Manfred Gerstenfeld UN

DR.MANFRED GERSTENFELD: THE SHALOM EISNER AFFAIR AND THE UN…….

 

The UN has so many skeletons in its closet, that it’s the last organization or body in the world that should be pointing a finger at anyone else, let alone a lone IDF officer who had been abused, verbally and physically by professional agitators.

NOTE: This was just published at YNET, and republished here with the author’s permission, and with footnotes not included in the original.

Dutch peacekeepers in 1995: “Knock knock”

Srebrenica Muslims: Who’s there?

Dutch peacekeepers in 1995: “Not us”

NOTE: There were massacres and and other atrocities (mass expulsions) occuring on both sides during that war.

EISNER AND THE UN PEACE KEEPERS

Manfred Gerstenfeld

The YouTube video of Israeli Lieutenant-Colonel Shalom Eisner hitting a Danish provocateur “peace activist” with the butt of his gun has become world news. To get a better perspective on the true importance of this “affair,” one should compare it with the conduct of soldiers elsewhere in the world. The best point of reference is the Peacekeeping Forces of the United Nations. This organization issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the non-initiated would expect its soldiers to be “a light unto the nations.”

In Haiti in 2005, U.N. peacekeeping troops killed 23 people including children, in a poor area of Port au Prince. Doctors without Borders reported that they had treated 27 people for gunshot wounds – around 20 of them were women under the age of 18. In December 2007, more than 100 U.N. soldiers from Sri Lanka were deported under charges of sexual abuse of underage girls.1 A video was also released showing 4 Uruguayan troops in Haiti laughing while allegedly raping an 18 year old Haitian boy. 2 Two Pakistani peacekeepers were recently sentenced for raping a 14 year old Haitian boy.3 There are also strong claims that fecal waste from U.N. troops deposited in a river spread cholera bacteria in Haiti which killed more than 6,000 Haitians and infected more than 400,000.4

There are older accusations of Italian and Dutch UN soldiers having sex with young prostitutes in Eritrea, some of whom were 10-11 years old.5 Reports from 2006 mention sexual abuse of girls as young as 13 by U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.6 In 2007, the DailyTelegraph reported on U.N. peacekeepers and staff abusing children in southern Sudan.7 Other reports concerned sexual and other abuse in Burundi, Liberia and Ivory Coast.8

A study by Cornell Law School stated, “The problem of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation… has occurred among the military and civilian personnel of a wide range of countries from all parts of the world.”9

There are pictures of a Belgian soldier from the U.N. Restore Hope mission — urinating on the face of a dead Somalian. Another picture shows Belgian soldiers roasting a living Somali over a fire.10 Canadian soldiers killed three Somalian teenagers, of whom at least one was tortured. They also bound and beat others and made videotapes of themselves boasting that they “ain’t killed enough niggers yet.” A Canadian general reacted saying that “in stressful circumstances, this should be accepted.” In 1997, 47 Canadian U.N. troops serving in Bosnia were accused of “drunkenness, sex, black marketeering and harassment of patients at the mental hospital they were guarding.”11

The NGO Save the Children, U.K. revealed cases of abuse associated with twenty-three humanitarian peacekeeping and security organizations. These include civil humanitarian agencies such as those delivering food and nutritional assistance, care, education and health services, reconstruction, shelter, training, and livelihood support, as well as military actors providing peace and security services.12

Yet this small selection of crimes pales when compared to the role of the United Nations and its peacekeeping forces in the genocides in Rwanda in 1993 and Bosnia in 1995. The Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, Commander of the UN forces in Rwanda saw the genocide coming and contacted his U.N. superiors months before the murders. His requests to undertake deterrent actions were turned down seven times. When the mass murders started, the U.N. cut its force in Rwanda from 2,600 to 450.13

When the Bosnian Serbs conquered Srebrenica, a town which the U.N. had guaranteed safe haven status, the Dutch peacekeepers fled upon instructions of their government. This after they helped separate the Muslim men and boys from the women. An estimated 6-8,000 Muslims were killed by the Bosnian Serbs.14

To make matters worse, the U.N. itself cannot be prosecuted for the disasters it has played a role in. This was confirmed by a recent judgment of the Dutch Supreme Court.15 The U.N. people who made the decisions which facilitated the Rwanda and Srebrenica genocides are far more senior than Colonel Eisner will ever be.

If one were to include in the list of abuses besides those by U.N Peacekeepers, those of Western armies, they would fill a few books. The Eisner Affair would not even merit a footnote.

Eisner’s acts should have been investigated and judged exclusively by the army itself. Before Israeli politicians jump to exacerbate such a case, they should investigate what happens elsewhere.16 And regarding Israel’s answer to the Danish ambassador’s questions about the Eisner incident: it should have included the hardly publicized story of how 200 fully armed Danish soldiers stood by in Croatia when 9 handicapped Serbians were executed before their eyes.17

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld has published 20 books. Several of these address anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism.

1 Mark Weisbrot, “Is this Minustah’s ‘Abu Ghraib moment’ in Haiti?” The Guardian, 3 September 2011.

2 Malena Castaldi, “Uruguay apologizes over alleged rape by U.N. peacekeepers,” Reuters, 6 September 2011.

3 Joseph Guyler Delva “Pakistani U.N. peacekeepers sentenced in Haiti rape case, Reuters 12 March 2012.

4 Mark Weisbrot, “Is this Minustah’s ‘Abu Ghraib moment’ in Haiti?”

5 Claudio Salvalaggio, “Caschi blu e baby-prostitute. L’ONU apre una inchiesta,La Repubblica, 25 August 2001. [Italian]

6 “UN investigates allegations of child prostitution involving peacekeepers in DR Congo,” UN News Service, 17 August 2006.

7 Mike Pflanz, “UN to hold inquiry into Sudan child abuse,” The Telegraph, 17 August 2006.

8 ‘Peacekeepers ‘abusing children,’ BBCNews , 27 May 2008.

9 Muna Ndulo.The United Nations Responses to the Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Women and Girls by Peacekeepers During Peacekeeping Missions. 1-1-2009. Cornell Law School. Scholarship@Cornell Law: A Digital Repository.

10 “Belgische Blauhelme wider schwer belastet.” Die Welt, 18 April 1997. [German]

11 Adam Nicolson, “Canadians have no right to look down on the US: indeed none of us has,” The Telegraph, 15 May 2004.

12 Corinne Csaky, “No one to turn to; The under-reporting of child sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers and peace keepers.” Save the Children U.K. 2008, p.8.

13 Guy Lawson, “the Rwanda Witness,” The New York Times, 4 April 2012

14 Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Srebrenica: The Dutch Sabra and Shatilla,” Jerusalem Letter, Viewpoints 458, 15 July 2001.

15 VN niet vervolgd om Srebrenica, NOS, 13 April 2012. [Dutch]

16

 IDF suspends officer who hit Danish activist, Globes, 16 April 2012.

17

 Danske FN-soldater stoppede ikke massakre på handicappede”, 24.04.11, DR Forside,http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland/2011/04/24/095403.htm

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