control of our government, a poisonous myth that may persist in parts of the world where intolerance thrives, but that has no place in open societies like the U.S. These comments sharply contrast with the Democratic National Committee platform position, which states: “A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism.”

It appears that with or without Ellison at the Helm, rank and file Democrats are abandoning their party’s traditional relationship with the Jewish State. Israeli born Prof. Shibley Telhami, introduced a survey of “American attitudes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” at the at the Brookings Institute Saban Forum 2016, using 1,528 panelists with a 2.5% margin of error, that included the question: “Is Israel an ally or a burden to the United States?”

Most respondents, 76%, across party lines, agreed that Israel is a strategic asset to the U.S. But a majority of Democrats (55%), say that Israel is also a burden.

The breakdown by age of respondents across the lines regarding the notion that Israel is a burden: 61% of people 55 years of age or older disagree that Israel is a burden to the U.S., while 31% agree that it is a burden.

51% of 35 to 54 year olds disagree with the notion of Israel being a burden. But only 49% of 18 to 34 year olds disagree with it.

JNi.Media

Gazan Captured Crossing into Israel

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

An unarmed Gazan was captured near Zikim trying to cross the border into Israel over Shabbat, according to a report by Channel 10’s Or Heller.

There are unconfirmed reports that he was captured trying to swim into Israel from Gaza.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Minor Earthquake Near the Kineret

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

A minor earthquake, registering 3.8 on the Richter scale struck northern Israel at 6:35 AM. The epicenter was just 5 kilometers north of the Sea of Galilee and the city of Teveria (Tiberias).

No damage or injuries were reported.

On Tuesday, there was a minor earthquake in the Sinai, and last week there was a minor quake in Lebanon.

Jewish Press News Briefs

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Reports are coming in from around Israel — it is finally raining.

On the Hermon mountain, a mixture of snow and rain have begun falling.

Around Jerusalem the winds are blowing and knocking down branches.

Jewish Press News Briefs

UN Watch: Today: 6 UN Resolutions on Israel; Texts Ignore Jewish Ties to Temple Mount, Urge Transfer of Golan to Syria

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

UNWatch.org Press Release

GENEVA, Nov. 29, 2016 – Today the UN General Assembly is marking “Palestine Day” with the scheduled adoption of six resolutions against Israel, part of its annual ritual of enacting 20 Arab-sponsored resolutions singling out the Jewish state.

See chart below of today’s resolutions.

[Nov. 30 Update: resolutions were rescheduled for adoption today, Wednesday, Nov. 30]
One resolution calls on Israel to transfer control of the Golan Heights to Syria, oblivious to the mass killings now being perpetrated by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Another resolution condemns Israel for actions in Jerusalem, and uses only the Islamic term for the Temple Mount, ignoring the site’s biblical role in Judaism and Christianity.

“The UN’s assault on Israel today with a torrent of one-sided resolutions is surreal,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental watchdog organization.

“On a day when forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are attacking Syrian civilians in Aleppo, causing thousands to flee, it is obscene for the UN to adopt a resolution mentioning Syrian territory and invoking the Geneva Convention and the ‘protection of civilians’ — yet only to condemn Israel,” said Neuer.

“It’s astonishing,” said Neuer. “At a time when the Syrian regime is killing its own people by the hundreds of thousands, how can the UN call for more human beings to be placed under Assad’s rule? The timing of today’s text is morally galling, and logically absurd.”

“And while there will be a total of 20 inflammatory, unbalanced or redundant resolutions against Israel this session, it is telling that not a single UN General Assembly resolution is planned for victims of gross human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Burundi, Turkey, Venezuela, China, or Cuba.”

“At a time when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his state-controlled media continue to incite their people to stab and shoot Israeli Jews, the UN’s inexplicable response today is to reflexively condemn Israel in six separate resolutions, each of them one-sided and mute on Palestinian abuses.”

“Today’s resolutions claim to care about Palestinians, yet the UN refuses to say a word for the dozens of Palestinians who in the past months have been slaughtered, maimed and expelled by Assad’s forces, with more than 3,000 killed since 2011.”

“Today’s farce at the General Assembly underscores a simple fact: the UN’s automatic majority has no interest in truly helping Palestinians, nor in protecting anyone’s human rights; the goal of these ritual, one-sided condemnations remains the scapegoating of Israel,” said Neuer.

