Jewish NGO at UN Assembly for PA Vote: “It Felt Like Once Again it Was Us Against the World”

December 1, 2012 7:50 pm 19 comments

UN general Assembly hall.

“When Mahmoud Abbas came out the entire room was cheering like Jesus himself had just got up on the stage, like a rock star had just come out.”

This is the description Natalie Solomon, manager of the Israel Programs of Taglit-Birthright‘s Alumni Community, gives of Mahmoud Abbas’s entry into the UN General Assembly Hall Thursday. She was the leader of the small group of young  Israel supporters who were originally refused admission to the  assembly hall at  Thursday’s “The Question of Palestine” debate that concluded in a vote to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to non-member status.

In the end the group was allowed into the hall–sort of.

Anne Bayefsky, the director of the Touro Institute, the umbrella organization offering the Taglit group entry, and who was also denied entry,  told the Algemeiner in an email: “After multiple calls to UN officials from the missions of at least two countries, as well as members of the media, the Touro Institute was notified 90 minutes before the start of the afternoon session in the General Assembly that they had been granted a total of 11 passes – enough for half the group.”

Solomon and her group immediately felt marginalized once they were given entry. “We were a group of 12 and that was it, everybody else was visibly, you could tell once the cheering started, was not in a pro-Israel frame of mind,” Solomon said. “If there were any other pro-Israel groups there they didn’t identify themselves  –I didn’t see or hear them.”

“We found ourselves in a sea of Palestinian supporters – including the 100 brought in by the UN’s own Division for Palestinian Rights. (In total there were about 320 seats in the visitor’s gallery, with some reserved for members of the press),” Bayefsky added. “Revealingly, during Abbas’ lengthy speech the outbursts of clapping across the gallery would commence before the translation of the Arabic sentence into other languages had finished. It was an exercise in what one might call Benghazi-style spontaneity,” she concluded.

Solomon said that while the crowd cheered for Abbas, “when the Israel ambassador was speaking you could hear a pin drop. There were two or three points when we clapped and afterward we stood up and gave him a standing ovation.”

“Seeing just how many supporters there were of Mahmoud Abbas was really overwhelming,” said Solomon, but she emphasized that ultimately the group felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to be there. “The twelve of us were there knowing how much had gone into making sure that we would not be there; they were trying to prevent any moderate or neutral voice from entering. It was awkward, it felt like once again it was us against the world, it felt like that in such a pronounced way, understanding just how much the court of public opinion is against Israel. It was just us, in terms of what I believe, and our organization believes is the voice of reason.”

“It really hit home how much the cards are stacked against Israel,” Solomon concluded, stressing “The impact that this had on the birthright Israel Alumni, to feel the bias in the international community, surrounding you for three hours.”

19 Comments

  • Would all the Liberals on this site be happy if the Palestinians got their wish and they killed all of the Jews in Israel, and the one’s they didn’t kill, they exiled to other countries

    This is exactly what my family, relatives, and others in the NSDAP did to the Jews from 1933 to 1945.

    The rockets that fly in from Gaza are aimed at the civilian population of Israel. Their aim is to kill every Jew that’s within range. These rockets do not discriminate. Please tell me the last time a Jew or Jewish organization fired rockets into any Palestinian territory just for the hell of it.

    While you are at it, please ask Hollywood Jeff when was the last time an Israeli took over a school house and killed all of the children just for the fun of it, or perhaps blowing up a Pizza cafe, or a half dozen or more busses? What about kidnapping and killing athletes? I just don’t remember the last time an Israeli did these atrocities?

    It’s tough living in an occupied area. It’s even tougher when you can sue for peace and as a reward most probably get the land you are living on for free. Israel moved out of the Sinai and gave up oil wells it developed all for the sake of peace. Likewise, Israel moved out of the Gaza and uprooted thousands of settlers at a tremendous cost all for the sake of peace. What was the peace dividend? Thousands of rockets. When was the last time a Palestinian ever gave an Israeli anything worth having other than all that free metal one finds in a rocket or a nail bomb?

