Watchdog: UN Operating in Own ‘Distorted Reality’ With Virtual Reality Film Demonizing Israel, Ignoring Hamas Terror
The United Nations is continuing the demonization of Israel with a new film distorting the facts of the 2014 Gaza war, the head of a Geneva-based organization that monitors the international body told The Algemeiner on Monday.
Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, was reacting to a UN initiative featuring a trio of virtual reality films highlighting the stories of a young Syrian refugee, a Liberian woman’s attempt to help others recover from the Ebola virus and a Palestinian mother whose two sons were killed during Operation Protective Edge, the war Israel waged against Hamas in Gaza in the summer of 2014. The goal of the films, according to the UN, is to raise awareness and money.
The film about the Palestinian, titled “My Mother’s Wings,” places the blame for the death of the woman’s two sons — killed during the shelling of a UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school — on Israel. But, as Neuer has pointed out, during the war, Hamas terrorists used UNRWA schools and other civilian locations as bases from which to launch rockets into Israel. And the eight-minute documentary, Neuer said, fails to delve into the other side of the story, namely how terrorists used civilians as human shields and the attacks against Israel, which led to and continued throughout, the war.
“Sadly, through distorted portrayals like these, the UN has itself become a form of virtual reality. In the real world, Hamas targets Israeli civilians with deadly rockets, firing them from densely populated areas to maximize civilian casualties, as part of its military strategy to demonize Israel in the eyes of international opinion, and thereby to weaken Israel’s capability for self-defense,” said Neuer. “In the UN’s virtual reality, however, Israel is condemned, even though it is Hamas which — by law, logic, and morality — bears the full responsibility for any and all civilian casualties that ensue from the cynical manipulation of their own people.”
The only mention of Hamas is at the opening credits to the film, which state: “Though self-governed by Hamas, Israel maintains control over Gaza’s territorial waters, airspace and 6 of 7 border crossings.” Any indication that Hamas is a terror organization is not found in the film. Additionally, the mother featured in the film uses what many consider inflammatory language by referring to Israel as “the occupation.”
Neuer told The Algemeiner that the “UN’s claimed advocacy for the Palestinians is more often than not a contrivance for scapegoating Israel. It hasn’t done a stitch to help the Palestinians, but what demonizing the Jewish state has achieved is a contemporary confirmation for many of a very particular and age-old hatred by which they interpret world events.”