The U.N.’s ‘Year of Solidarity’ with the Palestinians

mahmoud-abbas-ban-ki-moon-390x285In yet another display of pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel bias, the United Nations decided that observing the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People annually on November 29th was simply not enough. November 29th was the date in 1947 when the UN General Assembly approved its partition plan resolution that would have given the Palestinians a state of their own more than six decades ago, side by side with Israel.  The UN General Assembly voted late last month to declare the entire year of 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” The vote was 110 in favor, 7 opposed and 54 abstaining. This action comes about one year after the UN General Assembly voted to grant the Palestinians observer state status. The General Assembly passed other anti-Israel resolutions as well last month, including one that called for Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria and another telling Israeli authorities to stop imposing their jurisdiction on Jerusalem.

In case anyone is interested in keeping count, 21 resolutions specific to Israel were passed during this year’s General Assembly session.  That’s one less than the number of General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel that passed last year. That’s a lot of solidarity with the Palestinians’ distortion of the truth.

“I ask all in the international community to work together to translate the solidarity expressed on this occasion into positive action for peace and justice,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. “The goal remains clear – an end to the occupation that started in 1967 and the creation of a sovereign, independent, and viable State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders, living side by side in peace with a secure State of Israel.”

It must be nice for the Palestinians to know that they have the UN Secretary General on their side as the world approaches the Palestinians’ special year of solidarity. He declared as “clear” the final status border between Israel and a Palestinian state based on the Palestinians’ uncompromising demand, without any mention of other troublesome issues such as the Palestinians’ insistence on the “right of return” of millions of their refugees’ descendants to pre-1967 Israel. It’s probably even more comforting for the Palestinians to know that they have President Obama in their corner as well on these issues.

The General Assembly year of solidarity resolution requested the UN’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to organize activities around the year-long observance, in cooperation with member state governments, the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.  In other words, the United Nations facilities will become the Palestinians’ stage to flaunt their victimhood melodrama, as often as possible and however they choose, for the next full year.

In its report to this year’s session of the General Assembly, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People stated its priorities for 2014:

The Committee intends to mobilize increased international scrutiny of the developments on the ground, in particular settlement activities, and will emphasize responsibility and promote action by the international community to put an end to all illegal Israeli policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The Committee will examine the legal ramifications of the new international status of the State of Palestine, and will also continue to call attention to the plight of the Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails and urge a resolution of their plight.

Thus, expect lots of Sturm und Drang at the UN all year long over alleged Israeli atrocities, settlements and bad faith in the peace negotiations. Expect one-sided seminars and forums on Palestinians’ legal rights as a “state,” and solemn “academic” discussions of how the Palestinians must have recourse to the International Criminal Court to seek redress for alleged Israeli crimes against humanity. There likely will be more calls to endorse the campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, which is already gaining some traction on U.S. campuses. Will years of Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians and the Palestinians’ use of their own women and children as human shields and suicide bombers be discussed in any of those sessions? Will Israel’s significant help to support the Palestinians’ economy in the West Bank be acknowledged? Not a chance.

Plays, art work and concerts most likely will be used for emotional effect to dramatize the Palestinians’ plight – self-inflicted as it may be.

Staged photographs of desperate looking Palestinian children amidst rubble in Gaza have already appeared on UN walls. And the UN itself has also been a party to disseminating false information via emotional photographic images. One such photo, purporting to show a bloodied Palestinian child injured by an Israeli air strike, was included in a tweet by an Information and Media Coordinator for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.  Along with the photo she sent out on Twitter, she included the following message: “Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by #Israel. Another father carrying his child to a grave in #Gaza.” The photo, it turns out, was actually taken in 2006 and was of a girl injured by falling off a swing. But the truth rarely catches up with the lies that regularly circulate at the UN when it comes to the Palestinians and their self-pitying narrative of victimhood.

Indeed, we’re likely to see at UN headquarters in New York, and at UN facilities all over the world, during the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” a whole raft of still photos and videos purporting to show incidents of Israeli atrocities that never happened or doctored to make what was photographed look worse than it really was. Will images of rockets launched by Hamas into Israeli territory targeting Israeli civilians or of Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks be shown at the UN? Not a chance.

The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will decide who is allowed access to events held on UN property in connection with the year of solidarity, even if the events are supposed to be open to the public without discrimination. This committee has already flexed its muscles. Apparently as part of its “exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” the Committee insisted that a UN accredited non-governmental organization which does not toe the Palestinian line be barred from attending events held on UN premises in observance of the 2013 day of Palestinian solidarity. UN staff, including from the Division for Palestinian Rights and UN security, played the role of the Palestinians’ bouncers. That’s just a preview of what to expect in 2014 when the Palestinians and their advocates will have the run of the place that U.S. taxpayers have spent billions of dollars to subsidize.

