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October 1, 2014
Israeli PM Netanyahu calls UN Human Rights Council a Terrorist Rights Council
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on September 29, 2014, to the General Assembly was a plea for sanity. The inmates in the insane asylum may not have been listening, but the shofar needed to be blown. The statement was a clarion call to democracies to pull back from enabling a nuclear-armed Iran, from allowing antisemitism to flourish in their midst, and to understand the price that must be paid if freedom and human decency is to prevail in our world and in our time.
The speech included the following:
September 30, 2014
At UN Netanyahu Challenges 'Brazen Lies' Told by Obama and Abbas
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose not to let President Obama's bold allegation that Israelis were not interested in peace go unanswered in his speech Monday at the UN. "Brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country" is how Netanyahu described the remarks of previous speakers, when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
Just five days earlier, President Obama had made a shocking assertion in his role as president while speaking on the world stage. He claimed that there were "too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace." Obama scolded: "that's something worthy of reflection within Israel."
Not only did President Obama not include Palestinians in this demeaning and defamatory slur, he proceeded to equate "rockets fired at innocent Israelis" with "Palestinian children taken from us in Gaza." Not "taken from us" by Hamas who used them as human fodder in their attempted annihilation of Israel. But apparently "taken from us" by those Israelis not interested in peace.
No Israeli Prime Minister could allow such an attack to go unanswered. And so Netanyahu began his remarks by daring President Obama to distinguish between his battle against ISIS and Israel's battle with Hamas.
Said Netanyahu: "the people of Israel pray for peace, but our hopes and the world's hopes for peace are in danger because everywhere we look militant Islam in on the march."
The stark contrast between the two world leaders also could not have been more clear on the subject of Iran.
President Obama spent five sentences of his 39-minute UN address on Iran, telling the world "my message to Iran's leaders...We can reach a solution that meets your energy needs while assuring the world that your program is peaceful."
Another brazen lie, since no one believes that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful or has anything to do with its energy needs, which can be met into the next century by its natural resources.
Netanyahu instead pointed – yet again – to the terrifying threat of the acquisition of the world's most dangerous weapon by the world's most dangerous country and the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism.
He challenged the president, and the global community, "to disarm ISIS but leave Iran with the bomb would be to win the battle but lose the war."
Sitting stone-faced in her seat, was the woman holding the bag on Obama's obsequious Iran policy, America's ambassador to the UN: Samantha Power.
Israeli Prime Minister's message Monday came as Palestinian leaders are vying to remain the U.N.'s favorite victim amidst the headless human carcasses now piling up in Iraq, Syria, the United Kingdom, Algeria, and the United States.
No doubt, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas has something to worry about. It's a tough sell to differentiate the Hamas partner in his unity government – an organization dedicated to the kidnapping, murder and execution of both Israelis and Palestinians en route to Islamic domination – from ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda and company.
So Israel's "peace partner" evidently decided the way forward was not to eschew Islamic fanaticism but to embrace it.
In one of the most vitriolic speeches ever delivered by a Palestinian leader at the U.N., Abbas accused Israel on Friday, September 26 of "genocide," of practicing "an abhorrent form of apartheid," and of "state terrorism." He analogized Israelis to Nazis with Palestinians living in "ghettos" and claimed the rise of ISIS was Israel's fault since Israel was a "source of terrorism" and a "breeding ground for incitement..."
Netanyahu called the assertions something derived from "the moral universe" of "a man who wrote a dissertation of lies about the Holocaust and who insists on a Palestine free of Jews."
Unfortunately, plain talk at the U.N. is as unwelcome as it is unusual.
Even more unfortunate is a president of the United States who sounds warmer when talking about Iran than about Israel.
UPDATE: Iran Postpones Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari for 10 days
"UPDATE On September 30, 2014 Iran Human Rights (IHR) reported that "Reyhaneh Jabbari's scheduled execution has been postponed for 10 days".
"Iran has upheld its decision to execute Rayhaneh Jabbari, charged with the murder of a man who allegedly attempted to rape her.
Jabbari, 26, spent seven years in prison and her execution by hanging could be carried out as early as tomorrow (Tuesday, 30 September), according to local reports.
Jabbari was arrested in 2007, after she had killed a member of the Iranian Intelligence Services, Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, who she said tried to rape her."
September 29, 2014
Pro-Democracy Protests Shake Hong Kong
"Police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters in the city's most serious confrontation with Beijing in more than a decade.
Roads were blocked and some schools and offices were closed Monday morning as protests spread to other neighborhoods in the city. Police stopped using tear gas late in the night and tried negotiating with protesters but crowds remained in several locations...
The Hong Kong government said Monday morning that riot police were withdrawn after peace was restored among protesters.
