The UN’s pathological obsession with Israel

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The following article was originally published in French on April 15, 2016 by Causer.fr . No copyright infringement is intended.

UN: anti-Israel obsession

The UN Commission on the Status of Women is going after the Jewish state

by Oudy Ch. Bloch

Oudy Ch Bloch FThere is something pathetic and indecent in the pathological obsession with the UN to Israel. Especially in matters of women’s rights, other countries merit special attention, particularly in the Muslim world.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel against only three resolutions on the world namely, Syria, Iran and North Korea. Nothing on China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan and all other progressive democracies.That’s how the United Nations level put Israel. It is grotesque but true.

And 2016 clearly does not bring big changes. In its latest report, the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations (CSW) has again managed the feat of condemning Israel, of course. Which, on reflection, is not really a feat since the same commission made a similar report last year.

The Jewish state is, this time, abused for its alleged violence against Palestinian women. For CSW indeed  “the Israeli occupation remains the main obstacle to the improvement of Palestinian women, to their promotion, to their empowerment and participation in the development of their society.”

Regrettably, the CSW did not hear the Palestinian activist Ahlam Akram who believes that the laws on the status of Arab women are “back to the stone age” and that Arab countries do virtually nothing to improve the status of women, because they are busy with “the great campaign against Israel.”

JIN woman lashed photo April 18 2016Regrettably, the CSW was not informed that, according to Islamic law widely applied by the Palestinian Authority (West Bank) and Hamas (in Gaza), women are discriminated against by the laws governing marriage, divorce, child custody, inheritance and domestic violence, men and women do not have equal access to justice, women do not have the same value as witnesses in court.

Regrettably, the CSW did not take into account the Palestinian Center for Human Rights report which says that the recurrence of killings of women is due to the relative impunity “given to men at honor crimes” (murder of women by their own families for having extramarital relations) in an ultra-patriarchal society in which women are considered the property of his family which directs the social, sexual and professional.

Regrettably, the CSW will be not be interested in Hamas that forbids women to leave without being covered, participate in sporting events such as the marathon Gaza canceled by UNRWA in 2013 for that reason, to get on a motorcycle or cycling, hookah smoking in public, to participate in folk dances, which forces girls in schools and universities to wear the headscarf, forcing women to go out accompanied by male relatives … all in the name of a campaign of “Promotion of Virtue” reasons, according to Hamas officials by “the alarming increase of amoral behavior”.

Regrettably, the CSW does not consider this fact as an “obstacle to improving the status of Palestinian women, to their promotion, to their empowerment and participation in the development of their society.”

This is invariably the same. By voting this conviction, the CSW maintains the Palestinians in their illusion are never responsible for anything, especially not for themselves and allows them to use a forum for women’s rights as an anti-Israel forum .

There is, in this pathological obsession with Israel, something at once pathetic and indecent. Especially in matters of women’s rights, other countries deserve special attention.

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Nothing. Not one condemnation of the condition of women in Iran where:

– Women cannot travel, work or attend classes at the university without permission from their husbands;

– Women cannot judge, because – according to the mullahs – they do not possess intellectual faculties;

– The law permits a father to marry his adopted daughter from the age of 13 years.

Nothing about Saudi Arabia where:

– Women are considered legally a minor and therefore cannot go to the doctor, opening a bank account, travel, renew their passports without the permission of her guardian;

– The women has no right to drive;

Nothing on Sudan where:

– Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein escaped at the point of death, sentenced to forty lashes for wearing fashionable trousers for women, prohibited by Article 152 of the Criminal Code;

Nothing on India where:

– In many villages, even today, girls are killed at birth, mainly because the marriage dowry is expensive;

– Domestic violence affects 65% of women;

– Widows are ostracized by society, abandoned and rejected because they would bear misfortune;

Nothing on Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Yemen and other countries where FGM is practiced. In half of the 29 countries that practice FGM, the majority of the girls suffered before the age of 5 years and in the vast majority of the remaining cases, 15 years. The goal is to prevent sexual desire and avoid premarital relations.

