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May 28, 2015 / 10 Sivan, 5775
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UN Castigates Saudis for Bombing Houthis and Their Human Shields After 24-Hour Warning

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

We’ve seen this movie before.

A recent exchange between UN representatives in Yemen and Saudi Arabian officials sounded just like the ones that take place between the UN and Israel over Hamas in Gaza.

On Sunday, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Johannes Van Der Klauuw said he was “deeply concerned” by the Saudi-led coalition strikes on northern Yemen. The UN warned that the “indiscriminate bombing of populated areas a violation of international law.”

The UN claims the airstrikes have killed at least 1,400 people and more than half of them were civilians.

Saudi’s military spokesperson, Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri, responded to the UN criticism, saying Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are using hospitals and schools to store weapons, which is why they have been targeted by airstrikes.

On Sunday, the Saudis reportedly also targeted the home of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. Saleh is unharmed, according to a BBC report.

The Saudis have declared the northern province of Saada, located on the Saudi border, a “military zone”, and on Friday dropped leaflets warning local civilians to get out before the attacks began.

On Saturday, the Sunni coalition said it has conducted 130 airstrikes in 24-hours against Houthi targets in Saada.

Van Der Klauuw warned that the “indiscriminate bombing of populated areas, with or without prior warning, is in contravention of international humanitarian law. Many civilians are effectively trapped in Saada as they are unable to access transport because of the fuel shortage. The target of an entire governorate will put the countless civilians at risk.”

International law of warfare, as understood by the UN, seems to face an inescapable dilemma.

It calls on both sides to not put civilians in harms way. But when one side purposely does, it doesn’t allows the other side any reasonable means of defense or attack against the initial international law-breakers.

So instead we’re left with laughably ineffectual and meaningless statements such as Van der Klaauw’s suggestion, “all parties must avoid using populated areas as launching grounds for attacks.”

From experience, we all know statements like that really stop Iran’s clients and proxies from using their human shields as they attack their enemies.

It’s about time the international laws of war be updated to reflect how the bad guys are actually fighting.

A five-day, Saudi-initiated, humanitarian truce is set to begin today.

It all sounds so familiar.

UNRWA Chutzpa

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Unbelievable.

In yesterday’s report by the UN Board of Inquiry, UN Secretery General Ban Ki Moon admitted that Hamas terrorists were storing weapons in 3 UN schools, and fired from at least two of them, confirming IDF claims and photos that Gazan (Hamas) terrorists were attacking Israel from within the schools.

UN Report on Mortar

 

Weapons discovered in UN schools in Gaza

Weapons discovered in UN schools in Gaza

 

UNRWA had the gall to tweet the following:

UNRWA ‏@UNRWA SG #GazaInquiry found no evidence that any rockets had been found in our schools. Weaponry was discovered, not rockets.

As NGO Monitor points out:

So @UNRWA is crowing that “rockets” were not found in one of its schools but that mortars and launchers were?

In July, UNRWA claimed, 3 times, that rockets were found in UNRWA schools — on their own website!

Example #1

Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations.

Example #2

Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets.

So… as long as “only” mortars and not rockets were involved, it’s all good.

Go ahead, leave your comments below…

Israel’s MFA Responds to UN Report on Last Summer’s Gaza War

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the following statement in response to the receipt of the executive summary of the UN Board of Inquiry Report regarding the 2014 Gaza conflict:

Israel has received an executive summary of the UN Board of Inquiry (BOI) report and will study it carefully, with a view to continuing its cooperation with the UN Secretary General and his staff regarding the protection of UN facilities, particularly in periods of armed conflict.

As noted in the Secretary General’s letter, Israel cooperated fully with this inquiry and facilitated the work of the BOI in fulfilling its mandate. This cooperation demonstrates once again that, when asked to assist in a professional and unbiased inquiry, Israel responds in a collaborative, open and forthcoming manner, notwithstanding some reservations it may have concerning certain aspects of the process and as well as some of the report’s findings and conclusions.

The executive summary of the report clearly documents the exploitation by terrorist organizations of UN facilities in the Gaza Strip.

Israel is committed to working jointly with the UN in order to improve the security of UN facilities in the Gaza Strip, with special emphasis on preventing such exploitation by terrorists. Moreover, Israel is prepared to extend its assistance to UNRWA, with the aim of preventing the recurrence of circumstances under which UN facilities are used to carry out terrorist activity, in blatant violation of international law, and in a manner that gravely endangers civilians, including UN staff.

All of the incidents attributed by the report to Israel have already been subject to thorough examinations, and criminal investigations have been launched where relevant.

This serves as further evidence of Israel’s serious approach to this issue, its capacity and desire to carry out independent investigations and its commitment to the rule of law. Israel makes every effort to avoid harm to sensitive sites, in the face of terrorist groups who are committed not only to targeting Israeli civilians but also to using Palestinian civilians and UN facilities as shields for their terrorist activities.

Israeli Rescue Planes on Way to Nepal as 2nd Quake Hits; 2,000 Dead [video]

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

A second earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal Sunday morning at the same time Israelis teams were en route to help with the rescue effort and to evacuate Israelis.

The Foreign Ministry hopes that all Israelis with whom contact has been made, including 25 surrogate babies, will be in Israel by tomorrow night.

