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UN Secretary-General acknowledges organization’s anti-Israel bias

Posted by Tip Staff - December 16, 2016


 

Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged the UN’s fixation on and bias against Israel in a speech on Friday. “Decades of political maneuverings have created a disproportionate volume of resolutions, reports and conferences criticizing Israel,” Ban said. “In many cases, rather than helping the Palestinian cause, this reality has hampered the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.”
In response, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, issued a statement in which he said, “The Secretary-General admitted the clear truth, the UN’s hypocrisy towards Israel has broken records over the past decade. During this time the UN passed 223 resolutions condemning Israel while only eight resolutions condemning the Syrian regime as it has massacred its citizens over the past six years. This is absurd.”
The Associated Press reported last June that, while human rights are violated worldwide and thousands have been killed in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, only Israel “has its record inspected at every single session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). From all the nations in the world, only Israel is subject to a permanent agenda item – Item 7 – that forces the UNHRC to review “the human rights implications of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory” during every session. “The standing item at the 10-year-old council has come to exemplify the spotlight on Israel in a number of UN bodies,” the AP noted.
Ban 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.”
This past October, UNESCO, the UN’s cultural body, adopted two resolutions ignoring Jewish and Christian historical ties to the Temple Mount.

 

President-elect Donald Trump has picked David Friedman, a 57-year-old bankruptcy lawyer and longtime advisor, to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel, the Trump transition team said in a statement on Thursday.
 
Like Washington’s current envoy to Israel, Dan Shapiro, Friedman is a fluent Hebrew speaker. Friedman served on Trump’s Israel advisory committee during the campaign and worked with the president-elect on his real estate development business for many years.
“The bond between Israel and the United States runs deep…,” Trump said in the statement. “As the United States’ Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman will maintain the special relationship between our two countries.”
Friedman will work from “the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem,” the statement added, signaling that the new administration may follow through on a campaign promise to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Similar promises had been made by previous presidential candidates including Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
 
US law has required the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem since the Clinton era. In 1995, Congress passed legislation, with overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both houses, requiring that the American embassy be moved to Jerusalem by May 31, 1999. However, the president has the authority to waive the order for six-month periods.

 

The party is over in Tehran, where 120 people were arrested during a raid on an illegal mixed-gender party Thursday. Fifteen people were found to have been drinking in violation of Iranian law, which limits alcohol consumption to solely non-Muslim citizens for religious purposes. Drinking alcohol in Iran is punishable by 80 lashes (according to Article 265 of the new Islamic Penal Code adopted in 2013.)
All of those held were deemed to have been in breach of the strict dress code in force since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Mizan Online quoted Tehran chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying.
Penalties for illegal partying in Iran can be severe. More than 30 students were arrested at a graduation celebration in northern Iran earlier this year—they were sentenced to 99 lashes each.
Iran arrested several “Instagram models” around the same time in May for posting photos to social media without headscarves. The previous October, two Iranian poets were also sentenced to 99 lashes each in addition to jail sentences for shaking hands with the opposite sex.

 

If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves Israel, look no further than the newly published treasure box, “The Desert and the Cities Sing: Discovering Today’s Israel,” created by Lin Arison and Diana C. Stoll. Published by Chronicle Books, this gorgeous treasure box is designed to highlight aspects of Israel’s creative achievement and innovation. It includes four books on art and design, Israeli cuisine and culture, innovation and enterprise, and creativity; four DVD’s, including the Academy Award-winning movie Strangers No More, a USB flash drive with animations; a limited-edition scarf by designer house Frau Blau; and 25 photographic prints by Neil Folberg. “If I could have included a bottle of wine, I would have done,” writer Lin Arison told ISRAEL21c. “I wanted people to be able to experience all of Israel in one go.” (via Israel21c)


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