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Thursday, December 31, 2009

UN 'expert' calls for sanctions against Israel

A United Nations 'expert' has called for imposing sanctions on Israel for its continued 'blockade' of the Gaza Strip.
“Obviously Israel does not respond to language of diplomacy, which has encouraged the lifting of the blockade and so what I am suggesting is that it has to be reinforced by a threat of adverse economic consequences for Israel,” Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, told UN Radio.

“That probably is something that is politically unlikely to happen, but unless it happens, it really does suggest that the United States and the Quartet and the EU [European Union] don’t take these calls for lifting the blockade very seriously and are unaffected by Israel’s continuing defiance of those calls,” he said, referring to the diplomatic Quartet of the UN, EU, Russia and US, which have been calling for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), the main UN body tending to the needs of some 4 million Palestinian refugees, said today Gaza had been “bombed back, not to the Stone Age, but to the mud age,” because UNRWA was reduced to building houses out of mud after the 22-day offensive Israel said it launched to end rocket attacks against it.

“The Israeli blockade has meant that almost no reconstruction materials have been allowed to move into Gaza even though 60,000 homes were either damaged or completely destroyed. So we in UNRWA have been saying ‘let's lift this senseless blockage,’” UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told UN Radio.

“We are the United Nations and we always hope that diplomacy will prevail, and it will prevail above the rationale of warfare. But if you look at what is going on in Gaza, and if you look at the continued blockade and the fact that that blockade is radicalizing a population there, then one has to have one’s doubts.”
For the record, Falk is a 9/11 truther who has been barred from entering Israel at all. And aid allowed into Gaza by the IDF has increased by 900% in 2009 as compared with 2008. But that doesn't fit with the narrative that the UN wants to perpetuate about Gaza. According to the UN, Gaza is starving. Decide for yourselves.

He looks real hungry, doesn't he?


At 1:05 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Richard Falk proposes no sanctions against Egypt for its blockade of Gaza. To believe Israel is the sole guilty party is to have tunnel vision - which isn't likely to change at the UN any time soon.

At 2:04 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - at the end of the year, it seems appropriate to take stock of Israel's future as a Jewish majority country. Yoram Ettinger has written a well researched article documenting how the Jews emerged from being a 33% minority in 1947 to being a 75% majority today - 67% if we include Yesha in the mix. There is no reason to fear for Israel's future.

In short, the demographic fatalists are and have always been wrong. Read it all

At 2:36 AM, Blogger nomatter said...

If we were to hold a gun to the heads of much of the world they would admit Israel has the right to blockade terrorists. However, there are no such guns because truth means nothing. Israel being the sole guilty party has nothing to do with tunnel vision any more than one could say much of the world is stupid or blind.

Israel is held to an odious 'different' standard. The standard has roots in antisemitism.

Egypt can blockade Gaza, just because. It is ok because Egypt is not the JEWISH STATE.

There is no valid excuse not even willful blindness to what is a lie and what is truth.

At 10:02 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

nomatter and as Carl will note, Yourish has observed the UN has issued four - that's right - FOUR press releases about Gaza. There's been not ONE mention about the beatings, the torture and the killings in Iran.

The hypocrisy is pure anti-Semitism. Why the double standard on Iran?

At 4:34 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

NormanF asked "Why the double standard on Iran?"


....and when, not if Iran gets the bomb(the ultimate genie out of the bottle)we will see what true submission by a feckless world looks like.

Indeed loathing in the manner of time worn antisemitism is alive and well throughout the UN but the standard by which the UN ignores the atrocities of other countries is nothing compared to why they stand at attention when it comes to Iran.


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