  • I live in the UK and the Times newspaper Sunday ran an article about a Kuwaiti who claimed to be a Palestinian refugee who claimed asylum in UK and suffice to say the many benefits that goes with that which UK born and breds cannot always get hold of. He then proceeded to bring family members cousins etc over. Point I am making is that firstly they do not limit family size and secondly how many non Palestinians are claiming they are Palestinians. Seems if you are Arab you can claim to be a Palestinian. The Jews have but one land and they are facing hostility in Europe in places such as France etc. How much of the land around Israel is in Arab hands and is ruled by Sharia, majority if not all and by the way minorities such as Christians are often persecuted. I vote for Israel.

  • Very simple and should have been immediate response: Get the filthy UN out of the Holy Land of Israel NOW! THEY DEFILE THE LAND JUST BEING THERE!

  • the world went against Israel. Why?..because it is a Jewish nation..thats what they cant stand!

    • HollywoodJeff

      Maybe there’s another answer. Maybe it’s Israel’s behavior. Maybe people around the world are getting tired of Israel always pretending that it is the victim when it’s the one flying the F-16s and the Apache helicopters, dropping the bombs, blowing up people and houses.

      • Oh yeh? And were they any better before that? The Palestinian state was declared in 1947. Israel accepted the Partition Resolution, the Arab states didn’t. And they don’t until today. And of course, Israel is a country and it has the audacity to defend its citizens against attacks, and to respond!
        And Mahmoud Abbas knows very well that he could have had a real state many times by now, as could Arafat in 2000 but decided to start the second intifadah instead.
        They know they have an automatic majority anyway at the UN, so that’s why they take this path. Negotiating means they have to renounce some dreams, so it’s better to play a game in which a non-existent state is accepted at the UN…

  • Thank you Rabbi Rosenberg….actions have consequences and the misguided approach by the PA in terms of their relationship with Israel should engender the appropriate response ……cutting off our support.

  • :

    Special Briefing on Incitement in the Palestinian Authority

    (Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

    Pursuant to Abu Mazen’s incitement speech at the UN General Assembly, the Cabinet, today (Sunday, 2 December 2012), received a special briefing on incitement in the Palestinian Authority.

    The briefing was presented by Strategic Affairs Ministry Director-General Yossi Kuperwasser, the coordinator of the professional team that is monitoring the issue and which is constantly updating the “Culture of Peace and Incitement Index in the Palestinian Authority” (please click here for an English PowerPoint display).

    In the period under review there was a negative record in expressions of hatred and incitement against Israel as seen in remarks by senior Palestinian Authority officials, on official websites, in the media and in the Palestinian Authority education system. Examples were shown – inter alia – of the use of Hitler’s ideas, the adoration of suicide terrorists, anti-Semitic caricatures, the complete ignoring of Israel on official maps, calls for a return to Jaffa and Haifa, etc.

    Abu Mazen’s two recent UN speeches should be especially noted; they included expressions of severe incitement and have greatly contributed to the education towards hatred.

    It was also noted in the briefing that the Palestinian education system has no plan whatsoever for encouraging coexistence and an atmosphere of peace and reconciliation.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:

    “This is additional proof that this is not a dispute over land but a denial of the existence of the State of Israel. Their unwillingness to accept a Jewish state in any borders whatsoever is the root of the conflict. When there is a map that shows Palestine over the entire area of Israel, there is a conflict here over the very existence of the State of Israel in all its territory. The Palestinian Authority is unwilling to move towards accepting the existence of the State of Israel. It is poisoning the Palestinian public.

    The Palestinians want to use the diplomatic process in order to bring about the end of the State of Israel. Going to the UN is part of this. The Palestinian Authority is waging a struggle over the very existence of the State of Israel. While we are prepared to recognize them, they deny our existence. We would have long since reached a solution if they had wanted it.

    As long as the Palestinian Authority educates the younger generation to hate, how is it at all possible to talk about peace?

    They are raising the younger generation to hate. They are educating for the destruction of Israel. I do not see here any discourse for peace; there is no discourse that prepares the way for coexistence. The discourse is one of hatred and the destruction of the State of Israel.”

