The Organization of the United Nations illustrates perfectly how good but utopian intentions crash and burn when faced with reality. Established after World War II to build a better world, the UN eventually turned into a quagmire of corruption controlled by Muslim fanatics and backward dictatorships. The same situation dominates its cultural arm, UNESCO, which was supposed to preserve and support the world’s cultural heritage, yet the final result was a tool for bullying countries disliked by the majority through distortion of history.
It is not by chance that UNESCO’s boss is Irina Bokova, the product of a corrupt high-ranking communist family from Bulgaria. As a high official in charge of the press in the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, her father Georgi Bokov was instrumental in exterminating free speech. He was even allegedly involved in the murder of the popular conservative journalist Rajko Aleksiev in the early years of the dictatorship. His privileged daughter took full advantage of her position to study and work in the West – opportunities that were denied to the talented people with a modest background.
Under her leadership UNESCO became as corrupt as any of the dictatorships it defends. Some of the developed countries are routinely harassed by the United Nations and that negativity takes even worse forms when UNESCO does it by attacking their culture and heritage. A consistent target of that attitude is Israel. The Arabs, who want to wipe out the Jewish state militarily, also want to erase its history through the tools provided by the world cultural organization.
The latest in the string of such attacks was draft resolution 19 adopted in April of this year by UNESCO’s Executive Board. Israel’s Foreign Ministry reacted negatively to the document, stating that it “aims to transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a religious confrontation and its adoption is a disgrace.” And they were justified in their position. The resolution dealt with Temple Mount, the holiest site of Judaism, and listed several blatantly false accusations while ignoring several thousand years of history. In its original version it contained the line that UNESCO “affirms that the Buraq Plaza is an integral part of al-Aksa Mosque/ al-Haram al-Sharif.” Buraq Plaza is what the Arabs call the place around the Western Wall. The document naturally was introduced by Arab states, which pressured the other members. After protests that line was removed but the remaining text wasn’t much better. Only US, Germany, United Kingdom, Estonia, Netherlands and the Czech Republic voted against it.
The Muslim claims to the site come from the Koran (Sura 17:1), which narrates how Muhammad was flown at night to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa, the mosque located on Temple Mount. The only problem was that it didn’t exist at the time (year 620). The “prophet” didn’t use a flying carpet but rode a nightmarish creature, a human-donkey hybrid with wings called Buraq. That explains the name of the place in the Arab tradition.
The truth, based on extensive historical records and archeological discoveries, is that Temple Mount was the place were once the Second Temple stood. After the Romans destroyed it in 70 A.D., the remaining wall gradually became the most revered site of worship in Judaism, known as the “Western Wall” (Kotel ha-Ma’aravi) or as it is popularly called, the “Wailing Wall”.
This is how UNESCO’s blackmail works. The Muslim claims based on the ramblings of the demented lunatic Muhammad trump thousands of years of real Jewish history.
It’s not an accident that in paragraph 5 the resolution calls for a ban of the archeological excavations of Jerusalem. The discovery of more Jewish artifacts may contradict the story of Crazy Mo and his flying humanoid donkey. Then the screed demands stop of the “storming” of the mosque by “Israeli right-wing extremists and uniformed forces” while neglecting to mention that everybody who goes there is met by the screaming rabid veiled harpies and rocks thrown by equally rabid Arab kids. On many days the Jews are not allowed any access to Temple Mount. The police patrol the site to maintain some semblance of order.
It gets even better – the resolution brings up a Jewish conspiracy, in which, according to UNESCO, the devious Jews plant fake Jewish graves near the mosque and convert “many Islamic and Byzantine remains into the so-called Jewish ritual baths.” No word that those have been there long before the Arabs arrived. Under the Jordanian occupation until 1967 many Jewish graves (especially on Mount Olive) were used as urinals by the Muslim anti-Semites and the synagogues in East Jerusalem were turned into sheep and goat pens (see “Jerusalem: Illustrated History Atlas” by Martin Gilbert, p. 101-102). The resolution condemns even the decision to build a two-line cable car system in East Jerusalem – apparently the Arabs will be more comfortable commuting on camels.
It goes on and on, even turning the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem into Muslim sites, though the Koran doesn’t tell us whether Mo and his talking donkey friend reached those lands.
The trend of sloppiness and outright malice permeates most of the programs and activities of UNESCO. Such is the case with their Memory of the World Register, which is supposed to preserve the documental heritage of the world and includes Magna Carta, the diary of Anne Frank and other significant records.
It sounds good, but the organization could spoil even such a noble cause by catering to various dictatorships. Last year the People’s Republic of China added documents on the so-called Nanjing Massacre to the Register. The documents are still kept secret. The problem is that the event is a subject to bitter dispute between China and Japan. There is very little information about what exactly happened, whether it was a clash between the armies of Japan and the Chinese nationalists of Chiang Kai-shek or deliberate Japanese assault. The evidence about 300,000 slaughtered civilians is anecdotal and doesn’t explain why under Japanese occupation Nanjing’s population consistently increased. The issue of the event was never raised before the 1990’s when China became a substantial economic power and started to use the past to discredit its competitor Japan.
The Chinese side never provided any reliable documents, but that didn’t stop it from spreading shameless propaganda against Japan through its Confucius Institute and numerous phony “grass-root” organizations financed by the Chinese Communist Party. Regardless of what the truth is, this is a dispute that should be resolved between China and Japan before starting any initiatives. But that’s not how UNESCO works – they jump to defend communists China, even though Japan is its largest financial donor. Over the decades after the war Japan changed into an exemplary democratic country, while China remains a brutal dictatorship, which mistreats its citizens and threatens militarily many of its neighbours.
That makes you think: if something controversial like the “Nanjing Massacre” could be added, why doesn’t UNESCO do the same for well-documented events? What about the bombing of Dresden, which needlessly killed over 130,000 civilians? Or the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? If we want to keep it close to the topic, a good addition will be the genocide in Tibet, which China occupied in 1959 and then managed to kill about 1 million people. Maybe the 50 million Chinese who perished during the Great Leap in 1957, the Cultural Revolution in 1967, “re-educational” camps and many other social experiments conducted by the Chinese communists also should be included in UNESCO’s Register.
Such a rational approach would be too difficult to implement by the incompetent bureaucrats of UNESCO. That’s why mostly insignificant and questionable events are included in the Register, which makes a mockery of Magna Carta and Anne Frank’s diary. Just one example – we see at the top of the listings the Asian-African Conference of 1955. Its archives became “documentary heritage submitted by Indonesia and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2015.”
UNESCO tells us that the conference was a great event, which promoted peace and “anti-imperialism”:
The Asian-African Conference (AAC) Archives is a set of documents, pictures and films related to the Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia, from 18 to 24 April 1955. The conference was the first international assembly of Asian-African nations, aimed to promote world peace and cooperation, and freedom from colonialism and imperialism. The Conference was attended by 29 Asian and African countries.
So far, so good, but if we look more carefully at the picture chosen to represent the event in the listing, we are unpleasantly surprised.
We see in conversation Zhou Enlai and Mufti Amin al-Husseini. Zhou was the loyal henchman of Chairman Mao, deeply involved in all atrocities committed by the communist party. The notorious Mufti of Jerusalem, presented as the leader of “the observer delegation from Palestine,” was one of the most virulent anti-Semites of his time.
The Muslim cleric incited numerous bloody riots against the Jews in the Mandate for Palestine. The Mufti was closely associated with Adolf Hitler. He hoped that the Nazi regime would help him get rid of the Jews for good. Al-Husseini recruited Muslim military units (mostly Bosnians) in Europe, which helped the Nazis to capture and deport local Jews to the death camp. After the war he had to go hiding to avoid prosecution.
Only UNESCO can promote an event where these two repugnant characters played major role as an event for peace and cooperation.
Obviously, the normal countries can’t get a break in the world of the UN and UNESCO. A country must be disorderly or a dictatorship to be left alone. The last ridiculous example includes again Japan.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women included as a major criticism in a draft of a report “criticism of Japan’s male-only Imperial succession.” It is unbelievable that they found that to be one of the main “faults” of Japan. Naturally, it slipped from their minds that in the barbaric kingdom of Saudi Arabia no woman could ever be a queen. Besides, no woman could be a driver, leave her home without her owner, pardon me, husband, or occupy a government position.
They have to thank for that the old pedophile Muhammad (his last wife was 6 years old), who after coming back from Temple Mount on his horrific mule, established laws that still treat Muslim women as chattel. In Japan the situation is completely different, but that doesn’t matter to the UN. The important thing is that Japan may do some complaining and stop, while Saudi Arabia can send somebody to blow up the UN building or behead the whole Women’s Committee.
Isn’t it time to shut down such useless and harmful organization, which are good only at stealing money?
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