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Israel Ambassador Prosor addresses UN on Middle East

October 19, 2012 3 comments

From Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, started his letter with a reference of Eleanor Roosevelt, that advocated for Human Rights in the US.

15 Oct 2012
At this time of turmoil and transition for our region, the stakes are very high. The decisions that you make in these halls in the coming weeks could echo for years to come, well, well beyond the Middle East
Ambassador Prosor addresssing the UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East (UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras)

Mr. President,

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt – one of the architects and earliest champions of the United Nations – wrote, “One’s philosophy is best expressed not in words, but in choices.”

Today, the Middle East is at a critical moment – a moment that calls for leadership. And history will judge today’s leaders not by the words they speak, but by the choices they make.

I am here today to issue a warning to the world. At this time of turmoil and transition for our region, the stakes are very high. The decisions that you make in these halls in the coming weeks could echo for years to come, well, well beyond the Middle East.

Your duty is clear: to support democratic institutions and aspirations; to promote negotiation as the road to resolving conflict; to ensure that all in our region abide by the agreements that they have signed. These are founding principles of the United Nations – principles that are now being put to the test.

Today there is a clear choice between constructive solutions and destructive resolutions.

Last April, Israel put a serious and a comprehensive proposal on the table to the Palestinians in Amman. We spelled out our position. Most people in this chamber know that.

The Palestinians never responded. They walked away. And the world said nothing. Many of the countries represented in this hall today did not utter a single word calling on the Palestinians to respond to Israel’s offer. They have stood idle as that proposal gathers dust.

Instead of sitting with Israel in direct negotiations, the Palestinian leadership is pursuing the path of unilateralism at the UN. This is no road to real statehood. It is a march of folly.

Peace must be negotiated. It cannot be imposed from the outside. There are no shortcuts. No quick fixes. And no instant solutions.

The Palestinian’s unilateral actions are a clear breach of every agreement that they have signed with Israel, including the Oslo Accords, the Interim Agreement, and the Paris Protocol. These agreements form the basis for 40 spheres of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.

I know that some in this hall think that the Palestinians can breach these agreements with no consequences. Some of you think that afterwards we will be able to go back to business as usual. Well, you are mistaken.

Every Member State that lends it hand to supporting Palestinian unilateralism at the UN will be responsible for the grave consequences that follow.

How can Israel be expected to abide by the same agreements that the Palestinian leadership ignores whenever it is convenient?

How could anyone expect the Israeli public to trust this Palestinian leadership when it signs future agreements?

Would you make painful sacrifices – would you give up tangibles – in exchange for pieces of paper that the other side has proven more than willing to throw into the garbage?

Mr. President,

Symbolic declarations will change nothing on the ground. They will only raise expectations that cannot be met. This is a recipe for instability and, potentially, violence.

A General Assembly resolution will not pave the road to peace. No – it will encourage the Palestinians to drive recklessly toward conflict, with both feet on the gas, no hands on the wheel, and no eyes on the road.

You will not be planting the seeds of peace, but fanning the flames of conflict. You will be encouraging the Palestinian leadership to intoxicate its people with fantasy when it needs to sober them up with reality – inflating a dangerous bubble that will inevitably burst.

You will be responsible for affixing a seal of approval onto an entity that does not meet the most basic requirements for statehood.

Make no mistake. We in Israel, hope that the day will come when they meet those requirements. But let me be clear: today the Palestinians are a long, long way from meeting the basic criteria for statehood.

The Palestinian Authority has absolutely zero authority in the Gaza Strip – an area where nearly half the population of their proposed state resides. President Abbas has not seen Gaza even through binoculars since 2007. The mandate for his presidency expired in 2009. Three years later, President Abbas continues to personally extend his term, with no regard for any democratic process.

I am sure that many people from countries around this table might be just a bit concerned if their politicians decided to personally extend their terms of office for years on end. Yet, you do not hear the leaders of many great democracies – some who are around this table – uttering a word publically about the fact that the Palestinian people have not seen the inside of a voting booth since 2006.

Palestinian leaders claim that they are building the institutions of a modern and “peace-loving” state. Yet, these same leaders name public squares after suicide bombers, fill textbooks with incitement, and seek unity with Hamas – an internationally recognized terrorist organization committed to Israel’s destruction; the same organization that fired 40 rockets into Israel in just the past week. The speakers during this debate so far forgot to mention anything about a Human Rights Watch report on Hamas human rights abuses. I am sure that these were accidental omissions – mere oversights.

For the sake of clarity, I would like to highlight a few of the findings that were released last week.

This report documented how Hamas police arbitrarily arrest, torture, and, in some cases, execute innocent people, with absolutely zero judicial protection. This report documents 147 instances of torture by Hamas from just 2011. It makes clear that Hamas brutally subjugates anyone who dares to dissent from their extremist agenda: political opponents, human rights activists, criminal defense attorneys, women who go out in public unaccompanied by a man. The only crisis on the ground in Gaza is Hamas – a crisis that is too often overlooked in this chamber.

The Palestinian Authority claims it is “peace-loving”, but dedicates $54 million in its annual budget to sponsor convicted terrorists – mass murderers with blood on their hands. This year, as the PA threatened to delay payroll for many employees, it tripled its monthly payments to convicted terrorists.

Talk about priorities. The PA devotes 6 percent of its budget to terrorist salaries and less than 1 percent to higher education. What message does this send? Instead of investing in their children’s future, they offer incentives for future terrorists. Instead of using their funds for nation building, they use them for nation sinking.

The money the PA lavishes on terrorists does not materialize from out of thin air. It comes from many donor countries that are sitting in this chamber.

The EU sends more than 500 million Euros in annual EU aid to the Palestinian Authority. How many taxpayers in London, Paris, Berlin and Lisbon know that some of their money is going to convicted terrorists with blood on their hands? The unrestricted flood of international aid to the PA will not bring us any closer to peace as long as it is used to sponsor, encourage, and elevate terrorists.

It is time for the international community to finally to speak publically about this reality – to acknowledge the many unresolved questions about a future Palestinian state. These issues cannot be swept under the carpet. They go to the core of resolving our conflict. They are critical for ensuring lasting peace.

Mr. President,

Today there is a clear choice in the Middle East between peace and conflict; between reconciliation and provocation.

During the opening of the 67th General Assembly, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrated, once again, that he chooses peace. He extended his hand to President Abbas. He reaffirmed Israel’s desire to resume direct negotiations with the Palestinians, without preconditions and without delay. He reiterated his vision of two states for two peoples.

On the same stage, President Abbas made a very different choice. Once again, he used the platform of the United Nations to demonize the State of Israel and deny the Jewish people’s historic connection to their ancient homeland. He said that the presence of Jews in Jerusalem is altering (and I quote), “the City’s historic character and the glorious image of the Holy City etched in the minds of humankind.”

The truth is plain and simple. Jerusalem had a Jewish character long before most cities in the world had any character. It was the capital of the Jewish people long before Homer composed the Iliad, before Romulus and Remus founded Rome, and before the armies of Alexander the Great swept across the Middle East. Jews have lived continuously in Jerusalem for three thousand years – from the time that King David built his great palace in the City’s rolling hills.

By denying the history of the Jewish people, the Palestinian leadership plants the seeds of intolerance in their next generation. They raise doubts about their commitment to peace. It is time for the international community to speak clearly, openly, and publicly against this incitement.  It is time for all in this chamber to say that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people – and Jerusalem – our capital – is its beating heart.

Mutual recognition is the key to securing lasting peace. I often point out during this debate that you will never hear any Palestinian leader say “two states for two peoples”.

You won’t hear them say “two states for two peoples” because today the Palestinian leadership is calling for an independent Palestinian state, but wants millions of its people to flood the Jewish state. This would mean the destruction of Israel. No one who believes in peace could ever accept it. It is a non-starter.
Since the Palestinian leadership refuses to tell the Palestinian people the truth, the international community has the responsibility to tell them the truth. You have a duty to stand up and say that the so-called “claim of return” is a non-starter. Yet, many who are so vocal in telling Israel what it needs to do for peace, stutter, mumble and lose their voices when it comes time to tell the Palestinians this basic truth.

Mr. President,

Today there is a clear choice between complacency and leadership. Over the past 30 years, the Hezbollah terrorist organization has killed tens of thousands of men, women, and children in attacks spanning dozens of countries and five continents. Working with its Iranian patrons, Hezbollah has killed families on vacation, peacekeepers sleeping in their barracks, and diplomats carrying out their official business.

Iran has provided Hezbollah with the funds, training and advanced weapons to hijack the Lebanese state and transform it into an outpost for terror. Just last week, Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah publically admitted that Iran provided the military drone that his organization sent over Israel. One does not need any further evidence that Hezbollah is a direct proxy of the Iranian regime.

Hezbollah’s continued provocations could have devastating consequences for the region. I want to make it perfectly clear so that no one in this chamber will say that they did not hear me or did not understand me: Hezbollah’s continued provocation and military buildup could have devastating consequences for the region.

Mr. President,

Not all Lebanese are so happy that Hezbollah uses their country as its playground. As Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Harari said last week, “Lebanon is not an unmanned drone.” He reiterated (quote), “deep concerns over the uncalculated risks which Hezbollah wants to drag Lebanon into.”

Nasrallah claims that he needs a private, independent army – with more missiles than many NATO members – to defend Lebanon against Israel. Today on the streets of Homs, Hama, and Damascus, we see that Hezbollah’s army is far more preoccupied with butchering their Arab brothers and sisters in Syria.

Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah sit on Bashar al-Assad’s advisory board, offering the Tyrant of Damascus guidance on how to butcher the Syrian people more efficiently. Together they form what I call a “trio of terror”.

I know that there is no shortage of those willing to express their (quote) “commitment to Israel’s security” in these halls. Yet, displays of commitment to Israel’s security have been difficult to find over the past six years as Hezbollah has turned Southern Lebanon into one giant storage facility for 50,000 missiles.
And some countries around this table continue to define Hezbollah as a charitable and political group, not a terrorist organization. This is no less ridiculous than describing the Mafia as a gentleman’s social club. In many European countries, Hezbollah is raising money from supporters as if it were the Red Cross. Nasrallah recently admitted that being placed on a European terrorist list would “destroy Hezbollah”, drying up many sources of financial, political and moral support.

How much longer must this absurdity continue? How many more innocents must fall victim to Hezbollah terror before Europe acts? It is time for all responsible nations to call Hezbollah exactly what it is: a global terrorist organization.

Mr. President,

In this hall today, the need for leadership is clear.

Later in this debate, Iran will speak on behalf of the non-aligned movement. In other words, the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism will speak to the Security Council on behalf of roughly 2/3 of the countries represented in the United Nations. What a sham. What a shame. It is time for all those NAM countries that care about peace and security to realign the non-aligned movement.

And it is time for the international community to finally act to stop the Iranian regime from acquiring nuclear weapons. With every day that passes, the enriched uranium in Iran piles higher and higher.

One can only imagine what this Ayatollah regime would do with the dangerous combination of extremist ideology, advanced missile technology and nuclear weapons. An Iranian nuclear bomb would be the Mullahs’ greatest dream and the world’s worst nightmare. And with the very worst nightmares, sometimes the only way to stop them is to wake up.

The hour is getting very late. The red line is very clear. The world must stop Iran before it is too late.

Mr. President,

For Israel, the lessons of history are very clear. Real security – and real peace – can only be secured in the real world, not the fantasyland of vague statements and empty resolutions.

To those truly committed to the security of Israel and the Middle East, to those committed to a two-state solution I say: act tangibly, speak out publically, and show us concretely.

Your choices are very clear.

You can recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, or allow the Palestinian leadership to deny our history without any consequence.

You can work to end PA incitement and support for terrorists, or allow hate and extremism to take root for generations to come.

You can say publically that the so-called “claim of return” is a non-starter. Or you can allow this claim to remain an obstacle on the road to peace.

You can choose to support direct talks at the negotiating table or to undermine them with unilateral resolutions at the UN.

You can choose to look the other way at Hezbollah terror, or show the political courage to stop the organization in its tracks.

You can choose to stand idle as an Iranian nuclear bomb becomes a reality in the Middle East. Or you can take action before it is too late.

Today I say to the leaders of our region, to the members of this Council, and to each and every member of the UN: these choices are yours. The fate of the Middle East hangs in the balance. The time to act is now.

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

Support of European Parliament proposal

October 4, 2011 1 comment

Posted on October 4, 2011 by Marivel Guzman

This letter is to be send to the email address below the letter
To the United Nations
The European Parliament
The Iraqi Government
From the Residents of the Refugee Camp of Ashraf

Ashraf Refugee Camp Residents Plight to Stop the Massacres from the Iraqi Forces

To The World That is Awakening Now

To the US Government and Its Allies that Invaded Iraq

Support of European Parliament proposal

‏‫Peaceful  and permanent solution for political refugees in Camp Ashraf‏ ‫ Pursuant to a long and inhuman siege on Camp Ashraf and in an effort fully coordinated with the terrorist Quds Force, on the 8 April 2011 the Iraqi government embarked on a vicious attack against Ashraf with 2500 armed forces and various types of armored vehicles and lethal weapons. This attack resulted in the death of 35 residents along with 350 others severely wounded

This killing spree is not the first of its kind. Despite the fact the Iraqi government had made commitments to the US government regarding the protection and respect of the residents as political refugees under the full framework of the Fourth Geneva Conventions, another massacre had taken place back in 2009.

The current situation remains critical, with prospects of an even bloodier attack looming on the horizon. In hope of preventing yet another massacre and protecting the lives of Ashraf residents and their material and spiritual rights, we welcome the solution proposed by the European Parliament, and especially the proposal of a peaceful and long-term solution for Camp Ashraf residents in Iraq under the supervision of the EU, US and UN for relocation of all Ashraf residents to EU countries. We also back the stance taken by EU Foreign Policy Chief Lady Catherine Ashton who is providing positive and supporting efforts in this regard.

We also emphasize on the need for the siege imposed on Ashraf residents to be lifted, their protection be guaranteed, Ashraf’s patients and wounded residents to be transferred to special hospitals and the rights of the residents be respected as outlined by the 4th Geneva convention. While stressing on the implementation of this proposal, we demand the evacuation of all Iraqi forces stationed in and around the camp. We also urge all judicial restrictions imposed on the residents be annulled, and their confiscated property be returned to its rightful owners. In addition, reporters and human rights activists must be allowed to visit the camp, and a comprehensive investigation on the events of April 8th must be carried out.

‫Finally, we urge the US, EU, UN, the Iraqi government and parliament., and the Arab League to support this logical solution

‫Parties Involved

‏General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon………… ‫

sg@un.org

‫ecu@un.org ‫gillet@un.org

‏‏Mr James Jeffrey Ambassador of the US in Iraq.. ‫Baghdadpressoffice@state.gov

‏His Excellency Dr Nabil General Secretary of the League of Arab States…   cofs@las.int

‏Department of the People of Ashraf…….ag.satar@idoa-sw.com

CC for the People of Ashraf Iraq

CC to all The Social Networks

CC To All Humanity

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Events Occurred on April 8, 2011 Considered Crimes Against Humanity

Camp Ashraf or Ashraf City is situated northeast of the Iraqi town of Khalis, about 120 kilometers west of the Iranian border and 60 kilometers north of Baghdad, and is the seat of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran in Iraq. The city of Ashraf was named in commemoration of Ashraf Rajavi, a famous political prisoner at the time of the Shah. Camp Ashraf is currently an Iranian refugee camp in Iraq. On January 1, 2009 its control was formally transferred from the U.S. military to the Iraqi government. The Camp has been attacked several times the last being on April 8, 2011 when Iraqi security forces stormed the camp and killed as many as 31 and wounded 320 residents and also on 17 October 2010 on the eve of Maliki’s visit to Tehran.

UN Secretary General in his quarterly report to the Security Council of 14 May 2010 pursuant to Resolution 1883, Ban Ki-moon, stressed the rights of residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, for protection against arbitrary displacement in Iraq or forced extradition to Iran. On April 8, 2011, Iraqi security forces in bulldozers and Humvees stormed Camp Ashraf. 34 residents were killed and scores wounded in what RFERL called “circumstances that are not clear. MKO says camp residents were killed by Iraqi forces. The Iraqi government, however, says it believes about 30 people were shot dead by guards at the camp.” However according to Amnesty International video clips of the April 8 clashes uploaded to YouTube by the MKO “appear to show Iraqi soldiers indiscriminately firing into the crowds and using vehicles to try and run others down.

Photo Credit to ASHRAFIRAN/PHOTOBUCKET

The Iraqi Forces attacks in the Ashraf Refugee Camp in Iraq, events occurred on April 8, this is considered crimes against humanity. A general call to stop the massacres, the suppression, restriction of movements on the residents of Ashraf Refugee Camp, and the return of the stolen property.
A call to international community, specially the US and the Allies that helped to Invaded and Ransacked Iraq, to return all the money stolen from Iraqi Society, Retributions on the loss of the infrastructure, the monetary compensation from homes and livelihood destroyed during and after Iraqi Invasion direct result of Military Occupation from US and its Allies.
Ashraf is just one tiny example of the suffering in Iraq, the whole country is under the wraps of destruction.
Iraq was a wealthy nation, her Vast Oils Fields been dried Up  by the greed of the invasion forces.
Democracy is only a word in the Stages of Propaganda, Death and destruction is the Reality in Iraq.

It is a  Moral Obligation of the US, EU, Arab League and any Other African County that lend their  military support, air space, ground bases, and territorial waters to the Invading Forces to help now to alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi Population. The same way that they support the invasion to make their responsibility to help on the reconstruction of the Infrastructure of Iraq, her Educational Buildings, The Reconstructions of her Antique Monuments, and the recoup of all the stolen antiques from Iraqi Museum. All the Foreign Oil Companies that helped to extract Oil from the Iraqi Soil, they have the same responsibility to help in the reconstruction of Iraq. All the revenues that were generated from the oil fields is money that belongs to every Iraqi Civilian.

We can not just, pick our bags and leave the country in disarray. We have the Moral Obligation to help them to bring their Country Back from the Ashes that we left. The Iraqi Society is one of the most antique civilizations human history can account off, Iraqi Society was an advance society Educationally and Technologically, and economically self sufficient.

The US is a new Nation with less than 300 years of history, new to this world to try to teach lessons to a well established political, social and economically structured Nation such Iraq. Now we have destroyed her society, her buildings, her wells, we usurped their culture trying to give values that were not well received, values than are only good for us in the west, being a new society this values don’t even have roots to be strong enough, we have borrowed tehm from Europe, from Africa, From the American and with all the mix, we don’t make a good strong society to try to bridge gaps or to export them to another Nation that has a long history, thousands of years old culture, antique civilization that we can not even imagine, we can try and pretend to know because we have read about it, we have PH’s doctors studying Iraq history but all that we learn from books is only a fraction of what really is the Great Nation of Iraq.
The Iraqi People Needs our help, the help of the the International community to speak up for them.   THANKS TO ALL . STAY HUMAN

Please Watch this video, it is grotesque yes, but it is happening to our brothers in Iraq, they are humans, fathers, mothers, sister, brothers they are not crazy people running, they are people running for their life, the Iraqi soldiers are using live ammunition, this is happening in Iraq in every town of Iraq, we the US and the Allies brought the civil unrest, but not because they have a Religious Differences or because they do not want the army, they did in a desperate attempt to safeguard their integrity as a society, as a human nucleus in Iraq. They were and are trying to defend themselves, what it left of their towns, of their homes, of their families.

Ashraf Petition to Support Ashraf Refugee Status and protection from the UN, and ultimately the US and its allies

Where is the World? When we are killed, harassed. Where is the International Community to protect our rights?….Here we have a lots of people talking, giving their opinions, pretending some of them that they care, they are speaking in this international forums, Well! Do something you have the stage, you have the word. Where is Bush and Company? Where is Obama that inherited this inhumane and illegal war. Where is the Club of 5 that have the power with a NO or Veto Voice to Stop this carnage. Show your faces and show your humanity.

More Posts on Iraq…

Support Ashraf – Ashraf residents are protected persons who signed an agreement with the US government according to which the US assumed their protection.
However, the agreement was violated by transferring this responsibility to the Iraqi government. This initiated a humanitarian catastrophe against the residents.

What media does’t inform you– Ashraf Refugee Camp – In late July 2009 conflict erupted when Iraqi forces attempted to enter the camp to establish a police station without the consent of the MEK. Accounts of the conflict differed. Residents claimed that Iraqi forces used violence, including gunfire, water cannons and batons, killing eleven people and injuring about 400. Videos taken by Ashraf residents show these scenes. Iraqi authorities denied using violent methods, but said unarmed residents used stones, knives and sharp tools to protect themselves and to fight security forces that tried to enter the camp. Journalists were excluded from the area.

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