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Palestinian Refugee Fraud

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS, ONLINE DEBATE with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2017 by drjgelb

I have spent many years researching, reading and discussing the Arab/Israeli conflict and I understand the back-story of the contrivance involved in the term “Palestinian” coming to refer to migrants to the British Mandate from surrounding Arab nations, who came in search of jobs that were created as a result of the massive effort by Jewish pioneers to repair & rehabilitate what British Envoys in 1928 had described as an “empty wasteland”. What I did not realise was the scale of fraud perpetrated by Arabs claiming to be refugees post-1948 and the collusion of UNRWA in this 70yr long scam. Of course, I’m all too aware that the 3rd generation descendants of the 1948 “refugees” still call themselves refugees and are supported by a corrupt & Jew-Hating U.N. The article below provides quite an education……please share with those who may not have this information. 

I want to add that within days of Israel being declared a nation, Arabian Jews residing in Muslim lands for over 1000yrs, were expelled & their property confiscated. 900,000 Jewish Refugees were sent packing and unlike the Arab Nations, who to this day refuse to settle any Palestinian Arabs in their vast territories, Israel immediately gave haven & sanctuary to 600,000 Jewish Refugees and successfully integrated them into Israeli society. About 200,000 fled to France and the rest to America and destinations beyond. Whilst still defending itself from the genocidal war declared by 7 Arab nations within hours of Israel’s founding, this tiny, brave new nation borrowed billions of dollars to resettle the refugees, considering it Israel’s fulfilment of a sacred obligation to gather up persecuted Jews wherever they came from.

Here is the article:

Palestinian refugees from 1948 may have numbered less than 300,000

 

 

Most serious students of the history of Palestine would accept that the number of Arab refugees from Israel during and after 1948 claimed by Arab and UN sources—some 600,000 to 750,000—was exaggerated. It is very easy to refute that estimate and many have already done it. – Yehoshua PorathIt is a common misconception that around 650,000 Palestinian refugees were created because of fighting that took place in 1948. But a closer look at both the population data and statements made by UN officials at the time suggest that the true figure is much lower, possibly as low as 270,000.

The conventional figure of 650,000 cannot be true for more than one reason. Firstly, there were fewer than 660,000 Arabs living in the part of Palestine that eventually became Israel; and secondly, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency), either through incompetence or deliberate manipulation, handed out multiple identity cards to the same persons, some of whom were not refugees at all but permanent residents who took advantage of the aid offered by UNRWA. This is attested by UNRWA officials.

Before taking a look at UNRWA’s role in the invention of the Palestinian refugee problem, it is worthwhile examining the population data of Eretz Israel/Palestine prior to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

 

The Statistical Abstract of Palestine in 1944-45 set the figure for the total Arab population living in what would become the Jewish-settled territories at 570,800. Another set of figures based on a census taken in 1944 suggests there were 696,000 Arabs living in what would become Israeli-controlled territory. Tsvi Misinai, an Israeli researcher and historian, believes the figure to even lower. He believes that prior to the 1948 war, there were 390,000 Arabs living in areas that would fall into Israeli hands. (None of these figures include the number of Arab Palestinians residing in east Jerusalem, Gaza and Judea-Samaria. Figures vary, but the number of Arabs in those areas was probably 600,000, which brings the total number of Arabs residing between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea to 1.2 million).

According to Misinai, there were in excess of 120,000 Arabs inside Israel’s borders by the end of the war, although most commentators believe the figure to be 160,000 or 170,000. (The discrepancy becomes less glaring when Israel’s repatriation of 20,000 Palestinian Arab refugees from Jordan is taken into account). This means that the number of Palestinian Arabs displaced from areas that came under Israeli control cannot be higher than 270,000.

Of the 270,000, most had ended up in neighbouring Arab countries, with the rest having fled to Judea-Samaria and Gaza. Around 4,000 had voluntarily moved from west Jerusalem into houses abandoned in east Jerusalem. During the course of the war, 77,000 Arabs (mostly Bedouin) returned to their homes in what would become Israeli territory. As the war went on, another 81,000 Palestinians fled, 24,000 of which had already fled and returned, only to flee again. By the war’s end, there were 270,000 Palestinian Arabs who had lost their homes and/or their land.

At first glance, this seems a rather low figure. A report submitted by the UN mediator Count Folke Bernadotte suggested that the number of Palestinian refugees totalled 330,000. Other contemporary reports put the number at around 424,000. Either way, it is statistically impossible for there to have been more than 430,000 genuine Palestinian Arab refugees from the 1948 war. This is the view of Dr Walter Pinner, who bases his figures on reliable census data carried out in the mid-1940s.

So we have a situation where no less than 270,000 and no more than 430,000 Palestinian refugees were created by the 1948 war. Misinai’s suggestion of 270,000 can be attributed to his rather low starting figure of 390,000 Arabs who resided in pre-state Israel. Perhaps if one takes into account the Arab migrants and citrus farm workers who had gone back to their country of origin, there may be a case for a final figure of 270,000. Plus, a reliable study undertaken in the mid-1960s suggests the figure of 270,000 may be close to the mark (more on this later).

Many books and websites quote a figure of 650,000 when discussing the number of Palestinian refugees created by the 1948 conflict. How did the figure of 650,000 arise?

 

One explanation is the attested fact that in the aftermath of the conflict, refugees were counted more than once. In order to receive extra funding, many refugees identified themselves twice before UNRWA officials. As a result, they received more than one identity card. One of the camp workers in Lebanon stated, “We try to count them, but they are coming and going all the time; or we count them in Western clothes, then they return in aba and keffiyeh and we count the same ones again.”

This was not the only fraud committed by the refugees. Another was the concealment of natural deaths so that families could continue to collect the deceased person’s food. Births, however, were always registered. In 1951, UNRWA reported that “it is still not possible to give an absolute figure of the true number of refugees as understood by the working definition of the word.” A reason given by UNRWA for the erratic data was that the refugees “eagerly report births and … reluctantly report deaths.” According to the July 23 1955 edition of the Cairo-based Mideast Mirror, “There are refugees who hold as many as 500 ration cards, 499 of them belonging to refugees long dead…. There are dealers in UNRWA food and clothing and ration cards to the highest bidder.”

Fraudulent claims were made regarding the number of dependents. It was alleged that refugees would “hire” children from other families at census time. In 1950, UNRWA director Howard Kennedy said that “fictitious names on the ration lists pertain to refugees in this area […] it is alleged that it is a common practice for refugees to hire children from other families at census time.”

The situation in Jordan was especially difficult because western Jordan was already populated by Arab Palestinians, so distinguishing a refugee from a non-refugee was particularly arduous. An UNRWA official noted that the Jordan ration lists alone “are believed to include 150,000 ineligibles and many persons who have died.” A similar situation arose in Lebanon. In a 1950 report to the UN General Assembly, the director of UNRWA noted that “many Lebanese nationals along the Palestinian frontier habitually worked most of the year on the farms or in the citrus groves of Palestine. With the advent of war they came back across the border and claimed status as refugees.” UNRWA conceded that up to 129,000 Lebanese workers may have falsely claimed Palestinian refugee status.

In fact, this developed into a widespread trend. Because the UNRWA refugee camps were better than standard housing, some non-refugee residents of Judea-Samaria and Gaza declared themselves refugees in order to gain access to food, as well as medical and educational benefits. Many permanent residents of Judea-Samaria and Gaza came to carry both an UNRWA refugee card that had the address of a refugee camp and a regular ID card with their actual identity and address.

Another problem was the unrecorded movement of peoples, especially the Bedouin tribes who moved between Gaza, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, thereby increasing multiple registrations. Even the UN acknowledged that 15,000 Bedouins were actually non-existent, that they were fictitious persons or people already registered. In the words of UNRWA, the movement of people introduced “a double source of error into any estimates of the number of persons who could have become refugees.”

By 1950, the UN disclosed that it was “not possible to give an absolute figure of the true number of refugees as understood by the working definition.” According to a report, the percentage of error in the UN statistics was “possibly as much as 50 per cent and represents a serious operational difficulty.”

