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May 25, 2016 / 17 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’

Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN Apologizes to Ambassador Danny Danon

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN Rafael Ramirez expressed his apology to Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon following his comments last week at the UN Security Council where he asked if “Israel wants a final solution to the Palestinians?”

On Wednesday, Ramirez met with Edmund Mulet, the UN Secretary General’s chief of staff, and said he regretted his language and apologized to Danny Danon personally.

Rafael Ramirez compared Israel to the Nazis.

“What is Israel planning to do with the Palestinians?” asked Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez. “Do the Israelis want the Palestinians to disappear? Is Israel preparing a ‘final solution’ for the Palestinians similar to that which was perpetrated against them?”when he asked “Israel wants a final solution to the Palestinians?”

Shalom Bear

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

Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Compares Israel to Nazis

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Israel was accused in the United Nations on Friday by Venezuela of preparing a ‘final solution’ for Arabs from the Palestinian Authority.’

“What is Israel planning to do with the Palestinians?” asked Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez. “Do the Israelis want the Palestinians to disappear? Is Israel preparing a ‘final solution’ for the Palestinians similar to that which was perpetrated against them?”

Venezuela holds one of the ten rotating seats on the UN Security Council.

Ramirez was present at a meeting of the council where Michael Sfard, a member of the far-left Yesh Din organization, described ‘price tag’ attacks by Israelis against Arab targets and the response by law enforcement.

Sfard suggested that price tag attacks are an attempt by Jews to drive Arabs out of the country. Ramirez asked during his presentation whether the State of Israel had a similar agenda.

The comparison, drawing a link between Israel and Nazi Germany, drew immediate outrage from Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.

“This statement by the Venezuelan ambassador is straightforward anti-Semitism against the Jewish state,” said Danon,” according to a statement by the Israeli mission to the UN. “His remarks are a direct continuation to the Palestinian representative’s statement a few days ago comparing Israel to the Nazis,” Danon said, adding the remarks were “unequivocally condemned” by the U.S., the UK and France.

Ramirez subsequently apologized to the “Jewish People if they were offended by the remarks,” according to the statement.

“The Palestinians are bringing anti-Semitism into the halls of the UN and are legitimizing racists and crass language in the parliament of nations,” Danon noted.

Last month Palestinian Authority representative to the UN Riyad Mansour drew a parallel between the Jewish resistance fighters during the Holocaust and the Arab attackers in the current wave of terror.

The attempt to compare the two was roundly condemned at the time by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations as “offensive, hateful anti-Semitism.”

Hana Levi Julian

France Snubbed Israeli Offer of Advanced Counter Terror Technology

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Nearly a year before Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists tore apart a beautiful Paris night, an Israeli company offered terrorist tracking software to France.

It was just after the January 2015 slaughter by a dual Da’esh (ISIS) and Al Qaeda terrorist cells at the Paris offices of the satiric Charlie Hebdo magazine, where 12 people were killed, and the Jewish Hyper Cacher kosher market, just before the start of the Sabbath, where four people died.

Nearly a year prior, four people died at the Jewish Museum of Brussels in a similar attack, also by a Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist with French citizenship.

The advanced technology could have allowed French security officials pick up the signals that would have red-flagged the terrorists who murdered 130 people and wounded 368 more on November 13, 2015.  It was only last month that the mastermind of that attack was finally tracked down and caught.

According to a report this week on the U.S.-based Fox News network, the data-mining technology would have helped French authorities “connect all the dots” in the Islamist extremist community, because it works by analyzing and matching up fragmented intelligence reports from several different national and international databases. The software then provides the most up-to-date information available on potential terrorists for its clients, such as counter terrorism agents.

The offer was made to the Directorate-General for Internal Security (DGSI) of France, the country’s main intelligence agency, in accordance with a pledge made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to work closely with Europe on enhancing security following attacks in France and Brussels. In Israel, that was seen as a call to share intelligence and technology.

“In Paris or Brussels or San Bernardino or Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, terror must be condemned equally and it must be fought equally,” Netanyahu warned at the time.

But Israel’s offer was rejected.

An Israeli counter terror specialist familiar with the technology and the company told FoxNews.com, “French authorities liked it but the official came back and said there was a higher-level instruction not to buy Israeli technology.

“The discussion just stopped.”

Instead, Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists carried out a series of eight attacks terror attacks, including several suicide bombings, on November 13, 2015, in central Paris. President Francois Hollande called the attacks an “act of war” by ISIS. They were planned in Syria, organized in Belgium and carried out with help from citizens of France. All of the known attackers were EU citizens who had fought with Da’esh in Syria.