Anne Bayefsky, director of The Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, the Jewish human rights group barred from access to a public UN-sponsored event in observance of the 2013 day of Palestinian solidarity, warned that 2014 will become a “year of excluding pro-Israel Jewish organizations from the United Nations.” And in a slap at the Obama administration’s ineffectiveness in blocking this blatant display of anti-Semitism enabled by UN staff, Anne Bayefsky added:  “U.S. taxpayers have paid over half a billion dollars renovating U.N. Headquarters in the middle of New York City, and yet the Obama administration has ceded access to public meetings therein for the first time ever to the UN Division for Palestinian Rights. It’s an outrage, and must be challenged immediately.”

Already, the United Nations is reported to be spending $6 million annually on the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat, and the Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine of the UN Secretariat’s Department of Public Information. Even more money has been spent over the years on special “investigations” and one-sided reports emerging from the inappropriately named UN Human Rights Council. That too is just a prelude to 2014, when the United Nations will be spending lavishly to feed the Palestinians’ propaganda machine all year long.

The fact is that every year the Palestinians bleed the UN and its member states of more and more money, particularly for the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees (“UNRWA”). The budget for UNRWA’s core activities (general fund) for 2013 is approximately $663 million. On top of that are monies pledged and earmarked for special emergency funds. The United States is by far the largest contributor. The U.S. contribution totaled $233.3 million for FY2012. Since its inception, U.S. government contributions to UNRWA have amounted to approximately $4.6 billion. The neighboring Arab countries, despite all their bluster about the plight of the Palestinians and expressions of “solidarity” with them, contribute a pittance by comparison.

UNRWA is about as old as the United Nations itself.  The General Assembly created it in 1949 as a “temporary” relief agency providing humanitarian assistance to Palestinian Arabs, who had left their homes in Israel in 1948. There were somewhere between 600,000 and 760,000 such refugees at the time. More than sixty years later, UNRWA is a permanent UN fixture, far larger than any other United Nations sponsored humanitarian relief agency. Palestinian refugees represent less than 18% of the world’s refugees, yet UNRWA is the only UN agency devoted to just one refugee group – the Palestinians – spending one third of all UN resources earmarked for refugees.

Today, a fifth generation of Palestinian Arab refugees is served by UNRWA. Palestinian Arab refugees and their descendants registered with UNRWA now number around 4.9 million, and are scattered throughout Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank. The refugees’ neighboring Arab states have refused to provide permanent homes and citizenship to their fellow Arabs. Not exactly the kind of solidarity that would make a real difference.

The International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People will be a year-long circus of events meant to show as much pity in the international community for the Palestinians as they show for themselves and to demonize Israel as the sole cause of their problems. Trying to get the Palestinians to start taking responsibility for the many mistakes they have made and the harms they have caused to themselves and others for more than six decades will not be on the agenda. Showing uncritical solidarity instead with the Palestinians’ wrong-headed policies is self-defeating. As usual, however, the United Nations is all in as the Palestinians’ enabler.

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  • Hass

    Legitimacy my arse.

  • Marty

    Is the un going to identify with the genocidal and sociopathic inbred muslims of hamas or the corrupt and incompetent palestinian authority?

    • Well Done

      hey, wait, the “palestinians” are genocidal, sociopathic, and inbred, as well as being corrupt and incompetent. don’t pump them up like that!

  • Elliott Alhadeff

    As usual, an eloquent expression and description of the problem and no like kind of reflection of any kind of solution. E.g., should Israel and the U.S. continue to be members of the UN – if so, why? Should Israel and the US continue to fund Palestinian corruption? If so, why? Should Israel and the US create their own propaganda machine to confront the lies of the UN and world anti-Semitism? If not, Why? So many solutions. So few humans with common sense.

    • Well Done

      The “palestinian” cause would have left us a long time ago if the damned idiots at the U. N. didn’t sponsor it!

  • john spielman

    so how come the organization that gave BIRTH to the state of Israel is now trying to KILL it?

    • Ken Kelso

      State of Israel Does Not Appear on a UN Map of the Holy Land
      By Yaffa Goldstein
      Mar 1 2001

      (Published by UN for the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)
      March 1, 2001 Hatzofeh
      The UN financed a Palestinian tourist map of the Holy Land that does not name the State of Israel, and the entire center of the country, excepting Gaza and Samaria, is represented as being unsettled.

