Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.
It's the world’s foremost humanitarian agency and it won the Nobel Peace Prize for its service to victims of warfare and natural disasters, but Red Cross’ relation to Jews is nothing to be proud of.
First the Red Cross boycotted the Magen David Adom for half a century, while it granted full membership to "benefactors of humanity" such as North Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Now Israel has surrendered to the demands of the Palestine Red Crescent. As a condition to Magen David Adom joining the International Red Cross in 2006, the Israeli branch agreed to remove its trademark red Star of David from ambulances in Judea and Samaria.
The same happened in 1991 during Desert Storm, when US soldiers in Saudi Arabia had to keep their own personal Star of David hidden beneath their uniforms.
A "Memorandum of Understanding between Magen David Adom in Israel and Palestine Red Crescent Society”, obtained by Arutz Sheva, includes having Israel called an “occupier”.
The Red Cross is waging a “soft war” against Israel and the Jews. In 2001 Rene Kosirnik, head of the International Red Cross’s delegation to Israel, called the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria a “war crime”.
The organization is serving as a mouthpiece for Palestinian propaganda against Israel on a variety of issues, including Israel’s security barrier aimed at preventing suicide attacks - and the blood libel of the 2002 battle in the Jenin refugee camp that the Red Cross described as a “massacre” (independent investigators subsequently found that no massacre was committed, rather 11 Israeli soldiers died in house to house fighting with terrorists because the IDF refrained from having the area strafed - this to avoid civilian casualties despite having warned residents to leave).
A case in point is how the Red Cross allocates budgets worldwide.
For all of North Africa, the Red Cross has one office in Tunis.
For “Israel/Occupied Territories/Autonomous Territories,” the Red Cross has offices in Jenin, Tulkarm, Nablus, Kalkilya, Ramallah, Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Khan Yunis, Majdel Shams, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.
During the Second Intifada, Red Crescent ambulances commonly served as “Trojan horses” to transport terrorists and weaponry through the "West Bank" and Gaza, although Article 44 of the First Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field (1949) clearly states, “… the emblem of the Red Cross on a white ground … may not be employed, either in time of peace or in time of war, except to indicate or to protect the medical units and establishments…”.
Last year the east Jerusalem office of the Red Cross became the de facto headquarters of Hamas terrorists.
Red Cross officials were all over the Gaza war in 2009, describing it as a “humanitarian nightmare”. B
ut where were they when tens of thousands of Israeli families could not sleep for fear of a rocket attack? Where were their trauma experts to decry that humanitarian crisis?
In the more than five years that Gilad Shalit was held prisoner in Gaza, the Red Cross filed one request to see him.
It's a moral failure which goes back to the Holocaust. The Red Cross knew about the Nazi massacres of Jews on the Eastern Front during World War II as early as 1941.
A booklet published by the Red Cross in 1947 argued that “aid to the Jews, like that to the civilian deportees, rested on no juridical basis” in international law, in contrast to aid to prisoners of war. Therefore the Red Cross did not have “the shadow of a pretext to intervene” for the Jews during the war.
Rather than alerting the world, the Red Cross lied to international public opinion.
After the war, the Red Cross was a major conduit for Nazis to escape Europe, including Adolf Eichmann. The Red Cross provided passports, for example, to the commandants of Treblinka and Sobibor concentration camps, and enabled Alois Brunner, Eichmann’s assistant, to escape to Damascus.
During the war, the Red Cross failed miserably to help Jewish inmates of concentration camps. The Red Cross was reluctant to investigate gas chambers, massacres, brutality and human-rights abuses. When it did visit some of the camps, its reports whitewashed Nazi atrocities.
Amidst a carefully created mirage, three foreign observers -- two from the Red Cross -- toured the ghastly Czech ghetto of Theresienstadt and left with the impression that the Jews there were “happy”, “healthy” and not headed for Hitler’s extermination camps.
To stage this cynical theatre, thousands of the elderly, sick and starving were transported to Auschwitz beforehand, phoney restaurants were created and children attended classes at non-existent schools. Jewish composers such as Rafael Schaechter, Hans Krasa, Viktor Ullmann, Pavel Hass and Gideon Klein played during the Red Cross’ visit.
SS commandant Karl Rahm, who was executed in 1947 for crimes against humanity, distributed sardines to children just as the Red Cross’ observers passed.
The Red Cross, the only outsiders allowed into Nazi concentration camps, filed reports that found nothing “out of the ordinary”.
Questioned for having denied entry to the organization to the Jewish state for half a century, in 1996 then head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Cornelio Sommaruga, answered: “If we’re going to have the Star of David, why would we not have to accept the Swastika?”.
From Theresienstadt to Samaria, the Red Cross' project is ghettoizing the Jews, as happened in Lodz, Poland, where the Jewish fighters produced a rare coin which featured a Star of David. It was the first ghetto created in Nazi-occupied Poland and the last to be liquidated. Only Litzmannstadt’s Jews issued coins. One side of the 10 Mark coin shown depicts a Star of David with the word “Ghetto” imposed over it and the year: 1943.
But Israel won. At that time, the six-pointed star was the symbol of death for millions. Now it’s a symbol of life.