It pains me to say that we (Jews, Israelis, Zionists, Supporters of them) are not winning in the war against the movement to prove that black is white and white is black.
I refer, of course, to the unreal decision of UNESCO to include “Palestine” (a country which does not yet exist) as a full member.
In it’s stated goals and objectives, which can be seen here http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/about-us/who-we-are/introducing-unesco/, UNESCO states quite clearly that its goals are:
UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.
The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.
UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities:
And on a number of overarching objectives:
Frankly, I don’t even know where to begin, in trying to rationalize UNESCO’s embrace of “Palestine” as a full member, given the incredibly racist, historically inaccurate, anti-Semitic, and just plain provocative statements found in textbooks throughout the West Bank and Gaza.
There are a sufficient number of quotes about these floating around the web, so I won’t waste your time linking them, but let it suffice to say that the things they preach about Jews and Israel, the absolute non-recognition that a state of Israel even exists (much less that it is a Jewish state), the denial or ignoring of the holocaust, all make their educational system highly suspect.
Full membership is a formal approval of the Palestinian’s educational system, which is such a travesty that I really don’t have the words to express my dismay.
On a slightly different note, I have read the sparse media accounts of rockets falling on Israel in the last week and simply had to clench my teeth, as many of them barely noted, even in passing, that almost 1/4 of the Israeli population has been spending days in or near bomb shelters as a result of the dozens of rockets falling on Israeli cities.
The only thing I see in the paper, of course, is that Israel has bombed someone in Gaza, or a couple of “militants” have been killed. No mention that they were killed while preparing to fire rockets into Israel.
The good news is that Hamas and their friends no longer have Gilad Schalit as a hostage to prevent Israel from flattening large swaths of Gaza if the rockets don’t stop.
I was in Israel when Schalit came home. It was an emotional week, frankly, even though my head tells me it was not a good deal for Israel.
My sincerest wish would have been, when Schalit was kidnapped, that Israel immediately flatten a square block of Gaza, then politely ask Hamas if they’re ready to return him. If the answer was “no”, another block would be flattened, and so on until he was released.
Of course, the world will not allow Israel to threaten the poor, poor Gazans in such a manner. After all, they are totally oppressed by Israel providing them electricity, Fuel, food, and tons and tons of aid supplies week in and week out. Personally, now that Egypt’s border is more or less open to Gaza, I would seal the borders between Gaza and Israel tighter than a drum. Nothing and nobody in or out, for any reason. If someone in Gaza needs to go to the hospital, let them go to Egypt. If they want to buy food, let them buy it from Egypt. They are in a declared war with Israel. Israel left Gaza in 2005 and owes them NOTHING at this point.
Unfortunately, to get back to the initial theme of this post, the world, which has apparently fallen on its head, will not allow that. The forces of darkness and evil are winning in the war for hearts and minds of the world. Israel is perceived as an aggressive, oppressive, fascist, repressive regime, while the Arab and Muslim world is somehow seen as a ray of sunshine, dappled with lollipops.
In truth, the Arab Spring, while toppling dictators, has opened the door for a wide variety of Islamist totalitarianism and Shariah law to take power in a number of countries. That the West isn’t reacting in alarm, and is instead rejoicing, is astounding. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland….