For the last week, repeated attempts to contact Monica Awad and Catherine Weibel of UNICEF in Beit Hanina in the Shuafat section of East Jerusalem have failed. They have evaded every email and messsage I have left them. I was hoping for a peaceful and professional dialogue with them, but they have shut the door. Par for the course for UN organizations who are inclined to lazily blame settlements for why Palestinian children turn to instead of documenting the historical timeline of how a majority of the Oslo generations have resorted to terrorism.
On UNICEF State of Palestine’s appeal page we find the following:
In the West Bank, the existence and expansion including in East Jerusalem, illegal under international law, have been a primary driver of protection threats against children. Seizure of land for settlement building and future expansion has contributed to children’s physical insecurity, as well as to families’ loss of land, resources, assets and livelihood. It has increased children’s exposure to violence, risk of detention, forced displacement and impeded access to services, including education. The situation threatens children’s security and psychosocial well-being and negatively impacts the fabric of family and community life. Violence and disruption to social services and protection systems also undermine the ability of parents to care for and protect the children.The above paragraph sounds like something written by Max Blumenthal but more polished.
Let’s break this down to what they’re really trying to convey:
Jewish existence in Judea and Samaria drives Palestinians to become neurotic therefore making them unable to do day to day tasks. The seizure of land for settlement building is a complete fabrication. Palestinians can build wherever they want in Area A of the Palestinian Authority. In many cases, they begin building homes and stop in the middle of construction. The building sits uncompleted and uninhabited. Anyone who drives through this area can see a number of homes half built. They don’t require the permits and permission to build. Israelis need the required permits to build in Judea and Samaria from the Israel Land Authority.
Future expansion of settlements does not contribute to Palestinian children's physical insecurity. Living under Abbas/Hamas rule dictatorship, indoctrination of antisemitism and the constant barrage of anti Israel propaganda on Palestinian television brainwashes children to commit acts of violence against Israelis; Jewish and Arab citizens are targets.
Families’ loss of land, resources, assets and livelihood are only lost when a Palestinian family member engages in an act of terror. The law is very clear; anyone who engages in an act of terror will have their home demolished and in some cases their residency status revoked.
This is a classic case of blaming the victim; if only Jews did not exist in Israel, Palestinians wouldn’t have to resort to violence to achieve social justice. Forced displacement is caused by Palestinian terrorists ruining their families' chance at a better life.
Palestinian children have access to education. You can see them walking home from school in Beit Sahour every day. It’s the type of education they are receiving that comes into question. Until I gain answers from Monica Awad, we can assume the textbooks continue to call for killing Jews in Algebra class.
Resources: Building material, food products and basic necessities are exported to Area A from Israel on a daily basis. I frequently see trucks with Palestinian licence plates delivering items to Area A so the Palestinian economy and commerce with Israel can remain “business as usual.”
Risk of detention: If you throw rocks at soldiers, Israeli cars and harm us, you will be arrested. Another clear attempt at blaming victims of terror. The poor rock throwing teen just can’t be held responsible for his actions because Jewish existence is making his or her life miserable.
Security and psychosocial well-being negatively impacting the fabric of family and community life: I’m interpreting this as a cover up for Palestinian mothers encouraging their sons and daughters to stab Jews. It should be made clear that the reason for why there is lack of stable family life and community is the corruption in leadership stemming back to the days Yassir Arafat created the Palestinian Authority, doing nothing to enable job creation, building villas for his cronies, handing billions to his wife and Abbas continuing those policies today. Arafat’s failures led Palestinians to run into the arms of Hamas in the last elections. The demise of the Palestinian Authority is happening before our eyes.
UNICEF, are you aware that an estimate of 200-250 Palestinians ready to die in exchange for murdering Jews is the current number? Furthermore, can you explain how more than 130 attacks against Israelis have taken place in this current intifada. This number includes those who have been arrested. UNICEF’s inability and failure to report that this wave of violence against Jews is by their own free will since October.
This puts the number at approximately three terrorists a day in Israel making this a deeply surreal and dangerous situation for all Israeli citizens. UNICEF is literally revising the truth by its failure to post the statistics associated to Jewish victims of terror. UNICEF claims they exist to help all children in every country. If that is the case, why are they conveniently blacking out on the children who have been stabbed, the baby boy who had his leg amputated by a car ramming attack?
So many times in our Israeli media, mothers of neutralized terrorists praise their childrens’ violent behavior while weeping over how much they are missed. In many instances, it is the Palestinian mothers enabling the violence and creating an atmosphere of driving their own children to insanity. Teaching them to hate and kill at a very young age shows these parents love death more than their own children.
Monica Awad, I cleared your name in Part I of my series on UNICEF when Middle East Monitor lied in your interview them. You have been given every opportunity to clear the record honestly. The least you can do is give me the time to create a positive discussion. Instead, you are cowardly running from my phone calls and emails. This makes you look complicit in enabling Hamas and Abbas in incitement against Israel. Until then, you’re failing these children.
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