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Palestinian official links US withdrawal from UN human rights body with US taking ‘crying babies from their parents’

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Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said yesterday that it is not surprising that the U.S. withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council, because the Trump administration “gives orders to snatch crying babies from their parents’ arms.”

Ashrawi’s sentiments were implicitly echoed by the Human Rights Council itself. It pinned a tweet above posts criticizing the U.S.’s separation of immigrant children from their parents, saying, quoting a statement by the council’s head, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad: “Disappointing, if not really surprising, news. Given the state of #HumanRights in today’s world, the US should be stepping up, not stepping back.”

In the last six weeks, the U.S. has removed more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents, sending them to youth and infant holding facilities in Texas. President Donald Trump yesterday said he would sign an executive order ending the practice. 

The decision to leave the UN’s highest human rights body was announced in Washington by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley who cited the council’s focus on Israel and charged it  with being a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.” Haley added that she first raised the idea of leaving the body last year, if changes were not made. The council regularly raises human rights abuses committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory, as mandated by a standing agenda item.

Ashrawi called Haley statements about the council’s perceived bias “deceptive and blatantly untrue.” She went on to say the Trump administration is waving off its commitment to other nations, citing trade and climate deals.

Leaving the Human Right Council follows is the latest in how the Trump administration has “targeted multilateral and regional organizations and agreements,” Ashrawi said.

In Israel the U.S.’s decision to leave the human rights body was applauded. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the Trump administration in a statement released by his media advisor. 

“Instead of dealing with regimes that systematically violate human rights, the UNHRC obsessively focuses on Israel, the one genuine democracy in the Middle East,” Netanyahu said, “The U.S. decision to leave this prejudiced body is an unequivocal statement that enough is enough.”

The U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman called pulling out of the council a “courageous  decision,” adding, “America will continue to lead the world in advancing human rights without the baggage of this corrupt organization.”

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  1. zaid
    June 21, 2018, 2:34 pm

    Good Riddance USA.

    Hopefully they will also pull out of the UN.This will make it more effective.

  2. Kay24
    June 21, 2018, 4:55 pm

    What Trump unleashed on those poor immigrants, who lost their children, and babies, was traumatizing for them, and an embarrassment for the country. People around the world were shocked at what had happened, and many like Ms. Ashrawi, were quick to point out that America could not afford to criticize other nations, when it was equally guilty of human rights abuses. His base must have some low standards when it comes to their president.

    • Mooser
      June 21, 2018, 9:54 pm

      I’m afraid much worse is yet to happen before it’s over.

      • Kay24
        June 22, 2018, 7:04 am

        That is such a frightening thought. Trump, should be held responsible for such a disaster. He is incompetent, and has no clue how to handle this. He has taken a bad situation and made it into a nightmare. He has no comprehensive plans to settle this problem, or any other problem for that matter, and this will leave many little kids in limbo, and in some case not be reunited with their parents. This was an inhumane policy, based on vindictiveness, and the desire to appease his base, like most policies are.

    • Misterioso
      June 22, 2018, 11:27 am

      @Kay24, et al

      Most revealing is that Trump did not predict that most Americans would be appalled at him ordering that children be torn away from their parents and placed in holding centers. In short, he has further confirmed that he is mentally deranged and unfit to be president.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 22, 2018, 11:48 am

      kay, there’s a lot of news out this morning damning on stephen miller as a primary culprit. a certain vanity fair article cites WH insiders claiming he likes looking at the photos of kids in cages and compared him to a nazi. here’s a run down of seething jewish tweets, links to relevant articles, plus they even quote the rabbi who bar mitzvah’d him. ouch!

      “How Stephen Miller Replaced ‘Javanka’ as the Most Hated Figure in American-Jewish Life”

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-stephen-miller-the-most-hated-figure-in-american-jewish-life-1.6199210

      Rabbi Jeff Marx, who tutored him for his bar mitzvah, was already apologizing: “We did our best here to teach Stephen the ethical standards of Judaism,” the Santa Monica Synagogue rabbi told The Hollywood Reporter in March 2017, Marx lifting “his hands in a gesture of helplessness, unwilling to say more.”

      he’s the “momzer”, the incel shonda!

      • oldgeezer
        June 22, 2018, 11:56 am

        @Annie

        It is difficult to see any difference in principle between Miller’s treatment of the ‘other’ and Israel’s treatment of the other for the past half century (plus).

        He may have been raised in the Jewish traditions and beliefs but he became a zionist.

      • Mooser
        June 22, 2018, 12:19 pm

        And I thought the Trump administration would try to defuse religious protest against the policy by claiming Stephen Miller is starting a children’s kibbutz out in the desert. Gonna ‘make it bloom’.

      • Kay24
        June 22, 2018, 1:23 pm

        Unfortunately, that Rabbi was trying to help a lost cause. Miller is evil personified. One could picture him in a nazi uniform. He has done damage to this country, and any other president might have kicked him out, but then Trump surrounds himself with these types to help with these these ridiculous policies.

    • echinococcus
      June 22, 2018, 2:44 pm

      Kay,

      Don’t forget to note that the regulations or decrees or other nonsense implemented by the Donald were prepared under Bush fils, then aggressively pursued by the Obama (who did, however, pilot the detailed implementation with more PR-savvy.)

  3. Edward Q
    June 21, 2018, 5:08 pm

    Haley’s refrain is today’s version of “segregation now and segregation forever.”

  4. Rogelio
    June 22, 2018, 11:06 am

    I watched N. Haley’s speech on the Human Rights Council defending Israel and It occurred to me that the US Government is stupidly separating children from their parents using border guards, while the Israeli’s are separating children from their parents with sniper rifles supplied by the US.

    • oldgeezer
      June 22, 2018, 11:50 am

      @Rogelio

      Sniper rifles, and administrative detentions and 3am raids yanking them from their beds. A very long list. A very common occurence. Routine.

      It should be considered horrific no matter who does it but Irsael gets a free pass despite that.

  5. Jon66
    June 22, 2018, 3:05 pm

    I agree that separating these families is unconscionable.

    Perhaps we should admit them, segregate them into refugee camps for generations, deny them citizenship, prohibit them from working, allow them to organize themselves into armed movements, and encourage them to attack Mexico, Guatemala etc in order to regain their rights. Anything less would be enabling a victory of the ‘illegitimate’ regimes they are fleeing. We must preserve their right to return.

    • Mooser
      June 22, 2018, 3:43 pm

      You poor son-of-a-… Jeez the knots you have to twist yourself into. The contortions you have to do.

      That was, even for you, pretty stupid.

      • echinococcus
        June 25, 2018, 1:24 am

        Marnie,

        Sadly, becoming a common-or-garden surgeon never required any special intellectual ability.

    • eljay
      June 23, 2018, 10:09 pm

      || Jon66: I agree that separating these families is unconscionable.

      Perhaps we should admit them, segregate them into refugee camps for generations, deny them citizenship, prohibit them from working, allow them to organize themselves into armed movements, and encourage them to attack Mexico, Guatemala etc in order to regain their rights. Anything less would be enabling a victory of the ‘illegitimate’ regimes they are fleeing. We must preserve their right to return. ||

      So…you accept that Israel is an “illegitimate regime” and that the U.S. should arm Israeli refugees and encourage them to attack Israel. Fair enough. But I must warn you that ZioHQ will not be happy with your proclamation.

      • Jon66
        June 23, 2018, 11:53 pm

        Eljay,
        I don’t think I mentioned Israel in my post.
        However, I do agree with you that Israel is no more or less legitimate than say Mexico or Guatemala.

      • eljay
        June 24, 2018, 9:44 am

        || Jon66: Eljay,
        I don’t think I mentioned Israel in my post.
        However, I do agree with you that Israel is no more or less legitimate than say Mexico or Guatemala. ||

        Right, so you agree that the U.S. should arm Israeli refugees and encourage them to attack Israel. Fair enough.

