Resources updated between Monday, November 17, 2014 and Sunday, November 23, 2014
November 23, 2014
The UN Committee, created in 1975 to implement the infamous Zionism-is-racism General Assembly resolution, has held yet another Israel-bashing session. On November 21, 2014 the UN "Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People" had what was billed as an "International Meeting of Parliamentarians in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace on 'The role of parliamentarians in ensuring respect for international law' in New York.
The meeting included Jens Toyberg-Frandzen, UN Assistant Secretary-General ad interim for Political Affairs, referring to "the suffering of the people in Gaza in the aftermath of the summer's brutal conflict." The UN spokesperson made no mention of any Israeli suffering from Hamas's rocket and terror-tunnel attacks. Hyperbole and demonization is the norm at UN events on Israel. Chairman of the UN Committee, Fode Seck of Senegal, said "Palestine" constitutes "a gaping 'black hole' on the map where international law and human rights seemingly do not apply." Parliamentarians from states which have no rule of law lectured the democratic state of Israel how to respect law. Nour Eddine Bouchkouj, Secretary-General of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union - there being no democratic Arab state - promoted more Arab terrorism. He "called on the Palestinian people to maintain their struggle to attain all their rights." Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari of Pakistan, President of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly, accused Israel of "carnage in Gaza," and using "excessive and disproportionate force." A participant from Mexico's parliament called on Israel "to end acts bordering on genocide against the Palestinian people."
"The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for the gay community.
"A copy of the legislation, which was obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, indicates that President Yahya Jammeh signed it on Oct. 9, though no government officials have yet publicly notified the country of the new law. Jammeh, one of Africa's most vocal anti-gay leaders, instructed gays and lesbians in 2008 to leave the country or risk decapitation.
"Lawmakers approved the legislation in August, prompting an outcry from organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The law contains language identical to an anti-gay bill signed into law in Uganda earlier this year but later overturned by a court on procedural grounds.
"It criminalizes 'aggravated homosexuality,' which targets 'serial offenders' and people living with HIV or AIDS. Suspects can also be charged with aggravated homosexuality for engaging in homosexual acts with someone who is under 18, disabled or who has been drugged. The term also applies when the suspect is the parent or guardian of the other person or is 'in authority over' him or her.
"People found guilty of aggravated homosexuality can be sentenced to life in prison..."
"A suicide bomb attack hit a crowd attending a sports event in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing dozens of spectators, according to Afghan officials.
"Attaullah Fazly, the deputy governor of Paktika province, said that the attack took place at a volleyball tournament in the province's Yahyakhil district. Estimates of the death toll Sunday night ranged between 45 and 60. Abdul Mobin, a Paktika provincial council member, said 12 people died after being taken to the hospital.
"'The number of casualties may go higher,' Mr. Fazly said. 'The injured are being taken to the provincial capital.' He said helicopters were requested to fly some of the wounded to Kabul.
"According to Mr. Fazly, the volleyball match was held in a playground and was attended by members of the Afghan Local Police, village self-defense units established with U.S. backing.
"The Afghan Local Police-many of whom have been trained by U.S. special-operations troops-have been on the front lines of fighting against Taliban insurgents, often taking heavy casualties.
"'I visited the hospital-55 wounded people were transferred to the provincial hospital from Yahyakhil,' said Mr. Mobin. 'Today was the final day of the tournament and the playground was very crowded...'"
November 22, 2014
"Late last month, a senior U.N. investigator scolded officials with the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID, for repeatedly withholding evidence of alleged Sudanese government crimes against civilians and peacekeepers.
Clearly, UNAMID didn't get the memo.
Earlier this month, the mission issued a press release indicating that a probe into local media reports alleging the mass rape of some 200 local girls by Sudanese forces in the village of Tabit, in northern Darfur, turned up no evidence of wrongdoing...
UNAMID's sunny account of the mission's findings omitted extensive evidence of Sudanese government attempts to keep the peacekeepers from actually mounting a serious investigation into the rape allegations...
[T]he report left out damning evidence pointing to a concerted effort by Khartoum to undermine the UNAMID probe.
For instance, the confidential report found that the Sudanese government and military prevented the U.N. investigators from reaching the site of the alleged mass rape for more than 10 days, severely constraining their ability to collect physical evidence of sexual assault. Sudanese troops fanned out across the town in a show of strength and intimidation. Uniformed Sudanese officials also followed the UNAMID investigators as they broke up into several teams and spread out about the town to interview potential eyewitnesses, interfering with their ability to elicit honest answers...
