A few days ago, a video showing a truck belonging to the United Nations World Food Program being attacked by missile, emerged. As the truck blows up a Houthi rebel can be heard saying in Arabic, Death to America, Death to Israel, Damn the Jews.
The press statement issued by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), however, did not mention the Houthis in its comments on the incident. This is not the first time that the UN Office in Yemen has shows its blatant bias toward the Houthis and Tehran regime military forces.
In 2016, in the Yemeni city of Sanaa, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, leader of the political wing and head of the Houthi state, a close ally of the Khomeiniist regime delivered a speech where chants of “Death to America, curse on the Jews,” were being chanted. As he brought his comments to a close, George Khoury, Country director United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen, was introduced as the next speaker at the demonstration. This was the first time in UN history that an employee spoke at a demonstration where protesters blatantly uttered hate speech, in calling for the killing of Jews and Americans. Khoury, unphased by the radical chanting of the militants, concluded his statement with a smile and hugged the Houthi leaders.
This was a clear indication that the UN had picked sides and was throwing its support behind Tehran’s allies. Subsequent to that event, the UN and Khoury’s continued to support Tehran’s agenda went unnoticed. Khoury, who had offered the Islamic regime’s state-run media an open-door policy, never shied away from making exclusive statements that included political views representing the UN’s view on the conflict in Yemen.
At the same time as Khoury’s bias, that slanted the UN toward Tehran and allies, Ruwaida Al-Haj, a Lebanese Shiite Muslim close to Hezbollah, was preparing to take over the UN Secretariat’s expert team in Yemen. She chose Hezbollah controlled Beirut, as headquarters for the team of experts, despite the Yemeni government’s legitimate protest against it. All the while the United Nations Human Rights Council, not only did not object, but approved the choice of location.
According to a Lebanese source working at the United Nations, said report was written by Al-Haj herself and overseen by three parties; namely Hezbollah, the Houthis, and Tahar Boudjallal (Algerian national), who works in Qatar as an adviser to their government on human rights.
Qatar used Boudjallal to influence the UN report through his deep, years-long relationship with Ruwaida Al-Haj, as she considers him her teacher and mentor. He personally contributed statements in the report against what it calls, “the Arab alliance;” Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are pointed out as the two most important countries. He also cooperated with Ruwaida Al-Haj in deleting and excluding field reports that were supposed to be at the heart of the overall survey.
Our source added that it cannot be ruled out that, if the professional conduct of the UN experts team in Yemen was to be investigated, it would result in a highly damaging scandal for the United Nations on the long term.