      • Jon66
        June 24, 2018, 10:35 am

        Eljay,
        No, and neither do I think we should arm those from Mexico or Guatemala. I’m not sure why we would do so? It didn’t work out well for us when we armed the Cubans despite giving them citizenship.

        I think we should embrace these folks, integrate them into American society, provide them citizenship, give them the ability to work, and not insist that they return to their original villages.
        Those who are genuine asylum seekers should be treated as such.

        What’s your opinion?

      • Marnie
        June 24, 2018, 11:37 am

        Jon66 –
        the stephen miller of mondoweiss. You are one cold-hearted shit. Do you like looking at pictures too, like stephen miller? I bet your taste runs toward photos of the carnage israel has visited upon the palestinians, doesn’t it? And I bet you just can’t keep your hands off yourself while you look.

      • Jon66
        June 24, 2018, 2:07 pm

        Marnie,
        Perhaps you misinterpreted my comment, I said “I think we should embrace these folks, integrate them into American society, provide them citizenship, give them the ability to work, and not insist that they return to their original villages.
        Those who are genuine asylum seekers should be treated as such.”

        If that’s unclear, I simply mean that the United States should grant asylum and all privileges and rights of citizenship to bonafide asylum refugees. I also happen to believe that Israel should grant the same to the bonafide Sudanese asylum seekers. What I don’t understand is why so many here do not believe that Syria or Lebanon should offer the same to the Palestinians.

        Can you explain to me why Lebanon keeps its refugees in such conditions?

      • eljay
        June 24, 2018, 6:05 pm

        || Jon66: Eljay,
        No, and neither do I think we should arm those from Mexico or Guatemala. I’m not sure why we would do so? … ||

        In which case, I’m not sure why you would suggest that we should do so.

        || … I think we should embrace these folks, integrate them into American society, provide them citizenship, give them the ability to work, and not insist that they return to their original villages.
        Those who are genuine asylum seekers should be treated as such.

        What’s your opinion? ||

        I’m all for states helping to integrate people who seek asylum and fear returning to their homes and lands.

      • eljay
        June 24, 2018, 6:09 pm

        || Jon66: … I simply mean that the United States should grant asylum and all privileges and rights of citizenship to bonafide asylum refugees. I also happen to believe that Israel should grant the same to the bonafide Sudanese asylum seekers. What I don’t understand is why so many here do not believe that Syria or Lebanon should offer the same to the Palestinians. … ||

        It’s cute how you’re desperately trying to conflate refugees with asylum seekers.  :-)

        IMO, Syria (once Israel and the U.S. stop trying to destroy it) and Lebanon should attempt to integrate asylum seekers – people who seek asylum and fear returning to their homes and lands.

        Those who do not fear returning to their homes and lands – e.g., refugees from geographic Palestine – should be permitted to return to their homes and lands.

        What’s your opinion?

        || … Can you explain to me why Lebanon keeps its refugees in such conditions? ||

        Lebanon wouldn’t have “its refugees” from geographic Palestine if Israel weren’t preventing them from returning to their homes and lands.

      • Jon66
        June 24, 2018, 8:11 pm

        Eljay,
        I don’t think conflate means what you think it does.
        Conflate-“​to combine two or more separate things, especially pieces of text, to form a whole”

        Asylum seekers and refugees are not two distinct groups.
        A refugee is simply a verified asylum seeker.

        When I speak of verified asylum seekers, it is the same as refugees.
        It is a transition from one to other if criteria are met.
        “An asylum seeker is an individual who is seeking international protection. In countries with individualised procedures, an asylum seeker is someone whose claim has not yet been finally decided on by the country in which he or she has submitted it. Not every asylum seeker will ultimately be recognised as a refugee, but every refugee is initially an asylum seeker.”
        https://www.amnesty.org.au/refugee-and-an-asylum-seeker-difference/

        So, as I said, if these asylum seekers are legitimate, and therefore refugees, they should be integrated into the US. It doesn’t matter what Mexico or other countries do. It doesn’t matter if some other country won’t take them back. If they are refugees we should integrate them.

