Saddest Quote of the Day

The following is from the Elder of Ziyon:

“There are more NGOs in the Palestinian-administered territories than anywhere else on Earth. But they get their money from those who only want to bash Israel, not to protect Palestinians from human rights abuses by their own people. So most of them take their EU funds and rehash the information they have to write yet another anti-Israel reports while actual victims of daily human rights abuses have nowhere safe to turn for help.”

Sad. True. Awful.

(You can read the original here.)

Shueb Salar is bound to be an Amnesty supporter

The British Labour party has been having a tough time of it. For now, let’s pass over their leader’s issues with apparent support for undesirable elements, their youth wing’s tolerance for antisemitism and bigotry, and switch our focus to Sadiq Khan. He is their candidate for the London mayoral election. Earlier this week he had to fire one of his speechwriters/advisors, Shueb Salar, for homophobic, racist and sexist tweets. Hold that thought.

Where are we? We are at the higher echelons of the mainstream left wing political party in the UK. A party built on the fight for individual rights. Would it be too much to say life, liberty, and equality?

So how does Salar’s bigotry remain undetected until now? It surely cannot be that his previous behavior was exemplary. It surely cannot be that he never before let loose his lips to deliver some of that bigotry in the presence of friends and acquaintances. It surely cannot be that Labour party members didn’t hear such stuff from him. So, why did nobody do anything? Could it possibly be that his friends and acquaintances see nothing wrong in that bigotry? I mean, surely not…

As a separate issue, the Mirror article that revealed much of the detail, includes this:

Mr Khan has faced controversy before over his links with Islamic extremists he defended in his former job as a solicitor dealing with human rights issues.


Before joining Mr Khan’s Westminster operation, 24-year-old Mr Salar also worked for a solicitor’s company specialising in human rights.

The bigot used to work in the field of human rights. Wow. I bet Shueb Salar is an Amnesty* supporter!

[*See here, and here. Guy Fawkes‘ blog has more material on the bigoted Mr Salar, here.]

Amnesty is a diseased body

Once upon a time I believed in the work that the various human rights NGOs were engaged in. The gloss was taken off when I eventually understood how these organizations needed money to pay the salaries of their staff, and that the more they shouted about atrocities and crimes, the more chance they stood of getting (or increasing) their budget. So they shouted. And shouted. But it wasn’t the truth they were shouting. It was their version of the truth – the one that maximized the world’s need for the NGO.

When it comes to Israel, it’s worse. They lie by omission. They lie by commission. They mislead. They become part of the enemy’s propaganda. And they care not a bit.

Amnesty‘s recent Gaza report is a fine example of the worst behavior of such an NGO.

“Amnesty’s report once again proves not that Israel violated international law. It proves that Amnesty International again twists international law and again ignores evidence that contradicts its predetermined agenda. Amnesty’s anti-Israel bias is so strong that it spills over into a pro-terrorist bias.”

The Elder’s follow up post, about the comments of General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reinforces how wrong Amnesty are. I recommend you read this because it sets out clearly what the actual position is about the laws of war, proportionality and civilian casualties.

“General Dempsey knows more international law than the entire staffs of Amnesty and Human Rights Watch combined. So do IDF commanders. They know that decisions need to be made in the field, sometimes with limited information, to protect not only civilians on the enemy side but also one’s own soldiers and one’s own civilians – two factors that do not come into play in the deeply flawed reports that HRW and Amnesty release.

The more one researches what real human rights law is, the more one sees how utterly ignorant and indeed malicious the “human rights” organizations are.”

This is important: Amnesty is wrong about the law. It is promoting a false interpretation to malign Israel. But the world media takes it as some form of gospel truth: Amnesty says therefore it is. It should be the other way round: Amnesty says therefore it isn’t!

Amnesty clearly hate Israel. They have staff who would do well in UNRWA or Hamas. Amnesty are sick. The disease they suffer from is anti-Israel prejudice. (But if they were subject to a proper examination, it may be that we would need to sharpen the diagnosis.)

So sad to face the fact that such an organization – and it is one of many – formed with the best of intentions, has become corrupted. Instead of working towards a solution, it is part of the problem.


Turnabout of the week

Remember the 2010 Gaza flotilla?

Remember those “human rights activists” from IHH? Like this guy:


Well, now check this out from the Times of Israel:


Turkish media say police have carried out raids in six Turkish cities, detaining several people allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, including an employee of a prominent Islamic charity behind a flotilla that tried to bust the Gaza blockade in 2010.

The aid organization, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, confirmed Tuesday that its storage facility near the Syrian border was searched and an employee was detained. It, however, denied any ties to al-Qaeda and denounced the police raid as an attempt to discredit the organization.

I wouldn’t call them an “aid organization” but suspect “front for terrorists” isn’t in the AP media book.

Of course, they blame Israel…

I wonder if we’ll get an apology from Turkey?

Situation: comedy

Lights. Camera. Action!

From the United Nations, the comedy source that keeps on giving, via the Jerusalem Post:

UNITED NATIONS – Syria and Iran are planning to run for a spot on the UN Human Rights Council later this year, UN diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday, despite criticism from watchdog groups about widespread rights abuses in both countries.

