Further to the alternative-reality of the UNHRC‘s adoption of a resolution praising Libya’s late unlamented leader Khadaffi’s human rights record, we are now informed that no lesser a humanitarian than a Hamas official is to address this illustrious body.
Senior Hamas official Ismail al-Ashqar is set to speak before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, the Maan news agency reported.
Al-Ashqar will discuss the issue of Hamas members being held in Israeli jails. He is the deputy head of Hamas’ Change and Reform party and is slated to protest “the continuation of the abduction of Palestinian legislators on behalf of Hamas by Israel.”
Several months ago Israel arrested Hamas parliamentary speaker Aziz Dwaik and two Hamas legislators residing in Jerusalem.
Al-Ashqar is also the cousin of Abdul Latif Al-Ashqar, a senior official in Hamas’ military wing considered to be Mahmoud al-Mabhouh’s heir. [Al Mabhouh was the Hamas leader assassinated in the clumsy operation in Dubai – Ed.]
His visit in Switzerland is the second of a Hamas official in the past few months. He was preceded by a delegation headed by Hamas spokesperson Mushir al-Masri who met with local parliament members in an effort to develop lines of communications between Hamas and European nations.
To describe Israel’s arrests and trials of terrorist leaders as “abduction” is an abuse of language and a reversal of meaning. Furthermore, it is an utter disgrace that a member of a proscribed terror organization should be allowed entry into any civilized country at all, let alone be invited to address the ultimate world “authority” on human rights.
Shame on them all.
In related news, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, has called for the immediate dismissal of a senior UN staffer for knowingly tweeting a falsified picture of a “victim” of Israeli aggression” in order to smear Israel and the IDF.
Khulood Badawi, the information and media coordinator for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Jerusalem, (OCHA), tweeted a controversial photo, on March 10, showing an Arab girl covered in blood laying in the arms of her father, with a caption that read, “Palestine is bleeding … another father killed by #Israel … another father carrying his child to a grave in #Gaza.”
The photo, however, was later identified as a 2006 Reuters photo. The girl died in a playground or car accident, not as a result of any actions taken by the IDF.
Yet, the Twitter message, which was re-tweeted by hundreds of other users, was highly instrumental in spreading a new wave of libels against the Israel Defense Forces.
I repeat. Shame on them all.