NGO Monitor Statement on NGOs' Demand to End Blockade
PRESS RELEASE June 14, 2012
JERUSALEM - In response to 50 NGOs and UN agencies calling on Israel to end its blockade, NGO Monitor today released the following statement:
"This statement continues the immoral exploitation of universal human rights for political objectives," says Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor. "These NGOs and UN agencies use the façade of human rights and humanitarian aid while callously ignoring indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli civilians - everyone one of which is a war crime. They should be using their resources to end the massive smuggling of weapons into Gaza, rather than targeting Israel."
"The members of the UN Secretary General's Palmer Committee and other legal experts have declared that Israel's blockade is legal under international law. In contrast, this and many other NGO statements have no legal validity, and are simply part of the anti-Israel campaign launched in 2001 at the infamous NGO Forum of the Durban conference. The NGOs are promoting war and destroying the moral basis of human rights."
Steinberg adds: "European governments inexplicably fund many of the NGOs that signed this statement, including Amnesty, Cordaid (Holland), Christian Aid (UK), Diakonia (Sweden), Oxfam, and echo their political slogans. This highlights the urgent need for reform in European funding for these organizations."
Williams Jacobson: In Rhode Island, the sidewalks are belong to the homeless and their lawyers
Rhode Island is being crushed by pension debt, our cities are suffocating, we’re driving businesses away with regulatory minutiae, and we’re hemorrhaging young people. Oh, and we just threw away up to $75 million on a video game company run by a former baseball player.
So what are our Governor and legislature spending their time on?
Rhode Island’s governor is expected to sign into law the first “Homeless Bill of Rights” in the United States as early as next week, formally banning discrimination against homeless people and affirming their equal access to jobs, housing and services.
The legislation, which won final approval by the state Senate on Wednesday, bucks a national trend among municipalities toward outlawing behaviors associated with homelessness such as eating, sleeping and panhandling in public spaces.
Among other steps, the Rhode Island law would guarantee homeless people the right to use public sidewalks, parks and transportation as well as public buildings, like anyone else “without discrimination on the basis of his or her housing status.”
It guarantees a “reasonable expectation of privacy” with respect to personal belongings similar to that of people who have homes.
FP: I guess RI wants to beat California. Doesn’t this look more like collapse than decline?
Bill Katz: DEMPSEY WARNS OF DEFENSE CUTS
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned today that scheduled defense cuts could leave the U.S. so weak as to invite a new war. This is a pretty stark statement from a general who knows how to play the political circuit and keep in the good graces of his bosses. However, he is reflecting what Secretary of Defense Panetta has said...if not what the White House is saying. The defense budget is not headline news in the mainstream media, and Americans don't realize the extent of the cuts that will automatically come unless Congress takes immediate action. To be blunt, Republicans haven't exactly stepped up to the plate on this one.
FP: Iran is planning nuclear submarines, China is building air-carriers and the US is becoming weak that can invite a war. Decline.
But no cuts for this:
A new U.S. Army acquisition request for Afghanistan, presumably for native Afghans and Afghan police officers, includes a specification for 100 women’s burqas that “cover all, including the eyes” in a number of colors, including “hot pink,” purple and gold as well as 100 head scarves. We are delighted that our Army is up on Afghan fashion, but we do hope we can avoid shocking pink parachutes for our airborne troopers. Wait. This is the age of Obama. Start worrying.
FP: To laugh or cry?
Not content with a proposal to ban the sale of "big slurp" soft drinks in New York City, Mayor Mike Bloomberg's team of nannies is now preparing an all-out assault on...popcorn and milk shakes. These foods of the Devil are destroying civilization as we know it, and our protectors believe they must be stopped! Demon milk shakes! Gunshot-sounding popcorn! And the Bloomberg appointees, calorie-counters all, apparently have their eyes set on other enemies of the state. Frankly, if I wanted to defend civilization I'd choose the 82nd Airborne Division, but I'm not typical of modern New Yorkers.
FP: That’s what happens when politicians are rich guys who have no concept of real problems.
Israel Matzav: Taqiyya is not just for Muslims (MUST WATCH)
FP: I can’t embed this, but go to the link. Isn’t atheism beautiful?
Daniel Greenfield: Everything's Coming Up Jihad (MUST READ)