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Roger L. Simon

Congress Must Investigate the UN Role in Gaza

July 23rd, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Congressional committees have a lot on their plate these days with the IRS, Benghazi, the VA fiasco, etc., but recent events dictate they must add one more — the role of the United Nations in Gaza.

The United States provides more financial support to the UN than any other country. As Claudia Rosett wrote in Forbes in 2011 (“Magic for U. S. Money for the United Nations“): “The U.S. is by far the biggest donor to the U.N., bankrolling 22% of the U.N.’s core budget, and roughly one-quarter of its far larger and murkier system-wide spending (estimated at somewhere upward of $25 billion).”

In other words, the UN takes a bucket of your cash and mine at a time when many people in our country are suffering.  It therefore behooves Congress to make sure this money is being spent for good, or at the very least benign, purposes.

Unfortunately, evidence developing from the ongoing conflagration between Israel and Hamas appears to suggest the reverse.  The UN — specifically the UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency), but other agencies as well — may have  been actively supporting terrorism and terrorists in the Gaza Strip, even aiding with the storage of Hamas weaponry (missiles), whether deliberately or accidentally is unclear.

From the Jerusalem Post:

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman decreed in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that not only were rockets found in UNRWA schools in Gaza, but also that UNRWA then turned them over to Hamas, rather than to Israel.

UNRWA admitted itself on two different occasions since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge began 16 days ago that they discovered rockets in their facilities.

Liberman said Israel was very “troubled” by these developments. “UNRWA schools were established to educate children in Gaza, but instead they are providing a hiding place for rockets meant to kill children in Israel,” he said.

Just what were those missiles doing in the UN schools and why did Hamas suppose that would be a good place to store them? The UN denies their culpability and says this was the “first time” such a thing has happened. But is that true?

This is not a new story. Israelis have been claiming the UNRWA has been assisting terrorists for years.

From a report by the Center for Near East Policy Research (it’s worth reading the whole thing) on the UN refugee camps:

Hints of the radicalism that pertained in the camps were provided by 1997, if not sooner, with reports such as that of the Washington Jewish Week. vii This included photographs of UNRWA schools decorated with Hamas and PFLP graffiti, and a map of “Palestine” that ran from the Jordan to the Mediterranean and was covered with pictures of machine guns. It is doubtful that anyone was paying attention back then.

Broad scale exposure came in the spring of 2002. In response to the terrorism emanating from UNRWA refugee camps in Judea and Samaria as part of the “Second Intifada,” Israel launched “Operation Defensive Shield.” At that time, the IDF went into the camps and laid bare the facts regarding the refugees’ connection to terrorism.

Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, was in Jenin in April 2002 as a consultant to the IDF and himself witnessed presence of shahid (martyr) posters on the walls in the homes of UNRWA workers. “It was clear,” he said “that UNRWA workers were doubling as Hamas operatives.’”

It’s not a long leap from that to stowing missiles.

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"It therefore behooves Congress to make sure this money is being spent for good, or at the very least benign, purposes."
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Since its the UN spending the money you can bet your bottom dollar its being spent on nefarious projects.

I'll keep saying it till the deed gets done - the USA needs to leave the UN and throw the bums out.

13 weeks ago
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Congress should investigate what Obama/Kerry/Hagel/Malley are doing in Gaza.

And why Kerry brought Moon with him.

The One World Socialists want the UN to be the palace of their "redistribution" headquarters. OWS hates Israel and wants to help destroy it.

Frankly, there is very little daylight between what the hard left, the UN and the caliphate terrorists want to do to America and Israel.

Congress should be investigating treason. Benghazi, the IRS, the VA, the border and our foreign policy are all dominoes ....currently pushed and falling.

The problem with Congress is half of them are conspirators and the other half are weaklings.
13 weeks ago
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I have a more fundamental question, Roger.

I can name a hundred reasons for the U.S. to tell the U.N. to take a hike. Off hand, I can't think of one good reason for pouring scarce money into a den of thieves.

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Half stepping it here. Congress has no jurisdiction over the UN. IIRC the UN sets the fees. If Congress refuses to pay them, we are breaching the UN charter. We are late every year anyway. The UN sends the bill over in April and Congress can't pass spending authorization until June. The UN suggested we change our accounting procedures. That sort of points to the problem.
Why not just pull out of trhe UN? Half steps never work. The best that can be expected is to kick the can a little farther down the road. Not sure there is any point to the UN. Pick up all the UN diplomats, declare them person non gratis or whatever, cuff them and put them on a charter flight to Europe. Then have the FBI go through the UN building and gather evidence to use against all the UN spies.
The theory of "global Peace" thru the UN with the USA acting as world cop has been proven wrong. Over 60+ years, Trillions of dollars and thousands of young lives lost for NOTHING.
Oh, excuse me. The Taxpayers have been plundered by the MIC and the Merchants of death to make Billionaires richer. No, if the barbarians want to kill each other, don't stop them. When there is 1 left, send a drone.
13 weeks ago
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How's this for a full step: The US pulls out of the UN and sends home all the UN scum-sucking diplomats. Then the US carpet bombs every dictatorship, un-democratic, terrorist-sponsoring tyranny in the world. After that, the US once again joins the UN.
13 weeks ago
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Simon's naivite and superficiality is unending, it leaks through everything he writes, and he never pays attention or learns from anything genuine supporters of Israel tell him. People who have read the serious literature Simon doesn't appear to go near, or maybe he just doesn't get it.

Should Congress investigate the UN role in Gaza? Should Congress investigate the Hamas role in Gaza? There's a difference? Pray tell.