      The only Jewish communities that appear on this map are cited with their Arabic names, such as el-Hadarat (Hadera), Ramle, Askelan (Ashkelon), Ashdout (Ashdod) and Tal Arabe (Tel Aviv).

      The map was discovered by a journalist, David Bedein, from the Israel Resource News Agency. The bottom of the map notes that its production was financed by the UN’s Development Department, whose offices are located on Yaakobi Street, West Jerusalem. One of the UN officials in the office confirmed to Bedein that the map’s production had been financed by his department. But the official and his secretary later denied they had had any knowledge of the project.
      Emanuel Nahshon, a deputy-spokesman in the Foreign Ministry, told Hatzofe yesterday that this map was part of the Palestinian propaganda that was geared to eradicate the State of Israel and delegitimize it.
      He said the Foreign Ministry could only express regret that the UN had financed a project whose goal it was to turn the State of Israel into a white blotch on the map.

      • Ken Kelso

        What the U.N teaches in Gaza.
        Learn about Islam, Jihad, martyrdom – at UNRWA schools (updated)
        July 4, 2012

        UNRWA’s official educational vision

        “An UNRWA education system which develops the full potential of Palestine Refugees to enable them to be confident, innovative, questioning, thoughtful, tolerant and open minded, upholding human values and religious tolerance, proud of their Palestine identity and contributing positively to the development of their society and the global community”.But UNRWA does not only teach secular subjects, as it implies. In Gaza at least, UNRWA teaches Islam.

        And some of that education is far from tolerant.

        On the UNRWA jobs website, it notes that there are interviews this coming week for teachers in Gaza. Only two specific subjects of expertise are listed: English and “religious education.”

        Indeed, the Palestinian Arab UNRWA site has curricula, sample exams and more for religious education.
        Here is a photo essay for one school that had a Quran Day, where they were encouraged to memorize the Quran. A similar ceremony from this past May can be seen here.

        Quran lessons can be found in UNRWA school sites.

        UNRWA social studies sites talk about the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims and Christians, but not for Jews.

        The Maghazi Prep School for Girls makes everyone know it has an explicitly Quranic agenda. It also mentions that its vision is to help the girls raise a generation of people who will “defend their country.”

        And this is only the tip of the iceberg.

        At the Nusseirat Primary School website, we see a lesson on honoring one’s parents:

        It was narrated that Abu Abdul Rahman Abdullah bin Masood may Allah be pleased with him said: I asked the Prophet peace be upon him: which work does God prefer He answered: Saying prayers on time. I said: Then what? He said: honoring one’s parents. I said: Then what? He said: Jihad in the way of Allah. Agreed.

        …You who sees what is happening to the Muslim Ummah everywhere .. I see the daily violations of the Muslims .. O of rending his heart when you hear the news of Muslims in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries of the Jihad .. you who wish to join the ranks of the Mujahideen and Jihad with them against the Jews and the Crusaders .. you who want to jihad hard but you can not ..Here is a poem about how Zionists raped Palestine and how the author will return to Jaffa.

        There are essays about the beauty of becoming a martyr.

        There are stories of young men who asked their parents for permission to wage jihad and who died heroically.

        All of these can be found in official UNRWA school websites. Many of the school logos include the wreath symbolizing the UN. Some girls’ school sites, like this Bureij girls’ junior high school seem to have not a single student without a hijab.

        And all of them directly contradict what UNRWA’s stated educational standards are.

        Are Palestinian Christians forced to attend mandatory Quran classes run by UNRWA? Should the UN be in the Islamic education business? How much of UNRWA’s budget goes towards “religious education?” Are Western donors to UNRWA even aware that they are funding these lessons?

        Shouldn’t someone ask UNRWA about this?

        UPDATE: Here’s a document that talks about the “cruelty, cunning and vileness of Jews” on a UNRWA school website.

        And here’s a photo of a Quran celebration at another UNRWA school – with the UN logo clearly visible.

      • Ken Kelso
        UNRWA Displays Map Where Israel is Palestine
        UNRWA event displays a map that encourages the delegitimization of Israel by labeling all of Israel as Arab Palestine
        May 23, 2013

        UNRWA event displays a map that encourages the delegitimization of Israel by labeling all of Israel as Arab Palestine.

        According to Palestinian Media Watch, “At the official launch of two German-funded UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East) projects in southern Lebanon, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Ann Dismorr, posed with a map that erases the State of Israel and presents all of it as ‘Palestine.’”

