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The Daily TIP: Amb. Haley: New UN Rights Chief Must Speak Out Against Council's Failures, Anti-Israel Bias

Posted by Tip Staff - August 13, 2018

Amb. Haley: New UN Rights Chief Must Speak Out Against Council's Failures, Anti-Israel Bias
Despite Ceasefire Announcement, Hamas Resumes Airborne Arson Attacks against Israel
Imagine There's No Terror. It's Easy if You Try.
Blind Israeli Bowler Wins Second Consecutive World Championship

Amb. Haley: New UN Rights Chief Must Speak Out Against Council's Failures, Anti-Israel Bias

United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said in a statement that the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, must stop the bias agenda against Israel at the UN Human Rights Council, The Jerusalem Post reported on Friday.

“The UN has failed to adequately address major human rights crises in Iran, North Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and elsewhere, or stop its chronic, disproportionate obsession with Israel. It is up to Ms. Bachelet to speak out against these failures rather than accept the status quo. We hope that she does. The United States will,” Haley said in a message read out at the UN General Assembly by U.S. Deputy Ambassador Stefanie Amadeo.

The U.S. withdrew from the UNHRC in June, branding it a "cesspool of political bias,” citing its chronic obsession with Israel in the face of other pressing human rights issues.

The General Assembly in New York on Friday unanimously approved Bachelet’s candidacy.

Among the issues immediately on her table, is the “blacklist,” compiled by the commissioner’s office, of companies that do business with areas of Israel over the pre-1967 lines – the West Bank, what is referred to as East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

Bachelet replaces Jordanian national Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who has often been singled out for his hostility towards Israel. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said he welcomed Zeid’s departure, explaining the he “never missed a chance to invent falsehoods and lies when it comes to Israel.”

Despite Ceasefire Announcement, Hamas Resumes Airborne Arson Attacks against Israel

Despite a ceasefire announced by Hamas on Thursday, several thousands of Gazans took part in Hamas-orchestrated riots along the Israeli-Gaza border on Friday, hurling rocks, burning tires, and sending incendiary terror-kites into Israel, The Times of Israel reported.

The army said around 5,000 people had amassed at the border, and that at least six fires had broken out in Israeli territory since the morning due to airborne arson attacks.

The terror group’s spokesman, Hazem Qassim, tweeted that rioters would continue to “break the siege” on the Gaza Strip.

“Our Palestinian people has a long-lasting, struggling soul,” the Hamas spokesperson added. “It will continue its resistance in all of its forms until it gains its freedom, independence and right to a dignified life.”

The terrorist group, which exercises complete political and military control over the coastal enclave, said a ceasefire had been reached “on the basis of mutual calm” and went into effect at midnight. Israel, however, denied that a truce had been agreed, but clarified that “quiet would be met with quiet.”

There were no instances of violence reported along the border overnight.

Since the so called “March of Return” was launched by Hamas in March, there have been near-weekly, violent riots along the Israel-Gaza border organized by the terrorist group, which saw Israeli security forces facing gunfire, grenades, Molotov cocktails, and efforts to illegally infiltrate into Israel to carry out terrorist attacks. Hamas also sent women and children to the frontline to use them as human shields.

Imagine There's No Terror. It's Easy if You Try.

In explaining why France remained unconvinced that Iran continues to present a terror threat to Europe, The Wall Street Journal reported last week that a French security official said, "We can imagine an ultranationalist faction carrying out an operation to raise tensions."

The Journal report explained that given recent Iranian-directed terror attacks and attempts on European soil — most recently a foiled plot to bomb a meeting of an opposition group in Paris — the United States was pushing its European allies, notably the United Kingdom, France and Germany, to distance themselves from the nuclear deal.

The Europeans though, despite the evidence of Iran's malign activities, believe that the deal will enhance their security.

The security official quoted also demonstrated a reluctance of the Europeans to hold Iran's regime responsible for the terror attempts.

The official's choice of the word "imagine" is interesting. Usually, I expect that security agencies "assess."

But the assertion that a recent terror attack targeting an Iranian opposition group in June was the work of rogue elements in the regime ignores Iran's record of decades of state-sponsored terror on foreign soil. In fact, an "assessment" of Iran's record would yield a more sobering conclusion than what the quoted security official imagined.

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Blind Israeli Bowler Wins Second Consecutive World Championship

Shlomi Lazmy, a blind Israeli veteran, won first place in the International Blind Sports Federation’s 2018 Tenpin Bowling World Championships for the blind held in Prague on August 6.

This is the second year in a row that Lazmy, 61, won the title. Last year’s championships were held in Japan.

In the final matches of the 2018 games, Lazmy bested a Japanese bowler (125-103) and a Polish player (129-120).

Lazmy lost his sight following a mine explosion in the Golan Heights during army reserve duty in 1986, when he was a 28-year-old newlywed. In 1992, he represented Israel at the Paralympics in goalball, a soccer-like sport for the blind.

In 2009, Lazmy’s son encouraged him to find out about bowling leagues for the blind via his text-to-voice computer.

Israel then had only a lawn-bowling league for people with visual impairments, not one for 10-pin bowlers. Lazmy became a pioneer in this sport, using a special guide rail his brother made for him.

Coached by Gadi Aviram, Lazmy practices twice a week at a bowling alley in Holon, a suburb of Tel Aviv.

(via Israel21c)

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