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Friday, August 19, 2005

Today Gaza, Tomorrow Jerusalem

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Ariel Sharon’s Disengagement policy is now in full swing. It has been less that one week since Jews living in Gaza were forced to evacuate the homes and abandon their businesses. Once all the Jewish settlers are gone, the area will be turned over to the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Opponents of the Disengagement are fearful that the surrender of Gaza will not have the desired peace-promoting affects, but rather will only serve to embolden Palestinian terror groups to achieve their long-stated goals of annihilating all Jews and gaining control of all Jewish-occupied territories in Gaza, as well as the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Affirming these fears, some Palestinian terror groups were calling for exactly that – even before the Disengagement was officially underway. Now it seems that the United Nations itself is lending its support to the PA.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is funding a Palestinian propaganda campaign that includes the production of materials (hats, banners, bumper stickers, t-shirts, etc) bearing the slogan “Today Gaza, Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem.”. According the the New York Sun, the slogan has apparently been adopted by senior members of the PA, and by Hamas.

John Bolton, US Ambassador to the UN, is not letting the action slip by unnoticed. Bolton labeled the UNDP’s support of the campaign as “inappropriate and unacceptable.” Jewish leaders and Israeli officials have also brought the issue to the attention of the UNDP. The UNDP responded by saying that they thought it was unacceptable that the UNDP logo was associated with the propaganda.

The logo? What about the message being conveyed by the slogan?!

It seems that the UN is OK with it. In fact, when FOX News confronted Timothy Rothermel, the UNDP representative in Gaza, about it, he said that it was “consistent with the relevant U.N. resolutions in the Security Council decisions about the status of Palestine.

There was no word from the UN as to whether to funding of the Palestinian propaganda campaign would continue. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has not made any statement.

John Bolton and the US Congress should not wait around for Mr. Annan to take action. The US currently funds approximately 25% of the UN’s budget – that’s our tax dollars at work. The UNDP is misusing that money! The UNDP was set up as an impartial development organization to assist overpopulated and underdeveloped regions of the world in finding their own solutions to global and national development challenges and the help them attract and use aid effectively. I don’t see how funding geopolitical propaganda campaigns and assisting terrorism falls under that umbrella.

The UN better clean up it’s act. Or the US should withhold it's UN dues. Thankfully we have John Bolton to keep the fire at their feet.


At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

Maybe the recess appointment was a good thing after all. The Palestinians are emboldened by this withdrawal but I have confidence the Israelis who are in the center and toward the left will comply with whatever needs to happen if (when) Palestinain terror groups begin their next campaign.

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Dave Bertocchi said...

Great article, gives me another reason not to trust the UN. I think Bush's appointment of Bolton was the right move, now maybe we should withhold funding till the UN starts to follow it charter.

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Joe Verica said...

I am not a big fan of recess appts., but I think, under the circumstances, Bush had little choice. The Dems didn't like Bolton - not because of his demeanor as they tried to suggest, but rather, they did not like what he stands for. They do not like his views of the UN. The UN is in the midst of reforms, and it is important that the US have thier guy there to see that our demands are met (after all, we pay aobut 25% of the budget).

As for the Palestinians, I think it is just a matter of time before the violence erupts. PA leadership is talking out both sides of their mouths. To the world community, they are promising peace and compromise, but in their own circles, its "Today Gaza, Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem".

I hope I am wrong, but history suggests otherwise.


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