Saturday, December 10, 2005

The UN is an impartial arbitrator, and has moral legitimacy 

November 29, as you might be aware, is the UN-declared "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People". No other people, not the Tibetans, not the Kurds, not the Hutu, not the Basques -- no-one else -- has an annual "day of solidarity".

Here is a photo, from UN headquarters in New York, of the UN flag and the Palestinian flanking a map of the land in question. Hmmm... which flag is missing?

Here is a close-up of the map of Palestine that appeared between the two flags, above. I could've sworn there was another state there, one that even belonged to the UN. No?

Didn't Kofi recently castigate someone for saying that a certain state should be wiped off the map? Why is the UN doing it then?

To describe the picture below, I quote Eye on the UN:

In a moment which has been crafted to include the commemoration of suicide-bombers (from left to right) Nasser Al-Kidwa, Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority, President of the UN Security Council Andrey Denisov, President of the UN General Assembly Jan Eliasson, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People Paul Badji, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, (and two others) rise at the outset of the November 29th UN meeting with these words from the Chair. "I invite everyone present to rise and observe a minute of silence in memory of all those who have gven their lives for the cause of the Palestinian people and the return of peace between Israel and Palestine."

Of course, the Palestinians are the only group that have a "committee on the exercise of [their] inalienable rights"; it is one of about 20 UN groups devoted to them (read this). Worse, it also appears that the UN is commemorating such "martyrs" as the one who murdered five people in Netanya earlier this week.

I don't really think any further evidence is necessary to decide what the UN's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian issue is.

(Much thanks to Eye on the UN a joint project of the Hudson Institute and the Touro Law Center).

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