      • Marnie
        June 25, 2018, 12:10 am

        More whataboutery from certified tree surgeon, jon66. You’re a gross one. How can you possibly be ‘a husband, father and a surgeon’? Standards are steadily dropping in all 3 categories.

      • eljay
        June 25, 2018, 7:52 am

        || Jon66: Eljay,
        I don’t think conflate means what you think it does. … ||

        Sure it does:

        conflate: “to bring together; fuse”

        Conflate is what you Zionists anti-Semitically do with Jews and Israel / Jews and Zionism.

        || … Asylum seekers and refugees are not two distinct groups. …

        “Not every asylum seeker will ultimately be recognised as a refugee, but every refugee is initially an asylum seeker.”
        https://www.amnesty.org.au/refugee-and-an-asylum-seeker-difference/ … ||

        Right: According to Amnesty International, asylum seekers and refugees are not necessarily one and the same.

        || … So, as I said, if these asylum seekers are legitimate, and therefore refugees, they should be integrated into the US. It doesn’t matter what Mexico or other countries do. It doesn’t matter if some other country won’t take them back. If they are refugees we should integrate them. ||

        I agree that they should be integrated if they fear returning to their homes and lands. But if they wish to return to their homes and lands, they should be permitted to do so. I’m not surprised that you would deny refugees the choice to return to their homes and lands.

      • Mooser
        June 25, 2018, 11:28 am

        ” How can you possibly be ‘a husband, father and a surgeon’?”

        The world is his ocean vegetable, which he will open with his izmel

      • Jon66
        June 25, 2018, 11:46 am

        Eljay,
        Should refugees be offered he choice to become citizens?

      • Talkback
        June 25, 2018, 11:57 am

        Jon66: “What I don’t understand is why so many here do not believe that Syria or Lebanon should offer the same to the Palestinians.”

        Well, Jon66. Why don’t you ask, what refugees want? It’s their right to choose after all. And if they prefer repatriation rather than integration who the hell are you to deny them their rights?

        Oh well, we do understand your racist motives. We do understand that you support anything except the RIGHT to return for refugees, if they are Nonjewish and simply want to return to their homeland. It’s so see through that we don’t understand why you believe that you can hide your bigotry.

        But please answer this question. Do Germans have a right to kill Jews at Germany’s borders who want to return to Germany? Or would this be a sign that Germans are (still) Nazis?

      • eljay
        June 25, 2018, 12:20 pm

        || Jon66: Eljay,
        Should refugees be offered he choice to become citizens? ||

        I’ll answer your question directly, then ask you one and hope that you can manage to answer it directly.

        My answer: Yes, they should be offered the choice.

        My question: Do you believe that the right of refugees to return to their homes and lands if they so choose should consistently be upheld?

  6. Marnie
    June 24, 2018, 12:32 pm

    Sara Netanyahu charged with fraud for ordering $96k worth of meals …
    https://www.haaretz.com › Israel News

    Sorry it’s not boobie, but ‘netanyahu’ and ‘charged with’ in the same sentence is a start!

  7. Maghlawatan
    June 24, 2018, 11:55 pm

    Super question from Shmuley

    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jun/25/roseanne-barr-apologises-in-teary-interview-ive-made-myself-a-hate-magnet

    “How do you, someone who looks at Martin Luther King as an idol and loves the Torah … how did you write something that people feel is in complete contravention of that values system?” he asked.”

    Because I am a Zionist, you putz

  8. JLewisDickerson
    June 26, 2018, 8:28 am

    📺 Trump Withdrawing US from UN Human Rights Council Is Hypocritical ‘Diplomatic Blackmail’

    TheRealNews
    Published on Jun 21, 2018

    Former UN lawyer Alfred de Zayas says Trump’s withdrawal “is a symbolic act; it is like a slap on the face of the United Nations,” and US Ambassador Nikki Haley is “accusing the Human Rights Council of the hypocrisy that the United States practices on a daily basis.”

