Saturday, 19 September 2009

THE UN AND ISRAEL (CONT. --- FOR DECADES)

Ken Berwitz

I wish everyone realized just how impossibly biased the United Nations is against Israel.  But a lot of people don't.  Certainly a lot of people in the current administration either don't realize this, or do but, for political reasons, are willing to risk Israel's existence by pretending it isn't true.

Joel Mowbray, writing for www.townhall.com, uses the UN report issued about Israel's attack on Gaza (after years of daily attacks from Gaza against Israel), to detail just how blatant the UN's bias against Israel is:

UN Strikes Again: Hamas not terrorist, but Israel is?

by Joel Mowbray

 

Looking at the latest high-profile report from the United Nations on the recent war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, its not difficult to understand why the vast majority of Americans harbor deep distrust of the international body.

Though the UN has a disturbing history of cozying up to thugs and tyrantseach dictator has an vote in the General Assembly equal to the United Statesit is the international bodys unrelenting obsession with Israel that reveals its moral bankruptcy.

Genuine massacres in Sudan and Rwanda or ongoing brutality in Burma and North Korea elicit barely a yawn at the UN. But Israel wages a carefully planned and orchestrated military campaign to root out terrorists who have intentionally embedded themselves in civilian areas and the UN issues a breathless 554-page report accusing the Jewish state of war crimes and terrorism.

To appreciate the utter absurdity of the so-called Goldstone Report, consider:

Even though the report was about the fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Authority is chastised for violating human rights by closing Hamas charities and firing Hamas terrorists from the government payroll.

Hamas is never referred to directly as a terrorist organization, and further, its intentional firing of rockets into Israeli civilian areas was not necessarily done to terrorize.

Human shields were used, the report concluded, but by Israel, not the Hamas terrorists who chose to launch rockets and mortars from crowded civilian areas and near schools and hospitals.

Only one party could be confirmed with certainty as terrorists: Israel.

Issues of balance aside, the quality of the evidence cited is at best dubious. Rumor and speculation provide foundation for some of the most outlandish allegations, and most of the report itself is not the work of first-hand research, but rather repeating claims made by various NGOs or news accounts from the likes of al-Jazeera.

Among the experts cited by the Goldstone Report were the unquestionably fair-minded Central Commission for Documentation and Pursuit of Israeli War Criminals and an avowed and avid collector of Nazi memorabilia.

Such is what has become of the United Nations.

When the Goldstone Reports addresses Israeli actions, subtlety is the first casualty. Without mincing words, the Jewish state is deemed a war criminalagain and again. In the few instances where it even broaches the topic of possible Hamas wrongdoing, the report employs oddly tortured verbiage with no almost direct conclusions.

Here are some of the bold, unmistakable accusations leveled against Israel:

Israel committed continuous and systematic abuse, outrages on personal dignity, humiliating and degrading treatment contrary to fundamental principles of international humanitarian law and human rights law.

The UN mission in Gaza considers the attack was not only an attack intended to kill but also to spread terror among the civilian population.

It is in these circumstances that the [UN] Mission [in Gaza] concludes that what occurred in just over three weeks at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 was a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population

Such treatment amounts to measures of intimidation and terrorism.

In some cases the Mission additionally concluded that the attack was also launched with the intention of spreading terror among the civilian population.

Compare the above slams against the meticulously ambiguous language about Hamas:

It is plausible that one of the primary purposes of these continued [Hamas rocket] attacks is to spread terror. (emphasis added)

The UN report authors also found significant evidence to suggest that one of the primary purposes [of firing rockets into southern Israel] ... is to spread terror. (emphasis added)

These acts [firing rockets and mortars into Israeli civilian populations] would constitute war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity. (emphasis added)

Why does the UN have no compunction in characterizing the Jewish states actions as war crimes and terrorism, yet when it comes to Hamas, it meekly offers that there is evidence to suggest that its plausible that the groups actions would or may constitute terrorism or war crimes?

Perhaps the answer can be found in the experts tapped by the UN. Among them was now-suspended Human Rights Watch senior analyst Marc Garlasco, who was recently revealed as an obsessive collector of all things Nazi and who said in an online posting that an SS leather jacket was cool.

Two of the HRW Gaza war reports on which Garlasco was a lead investigator were cited several times by the Goldstone report. As noted by watchdog group NGO Monitor, Richard Goldstone himself was a longtime board member of HRW, and the Goldstone report re-published without verification several of the claims made by Garlascos unit.

Then theres Palestinian psychiatrist Dr. Iyyad El-Sarraji. In one of the fact-finding hearings conducted for the report, Dr. El-Sarraji compared Israelis to Nazis. The UN was smart enough to cut the Nazi reference from the final report, but still quoted approvingly the good doctor who thinks of Israelis as Nazis.

Given that U.S. taxpayers have lavished the UN with billions and billions of dollars over the years, one wonders why the groups report would stoop to relying on al-Jazeera and a Nazi fetishist as sources.

Unless, of course, the UN went looking for the sources that would give them the conclusions it wanted long before Israel ever launched its campaign against Hamas.