        Some of the cities that are listed as being part of Arab Palestine are Be’ersheva, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Tiberius, which are all presently cities with a Jewish majority located which are mostly located within mainland Israel.

        Palestinian Media Watch claimed that this map was a gift from the Palestinian Women’s Union and was presented during the launch of an event dedicated to improving water networks and shelters for the Palestinian community in Lebanon. The Head of Economic Cooperation and Development at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lebanon Dr. Hanan Abdul Rida was also present alongside a number of high-ranking Palestinian and Lebanese officials.

        Upon being questioned, the UNRWA’s spokesman Chris Gunness responded that this map spoke of pre-1948 Palestine but such assertions don’t really hold under scrutiny. As Palestinian Media Watch reported, “UNRWA spokesperson Gunness’ justification that the map ‘depict[s] a pre-1948 map’ is baseless, as the map includes the PLO-PA flag and not a British flag. That exact map erasing Israel, especially when accompanied by the PA flag, is one of the many ways the PA expresses its rejection of Israel’s existence and right to exist.”


        As Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, noted, “It’s quite something for UNRWA to insist that the map predates the creation of Israel, given that the PLO only adopted this flag in 1964.” He also explained that the map was titled Arab Palestine and not the British Mandate for Palestine. Additionally, the map displayed Israel’s neighbors Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria with their contemporary borders, further underlining the fact that the map spoke of the present and not the past.

        Prosor has sent in a letter of protest to the United Nations as a result of this incident. “Many in the international community doubt UNRWA’s impartiality and motives,” the letter reads. “Israel supports UNRWA’s important humanitarian work; however, actions that encourage incitement, conflict and, ultimately, violence undermine this work.” Prosor concluded, “UNRWA’s grasp of history and geography is nothing short of appalling.”


        The UNRWA was created in 1949 in order to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians who fled their homes following Israel’s War of Independence and their descendants, until Palestinians will be granted a right of return, even though such a right is not mandated by international law. It is the only UN agency devoted solely to refugees of a specific nationality (all other refugees are handled by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees) and that encourages a right of return to the area where the refugees fled from. All other refugee groups are resettled in another country, granted citizenship rights within that country, and give birth to children who aren’t refugees.

        It is also the only UN agency that allows for one to inherit refugee status and defines one as a refugee if they lived in a given country two years prior to the date they were forced to flee. As Kasim Kaz Hafeez a Muslim, Zionist and Israel advocate stated, “From the very start, from Israel’s independence, there has been a premeditated campaign to ensure that there is a continuing Palestinian refugee situation.” UNRWA is merely part of this effort. Thus, displaying such a map at an UNRWA event is merely the latest manifestation of the problematic nature of UNRWA


    From the River to the Sea,

    Pal-e-SWINE Will Never Be..


    • Well Done

      “palestinians” already have their own state…it’s called Jordan

      • PFReilly

        Don’t show your ignorance. Learn your geography,

  • Lanna

    What have the Palestinians ever done for peace….they break every agreement ever signed with Israel!

  • Jakareh

    Withdrawal from the U.N. and eviction of its headquarters from New York should be a basic goal of American conservatives.

  • Ken Kelso

    Joseph Great article on the U.N hating Israel.

    The U.N don’t like when Israel defends itself against Palestinian Fascists.

    Here’s some more good info for you.
    The UN is objective, the Pope is Jewish and pigs can fly
    MARCH 19, 2013

    This week I took the official tour of the UN headquarters in New York. I noticed that next to every “pro-Jewish” item in the iconic building, there is something to counterbalance it. Thus, adjacent to Chagall’s stunning stained glass window in the lobby there is a statue of Count Folke Bernadotte, a UN official who was killed by members of the Jewish underground group Lehi in Jerusalem during the War of Independence. Next to a small display on the Holocaust there is a huge exhibition on “Palestine.”

    I attended a session run by the Israeli delegation at the UN. Danielle Brown, an articulate former Canadian who made Aliya, served in the IDF, and graduated from IDC ran the briefing. She was an advisor to Ambassador Ron Prosor. Brown noted how traditionally Israel used to be “bullied” in the UN and was always on the defensive.

    Israel has however radically changed its tactics and has gone on the offensive. Now other ambassadors are hesitant to criticise Israel, because each time that an Arab representative gets up to speak of alleged humanitarian violations in Israel, the Israeli representative gets right back up and speaks of actual humanitarian violations, and hypocrisy in that country.

    The official tour of the UN building was highly revealing regarding the UN policy of “balance” and fair play. The UN guide led me through the General Assembly room, complete with its “Palestine” “country sign,” during a session.

