Sunday, May 3, 2020

Surprise? Amid Pandemic, UN Still Finds Time to Bash Israel - by Eitan Fischberger

It is abundantly clear that there is a disconnect among players in the UN. It seems that some members of the supra-national organization are actually capable (sometimes) of recognizing legitimate positive steps taken by Israel and the Palestinians. Others, however, merely fall victim to longstanding institutional or personal anti-Israel biases. The UN and its experts should be familiar enough with the matters at hand to understand that Israel has a vested interest in ensuring stability inside the Palestinian territories. They must ask themselves: what good would a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 and mass death in the Palestinian territories do for Israel, especially during one of the most turbulent, destabilizing global events in modern memory? The answer is nothing, and the UN would do well to internalize that.

Eitan Fischberger..
Legal Insurrection..
30 April '20..

Do not let the United Nations fool you. Although it may have essentially closed its doors in favor of online meetings in the age of coronavirus, its obsessive anti-Israel bias is alive and well. Through its numerous bodies, the UN falsely paints Israeli policy, not COVID-19 itself, as the primary threat to Palestinian health.

Take, for example, the infamous United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which expressed anger at Israel for its efforts to quell the spread of the virus in East Jerusalem, which it says constrains free movement (currently experienced by practically every other civilized society on the planet). Unfortunately for UNRWA, the mukhtar (village chief) of the East Jerusalem village of Silwan, disagrees with their assessment, evident when he stated that the Arab sector desperately needs a lockdown to be enforced by the IDF Home Front Command.

While East Jerusalemites have complained about the government’s response to the virus in their neighborhoods (and their complaints may well be justified), Israel has by no means neglected the densely populated area. Writing on April 21st, Haaretz reported that an IDF Brigadier general was tapped to serve as an adviser to Mayor Moshe Leon for handling Coronavirus management, specifically in East Jerusalem. And according to OCHA, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Israel has established 10 Coronavirus testing facilities in East Jerusalem, and most local residents can be treated at other hospitals in the city.

Moving on to the next UN body.

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