Beyond the Cusp

September 8, 2019

Israel and International Laws and Treaties

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Almost every article we have the displeasure of reading while performing research all seem to be missing or not understanding the rights and guarantees as well as the limits placed upon Israel and its Arab neighbors and citizens under International Laws under the various treaties reached after World War I and subsequently with the establishment of the United Nations under their Charter. We figured we would touch upon some of these misconceptions and misrepresentations which apparently abound. These include the litany of rights Israel is bound to provide its citizens and what limitations can be placed and by what criteria. They also present a solid and set boundaries for the Jewish State which apparently have been completely ignored by much of the world including, unfortunately, many Israelis and their politicians. What makes matters even worse is that there is virtually no discussion which includes these facts when addressing the steps which are available which can be taken to resolve all the issues simply by applying these International Laws which are bound to be enforced by the United Nations.

 

One vital bit which is often misrepresented are the set boundaries for the Jewish State under the laws and treaties including the San Remo Conference, the Treaty of Sèvres, the Mandate System and enforceable under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. The original borders laid out under the San Remo Conference, the international agreement which took the Balfour Declaration and legalized its intents under International Law defined Israeli borders as currently exist with Lebanon in the north and with Egypt along the Negev-Sinai border and parts of the Golan Heights as the border with Syria and the Jordan River as the eastern border with Jordan. Under the expectation there would be a population exchange which did occur, but only in one direction, the eight-hundred-thousand-plus Jews expelled from the Arab and Islamic world (see map below). There were no Palestinian Arabs and no Arab state west of the Jordan River. The problems arose after the Arab forces which attempted to destroy the Jewish State upon her founding realizing territorial gains where Gaza was illegally occupied by Egypt and Judea and Samaria (Shomron or West Bank) was illegally occupied by Jordan. These regions were left open for Arabs from the surrounding nations to relocate, which many did, simply added to the Arab populations with Jordan relocating thousands of Jordanians into the region they illegally declared to be included within the borders of Jordan. Jordan applied not only political control of the area, but also provided Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs who resided in the West Bank. Were Israel to be treated as any normative nation, the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza would have been relocated to Jordan and Egypt respectively once Israel liberated their regions freeing them of their occupying powers of Egypt and Jordan.

 

Definitive Map of Israel

Definitive Map of Israel

 

This was what was applied when India was split making Pakistan as a neighboring Islamic country. Millions of Muslims left India relocating to Pakistan and millions of Buddhists and Hindus left the area renamed as Pakistan for India. Similarly, areas of Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary which were formed into new nations including Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Romania and Lithuania were made to absorb their native populations back within Germany, Russia, Austria and Hungary respectively as part of the new map in Europe after World War I (see maps below). Exchanges of populations in order to retain national identities and populations has been the rule of thumb used in various resolutions with about the sole exception being the Jewish State. Much of Israeli history has been an example of how the world treats the Jews as an exception to the rules everybody else are held with the decisions always falling on the side which, for any outside and truly neutral observer, say an alien from another star system, would appear to have singled out one peoples for specifically strict and stifling application of completely unique application of political and geographic applications apparently with the intent of the destruction of this people and anything they build. This has been the case since the conquest under Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Greek Empire continuing through the Roman conquest and continuing in the modern times with the British and the United Nations and other world powers and entities into the present. Apparently, Israel and the Jewish People are being demanded that they accept any Jews the world decides they do not desire remaining within their borders while also being forced to surrender lands to any and every claim which comes down the pike. This logic of accepting an ever-increasing population while retaining ever smaller areas of land is ridiculous and something being solely applied to Israel, the Jewish State.

