Helping the Folks who Deserve our Help

Rarely would I take issue with a fellow blogger concerning their content, but I am about to do just that with the piece by Mazal Oaknin posted today and the suggestion she made at the end of her article to assist the victims of Bashar al Assad’s regime by making a contribution to the UNHCR.

Really, Mazal? Have you ever read the articles concerning how the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees wastes billions of dollars on assisting only the Palestinians? Billions which would do wonders today to alleviate the suffering of Sudanese, Syrians, Darfurians, Kurds and millions of others who are victims of repressive regimes and wars. You should have done your homework before asking for donations for such an unworthy group of classic anti-Semites. There are dozens of more worthwhile groups who will actually assist the Syrians who are now in refugee camps and centers in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.  All the UNHCR does is pay for Palestinians to foment anti-Semitism and become later day suicide bombers. They spend their days at the U.N. bashing Israel on her human rights agenda. We are still waiting for their first-ever bashing of Cuba, China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Venezuela or Iran.

The child who figures so prominantly in viral news worldwide was Kurdish. His family had bounced around from one refugee place to another in Turkey before his father decided on the risky trip to Kos in Greece. The family came from Kobani in Rojava or eastern Kurdistan. Kobani is in ruins. If you want to help the Kurds—and everyone should want to help them—then donate money directly to groups working with Kurdish refugees–groups who have a better record of helping the Syrians than the U.N. does. The Kurds lost most of their schools to barrel bombs dumped on them by Bashar al-Assad. Help rebuild a school. That would mean more than going off to join the PKK, who are doing a great job fighting Daesh all by themselves with minimal assistance from the world powers.  The U.N.’s lack of response would be laughable if it was not so tragic.  Feel free to count the number of times the Assad regime has been mentioned in the halls, Security Council or meeting places of the U.N. in the past five years.

Now I am going to re-iterate what I have been stating in my blogs for quite some time. The real enemies of peace in the Middle East are Iran and Bashar al-Assad and Recip Tayyip Erdogan.  Erdogan has so much chutzpah his beitzim should be enshrined in the Chutzpah Hall of Fame. He openly assists Daesh and then has the raging temerity to whine about poor Syrians that wash up on his pristine beaches while acting surprised at the number of Syrians who want to go to Europe. Could anyone be more disingenuous?

Europe is blocking its main methods of transportation among its member states due to fears by the largely right-wing types who are in the governments of such bastions of democracy and freedom as Hungary and Germany. Their fears of being overtaken by Muslim hordes is just plain ignorance. I speak with over 80 Kurds on any given day. Many of them are not Muslim at all but Zoroastrian. Most are secular and now call Europe home. Many are from what used to be Kobani. They only want to go home. By all means help if you can, but do not give financial support to organizations with poor track records on helping anyone except to maintain their status quo, like the UNHCR.  I would rather send my aide money directly to Hillel Neuer at UN Watch.  At least that money would not be misspent on perpetuating anti-Semitism worldwide or in UNHCR-sponsored centers in Ramallah.

About the Author
Rachel Grenadier was an olah from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2003 who returned to the United States in 2015. She really wanted to stay in Israel, but decided that having family members nearby was better for her health than a bunch of devoted, but crazed, Israeli friends who kept telling her hummous would cure her terminal heart condition. She has her B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of two books: the autobiographical "Israeli Men and Other Disasters" and "Kishon: The Story of Israel's Naval Commandoes and their Fight for Justice". She is now living in Virginia with her three Israeli psychologically-challenged cats and yet, denies being a "hoarder".