Most Canadians believe – or believed – in the idea of the United Nations.
On paper, it all made sense. An international body that would promote peace and security. One that would foster better relations between countries. A place to coordinate the actions of nations. To create a better world.
The UN was borne out of the ashes of World War II, phoenix-like, with the initial aim of preventing future world wars. That was a good objective. So, four dozen nations met in San Francisco in June 1945, and hammered out the broad principles that formed the UN Charter.
There are 111 articles in the Charter, collected in 19 separate chapters. This is the very first one: “To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace.”
Those are the first words you see, really: that the United Nations would always strive to maintain peace, and take action to prevent and remove “threats to peace.”
So, what happens when it is the United Nations itself that is violating the peace? What does it mean, when representatives of the UN – its paid staff – are actively involved in acts of aggression against innocent civilians? What then?
Because that, now, is the truly shocking news that seeped out on Friday morning, when the world was distracted by a historic ruling of the International Court of Justice.
That United Nations staff participated in the massacres on October 7.
Read that again, because it is not made up: United Nations staff participated in the massacres of 1,200 Israeli men, women, children and babies on October 7.
UNRWA – the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees – admitted it, just as the ICJ’s ruling was breaking. Here are the words of Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA’s commissioner-general:
“The Israeli Authorities have provided UNRWA with information about the alleged involvement of several UNRWA employees in the horrific attacks on Israel on 7 October. To protect the Agency’s ability to deliver humanitarian assistance, I have taken the decision to immediately terminate the contracts of these staff members and launch an investigation in order to establish the truth without delay. Any UNRWA employee who was involved in acts of terror will be held accountable, including through criminal prosecution.”
Lazzarini then “condemns in the strongest terms” what happened to Israeli civilians on October 7, and says a few words asking for the return of all remaining Israeli hostages. But, again, it is important to note that UNRWA made their admission when they knew everyone would be focussed on the stunning ruling of the International Court of Justice. (Which – against the expectations of most – declined to declare that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians.)
Why cover up? Why try and take out the trash, as journalists put it, on a Friday? Because UNRWA and the United Nations know: the damage has been done. And the damage is irreparable. Twelve of their employees helped to murder, maim, and kidnap Israelis.
The Israelis have been raising the alarm about UNRWA for a long time. But, as with most things at the United Nations, nobody really listened to them.
About a week ago, to cite just one example, international human rights lawyer Hillel Neuer’s UN watchdog told the international body that 3,000 UNRWA employees were active on a Telegram feed, “replete with praise of the Hamas massacre of October 7th.” UNRWA and the UN shrugged. They didn’t care.
One of that group, United Nations employee #30026166, Safe al-Najjar, was an administrator of the group. She regularly praises Hamas, calling them “holy warriors.” Another UNRWA employee (#10777281), Weam Majdi Kalloub, praised massacres of Jews. And on and on. So many Jew haters, there is not enough room to name and shame them.
All of that is bad enough. All of that should be sufficient cause for concern. But then Israel provided the United Nations with proof that its own employees had actually helped to butcher Jews. The United States immediately announced it was stopping funding of UNRWA. Canada, which has provided UNRWAS with $90 million between 2019 and 2023, needed to do likewise.
And, to the surprise of many, we did – late on Friday. Because of the fence-sitting for which the Trudeau regime has become notorious, it was doubtful. But they did the right thing. So, good.
But can we now expect Trudeau to finally admit that sad and shocking truth – which is that the United Nations and its agencies have become complicit in murder?
And that, like all murderers, they deserve to be punished?
Because they do not deserve to be funded, or supported, anymore.