Nothing on countries where Sharia law is applied, the Sharia that permits polygamy but not polyandry, which forbids women to divorce but allows a man to divorce, which requires women – to prove it raped – the testimony of four men, allowing her husband to beat her, that makes a woman be inherently inferior to man (Sura 4:34).

Nothing on the manifest “Women and the Islamic State,” written by Daesh and precise in accordance with Sharia, that marriage of girls is permitted from the age of 9 years, that women’s education should limited to the prophet’s life, the history of Islam, Sharia but also the sewing and cooking, they are not supposed to work for not to leave their homes.

Nothing on the young Samra Kesinovic, the 17 year old Austrian who had run away from home in 2014 to wage jihad in Syria, was beaten to death with a hammer after being used as a sex slave for new fighters of Daesh.

The work of the UN Commission on the Status of Women is an insult to all women worldwide. Violence, humiliation and discrimination. The UN has lost credibility once more. 

The above article can be read in French at: http://www.causeur.fr/onu-lobsession-anti-israelienne-37778.html

Oudy Ch Bloch is a lawyer called to the Paris Bar in 2003 and the New York Bar in 2009. He is a Postgraduate in Business Law from Université Paris X-Nanterre and holds a J LL.M Law of Literary and Artistic Property (UCLA Los Angeles, USA)

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What actually does the Palestinian want?

“Read our lips, how many times do we have to tell you?”

by Alan Simons

 by Alan Simons

There’s a well-known quotation by the American writer Eric Hoffer. “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.”

Among the lives of people, individuals and cultures there are many living in the Palestinian Territories who maintain that the best thing for man to strive for in this world is to take revenge on his enemies. For many young Muslim Palestinians who have been educated at an early age in their schools to hate Israel and hate Jews, the satisfaction for revenge cannot be clearer than it is today.  

The great ninth century Jewish philosopher Saadia Gaon commented that the thirst for revenge affords the pleasure of seeing discomfiture of its enemy, assuages the vehemence of its wrath and puts an end to excessive brooding. Saadia said that the man who is consumed by the desire for revenge gets into a frame of mind of refusing to accept intercession or entertaining any feeling of compassion or pity.

“Hatred brought on by illiterate Imams.”

Over one thousand years later Saadia’s comments still reflect the attitude that we have learnt nothing. As we observe the hatred in the Palestinian Territories against the Jew we find very little is based upon the acceptance that, heaven forbid, my world can also be shared in peace, equally, without reservation.

And as to its leaders, today’s Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, openly falsifies historical evidence, instills hatred in his young people’s minds towards the Israeli citizen, young and old, that I maintain no civilized democratic government has a hope in hell in stopping. It is a hatred that has its own direction, its own time and space, egged on by the perverse nature of fanatics utilizing the services of weak squabbling western-based democratic governments, of financially-strapped international media that have no time, or will, to verify the accuracy of its stories, the ten second clip, satellite dishes, mobile phones, photos of children and Internet web sites and social media outlets. It is a hatred brought on by illiterate Imams to the masses of the uneducated and their educated children.

Christopher Hitchens, the noted British born author, religious and literary critic once said: “It is a moral idiot who thinks that antisemitism is a threat only to Jews.” How right he was! Look no further than in the Middle East. Those who hate Jews also hate Christians.

“The Church is being silenced and driven out of its ancient biblical heartland.”

JIN November 2015 shutterstockEarlier this week, a bi-annual report on Christian persecution, produced by the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, was published. In essence, the report states:

At a time when the numbers of displaced and refugees have hit an all-time high, Islamists groups—ISIS foremost—are carrying out religiously motivated ethnic cleaning of Christians, notably in the Middle East and in parts of Africa.

In parts of the Middle East—particularly in Syria and Iraq—the crisis is so severe that barring significant interventions on the part of world powers, the Christian presence may disappear completely within a decade or even sooner. For example, there may be as few as 275,000 Christians left in Iraq, down from 1 million 12 years ago.

For Palestinian Christians, in towns such as Bethlehem, which used to be uniquely Christian, Muslims now are a clear and growing majority. As it’s been said, “The veil has replaced the cross.”

