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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The latest UN cover-up

For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2007

THE LATEST UN COVER-UP: Notorious UN Committee Lies about its "Zionism is Racism" Origins

New York—The UN Committee scheduled to hold a virulently anti-Israel meeting on European Parliament premises in Brussels August 30-31, 2007 has just released a statement attempting to cover-up the date of its inception.

The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) has recently come under unprecedented criticism for its extreme anti-Israel activity. In response it has now declared that it "would like to state most unequivocally that this Committee is not
anti-Israeli, nor are its activities. It was established by the General Assembly in 1974…" The Committee was in fact not created in 1974, but on the same day that the UN General Assembly declared Zionism a form of racism, November 10, 1975.

"The CEIRPP is no stranger to controversy," EYEontheUN Editor Anne Bayefsky said. "For the last thirty years, it has hosted events around the world, all of which have a common theme: Palestinian 'resistance' and return is the solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. This is UN-speak for encouraging terrorism and the end of a Jewish state.

"This is the same UN Committee notorious for prominently displaying a Mideast map—at UN headquarters—without the state of Israel. The decades-long practice of displaying the map was discontinued only after EYEontheUN disseminated a photograph of it."

Though the 1975 Zionism is Racism Resolution itself was eventually rescinded in 1991, the Committee, mandated to spread its message, lived on as the only UN body devoted to the claims of a single people.

Other portions of the recent missive belie the Committee's innocence still further. The release maintains the Committee was established "…with a mandate to promote…the right of the Palestinians to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced and uprooted…The forthcoming Conference will provide…particular attention…to the role of elected representatives in advancing the cause of Middle East peace in concert with civil society"—an obvious effort to promote Hamas—those "elected representatives" dedicated to Israel's destruction.

Bayefsky warns, "The Brussels meeting is a brazen attempt by the UN to enlist the support of the European Union in its anti-Israel agenda. It will offer yet another opportunity to spread a dangerous historical revisionism and the violence such a message is certain to spawn."

Participants scheduled to speak include the following:

• Christopher Doyle, Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding—who has pontificated that terrorism "a.k.a. 'resistance' was inevitable" and boycotts and sanctions of Israel was a positive step. Doyle was invited as the only NGO to speak at UN headquarters during the UN's 2005 November 29th session along with the Presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly.

• The coordinator of BADIL, a UN-accredited NGO—BADIL is best known for advocating Zionism is racism, the end of a Jewish state and the glorification of terrorism. Via its Web site literature, BADIL approves of "special reverence…to the martyrs of the intifada, whose sacrifice is paving the way to the ultimate victories of freedom and return…"

• The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee—They have "…express[ed] their full support to the proposal of the largest British Association of University Teachers (AUT) to boycott two Israeli universities…We wish to stress our respect and high appreciation of this courageous and moral position, which signaled the globally rejected racist and colonial policies of the State of Israel...analogous to the practices of the old South Africa Apartheid regime."

"One can only marvel at the audacity of the Committee's statement, which declares that allegations of an "anti-Israel" agenda are a "misunderstanding," Bayefsky said.
For more information see EYEontheUN.org

EYEontheUN is the only independent UN accountability organization headquartered in New York dedicated to making transparent the UN's record on its fundamental promise - to identify, condemn, and protect against human rights violations and confront and respond to threats to
international peace and security. Bayefsky, Editor of EYEontheUN, is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and Director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.

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At 4:43 AM, Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

What really outraged me was the info in the financial table at the Eye on the UN web page entitled "What the U.S. Pays the U.N."

The URL is: http://eyeontheun.org/facts.asp?1=1&p=15

In the latest year shown, FY2005, we stupid Americans gave $5.3 billion bucks to those SOBs at Sodom-on-the-East-River. I'd rather pile that money in the street and make a huge bonfire of it.


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