November 26, 2015
In a move dubbed “surreal” by a leading UN watchdog, and as a campaign of daily Palestinian terrorist attacks continues to target Israelis, the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday adopted six resolutions – all of which bar none condemned Israel.
Not a single mention was made of the Palestinian attacks, which have left 22 Israelis dead and hundreds wounded, nor did any other countries – even serial human rights violators such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and others – receive any of the General Assembly’s attention. More disturbingly still, five of the the UNGA resolutions were sponsored by the Palestinian Authority, while the sixth was sponsored by none other than Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.
“Surreal barely captures the scene: the world is under assault by terrorists killing in the name of Islam and martyrhood — as Palestinians did this week while stabbing Israeli Jews — and the UN’s response is to reflexively condemn Israel in six separate resolutions, all of which are one-sided,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, in response to the votes.
One resolution condemned the Jewish state for retaining the Golan Heights, demanding Israel hand it over to the Syrian regime.
The resolution’s adoption – by 105 votes to 6, with 56 abstentions – elicited warm words of praise from Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari, who expressed his “heartfelt appreciation and gratitude” to the UN for its Golan resolution, and without any sense of irony accused Israel of “occupation killing policies,” “expansion,” “racism,” and “aggression.”
Another vote – which passed 153 to 7 – claimed that Israel has “no right” to “impose” its sovereignty over “the Holy City of Jerusalem.”
“It’s astonishing,” said Neuer. “At a time when the Syrian regime is massacring its own people, how can the UN call for more people to be subject to Assad’s rule? The timing is morally galling and logically absurd.”
“What is also outrageous is that these resolutions claim to care about Palestinians, yet the UN proves itself oblivious to the hundreds of Palestinians who continue to be slaughtered, maimed and expelled by Assad’s forces,” he continued.
Neuer accused the General Assembly of being hijacked by an “automatic majority” of fiercely anti-Israel dictatorships.
“The farce at the General Assembly underscores a simple fact: the UN’s automatic majority has no interest in truly helping Palestinians, nor in protecting anyone’s human rights; the goal of these ritual, one-sided condemnations remains the scapegoating of Israel,” he stated.
“The U.N.’s disproportionate assault against the Jewish state undermines the institutional credibility of what is supposed to be an impartial international body, and exposes the sores of politicization and selectivity that eat away at its founding mission, eroding the U.N. Charter promise of equal treatment to all nations large and small.”
November 24, 2015
Status of the World Soil Resources Report to be released on 4 December 2015
The purpose of the report is to carry out the first ever global assessment of soils and soil change
The Status of the World Soil Resources Report (SWSR) will be released on 4 December in FAO headquarters, Rome. The report will be officially launched at a high-level event in Rome which will also mark this year’s celebration of World Soil Day and the official closure of the 2015 International Year of Soils.
What is the report about?
The report is based on the assessment of more than 200 environmental scientists of the state-of-knowledge on soil resources and soil change. It reports on the major soil changes globally and in more detail on regional changes. The report provides documented scientific data on soil erosion, soil organic carbon change, soil biodiversity changes, soil acidification, soil compaction, soil sealing, soil salinization and sodification, soil contamination, soil nutrient changes and water logging.
What is the purpose of the report?
The purpose of the report is to carry out the first ever global assessment of soils and soil change based on an extensive review of published scientific literature.
What are its main findings?
November 24, 2015
European health decision-makers meet for high-level discussion on refugee and migrant health
23 November 2015, Copenhagen and Rome
A WHO high-level meeting focused on refugee and migrant health, hosted by the Italian Government, opens today in Rome. The attendees, including ministers of health and high-level representatives from the countries of the WHO European Region and from other WHO regions, will discuss how countries and partner organizations can improve health care and coverage for refugees and migrants. The aim is to agree on a common approach and joint action for meeting the health needs of these vulnerable groups.
In 2015, nearly 2 million refugees and migrants have taken shelter in Turkey, while over 700 000 have entered other countries in the European Region. Up to 5% of these people need medical assistance, faced with health issues such as accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, cardiovascular events, pregnancy- and delivery-related complications, diabetes and hypertension. Factors such as mass population movement, water shortage and inadequate shelter and sanitation also increase the risks for acquiring communicable diseases.
“Health systems in the European Region, including those of countries that receive refugees and migrants, are well equipped to diagnose and treat common infectious and noncommunicable diseases,” said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “But we, as a Region, must seek to ensure that all countries are adequately prepared and organized to withstand the added pressures of supporting a mass influx of people, while at the same time protecting the health of their resident populations. A good response to the challenges of people on the move requires health system preparedness and capacity, including robust epidemiological data and migration intelligence, careful planning, training and, above all, adherence to the principles of equity, solidarity and human rights.”
Because of the increased risk for communicable diseases, vaccination is a key consideration to be discussed at the meeting. Joint recommendations from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WHO provide guidance for countries on vaccinating refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in the European Region. These recommendations specify that asylum-seekers and migrants should be vaccinated without unnecessary delay according to the national immunization schedules of any country in which they will probably reside for more than a week. In view of recent measles outbreaks in the Region, countries should prioritize vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and polio. Governments should consider providing documentation of vaccination to avoid unnecessary re-vaccination later. Vaccination is not recommended at border crossings unless there is an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease in the host or transit country.
