Please Join Me in Signing This Petition to Stop Iran

United with Israel, a fantastic organization, is organizing a petition to show Washington and the UN that the people they represent are not ok with easing sanctions on Iran.  A nuclear Iran is not only a danger to Israel, but to the rest of the world as well.  Please take 2 minutes and sign the petition, and if possible follow up by writing your congressman as I have.  There is a tool in the link to the petition below which will help you find your representative and even assist you with the content.  I cannot stress how important this is we need to show Obama and Kerry that Israel is important to the people of this country even if it isn’t important to them.

http://www.stopiran.org

Here’s how to find your congressman: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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The UN Owns The ‘Guinness World Record’ for Hypocrisy

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador, Ron Prosor, attacked on Thursday the requests by Syria and Iran to join the UN’s Human Rights Commission (UNHRC).

“A new Guinness world’s record at the UN? Putting Syria and Iran in the UNHRC is like appointing mob bosses to head the witness protection plan,” Prosor said in a statement.

The move comes as the Syrian regime of Bashar el-Assad continues a bloody campaign to crush a two-year rebellion, which has seen massive human rights violations and accusations of war crimes on both sides, including the use of chemical weapons and the indiscriminate bombardment of civilian areas by regime forces.

Iran’s candidacy comes only days after Arutz Sheva revealed that the Islamic Republic had executed 61 people in less than a month, following the election of  Hassan Rouhani as the country’s new president on June 14. Human rights activists now claim that number has risen to more than 70.

 

The candidacies put forth by the two countries surprised even some of the more cynical officials in the UN.

 

Besides Syria, where the death toll in the civil war is approaching 100,000, and Iran, which denies the Holocaust and vows to erase Israel from the map, other candidacies announced Wednesday were those of China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Jordan and the Maldives.

 

The estimates in the UN are that Syria and Iran will fail to receive enough support in the General Assembly vote – to be held in the fall – in order to enter the UNHRC.

However, a UN source told Arutz Sheva, “Nowadays you can never know anything. If these countries enter the Commission, it will be a big joke.”

 

NGO calls on Western nations to mobilise in opposition

Hillel Neuer, the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based advocacy group that monitors the work of the United Nations, called on the U.S. and the EU to mobilize opposition to Iran and Syria, as well as to “others in the rogues’ gallery of declared candidates: Algeria, Chad, China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.”

“The U.S. and EU should encourage worthy candidates from each regional group to throw their hats in the ring, and then lobby for their election over the current slate of tyrannies and human rights abusers,” said Neuer.

“Countries that murder and torture their own people must not be allowed to become the world’s judges on human rights,” he added.

Neuer continued:

“Given that Iran was recently elected to the UN commission on women’s rights, and Syria to UNESCO’s human rights committee, we cannot take anything for granted.”

“Syria is certainly less popular now, but Iran chairs the largest UN voting bloc — the non-aligned movement — through which it hosted a Tehran summit last year that drew many world leaders including UN chief Ban Ki-moon,” Neuer said. “We need to seriously fight these candidacies.”

US levels harsh criticism

In response to the news, America’s U.N. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo condemned the move as “highly inappropriate,” given that both Syria and Iran are under investigation for their own gross violations of basic human rights. 

“In our view, attempts by either country to join the Human Rights Council are highly inappropriate, given the Human Rights Council’s existing mandates to investigation human rights violation in these countries, their egregious records on human rights, and their ongoing cooperation to suppress democratic aspirations in Syria.”

One-liners

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN is known for his witty one-liners in rebutting the arguments of Israel’s detractors in the United Nations.

At a UN Security Council meeting back in February, he famously responded to a reluctance among some EU-member states to blacklisting Hezbollah, due to its charitable activity in Lebanon by retorting:

“Calling Hezbollah a charity is like calling al- Qaida an urban-planning organization because of its desire to level tall buildings.”

From Arutz Sheva NewspaperImage

The UN Owns The ‘Guinness World Record’ for Hypocrisy

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador, Ron Prosor, attacked on Thursday the requests by Syria and Iran to join the UN’s Human Rights Commission (UNHRC).

“A new Guinness world’s record at the UN? Putting Syria and Iran in the UNHRC is like appointing mob bosses to head the witness protection plan,” Prosor said in a statement.

