Opinion: UN has Israel’s blood on its hands

 


Gaza demo By GEORGE BIRNBAUM, HANK SHEINKOPF and RONN TOROSSIAN

In response to the United Nations report issued today which accused Israel of war crimes, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials thundered that “It is well known that the entire process that led to the production of this report was politically motivated and morally flawed from the outset.” We agree.

Across the political spectrum in Israel, the United Nations report was condemned – noting its purpose was simple – to undermine Israel’s right to defend its citizens from attack.

Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett noted that the report “..has blood on its hands [for] allowing the murder of Jews.” Speaking from the Knesset, Bennett said, “It is a report with blood on its hands that is trying to turn Jewish blood into the cheapest product in the world. This is a report with blood on its hands because it’s trying to restrict soldiers who protected this country’s citizens; it’s trying to tie our hands.”

There is blood on the hands of those who wrote the report – as well as those organizations funded by The New Israel Fund who provided factually inaccurate information to the United Nations. They are responsible for this modern day blood libel against Israel.

MK Tzipi Livni – a Netanyahu opponent – denounced the report noting it was “born in sin by a committee that systematically and proactively attacks Israel.” Livni added, “We will not accept a comparison between IDF soldiers and terrorists. We will not agree to speak about IDF soldiers and terrorists in the same breath. This is an important distinction for any country fighting terrorism.”

Put most simply, this report gives a boost to terrorist organizations around the world by allowing them to continue to attack innocent civilians.

While Israel chose not to cooperate with the biased UN, factually questionable information was provided by numerous organizations funded by the extremist New Israel Fund (NIF), including B’Tselem (69 mentions in the report), Human Rights Watch (22 mentions), Physicians For Human Rights-Israel (16), Hamoked (12), Breaking The Silence (8), Adalah (8), and Yesh Din (5.).

Bennett said today from the Knesset: “I saw the report, and I saw here several recognized organizations: Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem — and I ask myself: B’Tselem? Our B’Tselem? That cannot be. So I had to make sure.”
I went on the website of The New Israel Fund, who invented the granting of this patent of putting soldiers on trial for war crimes. Please note – the B’Tselem organization was nominated for the Campaign to name Children from Gaza Killed During Protective Edge. Why would the world file complaints against us? We’re so good at harming ourselves – [via] organizations such as B’Tselem, the New Israel Fund, Breaking the Silence. After all, if the world would miss a war crime to attribute to us – there are those of us who would find it all by ourselves. Like a homecoming party, the radical leftist organizations meet after each operation of the IDF, and tell the UN that we are war criminals,” he added.
Many in Israel have called for an end to funding of these organizations who harm Israel’s interests. We join them, and agree it is time that those responsible for funding the organizations behind this report immediately stop helping the enemies of Jews.
Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson once asked, “Is there another people on Earth so emotionally twisted that they consider everything their nation does despicable and hateful, while every murder, rape, robbery committed by their enemies fill their hearts with admiration and awe?”

Professor Gerald Steinberg, an Israeli academic said recently that “While the leaders of the New Israel Fund… claim to support Israel and human rights principles, they enable the highly destructive activities that do the opposite. By the time these funders acknowledge this failure and end their support, the damage will be done.”

We say loud and clear to the United Nations, The New Israel Fund & their donors: The State Of Israel will continue to defend itself whether you like it or not. And we will say forever – shame on you. Stop strengthening terrorists & funding the enemies of Israel.

George Birnbaum is an international political consultant, who is partners with Arthur Finkelstein. Birnbaum formerly served as chief of staff for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hank Sheinkopf, CEO of Sheinkopf Communications is a leading political strategist who has worked on campaigns in four continents. His clients have included former President Bill Clinton.

Ronn Torossian is a New York based entrepreneur and author of For Immediate Release.

UN: War crimes by both sides

Gaza war

Israel’s military and Palestinian armed groups committed “serious violations” of international human rights law during their conflict last summer that in some cases may amount to war crimes, according to a United Nations report. The report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict was released Monday. While the report accused both sides of possible war crimes, its findings focused more on what it considers Israeli wrongdoing in its operation known as Protective Edge. Click here to read the story.

Netanyahu: UN report hypocritical

Bibi

He calls out the secretary general of the UN by name. Calling him hypocritical. For targeting Israel for the deaths of children in Gaza last summer. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahyu saying Ban Ki-moon ignores the fact that Hamas used the children as shields. “…the terror group Hamas is winning immunity from the UN even though it was proven beyond any doubt that it has committed war crimes by firing from hospitals, mosques, and from UN facilities,”  Netanyahu writes in a Facebook posting. Click here to read the story.

UN official acknowledges Hamas stored weapons in schools

Pierre Krahenbuhl

The head of the UN relief agency in the Palestinian territories has acknowledged in an interview in an Israeli newspaper that Hamas did indeed, as Israel claims, store weapons in UN-run schools in Gaza during last year’s war. But Pierre Krahenbuhl still says Israel was wrong to target those schools during the incursion. Click here to read the story.

Do Gazans love or hate Hamas following the last war with Israel?

By GARY BAUMGARTEN

A poll was taken of Palestinians. Trying to gauge their appreciation, or lack thereof, of Hamas following the last Gaza war with Israel.

Some people in Gaza, of course, believe Hamas is defending their right to exist against Israel, which they view – for a number of reasons – as a threat. But others argue Israeli warplanes would never have attacked had Hamas not fired rockets into Israel. And for that, they blame Gaza.

So it would be instructive to poll Palestinians to find out what they actually think. But from the reading of some of the coverage of that polling, one might walk away as confused as before.

Check out, for example, this ABC News headline, based on reporting of the polling by the Associated Press:

ABC News headline

 

Then we have this headline from Reuters:

Reuters headline

 

So which is it? Do Gazans appreciate Hamas? Or do they blame them for their woes?

Another exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza

Map of Israel

It started with the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel. And, predictably, it resulted in a retaliatory attack on Gaza from the Israeli Air Force. This time striking a Hamas training facility. No injuries reported on either side in this, the second such exchange over the border in 10 days.

Israel’s defense minister says his nation will not tolerate rocket fire from Gaza.

We. unfortunately, may not have to wait long to test his resolve. An ISIS-related terrorist group in Gaza is pledging more rocket attacks targeting Israel.

Israel: UN gives NGO status to Hamas-linked group

Palestinian Return Centre

Israel on Monday accused a UN committee that oversees non-governmental organizations of granting UN accreditation to an association that it said promotes “anti-Israel propaganda in Europe” and is linked to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

But the group, the Palestinian Return Center, denies it has any ties to Hamas and is threatening legal action against Israel.