United Nations’ Anti-Israel Bias is Undeniable, Let’s Stop Pretending
By Sean Durns
the late New York senator and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said,
“is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” However, some
journalists seem too willing to conflate the two – and too willing to ignore
reality when it’s staring them in the face. Media coverage of the United
Nation’s anti-Israel animus proves this point.
Dec. 6, 2018 the United Nations General Assembly failed
to pass a resolution condemning Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist group that
rules the Gaza Strip. Hamas’s charter approvingly cites Adolf Hitler and calls
for Israel’s destruction and the genocide of Jews. After extensive pro-Hamas
lobbying by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – itself a former
U.S.-designated terror group with American and Israeli blood on its hands –
the resolution condemning the Gazan terror group “for repeatedly firing
rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at
resolution, entitled “Activities of Hamas and Other Militant Groups in
Gaza,” actually received a majority of the votes. But thanks to a preceding
measure requiring a two-thirds majority, it fell short.
U.N., of course, was founded due to a Nazi war of aggression that had the
elimination of world Jewry as a chief objective. Yet, today’s U.N. attacks the
Jewish state ad nauseam. And it’s not an opinion to say as much – it’s a
fact. But some press outlets pretend otherwise.
example, The Washington Post’s report
on the General Assembly vote described the U.N’s “anti-Israel bias” as
merely “perceived.” And The Post, among other newspapers, has often
minimized the U.N.’s institutional mistreatment of Israel by presenting it as
merely a claim
by “Israel and its supporters.” But in this case perception is reality, and
the numbers say as much.
2018, the U.N. General Assembly passed
21 resolutions condemning Israel, and a mere six for the rest of the world,
according to U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based NGO that monitors the international
body. Israel, a democracy, was condemned seven times more than the brutal North
Korean dictatorship, which still runs gulags and was the subject of a mere 3
resolutions. Indeed, just on Nov. 15, 2018 the General Assembly adopted
nine resolutions against Israel – all while ignoring human rights situations
in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Turkey and Pakistan, for example.
of those resolutions even condemned Israel for “repressive measures” against
the Syrian people, although the U.N. itself has largely failed to condemn or
punish Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad for murdering his own people en masse.
the author Eric Rozenman ably documents in his 2018 book “Jews Make the Best
Demons” about modern antisemitism: “Turtle bay’s font of Israel-hatred and
Jew-hatred – not to mention historical revisionism – overflows.”
as the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)
documented in a Nov. 9, 2018 Jerusalem Post Op-Ed,
the U.N. has created an “institutional infrastructure” for the sole purpose
of attacking the Jewish state.
infamously, on Nov. 10, 1975 the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 3379,
which equated Zionism – the belief in Jewish self-determination – with
racism. Although the resolution was, with considerable U.S. effort, repealed in
1991, the international body had also voted to create the Committee on the
Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), which
works feverishly to delegitimize Israel.
organizes conferences and disseminates information, spreading “one-sided
propaganda consistent with the most extreme Palestinian positions,” according
to Gil Kapen, a special adviser to the American Jewish International Relations
Institute (AJIRI). It was at CEIRPP’s invite that then-CNN contributor Marc
Lamont Hill called for Israel’s elimination in a prepared statement on Nov.
The U.N. has even created two different agencies for dealing with refugees – one of which, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), is exclusively for Palestinians. All other refugee populations in the world fall under the jurisdiction of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which, despite dealing with six times as many refugees as UNRWA, has only a quarter of the staff.
not only has a separate definition of “refugee” just for Palestinians (which
includes people who are generations removed from the conflict and people who are
citizens of other nations) but the organization has, on several occasions, been
Hamas operatives. A 2015 internal investigation
found that UNRWA schools were used by Hamas to “hide weapons” and “launch
attacks” during the 2014 Israel-Hamas War. Employees of the U.N. entity have
also been caught
praising Hitler and calling for Israel’s destruction.
agency, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO), has sought to strip Jewish holy sites in Israel of their Jewish
identity by declaring
them “occupied” and denying their history.
several occasions, the U.N. has commissioned several “reports” to blame
Israel for the actions of terror groups, and unashamedly hired
anti-Israel activists to author them.
U.N. has abetted Israel’s enemies in other ways.
the Iranian-backed, Lebanese-based terror group, was recently caught digging
attack tunnels into Israel. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL),
which is tasked with preventing such occurrences, not only failed to detect the
tunnels (which were years in the making); they have turned a “blind eye” and
become an “accessory to Hezbollah’s ambitions,” according to a recent Op-Ed
by retired Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. Assaf Orion.
in 1967, Egypt’s then-ruler, Gamal Abdel Nassar, requested that the U.N.
remove a peacekeeping force on the Israel-Egypt armistice line. Nasser was
obviously planning to attack the Jewish state. Yet the U.N. complied,
helping to precipitate the war that followed.
U.N.’s anti-Israel history is both long and undeniable. And journalists
otherwise. As Winston Churchill – himself a former journalist – famously
observed, “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may
deride it, but in the end, there it is.”