View Full Version : Un Resolutions Against Israel: The Myths And The Truths
04-08-2003, 08:45 AM
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Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (http://www.jcpa.org/) which is an independent, non-profit institute for policy research and education serving Israel and the Jewish people since 1976. JCPA is headed by Israel's former UN Ambassador Dr. Dore Gold.
Daily Alert (http://www.jcpa.org/daily/index.html)
----ONE OF THE 3 MYTHS-----(see article link at end of quote)
We must now show "evenhandedness" by enforcing UN resolutions against Israel, just as we have against Iraq.
The attempt to imply some parity of guilt between Iraq and Israel is morally shameful and a willfully blind misreading of the relevant UN resolutions. Iraq was in breach of Chapter 7 resolutions, which provide for military action to deal with threats to international peace and security. The resolutions which concern Israel are based on Chapter 6 of the UN Charter and they are non-binding recommendations for settling disputes. To bracket Iraq and Israel in the way that Robin Cook did is to suggest that there is a moral equivalence between a murderer and someone who is having difficulty with marriage counseling. In arguing that, after Iraq, Israel must abide by UN resolutions, Jack Straw is placing terrorism's biggest victim, rather than its perpetrators, in the dock.
The fiction of the peaceniks is overdue for pulping (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,482-638446,00.html)
04-08-2003, 09:31 AM
While we see British troops fighting in Iraq, it is easy to forget that the UK has a huge Arab and Muslim population which has caused anti-Israeli policies to contaminate the highest levels of its government.
Not only is the UK directly responsible for chopping up the land of Israel in a way that has encouraged 5 Mideast wars, but the Brits have continued to support Palestinian terrorism against Jews ever since.
Blair and his third-rate minister Jack Straw are hoping to cover up for their lack of popularity by pressuring the U.S. to set up a terrorist Palestinian state at Israel's expense. Simply stated, the more dead Jews the British government can cause through its policies, the more popular the government will be among its Muslim and generally anti-Semitic population.
04-15-2003, 10:21 PM
Another nail in the UN coffin. The _United_ Nations against whom? The Human Rights Commission, as long as those humans are not Jews.
Freeman Center editor's note: If this is way the world community views Israel's behavior, then it is time to end the self imposed policy "restraint" (havdalah) that is costing hundreds of Jewish lives and thousands maimed.
The United Nations Human Rights Commission on Tuesday overwhelmingly condemned Israel for "mass killing" of Palestinians, and for its settlement policy in the Palestinian territories.
The United States was alone in voting against all four resolutions, saying that the criticism of Israel was one-sided and unfair.
The resolutions followed impassioned arguments earlier in the commission's annual session during which Palestinian delegate Nabil Ramlawi claimed that Israel used forms of killings and torture which "were worse than the practices of Nazism." The comments caused outcry among Jewish groups.
Israel is regularly condemned by the 53-nation commission -- the top UN human rights body -- which this year is chaired by Libyan ambassador Najat Al-Hajjaji. In a report to the commission, UN special investigator John Dugard criticized Israeli violations and said construction of a barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians was illegal.
The commission passed by 50 votes to one a resolution put forward by European countries which voiced "grave concern" at continuing Israeli settlement activities "including the illegal installation of settlers in the occupied territories." It criticized the restrictions on freedom of movement of Palestinians and the so-called security wall, while also condemning "indiscriminate terrorist attacks."
The United States voted against the motion. Australia and Costa Rica abstained. Israel is not a member of the commission.
A tougher seven-page resolution sponsored by African and Arab nations criticized "the gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, in particular, acts of extrajudicial killing, closures, collective punishments, the persistence in establishing settlements, arbitrary detentions, the besieging of Palestinian towns and villages, the shelling of Palestinian residential districts from warplanes, tanks and Israeli battleships, the conducting of incursions into towns and camps and the killing of men, women and children there."
It condemned the "acts of mass killing perpetrated by the Israeli occupying authorities against the Palestinian people."
It was passed by 33 votes to 5, with Canada, Australia, Germany and Peru joining the United States in opposition. There were 15 abstentions, mainly from European nations.
US delegate Michael Southwick said the resolution failed to reflect the reality of Palestinian suicide bombers and terrorism against innocent Israeli men, women and children.
"Israel is not responsible for all the ills plaguing the people in the
region. Israel has the right to self-defense," Southwick said.
Canadian ambassador Christopher Westdal said the language of the text was "unacceptable and often inflammatory."
Another resolution affirming the "inalienable, permanent and unqualified right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to establish their sovereign and independent Palestinian State," passed 51-1. The sole opposing vote was the United States'.
A final resolution called on Israel to desist from changing the physical character and legal status of the Syrian Golan Heights it occupied in the 1967 war. That passed 31-1, with 21 abstentions.
