UN Reform

(Ameinu) Norman Gelman - The UN budget pays for a worldwide propaganda campaign against Israel conducted year-round by a unit within the UN Secretariat: the Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR). The DPR and two collateral bodies - the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) and the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Human Rights Practices Affecting the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (SCIIHRP) - have been in business for the past 30 years. In the past three years, the DPR has arranged and staffed 10 international conferences - paid for by the UN. The most recent meeting, held at UNESCO in Paris on July 11-12, 2005, called for a campaign of divestment, boycotts, and sanctions against Israel. The previous session in Geneva on March 8-9, 2005, was devoted to Israel's security barrier. One might ask how it is possible for the UN to participate in efforts to end the conflict as a member of the Quartet while sponsoring programs as one-sided as those of the DPR. There is a promising movement underway, as part of the American-led effort to reform the UN, to abolish the DPR and to eliminate funding for the 30-year propaganda campaign against Israel.

2005-09-23 00:00:00

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