UN bankrolls anti-Israel propaganda
The United Nations bankrolled the production of thousands of banners, bumper stickers, mugs, and T-shirts bearing the slogan "Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem," which have been widely distributed to Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip, according to a U.N. official.This is exactly why not just the US, but also Israel, should leave the United Nations membership. Move America Forward is just the place to join to demand this. This just shows how monstrously corrupt and racist the UN really is, and why they should be avoided.
A special representative of the United Nations Development Program in the Gaza Strip, Timothy Rothermel, told Fox News that his office provided financial support for the production of materials that make up the Palestinian Authority's propaganda campaign, timed to coincide with the Gaza pullout. The Palestinian Authority's withdrawal committee developed and produced the posters and other items using U.N. money, Mr. Rothermel said.
In addition to the slogan "Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem," many of the materials displayed the logo of the United Nations Development Program, which operates in 166 countries and spends about half a billion dollars a year.
Asked by a Fox News correspondent about one of the banners bearing the words implying an impending Palestinian Arab takeover of the disputed areas, Mr. Rothermel, said, "That particular poster was prepared by the disengagement office with financial support from the United Nations Development Program."
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Update: Front Page Mag reports that a new scandal has cropped up in the most corrupt political outfit in the world, that being the UN. And in this case, the culprit is UNCA, the United Nations Correspondents Association.
The UNCA is a not-for-profit membership organization, insiders say, whose associates represent most major U.S. and international newspapers and, of course, broadcast networks. Journalists centered at the United Nations are presumably assigned to cover the General Assembly, Security Council and all ancillary U.N. departments and organizations with an impartial eye.Well well well, isn't that just plain terrific: propagandistic journalists whose only interest is in distorting the truth and concealing it from the public, and even coming up with vicious lies against democracies, have found themselves the perfect nest to ply their trade in.
Let's hope this scandal can be dealt with asap too.
Update: Check out this article on Front Page Magazine to know what the supposedly "moderate" dictator incumbent of the PLO is really like.
Aside from being a communist Holocaust denier and Arafat’s right-hand man for decades, Abbas has always hailed from the same school of moral thought that “Palestine” includes all of Israel and that there’s nothing inherently wrong with suicide bombings. His criticism of terrorism, which is always noted by the media and the international community so eager to embrace him, is based on his belief that slaughtering innocent civilians is merely strategically unhelpful.When will Europe and even the US learn to understand what Abbas and his cronies are really like, I wonder?
Due to the invaluable efforts of Palestinian Media Watch and its director, Itamar Marcus, we know that Abbas’ early tenure suggests he is simply Arafat in Western clothing.
Front Page Magazine interviews Barry and Judith Colp Rubin on their new book that researches the now dead PLO dictator Yasir Arafat. Some interesting points from Barry Rubin for starters include:
If one examines the objective evidence—the basic history, the events and the statements he made, it is clear that Arafat was very much a strategist of terrorism, someone who sabotaged peace, an extremist and a dictator. In fact, he was never even a true nationalist in the sense of someone whose main priority was to obtain a state and benefit his own people. He was essentially different from the scores of others who led nationalist movements throughout the Third World. That is one of the reasons that Arafat failed and that the conflict remains unresolved today.And, from Judith Colp Rubin:
And yet the mythology is so powerful that to point out these basic realities is held by many—especially in Europe—to be a highly partisan act of propaganda. Even to identify Arafat with terrorism or point out how he sabotaged the process is simply unacceptable. There are few people so immune to serious examination and evaluation. That is why in the 1970s, intelligence officials labeled Arafat the “teflon terrorist.” Arafat’s greatest success was in the field of public relations. What is especially ironic is that Arabs and Palestinians, especially in private conversation, do not share the Western illusions on this matter.
Arafat seemed to be a mystique to the West, because he didn't act in rational ways that would further the interests of his people. But there was, if you will, a certain method to his madness, certain patterns of behavior that marked his life. Such as: When you are losing is precisely the best time to act as if you're the victor; flexibility encourages pressure on yourself, but if you stand firm, conditions will eventually change in your favor; convince adversaries you are ready to make a deal and that one more concession by them will solve everything; denying responsibility for an action or claiming moderation, no matter how obviously untrue, will make some believe you while others suspend judgment; the man who causes crises is the one others must appease to end them; and few will notice if you say contradictory things to different audiences. For example, Arafat learned that a systematic strategy of terrorism does not inhibit diplomatic gains. He was first invited to speak at the United Nations as he directed a campaign of bloody, anti-civilian terrorism against Israel and a string of international atrocities. Experience taught Arafat that militancy and refusal to compromise kept him popular among his own people and in the Arab world. When Arafat initiated violence, it stifled Palestinian criticism of the incompetence and corruption around him, his unfulfilled promises and failed prophecies. These are but a few examples of the Arafat style.This could certainly help to figure out how NOT to be fooled by any more such terrorist leaders to come in the future.
Update: and while we're on this, the AP Wire reveals that United Nations officials in Liberia took advantage of local women and girls:
"The allegations range from the exchange of goods, money or services for sex to the sexual exploitation of minors. The peacekeeping department here in New York as well as the mission on the ground are taking appropriate follow-up action," he said.Just one more example of how devoid of credibility the UN really are. I would strongly advise against donating to UNICEF for their atrocious deeds. And it goes without saying that almost none of the money donated to UNICEF is ever used to make things better for children in poor countries.
A UN official speaking on condition of anonymity said the number of allegations could eventually total 20.
The head of the mission in Liberia, Jacques Paul Klein, is to step down when his contract expires at the end of the month, a UN spokesman announced Thursday. His deputy Abou Moussa will temporarily take over.
The allegations of sex abuse in Liberia are just the latest to be leveled against UN peacekeepers who have been accused of exploiting the very people they were sent to protect in missions from Bosnia and Kosovo to Cambodia, East Timor and Congo.
Dujarric said the number of allegations against UN peacekeepers around the world would likely increase.
For the record, Kofi Annan has told in a recent interview that he doesn't rule out resigning in the wake of the oil-for-food scandal. Let's hope he does more than what he says, and leaves the arena ASAP.