Archive for June, 2006

Monday, June 19th, 2006
Edward Mortimer, Director of Communications at the UN, issues a lot of denials, listing what UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan did not say (“Kofi Annan and the Gaza beach killings,” Jerusalem Post Letters, June 19).

Surely what is much more interesting is what the Secretary-General actually did say in response to the tragic killing on a Gaza beach of almost an entire family.

The question is perfectly simple: did, or did not, Mr Annan say “I don’t believe it is plausible that the Palestinians planted charges in a place where civilians often spend their time.” (“Annan doubts IDF Gaza shelling findings,” Jerusalem Post On-Line Edition, June 14).

Because if the UN Secretary-General – a person whose salary is paid for by everyone reading this newspaper – is either so blind or so partisan as to not recognise the Palestinian penchant for planting bombs among Jewish civilians and Kassam batteries among Palestinian civilians, then the time has come for us all to save our money while Mr Annan’s replacement is trained to do the job properly.

Mr Mortimer might consider answering the one simple question that is actually being asked, instead of issuing denials. It would put us all in a far better position to judge his claims of “serious factual errors” in the Jerusalem Post’s reporting of the events.

Kofi Annan speaks seems to be disconnected from reality

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Kofi Annan to London-based newspaper Al-Hayat (reported in Jerusalem Post on 14 June 2006):

“The Israeli claim that the (Gaza) beach blast was caused by an explosive charge at the site sounds strange to me. I don’t believe it is plausible that the Palestinians planted charges in a place where civilians often spend their time.”

Really? Does Mr Annan really not believe Palestinians would plant explosive charges in places where civilians often spend their time? Would someone please ask the UN Secretary General how he can stay on in his job if he is unaware of the innumerable explosive charges the Palestinians have placed on Israeli buses, in Israeli schools, restaurants, bus stops, shopping malls? Or does Mr Annan subscribe to the Palestinian view that all Israelis, even two-year-olds, are part of the “Zionist war machine” and therefore not civilians?

This is the most outrageously insensitive statement that the UN Secretary General has ever made. His replacement is long overdue.