UNRWA map scandal, three state solutions, and other non-news

Posted: March 6, 2012 by Rex Brynen in quite a bit of well-deserved sarcasm

While small demonstrations have been taking place in Gaza regarding cuts in UNRWA services, al-Jazeera and a nameless UNRWA employee have uncovered an even greater scandal: the Agency has apparently been circulating UN OCHA maps of the region that (and here’s the shocking part)… have the word “Israel” on them.

Anxious to get to the bottom of this conspiracy, we went to the map section of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs website and sure enough, the UN apparently actually uses the official name of UN member state Israel (which was formally recognized by the PLO in September 1993) when referring to… Israel. The particular map highlighted by al-Jazeera can be found here.

al-Jazeera—demonstrating that whatever its very valuable role in promoting the “Arab Spring,” it can still also often be the FOX News of Middle East journalism—headlines this as the “occupation of Gaza map” that has “adopted the Israeli position.” Personally, I wasn’t aware that Israel seeks to publicize its punitive economic stranglehold on Gaza, which is what the map actually does.

In the meantime, Ynet is apparently trying to usurp the Jerusalem Post‘s recent status as a leading publisher of silly op eds on the Palestinian issue and has published a piece by Moredechai Nisan calling for both permanent occupation of the West Bank AND moving all Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to Jordan, where they’ll transform Jordan into the Palestinian homeland. There’s no word on how the Jordanian government might feel about that one.

Nisan ends his piece by noting “Rhodesia after all became Zimbabwe and Cambodia became Kampuchea – so Jordan is Palestine.” Actually, Cambodia is STILL Kampuchea, “Kampuchea” simply being the Khmer name for Cambodia. As for the Rhodesia reference, one would have thought the analogy was more apt for the idea that it is somehow appropriate to try to permanently deny an indigenous majority their right of self-determination….

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