 

German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI

German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI

 

Under the agreements by which the Jewish State of Israel was reconstituted has some very easily understood rules, restrictions, applications and defined legalities which include set borders and the rights which must be granted to citizens both Jews and Gentiles. By strictly applying these statutes, which the United Nations is obliged to accept and enforce as their commitments under the Mandate System, Israel could end all the many various attempts to delegitimize the Jewish State and reorganize, restructure and reestablish Israel as an Arab nation where the Jews would soon find themselves once again without a country. The International Law requires that Israel provide those residing within their borders, the borders defined above, with religious rights, social rights, freedom of movement within the same restrictions as Jews, economic rights, legal rights, residential rights, commercial rights and virtually all the rights permitted the Jews with an exception. This exception is where the world would go absolutely bonkers without having a leg to stand on under International Law. Israel may provide political rights to those who are not Jewish as they decide serves her best interests. This exception was applied to the Arab citizens of the annexed parts of Jerusalem. These Arab citizens were granted the right to vote in Jerusalem elections and those of smaller neighborhood political entities. These Arabs will not be able to vote in the coming national elections on September 17th as these are restricted from their limited autonomy.

 

The same could be applied to the Arabs of the Palestinian Authority once their current political structure is reconstituted allowing these Arabs to vote for their own leadership for the first time since the 2005 election of Mahmoud Abbas. Israel has not denied these Palestinian Arabs the right of voting for their own governance, Mahmoud Abbas has refused to allow elections knowing he would lose his position and then possibly his life if he did not depart quickly enough. These Palestinian Arabs would finally be electing their own leaders and be liberated from the oppression of the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas. But their election of their own local leaders could be where their restricted political power would be permitted. Should any Palestinian Arabs relocate to another area within Israel, their right to vote in local elections would need to be decided upon by the Knesset and the courts but under International Law they would have negated any political rights by relocating. They would retain all other rights which are guaranteed under International Law with the exception of political rights. This also means that the Palestinian Arabs would not be permitted on any national ballot or list of any political party though they would be permitted to run in localized elections where their limited political rights would allow them to vote. This would grant the Palestinian Arabs semiautonomous political rights in selecting their immediate governance while remaining under Israeli laws. Of course, they would always retain the right to leave and emigrate to any other nation in the world which is willing to accept them. This is a far more workable solution than the other most obvious alternative, driving them into Jordan across the Jordan River and into Egypt across into the Sinai Peninsula. Such a solution would break the rules imposed under the British Mandate, a solution put in place by the British with the intent of preventing the Jewish State from ever being realized, but would remain within the rights Israel retains as the results of the lands liberated in response to an offensive war brought against Israel in June of 1967 and the Six Day War.

 

While completely complying with the various treaties, conferences and other legalities, Israel could extend her border to its rightful place, the Jordan River, expel and exile the leadership of the Palestinian Authority and all members of any of the various terrorist entities legally barring them from entry within the Israeli borders due to their taking positions as enemies of the State of Israel and sworn to her destruction. This is no longer applicable to Gaza as Israel released her claims to this region though at any point where Hamas, Islamic Jihad or any other entity within Gaza launches rockets or other attacks upon Israel, then Israel could retake Gaza and expel the terror entities extending Israeli rule over Gaza while providing the Palestinian Arabs residing within the same rights and conditions as they would provide to the Arabs residing currently under the Palestinian Authority. In both locations, Israel would be replacing dictatorial regimes with smaller entities which would be of a democratic nature with regularly held elections which would be overseen such that they would be fair and free elections where all would be permitted to run and vote from within the defined region. Both Gaza and Palestinian Authority Arab communities would be permitted, if desired, to elect a single governance over their respective areas. This would permit the Arabs to have immediate local governance and a regional governance if they so desired, though the larger the area governed, the greater the opportunity for returning to the same governance as is currently causing the vast majority of their difficulties.

