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EMET Phone Seminar: Israel’s Moral Clarity on the Battlefield with Col. Richard Kemp

October 7, 2014 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

To receive the call-in information, please contact dheffernan@emetonline.org
The international community and the world media have a disturbing track record of condemning the State of Israel at nearly every opportunity that presents itself.  Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations last month that Israel committed “absolute war crimes” and “genocide” against Palestinians during Operation Protective Edge, and announced that he will present a draft to the UN Security Council to end the “Israeli occupation.” And the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is working on a report of Israel’s alleged “war crimes” committed during Operation Protective Edge.  The successor to the Goldstone Commission, the Schabas Commission, is expected to provide the report at the Council in March, 2015.
Yet the precautions Israel takes to prevent the loss of civilian life on the battlefield and the code of morality of the Israeli Army is beyond exemplary. Why does the world hold Israel to a double standard? Why is Israel consistently blamed for the loss of inncoent life during its wars with Hamas? And what should Israel, and supporters of Israel, tell the mainstream media and international bodies in defense of the Israeli Defense Forces? 
Please join us to hear answers on these questions and more from Col. Richard Kemp, a UK Commander who challenged the anti-Israel Goldstone Report at the UN Human Rights Council in October, 2009.

Col. Richard Kemp has spent most his life fighting terrorism and insurgency, commanding British troops on the front line of some of the world’s toughest hotspots, including Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans and Northern Ireland. In 1993 Richard was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for intelligence work in Northern Ireland. He took part in the invasion of Iraq in 1991 in a Challenger tank with the Desert Rats, and was decorated for bravery with the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia in 1994. In 2005, at the request of the US Ambassador to Iraq, he spent three months on a special intelligence assignment in Baghdad, Fallujah and Mosul. Richard Chaired the Cobra Intelligence Group, responsible for coordinating the work of the national intelligence agencies, including MI5 and MI6, during the July 2005 London bombings, the Madrid and Bali attacks and a number of high profile political kidnappings.  He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his work and, in the words of the Chief of Defence Intelligence, had “huge influence at the highest level of government.”

Since retiring from the Army Richard has been responsible for security of one of the most threatened terrorist targets in London, has advised on countering the terrorist threat in New York and Mumbai, and was appointed special adviser on terrorism to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee. He is a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, the world’s longest-established military think-tank; and a board member of Friends of Israel Initiative, Advancing Human Rights and NGO Monitor. 
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Details

Date:
October 7, 2014
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Venue

Phone Conference
Washington, DC 20007 United States + Google Map