Many countries, particularly those on the front line of large-scale migration, have already undertaken vaccination campaigns for new arrivals. Their efforts should be applauded, as should other measures taken to ensure adequate health care for refugees and migrants. However, these groups still face many complex challenges, including limited access to health services, due to high cost, lack of information and administrative, cultural or language barriers. Large-scale migration places immense and often unexpected pressure on the health systems of hosting countries, testing both their capacity and their preparedness.
The Rome meeting will last for 2 days and, in addition to covering the primary health challenges and priorities of refugees and migrants, will seek ways in which WHO/Europe and other partners can best support countries in responding to the current crisis.
“A common framework for joint action on refugee and migrant health in the WHO European Region is of urgent importance,” said Dr Jakab. “We look forward to using the meeting in Rome to shape such a framework and to agree on collective actions that will help ensure the health and well-being of these vulnerable populations.”
For more information about the meeting, please visit our website
High-level meeting on refugee and migrant health website
WHO-UNHCR-UNICEF Joint statement on general principles of vaccination of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in the WHO European Region
November 24, 2015
Four injured in Samaria car attack
Palestinian Arab terrorist rams his car into as many Israelis at Tapuach junction he can see, is neutralized by security forces.
By Tova Dvorin, Aruz7
First Publish: 11/24/2015, 8:21 AM / Last Update: 11/24/2015, 9:14 AM
Four Israelis have been injured in a car attack at Tapuach junction, along Route 60 in Samaria, just after 8:20 am Tuesday.
Initial reports indicate that the terrorist arrived at a bus stop at the popular junction and began ramming his car into as many Israelis he could see.
IDF and security forces neutralized the terrorist on-site.
Magen David Adom (MDA) reports that four people – among them two IDF soldiers and a Border Policeman, all in their twenties – are suffering from light injuries; all are fully conscious. Two are ranking officers: a Lieutenant Colonel and a Colonel.
One is suffering from injuries to his head and stomach; the other three are suffering light injuries to their limbs. They were transferred to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva for treatment.
“The political echelon cannot abandon us,” Samaria Regional council chief Yossi Dagan stated in the attack’s wake. “I emphasize: they have even abandoned the security of [not only] civilians, but soldiers.”
“There is clear escalation here from Palestinian Authority terrorists, and there should and must be an escalation from the State of Israel in a clear response against them.”
Dagan noted that these attacks have multiplied at junctions across the country, including not only Tapuach, but also the Gush Etzion junction.
“There are major intersections in which daily attacks are unfolding, exactly the same way every time, and we must hurt the Palestinians’ freedom of movement. We must not let these hostile elements enter our borders.”
“We will no longer pay the price of fear of international condemnation with our blood,” he continued. “Jewish blood is being spilled here every day – we must stop the murders, even if the price is some unpleasantness with Europe.”
November 23, 2015
Following the stabbing of a young woman Sunday afternoon, The Head of the Etzion Bloc Regional Council, Davidi Perl, issued an angry plea to the government to launch a large scale counter-terror operation in Judea and Samaria, similar to Operation Defensive Shield in 2002.
“Again we have experienced a terror attack by a Palestinian… who passed through an IDF checkpoint and reached the hitchhiking stop,” he said, after the fatal stabbing at the Gush Etzion Intersection.
“I regret to say that for the Israeli government and the security establishment, the penny has not yet dropped,” he said. “We have to enter the villages and defeat terror just as they did in the Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem.
“Otherwise, this will not end,” he declared. “Another arrest or fence is a drop in the ocean. We need to decide that we are going to fight terror, enter all the villages and leave no house unvisited and no stone unturned. The fabric of joint life with the Palestinians is exploding in our faces. There is no alternative but a complete separation from the Palestinians and an ongoing fight against terror.”
November 23, 2015
The stabbing murder of Hadar Buchris Hy”d, 21, brings to 21 the total of murders since the start of the current Arab terror surge, when Naama and Eitam Henkin Hy”d were murdered in Samaria on October 1.
The total number of casualties evacuated to hospitals by Magen David Adom during this period is 213.
The shooting murder of the Henkins – which took place as their children watched – was followed by the stabbing murders of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennet Hy”d, in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Next to be murdered by Arab terrorists were Haim Haviv, Alon Govberg and Richard Lakin Hy”d, who were shot and stabbed inside a bus at Armon Hanatziv, in southern Jerusalem.
Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky Hy”d was murdered in a car ramming attack on Malchei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem. Sgt. Omri Levy Hy”d, of Sdei Hemed, was shot to death in the Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station, and an Eritrean national was also mistakenly killed in the confusion of the attack.
Avraham Asher Hasno Hy”d was run over deliberately on Highway 60, near Kiryat Arba, and Border Policeman St.-Sgt. Binyamin Yaakobovich Hy”d was run over at the Halhoul Junction and died of his wounds.
Rabbi Yaakov Litman Hy”d and his son Netanel Hy”d were murdered in a shooting ambush near Otniel. Reuven Aviram and Aharon Yisayev Hy”d were murdered in a stabbing attack in the Panorama Building in Tel Aviv. Yaakov Don, Ezra Schwartz and an Arab, Shadi Arfa, were murdered in a shooting attack near Elon Moreh and Hadar Buchris was murdered today at the Gush Etzion Junction.
A total of 192 people were injured in car ramming, stabbing and shooting attacks. Of these, 20 were seriously injured, five suffered moderate to serious wounds, 28 were moderately injured, one was classified as having light-to-moderate wounds and 138 endured light wounds.
In addition, MDA teams have treated 82 emotional shock victims.