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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

אקדומי פורענותא לא מקדמינן?

I hope you'll all forgive the Hebrew title, but it's kind of hard to translate meaningfully. Let me explain.

In Jewish law, when certain fast days fall on Saturday, we put them off to Sunday. The exception to this is the Fast of Esther, which is advanced to Thursday. The reason? Because the other fast days that are put off relate to tragedies and we don't advance the observance of tragedies. The Fast of Esther (just before Purim), on the other hand, is related to the war in which the Jews routed the Persians, and does not recall a tragedy. If it falls on Saturday, we advance it to Thursday (which is good because Purim in such a case would come out on Sunday except in certain cities in Israel where it would come out on Monday).

Now that I have confused you totally, I'm sure you all understand why I used a four-word Hebrew phrase to title this post.

I would have thought that much of the United Nations would consider the partition of 'Palestine' into Jewish and Arab states in 1947 - accepted by the Jews and rejected by the Arabs who went to war over it - a tragedy. Therefore, if the date on which that 'tragedy' is observed - November 29 - falls on Black Friday, as is the case this year, it ought to have been pushed off to Saturday, Sunday or Monday.... Instead, the United Nations advanced it to Monday. Maybe they were afraid the media would take the weekend off?

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor slammed the U.N. for its conduct regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"Anti-Israel bias pervades the U.N. system all year round," Prosor said. "In 2012, [the U.N. General Assembly] found the time to pass 22 resolutions condemning Israel -- compared with only four that single out other nations," Prosor said. "The worst human rights abusers receive a fraction of the condemnation that Israel -- the only democracy in the Middle East -- receives. These irresponsible actions have irreversible consequences. The states that rubberstamp the anti-Israel resolutions every year, have given the Palestinians a false sense of reality and fed their culture of victimhood."

"All those who claim to advance peace must remind the Palestinians that there are no shortcuts," Prosor said. "Peace is not achieved by changing your nameplate at the U.N.; it isn't achieved by unilateral actions or by passing a string of anti-Israel resolutions; and it won't be achieved in Manhattan, Midtown east, but rather in the Middle East. So long as the Palestinian leadership chooses symbolism over pragmatism, it will be harder to achieve peace."

Prosor said that U.N. General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel "have no relationship to the facts on the ground."

"Just last week the U.N. adopted nine resolutions condemning Israel," Prosor said. "One of these resolutions condemned Israel's treatment of the Syrian people. Condemned Israel's treatment of the Syrian people? It is inconceivable that while Israeli hospitals are treating the Syrians who escaped [Syrian President Bashar] Assad's massacre, the U.N. is denouncing Israel's treatment of the Syrians."

"If that weren't enough, the GA will soon vote on another resolution calling on Israel to hand over the Golan Heights and its residents to Syria. It is nothing short of absurd for the U.N. to demand that even more civilians be subject to Assad's brutality."
Aren't you glad that your country belongs to the UN and that your taxes support it? 

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