"I see no objection": UN adopts report praising Qatar's human rights


Intervention by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer in debate over UN Human Rights Council report on Qatar’s human rights record, September 19, 2014

Thank you, Mr. President. Today we ask: Does the cause of human rights support — or object to — the adoption of today’s UN Human Rights Council report on Qatar’s human rights record?

Let me read from the report:

  • China appreciated the efforts expended by Qatar to promote and protect human rights.”
  • Bangladesh praised Qatar for the progress made in empowering women.”
  • Iran commended Qatar on its integrated social development, and for improving the situation of women.”
  • Sudan applauded the steps taken by Qatar.”
  • Turkey commended the progress achieved by Qatar in human rights.”

Mr. President, no less than 78 out of the 84 country statements in this report offer praise for the human rights record of Qatar. That’s over 90 percent.

Yet the truth, Mr. President, is the opposite.

Let us be clear: The truth is that the 1.4 million migrant workers in Qatar object to this report because they are dying at the rate of one a day from inhuman conditions. At the current pace, more than 4,000 migrant workers will die to build the infrastructure for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.

The truth is that the women of Qatar object to this report because they are denied basic rights to equality, for example denied the right to be elected to the Shura legislative council.

The truth is that journalists and aid workers who are abducted by the ISIS terrorist group and face beheadingobject to this report. In the words of Germany’s development aid minister, Gerd Mueller, from August 20th: “Who is financing these troops? Hint: Qatar.”

The truth is that the Palestinians, Israelis ,and other victims of Hamas war crimes — their exploitation and targeting of civilian populations, mosques, hospitals and schools — object to this report.

As one Arab diplomat said to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), as quoted in its testimonybefore the U.S. Congress, “Qatar finances Hamas strongly.”

Mr. President, for all of these reasons, let me be clear: the victims of human rights abuse around the world objectto the adoption of this report.

Thank you, Mr. President.




Trouble obsessionnel-compulsif

Le TOC (Trouble obsessionnel-compulsif) de l’Europe et Israël

Par Michael Freund | Adapté par Mordeh’aï pour malaassot.com

mardi 16 septembre 2014

Pour un continent en proie à des problèmes, l’Europe semble sûre d’avoir un ensemble étrange de priorités. L’économie de la région est chancelante, les forces russes menacent l’Ukraine, et les fanatiques musulmans de l’Etat islamique (ISIS) ont, dit-on préparer des attaques terroristes sur son sol. Mais rien de tout cela n’a distrait l’Union européenne (UE) à partir d’une question d’une importance capitale : arrêter l’importation de volailles en provenance d’Israël.


Mortar fire from Gaza shatters calm; Hamas arrests culprits

from http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id...

For first time since Operation Protective Edge ended, mortar shell fired from Gaza strikes southern Israel, hitting Eshkol region, causing no injuries or damage • Hamas denies it fired mortar, later tells Israel it arrested the perpetrators of the attack.

A mortar shell was fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Tuesday for the first time since Operation Protective Edge ended last month. The shell exploded in the Eshkol region, causing no injuries or damage.

A mortar shell was fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Tuesday for the first time since Operation Protective Edge ended last month. The shell exploded in the Eshkol region, causing no injuries or damage.

Un accord pour accélérer la reconstruction de Gaza

Un accord pour accélérer la reconstruction de Gaza

Israéliens et Palestiniens ont trouvé mardi un accord pour accélérer la reconstruction de Gaza sous la surveillance de l'ONU.

Israéliens et Palestiniens se sont mis d'accord sur un «mécanisme provisoire» pour accélérer sous la surveillance de l'ONU la reconstruction de Gaza, tout en s'assurant que les matériaux de construction restent à usage civil. La Banque mondiale indique par ailleurs que suite à la guerre d'Israël contre Gaza, l'économie palestinienne devrait se contracter de près de 4% cette année.

Il s'agit d'un «accord tripartite entre Israël, Palestiniens et ONU qui permettra des travaux d'une ampleur nécessaire dans la bande de Gaza, en impliquant le secteur privé et en donnant un rôle de direction dans les efforts de reconstruction à l'Autorité palestinienne. Tout en fournissant des garanties par un contrôle de l'ONU que ces matériaux ne seront pas détournés de leur usage purement civil», a précisé le coordinateur de l'ONU au Proche-Orient, Robert Serry, devant le Conseil de sécurité.

Cet accord, a-t-il estimé, est «un pas important vers l'objectif d'une levée de toutes les restrictions» pesant sur la bande de Gaza et «un signal d'espoir pour la population de Gaza».

Il devrait, a-t-il souligné, «redonner aussi confiance aux donateurs» pour qu'ils financent les efforts de reconstruction après la récente offensive israélienne, qui a ravagé le territoire et fait plus de 2100 morts palestiniens.

