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Irrelevant

The UN, as far I am concerned is now completely irrelevant.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is considering, based on a report from a “human rights expert” based in Algeria, putting Israel in the same category as ISIS, Boko Haram  & Al Qaeda.

The UN is a joke. It is irrelevant. Whatever noble intentions the founders of the UN had are officially down the toilet.

The last time I checked, Israel is a legitimate democracy. All citizens, regardless of the religious and cultural labels that are used to define who an individual is, have the same rights and responsibilities. No one is forced to choose either conversion or death. No one is being tortured or beheaded because they do not agree with the governing body. Young women are free to choose how to live their lives. Israel respects all cultural and religious sites, ancient temples and buildings are protected, not destroyed.

Many of the young women that were kidnapped by Boko Haram have still not returned home. ISIS  destroys priceless artifacts and buildings that are part of our collective human experience. They behead and torture their victims. Al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11 and other terrorist attacks around the world.

So tell me, how this comparison truly possible? Well considering the UN, I’m not surprised.

They are becoming irrelevant. They don’t deserve to be housed on American soil and be given tax money from hard working Americans.

Unless they change, they should find another home, preferably one that is foolish enough to house terrorists and despots.

 

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The Real Human Rights Tragedy

Dear World

While you were again focusing on the one sided hatred that is directed at Israel, the real human rights tragedy was being ignored.

Last year, the world was temporarily transfixed by the kidnapping of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram. Most of these girls have yet to return to their families.

Feeling that their government has not done enough to return their daughters to them, the families of the kidnapped girls turned to the UN in hopes that someone will finally be able to do something.

And while these parents are begging and pleading for the UN to help them to be reunited with their daughters, the world, the UN and the international press continues to focus on Israel.

Maybe it’s time to focus on the real human rights tragedy.

Sincerely

A World Citizen

 

 

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Good Job, World (Not!)

Dear World

While you were pointing the fingers at Israel and making all sort of accusations, you were ignoring the real human rights abuses.

  • Christians in certain Middle Eastern countries are facing an agonizing decision. Convert to Islam or die.
  • The Yazidi’s, an ethnic minority have been forced out of their homes by ISIS. The lucky ones have escaped to the mountains, where they are receiving airdropped supplies from the United States. The rest have been kidnapped or killed.
  • Lebanon continues to take in more Syrian refugees.
  • The girls kidnapped in the spring by Boko Haram have not been returned to their families.
  • The LGBT community in Uganda have seen an anti-gay ruling overturned, but that does not mean they are free to live as they wish.

Shall I go on?

Israel is not perfect and never will be. The government is run by human beings, as imperfect and susceptible to mistakes anyone else in the world is.  However, it is the only legitimate democracy in that region. All citizens have the same rights and are equal in the eyes of the law, regardless of the labels they use to define themselves .

To the celebrities  and journalists who mindlessly use their status and social media to spread the lies, I suggest you do your research. To my co-religionists who either remain silent or have supported the Palestinians, I would like to remind you that the Hamas charter clearly states that one of their objectives is to kill the Jews and destroy Israel. Not some Jews, but ALL Jews. Their goal is to complete what the Nazis started 70 years ago.

I’m going to end this post with the video below, because Joan Rivers, in her own Joan Rivers way, hit’s the nail on the head.

Sincerely

A concerned world citizen

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#YesAllWomen

“But let me observe that all histories are against you, all stories, prose and verse. If I had such a memory as Benwick, I could bring you fifty quotations in a moment on my side the argument, and I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman’s fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men.”

“Perhaps I shall.–Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands.” Jane Austen, Persuasion

This weekend, in California, Elliot Rodger, a young man with a history of mental illness, opened fire on a college campus. When the shooting finally stopped, the shooter and several other young people were dead. This sad incident brings up issues that our politicians have been dragging their feet about, (greater awareness and assistance to those with mental illness, as well amending the national gun laws to prevent another tragedy of this manner), it also brings up another issue in regards to the double standard when it comes to women.

We are supposed to be either the virgin or the whore. We are either uneducated, scantily clad or surgically altered  beautifully clothed mannequins who are nothing but arm and eye candy or we are nothing but glorified housekeepers, cooks, nannies and sexual partners.

Mr. Rogder’s sentiments are not an anomaly; as much as we in the western world like think that we have removed ourselves from the archaic and outdated ideas of what is male and what is female, we haven’t. His beliefs about women are not too far off from the Boko Haram.  There are still women being raped because they were wearing a short skirt or they were walking home alone late at night. There are still women who are being abused by their husbands or boyfriends. Female fetuses are aborted and infant girls are either murdered and given to orphanages to raise. Girls are often married to men twice or three times their age before they reach puberty. In Pakistan, a woman was murdered by her own family because she married for love and not because her husband was chosen for her.

While we can say with pride that we have come a long way in only a few generations. We have the options of school, career, whether or not we choose to marry and/or have children. But that doesn’t mean that the war is over.

#YesAllWomen

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Bring Back Our Girls

Sometimes it takes an event halfway across the world to make you realize that a fight that you consider to be a personal one is actually a worldwide fight.

On April 14th in Nigeria, a group calling themselves Boko Haram invaded a girls school, taking the students hostage. Eight more girls have been taken since then.  This group opposes all western influences, especially when it comes to educating girls. These girls have been taken to be sex slaves, to be sold in the name of marriage.

As an American woman who has taken advantage of the opportunities that have come about only because of the hard work of previous generations, it’s easy to forget that in some parts of the world, the most basic of rights needs to be fought for. It’s easy to see the injustice in your own corner of the world, it’s harder to see the injustice in other parts of the world.

These girls are no different than any others. The rights to education, career, choosing the path in life that is right for you, is a human right, regardless of your sex. If a female should choose the traditional path of marriage and motherhood, that is her choice. But if she chooses not to, that is her choice as well.

My heart goes out to these girls and their families. No one should be denied the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, especially if you are a female.

 

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