    I was then led to a floor with a display of the results of violence. Some of the highlights included exhibits on landmines, nuclear conflict, and a small display on the Holocaust. The official UN guide did not mention the Holocaust exhibition, but did stop at the display titled “Palestine.” I asked her why she did not talk about the Holocaust exhibition, and she answered that it was “too controversial.” This did not stop her, and every other guide stopping and explaining the “Palestine” exhibition. This large display, on a bright orange background was full of half-truths and misconceptions. It was nothing less than crude Palestinian propaganda, which was lent a veneer of legitimacy by being part of the official UN tour.

    When I started to point out some of factual inconsistencies, the guide cut me off and hurried on with the tour. Some of the gems were:

    Of the two States to be created under resolution 181 (ii), only one, Israel, has so far come into being as an independent and sovereign State.

    This neglects to mention that the Palestinian Arabs, and indeed the entire Arab world, rejected the UN partition plan and tried to annihilate the nascent Jewish State through force of arms. If they would have accepted, as the Palestinian Jews did. there would be no Arab Israel conflict.

    In 1948, as a result of the war between Israel and neighbouring Arab states, almost 750,000 Palestinians were uprooted and became refugees.

    This fails to contextualise that the “war between Israel and her neighbouring Arab States” was one of self-defense by the Jews after an unprovoked combined Arab armies attack whose sole purpose was to wipe Israel off the map. The majority of Arab refugees, whose numbers are vastly inflated, left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier, in order to facilitate the Arab armies in “finishing their job.” There is no mention of the 830,000 Jewish refugees from Arab lands, some who had been there for thousands of years, who left everything behind.

    No other entity or trouble spot in the world had a place on the UN tour (not even Syria, where over seventy thousand civilians have been killed in two years of civil wars). This would seem to indicate a clear bias against Israel, that bastion of democracy and human rights in the despotic Middle East.

    So much for balance and objectivity.

    • Ken Kelso

      At least the PA are consistent …. They NEVER miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
      Just one ludicrous condition is the PA wants Israel to accept millions of Arabs, but any Pal state will be ‘Judenrein’.
      Welcome to the mindset of the Arabs.

      Palestinians don’t understand what is peace. They will never agree to peace. They teach their children that death is more then life. Their ultimate goal is to die for the course. They live a lie and die for a lie. They live to destroy Israel but in the end they will destroy themselves . There is no peace with Arabs, threnever was and never will be.
      The only place where we can meet is only on the battleground and a fight to the finish. To the end.

      These professional Fakestinians are welfare addicts, grievance collectors and terrorists have a remarkably consistent record of turning down repeated opportunities for a state and offers of peace on a silver platter as Olmert and Barak found out.

      The sad truth is that the Egyptian terrorist Arafat like his corrupt, anti-Semitic terrorist successor Abbas have never been interested in presiding over the 23rd Arab/Islamofascist state, so much as destroying the only Jewish one.
      Let them rot in their cesspool of hate, mediocrity and misogyny.
      PLO: No ‘Deals’ With Israel, Unless We Get Everything We Want
      The PLO remains adamantly opposed to anything less than the effective destruction of Israel as its price for a “peace” agreement
      Dalit Halevi

  • Ken Kelso

    Video showing Inside the UNRWA Palestinian terrorist Classroom

    • Ken Kelso

      Video of how the U.N supports Palestinian terrorists and how the U.N supports Palestinian children strapping bombs on themselves to murder Jewish Children.

      • Ken Kelso

        Another good article which shows how the U.N are Islamo Fascist supporters who allow no opposition to their lies about Israel

        We even got this Pallywood liar Filippo Grandi trying to blame Israel for Muslims slaughtering each other.

        We got this liar saying their are 11 million Fakestinian refugees.

        This is all to get more money for the U.N to support Palestinian terrorists.
        U.N. Declares 2014 Year of Palestinian Solidarity
        Adam Kredo
        Dec 10 2013

        Jewish officials worry about exclusion, uptick in anti-Israel activity

        The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to declare 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” during an unprecedented vote that human rights observers say was marred by anti-Israel fervor.

        The U.N.’s General Assembly (UNGA) voted 110 to 7 to approve the resolution on Nov. 26, just a day after the measure was put forth during a controversial series of meetings to mark 2013’s “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”

        While the U.N. holds a Palestinian solidarity day each year, this is the first time that it has voted to dedicate an entire year to what it describes as the plight of the Palestinian people.

        The General Assembly adopted at least three other resolutions that targeted Israel on the same day.

