The European Union is funding an anti-Israel smear campaign organized by Palestinian and international NGOs to accuse the IDF of abusing Palestinian children in order to level international sanctions against Israel, the watchdog group NGO Monitor said in a report.
“Palestinian and international NGOs – funded by European governments and working in tandem with UNICEF’s West Bank and Gaza branch – have built an extensive campaign, using false charges of abuse of Palestinian children in the effort to trigger sanctions against Israel,” the report said.
“In reality, they are financing advocacy campaigns that fuel the conflict – including some led by organizations with ties to the PFLP – pushing for sanctions and other forms of BDS against Israel,” the group said, referring to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Palestinian group that the EU itself designated as a terror group...
According to the report, those claims can then be taken to the International Criminal Court to prosecute IDF officers for alleged “war crimes” against children and also try to get international sanctions against Israel.
The consortium of groups working with UNICEF to blacklist Israel over the alleged child abuse includes at least 13 organizations, several of which openly promote the BDS agenda “and other forms of political warfare against Israel, and a number are closely linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP),” which is also designated a terror group by the US and Canada.
According to the report, UNICEF wanted $3.35 million in funding for “human rights mechanisms … to hold Israel accountable for its obligations under international law.” That language is used by anti-Israel groups as a means of pushing for sanctions against Israel.
In total, since 2018, the campaign has received at least €3.2 million from the EU and $6.7 million from other European countries and UN frameworks.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
The European anti-Semitic elite can't rest while Jews are still alive! They failed to kill all Jews during the Holocaust in Europe! They used Arab/Muslim states to commit the second Holocaust during the War of Independence in 1947, and failed again. Since then, they have been relentlessly undermining Israel’s right to exist, by discrediting its legitimacy in pursuit of the destruction of the only Jewish state by all means possible!
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Mbasogo informed Netanyahu that he would be transferring Equatorial Guinea’s embassy to Jerusalem. Equatorial Guinea President Mbasogo responded that all of Africa is welcoming Israel with open arms. (Time will tell if it is a genuine friendship or if they want something from Israel or the US!)
The Central Elections Committee (CEC) decided Wednesday to bar Labor candidate Ibtisam Mara’ana from running for Knesset banned after calling for Jewish State’s destruction and support for Israel’s enemies. (To paraphrase a saying: "Tell me who is your political representative, and I'll know who you are!")
US President Joe Biden's administration approved the sale of 168 tactical missiles to Egypt. The $197 million sale of Rolling Airframe Missiles comes even as the Biden administration froze the sale of F-35s to the UAE. (What country does Egypt need to use tactical missiles against? This is another 'Israel friendly' step made by President Biden!)
Israeli media are reporting that Israel has paid Russia $1.2 million to provide the Syrian government with coronavirus vaccine doses, as part of a deal to secure the release of an Israeli woman held captive in Damascus. The terms of the clandestine trade-off orchestrated by Moscow between the two enemy nations remain murky. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that “not one Israeli vaccine” was involved in the deal, but did not answer the question about whether Israel paid for Russian vaccines. (Not reported by ‘Israel-friendly’ press!)
"Iran informed the IAEA on Feb 15 that the country will stop implementing voluntary transparency measures under the JCPOA as of Feb 23, including the Additional Protocol (allows IAEA inspectors to visit undeclared sites in Iran at short notice)," said the UN’s nuclear watchdog in a statement. Current President Joe Biden has expressed a desire to return to the 2015 agreement but has stressed he would return to the 2015 agreement if Iran returned to compliance with it. Iran has repeatedly made clear that it will not renegotiate the original agreement. (This is a road map for Iran developing a nuclear weapon!)
In a surprise three-day exercise, the Israeli Air Force demonstrated its ability in a full-scale war to target Hezbollah’s entire missile arsenal in one day. The exercise simulated strike by hundreds of Israeli aircraft of 3,000 Hezbollah targets in 24 hours, dwarfing the 4,000 targets hit in all three weeks of the 2006 war with Lebanon. Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said: “Israel’s home front needs to know that if there is a war with Hezbollah, it will see things it has not seen since the establishment of Israel.” He is clearly banking on 1,000 precise ballistic missiles Hezbollah has received from Iran! (Neutralising Hezbollah must be an integral part of an operation against Iranian threat! I do not think that Lebanon or even Syria will object.)
Quote of the Week:
“We think that if the United States returns to the same accord that it already withdrew from, all its leverage will be lost. We will not be able to be part of such a process if the new administration returns to that deal.” - Ambassador Gilad Erdan told Israel’s Army Radio – The only option for Israel will remain: Neutralising Iranian nuclear program and facilitating regime change in Iran with the help of Arab friends!
Self-imposed Limitation is the Cause
by Steven Shamrak.
The UN, USA, EU and even Arab states are not to be blamed for Israel's problems. They have always been disparaging of Jews. We will never be able to please them or change their nature. Disunity, self-hate and lack of direction are the main problems of the Jewish people.
The International pressure on Israel and the despair of Jewish people have been steadily increasing since the creation of Israel. The present level of disunity and even hate among Jews is appalling in Israel and in the Diaspora! These are direct results of the continuation of gutless, self-disrespectful and divisive policies that have been conducted by most Israeli governments and many community leaders.
Many Jewish communities have been hiding behind nice and politically correct activities which have not resulted in any true accomplishment! There are thousands of Jewish organisations, publications, websites and active individuals. Most of them are acting with a good intention for the common good. Many of them are even getting positive results in their niche. But there is a lack of the common vision, leadership and direction.
For centuries our enemies have been exploiting Jewish disunity with considerable success. After living in an anti-Semitic atmosphere for so long the Jewish people misplaced their national pride: the pride that made us unique among the nations! This was the pride that compelled Jews to fight both Greek and Roman occupations. The pride that made us succeed against all odds in business, science, medicine, music, art etc.
Unfortunately, Jews started to believe our 'inadequate' enemies' slander. Even in our own country, we are living under the imaginary 'Glass lid' - self-imposed limitations - and are unwilling to leave our self-imprisonment and realise our destiny.
We need Jewish leaders, bankers, educators and radicals united by the one Jewish National Goal now! Where are they? There is no time for useless debates anymore. Political affiliations must not interfere with the right of the Jewish people to live on all Jewish land as a sovereign nation. The time for action has arrived!
We must remember the words of Hillel: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?”