 

Once Israel would annex either region, their utilities and infrastructure would be repaired, upgraded and improved making their lives healthier and far more pleasant. These are areas the current governance sees little reason to perform regular maintenance, let alone improvements, has led to some health problems from contaminated ground water, lack of sewage treatment, inadequate electrical generation, lack of clean drinking water and various other problems currently being ignored. Once annexed, these problems would be resolved with proper repairs and upgrades being provided. In exchange, Israel would expect that their laws be followed and terrorism to come to an abrupt halt. Well, we may be dreamers, but our eyes are open and we realize that terror would continue but, hopefully, at an ever-decreasing rate. Israel would likely find it necessary to change her laws regarding terrorist acts. The main change would need to make terrorist acts potentially punishable by exile after their prison sentence has been served or as simple as exile being conducted immediately upon conviction. Israel would have every right under current International Law for any of these options with the option of declaring the Jordan River as her eastern boundary being the necessary first step.

 

There would be some degree of pushback. Within Israel such pushback would come from the left side of the political spectrum and would take every step of this before the Supreme Court often using judge shopping to find the perfect panel which supports their political agendas. This is only in Israel to the best of our knowledge, but a Supreme Court decision on these matters could be in turn taken before a larger panel of Supreme Court judges and overturned. (We know, first the mess currently swirling around how justices are chosen and other procedural items need be ironed out, but all in good time.) The European Union, United Nations, UN Human Rights Council along with other UN agencies, numerous European countries, more than just numerous NGOs and who knows how many other entities will all be clamoring and demanding that Israel cease and desist from these actions. This can be stated in a more concise manner which the left uses almost every time they do not get their way and another policy is initiated instead by their normal complaint, ‘What will the world say. They will be so upset and will take serious exception to such actions.’ Our reply is actually quite simple, ‘They already complain about anything we do which is in our best interests. The world wants us destroyed now and whatever we do will not make it any better as long as we continue to exist as the homeland for the Jewish People. They want Israel replaced by another Arab dictatorship and the Jews made homeless once more so they can persecute us and we will have nowhere to go where we could be safe.’ An even simpler means of saying all this is to simply inquire how any action Israel does in her own interest changes the rejectionism suffered under current conditions. Israel will be denounced simply for existing and desiring to continue to exist. As long as we are being denounced, it is best if we are denounced for building our nation and making it a safer place for ourselves and any tourists visiting.

 

While we are acting in our own interests, Israel should immediately take complete control of the Temple Mount making it open to everyone and allowing all the entrances to be used universally and none reserved for any single group. Israel should also take control of Hevron and the Jewish Holy Sites in that region including but not limited to Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Joseph) and the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs (Machpelah) where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah are entombed again making the site accessible by all with equality and any other religious sites including those of Christianity and making them all more readily accessible. The first step in this process will be the most difficult, and it will entail the Israeli leadership actually fully understanding that Israel has equal rights and should not bow to international pressure and instead pursue the agenda which is best for Israel and allow the world to do what they will. Whatever their initial reactions, with time they will adjust and adapt to the new reality and since Israel would have International Law behind these actions, even if they brought Israel before the world court system, we have the treaties and other agreements which would allow for a slam-dunk easy win for the Israeli representatives. Even the United Nations could be taken to these very same courts and be forced to allow the application of the terms and borders laid out in the Mandate System agreements. When the International Law reinforces your position, that is a position of strength which used to its fullest would greatly enhance and improve the positions which Israel will soon be forced to take when the world has their inevitable conniption fit.

 

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May 20, 2019

As the World Spirals into Tighter Knots of Hatred

 

There is no denying that the world has become more coarse and hate-filled. Leading the groups of hatred is the usual, anti-Semitism. Oh, wait, most of these are not anti-Semitic as they merely discuss and are critical of Israeli policies and the treatment of the Palestinians and the denial of their basic rights. That is not actually anti-Semitism, it is merely honest criticism.

 

Really? Merely honest criticism you claim. May we ask if you have any criticism for any nation other than Israel? Is it only Israel which is deserving of your selective scorn? Well, let us look a little closer at the main complaints which are spread about Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. If you are willing to look at these claims from another angle and try to have an open mind, maybe we can realize some valid points.

