UN Official Resigns Under Pressure After Calling Israel ‘Apartheid Regime’

Is the Israel regime psycho?

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The document “concludes scientifically and according to international law that Israel has established an apartheid regime. But that’s not the point.

The head of the U.N. West Asia Commission has resigned under pressure, after refusing to withdraw a controversial report that said Israel has established an “apartheid regime” that discriminates against Palestinians.

Rima Khalaf, a Jordanian who heads the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), told reporters Friday in Beirut that she could not accept a demand by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for her to withdraw the report.

“I asked him to rethink his decision, he insisted, so I submitted my resignation from the U.N.,” she said.

The report titled “Israeli Practices Toward the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid” was published earlier this week, and drew immediate criticism from U.N., U.S. and Israeli officials.

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Khalaf, who is also a U.N. undersecretary-general, said the document “concludes scientifically and according to international law that Israel has established an apartheid regime.”

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said it was published without any prior consultations with the U.N. secretariat and that it does not reflect the views of the secretary-general. The 75-page report was deleted from the ESCWA website by U.N. officials, but copies are still circulating online.

Both Israel’s U.N. envoy, Danny Danon, and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, welcomed Khalaf’s departure.

“Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the U.N. It is time to put an end to the practice in which U.N. officials use their position to advance their anti-Israel agenda,” Danon said.

“When someone issues a false and defamatory report in the name of the U.N.,” Haley said, “it is appropriate that the person resign.”

 

The Road To Apartheid Is Paved With…License Plates?

Speaking of license plates, this reminds me of the case of the 3 Israeli teen kidnapping: Roy Tov, a former Israeli military-intelligence insider, has blown the whistle on them in his new article 3 Boys for the West Bank. Tov agrees that the official story of the kidnapping is riddled with holes. The criminals’ car had Jewish license plates, the killers spoke Hebrew, and the police had no valid excuse for writing off the emergency call from one of the victims as a prank and then doing nothing for five hours.

“Her exact words were something along the lines of, “never, ever get into a car with _____-colored license plates.”

Growing up, my family used to take a lot of road trips. Â During these journeys through America, my siblings and I would whittle away the hours by cataloging the various license plates we encountered along the highways and biways of our nation.

There was a points system that I won’t get into here, but suffice it to say that Alaska and Hawaii each commanded a whopping 100. Â The other point values were doled out with great exasperation by my mother, whose road trip duties constantly shifted between navigator and ring referee to mine and my brother’s backseat brawls.

Since then, I never knew different colored license plates could spur that much acrimony until I landed in Israel, and my tour guide explained very matter-of-factly the hierarchy of Israeli license plates. Â Her exact words were something along the lines of, “never, ever get into a car with _____-colored license plates.”

Now, I don’t remember exactly what color I was supposed to avoid like the plague, but it wouldn’t matter anyhow. Â Outside of military, police or U.N. vehicles, every car I’ve seen – and every car in which I’ve ridden – has bright yellow plates. Â And best I can gather, these aren’t terrorists’ cars that take me to and from Kfar Hastudentim. Â In fact, I’m assuming my lovely tour guide would be very pleased with my choice of taxis.

The problem is, I’m not. Â It pains me to see this yellow monopoly on Israeli highways. Â These thoroughfares are almost universally restricted to citizens of Israel, while Palestinians are forced to endure checkpoint after checkpoint. Â A settler’s 15-minute commute becomes for a Palestinian a two-hour ordeal, complete oftentimes with harassment and mistreatment.

I don’t throw out the A-word lightly, but this discrimination brings about memories of Apartheid, with its bantustans and heavy restrictions on movement. Â Government policy has effectively isolated each Palestinian town, while ‘thinning out’ others in what one NGO worker has called “incremental displacement”.

And with settlements continuing to crop up between Arab outposts, the possibility of a viable separate state becomes more and more unlikely. Â As Jewish settlers zoom overhead along Route 60 or Highway 443, Palestinian minibuses rumble along winding dirt roads below, for all intents and purposes, trapped in their own hometowns.

And all this because their license plates aren’t yellow.

Sam Melamed is a Masa participant, participating in Career Israel, one of Masa Israel‘s 160 programs.

Israel To Live and Die For?

Sounds like Jonestown to me: a working mind controlled society.

Will an Emboldened Netanyahu Lead Israel to National Suicide?
Posted on Mar 21, 2015
By Max Blumenthal

 Vowing to “stand alone,” Netanyahu has set the stage for an ultimate stand-off.

Marketed to the Western world as a vibrant liberal democracy filled with sexy citizen-soldier girls, gay pride marchers and bespectacled Ashkenazi intellectuals anguishing over Israel’s excesses in quaint cafes, Israel today increasingly resembles the first-century CE desert fortress known as Masada.

Now a popular tourist destination, Masada was the site of a mass suicide by Jewish fanatics who rebelled against the Roman Empire, then slaughtered and robbed a community of Jews at the village of Ein Gedi who had attempted to negotiate with the Romans. The Jewish Roman historian Josephus referred to the rebels as “Sicarii,” or terrorist bandits.

In his final address at Masada, with the hilltop fortress surrounded by the Roman legions, the messianic rebel leader Elazar Ben-Yair exhorted his followers to commit mass suicide. “Let our wives die before they are abused, and our children before they have tasted of slavery,” Ben-Yair declared. “And after we have slain them, let us bestow that glorious benefit upon one another mutually, and preserve ourselves in freedom.”

The zealots slaughtered one another, with the men among some 960 rebels running swords through their wives before butchering their children. The seven survivors of the massacre recalled to Josephus a stifling atmosphere in which all dissent was crushed and conformism reigned.

Instead of teaching Masada as a cautionary tale, Israel’s founding generation glorified the suicidal zealots. Israeli children celebrated their bar mitzvahs en masse at Masada, while soldiers ascended the steep incline to take their induction rites at the hilltop fort and recite a line from the poet Yitzhak Lamdan: “Never again will Masada fall!”

The Israeli political psychologist Daniel Bar-Tal titled his groundbreaking 1983 study of Jewish Israeli attitudes, “Masada Syndrome,” revealing the powerful influence of a siege mentality “in which members of a group hold a central belief that the rest of the world has highly negative behavioral intentions towards the group.” Masada was the symbolic space where all the demons of the Israeli psyche blended into a single phantasm of a last stand.

Nearly all of Israel’s leaders have demonstrated symptoms of Masada Syndrome, but few have embraced it as enthusiastically as Netanyahu. His world is a dystopia filled with genocidal enemies hellbent on the destruction of the Jewish people. They range from the what he called “the insatiable crocodile of militant Islam” to the “modern Hitler” in Tehran, from the “goons in Gaza” to a Palestinian national movement controlled by anti-Semitic gamma rays emitted from Hitler’s brain.

Netanyahu has identified the New York Times and Ha’aretz as two of Israel’s greatest foes, and once described former Obama advisors Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod as “self-hating Jews.” In the final days of his re-election campaign, he howled against an international conspiracy to overthrow him, with Barack Hussein Obama as its puppet-master. (A robo-call to voters in Israel warned them to vote for Netanyahu against “Hussein Obama.”)

Given his paranoid style, it is unsurprising that Netanyahu has identified the leader of the suicidal Masada bandits, Elazar Ben-Yair, as one of his personal heroes in his ironically titled 1994 book, A Durable Peace. During his speech to the Congress just before the election, boycotted by 58 Democratic lawmakers and Vice-President Joseph Biden, Netanyahu channeled Ben-Yair’s final words: “For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves. This is why—this is why, as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”

Few observers of his extraordinary performance in Washington understood his subtext. Netanyahu’s statement can be read in the wake of his victory as his threat to Israel’s Western patrons. To him, the EU and US are not allies, but Romans attempting to impose their oppressive order on Jerusalem. If they refuse to bend to his will, he will defy them as his hero Ben-Yair did. Vowing to “stand alone,” Netanyahu has set the stage for an ultimate stand-off.