Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation after praising US President Donald Trump for having “unequivocally backed Israel’s right to defend itself” during a United Nations address.
The ovation took place during an extended speech Mr Netanyahu gave to the UN on Thursday.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to express Israel’s appreciation to President Trump and Ambassador Haley for the unwavering support they’ve provided Israel at the United Nations.”
This triggered a 20 second standing ovation which was joined by the entire Israeli delegation.
When the standing ovation subsided Mr Netanyahu claimed the Trump administration has “unequivocally backed Israel’s right to defend itself”.
He added: “They rightly pulled out of a morally bankrupt UN human rights council.”
Mr Netanyahu went on to state that the UN human rights council has made “more resolutions about Israel than the rest of the world combined I think.
“Ten-fold compared to Iran, Syria, you name it.”
The US announced it was leaving the UN human rights council back in June.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, termed it: “A protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
However then UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called the decision “regrettable”.
Trump also pleased the Israeli government by announcing in December that the US embassy in the country would move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The new embassy opened in May and coincided with violent Palestinian protests.
Mr Netanyahu also used his UN address to claim that Iran has a secret nuclear weapons facility.
He said: “Today I am disclosing for the first time that Iran has another secret facility in Tehran.
“A secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and material for Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program.
“Just last month they removed 15 kilograms of radioactive materials”.
In a powerful warning, Mr Netanyahu added: “Israel will do whatever it must do to defend against Iran’s aggression.”
BREAKING: Russia Banned From 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia from global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory.
“The full list of recommendations have been unanimously accepted,” said WADA spokesman James Fitzgerald, speaking at a meeting of the body’s executive committee in Lausanne.
“WADA’s executive committee approved unanimously to assert a non-compliance on the Russian anti-doping agency for a period of four years,” he added.
The ruling means Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as neutrals, but only if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.
“They are going to have prove they had nothing to do with the non-compliance, (that) they were not involved in the doping schemes as described by the McLaren report, or they did not have their samples affected by the manipulation,” Fitzgerald said.
The independent McLaren report, released in 2016, revealed the significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011-15.
UPDATED: Buhari Given 14-Day Ultimatum To Release Sowore
Following the detention of Omoyele Sowore and other activists, a coalition of over 200 civil rights organizations have given President Muhammadu Buhari a 14-day ultimatum to show commitment to the rule of law or face mass action and civil disobedience.
According to the organizations on Monday, mass action was inevitable if the government failed to accede to their demands.
This was disclosed in a statement titled “Nigeria’s Troubling State of Affairs” issued on Monday, Dec 9, 2019 by the organizations.
Below is the full statement:
Tomorrow, December 10th, the world will celebrate Human Rights Day. It will also be marked in Nigeria as we review the crackdown on the freedom of the press; proposed bills to curb dissent and a general environment of shrinking civic space of which the recent actions of our security agencies are just an example.
We represent a cross-section of Nigerian civil society actors that have played various roles in Nigeria’s journey to civil rule.
Two key issues are of concern to us, namely:
1) Attack on Our Judiciary
2) Attack on Free Speech & Pattern of Silencing Dissent
In closing, we demand the following:
1) President Muhammadu Buhari to show accountability as President and Commander-in-Chief and address the nation on his commitment to the rule of law and human rights.
2) The release of all illegally detained persons by the DSS as revealed by Amnesty, Premium Times & Punch Newspapers in recent months.
3) That the government obey all outstanding court orders.
4) An investigation of the officers who violated protocol and the circumstances leading to Omoyele Sowore’s 2nd arrest.
5) The unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore per his bail terms.
If these four demands are not honored within 14 days – we call on patriots to join us as we occupy the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) offices across the country, as it is legally mandated to protect rights and it reports to the Presidency.
For more information, please reach out to ‘Yemi Adamolekun – [email protected]
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
“May I remind this government that disobedience calls to disobedience and that disobedience of the orders of the constitutional repository of the moral authority of arbitration – the judiciary – can only lead eventually to a people’s disregard of the authority of other arms of civil society, a state of desperation that is known, recognized and accepted as– civil disobedience.
It is so obvious – state disobedience leads eventually to civil disobedience, piecemeal or through a collective withdrawal of recognition of other structures of authority. That way leads to chaos but – who set it in motion? As is often the case, the state, unquestionably. Such a state bears full responsibility for the ensuing social condition known as anomie.”
– Wole Soyinka
Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International (Nigeria)
Idayat Hassan, Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD)
Auwal Musa, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)
Deji Adeyanju, Concerned Nigerians
‘Yemi Adamolekun, Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria)
Lanre Suraj, (HEDA) & People’s Alternative Front
Kola Ogundare, Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP)
Jaye Gaskia, Take Back Nigeria (TBN)
Biola Akiode-Afolabi, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) & Transition Monitoring Group (TMG)
BREAKING: ISWAP Executes Nigerian Soldiers, Policeman
Suspected members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) have released a video online which shows its members executing two Nigerian soldiers and a police officer.
The video shows masked ISWAP members executing the officers who were said to have been abducted at a fake checkpoint in Benisheikh, Maiduguri.
The executed officers displayed their identity cards and introduced themselves as a mobile police sergeant, a sergeant of the Nigerian army and a private soldier.
In the video dated December, the ISWAP members were also seen threatening to carry out massive attacks on the Nigerian military.
“We are saying to the soldiers of Nigeria, we will never spare those fighting people practicing the religion of Allah. Because of that we shall attack your barracks, wallahi we shall block you on your roads. The story is, what you hear is not what you see; what lies ahead is tougher and uglier than this, Allahu Akbar.”