After Hamas Praises Terrorist Attack, Young Israel Calls Out Countries Who Opposed UN Resolution

December 10, 2018

Encourages U.S. To Cut Funding To Countries That Failed To Condemn Hamas; Calls on US to Demand That Hamas Return The Bodies of Fallen Israeli Soldiers.

The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today criticized those countries that voted against the United States’ resolution in the UN which condemned Hamas, and noted that they bore a degree of responsibility for yesterday’s terrorist attack in Israel. In addition, the NCYI called on President Trump to cut funding to those nations that opposed the United States’ resolution. The NCYI further urged the United States to demand from Hamas that they return the bodies of fallen Israeli soldiers.

Yesterday, a terrorist opened fire from his passing car at a crowd of people standing at a bus stop near the Israeli town of Ofra, injuring seven people. A pregnant 21-year-old woman was critically injured, forcing doctors to perform emergency surgery to deliver her baby at just 30 weeks. The attack, which took place on the last night of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, was praised by Hamas, which referenced last week’s UN vote when it stated that any attempt to quell “the Palestinian resistance” will be unsuccessful in light of the unsuccessful US resolution.

“The abject failure of the international community to condemn Hamas when it had the opportunity to do so at the UN essentially gave the terrorist organization a green light to continue perpetrating violence and wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent Israelis,” said NCYI President Farley Weiss. “Instead of following the United States’ lead and seeking to denounce terrorism, ninety countries, whether by voting ‘no’ or abstaining, effectively endorsed and empowered Hamas, which will only lead to further bloodshed and the loss of more innocent lives.”

“The impudence that these countries showed toward the U.S. in opposing such a noteworthy and necessary resolution is appalling, and we believe that the United States should reassess its relationships with these nations accordingly,” continued Weiss. “In light of their misplaced priorities in siding with a terrorist organization over the United States, we encourage the U.S. to cut the amount of funding that they provide to them. The United States should not and must not give billions of dollars a year to nations that sanction terrorism. Those countries should be rebuked, not rewarded.”

Weiss also criticized the countries that voted in favor of imposing a 2/3 majority requirement for passage of the Hamas resolution instead of a simple majority, which ostensibly set the measure up for failure. Had countries such as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland not abstained from the vote, and nations like Japan not voted against it, the simple majority requirement would have remained in place and the U.S.-led anti-Hamas resolution would have passed.

The National Council of Young Israel also called on the United States to withhold aid to the Palestinian Authority and not to participate in any financial effort to rebuild Gaza until Hamas agrees to return the bodies of any fallen Israeli soldiers. Specifically, the NCYI mentioned Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, two Israeli soldiers who were killed during a humanitarian ceasefire in 2014 by Hamas, which has refused to release their bodies to Israel. In addition, the NCYI called for the release of Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, Israeli citizens who are being held captive by Hamas. Both Mengistu and al-Sayed suffer from mental illness and wandered into Hamas territory, seemingly unaware that there could be dire consequences for doing so.

“Hamas’ refusal to release the bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul to Israel so their families can honor their memories by providing them with a proper burial is a direct contravention of international law,” said Weiss. “The United States is in a position to communicate very clearly to Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, and the international community that until such time as the bodies of these young men are returned, there will be no more handouts. Hamas needs to understand that will be serious ramifications pending the release of Lt. Goldin and Sgt. Shaul, as well as Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, and that their steadfast refusal to adhere to basic tenets of international law will no longer be tolerated.”