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IAEA fails to adopt resolution against Israel’s nuclear activities: Zio-Watch, September 18, 2015


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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

UN nuclear watchdog rejects Egyptian proposal to monitor Israeli sites

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Assembly rejected a proposal to require the monitoring of Israel’s nuclear sites.

Titled “Israeli nuclear capabilities,” the resolution was defeated Thursday in Vienna by a vote of 61-43. Egypt submitted the proposal to the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog; among those in support were Syria, Iran, Libya and Iraq. It was not the first time that Egypt has proposed the nonbinding resolution.

In addition to calling for Israel to allow IAEA inspectors to visit its nuclear facilities, including the nuclear reactor in Dimona in southern Israel, the proposal called for an international conference on making the Middle East a nuclear weapons free zone.

Israel sent diplomats to several countries to convince them to vote against the resolution.
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From PressTV

The file photo shows Israel’s nuclear facility in the Negev Desert outside Dimona.

A resolution calling for the monitoring of Israel’s nuclear activities and facilities has failed to secure enough votes at the general assembly of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IAEA fails to adopt resolution against Israel’s nuclear activitiesOn Thursday, 61 countries, including the United States and the entire member states of the European Union, voted against the resolution, while 43 countries, including Iran, Russia and Turkey, voted in favor, and 33 states, including Brazil and India, abstained.

The resolution, titled “Israel’s nuclear capabilities,” was presented by the Egyptian envoy to the IAEA at the annual plenum of the UN nuclear watchdog and demanded that the Tel Aviv regime join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and open its nuclear facilities to UN inspectors. The resolution included a clause describing Israel’s nuclear arsenal as “a permanent threat to peace and security in the region.”

“All member states of the agency are called on to cooperate in order to remedy this situation resulting from the fact that Israel alone possesses nuclear capabilities which are undeclared and not subject to international control,” the text of the resolution read.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that his efforts to lobby fellow leaders had thwarted the move.

“I personally spoke with over 30 presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers,” Netanyahu said in the Thursday night statement.

The Israeli regime has never allowed any inspections of its nuclear facilities and continues to defy international calls to join the NPT.
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From PressTV

A Palestinian man shouts for help moments after Palestinian teen, Mohammad Abu Daher (on the ground) was shot dead by Israeli troops near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on May 15, 2014. ©AP

An independent non-governmental organization (NGO) says nearly 2,000 Palestinian children have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli military forces and illegal settlers over the past 15 years.

Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP), in a report released on Thursday, criticized the Israeli regime’s policy of land expropriation and consistent development of illegal settlements in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and West Bank, warning that such practices are placing Palestinian children and their families against “expanding and often violent Israeli settler communities.”

The Geneva-based NGO further noted that Israel’s ongoing settlement expansion activities are increasingly creating a “hyper-militarized environment” for Palestinian children, where they are highly exposed to disproportionate violence from both Israeli forces and settlers.

This photo shows homes occupied by Israeli settlers in the Palestinian Silwan neighborhood in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on September 17, 2015. ©AFP

The DCIP said Israeli soldiers killed 12 Palestinian children in East al-Quds and West Bank in 2014, and the majority of the fatalities were caused by ammunition.

It highlighted that there is “no evidence that any of the children killed in the West Bank posed a direct threat to Israeli troops or settlers.”

The rights group also revealed that 553 of the Palestinian children killed since 2000 died as a direct result of the Israeli military’s onslaught against the impoverished Gaza Strip in summer 2014, noting that around 68 percent of the victims were under the age of 12.

Palestinian workers remove the rubble of a building that was destroyed during the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014 in Gaza City’s eastern suburb of al-Shejaiya on August 25, 2015. ©AFP

Israel started its military campaign against the impoverished Gaza Strip in early July 2014. The offensive ended on August 26, 2014. Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, lost their lives in the Israeli war. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – also sustained injuries.
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From PressTVIAEA fails to adopt resolution against Israel’s nuclear activities

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia next week to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the ongoing conflict in Syria, his office says.

Netanyahu’s office said on Wednesday that the Israeli premier will raise the issue of Russia’s arms deliveries to Syria in his upcoming talks with Putin.

On Tuesday, Putin said his country will continue to supply the Syrian government with military assistance.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also stressed that Moscow will push ahead with sending military equipment to the Syrian government as well as the humanitarian assistance Damascus needs for its people.

