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March 2, 2015 11:27 am

UN Envoy Samantha Power to AIPAC: ‘US-Israel Partnership Transcends Politics’

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JNS.orgUnited States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday morning, touted U.S. efforts to support Israel at the U.N. and said the U.S.-Israel relationship “transcends politics.”

Power called it “bitterly unjust that the United Nations, an institution founded upon the idea that all nations are created equally,” so often holds Israel to a different standard.

“For Israel, too often, the right to be treated equally, and even the right to exist at all, has been challenged,” she said.

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Such attacks on Israel’s legitimacy “are biased, are ugly, and the United States of America will not rest until they stop,” said Power.

Addressing the current tension between the U.S. and Israel over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress, Power said, “We believe firmly that Israel’s security and the U.S.-Israel partnership transcends politics, and it always will.” After receiving a standing ovation for that comment, she told the crowd, “That is a very important statement you all have made.”

“This partnership should never be politicized and it cannot and will not be tarnished or broken. … The stakes are too high for that.”

Regarding the nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers, which were the central topic of concern at the AIPAC conference, Power noted that President Obama committed to denying Iran a nuclear weapon before talks began, has reiterated that commitment during negotiations, and will keep up that commitment even if the negotiations collapse.

“Maybe the president has made this point so often that it isn’t heard in the same way anymore,” Power said.

On the topic of U.S. efforts to defend Israel at the U.N., Power noted that the U.S. worked to convene the recent first-ever meeting on anti-Semitism at the same U.N. General Assembly that passed the 1975 “Zionism is racism” resolution, opposed 18 anti-Israel U.N. resolutions last fall, voted against the launching of a U.N. Human Rights Council probe into the Gaza war that did not examine the actions of the Hamas terrorist group, and worked to defeat last December’s Security Council resolution that called for a Palestinian state and Israeli withdrawal from the disputed territories.

Power said the U.S. stands ready, “as we always have, to support and engage with the parties in working toward that two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She criticized both Israeli construction beyond the 1949 armistice line as well as Palestinian lawfare in international bodies, saying that “Israeli settlement activity damages the prospect for peace,” and that one-sided Palestinian actions to accede to organizations such as the International Criminal Criminal court will not help efforts to reach a negotiated solution to the conflict.

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  • victoria brandeis

    AMERICA,,,,,AMERICAN…..SO SORROWFULLY IN CONTEMPT OF EVIL….PERHAPS WE IN CANADA SHOULD ADVERTISE….AMERICANS NOT WELCOME….NOW WHICH ONES DO WE CHOSES…JEWS, CHRISTIANS ETC….THEN WE LACK THE SMILE AS WE ALL KNOW WITHOUT ISRAEL OUR JOURNEY IN TIMES WITHIN ANY BORDER IS LIMITED TO WHO IS IN CONTROL……THANK YOU FOR THE MIRACLE OF ISRAEL….THAT YOU FOR THE NATION OF THE JEWS……AND THEN THERE ARE THE BRITS.

    When Jewish students are reduced to tears, when our elected representatives scream ‘shame on you’ to the people they are meant to represent, when one student is described as ‘mentally retarded’ for simply holding a political opinion, I cannot see how our student union is fulfilling its mandate.

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    In passing a motion to boycott Israel, the King’s College London student union has sent a disturbing message to a sizeable contingent of our student body.

    You are not welcome. You are complicit in ‘human rights’ violations. You are ‘immoral’ for standing for the right of a country to exist.

    As someone who identifies as being pro-Israel, with lifelong ties to the country, I feel targeted for my political views. Nobody should be demonised, intimidated and singled out for holding a political opinion. That is totalitarianism. It represents a trend which epitomises everything our student union stands against.

    The motion achieved nothing practical. Even its supporters recognised this. It was largely ‘symbolic’ as they put it. With this in mind, the only possible reason why it was proposed was to inflame existing tensions which exist in our community. It aimed to provoke. It intended to divide.

    And the motion succeeded in doing just that. No Israeli student can feel welcome on our campus – you’ve just sent them the message that their country is akin to apartheid South Africa (an immoral, offensive and simply woefully inaccurate comparison).

    Nor does any Jewish student feel welcome on campus. When being pro-Israel is supposedly a crime, it is the Jewish population that are the easy targets. Walking across campus can be agony when you are looked upon as an ‘apologist for apartheid.’ Social discrimination has become the norm.

    I can assure you the motion’s supporters will do their upmost to ensure divestment is taken to the extreme. If that means no Kosher food on campus, so be it. If that means the Jewish Society should not engage in certain activities, they’ll be certain to place pressure on them.

    In voting for the BDS, our union has institutionalised discrimination. The trustees will be sure to revoke these measures – but it sends a horrible message, and shames us all.

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    The real face of BDS

    As much as I am disgusted by the result of the motion, I am reassured in that it does not reflect the real opinions of the vast majority of the student population.

    The moderates have spoken out against this disgraceful motion. The University has spoken against it. In the coming days, dozens of alumni will express their outrage.

    On Tuesday night, a radical minority exploited a highly inactive student body. This radical minority engages in everything from celebrating terror against innocent civilians to sanctioning Holocaust denial material on the internet. These extremists have managed to push through their vile agenda.

    As students, we cannot afford for this to happen again. This serves as a wakeup call for our community.

    No minority should feel alienated on campus. As it stands, since I’m a Jew, I’m not made to feel welcome.

    SO AS WELL TO THE AWFUL TIMES OF ISRAEL WHICH STATES ITS FINE TO VOTE FOR IRAN BUT ‘BIBI’ IS NOT WELCOME TO SPEAK FOR JEWS’.

    YOU ARE ALL SUCH A JOKE……AND EACH DAY THE STUPIDITY OF FEELING SAFE IS GUIDING YOUR NAYS AND OFFENDING ‘JEWS’ WITH YOUR YEA’S

    I AM SURE IF THERE WERE EVER GALLOWS OF WHERE JEWS WHO HATED JEWS BUT PRETENDED TO BEFRIEND WILL ONE DAY ON THEIR OWN BE PLACED ON GALLOWS AS WELL….BEING JUDGED BY YOUR ACTIONS ……..AND UNENDING DESIRE TO HANG YOUR JEWISH PARENTS BECAUSE THEY MADE YOU LIGHT A CANDLE.

    ENJOY THE DAY…..I AM…..I LIVE WITHIN THE MIRACLE OF BEING ALIVE…..STRONG ENOUGH TO OPEN MY BIG ADHD MOUTH AND NO LONGER FEEL AWFUL FOR SHARING THE FACT ‘ YOU ARE NO LONGER WELCOME IN MY HOME’

    AND, TO THOSE CHRISTIANS WHO ENJOY CHRISTISLAM……YOU REMAIN ALL OF G-D FAILURES……

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