Thursday, December 01, 2005

Down with the UN

UN = Unwanted nobody's, Kick em out of israel!

Refugees in the consulate

Benny Solomon, 38, an officer with the Jerusalem Immigration Police, coordinates the monitoring of illegal residents in the capital, especially those who are here under UN protection. He has been following the process in the field for three years, sometimes arresting people who have submitted requests for refugee status, but whose cases, like that of the engineer, are still pending while they go about with the temporary residency permits issued by the UN.

The Jerusalem area, says Solomon, is a magnet for Ethiopians because of its proximity to the Ethiopian church and to the consulate in the city. "But they are not the only ones. We've arrested hundreds of people here from different countries in Africa, as well as Romanians, Turks, Chinese and Bulgarians. They're all going around with these UN papers in their pockets and when we catch them, they pull them out and we have to politely let them go. There are thousands of people like this in the country and the State of Israel knows nothing of their existence.

"He works as a cleaner at a yeshiva not far from here, and he has a wife and a 4-year-old son who was born in Jerusalem at Bikur Holim Hospital. He came into Israel as a tourist and decided to stay. Six years ago, to the best of his recollection, he filed a request with the UN to be granted refugee status, and since then, his permit has been automatically renewed every six months. It is sent to him in the mail.

His wife, a non-Jewish Ethiopian, is also residing in Israel under the protection of the UN Convention on Refugees.

Maybe they have simply been forgotten? "Actually, I hadn't gone there in a long time," says Asagdum Agis in Hebrew. "But I was there a month ago, because of the boy's preschool, and I asked them to help me get a discount from the municipality. I don't earn that much. My wife doesn't work, she has problems with her joints. I make NIS 3,000 and pay $300 in rent, so I asked for a discount."Asagdum Agis knows of other Ethiopians who have permits like his and live in the consulate building. Solomon knows, too, but he is forbidden to enter there. "As far as we're concerned, it's foreign territory," he says. "And the police are absolutely not allowed to enter the territory of a foreign nation." The Ethiopians who were looking out the windows while he was checking Asagdum Agis' permit didn't seem that confident of being able to rely on international law. Just to be on the safe side, they fled inside and hid behind the locked doors and shuttered windows.


1. Before 1990, Security Council passed 175 resolutions, 97 were directed against Israel (It is 55% of all resolutions). 2. Before 1990, UN General Assembly voted on 690 resolutions, 429 were directed against Israel (It is 62% of all resolutions). 3. The UN was silent when Jordanians destroyed 58 Synagogues in Jerusalem.

4. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. 5. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

6. The UN was silent while for 18 months Israel was terrorised by indiscriminate suicide bombing campaign unleashed by PA leadership. 7. There are 54 Muslims countries in the UN. As well as many more are others Arab oil dependant states. 8. Israel is the ONLY MEMBER OF THE UN THAT IS NOT PERMITTED MEMBERSHIP ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL.

9. Israel is the only country excluded from the U.N.'s regional group system. Since Israel does not belong to any group, it is the only country of 190 member states that is not eligible to serve on the numerous U.N. commissions.

10. In recent years, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights has annually passed five resolutions condemning Israel. This year, they passed seven. By contrast, each of the following countries/regions has been the subject of only one resolution: Afghanistan, Burundi, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Russia/Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Southeast Europe and Sudan.

11. Nov. 29 is the United Nations Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian People. No other group or nation has a U.N. Day of Solidarity.

12. Israel is the only state to which a special investigator with "an open-ended mandate to inspect its human rights record" is assigned by the U.N.

13. It is the only state targeted by two special committees and special units of the U.N. Secretariat ostensibly devoted to the Palestinians but in reality dedicated to Israel-bashing worldwide, costing millions of dollars a year.

14. UNIFIL, the U.N. force stationed on the Israel-Lebanon border, hid a videotape of Israeli soldiers being abducted by Hezbollah in October 2000. After finally admitting to having the tape, the U.N. would only show an edited version (in which Hezbollah faces were hidden) to the Israeli government.

15. UNESCO, in Paris, began passing resolutions about protection of Jerusalem holy sites and access for Muslims in 1968. No resolutions about protection or Jewish access were passed from 1946 to 1967 when Jordan controlled Jerusalem and barred Jews from entering.

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