 Is it anti-Semitism that causes the UN to be this pathologically anti-Israel?  Yes, of course.  But there is a lot more.

Israel has a populatin of only about 7 million people. Compared to other countries, it is a tiny market for goods and services.  Israel has no oil.  And (unless you happen to be attacking Israel from Gaza or Judea/Samaria - the west bank) Israel is no threat to you.  Rail about Israel and Jews all day, and sleep like a baby tonight.

By contrast, the Arab and, more generally, Muslim world - which almost unanimously hates Israel - comprises over 1,000,000,000 people - a huge market for goods and services.  Arab/Muslim countries control a majority of the world's oil, so if you go against them you incur a major risk.  And most of the world's terrorism emanates from Arab/Muslim countries, so if you rail against them, maybe you don't sleep so well that night.

The UN has about 60 Arab/Muslim countries among its almost 200 members.  And the others are subject to the circumstances I have outlined above.

Israel has itself.  And, it used to have the United States too, as a reliable ally.  But with Barack Obama President, is that still true?

I hope the 78% of Jews who voted for Mr. Obama are taking a good look at his stance regarding Israel, then thinking long and hard about the answer to that question.

Danny The UN per se is not that bad. The problem is the Arab dominance of UNHRC and the voting power of Muslim bloc in the General Assembly. As for the Goldstone report, we posted an extensive rebuttal at Samson Blinded (09/19/09)

BOBW LETS BE VERY FRANK- 1- THE UN HAS BEEN A USELESS ORGANIZATION FOR THE LAST 40+ YEARS 2- IT IS A HUGH WASTE OF OF TAK MONEY- 3-IF IS FULL OF OLD MEN- WHO HAVE PERKY JOBS -THAT DO NOTHING BUT SLEEP AT MEETINGS AND PASS GAS. 4- IT KILLS NEW YORK WITH THESE SOLD CALLED DIPLOMATS THAT DO NOT PAY THERE BILLS, PARK WHEN AND WHEREVER THEY PLEASE. CAN SOMEONE- JUST PLEASE TELL ME ONE THING GOOD THAT THIS OUTDATED ORGANIZATION DOES? (09/19/09)


IRAN - THE NEW PROTESTS

Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from www.abcnews.com:

Iran Protesters Use Government Rally to Head Back to the Streets

Protesters Planning More Government Holidays to Take to the Streets

By LARA SETRAKIAN
DUBAI Sept. 18, 2009

 

Today was the latest round of confrontation between Iran's ruling regime and the so-called "Green Wave" of opposition challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Quds Day rally, an annual state-sponsored event to express support for Palestinians, became a cover for protesters looking for ways to demonstrate after their own anti-government rallies were banned.

Millions marched in the streets of Iran, according to state estimates, with two groups mixed in massive crowds. Ahmadinead supporters chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," while YouTube videos showed anti-Ahmadinead protesters wearing to protest, and the Revolutionary Guards Corps vowed a swift crackdown.

By midday there were reports of limited clashes, including assaults on former president Mohamed Khatami and Mir Hossein Moussavi, whose loss in the last presidential election

Mousavi and cleric Mehdi Karroubi, the dual figureheads of the opposition movement, had both pledged to attend the rally. Earlier today a reformist website, Mowjcamp.com, reported that the government planned to arrest them both shortly after the Quds Day demonstration. Government supporters packed a prayer hall at Tehran University, where Ahmadinejad gave a speech blasting Israel and casting doubt on the Holocaust. Top of Form

"The pretext for the creation of the Zionist regime is falseit is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim," he said. He added that it was Iran's "national and religious duty" to confront Israel.

For opposition supporters, Quds Day represents a turning point in how they handle demonstrations. The rally came after weeks of planning and publicity through fliers, word of mouth, and through websites and posters forwarded widely.

"This is a spark," said Mehdi Saharkhiz, a Karroubi supporter based in the U.S. whose YouTube channel featured dozens of videos purportedly from the Quds Day rallies.

Street demonstrations had largely gone quiet since July, after a severe crackdown by state security forces. More subtle protests had emerged, including the persistent nightly chants of Allahu Akbar, green graffiti on city walls and reformist slogans scribbled on paper money.

In June, after the phony election that put mahmoud ahmadinejad back in power, there were massive protests throughout Iran. 

President Obama looked the other way and ignored them.  His rationale was that he didn't want the USA to seem as if it was involved in the protests, and that he didn't want support of the protesters to get in the way of trying to start "talks" with Iran.

In other words, Mr. Obama let the people who took to the streets, demanding legitimate elections and freedom, twist in the wind until they were crushed by the illegitimately elected ahmadinejad.

His thanks for propping up this fraudulent head of state was that ahmadinejad found every way he could to tell the USA to go eff itself - up to and including this week.

Now the protesters are out again.  Will President Obama make the same mistake a second time? 

I hope not.  But don't bet against it.


CALLING CONGRESS OUT ON ACORN

Ken Berwitz

Do you really believe a Democratic congress just sort of yawned and voted ACORN out of its taxpayer funding?  Did you really believe the accounts to that effect by our wonderful "neutral" media?  

