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October 14, 2015 6

As Israelis Are Stabbed, Obsession With “Even-Handedness” Morally Reprehensible

The inter­na­tional community’s obses­sion with “even-handedness” in com­ments on Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism is morally rep­re­hen­si­ble.  The recent spate of Pales­tini­ans stab­bings Israelis has gen­er­ated too many calls for restraint by both sides and too few con­dem­na­tions of those wield­ing the knives (and of those urg­ing the attacks.)

Spain is the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the UN Secu­rity Coun­cil.  Yes­ter­day its gov­ern­ment expressed “great con­cern over the extreme grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion in Israel and in Pales­tine, and its seri­ous regret at the suc­ces­sive vio­lent attacks and con­fronta­tions that have lead [sic] to the deaths of at least 6 Israelis and 29 Pales­tini­ans.”  Spain then called for “restraint from all par­ties and for them to deci­sively tackle this swath of vio­lence,” fur­ther describ­ing the sit­u­a­tion as a “dan­ger­ous spi­ral towards violence.”

Who held the knife and who had it plunged into their chest?  Who was shot after mur­der­ing inno­cent bystanders?  Impos­si­ble to know, based on Spain’s statement.

Anti-Israel Incitement from Twitter

Anti-Israel Incite­ment from Twitter

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, sim­i­larly – and unchar­ac­ter­is­ti­cally for him – con­flated ter­ror­ists and civil­ian vic­tims.  His Octo­ber 6 state­ment, the only one he has issued since the stab­bings began, reads, “The Secretary-General is pro­foundly alarmed by the grow­ing num­ber of deadly inci­dents in the West Bank, includ­ing East Jerusalem.  The last few days of clashes, which resulted in the death of four Pales­tini­ans, includ­ing a 13-year-old boy, and hun­dreds injured, are yet another wor­ri­some sign of vio­lence poten­tially spi­ralling out of con­trol.  The Secretary-General con­demns the killings and looks to the Gov­ern­ment of Israel to con­duct a prompt and trans­par­ent inves­ti­ga­tion into the inci­dents, includ­ing whether the use of force was proportional.”

Of the four dead Pales­tini­ans ref­er­enced in Ban’s state­ments, it appears that at least two were killed while com­mit­ting ter­ror­ist attacks in Jerusalem. One, Muhan­nad Hal­abi, was shot by police after he bru­tally stabbed to death Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Banita in the Old City on Octo­ber 3. The sec­ond, Fadi Alon, was shot after he stabbed a 15 year-old Jew­ish boy out­side the Old City on Octo­ber 4.  The mur­dered Israelis are not men­tioned, inferred only by the ref­er­ence to “deadly incidents.”

Moral clar­ity requires dis­tin­guish­ing dead ter­ror­ists from their dead vic­tims.  Those in lead­er­ship posi­tions in the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity who fail to make such dis­tinc­tions should not be sur­prised when their other demands are ignored.

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June 1, 2012 0

CEIRPP Paris Conference Furthers UN Anti-Israel Bias

The Com­mit­tee on the Exer­cise of the Inalien­able Rights of the Pales­tin­ian Peo­ple (CEIRPP), a forum for anti-Israel rhetoric that rep­re­sents the worst exam­ple of insti­tu­tion­al­ized anti-Israel bias in the United Nations, con­cluded a two-day con­fer­ence at UNESCO head­quar­ters in Paris on May 31.

This year’s meet­ing, osten­si­bly on “The Role of Youth and Women in the Peace­ful Set­tle­ment of the Ques­tion of Pales­tine,” was another typ­i­cal dis­play of the CEIRPP’s attempt to por­tray a highly dis­torted image of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In typ­i­cal bait-and-switch fash­ion, CEIRPP’s press state­ment mis­lead­ingly billed the gath­er­ing as “an inter­na­tional meet­ing in sup­port of the Israeli-Palestinian peace-process,” with UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon deliv­er­ing a pro-peace video mes­sage to those gath­ered. Yet, as usual, the actual agenda was gen­er­ally highly crit­i­cal of the Jew­ish State, with speak­ers resort­ing to plac­ing the onus of the blame for the Pales­tin­ian sit­u­a­tion and the cur­rent stale­mate in the nego­ti­at­ing process on Israel, while fail­ing to offer seri­ous con­struc­tive meth­ods to address the chal­lenges of the peace process.

CEIRPP, the only United Nations organ devoted to a spe­cific peo­ple, is the sin­gle most pro­lific source of mate­r­ial bear­ing the offi­cial impri­matur of the U.N. which maligns and debases the Jew­ish State.

In a 2009 report, ADL high­lighted CEIRPP’s UN funded anti-Israel agenda and activ­i­ties, call­ing the com­mit­tee an anachro­nism. ADL has repeat­edly urged the UN to defund and dis­band it.

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