There was a microphone misfire at the UN on Thursday – someone told the truth! By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus
A “hot mic” took center stage at the UN General Assembly on Nov. 14, 2013 Photo Credit: Lori Lowenthal Marcus At today’s session of the United Nations General Assembly, the body to which all 193 member nations belong, it was mostly business as usual. Mostly, but not completely. Nine resolutions were passed denouncing Israel; none were passed denouncing any other nation on earth. That’s right, no resolutions were passed condemning Syria for mass slaughter of its citizens, no resolutions were passed condemning North Korea which already executed 80 people this November alone, some merely for possessing a Bible or watching a movie from South Korea. And no resolutions were passed condemning the government of Sudan which has killed more than 170 people since protests erupted there on September 23, with scores more injured. But here’s something very different that happened at the UN. Other than the hieroglyphics inserted to protect The Jewish Press readers from harsh language, the following was actually said, out loud, into the ears of every delegate present at the U.N. on Thursday: “Isn’t it a little weird? There are nine or ten resolutions against Israel. And I know there’s a problem with the Palestinians. But there’s other bad s*#@ going on and they’re spending so much time on this.” Honesty at the UNGA.
But the person who made that statement, like the innocent child in the children’s book The Emperor’s New Clothes, was not an official, not a representative, not an “important” person at all. It was an interpreter who said it. The now famous UN interpreter thought she was simply speaking to the person sitting next to her, she did not realize that she was speaking into a “hot mic,” that is, a microphone that was transmitting her words to everyone in the hall who had their headphones on. Upon hearing the outburst of laughter from delegates who heard her, the interpreter realized what happened and apologized. Among the nine resolutions condemning Israel, was one which blamed Israel for its mistreatment of Syrian citizens in the “occupied Golan Heights.” That’s right, it’s Israel who is mistreating Syrians, not Assad. And the General Assembly even called on Israel to return the Golan Heights to Assad!
The whole world is calling for Assad to resign because he is unfit to rule, but the global assembly of nations tells Israel to hand over more Syrian citizens for Assad to butcher. The saying, “in vino veritas” means the truth comes out when wine is imbibed. In the UN, apparently the only time the truth comes out is when an innocent speaks, thinking no one will hear. Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, first revealed the lapse in falsehood at Thursday’s UN meeting.