 

One of the biggest complaints comes down to the fact that the Palestinian Arabs have not voted in a general election since 2005 despite Israel holding three elections since then. Well, you have a valid point that the Israelis have had three elections and the Palestinian Arabs have not voted in a general election since 2005. Have you ever bothered to find out why they have not voted in any general elections since 2005? Well, despite Israeli elections, the Palestinian Authority has cancelled elections for their Parliament and for President at every opportunity when elections were scheduled. Every time some problem has cropped up making election impossible. One of the favorite reasons is because the Palestinian Authority controls areas in Judea and Samaria and Hamas controls Gaza and they just do not get along that well. Another difficulty which may have some bearing on the lack of elections is that Mahmoud Abbas knows that he would fail in retaining his position as President of the Palestinian Authority which could lead to his being removed as Chairman of the PLO and the leader of the Fatah Party which gives him the triple crown of power over the Palestinian Arabs in the areas Fatah controls. Meanwhile, in Gaza there are two groups, Hamas (often working with Iran despite being mostly Sunni or Muslim Brotherhood) and Islamic Jihad (another Shia arm of Iran in their threats upon Israel) who have an arrangement which allows Hamas, the stronger of the two, to choose whomever they desire to be the leader and head of the government. Currently that position is held by Yahya Sinwar (the former commander of the Hamas military wing and proof that there really is no difference between the military and political wings except in the eyes of most Europeans). Since the position is by appointment of a ruling council whose members are largely a secret, elections are completely unnecessary as the leadership and support are appointed positions. And talking of Israeli elections, the Palestinian Arabs are not Israelis and thus are not a party to Israeli elections and just as foreigners do not vote in other national elections (such as the French do not vote in Italian elections and the Italians do not vote in French elections and neither Italians nor French vote in the American elections). So, the Palestinians have not voted in elections since 2005 is because their governing powers have decided that elections are simply too bothersome and thus none are being held.

 

One last comparative statement and then we will move along. Just as Mexicans and Canadians do not vote in American elections and Americans do not vote in Canadian or Mexican elections; Israelis do not vote in Palestinian Arab elections, be they under the auspices of Islamic Jihad, Hamas or Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Arabs do not vote in Israeli elections. We know what the next accusation will be, so you admit that the Palestinian Arabs cannot vote in Israeli election. That is true. So, you admit that Arabs are not permitted to vote. Everyone see the logical leap making one huge assumption, namely that all Arabs are Palestinians and thus all Arabs are denied the vote. This is the fallacy which is used all the time to prove Israel denies Arabs the vote. The slick slight of language equates all Arabs with Palestinian Arabs but Palestinian Arabs across the Arab world are denied the right to vote even if elections were held. There is a group of Arabs which make up almost one-quarter of the population and who do vote in Israeli elections as well as run for office and sit in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament and work in every profession in Israel (technically even Rabbi as there are Arab Jews in Israel who were or their relatives were thrown out of their Arab homelands within the first decade and a half after Israel was founded with the vast majority of these Arab Jews coming to Israel). The Israeli Arabs who are Muslim or Christian or any other religion all get to vote in Israeli elections as they too are citizens of the State of Israel. What many find surprising is to learn that according to the conventions under which Israel was provided to be founded by the League of Nations and the Mandate System, they were not required to allow anyone other than Jews the vote. They were required to provide economic rights, religious rights, social rights, humanitarian rights and virtually any other form of rights with one exception, they did not need to provide political rights to those within their borders who were not Jews. This was not and obviously is not Israeli law, but it was one option permitted the Jewish State which they decided not to adopt. Thus, the non-Jews in Israel have the exact same rights as the Jews and in some instances it appears they have rights denied most Jews, but these are not consequential to our discussion.

