Guardian

The Missionary is First in the Pot


A Guest Post by AKUS

Harriet Sherwood, the Guardian’s de facto reporter on events in Gaza and the West Bank, had a curious column that was not open for comment: UN in Gaza orders weapons to protect its head. By “head”, the Guardian is referring to the abominable John Ging of UNRWA.

John Ging is found at the forefront of those condemning Israel for the blockade of Gaza. During “Cast Lead”, he accused Israel of destroying “thousands of tons of food” that for some reason sits in UNRWA depots instead of being distributed to those who, apparently, need it. He was the source of the disproved accusation that Israel shelled a UN school during “Cast Lead”, when it turned out that Israel retaliated against Hamas terrorists using the area near the school to attack Israeli troops. He has laid out the welcoming mat for the “Elders” visit to Gaza, a group that includes (former) President Jimmy Carter, notorious for his book comparing Israel to South Africa, and (former) Archbishop Tutu, now leading the charge for an academic boycott of Ben Gurion University in South Africa. He supported the Mavi Marmara flotilla that led to the violent confrontation in which nine terrorists were killed and several Israel soldiers severely wounded.

One would imagine that a man with such a fine record would be able to stroll easily around the streets of Gaza, perhaps leaving his compound for a nice breakfast at one of the luxury hotels that line the beachfront, followed by a swim at Crazy Waterpark (oops – sorry – under new management)  and ending the day with a well-deserved meal at Roots restaurant, while once more bending the ear of a gullible Western reporter or an Elder about the horrors of life in Gaza.

Not so.

For some reason, there are people in Gaza who seem to dislike him even more than Israel does. Rather more, given the attempts by Gazan elements to assassinate him. Referring to the need for protection, France 24 cited an AFP report dated November 5th that:

“However, Ging has been attacked in the past by radical Islamist groups in the volatile territory, and in 2007 one person was killed and six wounded in an attack on a UNWRA school.”

Or, as Harriet wrote, also on November 5th, typically puffing up this lying Israel-hater while glossing over the identity of his attackers:

“There have been two attempts to assassinate Ging, an energetic and charismatic advocate for the rights of Palestinian refugees. In March 2007, masked gunman fired at least 14 bullets at Ging’s armoured car as it travelled through Gaza. A second attack a few months later left one Palestinian dead and several wounded.

Earlier this year, arsonists attacked a site at which UNRWA was hosting summer games for Gazan children, leaving behind three bullets as a warning to Ging”.

One might imagine that Ging would have simply stopped on his way to the beach and picked up an AK-47 from one of the friendly locals selling them in Gaza’s markets. Perhaps he could have called on Mr. Haniyah, who seems to have an endless supply to dish out to his thugs so that they can terrorize the locals. But no, that is not the case. When the going gets tough, Mr. Ging, frequent Israel-basher, turns to the only reliable source he can find – Israel, as France 24, but not the Guardian, unabashedly pointed out in its headline: Israel allows machine guns into Gaza to protect UN aid chief. You have to get below the header, sub-header, and photograph to the body of the Guardian’s article to discover that “Israeli authorities have approved the delivery of four submachine guns to the main UN agency in Gaza for the protection of its head, John Ging, following assassination attempts and death threats.”

I wonder when the reality of the situation in Gaza will finally dawn on him. Like the missionaries of old sent out to convert the heathens, it is precisely John Ging, responsible for UNRWA in Gaza, that the theocratic thugs (“masked gunmen”) ruling Gaza object to and would like to drop into the pot.

(Postscript: It is curious how similar the language is in the reports on this issue from various media including Arab media – e.g. NOW! Lebanon and Ma’an News Agency.  Pretty clearly they are drawing off the same source, which in this case appears to be a statement by Major Guy Inbar, an Israeli military spokesman, via AFP. A little attribution by the Guardian might be nice, both to AFP and certainly to the Israeli military spokesman: Israel allows machine guns into Gaza to protect UN aid chief.

Unlike the Guardian or AFP, Ha’aretz made no bones about who Ging fears: UN Gaza leaders given submachine guns for protection ‘against Hamas’ – “The organization told Israeli security officials that its personnel are being threatened by Hamas representatives”.

With the advantage of actually having a Hebrew speaking staff, Ha’aretz could apparently dig a little further rather than just dressing up Inbar’s statement or AFP’s boilerplate. According to Ha’aretz, Israel’s Eli Yishai initially “turned down the request because [his ministry] is authorized only to license handguns”. Under pressure from the UN (!!) Israel relented. The UN insisted on German Heckler and Koch submachine guns, and there was a delay that the [Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories] office said “was because UNRWA received authorization from the Germans only five months ago.”  Presumably the Germans are worried about the repercussions if an UNRWA representative shoots a Hamas terrorist with a German weapon).

