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Latest United Nations farce supported by UK, France and Germany

The United Nations has demonstrated yet again just how unfit it is to hold that name title. Also worrying is how it has been supported in its last farce by the UK, France, Germany.

2016-05-26-16-01-14-267196083These nations, together with other EU states have voted for a UN resolution, co-sponsored by the Arab group of states and the Palestinian delegation, that uniquely singled out Israel at the annual assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the only violator of “mental, physical and environmental health.”

They further commissioned a WHO delegation to investigate and report on “the health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory” and in “the occupied Syrian Golan,” and to place it on the agenda again at next year’s meeting.

By contrast, the UN assembly did not address Syrian hospitals being bombed by Syrian and Russian warplanes, or millions of Yemenis denied access to food and water by the Saudi-led bombings and blockade, nor did it pass a resolution on China, North Korea, Libya or any other world nation.

Out of twenty-four items on the meeting’s agenda, only one, Item number nineteen against Israel, focused on a specific country.

“The UN reached new heights of absurdity today,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, “by enacting a resolution which accuses Israel of violating the health rights of Syrians in the Golan, even as in reality Israeli hospitals continue their life-saving treatment for Syrians fleeing to the Golan from the Assad regime’s barbaric attacks.”

“Shame on Britain, France and Germany for encouraging this hijacking of the annual world health assembly, Neuer added.

In contrast to the shocking collaboration of the UK, France and Germany, there is much to commend the principled stand taken by the U.S., Canada, Australia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea in joining Israel to oppose perpetuating a politicized agenda item.

The U.S. and Canada both took the floor today to strongly object to the anti-Israel exercise.

The vote was 107 to 8 for the resolution, with 8 abstentions and 58 absent.  The resolution calls for reports on a series of alleged Israeli violations, including on “the impact of prolonged occupation and human rights violations on mental,
physical and environmental health” in “the occupied Palestinian territory.”

By backing the measure, EU states effectively adopted an inflammatory report which, amongst other things, blamed the increase in Palestinian traffic accidents on the fear of “being pursued by settlers”; as well as a Syrian submission laced with anti-Semitic conspiracy tropes, yet circulated as an official UN document on the conference agenda, which alleges that “the Israeli occupation authorities” continue “to experiment on Syrian and Arab prisoners with medicines and drugs and to inject them with pathogenic viruses.”

Unable to deny Israel’s medical treatment of thousands of wounded Syrians, the regime accuses Israel of a plot: healing “armed terrorists from Jabhah al-Nusrah” so that they can “resume their subversive terrorist activities directed against the country’s peaceful citizens and its infrastructure.”

The EU states could have introduced their own resolution about how Syria has killed hundreds of thousands of its own people, destroying the health rights of the Syrian people.

Last month, France and Spain voted for an Arab-sponsored UNESCO resolution that contained the wild conspiracy accusation that Israel was “planting fake Jewish graves” in Jerusalem.

With today’s vote, which robs the world health assembly of limited time and resources in order to portray Israel as the world’s only violator of health rights, the entire EU now descends into irrationalism.

By scapegoating the Jewish state for all the world’s health problems, just as medieval Europe once accused the Jews of poisoning the wells, the EU aids and abets the UN and its World Health Organization to betray the cause of humanity and the very principles upon which they were founded.

This article is adapted from one published by UN Watch. Follow the link to it here.

Anti-Semitism reaches into Central America

We are well accustomed to the conflation of issues when it comes to anti-Semitism, particularly the recent upsurge driven by such movements as Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and its acolytes like Israeli Apartheid Week. However, in the Central American Republic of Guatemala, they have managed to take conflation to a whole other level.

Guatemala-Clínica-de-fertilidad-300x296Thousands of demonstrators in Guatemala used anti-Semitic language in protest against the country’s major power company, Energuate, which they thought was owned by an Israeli group.

