UNWRA Foments Hatred Towards Israel


In a previous post, I complained about the United Nations Human Rights Council. Today I would like to address the stance of UNWRA towards Israel.

The formation of the State Of Israel resulted in the creation of both Jewish and Arab refugees.

Between 800,000 to 1,000,000 Jews were forced to flee from the Arab lands in which many of them had lived for over a thousand years. Over half a million of these Jewish refugees were absorbed in the newly created tiny State of Israel without any compensation from the Arab lands who had confiscated their property and possessions. The United Nations also did not provide any assistance.

About 700,000 Arabs living in Palestine either fled or were forced to flee. Unlike Israel, the many neighboring large Arab countries did not absorb these refugees. Instead, in 1949, the United Nations created UNWRA, the “United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.”

The workload of UNWRA should be lessening each year, as the original refugees pass on. However, the United Nations in its infinite “wisdom”, decided to broaden the definition of a refugee, for Palestinians only, from a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster to include patrilineal descendants of the original refugees as well. So, had the usual definition of refugee been used, the number of Palestinian refugees today would be between 30,000 to 50,000. Instead, the number is between five to six million.

Of course, UNWRA’s staff has had to grow and continues to grow as the number of refugees increases. UNWRA also administers large “Palestinian refugee” camps in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon and provides social services there as well.

According to the Wall Street Journal, 1.25 million “Palestinian refugees,” live in Gaza, about two thirds of its population. About half of Gaza’s residents receive UNWRA food supplies and more than a quarter live in UNRWA refugee camps. UNWRA runs 245 schools, 22 medical facilities and eight refugee camps in Gaza. It employs more than 11,000 people and is Gaza’s second largest employer 

Rather than seeking to resolve the problem by encouraging Arab countries to absorb the “refugees,” maintaining neutrality, or trying to lessen the negative view of Israel held by many in Gaza, UNWRA is perpetuating the tradition of hate by fostering the “refugees” unattainable goal of returning to Israel by any means possible, including violence.

To see a distressing graphic representation of the propaganda UNWRA teaches in their schools, click on the following : UNWRA Teaches Palestinian Students that Israel Is Palestine.

To see an organization, whose raison d’être is to bring peace to the world,  encourage educators to teach this type of propaganda in its schools is kafkaesque and a real tragedy. How can Israel ever make peace with people who have been taught since childhood that destroying Israel is their life’s mission?

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Is Denmark Really Concerned About Animal Welfare?

Denmark claims to hold animal rights in high regard. On February 20, 2014, it joined the anti-religious slaughter bandwagon when it outlawed both Kosher and Halal slaughter, since neither stuns the animal before killing. Asked about religious rights, the Danish agriculture minister said, “animal rights come before religious rights. I am in favor of religious slaughter, but it must be done in a way that does not bring pain to the animal. This can be accomplished only by stunning.” Properly done scientific studies dispute that. They show that, done properly, an animal does not suffer from either stunning or ritual slaughter. But let’s move on.

It may appear, then, that Denmark thinks it is doing something to prevent pain to its animals. Let’s explore this further.


How does Denmark really deal with its animals?  If the Danes are truly interested in animals not suffering unnecessary pain, then hunting should be outlawed. Or, if permitted, all hunters should be required to anesthetize animals before shooting them. However, hunting is legal in Denmark and, surprise, hunters do not tranquillize animals before shooting them. Thus many Danes cause animals to endure long and painful deaths when they injure, but don’t kill, the animal.

Denmark belongs to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), an Association priding itself on providing the highest standards of care and breeding for animals. On February 9, 2014, (less than two weeks before the anti- religious slaughter ban was passed), a healthy two year old giraffe in the Copenhagen Zoo was killed after being shot in the neck with a bolt gun. In the presence of school age kids and their parents, Marius was dissected, skinned and cut up, and some of his flesh thrown to the lions for a presumably tasty meal.

Copenhagen Zoo Giraffes

Carpe Diem

Marius, the young giraffe, was “euthanized” with the full approval of the EAZA to control breeding, as the zoo already had enough giraffes with his genes. Lest you think that the zoo may have had no alternative, about 25,000 people signed a petition asking that Marius be spared. Furthermore, several zoos offered to take him and one man even offered to buy him for a large sum of money.

But, the zoo said that they could not legally sell him and, as for the other zoos, since most were not members of EAZA and, presumably, did not have the same standards, they could not send Marius to them. 

As for the zoo in England that was a member of EAZA, the Copenhagen zoo’s scientific director said that the English zoo’s space could be better used by a “genetically more valuable giraffe.”

Why wasn’t Marius sterilized? Because, according to zoo officials, it would be negatively affect his quality of life and he would be taking up valuable space better occupied by “more genetically valuable giraffes.”

Of course, this begs the question as to why Zoo authorities and EAZA, who claim to be so concerned with breeding practices, allowed Marius’ parents to mate if they knew they did not want the giraffes’ offspring’s genes.

Oh and as to the public view of the dissection, zoo authorities defended it by saying that the dissection gave children a deeper understanding of the anatomy of a giraffe than they would have gotten from looking at a giraffe in a photo. Furthermore, they said, public dissections of deceased animals are consistent with the zoo’s policy of educating people on nature and wildlife, life and death, and are routinely done.  (To see a most disturbing video of the incident click below. This is rather graphic, so please beware.)

Danish authorities were stunned by the large amount of negative publicity they received after the Marius story was publicized. The defense they mounted, which seems to yielding positive results in Denmark, is explaining that what they did was, in the long run, in the best interests of the giraffe population in zoos.  However, that still does not explain why they allowed this giraffe to born in the first place.

Meanwhile, in a different Danish zoo, another giraffe, also named Marius, (is that Danish for doomed giraffe) was slated for execution for the same reason. His life was spared, for now, by the negative publicity over the dead Marius. Zoo authorities simply decided not to place a female giraffe into his pen.

So, is Denmark really interested in preventing pain to its animals? You decide.

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Lag B’Omer 2013 Videos

Shalom Y’All:

Last night and today religious Jews celebrated Lag B’Omer, a day of happiness commemorating both the temporary cessation of the plague that killed 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva’s students and the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Bonfires are traditionally lit the night of Lag B’Omer to commemorate the mystical light brought into the world with Rabbi Shimon’s teachings,  especially the day he died, when he revealed the wisdom of the Zohar, the foundation of Kabbalah, to his students.

The largest Lag B’Omer celebration takes place in and around the city of Meron in Northern Israel where Rabbi Shimon’s tomb is located. Tens of thousands attend the celebration which includes around the clock singing and dancing.

Religious parents who do not cut their son’s hair until the age of three, often give their son his first haircut on Lag B’Omer in Meron.

Here are the two videos showing the festivities:

The first one is a short video of a bonfire in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

Lag B’Omer Video Brooklyn

The next one is a a video of the Lag B’Omer celebration in Meron, courtesy of YouTube. It’s poor quality, but gives an idea of what goes on there.

Lag B’Omer Video Meron


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