Internatl Red Cross No Match for Palestinian Barbarism

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.

What happens when an organization of do-gooders is overrun by Palestinian barbarism?

Meet the Red Cross -  one of the world’s greatest  humanitarian movements. Greatest, until the “Palestinian” branch it opened 10 years ago succeeded in degrading the moral character of its entire international infrastructure.

    The Red Cross (now Red Cross and Red Crescent) was founded in the 19th century by a Swiss businessman called Henri Dunant who , in 1859, became an inadvertent eyewitness to the Battle of Solferino which inflicted nearly 40,000 casualties. A horrified Dunant organized emergency aid for the thousands of Austrian and French wounded. He then proposed that all countries form societies to alleviate suffering irrespective of race, creed or color.

This was revolutionary since until that time, there was no nursing of casualties of war and no protected neutral organizations to treat soldiers on the battlefield. Dunant also promoted treatment of prisoners of war, abolition of slavery, international arbitration, disarmament, and – parenthetically or not -- the establishment of a Jewish homeland!

A worldwide noble vision

For the most part, Dunant’s noble humanist vision expanded and reigned supreme.  The Japanese Red Cross,  for example, “operates 92 Red Cross hospitals and 79 blood centers all over the country” and “conducts relief

activities when ...earthquakes ...occur in Japan”. Botswana Red Cross’s concerns are: “droughts, storms and floods”.  The Indian Red Cross Society responds to floods that affect millions by deploying “trained volunteers ...

distributing emergency supplies of tarpaulins, blankets and other aid”.  The Israeli “Red Cross” (Red Magen David, actually) is “Israel's national emergency medical, disaster,ambulance and blood bank service”. And so forth.

In contrast, the Red Cross’s Palestinian 2014 Report is devoted to laments about “the political situation” - as the Palestinians themselves call it: “continued Israeli occupation”, whines the 2014 Palestinian report, “...unpaid salaries to government employees (sic), risk of forcible transfer for Bedouin communities in the central West Bank, intensified access restrictions on Palestinian entry into the al Aqsa mosque compound as well as demolitions, settlement expansion and state land acquisition....The conflict and the West Bank barrier has been identified as the highest disaster risk.... very little hope of a peace resolution”.

The Red Cross’s Palestinian 2014 Report even says that the  “political situation” leaves the Palestinian population highly vulnerable to “any kind of natural or manmade hazard, which can easily lead to ...earthquakes, floods, landslides”  - huh?

Palestinian Red Cross/Crescent is a main actor – for terrorism

Consequently, says the report, the (Red Cross) Federation aims to support PRCS,  the “Palestinian Red Crescent society”, which is “one of the main actors in the Palestinian active civil society”. If the PRCS  is a “main actor” in Palestinian civil society, what does it do and how good an example is the PRCS  to others?

The answer is quite shocking. Just recently, Palestinian Media Watch reported  that PRCS headquarters – doubtless donated by the international arm of the Red Cross– actually served as the venue for a ceremony commemorating a mass murderer, Dalal Mughrabi. The infamous Dalal Mughrabi led the Palestinian attack, on Israeli civilians in 1978, known as the Coastal Road Massacre,  in which a bus was hijacked on Israel's Coastal Highway and the passengers were slaughtered. 37 civilians were killed, including 12 children.  Nor was this barbaric “ceremony” an isolated event of terror glorification by an arm (the “Palestinian” arm) of the International Red Cross ; see other reports of misdoings by the Palestinian Red Crescent society in the pmw website of  Palestinian Media Watch.

Mattot Arim to International Red Cross HQ: What’s going on??
Mattot Arim, our NGO, learned of the above embarrassment to the civilized world and promptly contacted the international arm of the Red Cross, the ICRC, to ask what on earth was going on. The ICRC’s recent response was this: They are basically “not linked” to this murder glorification event. Why? Because  “the Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) are two separate organizations”. The  ICRC did admit that the 2 organizations “operate in mutual cooperation” under the same global umbrella and “strive to adhere to the same fundamental principles” but in the same breath insisted the two were  not “affiliated”.