To return to Hitchens: “And the most depressing and wretched spectacle of the past decade, for all those who care about democracy and secularism, has been the degeneration of Palestinian Arab nationalism into the theocratic and thanatocratic hell of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, where the Web site of Gaza’s ruling faction blazons an endorsement of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Many Jews ask me, “What actually does the Palestinian want?”

For Palestinians, the answer is simple. Time and time again, in numerous opinion polls and studies, the vast majority have said; read our lips, how many times do we have to tell you? We do not want to make peace with Israel. Yet, for some crazy implausible reason many Jews on the political left, don’t believe them. Why is it that by some twisted conclusion we wholeheartedly accept that Iran wants to annihilate Israel, yet, in our hearts and minds we have become mired in the conviction that we can help to transform a Palestinian people, indoctrinated from birth to hate and kill Jews, to live side-by-side with their Jewish neighbour?

Was it not Shakespeare who said: “In time we hate that which we often fear?” For the ordinary Palestinian perhaps we should first try to understand what they fear more than what they want.

Well, that’s my opinion!

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Exclusive: Part II. An interview with Mahmoud Abbas.

“Today Gaza, tomorrow Jerusalem.”– Mahmoud Abbas

jewishinfoNews on Skype over a two day period interviewed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Here is the final part of the interview. The first part was published on October 17, 2015. 

jewishinfoNews: Mr. President, let’s continue talking about the violence in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities. Prime Minister Netanyahu said yesterday morning in a speech at the 37th World Jewish Congress that the Israelis “are not only fighting a campaign of physical assault on the Jewish State … it is always proceeded and accompanied by an assault on the truth, a campaign of defamation and slander.”

Abbas: Well that is his opinion, isn’t!  Just refer to what I said at my recent speech at the UN. Specifically, I stated that “Israel is scheming to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” I called “on the Israeli government, before it is too late, to cease its use of brutal force to impose its plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctuaries in Jerusalem. Unless Israel stops its scheme and its actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the conflict will change from political to religious, creating an explosive situation in Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory.”

jewishinfoNews: Yes, indeed. Netanyahu mentioned it in his speech when he referred to Israel wanting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque as one of the ten big lies. He said, and I quote, “the only way you can fight lies and especially big lies is to puncture them with the simple truth.” He said that Israel is not seeking to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He added, “This is particularly farcical. It would be farcical if it wasn’t tragic. Israel is the only country that protects the holy sites in the Middle East.  You see the Muslims, the militant Shiites and militant Sunnis blowing each other’s mosques to smithereens… churches, of course, synagogues… ancient sites of great world heritage blown up. The only place where the holy shrines of all are absolutely guaranteed is in Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty and of in the rest of Israel.”

King AbbasAbbas: Cleans his glasses and doesn’t respond.

jewishinfoNews: Mr. President, moving on. Yesterday, The Times of Israel published a report that stated, “A series of videos glorifying the wave of deadly stabbing attacks against Israelis was released Sunday by the Islamic State terrorist group.  The videos, bearing such titles as Abbas JIN October 20 2015 bProject Behead the Jews and Message to the Mujahedin in Jerusalem, were uploaded from sites under Islamic State control in Syria and northern Iraq. Some of the videos spread on social media and were accompanied by the hashtag #BeheadtheJew.”

And a few days ago a picture and text tweeted from a Fatah Twitter account on Oct. 11, 2015 of young Palestinian school girls with yellow Fatah headbands holding a placard with the text: “The settlers are Israeli ISIS”. In addition, in a Abbas JIN October 20 2015 ccartoon published on the website of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission, Israel is portrayed as an Islamic State executioner dressed in black with a Star of David on his hood and the text “Judaization” across his robe. The executioner is swinging an axe, about to decapitate a Palestinian whose head is the Dome of the Rock. The Palestinian is resting his head on a sleeping chopping block labeled “the international disregard.”

Mr. President, one minute ISIS is telling you to behead the Jews and the next moment Fatah is portraying Israelis as an Islamic State executioner. Which one is it to be? Don’t you think this is utterly bizarre and definitely confusing to your people? If these issues weren’t as grave as they are, all of this might remind us of the comedy routine made famous by Abbott and Costello, “Who’s on First?” Is this democracy? Will you be happy with the diminished international support you might receive because of it?