 

Nonetheless, the UN kept revising its figures upwards because it pursued a maximalist position on who was a refugee, which ranged from a “needy person” who “has lost his home and means of livelihood” to “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948.” Even refugees who still had a house but had lost some or all of their land were considered refugees. In addition, Arabs who had settled in Palestine illegally prior to 1948 were also given refugee status. No wonder the figures were artificially high.

In 1966, Dr. Walter Pinner identified a huge number of fraudulent refugee claims. Basing his findings on  UNRWA’s own reports, he discovered that 484,000 refugees were Arabs from western Jordan and Gaza Strip; another 117,000 were unrecorded deaths; 109,000 were people who had been resettled in 1948 and were no longer refugees; and a further 225,000 had subsequently settled elsewhere and become self-supporting. After subtracting the inauthentic claims, he concluded that there were 115,000 “old and sick” refugees, and 252,000 “other unsettled genuine refugees,” totalling 367,000 legitimate refugees as of 1966.

Once the natural rate of increase between 1948 and 1966 has been subtracted, the number of genuine Palestinian refugees from 1948 cannot be much higher than 300,000. In which case, Tsvi Misinai’s figure of 270,000 may not be far off the mark.

Significantly, UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold did not refute Dr Pinner’s findings, nor did he issue any corrections to Dr Pinner’s figures. He did, however, acknowledge receipt of Dr Pinner’s work, so it cannot be claimed that the UN wasn’t aware of his analysis. It is probable that the UN, at least in private, agreed with Dr Pinner’s findings but did not want to admit that UNRWA had been defrauded of millions of dollars.

All told, the conventional figure of 600,500 Palestinian refugees from the 1948 conflict comes from the double counting of refugees, the non-recording of deaths, the vague and expansive use of the term ‘refugee,’ the counting of people who were not refugees, the counting of former refugees who had resettled elsewhere, and the untracked movement of peoples between Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon and Judea-Samaria.

The implication is that many of today’s Palestinian refugees actually derive from people who did not reside in Palestine at the time of the war or had lived there for only two years, which means more than half – possibly even two-thirds – of those who claim to be Palestinian refugees in 2016 are not descended from Palestinian refugees at all. (What is also galling is that the living conditions in the Palestinian refugee camps are much better than the conditions of their non-refugee Arab neighbours who do not receive international aid. Indeed, many of the Palestinian refugee camps are not camps at all, but are fully-functioning neighbourhoods.)

The Arab states themselves have been major players in the refugee fraud. Greed was one motivating factor because UNRWA money was, in effect, free money. In 1961 UNRWA director John H. David admitted that Arab countries overstated their refugee figures in the 1950s to get more funds. But the refugee crisis was useful for another reason: It was a way of exerting international pressure on the State of Israel to repatriate the so-called refugees, thereby demographically destroying the Jewish state. This explains why the Arabs didn’t permanently rehouse the refugees in Judea-Samaria and Gaza, which were under Jordanian and Egyptian control respectively between 1948 and 1967.

The sordid history of the Palestinian refugee situation means the Israeli government must be extremely wary about compensating or repatriating Palestinians who claim to be refugees. Many of them are frauds or the descendants of frauds. If the Israeli government does decide to compensate or repatriate some of the refugees as part of a peace deal, then a detailed investigation needs to be conducted to ensure that only genuine claimants are assisted. In return, a wider compensation package is needed in which the descendants of Jews who lost their homes, savings and livelihoods in Nazi Europe (not just Germany) are compensated, and the Jews forced from Arab lands in the 1940s and 1950s are likewise recompensed. In addition, there needs to be some recognition that many Jews were killed and displaced in the 1948 war – a war instigated by an alliance of several Arabs nations to destroy the Jewish homeland.

About the Author:

Richard Mather, 35, is a freelance writer based in Manchester, England. Among other things, he writes for Israel National News (Arutz Sheva), The Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Media Agency, Voices Israel & Poetica Magazine.

