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The UN Won't Investigate the Real Tragedy

The UN Won't Investigate the Real Tragedy

There is no justice to be had in the UN for the Jewish state.


Originally published in the Los Angeles Times.

April 30, 2002 -- The United Nations commission formed to investigate the nonexistent Israeli "massacre" in the West Bank town of Jenin could have been a means for some desperately needed truth-telling about the Middle East conflict.

Instead, given its mandate to focus on Israel's self-defense rather than on the Palestinian terrorism that provoked it, the commission will only confirm that there is no justice to be had in the UN for the Jewish state.

The commission won't be investigating how the Palestinian Authority, established and lavishly funded by the international community, abused its sponsors' trust by turning Jenin and other West Bank towns into centers for suicide bomb factories. The commission won't be investigating how Palestinian terrorists used civilian neighborhoods as shields for their death work and Red Crescent ambulances to transport explosives belts into Israeli cities.

The commission won't be investigating the verifiable massacres that have happened here in Israel's cafes and wedding halls, on its street corners and buses.

The commission won't be investigating the role played by Yasser Arafat's official apparatus -- his police and militias and intelligence services--in planning, funding and recruiting for the suicide killer operations.

The commission won't be investigating how the internationally recognized leadership of the Palestinian people nurtured a culture of suicide among its young--for example, Arafat's televised plea to God to grant him the martyrdom of the suicide bomber who killed 28 Israelis in the Passover massacre, or his wife's public lament that she had no son to offer as a suicide killer.

The commission won't be investigating the cultural infrastructure that made terror possible -- the Palestinian textbooks that exclude Israel from the map of the Middle East, the Palestinian media that proclaim that the Holocaust never happened, the Palestinian mosques where preachers invoke God's blessing for those who kill civilians.

The commission won't be investigating how donor nations, especially those of the European Union, allowed the Palestinian Authority to sustain a terrorist war for the last 19 months, lavishing funds on a corrupt regime that devotes its budget to building bomb factories rather than hospitals and schools.

The commission won't be investigating the Arab world's culpability in creating the Palestinian refugee crisis by rejecting the UN's own partition plan in 1947 and then maintaining the Middle East conflict by rejecting President Clinton's peace plan that would have created a Palestinian state on almost all the territories and part of Jerusalem.

The commission won't be investigating why much of the world's media rushed to proclaim a massacre in Jenin without evidence, and then appeared disappointed not to find mass graves beneath Jenin's rubble.

Neither will the commission be investigating itself to expose how the UN has been hijacked by a coalition of international dictatorships that have singled out Israel, which struggles to maintain democratic norms under permanent siege, as the world body's symbol of evil.

It won't be investigating how a country such as Syria, whose government routinely imprisons opponents and has sponsored the mass murder of its own citizens, is given a seat on the Security Council, to say nothing of its seat on the UN's Human Rights Commission.

And it won't be investigating the UN's neglect of desperate human rights issues such as the occupation of Tibet and of Lebanon and the mass murder and enslavement of black Sudanese.

Those are all issues that have been obscured by the UN's obsessive focus on Palestinian statelessness, which the Palestinians refused to end through negotiation and compromise.

The commission won't be investigating the real tragedy: how the UN squandered the dream of a united humanity animated by justice -- a dream first offered by the prophets of ancient Israel -- and instead joined the unholy coalition of Islamic fundamentalists, far-left moralizers and far-right neo-fascists in again targeting the Jewish people.

May 4, 2002

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(3) Jack St. Paul, May 18, 2002 12:00 AM

It's not a double-standard: Israel doesn't want investigations

Why haven’t the UN or international NGO investigations launched regarding Palestinian terrorist attacks? Simple: because Israel didn’t call for them. Palestinians called for an investigation into Jenin because what happened isn’t clearly known or agreed upon as being “criminal.” In contrast, Israel—and most people—think they clearly recognize terrorist attacks and know they’re “crimes.” Palestinian terrorists even frequently claim responsibility for attacks.

Relative power is crucial. If Palestinians believe Israel–or Israelis—have committed crimes against them, they can’t do much without Israel’s cooperation. Alone they’re essentially powerless. Hence, they call for international help. Dominant parties--particularly sovereign nations--can take care of their own affairs, so the US attacks Afghanistan and Israel captures or assassinates suspected terrorists rather than calling for international investigations.

Palestinians have been demanding, begging that the conflict and its attendant various components, like security, be handled by third parties for decades. While Palestinians have been more than willing to submit to third-party investigators and observers, Israel has shunned international observers and the like. For Israel to start calling for their involvement and claiming that their lack thereof heretofore shows bias is disingenuous.

Indeed, Israel’s calls will bring international attention and involvement, but that’s a Pandora’s box that I don’t think Israel really wants to open. Unfortunately, the calls for investigations into Palestinian terrorist attacks come across as petulant and like attempts to divert attention from Jenin. International involvement in these matters would put Israel more on the spot than currently because it would be hard for them to call for them regarding Palestinian "crimes" while refusing to cooperate with investigations into Israel's--ostensible--"crimes." Of course, even if they did support UN or NGO investigations, Israel likely wouldn’t want to submit to any findings made and measures called for, as is amply demonstrated by Israel’s numerous violations of UN Resolutions and international laws.

Israel doesn’t want international investigations. It’s propaganda.

Israel could have asked for investigations into terror attacks, but has only itself to blame that it didn’t, not a double standard or global conspiracy by the UN or humanitarian groups.

(2) Anonymous, May 9, 2002 12:00 AM

Excellent article

Says everything that has to be said, eloquently and perfectly.

(1) David Dudash, May 5, 2002 12:00 AM

Amen! Yassi got it right, the whole world needs to read this article. Truth ring loudly!

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