The European Union is now paying the price for its unswerving commitment to uphold the “rights” of the Palestinian Authority, right or wrong, against Israel even at the cost of its own security. The EU has been directly involved in the funding and construction of infrastructure, homes and schools by Palestinian Authority Arabs on Israeli-controlled land in Area C under the Oslo Accords, despite its illegality. The EU has also been supportive of a boycott against Israeli-produced goods, even going so far as to issue guidelines urging its member states to label products manufactured in post-1967 Jewish communities as non-Israeli, regardless of the citizenship of the producers.

The European Union has just barely avoided an outright stance supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

France complied – it obviously agreed with the stance, nor is President Hollande’s dislike for Prime Minister Netanyahu any national secret – and the bill has now come due for French hatred at the top.

The British Labour Party is similarly afflicted with rampant anti-Semitism. What price will the UK end up paying for its love of Arab hatred?

Hana Levi Julian

When Terrorism becomes Heroism

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

It took a moment for everyone to realize that Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, was taking a break from his speech at Monday’s Security Council meeting.

“We understand that this council doesn’t have answers. What we don’t understand is why you don’t demand answers. If no one else will ask the hard questions, I will,” Danon announced. He turned to Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine. “Let me ask the Palestinian representative here with us today. Mr. Mansour, will you condemn terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians?” [Watch Video]

The Israeli ambassador’s startling departure from the scheduled script came several minutes into a speech where, after accusing Palestinian leadership of rewarding terrorist families with monthly salaries and holding up notorious killers – the likes of 1978’s Dalal Mugraby – as role models, he introduced a young red headed girl sitting quietly behind him.

”On January 17, a young Israeli mother, a nurse, was home for the evening with four of her six children,” began Danon, “She was painting a door in her kitchen when she was suddenly brutally attacked, stabbed repeatedly by a 16 year old terrorist. Knowing that her children were nearby, she fought with whatever strength she had left. When she realized she was dying on the kitchen floor in front of her daughter, she clutched tightly onto the knife in her chest, stopping the terrorist from pulling the blade out of her body to use on her children.”

“The woman’s name was Dafna Meir,” continued Danon. He gestured to the girl behind him, “Her daughter Renana, who was in the kitchen that night, and her husband Natan, are here today, in this chamber, with us.” Danon looked around the silent council. “Why did this happen? What causes a sixteen year old by to stab a mother to death? The boy himself gave us the answer. He told investigators that what made him want to kill a Jew -any Jew – was a Palestinian TV show. The culture of hate is responsible for the death of too many Israelis and it is directly responsible for the death of Dafna Meir.”

Danon turned to look at Mansour. “Don’t Israeli lives matter? Why does the Palestinian Authority glorify terrorism? Why name town squares after suicide bombers? When did Terrorism become Heroism? Mr. Mansour, will you condemn terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians?”

Mr. Mansour’s initial response could not be heard as his microphone was off. Moments later he was heard declaring that he condemns all acts of terrorism against civilians including those perpetrated against Palestinians.

You pay terrorists, you glorify terrorists, shame on you”, shouted Danon.

“Shame on you, you occupiers!” Mansour shot back, “Shame on you for killing thousands of Palestinian children!”

“We condemn all acts of terrorism”, returned Danon, “Why can’t you say it? There are Palestinian children watching you now! Here’s your chance to say it in five languages but you cannot say it. Excuses but no condemnation. Shame on you!”

The explosive clash, memorable even by UN standards, came as Palestinians renewed their campaign for a UN resolution demanding that Israel stop all construction in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem.

Israel’s Permanent Mission to the UN had teamed with OneFamily, an organization that supports Israel’s victims of terror, to bring Natan and Renana Meir to the United Nations in an attempt to emphasize the human cost of terrorism and highlight the incitement spurring the attacks. Lawrence Cohn, a board member of OneFamily, and Michelle Napell, the organization’s Executive Director accompanied the Meir family to the UN on Monday.

“OneFamily represents 10,000 wounded terror victims in Israel, and 15,000 bereaved family members,” said Cohn, “We’re here at the UN today to speak the truth, to call the one who has been stabbed a victim, and to call the stabber a terrorist.” While Natan and Renana are in New York, the five younger Meir children who remained in Israel are at a Passover vacation camp run by OneFamily.

“Running camps at holiday time is one of the things OneFamily does,” explained Napell, “The most important thing OneFamily does is bring people together. At these camps injured or bereaved Israeli children can feel someone ‘gets’ them. We hope that this family doesn’t grow, although we’ve been quite busy lately.”

Unfortunately as the day unfolded to newsflashes of an attack on a Jerusalem bus, it became clear that OneFamily would indeed be growing. “We have people on the scene of the bombing that just occurred,” updated Napell, “They’ll be with the families today, tomorrow, on Shabbat and through the holiday.”