Ministry officials estimate that Israelis who were injured suffered only light bruises. Approximately 400 Israelis are in Nepal at this time, but the whereabouts of 150 are unknown.

The death toll has passed 2,000 and is expected to rise. Thousands of others were injured in the first quake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale.

At least 17 people were killed on Mount Everest.

The earthquake was the worst in 80 years. In 1934,  an  8.1 magnitude earthquake centered near Mount Everest killed more than 10,000 people.

“The reports of the devastation are still coming in and the numbers of people killed, injured and affected by this earthquake continue to rise,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement.

Tremors from the quake were felt in Tibet, where more than a dozen of people were killed as roads and buildings collapsed.

At least 34 people died in tremors felt in India.

British mountain climber Daniel Mazur, stranded on Mt. Everest, tweeted to Indian NDTV, “Aftershock @ 1pm! Horrible here in camp 1. Avalanches on 3 sides. C1 a tiny island. We worry about icefall team below.. Alive?”

Israel’s UN Ambassador Calls Sexual Violence ‘Crime against Humanity’ [video]

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Islamic State and other terrorists have turned sexual violence into an “epidemic” and is a “crime against humanity,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor told the Security Council.

In his remarks in a Council session on Women, Peace and Security, Prosor stated:

Sexual violence in conflict has become a weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and effective. Instead of bullets or bombs, the perpetrators employ barbarism and brutality….

Sexual violence as a tool in war is not a women’s issue. It is a crime of humanity against humanity.

ISIS, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda have publicized and boasted of their rapping women and using them as sex slaves.

Prosor cited several examples and said, “Women are raped numerous times a day. Young girls are forced to call their parents to detail being gang-raped by dozens of men.  The captured women and girls are sold as brides to Islamist fighters for as little as $25 or given as “sabaya” – a reward for fighters.”

No less significant is that many countries, especially those in the Middle East and North Africa, condone crimes against women and often accept mistreatment as a proper way of life.

“If a nation refuses to prosecute domestic sexual abuse, marital rape, and honor killings in times of peace then there is little hope for justice in times of war and conflict,” Prosor stated.

So which country did the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women single out in its annual report last month?

Saudi Arabia, where women lashed for not behaving according to Islamic law in public?

Somalia, where women are sold?

Iran, where there are no laws against domestic violence and where adultery is punishable by stoning?

In Egypt, where there is no law criminalizing domestic violence specifically and where forms of violence against women, including child marriage and female genital?

Of course not.

The only Middle East country named in the report was Israel, where the “occupation” has supposed caused high “unemployment and poverty, especially among women,” in Judea and Samaria.

And what does the United States have to say about sexual violence against women in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries.

Washington speaks out forcefully against it in the politically proper forums while continuing “business as usual” when it sells weapons and makes deals with Iran to allow it retain its nuclear development infrastructure.

Egypt Destroys 285 Smuggling and Terror Tunnels in Three Months

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Egyptian army has destroyed 185 smuggling and terror tunnels under the border between Egypt and Gaza since February, according to the country’s military spokesman.

Sixty-nine of them were destroyed in the past three weeks. One of them was more than a mile long and 10 feet deep and was used for smuggling weapons and people.

Cairo has proposed that digging a tunnel along the border is a crime, with a punishment of life in prison.

The clampdown on the tunnels, following several murderous terrorist attacks on Egyptian soldiers, has been met with almost total silence by the United Nations and foreign media, unlike the condemnation of Israel when the IDF used to shut down the tunnels.

Egypt also has created a buffer zone and destroyed more than 1,100 houses on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza.

Arab ‘Refugees’ in Samaria Clash with PA Forces and Shut Down Highway

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Arabs from the UNRWA-run village of Balata closed down a main highway to Shechem on Monday in retaliation for the detention in jail of 17 men arrested by the Palestinian Authority.

Balata is the largest of 19 “refugee camps” in Judea and Samaria. The protesters closed down a road called, of all things, “Jerusalem Street.”

Their problem is that the Palestinian Authority is trying to crack down on criminals, according to the Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem. Even worse, Balata residents suspect that the PA arrests terrorists who are wanted by Israel.

Balata also has been the scene of clashes between IDF troops who often encounter violence when trying to arrest terrorists.

The situation in Balata is a classic case of hopelessness, paranoia and hatred, all of which are aggravated by the eternal status of “refugee” that UNRWA classifies every generation in the villages it operates.

The Palestinian Authority cooperates with Israel to weed out terrorists, especially those who are dangerous to the Abbas regime as well as to Israelis. The PA, despite all its threats of breaking security cooperation with Israel, would be at the mercy of criminals and terrorists if it did so.

The UNRWA village residents are hostages of a long-time Arab world dream of being moved to Israel under a peace agreement that would leave the Palestinian Authority with all of Judea and Samaria and most of Jerusalem, including the Old City,.

The chances for such an accord are zero, although some say it is a bit more than zero and others say less than zero.

The refugees hate Israel. They also hate the Palestinian Authority. They hate everyone and everything.

It is conveniently symbolic that they closed Jerusalem Street. If they could, they would close all of the city of Jerusalem and Ramallah, especially Mahmoud Abbas’ offices.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-refugees-in-samaria-clash-with-pa-forces-and-shut-down-highway/2015/04/14/

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