UK Foreign Minister blasts anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council resolution
Israel, Nicaragua restore diplomatic ties after 7 year break
UN Ambassador Haley lambastes BDS movement, says makes “no sense”
Israeli company develops blood test to detect lung cancer
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British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson called an anti-Israel resolution drafted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) “absolutely preposterous” and a “profound absurdity” on Tuesday, The Guardian reported. Johnson referred to a resolution condemning Israel for its presence in the Golan Heights and said it was ridiculous “when after all in that region of Syria we have seen the most appalling barbarity by the Assad regime.”
The United Kingdom’s delegation to the UNHRC announced last Friday that it will vote against all future anti-Israel resolutions if the council persists in its disproportionate focus on the Jewish state. Its statement blasted the council’s disproportionate focus on Israel: “Our enduring commitment to the universality of rights is also our source of enduring disappointment with the Council’s bias against Israel. Israel is a population of eight million in a world of seven billion. Yet since its foundation, the Human Rights Council has adopted 135 country-specific resolutions; 68 of which [are] against Israel. Justice is blind and impartial. This selective focus on Israel is neither.”
The statement also condemned the Golan Heights resolution to which Johnson was referring: “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis. But it is not Syria that is a permanent standing item on the Council’s agenda; it is Israel.” While maintaining its support for an eventual Israeli withdrawal from the Golan, the statement asserted, “we cannot accept the perverse message sent out by a Syria Golan resolution that singles out Israel, as Asad [sic] continues to slaughter the Syrian people.”
The British delegation also slammed the UNHRC’s singling out of Israel via its “agenda item 7,” a permanent agenda item subjecting Israel to a UNHRC inspection of “human rights implications of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory” during every one of its sessions. Only Israel is subject to this treatment, despite the tens of thousands dead and myriad human rights atrocities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and elsewhere.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized the UNHRC’s singular focus on Israel shortly after assuming his post in 2007, saying that he was “disappointed at the council’s decision to single out only one specific regional item, given the range and scope of allegations of human rights violations throughout the world.”
Israel and Nicaragua restored diplomatic ties on Wednesday, seven years after Nicaragua severed relations following the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010.
News of the reconciliation followed an announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night that the Jewish state would be reestablishing ties with an unnamed nation within a week, The Jerusalem Post reported.
In a joint statement, Israel and Nicaragua noted that they “shared friendly relations and cooperation across a wide range of fields such as agriculture, health and education, until ties were suspended in 2010.”
“Both governments view very favorably the re-establishment of ties with the aim of advancing joint cooperation for the advancement of both nations and to contribute to the struggle to achieve peace in the world,” according to the statement.
During the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, a flotilla under the control of the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation — a group designated as a terrorist organization by the Netherlands and Germany — attempted to break Israel’s legal naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. IDF troops faced an “organized and violent” assault from a group of passengers after boarding the ship, according to a United Nations report. Ten crew members were killed in the ensuing fight, and several Israeli soldiers were injured.
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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley strongly denounced the BDS movement in a speech Wednesday at event at the UN sponsored by the Israeli mission. “The effort to delegitimize the state of Israel being waged on college campuses and the anti-Israel obsession at the UN are one in the same. They both seek to deny Israel’s right to exist,” she said. “And how tragic is it that of all countries in the world to condemn for human rights violations, these voices choose to single out Israel. We should boycott North Korea. We should sanction Iran. We should divest from Syria. Not Israel. It makes absolutely no sense. And it has no connection to any reasonable definition of justice.”
Haley continued, “You can let them [those in support of BDS] know that the United States has Israel’s back.”
At the AIPAC policy conference on Monday, Haley assured the audience that there was a “new sheriff in town” to combat anti-Israel bias at the UN. She referred to when she called UN Secretary-General António Guterres and told him to withdraw a UN agency report that described Israel as an apartheid state. Guterres withdrew the report, and the director of the agency that commissioned the report resigned.
An Israeli company has developed a blood test to detect the presence of lung cancer, Ynet News reported Wednesday. Haifa-based Nucleix, which specializes in the development and marketing of non-invasive diagnostic tests for cancer, has been able to isolate changes in hydrogen bonds that indicate the formation of cancerous cells, and to create a blood test that is able to identify these changes.
Screening for lung cancer in this manner would be much more effective than current methods: “Diagnosis of the disease is usually done via a CT scan, but its level of accuracy is not high, and in 25 percent of the cases, the lung scan shows lesions of which only 3% are indeed cancerous.”
Dr. Elon Ganor, one of the founders of Nucleix, told Ynet, “This is a significant achievement after eight years of work. We developed the test here in Israel. We dreamed of making a significant contribution to humanity and saving lives, and we are convinced that this test will indeed save hundreds of thousands of people every year worldwide."