onsdag 16 januari 2013

Statement by Amb Prosor at UN Security Council Debate on Counter-terrorism

"...There is a specific kind of ecosystem that creates terrorism. Terrorism is rooted in hate, watered with instability and state support, and then planted in the next generation.
Every roadside bombing, every suicide attack, and every act of terrorism begins with words and thoughts of hate. It begins with Al Qaida websites that turn suicide bombers into Jihadi celebrities. It begins with Hezbollah summer camps that use arts and crafts to glorify martyrdom and teach bomb-making skills to children.
It begins with statements by Hamas leaders like Atallah Abu Al Subh, who recently said on public Palestinian television, (and I quote) “The Jews are the most despicable and contemptible nation to crawl upon the face of the Earth.” This is the poison that is being fed to people across the Middle East, day after day.
So I want to take the opportunity of this debate to ask the simple question: how do we truly counter terrorism? Yes, we must combat terrorists wherever they seek to strike. Yes, we must attack terrorist infrastructure, and go after those who support and finance terrorism.
However, true counter-terrorism must also begin by disrupting the ecosystem of extremism in which terror thrives. It means advancing education that teaches peace, not hate, and mutual understanding, not martyrdom. It means speaking out against incitement and all forms of terrorism, even when it is politically inconvenient.
We are far from that reality. In too many corners of the planet, extremists have the tools to grow the next generation of terrorists. In this very Council, some states offer justification for certain terrorists, while condemning others..."
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Statement by Amb Prosor at UN Security Council Debate on Counter-terrorism

Israel to UN: Stop Syrian WMD transfer to Hezbollah (Jerusalem Post)
"UNITED NATIONS -- Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor  said Tuesday that the prospect of Hezbollah acquiring chemical weapons — mishandled or handed over intentionally by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad  — is “frightening,” and called on the Security Council to act immediately to prevent their proliferation..."

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