A gruesome image, considering the trolls that infest the place, but apt:
[Not much action till the end---skip forward to 2:00 to hear the fateful remarks.]
On Thursday, a United Nations interpreter expressed on a “hot mic” the thoughts of many UN observers: that the incessant emphasis on condemning Israel – for crimes real or alleged – is uncalled for and excessive.
In the video, a Spanish-English translator appears to stop her simultaneous translation to note the oddity to a colleague.
“I mean, I think when you have five statements, not five, like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It's a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad stuff happening [around the world], but no one says anything, about the other stuff,” she said.
A few seconds into her rant the interpreter realized that her remarks were heard by the diplomats in attendance, some of whom couldn’t help but laugh at the mishap.
“The interpreter apologizes,” the interpreter said, after realizing her mistake.
No need, dearie. I think there may be a spare Profiles in Courage award kicking around somewhere in the Kennedy Library.
Take that empty seat on the end. Besides, this may lead to career advancement:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the mishap on Sunday at a cabinet meeting. “I hope nothing happens to the translator as a result, but I can assure her of a job here in the State of Israel, should it come to that,” he stated.
“Sometimes someone can rip away at the veil of hypocrisy that exists in the ever-present attacks against us, and this interpreter had the courage to do just that.”
We don’t wast our breath on the UN as much as we used to, though not because it’s reformed itself. A multinational organization of child molesters and disease-spreaders, riddled with institutional antisemitism, run by and for the worst people on the planet, is beyond repair.
It’s just that there was a sameness to the posts—resolution after resolution damning the Jews; outrage after greater outrage as misogynists and cruel despots took positions on committees dealing with women’s rights and human rights—none of which ever got much comment. Anyway, we reelected Barack Obama, and Obama elected to stay engaged with these hateful goblins. Who are we to argue with democracy? But we’ll stop by from time to time, if only to check for dry rot.