Islamic Totalitarianism

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS, ONLINE DEBATE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2017 by drjgelb

I came across this brief video today by Rebel Media’s excellent Faith Goldy and I added the following comment that I’d like my readers to note:

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With respect, Islamic Totalitarianism is not new. Islam has been totalitarian since its inception 1400yrs ago. Sharia is prototypically totalitarian, a rigid & brutal system of laws & regulations covering every aspect of life from cradle to grave, including the arenas of personal, politics, religion, relationships, warfare, sexuality, gender, education, life & death. Far from being confined to the last 100yrs, Islamic Totalitarianism characterised the Ottoman Empire throughout its reign, from 1299AD – 1924AD when it was dissolved by Ataturk. In 1928, Hassan Al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and its charter that dedicated the MB to the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate & its global spread. Since 1928, the MB has formed Jihadist organisations such as al-Qaeda, Boko Haram & ISIS to name but a few, to disrupt secular Muslim majority nations with a view to creating Islamic theocracies in their place & to extend their reach to the rest of the world until a single Islamic global government loyal only to Allah is established. Such an entity has no room for non-Muslim faiths and conversion to Islam at the point of the sword is their intended strategy. The religious authorisation for this course of action is clearly laid out in the Trilogy of Islamic Sacred Texts, namely the Qur’an, Hadiths & Sunna. Furthermore, the prime arbiter of Sunni Islamic Jurisprudence, Al-Azhar University in Cairo (est. 692AD), has given its intellectual & religious academic nod to Jihadists and their Global Caliphate goals, despite Egyptian President al-Sisi’s pleas for reform of Islam’s totalitarian precepts. Colonel Eran Lerman is correct in pointing out the totalitarian aims of modern Jihadism but these aims do not differ from those of Islam throughout its existence. In my opinion, the fact that Islam’s supremacist & imperialist goals have remained so fixed for 1400yrs, is an indication of its lack of capacity to evolve and to develop a modern outlook & sensibility more suitable to global co-existence and peace and renders Islam the mortal enemy of all peace loving people everywhere. Like Communism, Nazism & all totalitarian ideologies, Islam seeks to subjugate those who do not share its beliefs & to make their lives hell on earth. For this reason, Islam should be seen as a regressive, 7th century anachronism that must be pressured to reform or if not, eliminated from amongst the more enlightened ideologies of the 21st century.

DANIEL GREENFIELD’S TWO MOST RECENT POSTS ARE BRILLIANT!

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS, U.S. POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2016 by drjgelb

 

A “MUST READ” experience awaits you:

 

 

Bosch Fawstin:Cartoons

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , on October 11, 2016 by drjgelb

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Source: Bosch Fawstin:Cartoons

“THE FIX IS IN”

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS, U.S. POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2016 by drjgelb

Judge Andrew Napolitano presented a segment on Fox News on 21 July 2016 that summarised the situation as he had assessed it via his sources and his experience. He presented the material as a series of “What If” questions and I wonder how many Fox viewers recognised what gems of information Judge Napolitano was bestowing on us. To that end, I’ve taken screenshots of Judge Napolitano’s slides and posted them here without any further comment from me. 

 

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SLAVERY, TERRORISM AND ISLAM: THE HISTORICAL ROOTS AND CONTEMPORARY THREAT – Book by Dr Peter Hammond

Posted in GUN CONTROL, CRIMINAL JUSTICE & THE HORRORS OF THE ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM!, MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2016 by drjgelb

 

Credit to Dr Peter Hammond:

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Islamisation begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse (multicultural) societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well.  

     
Here’s how it works:

As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 3% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving Minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:      
                 United States — Muslim 2%
                  Australia — Muslim 2.5%
                  Canada — Muslim 2.8%
                  Norway — Muslim 2.8%
                  China — Muslim 2.9%
                  Italy — Muslim 2.5%        
       
At 3% to 8%, they begin to proselytise from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.
               
                  This is happening in:
               
                  Denmark — Muslim 5%
                  Germany — Muslim 6.7%
                  United Kingdom — Muslim 7.7%
                  Spain — Muslim 8%
                  Thailand — Muslim 7.6%
       
       
From 8% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.      
    