'Some of the sub-teams reported the interviews being captured on recording devices (mobile phone) by the [Sudanese armed forces],' according to the report, first obtained by Agence France-Presse. 'The behavior and responses of interviewees indicated an environment of fear and intimidation. Some of the sub-teams had to ask the military personnel to stop following them and also asked them to allow the conduction of interviews in some privacy.'
A local teacher cited in the report said that Sudanese officials had warned locals not to cooperate with the investigation. The end result, according to the report, was that 'the public was shy to openly discuss the allegation of mass rape.'...
[A] top Sudanese official told reporters that the United Nations would not be allowed to return to Tabit to investigate the allegations."
"Yesterday, I returned from the prison in Multan where my wife, Asia Bibi, was transferred eight months ago. Since Asia was sentenced to death in November 2010 for drinking a glass of water from our village well, my family has lived in constant fear and under death threats. I live in hiding with my five children as near as possible to Asia. She needs us very much to help keep her alive, to bring her medicine and good food when she is sick."
"Please Don't Abandon Me" Document
November 21, 2014
"International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said he was still unable to provide 'credible assurance' Iran had no undeclared nuclear material and activities.
The talks -- which have dragged on for more than a year -- are aimed at setting limits on Iran's nuclear programme in return for an end to sanctions that have seriously hurt its economy.
As one of the conditions, Western officials say Iran must stop stonewalling the IAEA investigation into concerns Iran may have worked on designing a nuclear-armed missile...
'Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures,' Amano told the U.N. agency's 35-nation board of governors, also meeting in the Austrian capital.
He was referring to information Iran was supposed to have given the IAEA by late August concerning allegations of explosives tests and other activity that could indicate preparations for developing nuclear bombs.
Those allegations were set out in an IAEA report in 2011 based on intelligence from some 10 IAEA member states as well as the agency's own investigation."
November 20, 2014
November 19, 2014
"Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine", UN General Assembly draft resolution
"Two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem, killing three American-Israeli rabbis, a British-Israeli rabbi and a policeman and shifting the focus of violence to deep within the heart of the Jewish half of the city.
"It was the deadliest attack on Israelis in Jerusalem in six years.
"The assailants, armed with a rifle and butcher knives, targeted the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Har Nof on Tuesday. The area is far from the line that divides Jerusalem's Arab and Jewish halves, which has been the focus of a raft of other attacks since July. Police said they traded gunfire with the attackers for several minutes before killing them.
"The scale and the targeting of worshipers in a synagogue rattled Israelis more deeply than any other attacks recently in the city. Jerusalem has been roiled by unrest for more than four months, fanned by a feud over the city's most sensitive holy site, the Temple Mount.
"The two attackers entered the synagogue at about 7 a.m. as some 30 people were praying, and began stabbing worshipers before opening fire, the foreign ministry said. As witnesses entered the synagogue, they found worshipers dead, wrapped in prayer shawls sprawled on the floor in pools of blood.
"'I felt like I was in a butcher shop,' said Albert Albukai, a medic who heard the gunshots while praying at a neighboring synagogue. He said he saw worshipers who had been stabbed in their necks.
"'They were all slaughtered; at least four were dead. We could do nothing for them...'"
Jerusalem Attack Shakes Israel Document
November 18, 2014
"The Syrian Golan", UN General Assembly draft resolution
"Jerusalem", UN General Assembly draft resolution
"Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat", UN General Assembly draft resolution
Draft was adopted on November 25, 2014 with 147 votes in favor, 7 against, and 9 abstentions
"Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the DPI of the Secretariat", UN General Assembly draft resolution Development
"Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat", UN General Assembly draft resolution
"Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of thePalestinian People", UN General Assembly draft resolution
Draft was adopted on November 25, 2014 with 94 votes in favor, 7 against, and 56 abstentions
"Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People", UN General Assembly draft resolution Development
November 17, 2014
"As per a new law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a ban has been imposed on 'tempting' eyes of women.
According to the latest diktat, any women with 'alluring eyes' will have to wear a full veil.
Defending its decision, Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, spokesman of the Saudi Arabian Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, said that the government has the right to force women to cover their faces.
'The men of the committee will interfere to force women to cover their eyes, especially the tempting ones. We have the right to do so,' the metro.co.uk quoted him as saying."