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"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.


Wednesday, March 27, 2002

He has my vote for Secretary-General. From the UNHRC session today:

ANTONIO ARENALES FORNO (Guatemala) said that his country was of the view that the examination of the Israeli-Palestinian situation under three agenda items and within five resolutions was absolutely inappropriate and unjust. Furthermore, the same situation was considered also under other items. Any specific situation should be considered under item 9. The resolutions against Israel were politically motivated and ran contrary to a peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. They were hardly objective and were loaded with inflammatory language with partial and tendentious references to Security Council resolutions which systematically omitted the right of Israel to exist within secure borders. The most serious cause for concern was that both the Commission's resolutions and reports by Special Rapporteurs did not mention the fact that since 1948 other countries in the region, which were responsible for the violation of the UN Charter, UN resolutions and numerous other norms of international law, had attacked Israel in wars of invasion and denied its right to exist.

In most cases, the Government of Israel had reacted in response to actions by the Palestinian Authority and in face of countries in the region that did not recognize its right to exist and did not abandon the intention of destroying it. The proposal put forward by Saudi Arabia was an encouraging sign. However, its rejection by other countries in the area that continued to refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist showed again that some still accorded more importance to the destruction of Israel than to the human rights and future of the Palestinian people. Finally, Guatemala believed that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a serious and bloody one. However, the Commission could not forget millions of other victims in the world and omit them from its agenda. Genocides, wars and atrocities in different regions in the world were not accorded sufficient attention and were certainly not given specific agenda item and were not subject to multiple resolutions. The Commission ran the risk of being hijacked by those who wanted to impose their anti-Semitic political agenda.

Guatemala and Canada -- 2 out of 53 ain't bad.
Hanan Ashrawi, meet Marc Herold. In her statement at the UNHRC yesterday, Hanan Ashrawi spoke out against the terrible loss of life in the occupied territories. According to the offical UN press release:

More than 2,300 Palestinians had been murdered, of whom 836 were children, since September, she said.

What the hey? This is twice the number given in virtually every other source that gives a number, be it the NYT, CNN, ArabNews, or the report of "Special Rapporteur" John Dugard. Is Ashrawi taking lessons from Marc Herold? Oh, maybe this 2,300 number includes those lynched as "collaborators" by other Palestinians...

Quelle suprise! John Dugard, who carries the catchy title "Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967," presented his report to the UNHRC yesterday, as described in this press release. Selected material:

The Palestinians saw the military occupation of their territory as the principal cause of the present crisis. The Israeli perception was very different. Israelis saw terrorism as the cause of the crisis.

Gee, I wonder who Dugard will say is right?

Mr. Dugard concluded by saying military occupation was the main cause of the present conflict and bore a heavy responsibility for the violation of norms of humanitarian law and human rights by both Israelis and Palestinians

Wow, this is a shocking outcome.
Now we're back on track The U.N. Human Rights Commission's meetings were uncharacteristically focused on issues other than Israel's perfidy for about a morning. But now we're back on track. Here is the tally of pig-piling on Israel for March 26 and March 27 (am only). [Again, the super-sophisticated "Pig-Pile-ometer" (TM) methodology is explained here.]

March 26: 23 paragraphs out of 87 = 26% pig-piling on Israel
March 27 am: 45 paragraphs out of 45 = 100% pig-piling on Israel

Yes, the U.N. managed to get through complaints about Sudan, China, Pakistan, India, the Congo, Togo, the U.S., and about 20 other countries in less than a day, but talkin' 'bout Israel has required an entire morning dedicated to it -- and there's no end in sight!

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