Posted by Jacob Laksin @ Wednesday 17 August 2005, 11:28 am
It does not exactly strain credulity to believe that the United Nations would underwrite anti-Israel propaganda. Comes now tangible evidence to corroborate the fact. Quoting a U.N. official, The New York Sun reports that 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…”
The Sun further notes that “[i]n 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.” A spokesman for the U.N. Development program, meanwhile, tenders this risible defense: “We are emphatically neutral …We do not lend ourselves to political messaging in favor of any particular faction or ideology.” This from an affiliate of the organization that once pronounced Zionism tantamount to racism.
Note, too, that slogan: “Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem.” It is, as readers will assuredly recognize, the classic rallying cry of Israel’s enemies, signifying as it does the intention to bring all of Israel under the yoke of Arab rule. And while it would be unfair to say that the U.N. as a whole shares that vision, it is no secret that the organization has never approved of the territories conquered by Israel in 1967; indeed, much of the U.N.’s time is taken up with issuing resolutions condemning the “illegal” “occupation.” Still, it is shocking and disheartening to see U.N. funds used for such malign purposes at a time when Israel, in accordance with the U.N.’s longtime position, is expelling its own citizens from Gaza.
Of course, the Gaza disengagement was not implemented for the benefit of U.N. plenipotentiaries. But Israeli officials have expressed their hope that the Israeli pullout would usher in an end to the U.N.’s “Israel-bashing,” as Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Dan Gillerman, recently put it. Memo to the ambassador: Don’t count on it.