Nobel Peace Prize cash to be used for war against children?
Just when you thought the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee finally got it right by awarding their 2014 prize to such deserving honorees as Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay, along comes an announcement that shatters the illusion.
According to the committee, the two were cited:
... for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.
As the committee pointed out:
... [d]espite her youth, Malala Yousafzay has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls' rights to education.
The youngest person to win the prize and one of the few females to have been so honored, Yousafzay persistently continued her education despite vicious attacks against her by the Taliban that left her hospitalized.
The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. Many other individuals and institutions in the international community have also contributed. It has been calculated that there are 168 million child labourers around the world today. In 2000 the figure was 78 million higher. The world has come closer to the goal of eliminating child labour.
The struggle against suppression and for the rights of children and adolescents contributes to the realization of the “fraternity between nations” that Alfred Nobel mentions in his will as one of the criteria for the Nobel Peace Prize.
And so it comes as a shock to read a proud announcement that the 17-year-old Yousafzay will donate a her earnings, $50,000, to the United Nations Relief Works Administration (UNWRA) for rebuilding schools in Gaza.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai has announced she is donating US$ 50,000 to rebuild an UNRWA school damaged during the recent fighting in Gaza. Ms. Yousafzai made the announcement in Stockholm, where she accepted the prestigious World's Children's Prize. The amount represents all the prize money.
Numerous posts at American Thinker, and elsewhere, have proven again and again that UNRWA schools and peace of any kind are not linked – are in opposition, really. UNWRA schools' texts, backed by educational personnel, teach hatred and war. The school buildings themselves stored rockets and other deadly weapons while also serving as launching pads that rained terror, destruction, and death on Israeli civilians, including children.
But the 17-year-old Yousafzay either did not know this, or, to be kind, was manipulated and/or forced to make the donation. Or perhaps she accepts the Muslim hatred of Israelis as natural and silently smirked at the Nobel's lofty explanation – "The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism" – as she gave her donor speech.
I am honored to announce all my World’s Children’s Prize money will go to help students and schools in an especially difficult place – in Gaza.
I am donating these funds to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which is performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances.
The needs are overwhelming – more than half of Gaza’s population is under 18 years of age. They want and deserve quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future.
This funding will help rebuild the 83 schools damaged during the recent conflict. Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace. Let us stand together for peace and education because together we are more powerful.
Ironically, the terrorist organization Hamas, which runs Gaza, is totally opposed to U.N. involvement in Gaza reconstruction, the Times of Israel reports.
Hamas is opposed to UN involvement in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following Operation Protective Edge and has requested that the Palestinian unity government, rather than the international organization, carry out building projects, a Hamas official said late Sunday night
“A number of officials have claimed that Abu Marzouk agreed to the plan, which is a bald-faced lie, so I say the following: during the indirect negotiations in Cairo we rejected the UN as a recognized party to construction,” Abu Marzouk wrote on his Facebook page, referring to the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas in August. “Everyone insisted that the Palestinian Authority, through the national unity government, is to be responsible for construction.”
The Islamic movement has repeatedly criticized UN activities in the Gaza Strip, blasting UNRWA for its human rights curriculum in UN-run schools. Gaza-based Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar called UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a “political hypocrite” for condemning Hamas’s terror tunnels during a trip to the region in mid-October.
Meanwhile, in the not so peaceful Gaza, the recipients of Yousafzay's generosity launched a few more rockets into Israel.
Will the young Ms. Yousafzay be strong enough, brave enough to condemn this? Or maybe donate her prize money for "a quality education in a safe environment" for the hundreds of thousands of ISIS-displaced Muslim refugee children?
Sadly, I think not.