“With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise Him. For He stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.” Ps 109: 30-31
UNHRC DIRECTS COUNTRIES TO AVOID TIES WITH ‘SETTLEMENTS’: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday adopted four resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) conflict, including a motion condemning Israel for its construction in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The last motion calls on states and firms to avoid both direct and indirect ties with the “settlements”. The resolution also calls to refrain from providing Israel with any assistance that could be connected to the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, as well as to avoid trade with them. 36 member states voted in favor of the resolution criticizing Israeli construction, including Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, China, India, Japan, South Africa, Nigeria and Brazil. Nine states abstained: UK, Latvia, Croatia, Albania, Georgia, Hungry, Panama, Paraguay and Ruanda. Only two countries – the US and Togo – opposed the resolution. While Britain abstained from the resolution rather than vote against it, it did issue a harshly worded statement putting the UNHRC “on notice” over its anti-Israel bias. The Israeli ambassador to the UN institutions in Geneva, Aviva Raz Shechter, criticized all the resolutions at Friday’s session as one-sided and called out the Council for its “absurdity” and “cynicism.” “Again and again we ask: where is the sense of priority of the HRC? Where is its moral compass?” she said. “Absurdity reaches yet again new heights in the Golan Resolution. The Syrian regime is killing its own people and for the last six years the country is torn apart by a bloody civil war. This Council still votes on this ridiculous resolution,” said Shechter. (INN) Intercessors please pray that both the UK and the United States will defund this blatantly anti-Israel organization.
AFTER LONDON TERROR ATTACK, UK BLASTS UNHRC ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS: The United Kingdom blasted the United Nations Human Rights Council for its biased treatment of Israel and for failing to condemn Palestinian terrorism in a strongly worded speech it delivered in Geneva on 24 March 2017. “Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice,” UK Ambassador Julian Braithwaite told the UNHRC as it wrapped up its 34th session. He spoke just after the 47 member UNHRC had approved four resolutions that condemned Israeli actions against the Palestinians and one that called on it to return the Golan Heights to Syria. The UK supported two of the resolutions, abstained on another two, and voted against the one with regard to the Golan Heights. Out of a similar concern with regard to bias, the USA, traditionally has been the only country to consistently vote against all UNHRC resolutions that involve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Golan Heights. In this session, the USA and Togo, voted against those texts. But Braithwaite warned that it would follow the USA in rejecting all resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if the UNHRC did not treat Israel proportionally. In this session out of the 10 condemnations issue against individual countries, five were leveled at Israel. Braithwaite statement came just two days after a terrorist attack in London claimed the lives of five people, including the assailant. (J.Post)
UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DECLARES ISRAEL WORLD’S NO. 1 HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATOR: According to the UN’s top human rights body, Israel is the worst human rights violator in the world today. That’s the result of the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council which wrapped up in Geneva on 24 March 2017, by adopting five times more resolutions condemning Israel than any other country on earth. If President Trump were to choose a swift departure from the Council as one of his very first foreign policy moves, it would demonstrate a principled reset of American values and priorities on the world stage. The reasons for leaving are many. Here are a few: The Council plays a leading role in the demonization and delegitimization of the Jewish state by the United Nations. In its history, the Council has condemned Israel more often than any other of the 192 UN states. Comparative totals after this session’s pogrom tell the story: Israel – 78 resolutions and decisions, Syria – 29, North Korea – 9, and Iran – 6. As for Saudi Arabia, Russia and China, there’s nothing at all. Think of it this way: 500,000 dead in Syria, forced starvation and mass torture in North Korea, systematic and lethal oppression in Iran, gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia, and an elementary lack of basic freedoms affecting over a billion in Russia and China. But at the UN Human Rights Council, little democratic Israel is the problem. (Fox)