Coming out of the Security Council meeting, 17 year old Renana was remarkably composed. “It was hard to listen to Mr. Mansour,” she said, “but I know that it’s hard to change someone’s opinion. The important thing is that we know the truth.” She paused and added, “The ironic thing is that at my mom’s work everyone always joked about how she saw everyone as the same. It never mattered to her if someone was a patient or doctor or Jewish or Arab or something else. To my mom, a person was just a person.”

To learn more about OneFamily, go to www.onefamilytogether.org

Stephanie Granot

IDF Preparing for Conflicts Along Southern, Northern Borders

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Israel’s defense establishment appears to be preparing military forces and civilians for a possible outbreak of hostilities either in the north or the south sometime soon.

A major civil defense drill – the largest since the 2014 war with Hamas – was held this past Thursday in southern Israel at Kibbutz Erez, barely a mile from Gaza.

Civilian response teams, IDF soldiers, Magen David Adom emergency medical teams, police officers, firefighters and others participated in the drill, Channel 2 reported Friday.

The exercise simulated an attack by Hamas terrorists on an Israeli kibbutz which included abduction of Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers overpowering the terrorists in the kibbutz dining hall.

According to the report, recent IDF preparations to meet a possible conflict have included the infusion of additional forces along the Gaza border. In addition, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported Thursday that four IDF bulldozers leveled ground along the security fence a few meters inside Gaza, east of the city of Rafah, which straddles the enclave’s border with Egypt.

Nevertheless, defense officials continue to say that although Hamas is gathering its forces within Gaza, the terrorist group does not appear to be preparing for a direct war with Israel in the near future.

While the IDF is preparing to meet whatever threat may present itself in the south, forces are also making preparations in the north for much the same reason.

The IDF has beefed up its forces in northern Israel along the border with Lebanon and in the Golan Heights, near Syria. A major military drill began in the north on Wednesday and continued through the end of the week.

IDF Northern Command alerted civilians from the western Galilee all the way east to the Golan Heights not to be alarmed at the sounds of artillery and other ordnance.

The latest round of peace talks between opposition forces and the Syrian government started Wednesday (April 13) in Geneva but by the weekend had achieved nothing.

The Syrian regime has escalated the fighting near Aleppo, and local residents who had not yet fled are now making an effort to flee while they can. Opposition forces are accusing Syrian government chief mediator Bashar Ja’afari of not being serious about seeking a solution to the five-year civil war.

United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura is trying to keep the talks focused on political transition but with intensified battles continuing, the opposition is losing its resolve.

In addition, Da’esh (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Army of Islam and Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) radical Islamist terror organizations are not at the table. Since they control at least half of the territory in Syria, even if negotiations succeed in resolving the issue of who governs Syria, the question still remains whether there is anything geographically, territorially left to govern.

Al Nusra controls the territory closest to the sole border crossing between Israel and Syria, at Quneitra. Last Tuesday (April 12) Syrian sources told international media that Da’esh (ISIS) now controls 90 percent of the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus. The community is home to Arabs from the Palestinian Authority and is also a stronghold for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

So far, the capital, Damascus is still in the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Hana Levi Julian

UN, Quartet Working on Strategy to Revive Israel-Palestinian Authority Peace Talks

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The “Quartet” comprised of the United Nations, European Union, Russia and the United States is forming a new plan to revive the moribund Israel-Palestinian Authority peace process.

UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nicolai Mladenov told media at a news conference in New York on Wednesday the Quartet plans to issue an analysis of the obstacles to a final two-state solution. Included in the report will be recommendations on how to advance the process.

Mladenov is to brief the UN Security Council Thursday on the situation in the Middle East, including the current status of reconstruction efforts in Gaza.

Work on the analysis of the obstacles to peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has already begun, according to Mladenov. He said the Quartet is seeking input from Israel as well as the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, “to produce a good assessment,” Xinhua reported.

He added the report, to be completed by the end of the summer, will be used to inform the international body and consolidate consensus on a two-state solution “as the only viable option.”

Mladenov also told media that 100,000 families in Gaza now have access to construction materials with which to repair and rebuild their homes. In addition, 9,000 new jobs have been created, he said. But infrastructure projects relating to accessing fresh water and electricity are still needed, the envoy noted.

He also claimed that only 35 percent of the $3.5 billion pledged by the United States at the 2014 Cairo conference has been disbursed thus far. Mladenov urged all donors to “make good” on their commitments. Very few of the Arab nations who pledged millions have actually fulfilled those promises.

Hana Levi Julian

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