I have written frequently about the upside down, Alice in Wonderland type of world which the UN inhabits.
We see this surrealism at play once again these past couple of weeks as the UN’s World Health Organization awarded the IDF emergency medical team the highest award, and yet mere months ago, that same WHO slammed Israel for violating Palestinians’ health rights.
Could the WHO explain: if Israel cannot be trusted with the health of Palestinians, how can it be trusted to care for civilians in disaster zones? And if the IDF is the world’s best disaster medical team, how does that square with the accusations of violation of health rights?
The WHO should get its own head examined, not to mention its soul.
These accusations against Israel are on a par with the annual accusations against Israel for women’s rights violations – when Israel is the only country in the Middle East with full equal rights for women.
And Syria had the gall to slam Israel in the UN for health rights violations in the Golan!! This, when it is as clear as daylight that Syria is massacring its own people by the hundreds of thousands, and the only nation coming to the rescue on the Golan is Israel.
The wonderful UN Watch reports that earlier this month, Israel was condemned in the General Assembly no less than 10 times (!) while the rest of the world combined received only 4 condemnations. Watch their video below:
From UN Watch’s article:
GENEVA, Nov. 8, 2016 – The U.N. General Assembly adopted 10 resolutions singling out Israel today, with only 4 expected to be adopted later this week for the entire rest of the world combined, with one each on Syria, Iran, North Korea and Crimea. See UN Watch’s full list and voting records below.
“The U.N.’s assault on Israel today with a torrent of one-sided resolutions is surreal,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental watchdog organization.
“Even as Syrian president Bashar Assad is preparing for the final massacre of his own people in Aleppo, the U.N. adopted a resolution — drafted and co-sponsored by Syria — which falsely condemns Israel for ‘repressive measures’ against Syrian citizens on the Golan Heights. It’s obscene,” said Neuer.
“While there will be a total of 20 resolutions against Israel this session, not a single U.N. General Assembly resolution is planned today for gross human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Venezuela, China, or Cuba.”
“At a time when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his state-controlled media incite to the continued stabbing and shooting of Israeli Jews, the UN’s response is to reflexively condemn Israel in ten separate resolutions, each of them one-sided, each of them utterly silent on Palestinian abuses.”
The resolution drafted annually by Syria condemns Israel for holding on to the Golan Heights, and demands Israel hand the land and its people to Syria.
“It’s astonishing,” said Neuer. “At a time when the Syrian regime is killing its own people by the hundreds of thousands, how can the U.N. call for more people to be subject to Assad’s rule? The timing of today’s text is morally galling, and logically absurd.”
“Today’s resolutions claim to care about Palestinians, yet the U.N. is oblivious to the dozens of Palestinians who in the past month have been slaughtered, maimed and expelled by Assad’s forces, and more than 3,000 victims killed since 2011.”
“Today’s farce at the General Assembly underscores a simple fact: the U.N.’s automatic majority has no interest in truly helping Palestinians, nor in protecting anyone’s human rights; the goal of these ritual, one-sided condemnations remains the scapegoating of Israel,” said Neuer.
“The U.N.’s disproportionate assault against the Jewish state undermines the institutional credibility of what is supposed to be an impartial international body. Politicization and selectivity harm its founding mission, eroding the U.N. Charter promise of equal treatment to all nations large and small,” Neuer added.
I’m amazed such a pariah nation is allowed to belong to the UN at all. I’m surprised we’re not all sitting in prison.
More surrealism occurs as the UN finally (only 2 years late) admitted that Palestinian terrorists indeed fired rockets from UNRWA schools in Gaza during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.
The UN finally investigated the Palestinian storing of rockets in UNRWA schools and their use of the schools to launch rockets against Israel, all of which constitute grave violations of the Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law.
Key findings gleaned from the UN report:
- Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad stored rockets in UNRWA schools. The board found, in the case of the UNRWA Jabalia Elementary “C” and Ayyobiya Boys School, referring to the discovery of weapons there on 22 July 2014, that “it was highly likely that a Palestinian armed group might have used the premises to hide weapons.”
- Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad stored rockets in schools that were in active use by children. During the war, former PLO lawyer Diana Buttu famously said on Al Jazeera that “the rockets that were found in the schools in UNRWA were schools that are not being used by anybody—school is out, I’ll have you know.” However, in the UNRWA Gaza Beach Elementary Co-educational “B” School, on 16 July 2014, the UN Board of Inquiry notes that the school gate was unlocked during the period leading up to the incident “in order to allow children access to the schoolyard.” School was out, but UNRWA was inviting the children back in to play.
- Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad fired rockets from UNRWA schools. In the Jabalia school listed above, the board found that “it was highly likely that an unidentified Palestinian armed group could have used the school premises to launch attacks on or around 14 July.” Similarly, concerning weaponry stored at the UNRWA Nuseirat Preparatory Co- educational “B” School, the UN inquiry found that “the premises could have been used for an unknown period of time by members of a Palestinian armed group” — and that “it was likely that such a group may have fired the mortar from within the premises of the school.”
Do you think Israel can expect an apology any time soon for all the baseless accusations, smears and slanders of needlessly targeting schools and hospitals in Gaza?
Don’t make me laugh! That would be the utter absurdest height of surrealism from the UN!
Given this “revelation” – which Israel has been relentlessly pointing out ever since the war – I would like an explanation and a clarification from Canada as to why they have given the discredited UNRWA a $25 million grant.
But since the deed is done, UN Watch has asked Canada to use its donor status to investigate the incitement emanating from UNRWA institutions and its teachers.
The names of the UNRWA staffers and links to their Facebook pages were sent today to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
While the Trudeau government pre-emptively promised to fund training for UNRWA staff “on the proper and neutral use of social media,” UN Watch said that this approach misses the point.
“The core issue is not what UNRWA teachers reveal online, but the fact that racists are being hired in the first place to teach children,” said Hillel Neuer, the Canadian-born lawyer who heads UN Watch, an independent non-governmental monitoring organization accredited to the UN in Geneva.
“We’re not calling merely for hateful posts to be removed—we’re calling for every antisemitic teacher to be fired, and for the senior UNRWA officials who keep recruiting them to be fired too.”“Sadly, UNRWA itself refuses to respond to our repeated reports of racist incitement by their school teachers and principals, and so the only recourse is for donor states like Canada to demand accountability,” said Neuer.
Please don’t hold your breath waiting for such an investigation to take place.