By Hillel Neuer
After the Holocaust, the world met in Geneva to affirm the laws of war. And last week, for only the third time in history, the UK, France, Germany and another 123 signatory states to the Fourth Geneva Convention assembled in order to call out a perpetrator.
And for the third time, the one they condemned was Israel.
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To their credit, the U.S., Canada and Australia joined Israel in boycotting the conference.
In a ten-point declaration prepared in advance, the attendees “call[ed] on the Occupying Power to fully and effectively respect the Fourth Geneva Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”
They equally expressed “their deep concern, from an international humanitarian law standpoint, about certain measures taken by the Occupying Power in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the closure of the Gaza Strip.”
Though the text did include several anodyne references to the obligations of “non-state actors,” presumably Hamas, the goal of the Palestinian-initiated gathering and its declaration was to rebuke the Jewish state.
Israel’s actions are not immune from criticism. Yet by portraying the IDF as the worst perpetrator of war crimes on the planet, and the Hamas terrorist group as the victim, Geneva gave the world an inverted, false and dangerous message.
In doing so, the conference undermined the principles of international humanitarian law.
The truth, as former British commander in Afghanistan Col. Richard Kemp stated in 2009, and again this summer, is that no army in the history of warfare has done more to avoid harming civilians in a combat zone than the IDF in Gaza.
That conclusion was echoed by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Speaking recently of this summer’s war, Dempsey said that “Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties.” In fact, the U.S. sent a special team to learn from these Israeli preventative measures.
All of this was ignored by the conference, which, as with its similar 1999 and 2001 gatherings against Israel, tainted the Geneva Conventions with politicization.
Consider the double standards. Despite their gross and systematic war crimes, the regimes of Bashar al-Assad, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi were never called out by the High Contracting Parties.
Nothing ever on Sudan, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas or the PA, whose President Abbas incited to the recent terror attacks in Jerusalem.
And nothing on this year’s Russian invasions of Crimea and Ukraine, which have killed thousands, or Pakistan’s displacement of one million people in an ongoing anti-Taliban operation. Only Israel.
When the Swiss solicited support for the conference, the EU should have said no. At a time when Islamic extremists worldwide are, with singular barbarism, targeting civilians—kidnapping, beheading and shooting men, women and children from Nigeria to Iraq to Pakistan—it is telling that London, Paris and Berlin chose to go along with singling out the Jewish state.
Scapegoating the Jews is always easy. For decades Middle East despots profitably diverted attention from the pathologies and suffering of their societies. But that did not make them go away. They festered.
In the failed cities of Cairo and Tripoli, in the wasteland of death of Syria and Iraq, we see the results.
Hillel Neuer is the executive director of UN Watch in Geneva
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si on pouvait cela nous ferait rire, mais cela nous fait juste pleurer.
This Palestinian mother's son was treated, free of charge, for his heart problem in an Israeli hospital. Watch as she acknowledges the kindness Israel has for Arabs, and continues on, in the same hospital, to explain why becoming a "martyr" is so important for Jerusalem.
"Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us." - Golda Meir
see the videO:
Israel and UNDP Ethiopia Sign Cooperation Agreement
From left to right: UNDP Country Director Samuel Bwalya; Deputy Head of MASHAV Ilan Fluss; Israel Ambassador to Ethiopia Belaynesh Zevadia; Israel's Deputy Head of Mission Leo Vinovezky
Copyright: Courtesy of UNDP
The agreement was signed in Addis Ababa (October 29th) by Deputy Head of MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) , Ilan Fluss, and UNDP Ethiopia Country Director, Samuel Bwalya, under the auspices of the Israeli Embassy in Ethiopia, and is guided by MASHAV and UNDP’s common focus on demand-driven and impact-oriented programs. It is yet another representation of the ongoing development cooperation between the two organizations.
The bilateral development cooperation agreement includes transferring technical knowledge and innovation to Ethiopia in the fields of agriculture, entrepreneurship, private sector development and gender mainstreaming.
Within this collaborative framework, support to Ethiopia will continue primarily on enhancing agricultural systems that add value to agricultural production thus fueling entrepreneurship and private sector growth.
les photos des messagers de la paix du hamas & co
(attention pas pour les enfants)
The world’s fastest growing faith is not Islam!
Here in Europe, there is much talk about the decline of Christianity. Each year, more and more Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans leave the faith, more and more churches close their doors or become mosques. In the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, it is said that references to Christmas in public events and decorations are now verboten – one can only say “Happy Winterfest”. In the Middle East, jihadists are expelling the world’s oldest Christian communities or just slaughtering them outright. Only 30 years ago, Christians were about 20% of the population of the Levant; now they are down to 3% and sinking fast – except for the Christians lucky enough to live in Israel.
We read statistics about the skyrocketing Muslim birthrate in the EU countries and the tens of thousands of Europeans who convert to Islam each year. Yet, in spite of all this, there is another faith – a recent religion – that has far surpassed the surging wave of Islam.
I call it Palestinianism. This is not to be confused with Islam, neither Shi’a nor Sunni. To join the fast-swelling herd of Palestinianites, one does not need to learn the Quran or avoid pork and alcohol or wear a veil or grow a beard or even believe in Allah. You do not even have to care about the Arabs self-identified as Palestinians. There is only one thing required of you. You must hate the Jewish State of Israel with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might
Read more: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-worlds-fastest-growing-faith-is-not-islam-2/