by Vic Alhadeff, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Australia.
ISRAELI foreign minister Abba Eban once jested that if a resolution was tabled at the UN that the world is flat - and that Israel flattened it - it would pass by a majority of 170-5 with 17 abstentions.
…The UN is mandated with the moral authority to adjudicate on matters of international concern, yet an alarming number of its agencies are headed by countries whose human rights records range from questionable to appalling, including Libya, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Sudan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Burma. The Human Rights Council has studiously avoided condemning the brutalities in Darfur, war in Congo, Chechnya and Sri Lanka, but has directed 26 out of 32 resolutions condemning human rights violations against Israel.
…The Goldstone report in its 575 pages blithely ignored Hamas's ideology - which declares that Israel will exist only until Islam obliterates it. Nor did its executive summary breathe a word about the 10,000 rockets Hamas fired into Israel in eight years. And even though Hamas MP Fathi Hamad admitted Hamas "created a human shield of women, children, the elderly", Goldstone did "not consider it to constitute evidence".
There have been more than 400 anti-Israel resolutions in the General Assembly - more than against all other UN nations combined - and six emergency sessions on Israel…
Rocket Factory in the West Bank. A weapons lab containing explosives and pipes that were apparently meant to be used to assemble rockets was discovered in Abu Dis, near Jerusalem. The Shin Bet revealed in a report last year that Hamas terror operatives in the West Bank had increased efforts to obtain a rocket capability and to develop Kassam rockets that could be fired into central Israeli cities.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Similar Conflict Different International Response: Tamils waged a terror war against Sri Lanka illegitimately demanding, because they are non-indigenous migrants from India, independence from Sri Lanka. At the moment, some 300,000 Tamils are detained in concentration camps after the crude and bloody defeat of the Tamil Tigers by the Sri Lankan government. There are neither ‘Goldstone reports’ nor Human Rights outcries. Where are the International condemnations and UN hearings of real atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan government? The difference is: Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country, Israel is the Jewish one!
Goldstone Backing Away from Report. In an interview with the Jewish Daily Forward, Goldstone denied that his group had conducted “an investigation.” Instead, it was what he called a “fact-finding mission” based largely on the limited “material we had.” Since this ‘material’ was cherry-picked by Hamas guides and spokesmen, Goldstone acknowledged that “if this was a court of law, there would have been nothing proven.” (Do you remember another infamous anti-Israel campaign – the Jenin ‘massacre’, instigated by the UN? There was heavy ‘smoke’, but the UN stopped short of initiating an investigation, to avoid embarrassment, because there was no ‘fire’!)
What Palestinians, What Unity? Not long ago Abbas's Fatah party finally signed Egypt's plan for separate signings of a reconciliation deal with Hamas after the Islamist group balked at attending a unity ceremony. Hamas said it still had not decided whether to agree to the proposal put forward by Egyptian mediators, which was rejected and postponed many times by both sides. A powerful Palestinian Dughmoush clan has become split between pro-Al Qaida and pro-Hamas elements. Factions are being formed, and the clan no longer works as a unit. (How many Israel-hating terrorist splinter groups must Jews negotiate with?)
Rabbis Boycott Pope's Visit. Italian rabbis have decided to boycott the upcoming visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Rome’s main synagogue on January 17th. The decision was made in protest of the revival of a prayer which calls for the conversion of Jews by the Church. (Finally, some rabbis have shown guts and self-respect! Reconciliation requires mutual respect and genuine confession of the sins of the past! Isn’t this the main ritual of the Catholic Church?)
Abbas’ Declaration of NO Peace. "There will be no Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty until the occupation of Jerusalem ends. We are determined to safeguard the Aksa Mosque and Jerusalem," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech in Ramallah last week. (There will be no peace until Arabs’ occupation of Jewish land ends!)
IDF is Fighting Jewish Patriots. IDF Central District Commander Maj.-Gen. Gadi Shamni issued orders banning two prominent Land of Israel activists from returning to their homes, or anywhere in the Shomron (Samaria), for the next six months. MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) has condemned the issuing of administrative orders against Land of Israel activists without trial. "I find it strange that we only hear about such orders coming out against nationalist activists. Who has ever heard of administrative orders being issued against leftists…” At the same time, according to a senior IDF source, weapons are flowing freely into PA-controlled towns in Samaria thanks to the recent removal of IDF checkpoints.
Quote of the Week: “The real opponents of Zionism can never be placated by any diplomatic formula: their objection to the Jews is that the Jews exist, and in this particular case, they exist in Palestine.” - Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president.
Is Sensitivity Always Needed? After Turkey recently cancelled a joint air manoeuvre exercise with Israel due to the situation in Gaza, Industry and Trade Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said: "Israel has important strategic interests with Turkey and we must act with extra sensitivity to prevent dire predictions concerning our relations from materializing." (Strangely, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt have shown no “extra sensitivity” toward Israel. Must Israel be always nice to her enemies, especially to disguised as a friend ones?)
Is Turkey a NATO Member or Islamic Stooge? The U.S. and Italy pulled out of the multinational Anatolian Eagle drill after Ankara banned Israel, so forcing NATO to cancel the exercise.
Hamas Cowards Ran Away to Sinai. After weeks of absorbing criticism from Hamas, Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas struck back, accusing the Gaza terror group's leadership of running away to Sinai during Operation Cast Lead this past January. "Hamas leaders escaped, leaving its people to die".
Jews Still Living in Mental Slavery. While support for Israel is important to U.S. Jews, a new survey by the National Jewish Democratic Council shows that they would vote Democrat even if the candidate was apathetic about supporting Israel. (Democracy means that people do have a freedom of choice and are not guided by redundant dogma!)
Normalization - Islamic Style. Following the historic accord normalizing relations between Turkey and Armenia, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that opening the border between the two countries is linked to the question of the enclave of Nagorno-Karbagh. This Christian Armenian enclave is located in Muslim Azerbaijan. (This accord worth nothing, as Turkey has still not accepted responsibility for the slaughter of up to 1.5 million Armenians in 1916.)
"The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable," declared United Sates President Barack Obama in his June 4 Cairo address. Really? Compared to what? Things are tough all over. The Palestinians are one of many groups displaced by the population exchanges that followed World War II, and the only ones whose great-grandchildren still have the legal status of refugees. Why are they still there? The simplest explanation is that they like it there, because they are much better off than people of similar capacities in other Arab countries.
The standard tables of gross domestic product (GDP) per capital show the West Bank and Gaza at US$1,700, just below Egyp’s $1,900. …GDP per capita, moreover, does not reflect the spending power of ordinary people. Forty-four percent of Egyptians, for example, live on less than $2 a day. …Literacy in the Palestinian Authority domain is 92.4%, equal to that of Singapore. That is far better than the 71.4% in Egypt, or 80.8% in Syria.
Without disputing Obama's claim that life for the Palestinians is intolerable, it is fair to ask: where is life not intolerable in the Arab world? When the first UN Arab Development Report appeared in 2002, it elicited comments such as this one: "With barely an exception, its autocratic rulers, whether presidents or kings, give up their authority only when they die; its elections are a sick joke; half its people are treated as lesser legal and economic beings, and more than half its young, burdened by joblessness and stifled by conservative religious tradition, are said to want to get out of the place as soon as they can."
…Palestinian Arabs are highly literate, richer and healthier than people in most other Arab countries, thanks to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the blackmail payments of Western as well as Arab governments. As refugees, they live longer and better than their counterparts in adjacent Arab countries. It is not surprising that they do not want to be absorbed into other Arab countries and cease to be refugees.