Friday, December 15, 2006

UN makes Israel Bashing a Full-time Occupation

While the Palestinians are busy battling each other in the streets the UN General Assembly is to vote on the motion to establish an official registry for Palestinians to complain about the Israeli security fence reports Ynet News:
WASHINGTON - Another anti-Israel decision in UN? The United Nations General Assembly is expected to pass a decision Friday evening to set up an official registry to receive complaints from Palestinian citizens regarding damages incurred as a result of the security fence route. It is not yet clear when such a registry would go into effect. Thus far it has been agreed that it would be located in Vienna and would receive complaints via the mail.

Two and a half years ago the International Court of Justice at the Hague gave an advisory ruling stating that the fence violates international law because its route fails to take sufficient account of damage caused to Palestinians. Following the ruling, the UN called an emergency meeting in which they called on Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan to establish a registry to receive complaints about the fence. Annan filed his report one month ago.

At a forum entitled “Israel’s illegal activities in East Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territories,” the group of Palestinians who proposed the registry suggested that a large-scale system be set up to receive Palestinian complaints on damages caused “by the Israeli occupation.” European pressures led the proposal to be reduced to a smaller registry solely against the fence.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Gillerman addressed the GA saying that the move would cause great damage. He noted that the Israeli High Court of Justice discusses the fence route and hears Palestinian complaints on the matter, and the Vienna registry would be a wasted effort.

According to Gillerman, the registry would damage the GA’s credibility as well as chances of direct dialogue. “The registry would not help the Palestinian people. Allow me to say clearly: No Palestinian who is hurt by the security barrier will be aided by this mechanism,” he said. Gillerman noted that the security fence was constructed to prevent terror attacks. If there was no Palestinian terrorism, there would be no need for the fence, he declared. The Palestinian strategy to encourage terror hurts Israel and its citizens and damages the Palestinians own interests, he said.

I cannot imagine a more thankless or depressing diplomatic job than to be the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations. Israel has a real gem in Gillerman.

2 comments:

Michael said...

Gosh. The UNRWA, the co-option of the Human Rights Council, a permanent majority of votes in the General Assembly, and permanent observer status (something not granted to any other non-state entity) isn't enough for the palestinians at the UN.

They need a permanent registry for all of their complaints.

I can't imagine a more depressing or thankless job than answering the permanently ringing phone at that registry....

Kateland, aka TZH said...

Michael, your right, I never thought how absolutely horrendous it would be listening to whinning all day long. If they are smart and want to keep turn over low, they will need to hire Mexicans who cannot speak English or Arabic to man the phones.