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The World Is Ripe For UNESCO’s Lies

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The opening weeks of an exhibit on Jerusalem at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art coincided with another type of exhibit on Jerusalem at UNESCO last month. Any similarity between the two, however, ends after mention of the Holy City’s name.

The Met’s exhibit, “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven,” opened in late September and focuses on “a city of fascinating complexity – home to many cultures, faiths, and languages.”

According to UNESCO’s simultaneous focus on that city, “every” seems to have gone missing and Jerusalem went from being the home of many to the home of one.

While the Met’s display is arguably feature-heavy with artifacts of Muslim and Christian origin, ancient Jewish manuscripts, pottery, and jewelry bring Jerusalem’s early Jewish inhabitants to life. And they point to the influence the city’s Jews had on later cultures. The timeline of religions, with Judaism giving birth to Christianity, followed many centuries later by Islam, reveals itself through gold coins, rings, and faded ink on yellowed parchment.

These proofs of an undeniable truth run counter to the recent bogus claims of UNESCO, which purged Jerusalem of any religion other than Islam. In back to back October resolutions, UNESCO, ironically known as the “intellectual” agency of the United Nations, condemned Israeli actions at Jerusalem’s holy sites while blatantly ignoring any Jewish (and, consequently, Christian) ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall complex.

The first resolution denounced Israel as an “occupying power” and slammed it for “aggressions and illegal measures” at the “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif” and the “Al-Buraq Plaza”. A week later, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee again denied Judaism’s ties to the Old City and the Temple Mount, referring to it exclusively by its Arabic name.

Historical truth be damned, UNESCO would have us believe Jerusalem came of age with Muhammad – and that Judaism’s founding fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were mythical figures, along with King David and King Solomon and the holy Temple they built. The rug is pulled out from Christianity as well, casting doubt on numerous Christian scriptures.

Israel has cut all ties with UNESCO. “To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple and the Western Wall is like saying that China is not connected to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids, ” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Even UNESCO’s own director-general, Irina Bokova, criticized the resolution.

“To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions,” she said, “undermines the integrity of the site.”

In their attempt to erase the historical connection of Jews to their land, the rogues of the UN once again proved themselves to be masters at manipulating a false narrative. But the rest of the world is not let off the hook. It is important to note that for transgression to succeed, villains do not operate in a vacuum. They thrive in a climate of ready acquiescence.

UNESCO’s first resolution passed with 33 votes in favor, six against, and 17 abstentions. Not even close to a tie. And the slap on the wrist from America and Israel barely made a dent in opposition. When the second resolution came around, ten voted for, two against, eight abstained, and one was absent.

This is not surprising given an environment where easy manipulation of facts to achieve political and ideological goals has become widespread. The same factor behind the spread of historical revisionism at the UN is responsible for anti-Israel ventures such as BDS. The myth of Israeli “occupation of Palestinian land” pushed by political and academic activists took hold because it was allowed to take hold. Incessant hammering of that lie ultimately found a nesting place in a perhaps not too innocent audience.

This corruption of facts is at the core of much of the progressive agenda, which was given the green light for far too long by too many politicians, academics, and journalists.

To cite one example, in their bid to advance the environmentalist movement, radical environmentalists had no qualms advancing claims of scientific consensus on global warming by producing suspect data or suppressing dissent. From public school teachers to energy czars to Sesame Street and NPR, climate change in America has become the gospel truth of the twenty-first century.

The Black Lives Matter movement is another crusade based on a Kafkaesque distortion of facts. Pushing political correctness to the limit, progressives willfully ignore black on black crime and instead create a new reality of law enforcement personnel out to murder innocent black Americans.

This myth of police brutality has ramifications for all Americans, not just for blacks and the police. And burying the history of thousands of years on the Temple Mount, as UNESCO did, has ramifications for all religions, not just for Jews in Israel.

The UN has always been notoriously anti-Israel, and its member states are often at odds with America. However, a worldwide climate of intolerance was needed for UNESCO to boost its expressions of anti-Zionism to outright anti-Semitism by denying the very existence of the Jewish people through their history.

Ignoring evidence to promote a cause is dangerous as well as duplicitous. Words have consequences. And those who buy such stories are just as complicit in the outcome as those who peddle them. We can only hope it will be easier to counteract any such negative outcomes with the ushering in of a new era of pushback against this dangerous trend.

Sara Lehmann

.@UNRWA’s Chief Offers a Litany of Lies and Slander to Keep Agency Afloat

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s Elder of Ziyon website}

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl held an “extraordinary session” of the UNRWA Advisory Board in order to beg for more funds.

His justifications for asking for more and more money to give an agency that perpetuates, rather than solves, statelessness, are almost rudely self-serving and still relies on blaming Israel rather than the true culprits: itself and the Arab leaders.

Here is a key part of the speech:

Time and time again, I am confronted with the question of why the world should care about the fate of Palestine refugees when there are so many more pressing issues to deal with. Well, it should care:

Because the conditions facing the 5.3 million refugees are now worse than at any time since 1948.

Because of Syria. And yet the UN inefficiently divides up Syrian refugees into “Palestinian” and “everyone else,” doubling up on resources and applying them unequally and inefficiently. If UNRWA wanted to save money it would give its Syria budget to UNHCR and allow them to support all Syrian refugees instead of the 95% or so it does. For UNRWA to demand funds for refugees from Syria simply because their ancestors happen to have lived in British Mandate Palestine for a time is hardly a smart use of worldwide refugee funding.

Because the absence of political horizon is draining them of their resolve and creativity.

Yet if you look at the UNRWA webpage you see lots of articles about how wonderful their school students are, how creative and happy they are.

Because fifty years of occupation and ten years of blockade in Palestine are etched into the soul and identity of the Refugee community.

Of course, it wouldn’t be UNRWA if there was no swipe at Israel. However, the people under “occupation” and “blockade” are not refugees – they live in the boundaries of the British Mandate, under the rule of their own leaders, whose decisions are what led to their being in the situation they are in.

But maybe even more importantly:

Because a young generation of Palestine refugees is growing up which is losing faith in politics and diplomacy. In the West Bank and Gaza, most young people were born after the Oslo Peace Agreement. They were told by the world that if you choose a path of moderation, there will be justice served. But it was not.

Was the enthusiastic outbreak of a murderous spree of suicide bombings immediately after Arafat spurned Clinton’s peace plan an example of this path of moderation that they are now so disappointed over it not succeeding? How about the happy cries of victory after 9/11 in the streets of these youth? The people who overwhelmingly showed support for Bin Laden, and who voted for Hamas terrorists to lead them? Because that is what happened, not this fantasy of disillusioned youth attempting “a path of moderation.”

Because in Syria, Palestine refugees, displaced, dispossessed and desperate, now understand in their hearts what their parents and grand-parents went through in 1948 and 1967.

This is perhaps the most offensive part of all. To compare what is happening to civilians in Syria today with what happened in 1948 or 1967 is a sick revisionist history. It is to accuse Israel of genocide, of dropping barrel bombs and poison gas. This one statement shows the depths of UNRWA’s immorality, because if its leader says this statement to his donors in English, the lies and hate taught by its teachers to generations of students must be orders of magnitude worse. It might be the “narrative”  but it is slander, and  UNRWA is in no small part a reason that the false narrative against Israel and historic fact has been so popular.

Krähenbühl should be forced to resign based on this one disgusting lie by itself.

Elder of Ziyon

Israeli Leaders Slam PA’s Abbas for Blood Libels and Lies in EU Speech

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
by Michael Bachner, TPS

Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, responded on Thursday evening to harsh and false attacks voiced earlier against Israel by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas during his speech at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.

Abbas urged the world to take action against “Israeli atrocities” and repeating debunked rumors that Israeli rabbis had “called to poison Palestinian water supplies.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the speech, saying that Abbas had “showed his true face” in Brussels. “Someone who refuses to meet the president and myself for direct negotiations and who spreads blood libels before the European Parliament, is lying when he claims that his hand is extended in peace,” said Netanyahu.

The prime minister was referring to the potential meeting between Abbas and his Israeli counterpart Rivlin proposed by EU Council President Donald Tusk that Abbas bluntly refused to attend.

“Israel is waiting for the day when Abu Mazen stops spreading lies and engaging in incitement,” Netanyahu added, referring to Abbas by his nickname. “Until then Israel will continue to defend itself against Palestinian incitement that motivates acts of terrorism.”

Abbas harshly attacked Israel during his speech, calling its policies towards Arabs from the Palestinian Authority “racist” and “fascist.” He also said the PA is prepared to make peace with Israel — even as he rejected a single meeting with Rivlin while the two were in the same building at the same time, for the very same purpose.

“Our hands are extended with a desire to peace,” he claimed, directing his remarks to Israel. “We have the political will to achieve peace and we ask, do you have the same will to achieve peace and to acknowledge the historic injustice that your state has exacted on our country?”

President Rivlin also responded to Abbas’ speech on Thursday, expressing disappointment that Abbas has refused to meet with him.

“It is strange that Abbas repeatedly refuses to meet with Israeli leaders and then repeatedly turns to the international community for support,” said Rivlin in a statement. “We cannot build on the trust we have built if we do not start talking directly without intermediaries. Direct talks are the only way to build confidence and restore the conditions for peace between Palestinians and Israelis.”

Israeli lawmaker and former Shin Bet domestic intelligence chief Avi Dichter, who chairs the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee also responded to what he called the “falsehoods” propounded by Abbas during his Brussels speech.

“With a series of historical distortions and crocodile tears, Abu Mazen today described the 1948 Palestinian ‘Nakba‘ [Arabic for ‘disaster’], without mentioning the fact that the Arab leaders in 1947 were the ones who determined their fate,” said Dichter.

“The Jewish leaders accepted the partition plan, while the ‘Abu Mazens’ of that time rejected the United Nations proposal and the Arab armies invaded Israel in order to wipe out the Jews and take 100 percent of Israel.”

Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon responded to the speech as well, referring to Abbas’ claim that Ya’alon and Ehud Barak, a former Israeli prime minister, recently called Israel was a “fascist” state. While Barak did make a similar accusation, Ya’alon did not.

“Abu Mazen is not only lying as usual, continuing his malicious blood libels against the State of Israel,” wrote Ya’alon on his Facebook page, “he is also exploiting the healthy democratic discourse in Israeli society, which does not exist in his society and is putting words in my mouth I did not say.

“Abu Mazen’s conduct, speeches and evasions of direct negotiations with Israel without preconditions are further proof that he never intended to go for an agreement, including recognition of our right to exist as the only nation state of the Jewish people,” Ya’alon added.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

How the Left Lies

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The Left lies by telling half of the story. For instance, before the Pesach holiday, the leftist organization, B’tzelem, in Israel, published an advertisement wishing people a happy holiday. Quoting a verse from the Haggadah, they wished that the holiday would pass without what they call “Israeli violence” against the Palestinians. Here’s the ad:

Happy Holiday!

Without a strong hand; without an outstretched arm; without instilling great fear; without harsh judgments; without fierce anger; without killing their firstborn; without wrath; without blood, fire, and pillars of smoke; without suffering.

As everyone knows, all of this retribution against the Egyptians comes, of course, toward the end of the Exodus story. This is the strategy of the Left. They tell only half the story, as if it’s the whole truth. Since many people are ignorant of history, and most others have short memories, if you repeat a lie again and again, people believe it’s the truth.

In their holiday ad, the B’tzelem organization forgot to mention that the fierce retribution only came after the Egyptians fiercely oppressed the Jews. B’tzelem conveniently left out the beginning of the Haggadah. Thus they present their false and concocted side of events, without all of the oppression of the Jews that transpired at the beginning, without:

Come and take advantage of them; without: they made their lives bitter; without: they enslaved them with hard labor and made them suffer; without: throw all of their firstborn males into the river; without: set taskmasters over them; without: they stand upon to destroy us; without: the mortar used in killing our infants.

So the next time you read anything about Israel by a Leftist, beware. You are only hearing half of the story.

Tzvi Fishman

BGU Researchers Say Oxytocin May Promote ‘Lying for Your Team’

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A team of researchers at Ben Gurion University of the Negev have discovered that the hormone oxytocin can promote “group-serving dishonesty.”

According to findings published today (Monday) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), participants receiving oxytocin “lied more to benefit their groups, did so quicker, and did so without expectation of reciprocal dishonesty from their group members. A control setting ruled out that oxytocin drives self-serving dishonesty.”

The team, led by Dr. Shaul Shalvi at the university’s Department of Psychology, worked in cooperation with Carsten K.W. De Dreu of the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Psychology.

Shalvi is director of BGU’s Center for Decision Making and Economic Psychology (DMEP). He noted, “Our results suggest people are willing to bend ethical rules to help the people close to us, like our team or family. This raises an interesting although perhaps more philosophical question: Are all lies immoral?”

Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus and functions as both a hormone and a neurotransmitter to create bonding between couples and between mothers and babies. It also stimulates social interactions.

Researchers have found a correlation between increased oxytocin and greater empathy, lower social anxiety, more pro-social choice in anonymous games, reduction in fear response, cooperation in single-shot anonymous games and trust in interpersonal exchange. It also stimulates defense-related aggression.

The study was funded in part by the People Program (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program under a Research Executive Agency Grant Agreement and by the Netherlands Science Foundation.

Hana Levi Julian

What the Benghazi Leaks Mean, and what Difference Would it Have Made?

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Imaging this: it was well-known that in 2011 the United States was facilitating the weapons supply to Syrian rebels. The weapons were paid for by Qatar and Saudi Arabia and delivered through Turkey.

We have known for more than a year about this traffic. There were two big UN Reports on this traffic.( By the way this meant that the United States was arming Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups.)

What wasn’t known was a simple detail: the United States was also collecting and shipping the weapons.

That’s it! This is what was being concealed. After all, it was openly known previously that the Libyan rebels against Qadhafi were armed by the United States.

The whole mess was unnecessary!

If it were known that the CIA guys in Turkey weren’t just watching the weapons supply but delivering it, to quote Clinton, what difference would it have made?

Would Congress have stopped the weapons’ traffic? No, they wouldn’t even do anything about the arms to Mexican drug gangs that killed Americans?

Would Americans rise in revolt? No.

Would it have cost one percent of the votes in the election? No.

Sure, some bloggers would have talked about parallels to Iran-Contra and a handful of members of Congress would have complained but the massive media machine would have ignored it and the majority of Republicans would have snored.

Did President Obama have to lie in a UN speech saying the ambassador was just there to supervise a hospital and a school? No.

Did a video have to be blamed so as to blame Americans and Islamophobia for the attack? No.

Was the cover-up necessary even to defend the administration’s “perfect” record against terrorist attacks on Americans”? No.

The expose of this arms’ supply channel would have bothered few and changed nothing. But since we knew already that the administration was helping arm anti-American, antisemitic, anti-Christian, and homophobic, and anti-women Islamist terrorists I don’t think the difference was huge.

Did the cover-up have to lead to the refusal to defend properly American personnel to prevent what they were doing from leaking out? No.

In short this program of lies and deception and cover up wasn’t even necessary. Those Americans may have been rescued and those lies might have been avoided with no harm to the administration.

I think that tells a lot about how the Obama Administration treats and manipulates the American people. And it also tells about its very profound incompetence and ignorance.

Barry Rubin

Lie to your TV

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel sent out a camera crew to ask the man on the street what he or she thought about the new pope.

Of course, there is no new pope, he hasn’t been elected yet, or appointed, whatever is the proper term for the 15 guys in red yarmulkes blowing white smoke out of the Sistine Chapel. But, as it turns out, the man on the street had no trouble whatsoever coming up with well thought out answers regarding the new pope.

Which makes me wonder if why we even bother to report on stuff, when folks can make up their own news just as skillfully as any reporter. They’ve watched so much television and so much news on television, it doesn’t really matter, one bit of news is indistinguishable from another.



Last week, The UN Human Rights Council exonerated Israel and the IDF in many cases in which it was previously alleged that the IDF committed war crimes during the operation.

Our friend Aryeh Savir at the Tazpit News Agency sent us this quote from the report:

“Palestinian armed groups continuously violated international humanitarian law, by launching indiscriminate attacks on Israel and by attacking civilians, thereby disregarding the principle of distinction. The armed groups failed to take all feasible precautions in attacks, in particular by launching rockets from populated areas, which put the population at grave risk. Furthermore, several Palestinians were killed by rockets launched by the armed groups that fell short and landed in the Gaza Strip.”

Now ask anyone in the world who killed those civilians.

So, your TV lies to you, you lie to your TV. It’s a status quo kind of thing, a modus vivendi, a perfect harmony. Everything your media tell you is a lie, everything you know is wrong—but you don’t get upset over it, you just carry on, producing lies of your own.

Remember the kids in the Hans Christian Andersen story who cried: “The emperor has no clothes”? Well, welcome to our new, well furbished, planetary nudist colony. Ain’t none of us got clothes.

Finally, to stretch Marshall McLuhan’s by now ancient statement, “The medium is the message” – na ugh, not any more. From now on, in our lovely colony, there is no message, only a mic shoved in someone’s face, in anticipation of a knowing answer about nothing.

The Mishnah (Sotah 9:15) noted that “The face of the generation is like the face of a dog.”

What I wouldn’t give for a good looking beagle right about now…

Yori Yanover

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