 

But this article is not going to rehash these arguments which are the backbone of the BDS Movement and are made entirely of fallacies. Instead, we are going to look at the rise in anti-Semitism and the concurrent rise of violence against Jews across Europe and in North America. The targeting of Jews has been spreading around the world as part and parcel of the leading wave of Islamist influences. In the United States it became policy in 1965 under the Hart Cellar Act. Under this legislation, immigration was switched from predominately European immigrants to areas which had less immigration previously which turned out to be used as a means for bringing Muslims to America as the preferred and target immigrants which were to be preferred. Dropped were requirements that one need learn English; any language would do as these special immigrants were to be placed together in special cities. This piece of legislation was heavily supported and all but personally walked through the Congress by Senator Ted Kennedy. The special immigration of these minorities who were minorities both as their racial definition as well as their religious preferences. The Arabs were defined as people of color despite the majority being as Caucasian as the average Norwegian. This was done for numerous reason amongst which was the programs which they would qualify for as people of color and thus an automatic minority and other benefits also permitted the government to provide them with housing thus by some miracle they were slowly introduced into the population centered by their nation of origin each resulting eventually in their becoming the plurality if not majority in numerous Congressional districts. Thus, there is now in the United States Congress Representative Rashida Tlaib who was elected from a district within Detroit but has claimed that she represents a constituency quite removed from those Detroit, Michigan neighborhoods which elected her to Congress as she has claimed that she is the Palestinian representative in the Congress. Take along side Representative Tlaib the other extrovert anti-Israel, anti-Semite Ilhan Omar as well as many anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic members of the Black Congressional Caucus and their ever present apologists such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi plus Steny Hoyer and there is the makings of an uncontroversial beginnings of an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel block within the United States Congress which has been growing over the past seventy years to the point where it is becoming a danger for both the Jews of the United States and all of the people of Israel, Jew and Gentile alike.

 

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

 

As if the growing hatred for Israel and the Jews within the Congress and add to this the seemingly ingrained anti-Israel activities and positions taken by what appears to be a majority of those who control the State Department and add in the trends following the same or similar trends across the nation and in Europe on the university and college campuses and the future is looking very bleak. According to, in English literature, the character of Prometheus speaks the phrase: Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad in the poem “The Masque of Pandora,” and we are witnessing such madness spreading through the world’s populations. This is becoming increasingly observable in Western civilization which is actually very sad. Looking back throughout history, one notices that every great empire began their downward slide leading to their eventual collapse, every one of them began having streaks of anti-Semitism which marked their turning point. This should serve as a warning to the developed world that this sickness has always led to disaster for every civilization where the ills of anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish State feelings sets in. One would hope that people are capable of learning from history, but this is happening again and, in every country, there is at least one party, often two with one far right and the other far left, willing to accommodate the influx of an anti-Semitic and often anti-Israel group of immigrants. These political operatives appear determined to change the demographics and accept this poison simply because these immigrants will elect their candidates. They are going this route in the name of gaining power but they are trading their souls for power, never a good idea as it will always lead to ruin.

 

There are those who claim that there is little to worry about because these anti-Semites and anti-Israel individuals are too small a minority to really cause any problems. That is ignoring history as this always starts out with a vocal and determined minority who over time and using the same methods gain sufficient strength to seize power and destroy the target nation from within. The difference this time is that the efforts are not to transform one nation but to transform entire continents. The Arab world already controls the equivalence of an entire continent under their control now though it is not unified at this time. All it would take is the right charismatic leader with what will be taken as the plan and the Arab world could easily be brought to congeal around such a person. If this person also takes Europe along with the Arab world and then you have a heavily armed body of nations brought together in an effort to then destroy Israel on their way to world conquest. What the world needs to awaken to is that Islam still is insistent that they are to rule the world and they are currently making their third or fourth drive for doing exactly that. We understand that the Western World which has fought two world wars has given up on the concept of one leader ruling the world unless it is through the United Nations. That in and of itself is frightening enough when one realizes that the General Assembly and all the disparate agencies of the United Nations are controlled by the Group of 77, a coalition of one-hundred-thirty-four developing nations which are led and willingly follow the Arab and Islamic world to the point that they chose Mahmoud Abbas to be their chairperson. This group has proven to be highly antagonistic towards Israel and have tended to largely vote as if they were a single unit. This makes them the gatekeepers at the United Nations.

