Victims and survivors of Palestinian terrorism challenged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to condemn Palestinian terrorism, in impassioned speeches before the Council in Geneva on Monday.
Terror survivor Kay Wilson denounced not only terrorism and incitement but also accused the Council itself of whitewashing Palestinian terrorism.
“I’m Kay Wilson, an Israeli Jewish tour guide and educator for StandWithUs,” she began. “In December 2010, I was gagged, bound, and held at knifepoint for half an hour by two Palestinian terrorists, then butchered 13 times with a machete, while watching my American Christian friend, Kristine Luken, hacked to death before my eyes because her executioners thought she was Jewish,” Arutz Sheva quoted her as saying.
Wilson was on a hike with her friend in the Mata forest, near Beit Shemesh, when the two were subjected to the savage attack.
“The United Nations Human Rights Council immorally whitewashes terrorism as helplessness and frustration,” Wilson stated. “As a survivor, I know that to be shackled in perpetual victimhood is not kind, helpful, moral or true. Personally, I’ve not also taken out my frustrations by holding Arabs hostage, tying them up and hacking them to death.
“Through the likes of their social media and educational institutions, the Palestinian Authority incites people to believe that Jews are unworthy of life. The incentive: American and European taxpayers’ money given to the Palestinian Authority, who rewards incarcerated murderers with monthly execution stipends.
“Avoiding duty, and with pathological bias, you blame Israel, a Jewish democratic state of thriving coexistence, in which an Israeli Arab Muslim surgeon saved my life. Gagged with prejudice, bound with bigotry or held hostage by hate, and ineffective to do the goodness that will enhance people’s lives, may this council be set free, liberated to embrace both the integrity and impartiality needed to make our region a better place,” she concluded.
Another speaker Monday who challenged the UNHRC to condemn terror was Avni Lakin, the son of Richard Lakin, H”yd, an educator murdered by Palestinian terrorists last October.
“Secretary General Ban Ki-moon came to visit my father in the hospital before he died,” Avni Lakin said. “He wrote my mother a private condolence letter.”
“What the Secretary General, and you, the U.N. investigator on Israel, and this Council, did not do, was publicly condemn these terrorists or the rampant Palestinian incitement that fuels this brutality.
“Palestinians are not preparing for peace. Instead, Palestinian leader Abbas praised my father’s murderer – calling him a ‘martyr.’ ”
The U.N. has a web page devoted to global terrorism, but neither his father nor any other Israeli victims of terrorism since September is on that list, Avni Lakin said.
“I am here today from Israel to issue a direct challenge to the Secretary General, the High Commissioner, and this Council: Killing civilians on a bus is terror. I challenge you to specifically condemn the murder of my father Richard Lakin.”
Avni Lakin spoke during Agenda Item 7, which requires the UNHRC to discuss Israel’s alleged human-rights violations every time the council convenes.
The United States last year opposed Agenda Item 7 as grossly biased against Israel.