        Jewish groups worry that the U.N. will now see a massive uptick in anti-Israel activity in 2014, as the Palestinian rights committee assumes unilateral control over meetings and events that can take place under the auspices of the solidarity year.

        The 2014 resolution was passed just one day after a prominent Jewish human rights institute was controversially barred from attending events held on behalf of the 2013 day of Palestinian solidarity.

        Anne Bayefsky, director of The Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust (IHRH ), the group at the center of the controversy, warned that UN staff and a UN committee have now been enabled to make 2014 a “year of excluding pro-Israel Jewish organizations from the United Nations.”

        Critics say the initiative is likely to exacerbate what they say is an anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, where the Palestinians have many allies in their efforts to marginalize Israel.

        “The General Assembly resolution declaring 2014 as Palestinian solidarity year greatly expands the anti-Israel propaganda operation of the UN’s Palestinian Division,” said Bayefsky, who warned that the ban of her group is a “part of a larger political agenda to rewrite history and delegitimize Israel.”

        The 2014 resolution was only opposed by Israel, the United States, Australia, Canada, Micronesia, and several others. Fifty-six member nations abstained form the vote.

        “U.S. taxpayers have paid over half a billion dollars renovating U.N. Headquarters in the middle of New York City, and yet the Obama administration has ceded access to public meetings therein for the first time ever to the UN Division for Palestinian Rights,” Bayefsky said. “It’s an outrage, and must be challenged immediately.”

        “The United States strongly supports the principle of non-governmental organization participation at the United Nations and will continue to engage on this issue,” said Erin Pelton, a spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

        Daniel S. Mariaschin, executive vice president of B’nai B’rith International (BBI), a Jewish group with a strong presence at the United Nations, said that the 2014 resolution is part of a larger campaign to delegitimize Israel on the world stage.

        “We in the Jewish community, organization, and friends of our community, will need to redouble our efforts” to correct the narrative about Israel, Mariaschin told the Free Beacon. “This is one example of something we’ll certainly be pushing back against, educating, and engaging in our advocacy activity.”

        The resolution designating 2014 as the year of Palestinian solidarity orders that a series of “activities” be held throughout the year.

        These activities and meetings will be organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), which will also be in charge of determining who gains access.

        The CEIRPP was also in charge of determining access when the IHRH-an officially accredited U.N. non-governmental organization-and 18 pro-Israel Jews were barred from attending this year’s Palestinian solidarity day.

        U.N. security officials initially granted the IHRH credentials permitting 18 Birthright Israel alumni to attend the daylong series of meetings. However, the credentials were revoked less than a day later after the CEIRPP objected, according to emails obtained at the time by the Free Beacon.

        Bayefsky cautioned that “unless something is done now” the CEIRPP and the U.N. Palestinian Division can be expected to allow only “hand-picked, anti-Israel members of civil society” to attend any U.N. public meeting labeled a solidarity event in 2014.

        The Division for Palestinian Rights, which will act as the gatekeeper to meetings held under the 2014 resolution, ultimately did not allow the IHRH and 18 pro-Israel Jewish individuals to attend this year’s meetings.

        Photos taken on the day of the event show that over-crowding was not an issue, as some had claimed it would be, and that just two flags were erected at the front of the room used for the meetings: The official U.N. flag and one representing the “State of Palestine.”

        The U.N. meeting room was decorated with several panels purporting to outline the Arab-Israeli conflict. It included a display claiming that there are 11 million Palestinian refugees, a number disputed by many, including members of Congress.

        Israel’s flag was not present in the room even though the day of solidarity is meant to highlight the international body’s commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East.

        Speakers at the event included Filippo Grandi, the commissioner-general of the UN’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and Methodist Church representative David Wildman, who advocated in favor of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that wages economic warfare on Israel.

        Wildman invited “all member states” to join the BDS movement and accused Israel of apartheid in his remarks.

        UNRWA’s Grandi blamed Israel for the plight that some Palestinians face in Syria, where a years-long civil war continues to kill civilians.

        “Palestinian refugees are at risk of their lives literally today in Syria because more than 1 million Palestinian refugees together with other Palestinians continue to live under blockade and suffer very severe hardship in Gaza,” he said.

        Grandi also implied that Israel’s creation is “the original injustice” in the Middle East.

        BBI’s Mariaschin said that Jewish groups are facing an uphill battle at the U.N.

        Israel-centric resolutions and meetings are “part and parcel of the infrastructure in the U.N., which puppets the Palestinian narrative,” he said.

        “There’s a lot going on that needs to addressed,” Mariaschin said. “No question.