The good news is these clowns may not be allowed to join the circus:

From the so-called Asia group, which includes the Middle East and Asia, seven countries – China, Iran, Jordan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Vietnam – are vying for four seats, UN diplomats said on condition of anonymity.

One diplomat predicted that Syria and Iran would fail in their bids to join the UN rights watchdog when the 193-nation General Assembly votes in the fall, while another said the upcoming election would be a “comedy.”

Tragic comedy.

From the department of He Shouldn’t have To Say This:

Hillel Neuer, the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based advocacy group that monitors the work of the United Nations, said “countries that murder and torture their own people must not be allowed to become the world’s judges on human rights.

Perhaps the solution to this is to have an application form for the UNHRC. Let’s see what kind of questions would be on the form:

  • Are you a dictatorship?
  • Are you now, or have you ever been, a serial killer of your own population?
  • How many enemies of the state disappear without trace in a year?

And so on.

You can read the whole article, here.

Human rights going in the wrong direction

This is an extract from an acceptance speech by Human Rights Watch founder Robert Bernstein, on being presented with the Dr Bernard Heller Prize at Hebrew Union College, NYC:

“Three hundred million Arabs do not enjoy freedom of speech. Half of them, 150 million, as women, not only lack freedom of speech, but have barely any rights at all. And the private rights of how to pray and how to love are wrongly dictated by governments, all across the Arab World. Three years ago, we witnessed what was called the Arab Spring. Dictators who had oppressed their own people — and deceived them by telling them that Jews and Israel’s very existence were one of the primary causes of their misery — were toppled. It was a time for human rights organizations and governmental organizations to try to push for these rights long denied, with the hopes that they would take some root. One might have hoped, too, that it was also a time for human rights organizations to tell the people living in Arab countries that their governments not only misled them about their own rights, but also falsely portrayed Israel as a threat and an enemy to detract attention from their plight. Sadly, they did not do this. And the reason, in my opinion, is because of where many in the human rights community have placed their emphasis in recent years.

In my opinion, over the last few years, many in the human rights field have steadily retreated from upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Instead of focusing on insuring basic human rights for all citizens across the Arab world and in other closed societies, they have waded into the muddle of trying to become experts in the laws of warfare, deciding what constitutes a legitimate act of war and what does not, what should be considered a war crime and what should not. The result is that human rights organizations are trying to act like a referee at a sports event, calling war crimes of both sides. They come across like a group of litigator lawyers playing a game of “Gotcha!” mostly with the Israeli Defense Forces and occasionally with Hamas, Hezbollah, and from time to time, Iran.

Instead of this role, for which they are not well qualified, if they want to have an impact for good in the Middle East, human rights organizations should be focusing on state-incited hate speech. And, unfortunately, there is plenty of it in closed societies across the Arab world. If human rights organizations wanted to be open and honest with the suffering Arab masses, who are certainly suffering, they would point out that blaming Jews is a distraction and not what is holding them and their children back from enjoying the miracles of today’s world. For decades, government-sponsored hate speech in closed societies has been fostering a revenge rather than reform mentality.

A point that cannot be made too often: incitement and hatred are a barrier to peace in the Middle East, and to progress of these closed societies. It would have been good to highlight how Western funding props up this sorry state of affairs.

Here’s where you come in. State-incited hate speech in closed societies by Arab governments and Iran, among others, for over 65 years has had an enormous effect. It has prevented peace. It has had a chilling effect on minorities, and not only Jews, but Christians, Bahai’i and others. And it has prevented the kind of popular empowerment that is the region’s only hope for a better future. Iran and its non-state allies, Shiite Hezbollah and Sunni Hamas, have actually been calling for genocide, not only of Israel, but of all Jews everywhere. They have not only called for it, but are carrying on a war of attrition, mostly against Israel, but also striking many cities throughout in the world.

Ayatollah Khamenei has declared that he can destroy Israel in 9 minutes. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has wheeled Iran’s largest rocket through Tehran, declaring: “This is for Israel.” Incitement to genocide is a crime under Article 3(c) on the Convention and Prevention of the Crime of Genocide-General Assembly Resolution 260 that came into force in 1951.

It is hard to believe that major human rights organizations have taken no action on the matter. They call the statements of the Iranian leadership “advocacy” – a form of protected free speech – rather than “incitement.”

Incitement seems to be among the few issues where Sunni and Shiite dictatorships and terrorist groups are in agreement. Sunni Saudi Arabia runs a huge textbook business that reaches Arab children of all ages, that calls Jews “Descendants of monkeys and pigs,” among other things, and they do a pretty good job attacking Christians too.

I, as a publisher, and you, as graduates of one of the great Jewish institutions in this country, know the value of words. The power of words in the past has certainly been recognized. Julius Streicher, publisher of the Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer, was tried at Nuremberg, convicted and hung. The power of speech was certainly recognized in the trials following the Rwanda genocide as well. Yet, the major human rights organizations have found no way to confront the problem and recognize that the 300-plus million people living in closed Arab countries have been taught for decades that a small Jewish state has no right to exist.”

You can read the whole thing, here.

[A great spot at my right word.]