Eventually, the ICRC  did manage to agree with Mattot Arim that the ICRC does “support” the PCRS. This fact is actually clearly indicated on the ICRC blog. But when asked again by Mattot Arim whether or not it is true that, as published, ”one of the Red Cross national societies, the PRCS, rented  their headquarters to a 3rd party (“Fatah movement”) whose purpose, in renting the facility, turned out to be to hold a ceremony commemorating a mass murderer”, the ICRC again insisted that “this is not for the ICRC to respond, but rather for the PRCS” – because  the PRCS “is an independent organization”. Independent in what sense if it is supported by the international arm?

The International Red Cross is adamant – it can’t interfere with its Palestinian branch’s barbarism

So the Red Cross remains adamant that the Palestinian Red Crescent pro-terrorist barbarism is none of its business. “Because the PRCS is an independent member of the Red Cross Movement, it is not the role of the ICRC

to respond on their behalf”, the ICRC told Mattot Arim.  By comparison, it is amazing  that the Red Cross has taken a very assertive stance on other purported transgressions against morality and world order. Most notably,  for example, the Red Cross denied Israel’s national society, Magen David Adom, membership in the International Movement for 75 years (!!) - 1931 until 2006. This was due to Israel’s refusal to replace its red Star of David emblem with  a symbol “pre-approved ” by the Red Cross. This was explained by the theory that use of the Star of David created a significant danger to humanity  namely what the ICRC termed “symbol  proliferation”.  Noteably, the deep concern in the Red Cross about the scourges of “symbol proliferation” was waved aside when Turkey and Egypt were granted membership in 1929 despite their use of the Islamic Red Crescent as their emblem.

What caused the Red Cross to finally change its brave moral stand against the horrific prospect of “symbol proliferation”? Well, starting in 2000,  America’s relatively wealthy arm of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent, the

American Red Cross, began witholding millions in funding to the international body, and that might have had something to do with it. Also, fortunately, a solution was found which alleviated the need for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to actually recognize the Star of David. Instead, a new symbol, “the Red Crystal”, was adopted  and the MDA agreed not to use the red Magen David abroad unless it was within a Red

Crystal. This restriction applied and still applies, only to the red magen david, not to red cross and crescent symbols. The Red Cross also made Israel's admission at long last,  conditional on embracing the above-described “Palestinian national society”  - the one which since then has taken the initiative of renting their hall out for murder glorification. Finally, the Magen David Adom was forced to agree not to serve Israelis injured in Judea, Samaria and half of Jerusalem.  This is because Israelis injured in these areas,  poor hapless souls, were supposed to be cared for by  the Palestinian Red Crescent society – according to the International Red Cross.

Back to the mass-murder glorification... it’s confidential!!

Back to the mass-murder glorification by the Palestinian branch of the Red Cross. After some rounds of dialogue with us, the ICRC was willing to cautiously admit that they “did raise this matter with the PRCS in our bilateral dialogue”. 

That was a baby-step forward. We immediately asked: “Did your dialogue yield a commitment to prevent any such incidents from recurring in future?” Because  clearly, if the PCRS rented out its facilities this year, to accommodate the 38th anniversary of the demise of a mass-murderer, the same PCRS might also rent the same facilities 1 year from now, to accommodate the 39th anniversary of the demise of the very same  mass-murderer.  But the international arm of the Red Cross insisted that “The bilateral dialogue we hold with the PRCS...  is confidential. This is the very nature of our modus operandi”.

At this point it was not even necessary for Mattot Arim to point out how reminiscent this was of  the Red Cross maintaining silence (or “confidentiality”) while millions of Jews were being slaughtered during the Second World War. The clearly embarrassed representative of the Red Cross actually raised this analogy without even having to be reminded. Someone should have told him about Caroline Glick’s article entitled “Hitler is still dead”, which boldly analyzed the “Western preference for only fighting Hitler even though he has been dead for 61 years”.

The Palestinian ethos is chipping away at the very soul of the civilized world. Who will stand up against evil? Not the International Red Cross. But you may wish to write to the American Red Cross to urge that the International Red Cross disassociate itself from Palestinian barbarism. Surely the American Red Cross does not want to inadvertently finance glorification of the vicious murderers of little children. Try here: http://www.redcross.org/contact-us/general-inquiry