 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Photo by AFP)


“There were military supplies, they are ongoing and they will continue. They are inevitably accompanied by Russian specialists, who help to adjust the equipment, to train Syrian personnel how to use these weaponry,” Lavrov said.
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From Russia Today

Cause of Syrian civil war, ISIS & Western propaganda: Assad interview highlights

In a rare interview with Russian media, including RT, Syrian President Bashar Assad opened up about terrorism, the refugee crisis, and Western propaganda. He went back in history, saying the US invasion of Iraq had set the scene for Syria’s unrest.

On the cause of the Syrian civil war

The Syrian president said it might come as a surprise if he mentioned the “crucial juncture” in what happened in Syria, saying it is “something that many people wouldn’t even think of.”

“It was the Iraq war in 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq. We were strongly opposed to that invasion, because we knew that things were moving in the direction of dividing societies and creating unrest. And we are Iraq’s neighbors. At that time, we saw that the war would turn Iraq into a sectarian country; into a society divided against itself. To the west of Syria there is another sectarian country – Lebanon. We are in the middle. We knew well that we would be affected. Consequently, the beginning of the Syrian crisis, or what happened in the beginning, was the natural result of that war and the sectarian situation in Iraq, part of which moved to Syria, and it was easy for them to incite some Syrian groups on sectarian grounds.”

He went on to mention that the West “officially” adopted terrorism in Afghanistan in the early 1980s, calling the terrorists“freedom fighters,” and that it didn’t fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) when it appeared in Iraq under American sponsorship in 2006.

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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Recalling failure to save Jews, Swiss Jewish leader urges refugee relief

(JTA) — Citing Switzerland’s refusal to take in greater numbers of Jews during the Holocaust, the president of its Federation of Jewish Communities urged his government to take in migrants from the Middle East.

Federation president Herbert Winter’s plea, titled “Refugees: No, the Boat is not Full,” was published Tuesday in the Les Temps daily.

While thousands of Jews found refuge in neutral Switzerland from the Nazi genocide, “thousands also were turned away at the borders and murdered in concentration camps,” Winter wrote.

The Swiss are “privileged” to have good economic circumstances and “morally obligated to act for those less fortunate,” wrote Winter, who cited the integration of Swiss Jewry into society as proof that host countries benefit from immigration as much as the newcomers.
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From PressTV

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inside al-Aqsa Mosque compound on September 16, 2015 (Photo by Qudsnet news agency)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds amid clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians at the holy site for the fourth consecutive day.  

The report comes as there were confrontations between the Israelis and Palestinians at the site of the holy mosque on Wednesday as the Israeli settlers and troops attacked Muslim worshipers for the fourth consecutive day.

Netanyahu’s visit is expected to ignite more violence as at least six Palestinians were abducted before the visit. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on September 28, 2000 which led to the Second Intifada (popular uprising), also known as the al-Aqsa Intifada.

The brutal assault against Palestinians at the site of the mosque started on Sunday following the deployment of Israeli soldiers to the area for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah New Year holiday.

Israeli forces take position on the roof of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during clashes with Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on September 15, 2015. © Reuters

Israel has applied sweeping restrictions on entry into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound since August 26.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel plans to broaden the mandate of its forces following clashes between them and Palestinian protesters in and around the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied West Bank.
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From The Times of Israel

Iran nuclear deal adoption to take place October 18

Controversial accord to be implemented next month; US says Tehran must take steps to satisfy IAEA before punitive measures removed

September 18, 2015, 4:50 am

Participants in the talks on the Iran nuclear deal pose for a group photo at the UN building in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. (Carlos Barria, Pool Photo via AP)

Participants in the talks on the Iran nuclear deal pose for a group photo at the UN building in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. (Carlos Barria, Pool Photo via AP)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The formal adoption of the Iran nuclear deal will be Oct. 18, but it is not yet clear how long it will take for Iran to satisfy conditions to relieve sanctions, top US officials said.

The senior administration officials, speaking Thursday afternoon in a conference call with reporters, outlined the steps Iran must take before inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, confirm that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal reached in July between Iran and six major powers.

The call to reporters came the same day that the Obama administration announced that Stephen Mull, the outgoing ambassador to Poland, would be the point person for ensuring Iranian compliance with the deal.

Among other measures, Iran must remove thousands of centrifuges from its Natanz reactor, ship overseas all but 300 kilograms of 12,000 kilograms of enriched uranium and remove the center of its plutonium reactor, the officials said.