04-20-2003, 12:04 AM
And while the Human Rights Commission goes on accussing Israel of "mass killing", it does things like this (the bold is the Human Rights Commission Reaction to this):
Hidden from a world whose gaze has been fixed on Iraq, a full-scale reign of terror has been unleashed on opponents of the Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of Zimbabweans were arrested and tortured as Mr Mugabe, apparently taking advantage of the lull in international scrutiny, stepped up his campaign of repression during the three weeks of the United States' war on Saddam Hussein.
The 79-year-old President marked the 23rd anniversary of independence yesterday with a speech in which he warned that he would tolerate no challenge to his rule. He accused Britain and the US of attempting to "recolonise" Zimbabwe because they opposed his seizures of white-owned land.
State newspapers carried full-page advertisements calling on Zimbabweans to shun "mass violence" by "terrorists and thugs". But during the period leading to the fall of Baghdad, more than 1,000 opposition supporters were arrested, detained in prison and tortured, claims the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
The numbers arrested in the past month are unprecedented, and for the first time the focus of intimidation has shifted from the rural areas to opposition supporters in towns. Many victims have been forced to sit on hot electric stoves and fires, says the MDC, which is publishing newspaper advertisements showing pictures of the tortured and injured.
The notorious "Green Bombers", Mr Mugabe's youth militias, have also intensified their intimidation campaign in the countryside, seeking out MDC sympathisers, burning homes, raping and beating. Many victims are thought to have been beaten to death.
But the latest massive government clampdown is aimed at the middle and higher levels of the MDC and, unusually, is being conducted in Harare and the other cities. Some of Mr Mugabe's opponents say they have been forced to have sex with their children.
The crackdown came after one of the biggest protests against Mr Mugabe's rule, organised last month by the MDC. Its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, vowed yesterday to continue calling strikes, protests and what the party calls "mass action".
Public anger at food and fuel shortages has become more voluble. In response, Mr Mugabe's soldiers and militiamen have started randomly attacking and beating up people gathered in public.
Gibson Sibanda, deputy president of the MDC, was arrested and jailed for eight days in what he described as "inhuman conditions". Paul Themba Nyathi, another opposition party spokesman, was also illegally detained for five days over his alleged "role" in the strike.
But it is not just party activists who are being intimidated. Robert Muchago, a water engineer who is now in South Africa, has first-hand experience of brutality. Mr Muchago, 32, was in a nightclub in Chitungwiza, a dormitory town near Harare, 10 days ago when army soldiers stormed the club. The soldiers randomly paired every man with a woman. Mr Muchago said many of the women were prostitutes. They forced them to undress and engage in unprotected public sex.
"With the high prevalence of HIV-Aids, it was like being asked to sign your death warrant," Mr Muchago said. Two men who tried to plead were savagely beaten and left for dead. Fearing for their lives, the rest of the "couples" complied.
Scores of young women have been rounded up and raped by the Green Bombers. "Jane", 16, said she was beaten and raped by eight different militia commanders in a 12-hour ordeal. Her crime, she was told, was her father's suspected support for the MDC.
The MDC says all of its MPs and national executive committee members have at some time been arrested and jailed. In most cases charges were not sustained in court. Tendai Biti, the shadow Economic Affairs Minister, told The Independent: "Mugabe should give us the title deeds to his prisons because these are our new homes. We now live in his jails."
As the repression has worsened, so too has the economy, with inflation reaching a record 228 per cent and the United Nations investigating how to help even the urban working population with food aid.
The South African government mustered support among African nations within the UN Human Rights Commission to prevent a vote condemning Zimbabwe in Geneva this week.
In response Michael Ancram, Britain's shadow foreign secretary, called on Tony Blair and Jack Straw to bring a new UN resolution. "The UN cannot turn a blind eye to the abuses of Robert Mugabe," he said, "and nor can South Africa which is beginning to be affected financially and politically by what is happening."
He Job Sikhala, an opposition official, has just been treated in South Africa after he was arrested for the 17th time, then beaten, tortured and forced to drink urine in a Zimbabwean prison. After his last release, he described his treatment. "I screamed for help, and no help came, and I was told to shut up. At the third stage of torture, when they applied electric shocks to my mouth, and in my left ear, I lost consciousness," he said.
Many Zimbabweans who would not have supported the Iraqi war are talking of a "Bush solution". "Mr Bush, when are you coming to liberate us?" has become a catchphrase among unemployed youths.
04-20-2003, 12:05 AM
I just noticed this in the AP article that you posted, humus_sapiens:
and the so-called security wall, while also condemning "indiscriminate terrorist attacks."
Blatant editorializing at its finest. :rolleyes:
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