The State Dept. needs to be purged of Obama appointees.
The State Department’s top lawyers are systematically removing the word “genocide” to describe the Islamic State’s mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from speeches before they are delivered and other official documents, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies.
Additionally, Democratic senators are delaying confirmation of Mark Green, Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Agency for International Development who has broad bipartisan support.
These efforts guarantee that Obama-era policies that worked to exclude Iraq’s Christian and other minority religious populations from key U.S. aid programs remain in place, the activists said.
Richard Visek, who was appointed by President Obama as head the State Department’s Office of Legal Adviser in October 2016, is behind the decision to remove the word “genocide” from official documents, according to Nina Shea, an international human rights lawyer who directs the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom. FoxNews
State Dept. Justification of Terrorism
Judging by the standard used by the authors of State Department’s reporting on Israel in the newly released Country Reports on Terrorism for 2016, the Palestinian terrorist who violently stabbed to death three Israelis and seriously wounded another as they celebrated the Shabbat and the birth of a new grandson should not be held responsible.
Why? Because as the State Department puts it, it is the “frustration” with and “perception” of Israel’s policies that drives Palestinian terrorists to murder Israelis.
The State Department’s report claims that the “[c]ontinued drivers of [Palestinian] violence” are Israel’s policies. Accordingly, Palestinian terrorists like this one commit violence not because schools, television, newspapers, mosques, and social media are constantly inciting to violence against Israel and its Jewish citizens. Moreover, the report praises Mahmoud Abbas’s “commitment to fight terrorism” and call for “culture of peace and tolerance and the renunciation of violence and extremism.” It also notes that the “PA’s Palestinian Broadcasting Company’s code of conduct does not allow programming that encourages ‘violence against any person or institution on the basis of race, religion, political beliefs, or sex.'” Apparently, in a thin effort to disguise State’s siding with the Palestinians, the report admits that “[i]n practice, however, some instances of incitement took place via official media. There were also some instances of inflammatory rhetoric and the posting of political cartoons glorifying violence on official Fatah Facebook pages.” “[S]ome instances”? Try every day, everywhere, all the time.
The Palestinian terrorists, according to the State Department, are driven to such extreme violence because of “lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood, Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank … [and] the perception that the Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount.” Moreover, the report also blames the IDF for its effort to curb such violence “with tactics that the Palestinians considered overly aggressive.”
The authors of the report don’t consider Palestinians murdering Israelis at their homes, streets, bus stations, stores, and coffee houses, “overly aggressive.” If this outrageous attitude continues, how long before the State Department describes the actions of Palestinians breaking into Israeli homes and murdering the elderly, women, and children at their dinner table as “defensive actions”? AmericanThinker