Abbas: “The international community should support the Palestinian people and continue its aid in all forms, and not punish them or starve them because of their democratic choices. This is happening at a time when the Palestinian Authority is trying to preserve the period of calm and abide by agreements reached with Israel…  Israel is seeking to escalate tensions and explode the situation to avoid fulfilling its commitments.

“If the settlement activities in Palestinian land and construction of the so-called separation wall on confiscated Palestinian land continue, we might soon find ourselves at a situation where the foundation of peace, a free Palestine state living side by side in peace and security in Israel, is a factual impossibility.”

jewishinfoNews: Mr. President, you once said, and I quote, “We will not allow the state of lawlessness, the disorder of weapons, taking law into one’s hands, kidnapping and attacks on government institutions and state land to continue. . . .No one is above the law.”

Abbas: However, I’ll repeat again, “The international community should support the Palestinian people and continue its aid in all forms, and not punish them or starve them because of their democratic choices.”

jewishinfoNews: What democratic choices are you referring to Mr. President? It’s been said that “the biggest danger is that this act of defiance by your children against the PA will turn into a tsunami that will undermine Mahmoud Abbas and the PA in its present format.”

Mr. President, Canadian Tarek Fatah once said, I quote: “Any nation, any society, any country that is created on the basis of a hatred towards the others, will soon run out of people that it can hate or groups it can decimate and it will devour itself.” With your youth running amok, out of control, with pure hate in their eyes and it seems assisting in undermining your leadership, when they’re exhausted with the Israelis, are you afraid your children will turn on you Mr. President?

Abbas: “It is high time that the Palestinian people restore their freedom and independence. It is high time that the decades, the long decades of suffering and pain would stop.”

jewishinfoNews: But Mr. President, your youth are running amok, out of control, with pure hate in their eyes, taking the law into their own hands, killing and maiming Jewish children, mothers and fathers, in fact any one in their way be it Jew or Christian. 

Abbas: Stares ahead.

jewishinfoNews: This past May, Ambassador Uri Savir, who has spent his professional life on the strategies of peacemaking in Israel, he established the Peres Center for Peace and is currently the Center’s honorary president said in an article published in al-Monitor, he foresaw what was going to happen. He said: “Jerusalem is at the heart of the Palestinian national struggle for its historical and religious significance in Islam. East Jerusalem is also the only territory occupied in 1967 that was annexed by Israel (except for the Golan Heights). The Palestinians often claim that Israel is attempting to turn the Temple Mount (or Haram al-Sharif) Jewish; it’s a misplaced fear but widely believed. Therefore one can expect that, should an uprising (intifada) break out in the West Bank, it would have Jerusalem as a central theme, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque, which may also become the central battleground.”

It was just over one week ago that Palestinian Media Watch said that while Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, “professes the PA’s alleged wish for peace,” his “own Fatah movement is busy glorifying murder as ‘a symphony of love for Jerusalem.’”

To quote the Fatah Twitter account, “A symphony of love for Jerusalem. If the occupation wants to hear it again and again, it should continue invading Jerusalem, attacking our noble women and desecrating our Noble Sanctuary [the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza] and our Jerusalem.” [Fatah Twitter account, Oct. 12, 2015.]

Abbas: Remains silent.

jewishinfoNews: CNN has quoted you in the past as saying, “Peace and security will never be achieved unless there is an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, I hereby call on you, Palestinian people wherever you are, to stand together, to close ranks and be alert, to be aware of the Israeli plots to undermine our national mission.” Mr. President, this sounds very much like a call to arms.

Abbas: “The current situation in the Palestinian territories cannot continue, there is no longer a partner for us in Israel and there is nothing for us but to internationalize the issue.

jewishinfoNews: You mean by restoring your people’s freedom and independence you’re wantonly allowing your children to kill Jews? Is that what it’s all about, Mr. President? Is this your way out? Your final hurrah? Finally you see this as personal satisfaction in getting your revenge against Obama and Clinton?

(Photo credits: Palestinian Media Watch (PMW); wranter; NDTV. Editorial quotes: in part from PMW)

(This interview is envisioned in the virtual unconsciousness of the author)

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