From The Jerusalem Post, 18 Nov 2013, by Anne Bayefsky:
Today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will pay a
visit to Auschwitz where he will make a show of concern for the demonization of
Jews in the past century. However, at the very same time his UN staff is
actively discriminating against Jews at UN Headquarters in the here and now.
On Friday, November 15, 2013, an official UN-accredited Jewish non-governmental
organization had its security clearance to attend an open UN meeting in New
York revoked at the behest of the UN Division for Palestinian Rights.
The group of 18 Birthright Israel alumni had been invited to witness the annual
offensive “UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” by the
UN-accredited Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.
The annual event marks the anniversary of November 29, 1947, the day that the
UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which partitioned Palestine into a
Jewish and an Arab state. It was a resolution accepted by Jews and rejected
across the Arab world.
It was also a day celebrated by the victims of the Nazis and the Jewish people
in their ancient homeland and around the world.
But not by the modern United Nations. Former secretary-general Kofi Annan
characterized it as “a day of mourning and a day of grief,” and every year
under UN auspices, member states and NGOs gather to mourn the creation of the
This year, the admission passes of the Jewish group had been officially
approved, security clearance had been granted, and the passes were scheduled to
be picked up.
That is, until UN security official Lt. Paul Jankowsky reversed course and
unilaterally decided that the chief of the UN Palestinian Rights Division,
Wolfgang Grieger, had a veto over who could attend.
The November 15 message sent to the Touro Institute from Jankowsky reads: “The
Division for Palestinian Rights... are the meeting organizers.... The
organizers instruct me not to issue additional passes that they did not
Jankowsky and Grieger’s interference occurred despite the fact that the meeting
was clearly advertised on the UN’s own website with the simple statement: “NGOs
are invited to attend.” Furthermore, an open invitation announcing the date,
time and place had been advertised with no restrictions of any kind in the UN’s
Daily Journal of the very same day, November 15.
The campaign to exclude Jewish groups which support Israel from attending UN
meetings is only the latest affront to the UN Charter’s promise of “the equal
rights of men and women and of nations large and small.”
In 2005, the UN marked Palestinian Solidarity Day by displaying a map of the
region which was missing the UN member state of Israel. After the embarrassing
map was photographed, and a letter of objection sent from American UN
ambassador John Bolton to then secretary-general Annan, the map was not shown
But instead, every year the UN meeting room holding the event is decorated with
only two flags – the flag of the United Nations and the flag of “Palestine.”
The flag of Israel is never flown, notwithstanding that the 1947 resolution
commits the UN to a two-state solution.
Palestinian Solidarity Day is a major event in the UN calendar. Speeches in New
York are given by each of the president of the general assembly, the president
of the Security Council and the secretary-general.
Also in attendance, and welcomed with open arms, are selected NGO extremists
and representatives of so-called “civil society” who are prepared to contribute
to the ritual demonization of Israel.
An example of the kind of person who makes the cut of the UN Division for
Palestinian Rights is Roger Waters, who represented civil society at last
He accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” voiced his support for boycott,
divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns, claimed “Hamas is open to permanent
peace with Israel,” and even demanded the General Assembly terminate the
membership of Israel in the UN until its “illegal apartheid regime” ends.
Undoubtedly, the Division for Palestinian Rights will have hand-picked another
such “civil society” representative to grace this year’s event, which will take
place on November 25 because of Thanksgiving in the US.
Today in Poland the secretary-general will pose for the cameras at Auschwitz
and the UN media machine will move into high gear. One week today in New York,
the secretary-general will bar selected Jews from attending a public UN meeting
and deliver a statement marking the partition vote absent the flag of the
Jewish state. The duplicity could not be clearer.