                 This is occurring in:       
       
                  France — Muslim 12%
                  Philippines — 9%
                  Sweden — Muslim 8%
                  Switzerland — Muslim 8.3%
                  The Netherlands — Muslim 8.5%
                  Trinidad Tobago — Muslim 10.8%  

 
       
At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.        
       
When Muslims approach 15% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam.

Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:         
       
                  Guyana — Muslim 15%
                  India — Muslim 19.4%
                  Israel — Muslim 16%
                  Kenya — Muslim 18%
                  Russia — Muslim 21%        
       
After reaching 25%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:    
       
                  Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%         
       
At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:        
       
                  Bosnia — Muslim 40%
                  Chad — Muslim 53.1%
                  Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%        
       
From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non- believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:         
       
                  Albania — Muslim 70%
                  Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
                  Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
                  Sudan — Muslim 70%        
       
After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:         
       
                  Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
                  Egypt — Muslim 90%
                  Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
                  Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
                  Iran — Muslim 98%
                  Iraq — Muslim 97%
                  Jordan — Muslim 92%
                  Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
                  Pakistan — Muslim 97%
                  Syria — Muslim 90%
                  Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
                  Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
                  UAE — Muslim 96%        
       
100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace.. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:     

    
       
                  Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
                  Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
                  Somalia — Muslim 100%
                  Yemen — Muslim 100%        
       
Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.      

 

“Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel”. — Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’        
       
It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.       
       
Today’s 2 billion Muslims make up 28% of the world’s population. But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century.        
       
Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: 
“Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat”. 

 

UNESCO GUILTY OF A HEINOUS HATE CRIME AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE & ISRAEL

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2016 by drjgelb

UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris on Friday adopted a resolution whose language ignores Jewish ties to its holy religious site of the Temple Mount and the Western Wall area in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The broad-ranging resolution condemns Israeli actions in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip but focus in large part on Israeli actions with regard to the Temple Mount and Western Wall Plaza.

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all consider the Temple Mount to be a holy site, but the UNESCO Resolution referred to the area solely as al-Aksa Mosque/al-Haram al Sharif, except for two references to the Western Wall Plaza that were put in parenthesis. The text also referred to the plaza area by the Western Wall as al-Buraq Plaza.

In October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation backed away from reclassifying the Western Wall as solely a Muslim holy site, but is now using language that almost solely refers to it as such.


April’s resolution reaffirmed that the Mughrabi Ascent, which starts at the Western Wall Plaza, is an integral and inseparable part of al-Aksa Mosque/al-Haram al-Sharif.

The resolution calls on Israel to restore the status of the Temple Mount to what it was prior to September 2000 when the second intifada broke out. At that time, according to the resolution, the Jordan Wakf had full control of al-Aksa Mosque/ al-Haram al Sharif including maintenance and restoration work and regulating access.

The site currently is under the full authority, but not full control, of the Islamic Wakf. Only Muslims are allowed to pray at the Aksa complex, but Jews and members of other faiths are allowed to visit.

Israel controls the access to the site, and has persistently rejected all claims that the status quo at the site has been changed.

UNESCO called on Israel not to restrict Muslim worshipers from accessing the Aksa Mosque site and condemned the violence that occurred there in the fall, but focused solely on Israeli actions in those incidents and not the violence of the Muslim rioters.

It condemned Israeli plans to build a prayer space for Women of the Wall by Robinson’s Arch, although it did not mention the group by name.

The resolution also charged that Israel had placed “Jewish fake graves” in other Muslim cemeteries located on Wakf property east and south of the Aksa mosque.

Aside from its condemnations with regard to Jerusalem, the resolution deplored the “new cycle of violence, since October 2015, in the context of the constant aggressions by the Israeli settlers and other extremist groups against Palestinian residents including schoolchildren, and asks Israel, the Israeli authorities to prevent such aggressions.” It did not mention the 34 fatalities from Palestinian attacks.

UNESCO also said it regretted Israel’s failure to comply with its request to remove from its National Heritage list, the Cave of the Patriarch/Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb/Bilal bin Rabah mosque in Bethlehem.