 

Group of 77 Member States

Group of 77 Member States

 

The world is teetering on a knife’s edge with another great world sweeping conflagration waiting for when the world topples from that perch. Such a war could start over any small item just as World War I was initiated over an assassination, or it could begin as a plan by even a single nation deciding they are ready to enact their plan for domination and world conquest such as World War II began. Add in China, which many a far eastern expert has stated they have been building their military around a single concept, the ability to win the war with the United States for control of the Pacific and then the world. Be it China or Islam (namely Iran), and either way the world cannot afford to pay the price of such wars. When part of the plan is to use EMP weapons and you are talking about the mass extermination of the nation so struck, and should anyone be so foolish as to use such a device on the United States and the world would witness mass starvation with only the nations capable of feeding themselves surviving. Additionally, there are those who claim that it is entirely conceivable that nuclear weapons will be used to eradicate entire nations and then there would be the counter attack which would devastate the initiator of such an exchange. The resulting contamination by nuclear fallout and much of the world would suffer catastrophic population losses leading to potentially our world reverting to the technological level of the mid seventeenth century with all the wonders of such a brutal life spent at subsistence farming for most of the world population. One can only question is it worth destroying the world and any future it might potentially reach with the coming advancements in exchange for ruling over an impoverished and technologically reverted world. Some of those seeking to spread their rule to the world would tell you that if that was the result, then it was the will of their divine being. The one good thing is that should you reside within a few hundred miles of any major population center, which is most of Europe, both coasts of the United States, the entire Great Lakes region and the coastlines of much of the world, then your suffering will be minimal as the initial exchange of nuclear missiles will make quick work of such regions. We can only hope that sane minds will take over before the insanity gets too far, but in the meantime, pray for the Messiach as such an intervention is the best hope for avoiding the follies of man.

 

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November 26, 2018

Human Right Council Hubris Continues Unabated

 

Name a nation which does not have a document or two or even a dozen which sets the reason the nation was established and the basics which were the founding principles. Some were written as the defining the reason for their establishment often to accompany their fight for independence. For the United States that was the Declaration of Independence based on the drafted statement written by Thomas Jefferson and which was accepted almost unaltered. Britain has a number of such documents aligning the power structure amongst other declarations by the Monarchy and the Magna Carta which was the first step in cracking the previously unscalable wall around the Monarch. In most nations, it comes in the form of a declaration of independence which lays out the basics. Often these declarations are restated in declarations passed as laws which simply reestablish the basics while altering nothing in the existing legal system. Such declarations are more often than not ignored beyond those behind it declaring that they are the most nationalist of those amongst the government. This often is used in their campaigns and for little more. But then there is the exception when such a declaration is challenged simply because this restating of the obvious was done by Israel. How dare the Israeli Knesset be so arrogant, so audacious, so haughty, so contemptuous of all that is true to pass a law defining the reasoning behind the establishing of the State of Israel. Well, at least that is the position of the Human Right Council who has demanded clarifications from the Israeli government regarding the Nationality Law.

 

Behind this inquisition daring to threaten a member state of the United Nations with condemnation if clarifications are not received within sixty days is inspired by four representatives of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The entire imbroglio came following complaints filed by the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel and MKs from the Arab Joint List, headed by MK Yousef Jabareen. How surprising that the exact forces which have voice within the Knesset, the Israeli government, also have full rights in the courts of law, in business, in choice of residence, in religious practice and even in political power including voting and running for office. Arabs are represented in every public forum in Israel even to having sat as justices on the Israeli Supreme Court and they still use every level at their command to attempt and destroy the nation. These forces are set to try and destroy the Jewish State and replace it with an Arab nation where the Jews will have no rights as they will be Dhimmis. This is the driving purpose behind these actions and as is well documented, if any arm of the United Nations from the General Assembly, Human Rights Council, UNESCO, UNICEF and countless NGOs has the slightest reason to work for the destruction of the Jewish State, they will leap anxiously and with great fervor to work towards that end. This is no different. Israeli United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon responded stating, “The Council has no right to demand anything from us until it removes its clear bias against the State of Israel. This is another product of a campaign of lies and slander directed by some Arab Knesset members against the State of Israel in cooperation with anti-Israel elements in the diplomatic arena.” All this leaves is to discuss what the Nationality Law actually states. We have already discussed the Nationality Law in depth in our article, “Israeli Nationality Law and What it Does Do, Does Not Do and Why.” So, allow us to use this instead to discuss the real problem, the United Nations.