Because of how involved the measures are, the officials would not estimate how long it would take to get to “implementation day,” when the IAEA confirms compliance and sanctions are lifted. Reports have indicated that Iran is likely to comply with conditions in from between six months to a year from adoption of the deal.
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From The Times of Israel

US starts carrying out Iran nuke deal, appoints coordinator

State Department names Ambassador Stephen Mull as atomic accord czar; Kerry vows to work with allies to deepen security cooperation

September 18, 2015, 3:20 am

Secretary of State John Kerry at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2015 (AP/Andrew Harnik)

Secretary of State John Kerry at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2015 (AP/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration began carrying out the Iran nuclear deal Thursday as time expired on Republican efforts to derail it, appointing a senior diplomat to ensure that Tehran moves further away from bomb-making capability and outlining a months-long process before Western nations start easing economic sanctions.

The US State Department on Thursday named Stephen Mull as “lead coordinator for Iran nuclear implementation.” Mull, who has served as ambassador to Poland and in other top diplomatic posts, takes on the “crucial” responsibility of shepherding an agreement “which will make the United States, our friends and allies in the Middle East, and the entire world safer,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Mull will “lead the interagency effort to ensure that the nuclear steps Iran committed to in the JCPOA are fully implemented and verified, and that we and our partners are taking reciprocal action on sanctions, following the nuclear steps,” Kerry said, adding that “interagency coordination will involve the Departments of State, Treasury, Energy, Homeland Security, Commerce, Justice, and Defense, as well as others in the intelligence and law enforcement communities.

“As we move forward with JCPOA implementation, the Department and the entire administration will continue to work closely with our partners and allies in the region to deepen our security cooperation and to counter Iran’s destabilizing behavior, including its support for terrorism. These concerns and others related to Iran will continue to have the attention of the highest levels of the Department and the US government,” he added.


Stephen Mull (State Department / Wikipedia)

Stephen Mull (State Department / Wikipedia)


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From The Times of Israel

Saudi king urges Obama to stop ‘Israeli attacks’ on Temple Mount

In phone call with US president, Salman condemns ‘Israeli escalation,’ calls on Washington to intervene, back UN action

September 18, 2015, 1:36 am

US President Barack Obama *right) speaks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia (left) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 4, 2015. (AFP/Yuri Gripas)

US President Barack Obama *right) speaks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia (left) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 4, 2015. (AFP/Yuri Gripas)

US President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman bin Abd al Aziz al Saud on regional issues including the recent violence in Jerusalem, the White House said in a statement Thursday without revealing further details.

According to the Saudi Press Agency cited in a report on the Saudi-run al-Arabiya network, however, King Salman expressed to Obama his strong condemnation of the “Israeli escalation” at the Temple Mount compound which has been the site of clashes between Palestinians hurling rocks and firebombs, and Israeli forces in recent days.

The king called on the US president to stop “the Israeli attacks, including intervening with the UN Security Council to protect the Palestinian people,” according to the SPA report cited in Haaretz.

The king is said to have made the same appeal Thursday in calls to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin

“The Israeli attacks contribute to feeding extremism and violence in the world,” Salman told Obama, according to the report.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and British Jewry may need to make up

Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressing the TUC Conference at The Brighton Centre on September 15, 2015, in Brighton, England. (Mary Turner/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Jeremy Corbyn, the new head of Britain’s opposition Labor Party, has many of the makings of a hero for British Jews.

A Labor lawmaker with over 30 years of experience, Corbyn passionately and eloquently defends blue-collar Britain, multiculturalism and a left-of-center notion of social justice. These are issues that resonate with Britain’s 250,000-strong Jewish community, which has historically leaned Labor.

Yet Corbyn’s election earlier this month has generated unprecedented concern in British Jewry’s ranks, where many resent his Israel-critical views and endorsement of anti-Semitic enemies of the Jewish state, including Islamist militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

Following an acrimonious exchange of allegations during Corbyn’s campaign for Labor leader, he and representatives of British Jewry may now find they need to mend fences and figure out a way to work together.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Was Hitler’s anti-Semitism different than Khamenei’s?

Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler (Heinrich Hoffmann/Getty Images) and Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (AP Images).

Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitism is generally seen as an aspect of his brutally absolutist German nationalism. For the Nazi dictator, the Germanic Aryans reigned supreme, the theory goes, and Jews, Slavs and Gypsies needed to be eradicated to purify this master race.

However, Yale University Holocaust Historian Timothy Snyder has argued that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was actually rooted in an even more extreme — and far more sinister — way of seeing the world.

