The UN passed a resolution Thursday denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, and reclassifying them as an exclusively Muslim shrine, according to the International Business Times.
Supported by 24 states, including Russia and China (with 6 countries opposed and 26 abstaining), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution condemns Israel for its activities in Jerusalem and the West Bank and declares that the Western Wall and Temple Mount henceforth will be referred to by their Arabic names. The UN will reference the Hebrew terms for the sites only in quotation marks.
As the location of the first and second temples, the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site. It is the third holiest site in Islam as the place where Muslims claim that their prophet Mohammed made a miraculous journey to and from Mecca in order to ascend up to heaven. Yet the resolution includes a special section which says the Mount is sacred only to Muslims and fails to mention it as sacred to Jews.
“If the Jews have no definite connection to the holy sites, UNESCO and the United Nations has no connection to history and reality,” said Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Israel’s parliament speaker, after the Thursday resolution.
“What’s next? A UNESCO decision denying the connection between peanut butter and jelly? Batman and Robin? Rock and roll?” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted after the decision. Read more »
I wonder how much aid New Zealand pays to ‘Palestine’?
BRITAIN is suspending millions of pounds-worth of aid payments to the Palestinian Authority amid staggering claims taxpayers cash is ending up in the hands of terrorists.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel has ordered a freeze pending an investigation.
Earlier this summer furious MPs demanded action after revelations UK aid supposedly paying for civil servants in Gaza was being transferred to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
One Hamas master bomber was alleged to have been given £100,000 by the PLO.
Other ‘salaries’ is said to have gone to families of suicide bombers and teenagers attacking Israel.
Dfid has previously admitted the PLO makes “social welfare” provisions for prisoners’ families but ruled out the idea UK cash is being diverted in this way.
Government sources yesterday conceded that many of the civil servants were doing other jobs while pocketing UK taxpayers’ cash.
The decision by the Department for International Development means £25 million in cash is being withheld this year – a third of the total aid sent to Palestine. The majority goes to charities in the region.
This matches the issues World Vision has had with aid money funding terrorism.
There does seem to be an endemic problem of aid monies being absconded with to fund terrorism. Best solution would be to wind it up and see what happens.
– The Sun
Fairfax has published an opinion piece about Marama Davidson’s “Ship of Fools”.
The sovereign integrity of states is one of those building blocks on which the modern world operates.
It is a guiding tenet of international law, and one of the founding principles of the United Nations.
In the case of Israel’s protection of the waters on the southern end of its country, these principles are confirmed by the Oslo Accords and more recently by the UN Security Council.
So when a New Zealand politician openly and unashamedly decides to violate international law and another country’s sovereignty for the sake of a media stunt, that act will inevitably reflect poorly on that politician, the party they represent, and sadly, even on our Parliament. Read more »
Green Party MP Marama Davidson’s detention by Israeli authorities in international waters near Gaza is a “less-than-perfect look” for New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key says.
Green Party MP Marama Davidson is an embarrassment to New Zealand. The Israelis have better things to do than provide photo opportunities for attention whores like Marama and co. The same day they were forced to deal with her and her bunch of virtue signaling crones, rockets were being sent into Sderot.
The“activists” on board only had one purpose and that was to generate negative publicity for Israel. They had no humanitarian aid on board the ship. Knowing this, Israel was clever to intercept them with a naval ship operated by women.
While Hamas-hugging Green party MP Marama Davidson has been detained, Israel has come under rocket attack from Gaza.
The Israeli Navy on Wednesday evening took over control of a boat of women activists that was headed to Gaza as a protest against Israel’s security blockade of the coastal strip.
The IDF confirmed the takeover.
The boat was commandeered without violence or any resistance from the 13 activists onboard, the army said.
It was intercepted some 35 nautical miles (65 kilometers) from the Gaza coast, and was making its way slowly toward the Israeli port of Ashdod.
