Posts Tagged ‘UN selectivity’

Palestine: a study in uncontrolled addiction

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

This article was first published in “The Times of Israel” on December 2, 2013.

Palestinian Arabs want a country of their own. They want to call it Palestine.

Many people find this offensive. Which is strange.

When the Palestinian Jews declared the independent Jewish state of Israel in 1948, with the backing of the majority of the world community, the intention of that same world community – including the fledgling state of Israel – was that local Palestinian Arabs would also declare their own independence in their own state – Palestine.

As history has made clear in the six and a half decades since 1948, the Palestinian Arabs did not so much want their own independent state as the destruction of the independent Jewish state.

And that aggressive, self-destructive attitude is what is preventing Palestinian Arab independence to this very day.

“… It is time the UN and EU stopped investing hard-earned tax revenues in the wasteful Palestinian Arab addiction to violence, intransigence, corruption and fanaticism. And instead started demanding reciprocity, transparency and democracy. On pain of withheld financial aid …”

The Palestinian Arab leadership and its various backers over the decades have historically failed to factor one prime consideration into their deliberations: the Jewish state of Israel is here, and it is here to stay. The more pressure is applied to ignore this obvious truth, the more rock-steady the foundation on which Israel stands.

There is a good reason for this: over and above the obvious religious, historical and national foundations of the Jewish state of Israel in Israel, nobody likes a bully.

To read the article in its entirety, click on the Times of Israel website.


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The expensive joke that is the UN

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The UN is one of the most underrated – and expensive – comedy shows ever.

UN member state the Philippines has been devasted by a recent typhoon, with huge loss of life and the eradication of many communities and population centres.

UN member state Syria increasingly resembles an apocalyptic graveyard.

UN member state Lebanon is once again gradually imploding into sectarian violence.

UN member state Afghanistan is currently debating legislation to allow the public stoning of people accused of infidelity.

UN member state Saudi Arabia chops off the hands of thieves.

UN member state Iran hangs gays, political dissidents and criminals from construction cranes in public squares.

UN member state Egypt is subsiding into anarchy, despotism and increasingly bold attacks on its original Coptic Christian population – people who have been living  in Egypt since several centuries before Islam was even invented.

UN member state China still occupies Tibet.

UN member state Great Britain still occupies Gibraltar. And the Falkland Islands.

UN member state the US still occupies tribal lands belonging to the native peoples of North America.

UN member state Morocco still occupies West Sahara.

UN member state Thailand is dissolving as pro- and anti-government protesters engage in running battles on the streets.

UN member state North Korea still routinely threatens nuclear war against its neighbours.

UN member state Iran, yet another rogue regime, has now been given UN go-ahead to continue its nuclear programme, cosmetically somewhat curtailed.

UN member states Pakistan and India continue their uneasy nuclear standoff and engage in routine military battles.

UN member state Turkey still illegally occupies half of Cyprus. With walls, security fences and barriers to separate the island’s imported Turkish mainlanders from the ethnically cleansed Greek Cypriots who were displaced from their homes. This subject is not even mentioned at the UN, let alone debated.

And that’s before we even begin to enter into the dire straits in which many African UN member states find themselves.

But at UN headquarters, none of this matters – or even registers. Because it is not important. The UN has no time for these minor matters. What the UN has time – and money – for is to proclaim (wait for it – you’re really going to enjoy this one) …

International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

You know, the people who already enjoy more of our financial aid than all other aid recipients in the world combined. The Palestinian people, all 3 million of them, already get more than all the other 30 million refugees in the world put together. Every year. And they’ve been getting this since 1948. Without any demand for reciprocity – not even a UN demand that they stop killing Jews for sport.

For financial, diplomatic and other aid to the Palestinian Arabs, the UN has all the time, resources and money in the world.

Meanwhile, the Kurds still have no country of their own, UN member state Turkey has still not admitted its culpability in the genocide it carried out against both Armenians and Kurds, there is still no UN-sponsored international year of solidarity with the Tamil people of Sri Lanka who suffered indescribable inhumanities at the hands of the Sri Lankan government …

The UN: the most expensive joke in history.

Gibraltar is British – but Judea and Samaria cannot be Israeli

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
This business of keeping territory after winning it in war: where do we draw the line?
Well, read Bret Stephens on the issue of Gibraltar, and it appears that no issue regarding territory taken in war is ever going to go to the UN for debate: not Gibraltar in Spain, not Tibet, not Ceuta and Melilla in Africa, not Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, not the Malvinas off the coast of Argentina, not Western Sahara, not the vast tracts of Algeria from which the pieds noir were unceremoniously ejected, not New Caledonia, not French Guyana, not Alsace, not Greenland.
There is only one territory won in a defensive war that occupies the minds, resources and time of the UN tsars and indeed the world community: that part of the Jewish homeland known as Judea and Samara from which Jews were “successfully” ethnically cleansed between 1948 and 1967.
The UN argues that because that ethnic cleansing was total and absolute and not one single Jew remained in those territories during that period after being forcibly evicted, the area is to be de facto declared as belonging to the nascent state of Arab Palestine.
A Palestine from which all Jews will be banned – by decree of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas. Abbas is the man with whom Israel is currently engaged in “peace negotiations”, following Abbas’s insistence that Israel first free 104 convicted mass-murderers and terrorists guilty of killing Israeli civilians for reasons of pan-Arab political ideology. This as a precondition for even sitting at the same table as Jews for the purpose of the US-demanded “peace talks”.
Against that background, now read Bret Stephens’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the subject of territorial claims, wars and occupation, and see if you agree that there should be one law for the Jews (well, against the Jews actually) and another entirely different law for everyone else.