We discussed the U.N.’s “map without Israel” here and here. Today Anne Bayefsky of Eye on the U.N. wrote us to note that “the map story just got bigger.”
Check it out here. The background is the U.N’s response to the “map without Israel” controversy:
Recall that the January 16, 2006 letter from Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari to American Ambassador John Bolton claims “It is a historical map, showing Palestine as it was in 1948, at the end of the British mandate.” Gambari stressed the map was just “Palestine as it existed in 1948.”
Only–oops–it turns out that the U.N.’s Israel-free map isn’t a historical document after all:
The United Nations, which houses the map in its Division for Palestinian Rights, has not made the map available for confirmation of its Arabic text. However, some of the words have now been deciphered and to the best of our knowledge include the following: “Palestine’s Political Map, The Palestine Liberation Organization, the Center for Research, Beirut”.
[So] it turns out that the map was not historical at all. It was “Palestine’s Political Map.” And it wasn’t a mere early map the UN found in a history book. It was a map which must have been produced post-1964, since the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was created June 2, 1964.
It appears that the U.N. has piled lie on top of evasion. And, as Eye on the U.N. points out, the organization still maintains on its web site a document “entitled ‘The Origins and Evolution of the Palestine Problem: 1917-1988,’ [which was] produced by the UN Division for Palestinian Rights (1990), [and] rewrites history from the early nineteenth century on.” The U.N.’s distorted history implicitly supports the demand by the PLO and the President of Iran that Israel be “wiped off the map.” Figuratively and literally.
An organization as corrupt as the U.N. currently is cannot survive. Its options are reform and extinction. Read Eye on the U.N. to keep up with the latest developments.