“Jews have killed me on the cross. Now Jews from Energuate are killing my people in Guatemala with the light,” read the Spanish-language banners and posters at the protests. “Out with Jewish Energuate from Guatemala. Let’s unite for the nationalization of power electricity.”

IC Power completed the acquisition of Energuate in January for $265 million. Energuate’s two electricity distribution companies provide services for approximately 1.6 million households in Guatemala, representing approximately 60 percent of the country.

About 20,000 people took part in the demonstrations last week, in which placards were waved condemning “the Jewish power company.” This was based on the misconception that IC Power was owned by Israel Corporation – an error, as ICP’s parent company Kenon was spun-off from Israel Corporation in 2015.

The anti-Semitic material also included an image of a crucified Jesus and a New Testament passage about hypocritical “teachers of the law and Pharisees” neglecting justice, mercy and faithfulness.

Guatemalan protesters used anti-Semitic language during a demonstration against Energuate, a private power supplier owned by the Israeli company IC Power. (Estado de Israel news portal)
Guatemalan protesters used anti-Semitic language during a demonstration against Energuate, (Estado de Israel news portal)

An article on the website of Redes Cristianas, or Christian Networks, defended the use of an anti-Semitic tone in the protests, “This collective action is one of the last resources of peaceful resistance that people dispossessed and subjugated have to safeguard what little life and dignity remains the country.”

There has been social instability in Guatemala for years, and there are wide economic gaps among its population. The UK Foreign Office’s advice on travel to the country states: “Incidents of political violence, strikes and large demonstrations can occur, often with little or no notice. Although most demonstrations are peaceful, they can turn violent.”

Shocking betrayal by Amnesty International

Despite the evidence of growing Antisemitism in the UK, mirroring the rise in Europe, Amnesty International have chosen to vote against fighting the evil of Antisemitism in this country.

ASW26The vote took place at their annual general meeting held in Warwick. On their website, Amnesty International describe the meeting as being, “Where Amnesty members from all over the UK come together to shape how we’re run.”

What was the precise wording of this ‘dreadful’ motion that Amnesty International members felt they could not support?

“This AGM CALLS On AIUK to:
• Campaign against anti-Semitism in the UK.
• Lobby the UK Government to do more to tackle the rise in
anti-Semitic attacks in Britain, whether physical or verbal,
online or in person. The UK Government should monitor
anti-semitism closely and periodically review the security of
Britain’s Jewish population.”

Is it not now clear why members voted this down? No? Neither is it to AntiSemitismWatch.com!

The motion was brought to the table by Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps, and was defeated by 468 votes to 461.

The motion was the only one to be defeated at the groups gathering.

What were some of the motions Amnesty International members felt they could vote in favour of?

  • Addressing impunity in Guatemala
  • Violation of the rights of Colombian activists
  • Asylum detention in the UK
  • Research into the wrongful detention of torture and trafficking victims in British detention

Following the defeat, an Amnesty spokesperson tried to down play the significance of the decision by claiming: ”After a really interesting debate where everyone condemned discrimination against all ethnic and religious groups, our membership decided not to pass this resolution calling for a campaign with a single focus.”

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, Amnesty has published numerous reports singling out other specific forms of discrimination, including a 123-page report on discrimination against Muslims in Europe.

Also, in an “overwhelming” approval it passed a 2010 resolution on discrimination towards the Sinti and Roma communities, stating “within the last year widespread discrimination and violence against Sinti and Roma communities has intensified in a number of European countries, which Amnesty International has published within respective country reports.”

The Jerusalem-based think tank NGO Monitor have suggested that there have been repeated anti-Semitic incidents “within the organization itself” which included an investigation into the conduct of a member of its own staff.

coollogo_com-23172872ASW.com says that ultimately, one can argue it comes down to a question of perception. Amnesty International were presented with a simple and clear opportunity to demonstrate their support for the Jewish community at this troubled time and they have chosen not to. The perception left is an unpalatable one.