The escalation of the protests-centered on Beijing's decision to impose limits on how Hong Kong elects its leader-threatens to strain relations with Beijing which controls Hong Kong under an arrangement called one country, two systems. Beijing has taken a hard line over the brewing dispute over democracy in Hong Kong, issuing warnings to protest organizers and pushing business leaders to support its stance, allowing universal suffrage but only allowing people to vote for preapproved candidates."
Palestinian 'peace partner" Abbas tells UN Israelis are racist, genocidal Nazi-like terrorists
Mahmoud Abbas, whom the UN designates as the President of the "State of Palestine," delivered his most incendiary speech yet at the opening of the UN's new session.
On September 26, 2014 Abbas analogized Israelis to Nazis, referred to the creation of Israel as an "historic injustice" and "catastrophe," blamed Israel - as a terrorist "breeding ground" - for ISIL atrocities, praised "Boycott Divestment Sanctions" (BDS) campaign and repeatedly accused Israel of "genocide", "war crimes," "apartheid," "racism," and the deliberate murder of children. He received loud applause throughout his speech.
His words included the following:
Obama administration supports UN resolution praising human rights in Yemen, as it warns Americans to leave the country
The UN's top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, adopted a resolution on human rights in Yemen by consensus - which includes the United States, a member of the Council - on September 26, 2014. Despite the fact that Yemen has an abysmal human rights record - ranked lowest on the Freedom House scale as "not free" - the Council has gone to extraordinary lengths to praise the country.
The text was adopted several days after Shiite militants seized control over much of Yemen's capital and the U.S. State Department began removing some of its diplomats from U.S. facilities and advised Americans living there to leave the country.
The text of the resolution is entitled "Technical assistance and capacity building for Yemen in the field of human rights." It includes such language as: " The Human Rights Council... Welcomes... the commitment of the government of Yemen to fully promote and protect human rights...Welcomes the measures of the government of Yemen to end the recruitment and the use of children...Notes with appreciation the considerable representation of women...Looks forward to the Government continuing its efforts to promote and protect human rights... Reiterates the commitments and obligations of the government of Yemen to promote and protect human rights".
The actual record of human rights in Yemen, as detailed in the most recent State Department report of 2013 includes:
UN "Human Rights" Council adopts Iran, Syria-backed resolution on the "right to peace"
What do a state that is currently committing mass murder against its own people, and the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, have in common? Syria and Iran both champion the UN Human Rights Council's activities on the "right to peace."
On September 26, 2014 the UN Council adopted the Cuban-led draft resolution entitled the "Promotion of the right to peace."
Back in July 2012, the Council established a so-called "working group" of governments to draft a Declaration on the Right to Peace. The worst human right abusers have been very enthusiastic about the "right to peace."
The group's first session in February 2013 included:
Obama diplomats lose big in Geneva as UN invents a post on "unilateral coercive measures"
Against the wishes of the United States and the European Union, on September 27, 2014 the UN Human Rights Council created a new job - called the "Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights." The more than 2 million dollars over 3 years will be paid almost entirely by the taxpayers of the United States and the European Union.
The push for the new position came from Iran, the president of the so-called Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) which is composed of 120 of the 193 members of the UN.
"Unilateral coercive measures" is a shifting term that can refer to economic measures such as embargoes and sanctions, opposed of course by the targeted states. Targeted states like Iran.
The Obama administration team at the Council session in Geneva attempted to defeat the move by way of a procedural maneuver. But if failed miserably, as the U.S. amendment deleting the post was rejected by a margin of 2 to 1.
Cuba played an active role, calling on all countries "which support ending the US embargo of Cuba" to reject the American amendment and vote in favor of the resolution.
The American amendment received 15 votes in favor (including the US and the EU), 30 against and two abstentions.
Once the U.S. amendment was defeated, 66% of Council members voted in favor of the final resolution on "human rights and unilateral coercive measures." Supporters included such countries as Cuba, China, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
U.S. loses another UN "human rights" vote, on how to avoid repaying loans owed to Western states
On September 26, 2014 the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on foreign debt. The push for the resolution came from states with some of the world's worst human rights situations, like Algeria, China, Cuba, Lebanon, Pakistan, Russian Federation, China, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Venezuela.
The point was to claim "foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States" hurt "the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights." According to the resolution, "the unjust nature of the current system... directly affects the enjoyment of human rights in debtor States " and "Encourages all States to participate in the negotiations aimed at establishing a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes."
The text was adopted - against American wishes - by an overwhelming number of Council members. There were 33 votes in favor, 9 abstentions and 5 against (the U.S., the U.K., Czech Republic, Germany, Japan).