While it is appalling that the United Nations continues its anti-Israel ways, Israel Hayom's Ruthie Blum writes that it is especially disgusting when the U.N. refuses to acknowledge Israeli victims of terror:
Last Oct. 13, a few weeks into the current "knife intifada," a 22-year-old Palestinian named Baha Alyan boarded a Jerusalem bus with an accomplice -- Hamas terrorist Bilal Ghanem, who had served time in an Israeli prison -- and went on a stabbing and shooting spree whose purpose was to kill Jews.
The two monsters were pretty successful in their endeavor that day, managing to wound more than a dozen passengers and slaughter three: Haim Haviv, 78, Alon Govberg, 51, and Richard Lakin, 76, who suffered multiple gunshot and stab wounds and died two weeks later. Alyan was killed by Israeli security forces; Ghanem was arrested.
While Lakin, an immigrant to Israel from the United States, was lying critically wounded in the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to his hospital bedside. It was the least Ban could do, while calling on "both sides" to ease tensions and exercise restraint -- especially since Lakin had been a lifelong promoter of peace and social justice...
Last month, Lakin's son, Micah Avni -- still mourning his father's brutal murder at Alyan's hands -- addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Speaking on behalf of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, Avni called the international body to task for its refusal to condemn Palestinian terrorism in general, and Abbas specifically for his part in it.
"My father, Richard Lakin, was a kind, gentle person," Avni said. "An elementary school principal who educated thousands of children. A human rights activist dedicated to promoting coexistence. He marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. He founded a school in Israel where Muslim, Christian and Jewish children studied together. He wrote a book called 'Teaching as an Act of Love.' [But] last October, two Palestinian terrorists attacked a bus full of civilians in Jerusalem ... [and] shot [him] in the head, and stabbed him multiple times after he fell, severing most of his vital organs."
Avni expressed indignation that the U.N. never publicly denounced his father's murderers "or the rampant Palestinian incitement that fuels this brutality." He said, "The U.N. office here has a Web page devoted to 'U.N. Response to Acts of Terrorism,' [which] contains a long list of terror attacks and U.N. condemnations. My dad isn't on it. In fact, not a single Israeli victim of the latest wave of Palestinian terror is on it..."