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The UN's Robert Serry promotes religious freedom

 

I almost couldn't believe this story:

 
Robert Serry, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, joined the procession of Jews ascending to the Temple Mount, along with other diplomats, and criticized the Israeli police actions in Jerusalem and closure of roads leading to the Holy Site.


"The procession was stopped at the fourth security checkpoint prior to the entry on to the grounds of the former First and Second Temples,” he said in a statement. “Despite earlier assurances to the Jewish community in Jerusalem, from all across Israel as well as visiting Jews from abroad, such as Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik, of unhindered access on the occasion of Passover celebrations, the Israeli police refused to allow such entry claiming they had orders to that effect. A precarious standoff ensued ending in an angry crowd pushing their way through."


He called on all parties "to respect the right of religious freedom, granting access to holy sites for worshipers of all faiths and refraining from provocations not least during the religious holidays."
 
And of course I couldn't.  Here's the original genuine story:-
 
 
Robert Serry, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, joined the Easter procession along with other diplomats and criticized the Israeli police actions in Jerusalem and closure of roads leading to the Church of Holy Sepulcher.
 
 
"The procession was stopped on the fourth security checkpoint prior to the entry on the church grounds,” he said in a statement. “Despite earlier assurances to the Palestinian Christian community in Jerusalem of unhindered access to the Holy Sepulcher Church on the occasion of Easter celebrations, the Israeli police refused to allow such entry claiming they had orders to that effect. A precarious standoff ensued ending in an angry crowd pushing their way through."
 
He called on all parties "to respect the right of religious freedom, granting access to holy sites for worshipers of all faiths and refraining from provocations not least during the religious holidays."
 
What was I thinking?  That the UN and its employees really care for religious freedom?  That they are not biased and prejudiced?  That they onjectively deal with all sides?
 
Let's pass over this one.
 
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