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    United Nations Bankrolled Latest Anti-israel Propaganda


    BY JACOB GERSHMAN - Staff Reporter of the Sun
    August 17, 2005

    The United Nations bankrolled the production of thousands of banners, bumper stickers, mugs, and T-shirts bearing the slogan "Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem," which have been widely distributed to Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip, according to a U.N. official.

    The U.N. support of the Palestinian Authority's propaganda operation in the midst of the Israeli evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip has provoked outrage from Israeli and Jewish leaders, who are blaming Turtle Bay for propagating an inflammatory message that they say encourages Palestinian Arab violence.

    "The intifada worked. That's contextually what this message is saying," the director of U.N. affairs for the Washington-based Jewish organization B'nai Brith, Amy Goldstein, said.

    The Arabic slogan, which refers to disputed territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, has become ubiquitous in Gaza, where Israeli soldiers this week are evacuating 21 settlements. It's served as the central message of a Palestinian Arab effort to spin the withdrawal as a victory.

    A special representative of the United Nations Development Program in the Gaza Strip, Timothy Rothermel, told Fox News that his office provided financial support for the production of materials that make up the Palestinian Authority's propaganda campaign, timed to coincide with the Gaza pullout. The Palestinian Authority's withdrawal committee developed and produced the posters and other items using U.N. money, Mr. Rothermel said.

    In addition to the slogan "Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem," many of the materials displayed the logo of the United Nations Development Program, which operates in 166 countries and spends about half a billion dollars a year.

    Asked by a Fox News correspondent about one of the banners bearing the words implying an impending Palestinian Arab takeover of the disputed areas, Mr. Rothermel, said, "That particular poster was prepared by the disengagement office with financial support from the United Nations Development Program."

    UNDP officials at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, however, denied that money from the program went directly to the propaganda campaign.

    A UNDP spokesman, William Orme, said his office gave money to the Palestinian Withdrawal Committee to "help the Palestinian Authority communicate to the populace about the withdrawal and its economic and social impact."

    The money was funneled to the committee through a subagency called Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People. U.N. officials were not told about the propaganda campaign or about the slogan, he said.

    The director of international affairs for the American Jewish Congress and a Sun op-ed columnist, David Twersky, criticized the UNDP for failing to better track their funds.

    "How come they don't know what's happening to their money?" he said. "Where's the audit? Where's the transparency? How could responsible U.N. officials living off of tax dollars have the chutzpah to say I don't know what they're spending their money on?"

    New York-based U.N. officials learned of the slogan, Mr. Twesky said, when they received a letter of complaint on Monday from the American Jewish Congress. The letter, signed by the chairman of the American Jewish Congress, Jack Rose, said the United Nations "has no business paying the costs of this propaganda." The letter was addressed to the development program's new administrator, Kemal Dervis.

    Mr. Orme, who said his office was investigating the details of the letter, refused to say whether the United Nations stands behind the slogan printed on the propaganda materials.

    He said: "We are emphatically neutral ...We do not lend ourselves to political messaging in favor of any particular faction or ideology."

    Mr. Rothermel, in the Fox News interview, argued that the slogan, which predicts an Israeli disengagement from the West Bank and, presumably, East Jerusalem, is a message that is "consistent with the relevant U.N. resolutions and Security Council resolutions about the status of Palestine."

    A former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Dore Gold, said the funding of the propaganda campaign is "simply outrageous."

    "The West Bank is disputed territory under U.N. Security Council Resolution 242. The U.N. has no business getting involved in sloganeering to call on the Palestinians to also take tomorrow the West Bank and East Jerusalem," Mr. Gold told Fox News.

    The Palestinian Authority's top leaders have echoed the slogan in recent public comments. "The process of national struggle will continue until we reach Jerusalem and celebrate there and in the West Bank," its prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, said. according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.

    Correction from August 18, 2005
    David Twersky is the correct spelling of the name of the director of international affairs for the American Jewish Congress and Jack Rosen is the correct spelling of the name of the chairman of the American Jewish Congress.The names were misspelled in a story on page 1 of yesterday's Sun.
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    Re: United Nations Bankrolled Latest Anti-israel Propaganda

    I guess that's one country's vote that the UN won't be able to count on for a UN takeover of the Internet.

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    The Sun isn't propaganda. Really. I mean it.

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    Could care less what this article states, or it's source; but if people think that the current pull-out is gonna bring peace to Israel and satisfy/console the hatred by most Arabs for the Jews, and finally put an end to the bloodshed, then I have some land I'd like to sell them.

    How did Israel appropriate those territories to begin with? Via war. They were attacked!

    The ultimate goal is the city of Jerusalem. And the way it is gonna be attempted is through a form of "incrementalism" - a social or political gradualism by the Arabs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC
    The ultimate goal is the city of Jerusalem. And the way it is gonna be attempted is through a form of "incrementalism" - a social or political gradualism by the Arabs.
    Or by outbreeding the Israelis.

    Plus you have to wonder if the pullout would even happen if the war in Iraq hadn't gone so badly.
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    Leaving Gaza brings more work, questions

    By Dion Nissenbaum


    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip There were emotional standoffs, burning barricades, curses and tears. But by week's end, Israel's divisive and historic plan to clear its citizens out of the occupied Gaza Strip had gone so smoothly that many people are asking: What's next?

    The military operation swept into most of the 21 Gaza Strip settlements and dislodged not only the longtime settlers who wanted to make a symbolic stand but also thousands of outside protesters.

    The withdrawal paused for the Jewish Sabbath, but the first Israeli forces arrived before daybreak today to evacuate Katif and Atzmona, the last settlements in the main Gush Katif bloc.

    Later today, Israel's Cabinet was to vote on removing the last three Gaza enclaves along with four in the West Bank.

    Israeli officials said they planned to speed up this week's timetable. The last Gaza settlements should be empty by tomorrow, and the army plans to begin clearing two settlements in the northern West Bank on Tuesday.

    While there still could be some pockets of resistance, the focus already is turning to where the Israelis and Palestinians go from here.

    For Israel, there still is much to be done. The military must dismantle its outposts, demolish thousands of homes, relocate Jewish cemeteries and hand over the land to the Palestinians.

    Then, it will fall to the Palestinians to use the momentum to begin sowing the seeds of an independent state.

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas signed a decree yesterday appropriating Jewish settlement land for public use once Israel's evacuation of Gaza is complete, and he scheduled postponed Palestinian legislative elections for Jan. 25.

    Abbas faces some serious obstacles.

    Israel plans to build a new high-tech barrier around the Gaza Strip and is hesitant to allow Palestinians to reopen the airport. Without free access, many Palestinians worry that the Israeli pullout won't end the occupation but will isolate impoverished Palestinians in the crowded coastal area.

    Most men between the ages of 16 and 35 have long been barred from leaving the region, and many worry that Israel won't ease travel restrictions.

    More than anything, Palestinians are worried that the pullout will not mark the start of renewed peace talks but the end.

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pushed through the pullout as a unilateral move after growing frustrated with stalled peace talks and the violent Palestinian uprising. The death of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat paved the way for a new era of potential compromise, but Abbas is off to a shaky start.

    Palestinian militants are testing Abbas' strength and determination to rein in armed groups. The militants view the pullout as a triumph not for moderation and compromise but for violent confrontation.


    And just like Arafat's failure before him - I doubt Abbas' ability to reign in the militant groups who want nothing less then the destruction of Israel.
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