The 58-member board approved resolution 19 with 33 votes in favor, six against and 17 abstentions. Ghana and Turkmenistan were absent all together.

Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States opposed the resolution outright, while France, Spain, Sweden, Russia and Slovenia were among those who supported it.

A second resolution that more globally condemned Israeli actions, passed with 45 votes in favor, one vote against – the United States – and 11 abstentions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the move as another “absurd” UN resolution.

“UNESCO ignores the unique Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, the site of two temples for 1,000 years, and the place to which Jews prayed for thousands of years,” he said in a statement Saturday night. “ The UN is rewriting a basic part of human history and proving that there is no low to which it will not reach.”

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid on Friday night distributed copies of the resolutions to the media and slammed the decision.

He penned a letter to the UNESCO director- general Irina Bokova in which he called the resolution a “disgraceful attempt to rewrite history and rewrite reality as part of a sustained political campaign against the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

“This resolution was an utterly irresponsible intervention in one of the most complex places in the Middle East. UNESCO prides itself on promoting tolerance, interfaith and inter-cultural dialogue, yet it passes resolutions which erase the Jewish people from the historical narrative,” Lapid said.

He warned that the UNESCO resolution feeds the type of incitement that fueled the violence that began around the time of the Jewish New Year.

“The decision by UNESCO feeds this incitement and so contributes to the wave of terrorism. It will lead directly to more attacks against innocent Israeli civilians and you cannot avoid responsibility for that,” Lapid said.

“This latest one-sided resolution is a stain on the United Nations,” he wrote, urging Bokova to publicly declare her opposition to it.

“You must not allow UNESCO to be hijacked as part of the campaign to delegitimize Israel and isolate the Jewish people,” he said.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

 

MY COMMENTS:
“The fundamental problem is the integration into the brain of the  damaging effects of 1400yrs of Islamic Jew Hatred indoctrination by means of inducing epigenetic changes in the DNA of those exposed. Jew Hatred becomes not just socio-cultural but actually part of the molecular biology of those brainwashed for hundreds of generations. Of course environment is important but more as an enabler of the changed epigenetics  of devout Muslims. I wonder if inherited Jew Hatred occurs in much the same way as recent studies have shown an increased risk of Anxiety Disorders & PTSD in the children of sufferers of PTSD, independent of exposure to the traumatised parent. Epigenetic changes in PTSD sufferers were detected in offspring & likely conferred the increased risk. Further study will need to look at successive generations of PTSD patients to see if the epigenetic changes are still detectable and if their persistence correlates with PTSD risk. Well, it’s a theory and no-one seems to have anything but bigotry, ignorance, supremacism, superstition, fanaticism, narcissism & psychopathy to explain why the edicts of an illiterate warlord should over-ride logic, rationality & a desire to live in harmony & peace. Muslim nations surrounding Israel possess 650x the land area of Israel, which is too small to matter to this huge 400 million strong Arab population. It is totally irrational to believe that Jews pose such a source of humiliation by their very presence in the Middle East. Israelis are fighting for their survival & have nowhere else to go. The Arabs who began calling themselves “Palestinians” in 1967 as an admitted ploy to secure the underdog position, come from Egypt, Jordan, etc and were very much latecomers to Israel. Upon Israel’s founding in 1948, nearly 1million Arabian Jews were expelled minus their possessions in retaliation. Israel absorbed 650,000 without an UNWRA to pay  the costs for 70yrs! Tolerance of blocs like the OIC in the UN must be REVERSED or the UN will become just another instrument of persecution of the Jewish People. People must get it through their heads that the history of the Jews informs us that Statelessness = Death & so the survival of Israel & the Jews is one & the same thing. Destroying Israel would destroy the Jewish people & the world would be the greatest loser because Jews create, innovate & advance all humanity despite their tiny number. Given their massive contributions to humanity, is it too much to ask to be left in peace on a tiny handkerchief of land to bring health, security & progress to the whole world and to thrive with their children & families in happiness & calm. The huge Arab world needs to stop the hate, control the hateful, genocidal anti-Zionists & assist the Palestinians in every material & spiritual way that does NOT involve death & destruction.”
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