The problem is that the UN is still around or taken remotely seriously, the UN role in Gaza in aiding Hamas is as predictable as the seasons. Should Congress cease funding the UN and tell it to move from NY to Karachi or Qatar where it belongs? That's the only question we should address and ask, and it should have been done DECADES ago, by so-called decent humanity (not just supporters of Israel, but supporters of humanity and decency all round).

Every other question is namby pamby baloney and avoids the real problem here. The UN is rotten to the core and cannot be reformed. As the US is the biggest financier of the UN and the UN cannot survive without the US, the US is the most complicit in its support for Hamas's war against the Jews, and not just Hamas. This is beyond Simon's ability to comprehend, and naturally not just Simon. Plus he wouldn't want to be accused of being anti-American on a conservative site that he runs.

The only solution is to end the UN and cease funding it altogether. Not only because of its support for genocidal anti-Semitism but other factors, its mega corruption. But of course conservatives no more dare consider this, than they would address the immigration issue into the US with all seriousness (yeah a few but too few). That's why conservatives (or mainstream Republicans) are as much of a joke as liberals. Among other reasons. The UN is as much a sacred cow to conservatives as it is to liberals. Oh My God what would happen without the UN, there would be wars in Africa and impoverishment in Brazil and uh jihadist attacks in Asia and the Middle-East and uh give me a break.

Simon is an old dog and he'll never get it. Like most.
13 weeks ago
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"The only solution is to end the UN and cease funding it altogether."

That starts by winning the war of public opinion, among a large number of LIVs.

Which starts by investigating the really obvious stuff which cannot be hidden. Like complicity in hiding rockets in UN funded schools.

Get it?
12 weeks ago
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Larry,
I don't think you understand what Roger does: He takes a very simple premise and then explains it very simply. Although it's simple to understand what he says, it's not at all simple to do. In fact, the ability to take a complex issue and to reduce it to a single, simple thought is a gift. Roger gets people to read what he says and, then, understand the core of the issue. This is why Roger always gets lots of comments. Understanding leads people to think about the issue. Thought leads to more thought, hence, more comments. I think your frustration, if I may, comes from your wishing Roger would state your conclusions. That is, tell people what to think. Roger's gift, by plainly stating the problem, is to get others to reach conclusions -- many of which will coincide with yours, many of which will further explain the problem. Bottom line: Roger gets people to understand, think and comment. That's more than most will ever be able to do.
13 weeks ago
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It gets even worse! The UN has been directly providing for indoctrination of Palestinian kids in order to turn them into anti-Semites and potential Jihadists. Have a look at the following YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beSTtMuiLjg
13 weeks ago
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Was anyone else amused by the UNRWA spokesman's Claude Raines impersonation? I'm shocked, shocked to find missles in the schools"
13 weeks ago
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For an introduction into the UNRWA's background and connections with Pal. terrorism, this is a good article:

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/the-palestinian-proletariat/
13 weeks ago
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The oddball irony is that if Gaza devoted all that amazing energy to smuggling in medicine and parts to build solar energy for homes and swore off violence, Egypt would probably eventually open the border on their side and Israel eventually relax control of air and sea space, and maybe open the border on their side. Hamas is literally killing its own children for some dizzy dream of overturning the events of 1947-8, a thing that will never happen.
13 weeks ago
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I say, as an American taxpayer, that we fund the building of a new UN Headquarters in Mogadishu. It's 2014, not 1947, the UN headquarters should be more centrally located among the countries of the world and think of the "stimulus" of all those UN delegations spending their money in Africa instead of Park Avenue.
13 weeks ago
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Keeping the UN in NYC allows the US bette acess for spying on them. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
13 weeks ago
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No. One kills ones enemies.
13 weeks ago
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That new location in Mogadishu is excellent, of course, but I'd object to U.S. money funding the building of that new headquarters. Let the U.N. divert some of it's own existing cash.
13 weeks ago
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Good summary, I hadn't known of all of that. Let's not forget Arafat's beast of a wife that wound up very rich and in Paris; I want my money back!

In general, welfare seems to breed herds of monsters. I can't wait to see what the refugee camps here (illegal kids from south) look like in another 10 years - when they are in their 20s, and pissed off at you and me for not giving them enough x, y and z.
13 weeks ago
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Really, egoist, you're so mean -- how would France survive without all the dictators' wives and their bank accounts, all nicely funded by the UN?
13 weeks ago
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It'll look like the 5th ward in Houston...and there will be a commensurate increase in felonious activity...but you already knew that.
13 weeks ago
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Mr. Simon, do you really think even a Republican administration would investigate the UN, much less do anything about the results?

We all know the UN is a corrupt, terrorist-enabling joke, so why the upset? Even when the UN genuinely wants to keep the peace, they do a lousy job.

Finally, we aren't going to withdraw from the UN. Not gonna happen. Not saying it's a bad idea, but it's not gonna happen. So let's be realistic.

Bringing this (relatively) minor scandal to light is like complaining about the guy at Enron who stole one of the copiers right before the meltdown. It's a crime, yes, but not the big important crime.

Given the number of rockets Hamas still has, and the support they're getting from around the globe, is worrying about a few handed back to them really a useful priority? How about we focus on the several thousand they still have, their supply line, and encouraging the non-Israeli actors in the Middle East to cooperate on suppressing Hamas. Certainly Egypt has no use for them, and Jordan as well. If memory serves even Iran has been distancing themselves after Hamas got involved with the Syria mess.
13 weeks ago
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Withdraw from the U.N. now.
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