With the emphasis on ‘UN’.

UN grants observer status to Hamas linked NGO

Israel slams decision saying the British-based Palestinian advocacy group is a ‘front’ for Hamas

A British-based Palestinian advocacy group allegedly linked to Hamas that promotes “anti-Israel propaganda in Europe” was on Monday granted an observer status at the United Nations, in a move that sparked ire among Israeli officials.

The decision to approve the application of the Palestinian Return Center (PRC) was made by the 19-member UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, which is understood to be dominated by Israel’s regional arch enemy Iran.

Israel’s mission to the United Nations issued a statement condemning the decision to approve the application of the PRC, an organization based in Britain. The PRC denied having ties to Hamas and accused Israel of trying to “distort and mislead the committee member states.”

The Israeli statement said it banned the PRC in 2010 because of its ties to Hamas, labeling it “an organizational and a coordinating wing of Hamas in Europe” with members that include senior Hamas officials.

“Until today, the UN has given Hamas discounts and let it strengthen its activities,” Israel’s UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, said in the statement. “Now, the UN went one step further, and gave Hamas a welcoming celebration at its main entrance, allowing it to be a full participant.”

Some 12 countries voted in favor, including Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey, Venezuela, China and Cuba, while three voted against – the United States, Uruguay and Israel. India, Russia and Greece abstained, and Burundi was absent.

Note the PRC’s position, if only for future reference:

PRC described Israel’s allegations as baseless.

“PRC will hand a letter of protest to the United Nations … against the false allegations circulated by Israel,” the group said on its website, adding that it was “not affiliated to any Palestinian party including Hamas.”

It added that PRC was “independent and dedicated to serve the cause of Palestinian refugees and their right of return.”

Time to turn to the wit and wisdom of Dry Bones. His contribution here is worth viewing and bookmarking. Well done, Dry Bones!

Dry wit and wry thoughts

Dry Bones produces a cracker about the Presbyterian Church situation. Go to his site and see it, here. You’ll be glad you did.

Regardless, if you think the Presbyterian Church affair has a certain whiff about it, you are probably right. NGO Monitor has a report into the antisemitic tendencies of one of the main BDS movers inside the Church. The summary may be enough for you.

Dry Bones wins Bonei Zion Award

The Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize was established in September 2013 in order to formally recognize the achievements of outstanding Olim from English speaking countries and their contribution to the State of Israel.

As Aliyah from Western countries continues to increase, English speaking Olim are making a remarkable impact on the Jewish State – Economically, socially, and culturally- contributing to Israeli Society in all fields of endeavor. These awards represent an expression of support for Olim whose contribution has helped better Israel in a meaningful way, and acknowledges those who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing in a significant way towards developing the State of Israel.

Click here to see Yaakov Kirschen’s win.


Laughing at antisemitism

Earlier this week, the ADL released the results of their global survey about antisemitism. The leading ‘hook’ was that one quarter of people surveyed had antisemitic attitudes.

It’s all a bit depressing, regardless of whatever criticisms may be made about the details of the survey and its conclusions. (For example, see here, and here.)

Most objective observers will not be surprised by the thrust of the conclusions. In particular,¬†as the Elder of Ziyon notes, one of them is that the Arabs are top when it comes to hating the Jews. This reinforces the validity of the query I have made before: when is the Western World, led by Obama or anyone else, going to grasp the significance of antisemitism and incitement, and do something about it? Wouldn’t that be a real concrete step towards peace?

So, it’s great to be able to offer this link to the Dry Bones¬†response which injects some sardonic humor into the arena. It’s good to laugh.