Shalom TV Daily News featured B'nai B'rith International's condemnation of the United Nations Human Rights Council's vote to launch a probe into alleged violations by Israel in Gaza.
B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs noted: "This is the seventh time a special session has been called to discuss Israel—more than any other nation. It’s time for this to stop."
The story begins at the 3:45 mark in the video:
Following the adoption of a one-sided, anti-Israel resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council earlier this week, B'nai B'rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin penned a strongly-worded response for The Algemeiner.
In it, Mariaschin notes that the resolution was brought to the UNHRC by human rights violators Pakistan and Venezuela, while highlighting the failures of fellow democracies in Europe--Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom.
Mariaschin holds these nations accountable for their voting records and suggests that history will not look favorably on their inaction to defend a fellow democracy in the Middle East..
Read his full op-ed below:
European Union Shows Lack of Will to Defend Israel at UNHRC
Yet again, the European Union has demonstrated a lack of will in defending a sister democracy under attack from an organization that it has included on its own terrorism list.
One day after the EU’s foreign ministers adopted a statement which called for both the disarming of Hamas and endorsed Israel’s “legitimate right to defend itself,” nine European countries abstained on a one-sided United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution harshly critical of Israel.
On July 22nd, the European Union foreign ministers, in a move uncharacteristic of their traditional voting patterns on issues relating to Israel and the Palestinians, adopted language that seemed to express a real understanding of the immense challenges Israel faces in fighting the terrorist organization in Gaza. It went so far as to call out Hamas’ use of civilians as human shields, a point Israel makes several times daily, to the mostly-closed ears of international media and a large portion of the diplomatic world.
Sunrise on July 23rd brought an immediate reversion to form for the EU.
A resolution brought to the UNHRC by such human rights luminaries as Pakistan and Venezuela, filled with hackneyed anti-Israel diatribes for which the council is well known, took off after Israel for a laundry list of human rights violations, including Israel’s pursuit of Hamas terrorists in the West Bank in June and “the most recent military assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, the latest in a series of military aggressions…” The document decries Israel’s “targeting of civilians…including medical and humanitarian personnel…that may amount to international crimes…”
The resolution supports the now discredited “national consensus government” forged by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas in April, expresses deep concern over Palestinian prisoners, decries “collective punishment,” demands opening of the crossings for the flow of humanitarian “and commercial goods,” (concrete for more tunnels?) and, well, you get the picture.
Then it gets worse. It calls for Switzerland to convene the contracting parties to the Fourth Geneva convention “to enforce the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”
The coup de grace was to call a new “independent commission of inquiry” to investigate “all violations…of human rights law in the ‘occupied Palestinian Territory’…particularly in the Gaza Strip.”
We recall the last time an “independent” commission was set in place by the UNHRC. It was headed by Judge Richard Goldstone, who, after wrestling with his conscience over the biased anti-Israel report filed in his name, publicly renounced its findings in a celebrated New York Times op-ed.
In the entire four page, double-spaced resolution, there is not one mention of Hamas by name.
The resolution was overwhelmingly adopted, with 17 abstentions, 11 of them European and nine of those European Union countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom. Most of them consider themselves to be good friends of Israel. But in this vote, they have incredibly and hypocritically enabled an organization that they themselves consider to be a terrorist organization.
Where is the stand-alone resolution condemning the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel’s cities? Has the United Kingdom forgotten its own history, when thousands of V-1 and V-2 rockets were fired from Germany into London and South East England during WWII?
In post-mortems, some Europeans tried to defend their lack of principle by saying they had salvaged the resolution from harsher language. Harsher? This document is a “greatest hits” of the UNHRC against Israel. All but the kitchen sink has been included in its fulminating, accusatory tone.
If the EU countries had been true to their resolution of July 22nd, they’d have not only voted against the resolution, but walked out of the hall when it came up for debate. In each capitol, policy makers know they have pointed the finger not against the perpetrator of human rights violations, but the victim. The statements of “support for Israel’s right to defend itself,” ring more hollow than ever in light of the adoption of this measure.”Defend yourself,” they are saying, but only up to a point.
Compromise on principle is not new in Europe. This abandonment of Israel at such a crucial moment is unacceptable. History will surely have some condemnatory judgments when the books about this conflict are written.
The B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem coordinated a delegation from B'nai B'rith Europe this week, to express solidarity with Israel.