15 replies »

  1. Islamist idiots have never been very good at doing what is in their own best interests – they kidnapped Alan Johnston (who worked for the rag which grovels to them the most, for heaven’s sake!) and even had a try at kidnapping the parents of the stupid Rachel Corrie!

    Now they are threatening to bump off John Ging! (My schadenfreude is overflowing for the poor man).

    It seems that the dots may well be there for all these Islamists but that they aren’t necessarily joined up

  2. ““There have been two attempts to assassinate Ging….”

    Only two???

    Still given Old Hat’s description it’s plain that the Devil looks after his own.

    I hope that Israel never misses an opportunity to remind Ging of their “humanitarian aid” to him.

  3. Ging reminds Duvidl of “Ging Gang Gooli, Gooli Gooli Gooli, watcha”, the gibberish Scouting song written by Robert Baden-Powell. The song is still popular among the Boy Scouts. Here is Duvidl’s version:

    Ging’s gone gollly off his trolly, what a botcher.
    Ging’s gotta gun; Ging’s gotta gun.
    Ging’s gone gollly off his trolly, what a botcher.
    Ging’s gotta gun; Ging’s gotta gun.

    Chorus: Failure; Unwra failure;
    Unwra failure; brain decay.
    Failure; Unwra failure;
    Unwra failure; brain decay.

    Ging is choosy; with his Uzi he’s not schmoozy
    With Hamas; with Hamas.
    Ging is choosy; with his Uzi he’s not schmoozy
    With Hamas; make their ass grass.

    Chorus: Failure; Unwra failure;
    Unwra failure; brain decay.
    Failure; Unwra failure;
    Unwra failure on display.

    DS Al Coda

  4. I wonder what Ging is complaining about. He taught them that lies were truth He taught them to despise those who help them He taught them that whatever they do for their own purposes can be justified by the use of slogans

    They’re only applying his lessons He should be flattered

  5. “…UNRWA received authorization from the Germans only five months ago. Presumably the Germans are worried about the repercussions if an UNRWA representative shoots a Hamas terrorist with a German weapon”, says AKUS

    A swift Google tells Duvidl that, “[Heckler & Koch] ammunition for the 100% penetration of the CRISAT body armor (1.6mm of Titanium plus 20 layers of Kevlar) at the distance of 200 meters, is currently manufactured in UK by BAE Systems / Radway Green plant.

    Not much chance then of Ging popping back to Radway Green for some spare ammo if it runs short during a Gaza gunfight. Not much chance either of popping back across the Green Line to the nearest IDF reservist’s house for some spare UZI ammo. The mini- and micro-UZI is the sumachine gun favoured by many police, special operations and security units around the world, including Israeli Isayeret, US Secret Service etc.

  6. Gerald Kreeve, with respect, I think that it’s the other way round. I think Ging “went native” long ago and his over-identification with Islamist terrorism (although he might describe it as “resistance”) resulted in his swallowing the Hamas version of “truth” instead of objective reality.

    He has a vested interest in maintaining that confusion, too – if the world began to believe what Israel has been telling it for decades then he’d no longer have a job, would he?

    And Hamas, etc are, after all, behaving true to type. They would kill their own with as little compunction as you or I might swat a fly and they say that they love death more than life.

  7. President Jimmy Carter, notorious for his book comparing Israel to South Africa …

    Strange – given that his use of the apartheid term applied specifically to the occupied West Bank and not to Israel proper.

  8. Pretz,

    was Carter’s book’s title “West bank, peace not apartheid”?

    Given the explosive sentiments from all sides regarding this area (not mentioning that Palestine is not a state or have precise boundries as yet) wouldn’t you say he should have been more precise?

    given he was a US president and diplomacy is not new to him wouldn’t you say he knew exactly what he was playing at?

  9. Gentile Zionist

    As usual the pretzelberg hasn’t the least idea what he’s talking about.

    Translation: Gentile Zionist doesn’t agree with my comment.

    Why does this pretzelberg so often seem to take it as his special mission to apologise for anti-Semites?

    I do no such thing.
    Why does this “Gentile Zionist” so often seem to take it as his special mission to make up things about me and post groundless allegations?

    A rather sorry sight, really.

  10. @ ItsikDeWembley

    I was simply pointing out that – contrary to the assertion in the article – Carter did not compare Israel to South Africa.

    Carter later added:

    “The book has nothing to do with what’s going on inside Israel which is a wonderful democracy, you know, where everyone has guaranteed equal rights and where, under the law, Arabs and Jews who are Israelis have the same privileges about Israel. That’s been most of the controversy because people assume it’s about Israel. It’s not”

    Gentile Zionist might also want to take note …