Major Anti-Israel U.N. Effort May Be Coming

by Richard Schifter

Published in the Washington Jewish Week, January 2, 2014

As the year 2014 begins, the Israeli/Palestinian peace negotiations sponsored by the United States have been underway for five months. Under the current schedule they are to conclude at the end of April. It is clear that Israel is prepared to agree to a two-state solution. The Palestinians, by contrast, continue to insist on their claim of a so-called “right of return”, the migration to Israel of more than 5,000,000 persons of Palestinian descent, 1% of whom are refugees of the 1948 war and 99% of whom are the descendants of refugees. That wave of migrants would end the existence of Israel as a majority Jewish state and is thus clearly unacceptable to Israel. Peace can be brought about only if that demand is dropped, as President Clinton proposed at the end of the Camp David talks of 2000.

If no agreement is reached, the Palestinians are expected to step up their anti-Israel campaign at the United Nations. Statements made on behalf of Fatah suggest that consideration is being given to proposing a resolution similar to the one adopted by the General Assembly in 1981 against South Africa, calling “upon all States … to impose comprehensive mandatory sanctions … [and] … strongly urging all States… to cease forthwith, individually and collectively, all dealings with [South Africa] in order to isolate it politically, economically, militarily, and culturally.”Continue Reading …

Question of Palestine: Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act

Address to the United Nations General Assembly, Agenda Item 18

By Ambassador Ron Prosor, Israel’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations

November 25, 2013

Ambassador Ron Prosor

Photo By Public1london, via Wikimedia Commons

Thank you Mr. President,

John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie… but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

This is the third year that I am standing before this Assembly to address this agenda item and once again, I experience a sense of déjà vu as I listen to a distortion of history. The greatest legends of Greek mythology cannot rival the fables and fabrications that have come to be associated with this debate.

This debate may take place only once a year, but anti-Israel bias pervades the UN system all year round. In 2012, this Assembly found the time to pass 22 resolutions condemning Israel – compared with only four that single out other nations.Continue Reading …

Senator Robert Menendez at the AIPAC Policy Conference

AS DELIVERED

Good morning. Thank you, Lonnie, for your gracious introduction and above all your support and friendship over many years. And thank you to AIPAC for the warm welcome you have always given me at every event that I have attended. I appreciate your advocacy.

And let me also recognize in the Jersey delegation there are some 500 of you here today. Many of you are here and I know friends like Steve Klinghoffer, Mike Levin and others are leading the way. So again, let’s hear it for New Jersey. Thank you for your engagement.

And let me just say to all of you at AIPAC, all who are committed to the strongest possible relationship between the United States and Israel, as I have been throughout my public service career, that I look forward to working with you in my new role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is one of the Senate’s it is one of the Senate’s original 10 standing committees and it has helped shape American foreign policy through the complex geopolitics of an ever-changing world.

UN’s Blatant Bias On Display as It Passes Nine Resolutions Against Israel, Ros-Lehtinen Says – House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Syria’s Deadly Attack on Refugee Camp Ignored by General Assembly

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

(WASHINGTON)- U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the UN General Assembly’s passage of nine resolutions in a single day condemning Israel. Earlier this week, a Syrian airstrike on a mosque in a refugee camp near Damascus killed 25 people, yet the General Assembly neglected to adopt a resolution criticizing Syria for this attack. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

Washington’s Failure to Rein in UNRWA :: Middle East Quarterly

by Asaf Romirowsky
Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2012, pp. 53-60

General Assembly resolution 194 of December 11, 1948,[1] offers two options, repatriation and resettlement, to achieve the reintegration of the Palestinian Arab refugees “into the economic life of the Near East.”[2] Yet, U.S. Department of State documents from 1949 through the early 1950s reveal that despite the lip service paid to repatriation, Washington and its allies effectively equated reintegration with the resettlement of the refugees in the neighboring Arab states.Continue Reading …

Israel Under Siege Video — Introduction

On March 25, 2012, AJIRI presented Israel Under Siege at Congregation Ohr Kodesh in Chevy Chase, MD. Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb was the moderator.

Welcome and Opening Songs

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Ambassador Schifter’s Remarks at Israel Under Siege

Veteran Journalist Marvin Kalb introduces Ambassador Schifter, Chairman of the Board of AJIRI.

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Award to Ambassador Marlene Moses

Sharon Wilkes, Executive Director of AJIRI, presents an award honoring Ambassador Marlene Moses, Permanent representative to the United Nations for the Republic of Nauru, for her staunch support of Israel

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Ambassador Moses at Israel Under Siege

A speech by Ambassador Marlene Moses from the Republic of Nauru.

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Marvin Kalb at Israel Under Siege

A talk by journalist Marvin Kalb entitled The Problem We Face at the UN.

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