 

The United Nations originally consisted of fifty-one nations when it was founded in 1945 and grown from there. In 1955, sixteen nations were allowed to join and became members. Seventeen more nations were added in 1960 followed by a steady increase until the joining by South Sudan bringing the number of members to 193 member nations plus a number of observer entities amongst which are included the Vatican and Palestinian Authority. These increased membership led to two main groups which have united to all but rule the United Nations. These two groups are the 57 Muslim countries, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation with a subset of the 21 Arab Muslim states, the Arab League and the other is the NAM, the Non-Aligned Movement which claims over 100 nation members. Needless to say, but we will, combined front by the OIC and the NAM voting mostly together on set campaigns using the United Nations for their own needs which often consist of two main threads, redistribution of wealth from the developed world to the NAM nations and the destruction of the State of Israel. When they can easily garner between one-hundred-ten to over one-hundred-fifty votes at any moment in the General Assembly and through their numbers also run the majority of the separate organs of the United Nations. This has led to the plethora of useless motions against Israel all targeting her right to continue to exist. The actual numbers are frightening and one basic proof of the length these nations have diverted the entire forces of the United Nations is that the Human Rights Council has as a requirement that every meeting called must start with a motion denouncing Israel. This practice is what led to the reestablishing of the Human Rights arm of the United Nations, but apparently, this is the one item which will trip up every arm of the United Nations in our age.

 

This latest singling out of Israel for passing a Basic Law which restates the founding principle of Israel as the Home of the Jewish People, a restating of well-known history, formalizes and fixes the National Anthem to be Hatikvah (translates to “The Hope”), sets the flag of Israel to be the blue Star of David with two horizontal lines, with one above and the other below, set upon a white field (see image below), recognizes the national language to be Hebrew and sets Arabic as having special status (this may be amended to include a few other languages as special as they belong to other minorities who resided here at the founding of the state), formalizes that the laws of the State of Israel are to be based upon Jewish Law, formalizes that the Jewish Holidays are national holidays, formalizes using the Hebrew calendar and lays out a few other lesser items. Perhaps the most drastic of these statements is the National Anthem which Arabs and others have claimed that it has no relevance for them. We would be willing to bet that the national songs of many nations are not particularly relevant to the entirety of their populations. This should not be anything of great surprise to the world but when it concerns Israel. Any reason no matter how minor or tortured an excuse is good enough, where do we sign on to absolutely any condemnation of the sole Jewish State. But they will decry any condemnation that they are being anti-Semitic by claiming that they do not hate the Jews, they just have problems with Israel. Many of these nations would be hard pressed to claim they have any love for the Jewish People as many had forced or coerced their Jews to leave under duress after their wealth had been stripped and when seeking a new home found that most of the world had no room and posted “no vacancy” signs except Israel. These events took place largely between 1949 through the early 1960’s and the fact that unless these refugees had relatives willing to sign declaring financial responsibility for their relatives, the Jews were unwelcomed virtually the world over and almost one-million Jews came to Israel from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Arab States. There is no mention of restricting or adding to the rights of any group within Israel as these same items have been stated in the Israeli Declaration of Independence as well as other documents and laws but had not been combined in any place made a Basic Law. The Israeli Declaration of Independence was not set as law and remained a founding document; this incorporated these items in law as a statement of facts and nothing more or less. The attacks on this law as discriminatory as they claim there are no other nations which claim religion as their founding principle in any form the world over. Really, we will need to look at that.

