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Saturday, October 29, 2016

UN A Big Part of Palestinian Propaganda Machine

The UN has long been the leader in facilitating Palestinian propaganda.
Its dominance by Muslims and other Antisemitic countries has made
the little country of Israel the centre of UN attention
in spite of extraordinary atrocities happening
in many other countries. 

Palestinians are portrayed as living in abject poverty and hopelessness when in fact they are well-educated, and have many opportunities that most Palestinians living elsewhere in the middle east do not have. 

Check out this home of a Palestinian businessman:

Palestinian luxury

I mean, good grief, he must have put half of the West Bank to work building that palace. And where did he get the money? Israel is strangling the Palestinian economy, apparently, but it seems this guy doesn't know it.

Yes, there are slums in Palestine and 70% of the people live in them. This has less to do with Israeli economic strangulation than with UNRWA and the PLO doing their best to keep those people living in slums. The billions of dollars spent by UNRWA could have lifted those people out their slums if they were interested in helping Palestinians rather than garnering sympathy for them and making Jews look bad.

Nearly one-third of the registered Palestine refugees, more than 1.5 million individuals, live in 58 recognized Palestine refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, those 'refugee camps' are apartment buildings, almost all of which have running water/sewer and electricity. Slums they are, but 'camps' they are not. For refugee 'camps' you need to go to other Arab states where the quality of life and the opportunity for education, medical care and employment is considerably diminished, if not non-existent.

READ: The Politics of Suffering
Syria's Palestinian Refugee Camps

Nell Gabiam
Gabiam’s analysis captures two forces in tension within the camps: politics of suffering that serves to keep alive the discourse around the Palestinian right of return; and politics of citizenship expressed through development projects that seek to close the divide between the camp and the city. Gabiam offers compelling insights into the plight of Palestinians before and during the Syrian war, which has led to devastation in the camps and massive displacement of their populations.

Have you heard about the massive suffering of Palestinians in Syria? I haven't, and I keep my ear pretty close to the Middle East ground. No UN resolutions about their suffering! You only hear how bad those living in the West Bank and Gaza have it.

The long-suffering people of Gaza

According to the 2012 Happy Planet Index – a survey conducted by the New Economics Forum to measure happiness around the world – the Palestinian Authority was the third happiest Arab country and the 30th happiest in the world, making the PA happier than many developed countries like the US, UK, Sweden, Australia and Canada.

Algeria – 52.2
Jordan – 51.7

Palestinian Authority – 51.2

Crazy, huh? Maybe we should all move to Gaza.

UN rights envoy slams Israel for imposing ‘epic’ poverty on Palestinians

© Mohamad Torokman
© Mohamad Torokman / Reuters

The UN human rights rapporteur has accused Israel of denying Palestine’s right to development thus causing rampant poverty, “epic" unemployment and economic stagnation, while illegal settlement activity is leaving hundreds of Palestinians homeless.

Over 1,100 people have been left homeless so far this year in Area C of the West Bank, as Israel demolished some 780 Palestinian homes, according to Haaretz. Area C is fully administered by Israel and comprises of some 60 percent of the total territory in the West Bank. It is the area where the Jewish settlements – illegal under international law – are located.

So far this year, Israel has destroyed 780 homes there, compared to 453 demolitions that were conducted in 2015. Last year's demolitions left some 580 Palestinians homeless, while this year 1,129 people were left without a roof over their heads.

In addition, the publication noted that further 125 Palestinian homes were also demolished in East Jerusalem since the start of the year. Last year's figures stood at 78 home demolitions. As a result, 164 Palestinians were left homeless this year in East Jerusalem. In 2015, that figure stood at 108 people.

In East Jerusalem, this, I believe, is a policy of retribution against families whose members attack or kill Jews just because they are Jews. In other words, they are terrorists and murderers, yet the UN and the news media would make them into victims. How pathetic! How outright evil!

Overall, more half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority considers West Bank to be a part of a future independent Palestinians state, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Illegal occupation remains one of the main stumbling blocks on the way to achieve a two-state solution with Israel.

Declared illegal by the UN and many liberal, antisemitic states who criticized Israel for winning the 6-day war in 1967, but have never criticized Syria, Jordan or Egypt for attacking Israel in the first place. Nor have they criticized these states or others, like Iran, which have frequently threatened to annihilate Israel at first opportunity. Is this not hypocrisy in the extreme?

The biggest stumbling block to a two-state solution is the fact that Palestinians do not want a two-state solution. They want Israel gone - period. Nothing less will satisfy them, so why pretend that there is any possibility of a two-state solution. Palestinians are teaching their children from kindergarten to hate Jews and to aspire to be a Jew-killer. Does that sound like a people who want peace?

A day earlier, Haaretz reported that as part of the Israeli government’s ‘carrot and stick’ policy, the country's security cabinet reportedly approved a series of Palestinian building plans in Area C.

The paper says the meeting took place on October 5, and was held in secret so as not to provoke the ultra-nationalist Israelis. The ‘carrot and stick’ approach, earlier voiced by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, is a plan devised to reward Palestinians who support coexistence with the Jewish state while at the same time punishing those who support terrorism.

The plans reportedly seek to expand Palestinian villages in the West Bank and the Palestinian city of Qalqilya. In addition, Israel agreed to expand an economic corridor between Jericho and Jordan and the construction of an industrial area near Nablus. Construction of a hospital in Beit Sahour has also allegedly been authorized.

Israeli activities in the occupied territories were discussed in a report by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights, who accused Israel of denying Palestinian development.

Wait a minute! Read the last two paragraphs above, again. Do you see any conflict in those two statements? Apparently, the RT writer of this article doesn't. Is that what bigotry is?

“Poverty is rising. Unemployment is rising to epic levels. Food insecurity is becoming more acute. The Palestinian economy is becoming more stifled and less viable under the occupation,” Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said delivering his report to the UN General Assembly in New York.

Lynk said that Gaza suffers from a staggering 42 percent unemployment rate. Unemployment is as high as 58 percent among the youth population. Overall the entire Occupied Palestinian Territory has a 27 percent unemployment rate compared to only to 12 percent in 1999.

“The deepening of the occupation, the constriction of basic human rights and the utter absence of a political horizon leading to self-determination for the Palestinians have reinforced an atmosphere of despair and hopelessness,” Lynk said.

In Israel, human rights are constricted in direct proportion to the degree of distrust Israel has toward Palestinians. As long as they are determined to destroy Jews and run them out of the Middle East, their rights will have to be restricted. That they are only 'restricted' and not completely destroyed, like those of many Christians in Arab countries, is a testament to the tolerance and incredible patience of the Jews. Palestinians must change their attitude if they want to change their circumstances.