- See more at: http://www.cicad.ch/fr/autres-actualit%C3%A9s/un-accord-pour-acc%C3%A9l%C3%A9rer-la-reconstruction-de-gaza.html#overlay-context=fr/anti-semitism-news/manifestation-au-si%25C3%25A8ge-de-la-fff-contre-la-candidature-disra%25C3%25ABl-%25C3%25A0-leuro-2020.html


Memorandum on the decisions of UN human rights council

Memorandum on the decisions of UN human rights council


The Israel Friendship Associations signing this memorandum are appealing to their Governments:


On November 29th 2012 the General Assembly of the United Nations granted Palestine the status of a Non-Member Observer State. May we remind you that the status of an Observer State does not only contain rights but also duties, especially the one to abstain from threatening violence and the use of violence, as it is prescribed in the charter of the UN.


Unfortunately, since the decision of the UN, there has been no stabilisation of the situation. On the contrary, we are right now witnessing another armed conflict between Israel and the US- and EU- designated terror group Hamas.


In this context, the UN Human Rights Council decided on July 23rd 2014, that Switzerland as depository state of the Geneva Convention should prepare a conference on the ongoing war in Gaza. At the same time, it was decided to establish an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate “all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Palestinian Territory“.


In our opinion the two decisions of the UN Human Rights Council, the minutes of its special session from July 23rd, in particular the statements of the represented nations, leave no doubt, as to what purpose the conference and the commission of inquiry are pursuing: they clearly condemn Israel and only Israel by majority decision. Where is the condemnation of Hamas and their use of civilians as human shields to protect their weapons, rockets and mortars? Where is the condemnation of the Hamas terror attack tunnels compromising Israel’s security?


We implore you to change your biased course regarding the conference and the biased mandate for the commission of inquiry. Given the duties the Palestinians, including Hamas, have undertaken when accepting the status of Observer-State, the inquiry must examine their actions as well. Taking a different position would ridicule the decision from November 29th 2012 and the repeated terror attacks from Hamas on Israel would once more remain without consequence by the community of states.


We state that Hamas since the ceasefire in November 2012 and the subsequent decision of the UN General-Assembly on November 29th, has massively increased their missile stocks, rockets and mortars and have built a huge labyrinth under Gaza to tunnel into Israel with the express desire to kill Israeli civilians and to kidnap Israeli soldiers right under the eyes of the community of states.


It is time that the UN Human Rights Council issues a truthful statement regarding the current situation in Israel and Gaza and be seen to be fair and even handed to both Israelis and Palestinians.





  • Associacao de Amizade Portugal-Israel


  • Anglo-Israel Association


  • Česká Společnost Přátel Izraele


  • Cultural Friendship Association Romania-Israel


  • Dansk-Israelsk Selskab


  • Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft (DIG)


  • Društvo srpsko-jevrejskog prijateljstva


  • Federazione delle Associazioni Italia-Israele


  • FRANCE-ISRAEL. Alliance Général KOENIG.


  • Genootschap Nederland Israel


  • Gesellschaft Schweiz Israel (GSI)


  • Ireland Israel Friendship League


  • Irish 4 israel


  • Les amitiées Belgo-Israélienne


  • Magyar-Izraeli Baráti Társaságok és Körök Országos Szövetsége


  • Med Israel for fred (Norway)


  • Österreichisch-Israelische Gesellschaft (ÖIG)


  • Samfundet Sverige-Israel






Les Palestiniens vont subir les conséquences du Boycott

Les Palestiniens vont subir les conséquences du Boycott (patrons israéliens)


lundi 25 août 2014

Selon les statistiques, 22.500 Palestiniens sont employés dans en Cisjordanie dont 6000 pour des Israéliens. Le patronat israélien a lancé une campagne contre un boycottage des produits israéliens fabriqués dans en Cisjordanie en expliquant que les Palestiniens eux-mêmes risquaient d’en faire les frais. Le président de l’Association des industriels, principale organisation patronale, le "patron des patrons" israélien Zvi Oren, a écrit à une trentaine de ses homologues européens et palestiniens pour les mettre en garde contre l’impact d’un boycottage sur l’emploi des Palestiniens.
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Study: An Overwhelming 86% of Israelis Are Happy, Despite the Conflict

According to an official survey published yesterday by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, an overwhelming 86% of Israelis reported that they are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their lives, the equivalent of 4.3 million citizens.

14% of Israelis are reported to be unsatisfied.

The survey was conducted to discover the personal well-being of Israeli citizens, and is based on responses from 4,700 Israelis aged 20 and over. The findings show that 53% of participants are satisfied financially, with 39% saying they expect their financial state to improve in the future.

65% of respondents said that they are able to pay their monthly expenses without experiencing any problems.

On the other side of the poll, 27% said they feel stressed out, either infrequently or constantly, with 19% saying they lose sleep over worrying. 34% said that they experience sleeping problems, whether just "sometimes" or "frequently."

While the public consensus may have shifted since the outset of Operation Protective Edge, Israeli citizens remain optimistic, and patriotic. Americans and Canadians continue to make aliyah, and those who already live there (my sister included) show no sign of returning to the West any time soon.

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