UN and Amnesty – two sides of the same coin

UN - Useless Nations

UN – Useless Nations

Sometimes I feel I could just post some old blog posts of mine about the UN, Amnesty, BDS or any of the other assorted anti-Israel and antisemitic organizations and no one would be able to tell if the post was from this week or from last year or even 2-3 years ago.  All that changes are minor details of time and place. The rest is the same unchanged poison.

So here is the latest antisemitic activity at the UN (I will not dignify these with the harmless euphemism “shenanigans”)

Palestine Return Center admitted to the UN:

The UK-based Palestinian Return Center (PRC) has been granted observer status by the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), allowing for the terror-connected outfit to advance its legitimacy and access once unattainable funding.

Israel Mission to the United Nations released a statement in protest of the ruling, saying that the group specializes in promoting “anti-Israel propaganda in Europe,” Reuters reports. Israel banned the PRC in 2010 after it became clear that the group was a front for Hamas, describing the group as “an organizational and a coordinating wing of Hamas in Europe,” an Israeli government statement on the matter read.

The group has brought the militant chief of Hamas in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, to speak at its annual anti-Israel conference, according to The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.

Ron Prosor, who serves as Israel’s ambassador to the UN, responded to the committee ruling: “Until today, the U.N. has given Hamas discounts and let it strengthen its activities,” he said. “Now, the U.N. went one step further, and gave Hamas a welcoming celebration at its main entrance, allowing it to be a full participant.”

The Hamas-linked group easily gained its UN recognition, with some twelve countries voting in favor, including the Islamist nations of Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, and Turkey, and the dictatorial regimes in Venezuela, China, and Cuba. 

The United States, Uruguay, and Israel were the only three countries to vote against acceptance of the Hamas-tied outfit.

Not only will the terror-linked group attain a boost in legitimacy, PRC will also be allowed access to UN sites and conferences throughout the world, now that the organization has official status as an NGO.

Did the PRC deny they are affiliated with Hamas? Majed al-Zeer (second from right), seniorPalestinian Return Center figure, with Ismail Haniya (center), head of de facto Hamas administration in Gaza Strip

Wait. Did Israel just accuse the PRC of being linked to Hamas? And this is a proven fact? Never fear! Lawfare is here! The PRC has now threatened a lawsuit against Israel over its accusation that it is tied to Hamas:

The organization said the claim that it is affiliated with Hamas — which Israel, the US and the European Union consider a terror group — is unfounded. The group said it defends the right of return for Palestinian refugees and has existed for almost two decades.

On Tuesday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s office announced that Haniyeh had called the NGO’s leader, Majed al-Zeer, and congratulated him on its new UN status.

But a spokesman for the Palestinian Return Center, Sameh Habeeb, said al-Zeer had not received a call from Haniyeh. Later on Tuesday, a Haniyeh spokesman sent a message to reporters asking them “not to deal” with the earlier announcement about the phone call.

Still, the announcement remained on Hamas’s website.

Zaka volunteers at the site of the Jerusalem synagogue terrorist attack last year

But don’t worry. The UN has your back! It will make sure that other harmful entities won’t be able to attain access to its institutions. Entities like the Israeli disaster relief first-responders and first-aid providers like Zaka which has been denied observer status at the UN:

A UN committee on non-governmental organizations that granted official consultative status Monday to a Palestinian advocacy group with alleged ties to Hamas has rejected a similar request by ZAKA, Israel’s voluntary emergency response and rescue service, to join the body.

The organization is staffed by mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews and operates out of Israel’s various police district. ZAKA volunteers are often on the scene of terror attacks and deadly road accidents, collecting body parts and blood for Jewish burials according to Jewish law. The group also provides first aid and search and rescue services.

This is the third consecutive year ZAKA has been turned down by the UN body, according to a Ynet report. The request will once again by brought to a vote in January 2016, according to the report.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN wins the Understatement of the Year award with his statement:

Following the decision, Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor castigated what he called “the height of the ‘theater of the absurd’ at the United Nations.

The UN springs into action

With all this in mind and more, Petra Marquardt-Bigman rhetorically asks: How low can the UN sink? (Helpful hint: very very low, to the depths of hell):

The United Nations (UN) has a long and sordid record of singling out the world’s only Jewish state for hypocritical censure and condemnation.  Most recently, Israel was the only country to be condemned as “a violator of health rights;” unsurprisingly, the supporting “evidence” included antisemitic claims by the Syrian regime, which accused Israel of “continu[ing]  to experiment on Syrian and Arab prisoners with medicines and drugs and to inject them with pathogenic viruses.” That is of course the same regime that mercilessly bombs and kills its own population, while Israel has so far treated some 1600 injured Syrians.

But the UN’s next move against Israel is already being planned: according to a Y-Net report, the “UN secretary-general’s envoy for Children and Armed Conflict recommended this week to include the IDF on a blacklist of countries and organizations accused of regularly causing harm to children. The blacklist includes terror organizations like al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Islamic State, and Taliban, as well as African countries such as the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and others.”

As the report notes, the UN is “facing heavy pressure from the Palestinians, their supporters and human rights organizations to include the Israeli army on the list.” However, few people know that this kind of “pressure” is in part generated by the UN itself, which sustains “a whole network of anti-Israel institutions ” that were built up in the wake of the infamous “Zionism is Racism”-resolution of 1975. Even though the resolution was repealed in 1991, this “network of extremely well-funded UN structures and offices” continues to exist to this day.

Petra has many helpful suggestions for the UN to study about appalling human rights abuses of civilians by such saintly entities as Hamas, Boko Haram, Syria, ISIS, Al-Qaeda etc., and the indoctrination of children and their incitement to Jew-hatred by our “peace partners” the Palestinian Authority, but sadly concludes:

But perhaps the UN will somehow find it more appealing to demonize the IDF that has to fight an enemy that openly celebrates the killing of Israeli children – for Hamas, they are just “prey” to be killed and hidden ‘under the rock.’

Shame on Amnesty, Sham human rights organization. Shamnesty is right.

Meanwhile another “halo-effect” organization, Amnesty, has used Hamas crimes to bash Israel (h/t Reality). Yes, you read that headline correctly. The Elder of Ziyon writes in the Algemeiner:

Some people were surprised that Amnesty International issued a report actually condemning Hamas for brutally killing “collaborators” during last summer’s Gaza war.

Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of “collaborating” with Israel and others during Israel’s military offensive against Gaza in July and August 2014, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

“It is absolutely appalling that, while Israeli forces were inflicting massive death and destruction upon the people in Gaza, Hamas forces took the opportunity to ruthlessly settle scores, carrying out a series of unlawful killings and other grave abuses,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

However, it is interesting to see how Amnesty talks about Israel in this report.

For starters, Amnesty must hang onto the illusion that Israel still occupies Gaza, even though they know very well that under international law, occupiers are responsible for maintaining the legal system of the occupied and Israel cannot do that.

Read the rest of the article in which the Elder of Ziyon  demolishes Amnesty’s argument and proves that Israel is NOT occupying Gaza. He demonstrates how Amnesty ignores such an inconvenient fact and then draws the very appropriate conclusion:

Under the excuse of allowing any UN or international investigation into Hamas activity – investigations that simply will never happen – Amnesty is demanding that Israel open itself up to biased prosecutions, for example under the Rome Statute that includes text written specifically to damn Israel and no other country.

Amnesty isn’t interested in justice for Hamas. It wants to use Hamas as a fig-leaf to issue more ultimatums against Israel.

As if to pour salt on our wounds, Amnesty also rejected a motion to fight antisemitism a few weeks ago (h/t Reality):

Amnesty International is facing criticism for refusing to tackle anti-Semitism in the UK, after a motion calling on the group to do so was voted down at its annual international conference.

The motion was narrowly defeated by 468 votes to 461 at Sunday’s International AGM.

It had been tabled by Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps, who told Britain’s The Jewish Chronicle that while he was not Jewish himself, he had put forward the motion after being appalled at the rising discrimination and attacks against British Jews.

Thorpe-Apps said the motion was the only one rejected during the entire conference.

“I was aware that the organization has been outwardly pro-Palestine (sic) in the past but it hasn’t stood up for the Jewish population and I think it would be good if they did that,” he said, noting Amnesty’s record of singling out Israel in its reports.

“I’m not Jewish myself but I’ve been appalled by what I’ve seen in the press facing the Jewish community and an organisation like Amnesty should really add their voice to that as they do with other human rights issues.”

In response, Amnesty International UK press officer Neil Durkin sought to explain away the vote by implying the group didn’t want to focus on one specific kind of discrimination.

“After a really interesting debate where everyone condemned discrimination against all ethnic and religious groups, our membership decided not to pass this resolution calling for a campaign with a single focus,” he said. “Amnesty International fights against discrimination in all its forms, and will continue to do so.”

However, contrary to Durkin’s claim, Amnesty has published numerous reports singling out other specific forms of discrimination, including a 123-page report on discrimination against Muslims in Europe.

Durkin added that “Amnesty’s UK Board, which supported the resolution, will be considering the outcome of the vote at their next meeting.”

That will hardly come as a comfort to British Jews, after Amnesty UK last year came under fire when one of its senior officials compared Israel to ISIS.

I think Israel should take comfort at being compared to ISIS. After all, isn’t ISIS one of the favourites at the UN?   If it isn’t, at the rate things are going, I’m sure the day is not far off when it will be given observer status and maybe even reach the Secretary-General’s chair.

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4 Responses to UN and Amnesty – two sides of the same coin

  1. Reality says:

    I cannot believe all that I just read! I feel like Alice in wonderland ,where nothing is at it seems. Anyone a few humdred years from now will look back and claim “what was their(Israel’s )problem?Why on earth are we still insisting on self flagellation by staying in the UN and all its other NGO s &various committees.It must be our Jewish guilt complex! I realise that if we leave we’ll have no say about trying to stop these disgusting one sided votes,but honestly,perhaps more good woild be done if Israel says “ok,thats it we can’t sit with terror funding supportive international bodies,so we’re outta here” Maybe(I won’t hold my breath)some other conscience stricken countries will join us.

  2. Brian Goldfarb says:

    re your cartoon on “any fresh ideas…delegitimize Israel?” Who needs fresh ideas, the old ones seem to work very very well indeed.

    • anneinpt says:

      Wait for my next post, coming up soon. yet more BDS. I feel almost physically sick, I’m so fed up and demoralized by it all. Which of course is their intent.

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