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The Daily TIP: PA's UN Delegation Shocked by Being Called "Enemy of the Palestinian People"

Posted by Tip Staff - September 28, 2017

PA's UN Delegation Shocked by Being Called "Enemy of the Palestinian People"
Labour – for the Many, not the Jew
Haley: Without Adequate Inspections, Nuclear Deal is “Empty Promise”
In Wake of Hurricane Maria, Israeli NGO Arrives in Puerto Rico to Aid in Recovery Efforts

PA's UN Delegation Shocked by Being Called "Enemy of the Palestinian People"

The Palestinian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council reacted in shock as a speaker accused them of being “the greatest enemy of the Palestinian people” on Tuesday. (The video is available here.)

The speaker, Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of a Hamas leader, used the 90 seconds allotted to UN Watch, an NGO that highlights the hypocrisy of the council, to offer a blistering critique of the Palestinian Authority’s tactic of attacking Israel in international organizations while failing to improve the lives of ordinary Palestinians.

“My name is Mosab Hassan Yousef. I grew up in Ramallah as a member of Hamas,” Yousef began. “I address my words to the Palestinian Authority, which claims to be the “sole legitimate representative” of the Palestinian people. I ask: where does your legitimacy come from?”

Yousef, who is known as the Green Prince, left his family and became an informant for the Shin Bet. Later he converted to Christianity and moved to the United States.

Yousef accused the PA of forfeiting its legitimacy by abusing the rights of Palestinians, “You kidnap Palestinian students from campus and torture them in your jails. You torture your political rivals. The suffering of the Palestinian people is the outcome of your selfish political interests. You are the greatest enemy of the Palestinian people.”

Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, documented the shocked reactions of members of the PA's delegation to Yousef's talk.

Labour – for the Many, not the Jew

“The state of Israel must be given recognition by all; freed from terror; know that it is accepted as part of the future of the Middle East, not its very existence under threat,” former British Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed in his keynote speech at the Labour Conference in 2001.

Now, just a little over a decade and a half later, the party is unrecognizable. Labour has become a war zone for supporters of the state of Israel. Many Jews no longer feel safe within its ranks and have departed in sheer horror.

The Labour leadership under Jeremy Corbyn is infected with a vicious and deep-rooted hatred for Israel and completely unconcerned by the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism carried into the party on their watch.

“As an ex-Labour voter -- I'd voted Labour all my life all the way back to Harold Wilson in 1974 -- I could never bring myself to vote for a Corbyn-led party fueled by such a pathological hate of both Israel and Jewish people in equal measure. It is now a party not safe for Jews”, a former Labour member told me in confidence.

“Back from North Korea, sorry, the Labour party conference,” one of Britain’s leading journalists tweeted on Wednesday. Nick Cohen, a man of the Left himself, made no attempt to hide his contempt for the appalling state of affairs.

Please read the rest of the essay here

Haley: Without Adequate Inspections, Nuclear Deal is “Empty Promise”

Addressing the revelation by Yukiya Amano, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that his organization lacked the "tools" to verify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear, Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the UN, said that without adequate inspection the deal was just an "empty promise," Reuters reported on Thursday.

“If the Iran nuclear deal is to have any meaning, the parties must have a common understanding of its terms,” a statement by Haley read. “It appears that some countries are attempting to shield Iran from even more inspections. Without inspections, the Iran deal is an empty promise.”

Haley's reference to "some countries" appeared to be directed towards Russia, which has argued that the IAEA does not have the authority over Section T.

Amano was referring to the IAEA's ability to monitor activities which "could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device," including computer simulations of a nuclear explosion and experiments testing multi-point, explosive detonation systems, which are mentioned in Section T of Annex 1 of the deal.

"If no Sec T verification, shows lack of full implementation of JCPOA," the Institute for Science and International Security, a leading nonproliferation think tank, explained, "and adds to reasons to decertify" the nuclear."

One of the criteria for certifying the deal is that "Iran is transparently, verifiably, and fully implementing the agreement." By Amano's admission, the IAEA cannot verify Iran's implementation of the deal.

In Wake of Hurricane Maria, Israeli NGO Arrives in Puerto Rico to Aid in Recovery Efforts

On September 19, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. The hurricane destroyed much of the island’s key infrastructure, buildings and homes.

An emergency response team from Israeli NGO IsraAID, including professionals from its established team in Haiti, arrived in Puerto Rico earlier this week.

Based on its assessment of immediate needs, the team’s first priority was distributing and setting up water filters in the most affected places, and training local people how to use them effectively.

In addition, the Israeli team is distributing food and hygiene kits to the lowest-income neighborhoods.

One of the few international aid agencies on the island, IsraAID also is offering post-trauma psychological first aid to displaced residents and is training local volunteers in how to provide such first aid.

Currently more than 11,000 Puerto Ricans are staying in temporary shelters on the impoverished island. IsraAID reports growing concerns for the physical and psychological impact on the elderly and other vulnerable groups.

“Our emergency response team is working very closely with local organizations and communities, including leaders from the Jewish community, to assess the most acute, immediate needs. IsraAID remains committed to supporting individuals, families and communities worst-affected by Hurricane Maria,” said Yotam Polizer and Navonel Glick, IsraAID co-CEOs, in a statement released today.

Over the past month, IsraAID volunteers also have been among other Israeli relief organizations assisting people affected by hurricanes in Mexico, Texas and Florida.

(via Israel21c)

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