        • Ken Kelso

          Wednesday, June 20, 2012
          For World Refugee Day: Abolish UNRWA

          From the PA’s official WAFA news agency:

          RAMALLAH, June 20, 2012 (WAFA) – Number of refugees registered in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) totaled 5.1 million in 2012, according to a statistical review on the current status of the Palestinian refugees published Wednesday and prepared by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on the eve of the International Day of Refugees.
          UNRWA’s statistics this year say that there are 5,115,755 registered “persons,” but only 4,797,723 “refugees.” As a footnote states:

          Recent digitisation of UNRWA’s registration records enables us to present more detailed beneficiary statistics. Other registered persons include those eligible to receive services.Which means that UNRWA is providing services to 318,032 people that even UNRWA does not consider refugees!


          Out of those 4.8 million UNRWA “refugees,” 1,979,580 live in Jordan, 727,471 live in the West Bank and 1,167,572 live in Gaza.

          Nearly all of the Jordanians – lets say 1.8 million – are Jordanian citizens, and cannot be considered refugees.

          All of those living in Gaza and the West Bank live in what they consider Palestine, so they cannot be considered refugees by any definition.

          Which means that we can cut out 3.6 million from the rolls, today, leaving 1.1 million left.


          The remaining “refugees,” live in Lebanon and Syria. 436,154 are registered in Lebanon and 486,946 registered in Syria.

          But UNRWA itself admits that the number of “registered” refugees in Lebanon does not reflect reality. Even though it gets funding for 436,000 refugees in Lebanon, there are only about 240,000 Palestinian Arabs who are actually receiving UNRWA aid there. The other 200,000 or so are gone – many became citizens, many moved out of Lebanon to Europe.

          Ever since the early days of UNRWA, the Palestinian Arabs have lied to the agency to inflate their numbers. They didn’t register deaths and they added people who were not refugees to the rolls.

          In Jordan, most of the stateless Palestinian Arabs are from Gaza who left in 1967. They weren’t expelled, they weren’t threatened, they weren’t forced out: they left for the simple reason that they didn’t want to live under Israeli rule. (Most of those who left the West Bank for Jordan felt the same, most of those leftafter the war, not during. Of course, they were already Jordanian citizens.) Which means that they aren’t refugees either, by the official definition of the term – “A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality…”

          While I don’t know if the Syrian statistics are as skewed as the Lebanese, we can assume a large error in these statistics altogether; perhaps only 700,000 people who are truly deserving of UNRWA aid in Syria and Lebanon.


          Of course, descendants of refugees are not considered refugees forever by any definition besides UNRWA’s. The UNHCR has specific cessation clauses that define how a refugee loses that status; UNRWA has none. In reality, the only people who can remotely be considered refugees are those who were born in Palestine before 1949, who live outside the territories and who do not have citizenship.

          In the West Bank, 3.7% of the Arabs are over 65 years old. If that number is roughly accurate all over the Middle East, that means that there are, at most, 30,000 Palestinian Arab refugees today. (This is not counting the refugees who are of Palestinian descent who were expelled from Iraq, Kuwait and elsewhere; UNHCR counts about 94,000 of those.)

          The number that UNRWA uses is inflated by over 160 times the reality. And they do it for only one reason: to keep their bloated bureaucracy alive.


          It is worth reading the UNHCR Global Trends report released for World Refugee Day. While it mentions the UNRWA “refugees” in passing, it seems almost embarrassed to include them in the statistics of real refugees in the world.

          UNHCR’s report make it clear what a refugee organization is supposed to do: to solve the problem, not to perpetuate it. UNHCR manages to resettle or repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced persons every year, an astonishing record.

          And from reading the literature from UNHCR and comparing it to that of UNRWA, one can only come to one conclusion:

          UNRWA must be abolished.

          • Ken Kelso

            Great article on the Palestinian refugee scam.
            The Shakedown by the Fakestinians.

            Count Palestine Refugees?
            Daniel Pipes
            National Review Online
            May 29, 2012

            The fetid, dark heart of the Arab war on Israel, I have long argued, lies not in disputes over Jerusalem, checkpoints, or “settlements.” Rather, it concerns the so-called Palestine refugees.

            So called because of the nearly 5 million official refugees served by UNRWA (short for the “United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East”), only about 1 percent are real refugees who fit the agency’s definition of “people whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.” The other 99 percent are descendants of those refugees, or what I call fake refugees.

            Perversely, UNRWA feted its 60th anniversary in 2009, as though this were something to be proud of.