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 26, 2018, 8:36 am

      📺 Siege, censorship, subversion: International assault on Palestine – with Ali Abunimah (Ep. 20 LIVE)

      Moderate Rebels
      Published on Jun 21, 2018

      Moderate Rebels episode 20 – Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with journalist Ali Abunimah about the global assault on Palestine — by the US, Israel, Gulf monarchies, and regime changers. We detail Israel’s massacre of protesters in Gaza’s Great March of Return. We discuss the censoring of Al Jazeera’s groundbreaking documentary on the Israel lobby in the US. And we explain how Syria regime change trolls divided the movement for Palestinian rights.

      TOPICS
      0:00 INTRO
      (PART 1 – Israel’s butchering of Gaza’s Great March of Return)
      2:00 Killing Gaza
      4:55 Great March of Return
      10:17 Kites and tires
      12:51 IDF’s intentional disabling of Palestinian protesters
      20:43 Nikki Haley and the US at the UN
      22:43 BDS victories
      25:28 The Democratic Party and Bernie Sanders
      (PART 2 – Israel lobby censors groundbreaking Al Jazeera documentary on Israel lobby)
      31:05 Al Jazeera documentary on Israel lobby in US
      34:30 Qatar
      39:31 Pro-Israel community split over Qatar
      42:49 Washington, DC and the Saudi-Israel alliance
      44:02 The neutering of Al Jazeera
      (PART 3 – How Syria regime change trolls divided the Palestine solidarity movement)
      48:07 Attempts to sow division in the movement for Palestinian rights
      53:21 Pro-Israel groups’ alliance with Syria regime change trolls
      56:53 Attacks and censorship
      1:00:50 OUTRO

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  9. Spring Renouncer
    June 26, 2018, 3:25 pm

    It’s telling how thoroughly the mainstream US media has been reporting the horrors at the US border, while at the same time totally ignoring the far, far more dire persecution of Palestinians, for whom prolonged arbitrary detention and the separation and destruction of families has become a routine fact of life.

    It is also interesting how differently the American and Israeli populations have responded to the repression at each of their borders – Israelis with a collective shrug and full support for the IDF’s massacres, and Americans, even some Republicans, with horror and opposition. This gives me hope that the Americans – despite their centuries of imperialism and bigotry – have fundamentally different values than their Israeli allies, and when and if they are shown the honest, plain reality of a situation ie. South Africa and Vietnam they are capable of sometimes making logical, correct decisions. Intervention in Iraq, Yemen and Libya etc. take extensive propaganda and concealment by leaders to pull off. But who in the mainstream can afford to tell the truth about Israel and Palestine loudly, boldly and consistently, without being immediately excommunicated/silenced? No one yet.

  10. Spring Renouncer
    June 26, 2018, 3:40 pm

    I support open American borders. The whites depopulated a continent or three, and had essentially exclusive total freedom of movement into those conquered lands for centuries, and now they want to shut the doors and shutter the blinds? Nope! The Central Americans and Mexicans are far more native to this land than Anglos etc. and they deserve to be able to come here, and the so called protectors of the borders and the borders themselves are phony and illegitimate. There must be some semblance of parity: free brown and black migration into the continent for a few hundred years.

    This is another why as a South Asian American (born here) I have no one to vote for. I can’t and won’t vote for a democrat who qualifies their defense of immigrants with “No one believes in open borders… I believe in border security…” Those who – for caution’s sake – tentatively slurp at the balls of the racists and war mongerers are just as bad as the racists and war mongerers.

    • catalan
      June 26, 2018, 9:33 pm

      “I support open American borders. The whites depopulated a continent…”
      I support that as well. I don’t see how the Americans have any moral right to stop people from coming. Personally, I welcome everyone.

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