“The U.N.’s disproportionate assault against the Jewish state undermines the institutional credibility of what is supposed to be an impartial international body. Politicization and selectivity harm its founding mission, eroding the U.N. Charter promise of equal treatment to all nations large and small,” Neuer added.

______
UNGA RESOLUTIONS SCHEDULED FOR ADOPTION TODAY


RESOLUTION

SPONSORS

EXTRACTS

ANALYSIS




“Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the
Palestinian People” – A/71/L.18

Plenary Vote:

[TBA]

 


 


22 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others
“Noting with deep regret the onset of the fiftieth year of the
Israeli occupation, and stressing the urgent need for efforts to
reverse the negative trends on the ground…

“[R]equests the Committee to continue [its work] to mobilize
international solidarity and support for the Palestinian people…”

Biased committee is one of the veteran pillars of the UN’s
anti-Israel infrastructure. It is the only GA human rights committee
devoted to a single cause. Its reports systematically turn a blind
eye to Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians. Committee’s
mandate concerns Israeli actions only and is inherently prejudiced
and one-sided.




“Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat” – A/71/L.19

Plenary Vote:

[TBA]

 


 


22 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others

“Requests the Division to continue to monitor developments relevant
to the question of Palestine, to organize international meetings and
activities in support of the Committee’s mandate … to liaise and
cooperate with civil society and parliamentarians, including through
the Working Group of the Committee and its associated ‘UN Platform
for Palestine’, to develop and expand the ‘Question of Palestine’
website and the documents collection of the United Nations
Information System on the Question of Palestine…”

The DPR serves the biased special committee and is dedicated to
spreading anti-Israel propaganda the world over. Its 16-member staff
is grossly disproportionate to the UN’s other four divisions which
cover enormous geographical regions. The DPR’s work is
counter-productive to the peace process and seeks to coordinate
international boycotts against Israel instead of seeking bridges for
peace. Excludes from its events any NGO that declines to swear
fealty to its hardline politics.




“Special information program on the question of Palestine of the
Department of Public Information of the Secretariat” – A/71/L.20

Plenary Vote:

[TBA]

 


 


22 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others
“Recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the
International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the
construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory…”

“Requests the Department to continue… its special information
programme for 2017-2018, in particular, to organize and promote
fact-finding news missions for journalists to the Occupied
Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel…”

The program is one more example of how the neutral UN secretariat is
forcibly co-opted by the anti-Israeli forces at the UN. The program
eschews a balanced approach by overtly choosing the Palestinian over
Israeli narrative, ignoring terrorism against Israeli men, women and
children, and other daily realities of Israeli life. Resources
devoted to anti-Israel propaganda are taken away from other worthy
causes.




“Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine” -A/71/L.21

Plenary Vote:

[TBA]

 


 


22 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others
“Expressing its grave concern about tensions, provocations and
incitement regarding the holy places of Jerusalem, including the
Haram al-Sharif, and urging restraint and respect for the sanctity
of the holy sites by all sides…”

Blames Israel only for lack of peace. Expresses “concern” that 69
years have passed since the 1947 partition plan, suggesting Israel
is at fault when it was the Arab states and Palestinian Arab leaders
who uniformly rejected that resolution and initiated hostilities the
day after its adoption. Text is redundant to several other
resolutions and serves no effect other than demonization. References
to terror fail to name its perpetrators, whereas Israel is named and
blamed throughout. Uses only the Islamic term “Haram al-Sharif” when
referring to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, ignoring Jewish and Christian
religion and history.


“Jerusalem” 

A/71/L.22

Plenary Vote:

[TBA]

 


 


23 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others
“Expressing its grave concern, in particular, about tensions,
provocations and incitement regarding the holy places of Jerusalem,
including the Haram al Sharif, and urging restraint and respect for
the sanctity of the holy sites by all sides…”
Implies that Israeli administration of Jerusalem hinders freedom of
religion when in fact the opposite is true—before 1967, Jordan
destroyed Jewish holy sites and denied access to Jews, while under
Israel all faiths have access to the city and enjoy full freedoms.
Uses of uniformly harsh language against Israel that is not used
even against regimes like Iran. Repeated passage of annual
resolution to address acts from 1980, or matters already covered in
other similar resolutions, serve no purpose other than demonization.
Uses only the Islamic term “Haram al-Sharif” to describe Jerusalem’s
Temple Mount, ignoring Jewish and Christian religion and history.