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IS NOW THE PRINCIPAL UN ENGINE OF BDS: The “Human Rights” Council is now the principal UN engine of “BDS” – the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. Economic strangulation is Plan B for Israel’s enemies, war and terrorism having so far failed to rid the world of a Jewish state. The Council has sponsored the creation of a blacklist of companies around the world ‘directly or indirectly’ doing business with Israeli settlements – in effect, Israel period. Make no mistake: there is no middle ground. Staying on the Council means American taxpayers will pay for the production of a blacklist of American companies doing business with Israel. The State Department representative told the Council that it will not provide information for the blacklist. But, of course, the UN will simply get what it wants from the Palestinian entourage. With predictable regularity, the subject of UN reform bubbles to the surface of this toxic environment. The ploy needs to be challenged head on. The only body that can change the Human Rights Council is the one that created it – the General Assembly, where the US has one vote and Islamic states have 56. Less than half the members of the General Assembly are fully free democracies. The majority aren’t going to create a club they can’t join. It is understandable why Council members like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Cuba and China want to masquerade as human rights authorities. But why would the United States want to legitimize this charade? (Fox)
US HOUSE AND SENATE INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILLS AGAINST BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL: Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress introduced legislation on last that would penalize international governmental organizations and foreign countries seeking to boycott, divest and sanction the State of Israel for its handling of its conflict with the Palestinians. The bill would amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to include in its prohibitions on boycotts against “allies of the United States” those fostered by NGOs against Israel. The bill also directs the US Export-Import Bank to combat boycotts against the Jewish state. The bill states that US policy will be to oppose last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution “which urges countries to pressure their own companies to divest from, or break contracts with, Israel, and calls for the creation of a ‘blacklist’ of companies that either operate, or have business relations with, entities that operate beyond Israel’s 1949 armistice lines, including east Jerusalem,” it reads. If passed, the legislation would punish violators with a fine in accordance with the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The bill explicitly states that US opposition to boycotts of Israel shall not be construed as an alteration of US policy “concerning final-status issues associated with the Arab-Israeli conflict, including border delineation, that can only be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties.” (J.Post)
SENIOR HAMAS TERRORIST ASSASSINATED IN GAZA STRIP: Senior Hamas terrorist Mazen Fukaha was assassinated in the Gaza Strip on Friday 24 March 2017. The deadly incident took place in front of Fukaha’s home in Gaza City. The parties behind the assassination are unknown, said the Hamas-backed Interior Ministry, however, Hamas has officially accused Israel of carrying out the assassination. “Hamas and its fighting brigades place the full responsibility for this reprehensible crime on the Israeli occupation and its collaborators.” Hamas also threatened retaliation for Fukaha’s assassination. The Ezzeldin Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing, vowed it will exact revenge for Fukaha’s assassination. Fukaha, who was born and raised in Tubas, was a senior official in the Qassam Brigades, which carried out a number of suicide bombing attacks against Israel during the second intifada. An Israeli court sentenced Fukaha to life in prison for planning a suicide bombing in northern Israel in 2002 that left nine people dead and tens of other victims wounded. Nonetheless, Israel released Fukaha in 2011 as a part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, but barred him from returning to Judea & Samaria. Since his release, Fukaha relocated to Gaza, where he has continued to play a key role in the Qassam Brigades. (J.Post)
ONE TERRORIST KILLED, 3 WOUNDED DURING ATTACK ON ISRAELI TOWN: A gang of five Arab terrorists attacked the Jewish town of Beit El in Samaria on 23 March 2017, hurling firebombs at the entrance to the community. The terrorists drove up to the entrance of Beit El in a car, exited the vehicle, and began throwing the firebombs towards the town. IDF soldiers stationed in Beit El quickly opened fire on the terrorists, who attempted to flee the scene. An army spokeswoman confirmed the attack and the IDF response, but declined to elaborate. “The suspects hurled firebombs towards the community,” she said, adding that the soldiers returned fire. “Hits were confirmed.” Sources in the Palestinian Authority claimed one terrorist was eliminated, while the other four were wounded. No casualties were reported in Beit El or among the soldiers stationed in the area. A security official in Beit El described the incident: “A Palestinian vehicle drove up with five passengers. They exited the vehicle and threw a number of firebombs, some of which went over Beit El’s security fence, some of which exploded outside of it, while others were unused and left whole, and were taken for investigation.” (Arutz-7) Please pray against terrorist attacks in all parts of Israel.
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff