UN officials are becoming increasingly hysterical at the shift of UN focus from Israel to Syria. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, after noting the "fighting in Syria:" "we must not lose sight of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the resolution of which was no less urgent." The message to Syrian civilians being butchered daily? Israeli apartment building is as important as you dying. Then came the usual UN threats about time running out for Israel, or else. From the diplomat who cried wolf: "The coming weeks will be critical," and "I cannot stress enough the risk of missing the current window of opportunity."
UN Palestinian Rights Committee has been living it up in Beijing, where they are busy spreading hatred of Israel literally around the globe. A few meeting tidbits: Bassam Al-Salhi, Secretary-General, Palestinian People's Party, and Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for Jerusalem: "Israel was adopting a policy of ethnic cleansing" And then he demanded: " a 'real intervention' by the international community was needed." Ahmad Tibi, Member of Knesset, Arab Movement for Change, Jerusalem: "The Prime Minister [of Israel]...was the one imposing preconditions [for negotiations] by insisting that the PLO accept Israel as a Jewish State. ...President Abbas was saying "no" to it...Defining Israel as a Jewish State would strengthen by law the "inferior" status of the Arab minority, he warned." The UN recipe for peace: Delegitimize Israel and a two-state solution with a Jewish state will fade away.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, searches for ways to pull her punches on criticism of Turkey, after downplaying Erdogan's outrages for as long as possible. UN press release says Pillay "offer[ed] the support of her Office in the efforts to further develop human rights in Turkey." No mention of thwarting Islamization in her development plans.
The Obama administration announced a new contribution of $123 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) - for a total U.S. 2013 contribution to UNRWA of $244.5 million. The cash-with-no-strings-attached comes despite the Palestinian Authority having systematically ignored President Obama's strongest requests. The PA was asked not to go unilaterally to the UN General Assembly for a change of status to that of a "non-member state," and to end its almost three-year long boycott of direct negotiations with Israel. Why respond positively when the funds just keep on flowing?
The United States donates US $123m to UNRWA Development
Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Filippo Grandi, has analogized the butchery in Syria to the Israeli treatment of Palestinians: "The loss of camps in Syria and the uncertainty that it has wrought, are suffered by all, just as the bombardments in Gaza." UNRWA is desperate to put Palestinians back on top of the world's most deserving victims list, as the UN's massive Palestinian advocacy machinery struggles with the Syrian distraction. In his latest twisted remarks, UNRWA's chief finds a way of blaming Israel for the consequences of events in Syria for Palestinians. "The distress of Palestine refugees in Syria and displaced from Syria has given the lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process an added, and very stark dimension."
The Red Cross - known for denying usage of the Jewish Magen David Adom while embracing the Islamic Red Crescent - is sporting a new video promoting the Turkish thugs responsible for the 2010 Gaza-bound flotilla. The ICRC 150th anniversary video features Hussein Oruc, deputy chairman of the IHH NGO - a man who said at the time (among other things): "Israelis...want to control the West." An ICRC spokesperson told the Times of Israel he couldn't see any problem; it was just "part of an initiative to highlight different perspectives on current humanitarian challenges." Antisemitism isn't a humanitarian challenge at the UN.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon evidently doesn't trust President Obama, who was recently dragged into finally admitting that Syria has used chemical weapons. Obama's assessment isn't "independent or impartial" according to the UN chief. That much-touted UN initiative to send an investigative team to Syria "within 24 hours" went nowhere, so the SG is saying crimes against humanity are still a would-be thing: "Our goal remains a fully independent and impartial inquiry...The use of chemical weapons by any party would be a crime against humanity...I again urge the Syrian Government to grant Dr. Sellström's team the access we have long sought."