UN Official calls for boycott of Jerusalem Post, UN then say he didn’t say boycott…uhmmm…yes he did

UN official Chris Gunness has called for a boycott of the Jerusalem Post because he got his knicker in a twist that he wasn’t asked for a quote in an article about he ineffectiveness of UNRWA.


There it is in black and white…”Boycott the JPost!”

Can’t get much clearer than that.

The story was an op-ed by a Palestinian Arab. Op-eds obviously don’t require quotes.  The Jerusalem Post is centrist in its editorial line and hardly ultra-right. And none of that had anything to do with Bassem Eid who is neither Israeli nor right wing.

Now, the UN is far from perfect and UNRWA has been spanked of late for promoting hate and violence as well as allowing their hospitals and schools to be used by Hamas to conduct combat operations.

But blatant lies are so far beyond the line something needs to be done. 

I wonder if our UN Ambassador sitting on the Security Council has the balls to call this pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel UN worker to account.


The US is calling for some accountability, why can’t we do the same?

WASHINGTON – The State Department is calling on personnel at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to “uphold its stated policy of neutrality,” after its spokesman, Chris Gunness, called for a boycott of The Jerusalem Post last week.

“Our position on UNRWA and its important humanitarian role is very clear,” State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez told the Post. “It is imperative that all sides respect the humanitarian and development role of UNRWA. And we expect UNRWA personnel to uphold its stated policy of neutrality so that it can carry out its critical mandate.”

Gunness claimed impartiality in an article published by the Post last week, reacting with a series of tweets critical of the newspaper and its staff. The article was an op-ed, written by Palestinian human rights activist Bassam Eid.

One of those tweets called for a “boycott of JPost,” interpreted by the newspaper as a breach of its commitment to neutrality.

“We have been in touch with Chris Gunness, who has made clear that, in his tweets, he was not calling for a boycott against any media outlet but instead was making his objections to a single article that we all find problematic,” one UN spokesman said, responding to the incident.

The Post rejects claims of such bias, and its editor-inchief, Steve Linde, responded to Gunness’s claims in a statement on Sunday.

“An attack of this kind by a senior staff member of a UN body that employs as many as 30,000 people and provides aid to millions of Palestinians is unbecoming,” Linde said, adding that the attack “represents an unacceptable breach of protocol and neutrality he is supposed to uphold.”

Gunness is telling lies…he most definitely did call for a boycott. Because he deleted the text doesn’t make it go away.


– Jerusalem Post


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  • shykiwibloke

    Bit of an insight here – if you dont like something – claim it is ultra-right-wing.
    The ultra right wing Green Party
    The ultra right wing Blog – The Standard
    The ultra right wing protest group Greenpeace.

    • Kevin

      You have to remember that ultra-leftists regard themselves as centrist. So anything centrist to them is ultra-right wing. This blog being a prime example.

      • Betty Swallocks

        If you go far enough left and far enough right then you end up in the same place.

        • Kevin


          • Hans

            Saudi”s did a study and found that women who drove cars or sat in the front seat damaged there Ovaries – Hamas nominated the Saudi”s for a Nobel prise, the motion was seconded by the UN

  • symgardiner

    This is typical of bureaucratic organisations. The exchange should have gone…
    Q: Are you going to discipline your staffer who called for a boycott of the JPost?
    A: Yes.

    Story would have died a death there and then.

  • cows4me

    How many millions did it cost to get a seat on the security council, I hope it’s not dead money. I’ll bet the farm that there won’t be a whimper.

  • Eddie

    UN-believable nonsense!!
    An organisation with few and little teeth should be beyond reproach in their neutrality and dealings if they want to have any effect.
    Sadly, there is need for a staffed team to monitor the UN (unwatch.org) and plenty of work for them to do. We shall see how NZ does on the security council. My money is on us adding to the workload of unwatch but would love to lose that bet!

    • Isherman

      No accountability when a UN official calls for a boycott of something Israeli, but when you start to tell the UN themselves some home truths, they just ban you, or threaten to ban you, as this clip clearly shows.

  • timemagazine

    And this Marxist institution is funded with taxpayer money.

  • Edward Bufe

    Its about time for heads in the UN started rolling. Maybe Gunnes should ask his mates ISIS how its done.

    • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

      Wussel suggests performance based pay!!

  • Hans

    I wonder if the reason for the UN being so anti free speech is because the UN is made up of the worst dictators and despots. we are out numbered 2 to 1 when it comes to voting, and John Key thinks he can make a difference!!!