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Israeli Benevolence Toward Other Peoples is Not Fairly Conveyed
According to HonestReporting.com the overwhelming majority of western media agencies
have failed to cover the impressive number of humanitarian missions and aid organized by
Israel and organizations operating in Israel. With the exception of UPI and
IsraelNewsFaxx.com, none of the major news agencies reported on the Herculean humanitarian
effort offered by Israel, including a planeload of medicines and humanitarian aid, army
and civilian rescue teams and medical personnel, and other expert resources and
experience, much of which was rejected by the government of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Rejects Israel's Rescue Team
By Ha'aretz, CNSNews & IsraelNewsFaxx Services
Sri Lanka refused to accept a 150-member Israeli aid delegation which was set to leave
on Tuesday for the island to assist operations, after the country was hit with Sunday's
massive tsunami, whose victims will reportedly number in six figures Israel Defense Forces
officials told daily Ha'aretz.
"We are not opposed to a plane loaded with medical supplies, food and blankets that
will be accompanied by a medical team comprised of 50 IDF people, as the Israeli Foreign
Ministry requested in a letter," the Sri Lankan military secretary said. But Sri Lankan
Ambassador Tissa Wijeratne said, "All our missions have been instructed to accept only
supplies as we have been swamped with rescue teams from all over the world".
The aid delegation that had been set to leave for Sri Lanka on Tuesday included medical
teams and IDF representatives, who were supposed to provide humanitarian aide to the
devastated country and help other organizations in search-and-rescue operations. "Sri
Lanka has asked for only supplies and not for the rescue team and we are extending the
same", an IDF spokesperson said.
However, a far smaller team, headed by four doctors from Jerusalem's Hadassah
University Hospital, landed in Sri Lanka. The Israeli team was carrying medicine and baby
food. The doctors - who specialize in rescue operations, trauma and pediatrics - asked
Israel to send a larger team, such as the one Sri Lanka rejected.
"We will advise Israel and the Foreign Ministry... to send something more massive,"
said Dr. Avi Rivkind, director of Hadassah's trauma unit. Israel, however, is sending food
and medicine and other supplies to Sri Lanka, including 10,000 blankets, tents, nylon
sheeting and water containers.
Sri Lanka restored diplomatic ties with Israel in 2000 despite objections from the
island's Muslim minority. Neither side has officially explained the change, though some
reports suggest that the objection came from Sri Lanka's military. On Tuesday, the Israeli
humanitarian organization Latet said that it was sending a separate aid package on
Tuesday. It filled a jumbo jet with about 18 tons of supplies worth $50,000, at Sri
Lanka's request. It also said it was considering sending additional supplies in sometime
soon. Israel is considering sending similar delegations to Thailand, where more than 1,400
people have died, and to India, where more than 9,500 people have died or are feared dead,
but has yet to make a final decision on the matter.
North Americans Keep On Making Aliyah
Yet another planeload carrying 201 Jewish immigrants from North America touched down in
Israel Wednesday, bringing the number of immigrants from the continent this year to more
than 2,800 - the most since 1983. The flight was the first winter flight of new
immigrants organized by Nefesh b'Nefesh, an organization aiming to "remove or minimize the
financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles that potential olim face."
Though the average age of this year's North American immigrants is 33, two sisters in
their 90s who survived the Holocaust were among those who realized their dream of moving
to the Jewish homeland today. A two-week-old baby also made aliyah, "proving you're never
too old or too young to come home to Israel," the flight's organizers said.
Anti-Semitism and the United Nations
By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
A great Idea, The United Nations. Formed in the aftermath of World War II to make our
world a better place and to eliminate wars. Unfortunately it has failed miserably, most
notably in the area of anti-Semitism. Like it or not, the fate of the Jewish people is
linked to that of Israel. Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said, "I think that
anti-Semitism in the UN, at a minimum, reflects the level of anti-Semitism in the world
and in some ways it may even intensify it." If the UN is a barometer Jews are in
More than one quarter of the UN resolutions condemning a state's human rights
violations have been directed at Israel. The mandate of the UN
special reporter on the "Palestinian territories," set over a decade ago, is to
investigate only "Israel's violations" and not violations by Palestinians
in Israel. While the UN routinely adopts resolutions critical of Israel's treatment of
Palestinians, it has never adopted a single resolution unequivocally condemning violence
against Israeli citizens.
The UN has condemned virtually every conceivable form of racism. It has established
programs to combat racism and its multiple facets - including
xenophobia (fear and contempt of strangers or foreign peoples). It has consistently
refused to do the same against anti-Semitism.
When the UN adopted an international convention against racial discrimination, it
refused to include a reference to anti-Semitism. It was insisted that anti-Semitism was a
question not of race but of religion. Yet when the UN later adopted a resolution on
religious intolerance, it was
insisted the anti-Semitism matter not of religion but of race. What is anti-Semitism?
On Nov 6, 2003 a General Assembly resolution to protect the Palestinian children was
passed by a vote of 88 to 4. It is interesting that same month
a similar draft resolution to protect Israeli children from Palestinian terrorists was
dropped due to heavy opposition. As Israelis are demonized at the UN so Palestinians and
their cause are deified. Every year the UN marks November 29th as the International Day
of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
In 2003 the Secretary General, Kofi Annan, and over 100 members stood for a moment of
silence "for all those who had given their lives for the
Palestinian people." A UN commission resolution has legitimized the Palestinian use of
"all available means including armed struggle"--effectively an absolution for terrorist
Only after 50 years from the Nov. 24, 1948 founding of the UN was the word
anti-Semitism mentioned in a UN resolution. Not once in its six decades -- not until June
21, 2004 -- has the UN ever convened a meeting to discuss the hatred or persecution of
Jews. Not once has it adopted a resolution dealing specifically with anti-Semitism. Not
once has it published a report on anti-Jewish racism or incitement.
At the June 21st meeting Kofi Annan, finally acknowledged that the UN's own record on
anti-Semitism has at times fallen short of the Organization's ideals. "The General
Assembly resolution (3379) of 1975, equating Zionism with racism, was an especially
unfortunate decision." WOW! Unfortunate! In 1975 U.S. Ambassador Daniel Moynihan more
accurately called the resolution an "obscene act."
Did you know that from 1973 through 2003 the United States voted against Israel or
abstained from voting on a motion against Israel roughly 66% of the time? According to
the Jerusalem Post article of Dec. 6, 2004 the former US Ambassador to the UN, Jean
Kirkpatrick, said that while serving at this international body, "I felt for the first
time in my life that I could understand how the Holocaust happened."
The War on Terrorism is a real war a totally different kind of war. For Jews, ignorance
as to what is happening is not an option. Accept the
fact that you and yours are involved in this war. Affiliate with a Jewish organization.
Remember NEVER AGAIN!
(Ziegler is a board member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Florida, and president of its Brotherhood. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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