“What Hitler does is he reverts,” Snyder explained in an interview with The Atlantic last week. “He reverses the whole way we think about ethics, and for that matter the whole way we think about science.”

In Hitler’s worldview, which Synder termed “racial anarchy,” human life has no inherent meaning outside of savage competition between the races, he said. The Nazi dictator thought “races struggle against each other, kill each other, starve each other to death, and try and take land” — this is life in its purest and most true form.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Jewish lawmaker accepts post under Britain’s new Labor head Jeremy Corbyn

(JTA) — A Jewish lawmaker in Britain said she joined new Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet after having a “full and frank discussion” with him.

Luciana Berger agreed to serve as the shadow mental health secretary for Corbyn, who is regarded as hostile to Israel and has called the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah “friends.” Corbyn, 66, was elected on Sept. 12 in the first round of balloting with 59.5 percent of the vote.

Berger told the Jewish Chronicle on Wednesday that the decision to work with Corbyn was “not easy – I cannot honestly say I agree with everything the new leader has said over the years.”

“I had a full and frank discussion with Jeremy Corbyn about a number of topics before I accepted the position,” she told the London-based newspaper. “I felt he was willing to listen and engage.”
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Jerusalem mayor approves tougher measures on violent Palestinian protesters

(JTA) — The mayor of Jerusalem said police should use live ammunition on young Palestinian rock-thrower and firebombers in the city.

In an interview with the Times of Israel Wednesday, Mayor Nir Barkat declared “war” on the Palestinian protesters and said Israel had been “too merciful” with them. In a related development, Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Thursday approved use of the Ruger rifle by police against certain rock throwers in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The IDF had been allowed to use the Ruger rifle to contain violence in the West Bank, but police in Jerusalem had been prohibited from using them in such situations.

Both announcements follow the death earlier this week of Jerusalem resident Alexander Levlovitch, after a rock attack on his car Sunday night in a Jewish neighborhood of east Jerusalem caused him to swerve into a telephone pole.

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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

U. California regents rap intolerance statement for not mentioning anti-Semitism

(JTA) — Members of the University of California Board of Regents criticized the first draft of a statement of “principles against intolerance” for not specifically addressing anti-Semitism.

The regents spoke about the draft Thursday at their meeting at University of California, Irvine, The Associated Press reported.

The proposed statement condemns bias, violence, threats and hate speech based on race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship, sex or sexual orientation, but makes no mention of anti-Semitism.

Regent Norman Pattiz urged the body to take a stand against anti-Semitic incidents.
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From Ynet News

Former Nobel official: Obama prize failed to achieve goals

Breaking with official tradition, the former secretary of the Nobel Peace Prize says Obama failed to live up to the panel’s expectations. In a break with Nobel tradition, the former secretary of the Nobel Peace Prize committee says the 2009 award to President Barack Obama failed to live up to the panel’s expectations.
Geir Lundestad writes in a book released on Thursday that the committee had expected the prize to deliver a boost to Obama. Instead the award was met with fierce criticism in the US, where many argued Obama had not been president long enough to have an impact worthy of the Nobel.
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From The Times of Israel

On Rosh Hashanah, Sanders courts evangelicals

At Liberty University, Jewish presidential hopeful preaches about income and racial inequality, but message largely fails to resonate

September 17, 2015, 4:16 am

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. looks over the crowd during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. looks over the crowd during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

JTA — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chose an unlikely place to spend Rosh Hashanah: Liberty University, the largest evangelical Christian college in the world.

Sanders, a Jewish candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, “preached” on Monday to a crowd of nearly 12,000 Christians about income and racial inequality.

In his speech, Sanders attempted to compare his liberal political philosophy to the wisdom of the Bible.

[L]et me tell you that it goes without saying, I am far, far from being a perfect human being, but I am motivated by a vision, which exists in all of the great religions, in Christianity, in Judaism, in Islam and Buddhism, and other religions,” he said. “[L]et me respectfully suggest that there are other issues out there that are of enormous consequence to our country and in fact to the entire world, that maybe, just maybe, we do not disagree on and maybe, just maybe, we can try to work together to resolve them.”

Sanders showed off knowledge of the New Testament by quoting Matthew 7:12 (“in everything do to others what you would have them do to you”) and Amos 5:24 (“let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream”). A proud socialist, he tried to make the case that he shared a sense of morality with the Christian audience that informed his stance on issues such as income inequality.
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