The group of 13 women, including 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, was traveling aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva sailboat in the Mediterranean Sea toward the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave.
“In accordance with government directives and after exhausting all diplomatic channels, the Israeli Navy redirected the vessel in order to prevent breach of the lawful maritime blockade,” the IDF said in a statement.
“In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel numerous times to change course prior to the action. Following their refusal the Navy visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent their intended breach of the lawful maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. The visit and search of the vessel was uneventful,” the statement concluded.
Women soldiers were placed at the forefront of the navy’s interception force, Israel Radio reported, in order to minimize friction with the activists.
The activists put up a website carrying prepared “SOS messages” by those on board alleging they had been “kidnapped” by the IDF.
You would think an organisation founded and run by someone called Zuckerberg would be more vigilant, but no, Facebook stands accused of vile anti-Semitism.
Facebook is at the centre of an anti-Semitism row after it emerged that its automatic translation software was spewing out vile, anti-Jewish diatribes.
One post written in German, which criticised neo-Nazis, was wrongly translated to produce a rant about ‘dull hollow, dirty Jews’ who were ‘a disgrace to our country’.
Another post in Hebrew, written by Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, was twisted by the software to suggest a Holocaust victim was killed by ‘the master race’.
When MailOnline brought the error to Facebook’s attention it apologised and claimed to have solved the problem, but declined to say what had gone wrong.
Shimon Peres, the great Israeli statesman has passed away.
Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding fathers, died early Wednesday morning at the age of 93.
The 93-year-old died in his sleep at around 3:00 am local time on Wednesday, Rafi Walden, Peres’s personal physician who is also his son-in-law, told AFP.
He died surrounded by family members, a source close to Peres told AFP. Read more »
Sheree Trotter (Te Arawa) writes at Shalom.Kiwi:
Davidson has aligned herself with an organisation that is little more than a hate group. Kia Ora Gaza leader, Roger Fowler, has expressed support for a one-state solution (the dismantling of the world’s only Jewish state), has compared Israel to Islamic State, has publicly supported a “third intifada”, and has justified violence against Israeli civilians. This is not an organisation committed to peace and human rights.
For Māori who oppose Kia Ora Gaza’s hatred of Israel, the co-opting of Te Reo Måori for their cause is deeply offensive. Historically, Māori have had strong connections with the Jewish people. Indeed the struggle of the Jews gave inspiration to many of our tipuna, and several indigenous prophetic movements in the 19th century were established on the Jewish model. The return of Jews to their ancient homeland has been an inspiring example for many indigenous peoples. Even though the Jewish people experienced expulsion and dispossession, they never abandoned their hope of return, and a small Jewish remnant kept ahi kaa in the land over many centuries of dispersal. The rebirth of Hebrew has been an inspiration for the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori in Aotearoa.
Like NZ did to Fiji when we turned or backs on our mates, the US has done the same to Israel.
When you are spurned you find better friends. Fiji tuned north, and now Israel has cut a deal with Russia and is improving relations with Sunni states in the region, while Obama looks on.
There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than the fact that President Obama has been a terrible foreign policy president, and that is that Bibi Netanyahu is an extraordinarily successful Israeli Prime Minister. In Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, Israel’s diplomacy is moving from strength to strength. Virtually every Arab and Middle Eastern leader thinks that Bibi is smarter and stronger than President Obama, and as American prestige across the Middle East has waned under Obama, Israel’s prestige — even among people who hate it — has grown. Bibi’s reset with Russia, unlike Obama’s, actually worked. His pivot to Asia has been more successful than Obama’s. He has had far more success building bridges to Sunni Muslims than President Obama, and both Russia and Iran take Bibi and his red lines much more seriously than they take Obama’s expostulations and pious hopes.
Gun free zones turn unarmed people into terrorist targets. Legally armed civilians protect unarmed people from illegally armed terrorists.
Eight people were injured Saturday at Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota when two Muslims went on a stabbing attack.