Wednesday, May 18, 2011

UN unresponsive to Nakba killings

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No calls for action by the Security Council and little mention of the Sunday murder of unarmed Palestinian civilians who protested to remind the world of their rights of return to their homeland. [Click link above to read more and watch video]

[Comment: I wonder why the UN Secretary General has not reminded Israel of UN GA Resolution 194 and called on Israel to implement it. Does he have amnesia, or has he simply tried to avoid it? And why haven't the Palestine representatives at the UN been calling on him to do so?]  

PressTV - UN unresponsive to Nakba killings:

Tue May 17, 2011 12:44AM
Hank Flynn, Press TV, New York

"The UN Secretary General was quick to scold Israel for killing Palestinian demonstrators on Sunday -- marchers who had simply decided to go back to the lands they'd been forced to leave 63 years ago.

Ban Ki-Moon's spokesman had this to say for the Secretary General on Monday.

Ban is not alone in his condemnations.

In a visit to occupied Palestinian territories just a day before the shootings -- UN Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos called Israel's policies 'unacceptable' and 'horrifying.'

But after all the words -- what actions are taken?

Monday's Security Council meeting concerned terrorism and steps taken to combat it -- but there was little mention of the Sunday bloodshed -- and no calls for action by the Security Council.

Draft resolutions condemning killings tend to go nowhere.
More than forty of them have been vetoed by Washington -- most recently in February -- when a popular measure that would've easily passed was given the thumbs-down by US ambassador Susan Rice.

There were -- however -- powerful words spoken by a UN official today in Rome.

Joseph Deiss -- the President of the UN General Assembly -- called for real change -- not in the Middle East -- but in New York -- in the way the Security Council handles its affairs.

Joseph Deiss called unsuccessful efforts to reform the Security Council -- which have been ongoing for the last twenty years -- unacceptable.

He said unless the determination can be found to advance on the key issue of reform -- the United Nations -- especially the Security Council -- risks losing its credibility forever.

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