The UN as a schoolyard bully

Everyone knows that the UN is heavily biased against Israel. But maybe everyone does not know that the organization whose charter calls for “friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”, and which is “based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members”, holds an annual event devoted to denying the legitimacy of one of its members and the right to self-determination of one of the oldest identifiable “peoples” in history.

I am, of course, talking about the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” held every November 29, the anniversary of the Partition Resolution of 1947!

In other words, the UN — since 1977 — has commemorated a prior UN resolution by repudiating it.

Here are some of the things that the UN has done recently on this special day.

In 2005, a map of the region showing ‘Palestine’ and not Israel was displayed. There was also a moment of silence in honor of suicide bombers.

In 2006,

…the U.N. Trusteeship Council room was adorned with a series of panels rewriting the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the Arab point of view, describing 7 or 8 million Palestinians claiming a right of return — enough to destroy the Jewishness of the state of Israel, and lauding the success of the violent Palestinian uprising or intifada.

This year, following protests by Israel, the event had only two flags: that of the UN, and that of ‘Palestine’. You can read the article linked above for details on what was said by the various pro-Palestinian speakers.

2005 map of 'Palestine'

The 2005 map of ‘Palestine’ on which the word ‘Israel’ does not appear, along with the UN and Palestinian flags.

Every year the Israeli ambassador denounces this travesty of fairness, and every year the Palestinians and their friends find new ways of expressing their contempt. Israel should apply some form of sanctions to UN personnel and agencies on her territory to make it clear that there will be a cost attached to this really intolerable treatment.

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