Tag Archives: UN

UN-acceptable.

During this year’s Australian Federal Election campaign, three candidates who were running for parliamentary office in my own electorate of Melbourne Ports were scheduled to debate at a forum co-hosted by the Australian Jewish News and Zionism Victoria. The Greens candidate, Steph Hodgins-May withdrew from the debate claiming among her …

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Into the Fray: B’tselem at the UN.

Posted originally as “B’tselem at the UN: Has Israel become so “open-minded” that its collective brains have fallen out?” B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its radical political agenda—Israeli withdrawal  Those whom the gods wish …

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Netanyahu’s Speech in Layman’s Words.

 Across Facebook, Israelis are proud and loud today. We have waited a long time to hear our Prime Minister tell the United Nations a message we have never quite been able to say so eloquently. I can try to translate the thought behind his words but I would likely fail …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘As the World Turns’

“As the world turns” was until recently the name of a very long-running soap opera.  And it is so appropriate as the title of this post, because, folks, we are living in a soap opera – another metaphor for our surreal situation. Of course, there are islands of lucidity, when …

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Into the Fray: Obama at the UN – Why he was right…almost

Obama’s UN address was an eloquent concoction of soaring rhetoric & banal platitudes, of statements of the obvious & of the obviously false, delivered with impeccable polish and panache.  …a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself…Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize …

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Arlene in Israel: Sof Sof!

“Sof Sof!” means Finally! When last I wrote two days ago, I expected Lieberman to close on a coalition agreement with Likud within hours.  Instead it has taken days.  But as of this morning at 11 AM, the agreement was signed and it was a done deal. The holdup was …

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Tunnels and bus explosions, but the world remains silent.

There is a superstitious belief within our office that it should never be said that things are quiet in Israel. An example is this article which I came across last week. It mentioned that the terrorist stabbing attacks that have been an all too regular occurrence over the last six …

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The UN’s Disinterest in Jewish Rights at Jewish Holy Places

On September 17, 2015, acting-President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas called out to Arabs who were fighting against Jews visiting the Temple Mount, the holiest place for Judaism, on Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar: “We bless you, we bless the Murabitin (those who …

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Arlene from Israel – The Good Guys.

The good guys give hope and promise for the possibility of better days coming. Many spirits were buoyed on Friday, when the news broke that Elie Wiesel had announced that he would be attending Netanyahu’s March 3rd address in Congress “on the catastrophic danger of a nuclear Iran.” Rabbi Shmuley …

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Israel Advocacy Update: Schabas Shalom

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. During Israel’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge, the United Nations Human Rights Council (the one that routinely has some of the world’s worst human rights offenders on its rotating membership) announced it was to launch an …

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Oh the Hypocrisy of the UN, the EU and the World!

Israel builds legally where She is permitted to build and the UN, the EU and indeed the World is up in arms about it.  The EU builds ILLEGALLY and there is not a peep out of anyone. ? Regavim has just released its latest report into the illegal EU building …

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Arlene from Israel – Always More

I begin here with a correction:  When I last shared news of the electoral campaign, I mentioned irregularities in the Likud primary. And I spoke about the fact that one candidate demanded a recount and came close to securing a reasonable slot on the list as a result.  This was …

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Arlene from Israel – Not a Crisis.

  Editor’s note: Once again and excellent piece from Arlene Kushner. ~~~~~~~~~~ Mahmoud Abbas would certainly like us to think it is a crisis.  He wants us cringing in fear.  But he’s going to be disappointed on this score: On Wednesday, Abbas made a show of filling out membership forms …

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Arlene from Israel – Very Briefly

I am currently preparing for the arrival of family, and so have only a brief moment to write.  The next three days I will be devoting myself to Chanukah (and Shabbat) and family – which is, quite frankly, a double lifesaver for me. Simply wanted to update my readers, with …

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West Supports Terrorism Against Israel via UNRWA

The biggest financial supporters of the UNRWA may be surprising. More surprising are the people employed by the UN organization and their belief system. The season of giving has officially begun. Unfortunately, many people have grown weary of donating to charities after so many cases of corruption have been uncovered, …

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Arlene in Israel – From Terrible to Worse

I do not delude myself. The international scene is not as bad as it could possibly get. Please Heaven, may we never go there. But as I sit down to write I see that it is bloody awful, with escalating ugliness. This summer we had a war of one sort. …

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The Children’s Intifada.

The Elder has a recent piece entitled, Aw, what a cute little stone thrower, which highlights the work of Reuters’ photographer Abed Omar Qusini. These examples of Qusini’s work project the image of a cute, sympathetic and innocent Palestinian-Arab “David” slinging rocks with his little slingshot at… something… with the world blowing …

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Arlene in Israel – ‘What Is He Talking About?’

Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) We have just completed the holiday of Sukkot, during which time we live in sukkahs.  While conforming to certain specifications, a sukkah is in its essence a temporary and thus fragile structure. This comes to remind us that what protects us is not the walls of …

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Arlene in Israel – Following.

My critique of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at the UN stands.  In particular, I was distressed that he spoke about a readiness to make territorial concessions for an agreement with “rock solid security.” This seems to me a very poor time to talk about such a thing – when Abbas …

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Arlene in Israel – UN Season

  UN Season Editor’s note: With video of Netanyahu’s UN speech. ~~~~~~~~~ You will find that during this High Holiday season – and extending through Sukkot – my postings will be less frequent.  I hope that all who celebrated Rosh Hashana found it meaningful and joyful. ~~~~~~~~~~ Besides being the High …

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