Did the U.N. Call on Israel to Share Iron Dome With Hamas?

No, what it actually said was even more outrageous

By Liel Leibovitz|August 4, 2014 7:49 PM

Over the weekend, a custom-tailored-for-Facebook story started making the rounds, claiming that Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, was blasting Israel for refusing to share the Iron Dome missile defense system with Hamas. It was just the kind of hilariously delicious absurdity that could be expected of the same organization that will soon welcome Chad—where slavery is still a rollicking tradition—into its Security Council, but the ever zealous guardians of Israel’s minor infractions and little else soon declared [1] that Pillay was being slandered: she never called on Israel to share its defensive bounties, but rather criticized the United States for helping to fund the advanced system and noted that “no such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling.”

Which, in a way, is an even more deplorable statement to make. It refrains—as the recent U.N. Human Rights Council, presided over by Pillay, has [2]—from ever mentioning Hamas, or the fact that it is a terrorist organization engaged in a campaign of indiscriminate attacks against a civilian population, a war crime by any measure.

Even more disingenuously, while it portrays Israel and its American backers as fat cats who pad themselves with cash, it neglects to say that Hamas’s annual operating expenses are estimated [3] at $1 billion, or that then-Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, no pauper, visited Hamas in Gaza in the fall of 2012 and pledged $400 million to aid the terrorists in their fight against Israel.

That, by the way, is nearly double what Congress has just pledged [5] to refurbish Iron Dome.

Any way you look at it, then, Pillay’s statement makes a mockery of the principles her organization purports to protect.

Related: Some Concrete Facts About Hamas [6]

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