The move comes as the Syrian regime of Bashar el-Assad continues a bloody campaign to crush a two-year rebellion, which has seen massive human rights violations and accusations of war crimes on both sides, including the use of chemical weapons and the indiscriminate bombardment of civilian areas by regime forces.

Iran’s candidacy comes only days after Arutz Sheva revealed that the Islamic Republic had executed 61 people in less than a month, following the election of  Hassan Rouhani as the country’s new president on June 14. Human rights activists now claim that number has risen to more than 70.

 

The candidacies put forth by the two countries surprised even some of the more cynical officials in the UN.

 

Besides Syria, where the death toll in the civil war is approaching 100,000, and Iran, which denies the Holocaust and vows to erase Israel from the map, other candidacies announced Wednesday were those of China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Jordan and the Maldives.

 

The estimates in the UN are that Syria and Iran will fail to receive enough support in the General Assembly vote – to be held in the fall – in order to enter the UNHRC.

However, a UN source told Arutz Sheva, “Nowadays you can never know anything. If these countries enter the Commission, it will be a big joke.”

 

NGO calls on Western nations to mobilise in opposition

Hillel Neuer, the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based advocacy group that monitors the work of the United Nations, called on the U.S. and the EU to mobilize opposition to Iran and Syria, as well as to “others in the rogues’ gallery of declared candidates: Algeria, Chad, China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.”

“The U.S. and EU should encourage worthy candidates from each regional group to throw their hats in the ring, and then lobby for their election over the current slate of tyrannies and human rights abusers,” said Neuer.

“Countries that murder and torture their own people must not be allowed to become the world’s judges on human rights,” he added.

Neuer continued:

“Given that Iran was recently elected to the UN commission on women’s rights, and Syria to UNESCO’s human rights committee, we cannot take anything for granted.”

“Syria is certainly less popular now, but Iran chairs the largest UN voting bloc — the non-aligned movement — through which it hosted a Tehran summit last year that drew many world leaders including UN chief Ban Ki-moon,” Neuer said. “We need to seriously fight these candidacies.”

US levels harsh criticism

In response to the news, America’s U.N. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo condemned the move as “highly inappropriate,” given that both Syria and Iran are under investigation for their own gross violations of basic human rights. 

“In our view, attempts by either country to join the Human Rights Council are highly inappropriate, given the Human Rights Council’s existing mandates to investigation human rights violation in these countries, their egregious records on human rights, and their ongoing cooperation to suppress democratic aspirations in Syria.”

One-liners

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN is known for his witty one-liners in rebutting the arguments of Israel’s detractors in the United Nations.

At a UN Security Council meeting back in February, he famously responded to a reluctance among some EU-member states to blacklisting Hezbollah, due to its charitable activity in Lebanon by retorting:

“Calling Hezbollah a charity is like calling al- Qaida an urban-planning organization because of its desire to level tall buildings.”

From Arutz Sheva NewspaperImage

Terrorists to Set New Record in 2013 (Arutz Sheva)

Global terrorism is still on the rise, and is set to hit a new record high in 2013, CNNreports.

The report cited the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), which reported that terrorism hit a record high in 2012, and that so far attacks have been even more frequent in 2013.

There were over 8,500 terrorist attacks worldwide in 2012 and nearly 15,500 people were killed by terrorism, the group reported. The data showed a major increase compared to 2011, with attacks up by 69% and fatalities up by 89%.

The previous high for attacks was set in 2011, while the previous year in which the most people were murdered by terrorists worldwide was 2007.

So far, terrorism has been even more frequent in 2013, with 5,100 terrorist attacks recorded by START in the first half of the year alone.

Several high-profile terrorist attacks took place in the second half of 2013, including a terrorist assault on the Westage Mall in Nairobi, Kenya in which at least 67 people were killed, a string of bombings in Pakistanthat included an attack on a church that killed 75, and fresh waves of violence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At least 4,000 people have been killed in fighting in Iraq in 2013.

START defines terrorism as activity by a “non-state actor” aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious or social goal, in which civilians were targeted, and which was intended to coerce or intimidate a larger group beyond the immediate victims.

The group gathers information on attacks by scanning world media.