Wednesday, December 07, 2005

To Join

Muslims hate Jews so much that they can't stand to have the Star of David appear as logo of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent. The debate as to whether to allow Israel to become a participating nation has been going on for years. At one point Cornelio Sommaruga, the head of the International body was asked why Israel was not a member nation. His answer: "If we're going to have the Shield of David, why would we not have to accept the swastika?."

Well, finally, today, it appears Israel will be able to participate. But, the Star of David can not be used as a logo:

GENEVA (AFP) - Geneva Convention member states decided by a two-thirds majority to create a new emblem that would enable Israel to join the international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, diplomats said.

A total 125 countries took part in a vote, with 98 voting for and 27 against with 10 more abstaining.

Most of the hostile votes were from Arab and Muslim countries.

Talks which started Monday and were originally scheduled to end Tuesday ground on into Wednesday and then Thursday as negotiators tried to overcome objections by Syria, which traded jibes with Israel about who was to blame.

The new "red crystal" emblem would join the Red Cross and Red Crescent and ease the way for Israel's Magen David Adom (MDA - Red Star of David) organisation to become part of the international emergency service and humanitarian network.

The MDA is officially unrecognized in the Geneva Conventions, signed by 192 countries including Israel, because its emblem does not conform with longstanding rules allowing only a cross or a crescent.

Abdul Rahman Attar, head of the Syrian Red Crescent, had told journalists his country was still demanding an agreement on humanitarian aid in the Israeli-occupied Golan heights as a condition for approving the new emblem.

Syria says Israel is neglecting the health needs of the 25,000 Syrian citizens who live in the Golan, which Israel annexed in 1981.

Attar claimed the MDA only gives "selective" treatment to Syrians who are prepared to accept Israeli rule in the Golan.

Switzerland tried in vain for three days to mediate between the Israelis and Syrians to reach a consensus before deciding to call a vote late on Wednesday night.

The two-thirds majority was sufficient for a decision, though unanimity is more usual in the Red Cross.

Add this to the list of reasons that Muslims, the world over, are stunningly childish. In Britain, they are offended by Piglet. In Denmark, they are offended by "Jewish Cookies." And, they are so offended by the Star of David, they can't tolerate to even see it on an ambulance.

And yet, we idiotic Westerners keep trying to work with them.