 

Israeli Flag

Israeli Flag

 

Let us simply look at the nations which may have had some laws or declarations claiming a religious statement in their founding or placed such into law and based their laws on a religious legal structure. We have the Islamic Republic of Iran which bases all its laws upon the Quran. Its governance is based upon religious power with the Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah at the head of the government and whose decisions cover all the various levels of power. Saudi Arabia declares that the Quran and the Sunnah (the traditions of Muhammad) are declared to be the country’s constitution. Sharia is the basis of the law from where Sharia applies in full to much of the world could be claimed as Sharia free (see map below). Further explanations can be found here. On forms of Christianity as the official religions of nations have some obvious states such as England and the Anglican Church, the Church of Denmark is a branch of the Lutheran faith, Vatican City is the beating heart of Catholicism, Tonga declared to be based on the Free Wesleyan Church, Norway is another declared Lutheran nation, Malta in their constitution declares the state religion to be the Roman Catholic Apostolic Religion, Greece declares the Greek Orthodox Church, Liechtenstein has declared the Catholic Church and the Faroe Islands declared to follow the Church of the Faroe Islands (more information can be read here). Apparently the declaration that Israel as the home of the Jewish People being the sole nation basing itself on a religion is not as alone as we have been led to believe, which really should be no surprise.

 

Levels of Applied Sharia in the World

Levels of Applied Sharia in the World

 

Part of the United Nations obsession with Israel, which has been further manifest with this inane demand for explanation from Israel for declaring a basis for the nation and defining its flag, national anthem, language and secondary languages, and being based on Jewish Law (Torah) and the home for the Jewish People is not so singular but simply another example of the United Nations incriminating Israel for having the audacity to do the exact thing numerous other nations have done without drawing even a wrinkled brow. Actions such as this latest incredulity performed by the Human Right Council is the exact reason that not only Israel, but also the United States have announced and are resigning from the Human Rights Council and UNESCO until they are capable of rectifying their overt obsession over Israel and any minutia they find upon which they can write words of condemnation around not overlooking anything. We are waiting for UNESCO to claim that Israel is using codified traffic light signaling designed by Islam five centuries ago where there was a yellow before both green and red and three flashes of the green before the yellow followed by red in order to make intersection less likely to result with two vehicles contenting identical spaces of roadway. Just for information, from what we have witnessed, this system has worked quite well. Additionally to the numerous special sessions called by the Human Rights Council to condemn Israel, actually more of these than they had regular sessions where they opened by denouncing Israel, it is their way of clearing their throats, there is UNESCO which has determined that virtually every Jewish and Christian religious site is actually an Islamic site with no historic reference to Judaism or the history of the Jewish People. Of course these claims are so deeply steeped in Islamic propaganda that as the final prophesy have replaced all of Judaism and every form of Christianity and if your faith is Abrahamic and not under Islam, then you are an apostate. This is becoming the basis of many declarations which have come from UNESCO as well as even UNICEF has decided that Palestinian Arab children are far more worthy of sympathy and protection than Jewish children across their common borders. The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women considered a proposal sponsored by the Palestinians and South Africa which condemned Israel for the Honor Killings and other deprivations of Palestinian Arab women and was adopted by a vote of 27-2 with 13 abstentions. The United States and Israel voted against it and European Union members abstained. The United Nations obsession with Israel destroys their credibility and erodes the effectiveness of everything else they perform which damages some very worthwhile areas. On the plus side of the ledger, it is not completely empty. There was a resolution calling on developed countries to make their knowledge and expertise in the field of agricultural technology more accessible to the developing world introduced and written by Israel which passed in the General Assembly by a vote of 118 countries in favor, with 29 abstentions and no objections. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. Who knows, another fifty years and we receive yet another “atta-boy” from the tyrants on the East River in Turtle Bay.

 

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