            Worse: those alive in 1948 are dying off and in about fifty years not a single real refugee will remain alive, whereas (extrapolating from an authoritative estimate in Refugee Survey Quarterly by Mike Dumper) their fake refugee descendants will number about 20 million. Unchecked, that population will grow like Topsyuntil the end of time.

            This matters because the refugee status has harmful effects: It blights the lives of these millions of non-refugees by disenfranchising them while imposing an ugly, unrealistic irredentist dream on them; worse, the refugee status preserves them as a permanent dagger aimed at Israel’s heart, threatening the Jewish state and disrupting the Middle East.

            Solving the Arab-Israeli conflict, in short, requires ending the absurd and damaging farce of proliferating fake Palestine refugees and permanently settling them. 1948 happened; time to get real.

            Senator Mark Kirk (Republican of Illinois), the force behind making long-needed changes to UNRWA.I am proud to report that, in part based on the work carried out by the Middle East Forum’s Steven J. Rosen and myself over the past year, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee onMay 24 unanimously passed a limited but potentially momentous amendment to the $52.1 billion fiscal 2013 State Department and foreign operations appropriations bill.

            The amendment, proposed by Mark Kirk (Republican of Illinois) requires the State Department to inform Congress about the use of the annual $240 million of direct American taxpayer funds donated to Palestine refugees via UNRWA. How many recipients, Kirk asks, meet the UNRWA definition cited above, making them real refugees? And how many do not, but are descendants of those refugees?

            The Kirk amendment does not call for eliminating or even reducing benefits to fake refugees. Despite its limited nature, Kirk calls the reporting requirement a “watershed.” Indeed, it inspired what a senior Senate GOP aide called “enormous opposition” from the Jordanian government and UNRWA itself, bringing on what Foreign Policy magazine’s Josh Rogin called a raging battle.

            Why the rage? Because, were the State Department compelled to differentiate real Palestine refugees from fake ones, the U.S. and other Western governments (who, together, cover over 80 percent of UNRWA’s budget) could eventually decide to cut out the fakes and thereby undermine their claim to a “right of return” to Israel.

            Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides, who is trying to maintain UNRWA’s dysfunctional system.Sadly, the Obama administration has badly botched this issue. A letter from Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides opposing anearlier version of the Kirk amendment demonstrates complete incoherence. On the one hand, Nides states that Kirk would, by forcing the U.S. government “to make a public judgment on the number and status of Palestinian refugees … prejudge and determine the outcome of this sensitive issue.” On the other, Nides himself refers to “approximately five million [Palestine] refugees,” thereby lumping together real and fake refugees – and prejudging exactly the issue he insists on leaving open. That 5-million refugee statement was no fluke; when asked about it, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrellconfirmed that “the U.S. government supports” the guiding principle to “recognize descendants of refugees as refugees.”

            Also, by predicting a “very strong negative reaction [to the amendment] from the Palestinians and our allies in the region, particularly Jordan,” Nides invited Arabs to pressure the U.S. Senate, a shoddy maneuver unworthy of the State Department.

            Through all of Israel’s 64-year existence, one American president after another has resolved to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, yet every one of them ignored the ugliest aspect of this confrontation – the purposeful exploitation of a refugee issue to challenge the very existence of the Jewish state. Bravo to Senator Kirk and his staff for the wisdom and courage to begin the effort to address unpleasant realities, initiating a change that finally goes to the heart of the conflict.

            Mr. Pipes ( is president of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. © 2012 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.

  • PFReilly

    Whoever wrote this article should go to Palestine and see for the acute sufferings of the Palestinians as a direct result of Israeli illegal occupation. I suppose the Palestinians demolish their own houses, destroy their own infrastructure, tear up their own olive groves and deliberately pollute their land with sewage coming from the settlements. They imprison their own children without trial, prevent their own people getting to hospital, disrupt their own trade and divert their water to the Israeli illegal.settlements

  • PFReilly

    Gaza’s water and sewage problem is getting worse ~ see the International Rec Cross Committee film :

    and then see the situation this week :

    Until the siege of Gaza is lifted, power is freely available to run equipment, to get spares for plant and equipment bombed by Israel, and the precious water resources are no longer polluted people will suffer ~ please pray for them, and also remember the Syrian refugees as they are in snow covered camps ~ Lord help them !

  • PFReilly

    Palestine never existed?

  • PFReilly

    Palestine 1930s.

  • PFReilly

    Palestine had its own currency , its own stamps and its own coins

  • PFReilly

    What kind of discussion forum is this when you take off comments showing the Palestinian perspective!