If so, I have a bridge to sell you.

Here is what really happened, courtesy of excerpts from an article by Bob Unruh, writing for www.worldnetdaily.com: 

 U.S. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, is demanding a straight up-or-down vote on a bill dedicated to removing ACORN from the list of recipients of federal largesse, or says he'll force the issue.

 

And a key conservative vote, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says unless there is such an action, it will mean the recent votes on that very issue were nothing but "cover."

 

Filmmaker James O'Keefe and an associate, Hannah Giles, for the last week have been posting undercover videos on the Big Government.com website, revealing the actions and attitudes of employees of ACORN, an organization for whom President Obama once worked.

 

The two posed as a pimp and prostitute and have asked questions about setting up brothels, importing underage girls for prostitution and tax issues, largely getting affirmative help from the ACORN employees, several of whom already have been fired for their statements.

 

One of the undercover videos feature a woman identified as Tresa Kaelke at an ACORN office in California:.

 

The result has been that the U.S. Census Bureau has cut ties to Acorn and both houses of Congress have taken votes to halt funding to the organization. The problem with that, Bachmann says, is that the votes were on amendments to different bills and "still have far to go before they reach the president's pen for signature into law."

 

Bachmann warns, "ACORN still remains eligible for billions of your tax dollars."

 

"And don't think that the Democrats won't try to strip the ACORN language from whatever bill finally makes it to the White House," Bachmann continued. "These votes were their cover.

 

"They think that you'll be fooled into thinking that they've heard your outrage and are abandoning their good buddy, ACORN."

 

His demand comes just a day after the House adopted that as an amendment on a 345-75 vote.

 

"Yesterday's overwhelming bipartisan vote to defund ACORN represented critical progress in our effort to sever this corrupt organization's ties to the federal government, but it was only the beginning," he said. "Now that the House has spoken in such resounding fashion, Speaker Pelosi should schedule an up-or-down vote on the Defund ACORN Act without delay. This critical priority should not be held hostage to a government takeover of student lending.

 

"If the speaker refuses to act, I will file a discharge petition to force a vote on this legislation. The sooner we can send the Defund ACORN Act as a stand-alone bill to the Senate, which has already voted to deny federal funds to this corrupt outfit, the sooner we can get it to the president's desk," he said. "Every day we continue to allow ACORN access to federal funding is another opportunity for this troubled organization to misuse and abuse taxpayer dollars," Boehner said.

 

Bachmann noted that the Senate had had a similar vote just before the House. But her spokeswoman, Debbee Keller, told WND that while the initial votes look good, they don't actually mean much yet.

 

"There is one way that we can immediately cut ACORN off from all federal programs and funding, and it's going to take all of us pressuring President Obama to use the federal suspension and debarment process to make it happen," Bachmann explained. "This process is coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget at the White House.

 

"Here's what the executive branch says about the process: 'The government debarment and suspension procedures are intended to prevent poor performance, waste, fraud and abuse in federal procurement and nonprocurement actions. Debarment or suspension of an organization, business or individual from doing business with the federal government is not meant to be a punishment, but a procedure to ensure that federally funded business is conducted legally with responsible persons,'" Bachman explained.

 

"Sounds to me like there is ample evidence against ACORN to initiate and execute this process, cutting them off from funding altogether!" she said. "I've already written the administration to ask that the process be invoked."

Bachmann also is assembling a petition in opposition to ACORN.

 

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now describes itself as a team of families "working together for social justice and stronger communities," had been accused multiple times of voter fraud.

Get it?  The much-heralded congressional votes that were supposed to convince you congress really and truly took action to defund ACORN, were not in any way final.  They can quietly be dumped at any time before passage of the bills they are attached to.  Or, the bills themselves can be dumped, which is an even more subtle way of negating the defunding votes.

Earlier this week I expressed my skepticism that ACORN was being denied a thing.  I pointed out that if congress' votes to defund the organization were real, there would have been a huge outcry from ACORN and a major excrement-hemmorhage from countless social action groups, not to mention the left wing of congress. 

There was neither.

That, to me, meant the fix was in - and ACORN and its supporters knew it all the time. 

If congress is serious about defunding ACORN it will conduct the up-and-down vote being pushed by Rep. Boehner.  I would bet my house, car and first-born they either will not agree to this vote at all, or will do so in a way that can be rescinded at a later date, or will do so with the knowledge that President Obama will veto it.

A fraud is a fraud.  And these people are the biggest.


ROSH HASHANAH AND BLOGGING

Ken Berwitz

I'm in a bit of a quandary here.

Today is the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.  It is also the start of 10 days of repentance which ends with Yom Kippur, the highest holy day of the Jewish calendar.

I am not a religious Jew.  But my wife thinks I am acting inappropriately by blogging on such an important holiday.

She's probably right.  So I won't blog again until sundown.  That is because, in the Jewish calendar, sundown is the end of the day, thus the start of the next (and many non-orthodox Jews do not consider the second day of Rosh Hashanah as significant as the first).

L'shanah tovah (may you have a good year).   


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