    Prime Minister Netanyahu directed that the matter be brought to the attention of the countries who voted in favor of the Palestinian move, which contravenes all the agreements.

    Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon said, “As long as the Palestinian Authority educates its people toward hatred, and non-recognition, of Israel, there will not be peace. They are sending deep messages and this education is being absorbed by all sections of the populace, especially the younger generation.” RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG , PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER ISRAEL ADVOCACY TASK FORCE

    • ”RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG , PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER ISRAEL ADVOCACY TASK FORCE ”
      TASK FORCE SOUND MILITARY TO ME.

      MAYBE THE DEAR RABBI CAN USE LESS WORDS TO MAKE
      HIS POINT,I LEARNED TO DISTRUST LONG AND WINDY
      EXPLANATIONS.

  • I don’t think the world is against the Jews. What the world appears to be against is the indefinite occupation. 70% of the Jews in the US voted for Obama and his policies which includes the 67 borders and that Settlements are illegal. In fact, those are not his policies but has been the US State Departments for over 40 years. The predicament we Jews are in, is that the vast majority of us quietly do not agree with Israel. Publicly we would be ostracized.

    Being Jewish doesn’t mean we must be Zionist. Zionism is a rather modern creation. Whereas Jewishness is ancient and steeped in a love for all humanity.

    • The world is weighing in on this because oppressing the Palestinians is wrong, and appartheid policies that favor one ethnic group over another are also wrong…. It is simply that and has nothing to do with anti-semitism. Jake, I am happy to see your voice here.

    • Steve Winston

      Zionism is NOT a modern idea.
      Zionism was born from our forced expulsion from our homeland and is simply Jewish nationalism that holds the belief of our right to live in our ancestral homeland.
      It existed long before the term “Zionism” was coined to describe an age old longing to return to the land of our patriarchs and matriarchs.
      Zionism has existed in our culture,
      Zionism has existed in our songs, our stories, our dreams.
      Most importantly of all, Zionism has existed in our hearts and our prayers.
      “B’shanah ha’ba’ah be Yerushalayim”?
      The breaking if the glass at a wedding?
      All these symbolic acts observed throughout the millennia manifesting our need to return.
      As for occupation, never was there an occupation.
      The international court of justice (a gross misnomer if ever there was one) err’d on the side of politics and NOT international law or conventions when they described Israels presence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza as a “belligerent occupation”.
      Those territories were NOT sovereign states or a legal part of any other sovereign state prior to their acquisition by Israel in a war of SELF DEFENCE against an enemy sworn to her destruction.
      Therefore the lands in question cannot be deemed as “occupied”.
      “Disputed”?
      Yes!
      But not “occupied”.
      It is this very misuse of terminology, coupled with a very powerful arab and leftist propaganda machine that has resulted in a very damaging and entirely incorrect view of Israel and her actions.
      As for any prolonged nature to this Arab induced conflict, well, it is certainly no secret that the Arabs have consistently refused to accept statehood for themselves alongside Israel, they have consistently refused to recognise Israel, despite hollow words of lip service during Oslo and they have, and continue to, refuse to recognise Israel as the Jewish state.
      Aside from the UN’s original 2 state plan, Israel has made extremely generous offers to the Palestinian Arabs, giving them almost ALL of what the Palestinian Arabs have been murdering and terrorising for over the years, with very painful compromise from Israel.
      The Sinai was given to Egypt for a peace that is now in all but tatters.
      A withdrawal from Gaza where Israel carried out SELF ETHNIC CLEANSING, emptying Gaza of every last Jew.
      All that for what?
      Continued hatred of us!
      Continued demonisation of us!
      And of course, continued terror attacks against us, not just in Israel but across the globe.
      The Arabs of the PA, and beyond, continue, to this very day, to incite hatred and denial of Israel’s very right to exist.
      This is evident in all facets of Palestinian Arab life.
      It’s in their school books, their official documents, maps, media and building and place names which carry names of Arabs who’s hands are literally soaked in the blood of innocent Jews.
      This is all well documented and anyone who considers Abbas to be a moderate man, let alone a man sincere about peace, is very naive and should remind themselves of his background, his complicity in Munich, his doctoral thesis containing Holocaust denial, and his support of the actions of the PA that I have mentioned above.
      Until all this stops, until this incitement to hate stops at all levels in Palestinian Arab society, and until there comes to the table a Palestinian Arab leader who is sincere about peace and willing to match Israel in terms of making painful compromise, there can be no peace.
      No matter how much Israel gives, if the ideology of the Palestinian and wider Arab world continues as it is, there can be no peace.
      And as for the UN’s disgraceful actions recently in granting the Palestinian Arabs upgraded status, the UN have shown themselves to be morally bankrupt and encouraging of the Palestinian Arabs going against the very accords and agreements that they themselves signed up to.
      Yet Israel has been kept to these accords, all these years, whilst the Arabs long ago flew in the face of those accords.
      All the UN has done now is to place a Palestinian state farther away than ever before.
      And how very farcical, and entirely immoral, that the UN enabled this vote under the guise of showing support for a 2 state solution when an overheing number of states who voted do not even recognise Israel, let alone recognise her right to exist.
      Israel wants peace.
      Every time Israel makes gestures towards it, she is reciprocated with terror.
      Not a good recipe for peace.
      It takes two to tango.
      Until the Palestinians realise this, there will be no independant Palestinian state.

    • Steve Winston

      Zionism is NOT a modern idea.
      Zionism was born from our forced expulsion from our homeland and is simply Jewish nationalism that holds the belief of our right to live in our ancestral homeland.
      It existed long before the term “Zionism” was coined to describe an age old longing to return to the land of our patriarchs and matriarchs.
      Zionism has existed in our culture,
      Zionism has existed in our songs, our stories, our dreams.
      Most importantly of all, Zionism has existed in our hearts and our prayers.
      “B’shanah ha’ba’ah be Yerushalayim”?
      The breaking if the glass at a wedding?
      All these symbolic acts observed throughout the millennia manifesting our need to return.
      As for occupation, never was there an occupation.
      The international court of justice (a gross misnomer if ever there was one) err’d on the side of politics and NOT international law or conventions when they described Israels presence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza as a “belligerent occupation”.
      Those territories were NOT sovereign states or a legal part of any other sovereign state prior to their acquisition by Israel in a war of SELF DEFENCE against an enemy sworn to her destruction.
      Therefore the lands in question cannot be deemed as “occupied”.
      “Disputed”?
      Yes!
      But not “occupied”.
      It is this very misuse of terminology, coupled with a very powerful arab and leftist propaganda machine that has resulted in a very damaging and entirely incorrect view of Israel and her actions.
      As for any prolonged nature to this Arab induced conflict, well, it is certainly no secret that the Arabs have consistently refused to accept statehood for themselves alongside Israel, they have consistently refused to recognise Israel, despite hollow words of lip service during Oslo and they have, and continue to, refuse to recognise Israel as the Jewish state.
      Aside from the UN’s original 2 state plan, Israel has made extremely generous offers to the Palestinian Arabs, giving them almost ALL of what the Palestinian Arabs have been murdering and terrorising for over the years, with very painful compromise from Israel.
      The Sinai was given to Egypt for a peace that is now in all but tatters.
      A withdrawal from Gaza where Israel carried out SELF ETHNIC CLEANSING, emptying Gaza of every last Jew.
      All that for what?
      Continued hatred of us!
      Continued demonisation of us!
      And of course, continued terror attacks against us, not just in Israel but across the globe.
      The Arabs of the PA, and beyond, continue, to this very day, to incite hatred and denial of Israel’s very right to exist.
      This is evident in all facets of Palestinian Arab life.
      It’s in their school books, their official documents, maps, media and building and place names which carry names of Arabs who’s hands are literally soaked in the blood of innocent Jews.
      This is all well documented and anyone who considers Abbas to be a moderate man, let alone a man sincere about peace, is very naive and should remind themselves of his background, his complicity in Munich, his doctoral thesis containing Holocaust denial, and his support of the actions of the PA that I have mentioned above.
      Until all this stops, until this incitement to hate stops at all levels in Palestinian Arab society, and until there comes to the table a Palestinian Arab leader who is sincere about peace and willing to match Israel in terms of making painful compromise, there can be no peace.
      No matter how much Israel gives, if the ideology of the Palestinian and wider Arab world continues as it is, there can be no peace.
      And as for the UN’s disgraceful actions recently in granting the Palestinian Arabs upgraded status, the UN have shown themselves to be morally bankrupt and encouraging of the Palestinian Arabs going against the very accords and agreements that they themselves signed up to.
      Yet Israel has been kept to these accords, all these years, whilst the Arabs long ago flew in the face of those accords.
      All the UN has done now is to place a Palestinian state farther away than ever before.
      And how very farcical, and entirely immoral, that the UN enabled this vote under the guise of showing support for a 2 state solution when an overheing number of states who voted do not even recognise Israel, let alone recognise her right to exist.
      Israel wants peace.
      Every time Israel makes gestures towards it, she is reciprocated with terror.
      Not a good recipe for peace.
      It takes two to tango.
      Until the Palestinians realise this, there will be no independant Palestinian state.

    • A real pity that you don’t actually know anything about this topic. Perhaps read some real legal facts before showing your ignorance. It is the palestinian arabs who occupy parts of Israel and employ terrorism against Israelis. That is the reality. The consequences are that Israel defends the Jews in Israel against the palestinian occupiers. If they don’t like Jews, they should just go home!! That would be peace.

    • Michael Koenigsberg

      First and foremost:We are one people.Are you either too young or completely uninformed?There is no such thing as a Palestinian state. the British had named the whole area Palestine.The Commission headed by lord Mounbatten determined after reading the Torah that the whole area belonged to the Jews-Israel.For reasons that are unfathmoble to me-The Jews were forced to concede land to what is now known as Jordan.Arafat and his band were thrown out of numerous Arab States.The king of Jordan offered them citizeship with benefits-the only caveat th could not attack Israel.There is no Palestine.When Israel will stabnd up and say this land is ours.Gos gave this land to us.Then tthis nonsense will start to be over.By the way Israel is the only country in the world ever to give back land the won after being attacked.

  • Always, remember what Martin Luther said, “With G_d you are a majority of One” G_d gave the land to Abraham forever and doesn t want it given away.

  • Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas succeeded in his appeal at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 29, to upgrade the status of the PLO as an “observer state’ at the UN.

    All presentations that Abbas made to his people in the Arabic language made it clear that his concept of an “observer state” will include all of Palestine, “from the river to the sea”, in accordance with the PLO Covenant, which was never cancelled.

    As I write this memo, the PLO is organizing riots in Ramallah to mark the world’s recognition of a PLO state that will replace the state of Israel, in accordance with the PLO Covenant, which was never cancelled.

    PBC Radio today

    PBC, the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation Radio Station, the official voice of the Palestinian Authority.

    PBC Broadcast: 29/11/2012

    Time: 0845 AM

    “Today the whole world recognizes the criminality of the occupation, the existence of a Palestinian State. Everyone except the United States, which has prevented Palestinian aspirations in the past, and Micronesia, a country of only 30 kilometers.

    Today is a proud day to be a Palestinian, and we must be united. Today we take the first step towards ending the occupation, and reclaiming our homeland, from Gaza, to Nablus, Jerusalem, Haifa, Afula, all of Palestine.

    We will use our newfound recognition to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes against humanity in the past two weeks.

    We are all one Palestine, and now more than ever we must be united because this is the beginning of the end of the occupation.

    Our brothers in Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Gaza, we now all speak with one voice”.

    it is up to US citizen to write to every members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the US House Foreign Relations Committee,[members of both committees listed on the internet] to demand a suspension of US aid to the Palestinian Authority, as a response to their heinous action at the East River today.

    The Capitol switchboard number is: 202-224-3121. You can reach your representatives this way. The comment line for the White House is: 202-456-1111;1414. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, PRESIDENT ISRAEL ADVOCACYTASK FORCE

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