The visit was covered by the Times of Israel in an article detailing daily updates on Operation Protective Edge:
A six-member group from B’nai B’rith Europe is visiting on a solidarity mission.
The group was briefed by government officials on the ongoing conflict with Hamas, learned first hand about the realities faced by Israelis in the most heavily shelled areas, and conveyed a message of unity with the people of Israel.
It visited Ashkelon, Sderot, areas in the Merhavim and Hof Ashkelon regional councils, and an Iron Dome battery.
For more than 22 years, the B'nai B'rith Bagel Brigade has been hard at work in southern California, making sure underserved children start the day with breakfast.
Every day, more than 160 volunteers collect bakery and pastry products, driving them to low-income school districts during the school year, and homeless shelters on the weekends and during the summer. In a given month, the group distributes approximately 84,000 loaves of bread and 54,000 bagels.
The program accounts for more than 65,000 donated hours each year, and was recently featured by NBC-4 in Los Angeles, both online and on-air. The program was one of a handful highlighted as part of the I Am A Volunteer campaign.
The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (C.L.B.) held its second annual "Shot in the Dark Golf & Dinner Classic" on Friday, July 11, 2014.
The event's purpose was to show an appreciation for vision loss and how it can be overcome. B'nai B'rith International, a long-time supporter of C.L.B. was a financial sponsor of the event and had leadership in attendance at the classic.
National blind golf champions Bruce Hooper and Phil Blackwell ran the golf clinic for C.L.B. clients to learn the fundamentals of golf including chipping and putting. Former C.L.B. client Mario Bonds provided electric entertainment during dinner, sports radio host Andy Pollin was the MC for the evening, and then there was the night golf tournament.
Watch the event highlight video, below:
On the latest edition of Radio JAI, Eduardo Kohn, B'nai B'rith director of Latin American Affairs, discusses several important issues facing the continent's Jewish population.
Topics include: the people of Israel are united against the ongoing attack by Hamas; anti-Semitic attacks in the United States, Europe, Latin America; the unacceptable calls for Israeli restraint by Latin American countries; Iran and the 20th anniversary of the AMIA bombings.
Listen to the full podcast below:
Eduardo Kohn, director ejecutivo de la Bnai Brith para Latinoamérica, reflexionó en Radio Jai acerca de la delicada situación que se vive en Israel, debido a los incesantes misiles que caen desde Gaza. "Mientras Hamas pide la desaparición de Israel, el Estado judío le pide a Hamas que deje de bombardear a su población civil", señaló.
Murray Shusterman began practicing law in 1936, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the White House - and he hasn't stopped working since.
Today, at age 101, he travels each day from his Bala Cynwyd home to his Center City office at Fox Rothschild, where his work has focused on corporate and real estate law.
"What? Retire? Sit in a rocking chair and wait to die?" Shusterman said in an interview. "All my life I've been active."
The price of longevity, Shusterman said, is that the people you love disappear. All his oldest, dearest friends are gone. Their spouses too. And his brother and two sisters.
His wife of 65 years, Judith, died in 2005. Choosing her casket was a trauma.
So what keeps him going through the trials of aging and into work each morning?
"Stubbornness," said Philadelphia architect and attorney Robert Shusterman, 72, one of Shusterman's three sons. "He keeps pushing himself as hard as he can, and tries not to complain about things. He has a determination, a will to overcome impediments."
"I did all the good things and all the bad things that a young fellow does," Shusterman said. "Except I had wonderful parents, and they gave me a sense of morality and generosity, and I've always acted accordingly."
Only 54,956 people in the United States are 100 or older, according to Census statistics. That's 0.0002 of the population. By comparison, people 65 and older account for 13 percent of all Americans.
Centenarians as a group are overwhelmingly female (82 percent), usually white (83 percent), and increasingly urban. Their numbers are growing, up two-thirds between 1980 and 2010.
His involvement in Jewish causes ran deep, as chairman of the city chapter of Friends of Ben Gurion University, and in leadership positions at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia and the local affiliate of International B'nai B'rith.
He's journeyed beyond the average 77-year life expectancy of American men. But he doesn't fear death. He's planned his funeral and picked a coffin, not wanting his sons to bear that duty.
Pressed to name the best moment of his life, and the worst, Shusterman declined to do either.
"There's no such thing," he said. "A person has many experiences over time, some good, some bad. . . . The real secret is to be decent, to be fair, and to be forgiving - now and then even a friend will do something that annoys you. And don't take yourself too seriously."