Archive | March, 2012

Goodbye UN Council

29 Mar

Israel has decided to sever all contact with the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC), in response to the council’s plan to appoint an international committee to investigate the West Bank.

In practice this means that the Israeli government will not allow visits from HRC members to Israel, and will not cooperate in their investigations.

The United Nations has long been a bastion of anti-Israel sentiment, with the Human Rights Council particularly biased. The HRC has condemned Israel more often than it has condemned the U.N.’s other 191 member states combined. At annual meetings of the HRC, Israel is the only country in the world whose human rights record is examined as a permanent feature of every council session.

In the words of Abba Eban, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N.: If the U.N. “introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.”

The poor folks at the (mistakenly-named) Human Rights Council are so overworked dealing with Israel’s “crimes against humanity” that they haven’t a spare moment to condemn truly abhorrent human rights violators like Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, China or Cuba. Undoubtedly the reason is because – unbelievably – Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, China and Cuba themselves sit on the Human Rights Council. What’s next: Jack the Ripper on the Commission for the Protection of Women?

To wit: During the Arab Spring of 2011, as the Libyan revolution raged, the Human Rights Council was hailing Libya’s “commitment to upholding human rights.” (Gadhafi’s Libya had previously been elected to chair the HRC with 155 votes.) Meanwhile, amidst the widespread shooting of civilians in Syria, the Assad regime smugly pledged “to uphold the highest standards in promotion and protection of human rights” – and remained a frontrunner for a seat on the Human Rights Council.

The entire U.N. apparatus has been hijacked by a bloc of Arab, Muslim and dictatorial Third World forces who constitute an automatic voting majority. These anti-Israel agitators push their agenda aided by the “halo effect” – the phenomenon whereby the U.N., due to its humanitarian focus, is insulated from scrutiny and regarded above reproach.

The potency of this halo effect was in full force in 2009 with the Goldstone report – the Human Rights Council’s “fact-finding mission” on the war in Gaza that charged Israel with intentionally targeting Palestinian civilians, and suggested that Israeli soldiers be prosecuted in international courts for “war crimes.

So this week, when the HRC announced plans to scrutinize Israeli activity in the West Bank, Israel made the decision: Rather than be accomplice to its own condemnation, better to make a dramatic statement of opposition. Whatever the case, the outcome of this “investigation” is certain to deal Israel yet another diplomatic blow.

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BBC: No Rockets from Gaza

14 Mar

I just heard this BBC interview with Dr. Mona El-Farra, vice president of the Red Crescent in Gaza. The world’s largest broadcast corporation gave her a forum to spout the bald-faced lie that there have been no recent rocket attacks from Gaza:

“Let me tell you that for the last four months there were no rockets against Israel and Palestinians respected the cease-fire.”

Listen  here (fast forward to 3:00)

For truth-seekers, here’s the lowdown on rockets fired toward Israel from Gaza over the last four months:

• December 2011 – 42 rockets
• January 2012 – 18 rockets
• February 2012 – 30 rockets
• March 2012 – 200 rockets

The BBC are masters at aiding this duplicitous Palestinian cover-up game. A few years back, when Israeli soldiers searched Palestinian homes and found disturbing photos of children wielding machine guns and babies strapped with explosive belts, BBC quoted Palestinian spokesliar Yasser Abed Rabbo dismissing it as “cheap Israeli propaganda.” In a later interview, BBC put this loaded question to an Israeli spokesman: “The Mossad has the most amazing forgery capabilities in the world. Why should we believe this is real?”

It also reminds me of the time that Palestinians claimed the Israeli Mossad had set up a fake al-Qaeda cell in Gaza. Israeli spokesmen dismissed it as sheer nonsense, but BBC’s headline trumpeted the Palestinian accusation as if it were undisputed fact: “Israel ‘Faked al-Qaeda Presence.'”

Which raises a serious question: If Palestinians repeatedly use the media to promote outright lies, why do journalists continue to take them seriously? In dealing with totalitarian regimes, Western journalists know to treat spokesmen with due skepticism. (Think of the Iraqi Minister of Information, whom the media dubbed Comical Ali, announcing from Baghdad that hundreds of American troops were committing suicide at the city’s gates.) So why are corrupt Palestinian groups not held to those same standards? Even more, shouldn’t there be a policy to blacklist those spokesmen who are caught lying?

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VIDEO: It Takes Two to Make Peace In the Middle East

1 Mar

My good friends at Hasbara Fellowships came up with this great promo for their “Israel Peace Week” (ya know, the counterbalance to Israel Apartheid Week). Enjoy!