“The Syrian Golan” – A/71/L.8

Plenary Vote:

[TBA]

 



 


27 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others
“Deeply concerned that Israel has not withdrawn from the Syrian
Golan, which has been under occupation since 1967, contrary to the
relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions…”
Redunant to A/C.4/71/L.15 on “the Occupied Syrian Golan.” Oblivious
to genocidal massacres taking place now in Syria and its security
implications for Israel and the civilians of the Golan Heights.
Ignores Syria’s history of shelling Israeli communities, its
leader’s calls for a “war of annihilation” against Israel, and
Syria’s 1967 aggression that led to its loss of the territory.
Hillel Neuer

An Obama Post-Presidency and Israel

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

{Originally posted to the Commentary Magazine website}

In recent months, there’s been a lot of speculation about whether President Obama would use his last months in office to take a parting shot at Israel. In his final seven weeks, there is still a chance that he will allow a dangerously anti-Israel resolution to go up for a vote at the United Nations Security Council without a U.S. veto. But even if he is constrained by either common sense or a commendable desire not to tie the hands of his successor with an act that can’t be undone, supporters of the Jewish state should not assume that Obama’s attitude toward Israel will be something they can safely ignore once he leaves the White House.

A reminder of just how much damage an ex-president can do comes today in the form of an op-ed by Jimmy Carter published in the New York Times. In it, Carter urges Obama to do just what Israel’s friends fear: allow the Security Council to recognize Palestinian independence with the borders of the territories Israel seized in 1967 without first compelling them to make peace with Israel. That would be a reversal of decades of U.S. policy and do incalculable harm to Israel while not advancing the cause of peace. Despite sharing an antipathy for Israel’s government, Carter and Obama are not close. If Obama does stab Israel in the back at the UN with a measure that will brand Israel as an outlaw state, it likely won’t be due to Carter’s influence. Yet the resurfacing of the 92-year-old Georgian at this crucial moment should alert the pro-Israel community to the possibility that Obama may use his post-presidency in a manner that will follow Carter’s pattern on the Middle East, but with the ability to create far more havoc than his predecessor.

Ever since he left the White House, Jimmy Carter has used the prestige of his former office to promote some anodyne causes like Habitat for Humanity. But he is almost as well known for his other post-presidential obsession: hammering Israel every chance he gets. Carter’s barely-concealed animus for Israel during his term in office was no secret, but it was overshadowed by Anwar Sadat’s courage in forging a peace with Israel for which the former president got more credit than he deserved.

Since then, Carter has stooped to false comparisons between Israel and apartheid-era South Africa and become a reliable apologist for anything the Palestinians do no matter how awful while never failing to attack Israel any chance he gets.

Carter left office as a defeated president and was labeled a failure. His presidency is chiefly remembered now, if it is remembered at all, as a prelude to the Ronald Reagan’s successful two terms, in which he presided over a robust recovery from Carter’s “malaise” and the defeat of the Soviet Union. Good works restored his reputation to some degree, but Carter’s standing at home and abroad has never been sufficient to lend the kind of weight to his attacks on the Jewish state that would have had an impact on American opinion or that of an international community already prejudiced against Israel.

That won’t be true of ex-president Obama.

Leaving office will not diminish Obama’s historic status as our first African-American president. History’s verdict on Obama’s major initiatives—ObamaCare and the Iran nuclear deal—may be that both were flops. But he exits the White House with sky-high approval ratings. Those numbers may grow in the next four years due to constant comparison with the mercurial Twitter-addicted Donald Trump.

That will place him in a unique position to influence a Democratic Party that has a growing faction that is unfriendly to Israel (as evidenced by the rise of Representative Keith Ellison as a likely next chair of the Democratic National Committee) and to sway international forums where his prestige will eclipse that of Carter or any other living president or world leader. Should Donald Trump keep his promises to stand by Israel, Jerusalem will not have to worry as much about its sole superpower ally as it has in the last eight years. But if Obama chooses to use the coming years of relative leisure to pursue his vendetta against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to push for pressure on Israel or even to isolate it in the same manner as Carter, he could be almost as much of a problem for the Jewish state out of office as he was in it.

Jonathan S. Tobin

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/an-obama-post-presidency-and-israel/2016/12/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: