Resources updated between Monday, March 11, 2013 and Sunday, March 17, 2013
March 17, 2013
Apartheid Palestine Article
The Report of the UN "Fact-Finding" Mission on Israeli settlements discussed in Geneva at the UN "Human Rights" Council on March 17. Bottom line: no Jews should inhabit "Arab" land. Apartheid Palestine is official UN-policy.
HRC Report of the "independent international FMM to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the OPT, including EJ", A/HRC/22/63 Development
March 16, 2013
UN Press Release on final day of the annual session of the UN's top women's rights body reads: "The Secretary-General welcomes the outcome of the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women..." On Friday, March 15th CSW adopted only one resolution condemning a state for violating women's rights - anywhere in the world. Israel - for violating the rights of Palestinian women. Apparently, welcoming news to the highest echelons of the UN.
March 15, 2013
UN's top rights body posts draft resolution condemning Israel for harming Syrians. In the resolution, entitled "Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan," the Human Rights Council "calls upon Israel to allow the Syrian population of occupied Syrian Golan to visit their families and relatives in the Syrian motherland." Fact-check: 90,000 dead, 2.5 million internally displaced, 750,000 refugees. Syrian refugees have even fled to Israel through the Golan Heights where they have received life-saving medical care. Nobody believes that the residents of the Golan are pining to rush into mother Syria.
A civilian has been sentenced to a year's imprisonment for posting a picture on Facebook of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dressed in a Real Madrid soccer outfit and kicking a ball. Where's the UN?
Media Face a Palestinian Kick Human Rights Voices
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is condemning attempts at the UN Commission on the Status of Women to end violence against women and girls, on the grounds that it violates Islamic law.
Here is the document they can't stomach.
Now read the frightenting words of the Brotherhood for yourself.
The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, tells Radio Free Europe he is concerned about the negative effects of sanctions on Iran - and doesn't tie responsibility directly to Iranian nuclear ambition
Officials from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees are descending on Washington to try to make sure their clients don't feel any effects from budget cuts. After all, they're already treated differently than any other refugees. What's one more exception (at U.S. taxpayer expense)? In the meantime, they continue to resist Rep. Mark Kirk's effort just to count the actual number of Palestinian refugees.
March 14, 2013
Alan Dershowitz: Of course Hamas killed the baby. They want this for photo-ops to demonize Israel.
Of course Hamas killed the baby Human Rights Voices
The UN's top women's rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women, is having major disagreements about just what are womens' rights. The annual process of developing "agreed conclusions" is in trouble. But what were they thinking when they elected Iran to the body anyway?
The UN "Human Rights" Council produced a written statement of a UN-accredited NGO as an official UN document and put it on the UN website - despite the fact that it alleges Zionism is racism.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says we need "to clarify the links between corruption and human rights." Ironically, she was speaking at the UN Human Rights Council - where all she has to do is put on her glasses.
The UN General Assembly holds a minute of silence for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez - at a meeting the UN held "to honor the late president." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was effusive in his praise. Imagine a world where the United Nations honored the human rights victims of Chavez instead.
Chavez's legacy of antisemitism. Before his reign, there were 30,000 Jews in Venezuela. Now? 9,000.
March 13, 2013
$40 million-a-year NGO Human Rights Watch uses opportunity to address any rights situation on earth to condemn USA.
Billions suffer & Amnesty International uses chance to target any state to tell UN to spend more time Israel-bashing.
The UN's top human rights body, the UN "Human Rights" Council, has been discussing "human rights situations that require the Council's attention." Require is the operative word, since the Council considers deserving states to be few and far between, while one whole agenda item is reserved for condemning Israel alone. So here's what states at the UN's top human rights body lined up to say - on your dime: China: "the Human Rights Council should abide by the principles of...equality and mutual respect, and that it should avoid politicization, as well as naming and shaming." Iran "drew attention to the large number of human rights violations by the United States...the United Kingdom, France...Canada." North Korea "said that the United States and Western countries continued to commit human rights violations." Belarus "was particularly alarmed about the situation of children in Sweden, Denmark and Finland."
UN-accredited NGOs are accredited by a committee that includes states like Sudan, Cuba and China. So NGOs are often so-called "GONGOs" – government organized NGOs. When the UN Human Rights Council talked about Iran, here's what these "NGOs" had to say: "Organization for Defending Victims of Violence said that the human rights situation in Iran should be viewed in the context of imposed military threats and economic and social sanctions...immense threats affecting Iran;" "Imam Ali's Popular Students Relief Society said that the effects of unilateral and coercive sanctions imposed on Iran, which came mainly from the United States and the European Union, had placed enormous pressure on the country." Islamic Women's Institute "said that three decades of human rights resolutions issued against Iran had only resulted in the deepening of mistrust and had reduced the possibility of mutual understanding. In addition, Iran had had to endure the most damaging and harshest sanctions." So the next time you see the NGO label, think twice about its independence and legitimacy.
On Tuesday, the UN Human Rights Council discussed the situation of human rights in Iran. Here is what passes for human rights-speak in UN circles. China criticized investigation of human rights in Iran as not being "constructive." Instead, "the Human Rights Council should uphold the principles of universality and objectivity and refuse the practice of politicization of human rights issues." Belarus said: "it considered country mandates to be politicized and selective" and the criticism of Iran to be "detrimental." Cuba said "the existence" of an investigator on human rights in Iran was "evidence of politicization and double standards." Zimbabwe said: "it did not subscribe to the imposition of country specific ...mandates because they tended to be prosecutorial, politicized and selective." Syria "condemned the singling out of specific States." Of course, none of these countries has any difficulties singling out Israel across the United Nations system. And, in case you're wondering, none of these diplomats even blushed.
The World Bank is once again blaming Israel for Palestinian economic failures (not the gangsters in charge). The Bank also points to a "protracted stalemate in the political process." A "stalemate" is a UN-euphemism for "Palestinians are the only party to have refused to negotiate for the past two-and-a-half years, and Palestinian-elected officials are sworn to Israel's destruction."
According to UN's own sources, two million children are "greatly suffering in Syria." But the UN Human Rights Council is lining up to adopt next week five times as many resolutions condemning Israel than Syria.
Syrian delegate to the UN Human Rights Council, Faisal al-Hamwi, told the UN Human Rights Council that criticism of his country's human rights record is unfair because it is "neglecting a proper reading of the complex geopolitical situation in the region." 70,000 dead and three million refugees and internally-displaced persons is just so darn complicated - and difficult to explain considering Israel isn't the "root cause."
Iranian semi-official Mehr news agency reports: "Iran plans to declare in the UN that it will never go after nuclear bombs," quoting Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi. The scary part is that most folks at the UN will be inclined to believe him.
March 12, 2013
In Yemen, the death sentence is still applied to juveniles. The child is covered by a blanket, a doctor points at the vicinity of the heart, and then the child is shot through the blanket until dead. Human rights in the Arab world. No resolution on that at the UN Human Rights Council - now in session.
Yemen Still Sentences Children to Death by Firing Squad Human Rights Voices
UN "Human Rights" Council takes up Iran and the UN special investigator on Iran says "Iran had made noteworthy advances in the area of women's rights." (He's never been allowed into the country, and is hoping for an invite.)
Personnel from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights are being threatened in the ongoing violence in Syria. Regional instability is growing, while some Syrian rebels offer increasing signs of violent future with its neighbors.
Latest UN report on Syria says anti-government groups in Syria are targetting "the Christian community" for kidnapping and extortion. Bodes ill for Syria's Muslim future. UN reporters - not allowed into the country - lament: "thus far the international community has only been able to bear witness." Actually, the international community is able to do much more.
At a press briefing on the affect the Syrian crisis is having on Palestinians, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), Filippo Grandi, "noted that out of the $1.5 billion UN-wide humanitarian appeal put out in January, $90 million were, in fact, destined for UNRWA's relief efforts over the next six months." Moreover, Arab countries are denying Palestinians' refuge in their countries - they would rather keep Palestinians in harm's way. Otherwise, what tool would they have to demonize and destroy Israel? Now we know how the priority to everything-Palestinian at the UN works not only to the detriment of Israel, but human rights victims worldwide.
March 11, 2013
One more UN pre-determined "investigation" on another Israel "crisis" produces yet another report on Israel's violation of "law" as it acts to defend itself. So-called international "law" is being written for a party of one. Hamas rocket attacks on Israel's civilian population are called "flare-ups." Police stations of Hamas-run Gaza are "prima facie civilian". The UN report finds Israel Defense Forces "terrified and traumatized large segments of Gaza's population." (Causality turned upside down, since the population is not terrified by the terror organization using them as human shields in order to murder Jews.) And when it came to Israel, the UN finds Hamas rocket attacks "could have the aim of spreading terror among the civilian population." One rule for Israel and Jewish self-determination and another for everybody else.
Video: Syrian refugees could triple to 3 million by end 2013 says UN officials. UN can count. What else?
Saudi Arabia sentences two human rights activists to 10 years in prison. Saudi Arabia was one of the longest-serving members of the UN Human Rights Council (2006-2012).
The words of Ahlam Tamimi, the co-conspirator in the 2002 Sbarro suicide bombing attack in Jerusalem: "I do not regret what happened. Absolutely not. This is the path. I dedicate myself to Jihad for the sake of Allah and Allah granted me success. You know how many casualties there were (in my attack)? This was made possible by Allah. Do you want me to denounce what I did? That's out of question. I would do it again today and in the same manner." WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
The Samira Ibrahim affair which embarrassed Secretary John Kerry and Michelle Obama demonstrates widespread Egyptian antisemitism despite having less than 100 Jews in entire country.
The Samira Ibrahim Affair Article
In response to kidnapping, UN peacekeepers ax night patrols. Hard to avoid the impression that "peacekeeping" is not their primary activity.
AIJAC's Sharyn Mittelman rightly takes on McGeough's latest "love letter to Hamas."
Hamas pours cold water on President Obama's visit with its no to "the absurd so-called negotiations." The terror organization prefers bloodshed.