What Does the UN Have Against Israel?
by Shira Sorko-Ram
The United Nations began its life as a group of mostly democratic nations (about 65%). Its goal was to create a forum to discuss and solve conflicts and bring help to peoples around the world in need. It has turned into an automatic majority of dictatorial regimes under the leadership of Islamic states that are anti-democratic and most of all anti-Israel.
The human race is fallen and all institutions degenerate when God’s wisdom and order is replaced by man in center stage. The United Nation is a microcosm of the nations of the world. In fact, it is the world.
So what should we expect? Justice? Morality? Loving our brother as ourselves? Following Biblical values? But to the point: Why is the epicenter of the UN’s rage and indignation focused on Israel? The answer can only be explained in spiritual terms. The fact is that God foretold centuries ago of His special purpose for the people of Israel. Naturally, Satan, the god of this world, loathes God, loathes His plans and the object of His plans. It follows that the world Satan rules likewise despises Israel – and, by the way, that hatred extends to any person or nation being used to bring life and justice to the world.
Think of it! Out of 193 members of the UN, there have been times when only three nations cast a vote in favor of Israel – Israel, the U.S. and the island of Micronesia! Today, the outcome of any UN General Assembly vote is certain. With a couple of wildly unusual exceptions (as when the UN voted to birth Israel in 1947) the UN General Assembly resolutions against Israel are ratified by an overwhelming supermajority.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
It is enlightening and important for us as believers to understand how this United Nations mechanism works. Because it is difficult to find a brief but understandable explanation of this world body, here is a summary that can be saved for reference. First of all, in the General Assembly, every nation has one vote – whether China with 1.3 billion citizens or the island of Nauru with 10,000 inhabitants.
This structure was selected with the goal of giving equality to all the peoples of the world. However, in so doing, theoretically, a two-thirds supermajority of nations with only 8% of the world’s population could successfully pass a resolution! That’s not going to happen. But let us look at what does happen.
What is it that makes the UN General Assembly automatically anti-American and anti-Israel? First of all there is a block of 21 homogeneous Arab Muslim nations with common ethnicity, religion and culture. Though they often fight among themselves, they rarely have a problem in uniting against Israel. They tightly coordinate their activities through their organization called the Arab League.
Secondly, there is the OIS, Organization of Islamic States which includes the Arab League members and another 35 Islamic nations - making a solid block of 56 Islamic countries.
Next there is a third block of 68 nations under the NAM label - Non-Aligned Movement - which together with the Islamic states that are also a part of NAM, creates a whopping 124 voting bloc.
NAM is made up of mostly developing nations with a tiny minority having some trappings of democracy. These 20-plus partially democratic countries (characterized as “flawed” in Wikipedia) in the Muslim or NAM orbit are completely under Arab leadership. And the majority of NAM nations is run by brutal anti-American and anti-Israel dictators - e.g., Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia.
In the General Assembly, 97 votes comprise a simple majority needed to pass a resolution. Nothing more needs to be said. Add in China and Russia and a couple of its satellites together with anti-U.S. mega economy Brazil (a democratic socialist country), and you have a supermajority of more than 129 without having to lobby a single democratic member from western style democracies.
It is true there are approximately 63 strong democracies which include the European Union, America and Canada, some island nations and a few other democratic friends. But by themselves, they can do virtually nothing in the General Assembly. In fact, nations in the European Union, cognizant of the critical importance of oil for their countries, often vote with the Arab core. So bottom line, the Arab block controls the UN.
Most GA votes need only a simple majority.
At times for very important resolutions a supermajority is required – but only of those present. And by the time the abstentions are counted, (members of the EU love to abstain on votes concerning Israel), the Muslim nations have nothing to worry about as they push through their anti-Israel agendas.
And their number one agenda is to make Israel disappear.
ISRAEL TREATED UNLIKE ANY OTHER STATE
A 2005 report by the United States Institute of Peace on UN reform said that, contrary to the UN Charter’s principle of equality of rights for all nations, Israel is denied rights enjoyed by all other member-states, and that a level of systematic hostility against it is routinely expressed, organized, and funded within the United Nations system. (usip.org/un)
Anne Bayefsky, a Senior Fellow with the Hudson Institute, said: “There has never been a single resolution about the decades-long repression of the civil and political rights of 1.3 billion people in China, or the more than a million female migrant workers in Saudi Arabia being kept as virtual slaves, or the virulent racism which has brought 600,000 people to the brink of starvation in Zimbabwe. Every year, UN bodies are required to produce at least 25 reports on alleged human rights violations by Israel, but not one on an Iranian criminal justice system which mandates punishments like crucifixion, stoning, and cross-amputation. This is not legitimate critique of states with equal or worse human rights records. It is demonization of the Jewish state.” (wikipedia/org/wiki/Israel)
Every year the UN celebrates its Annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
On November 29, 2005 the event was attended by Kofi Annan and other high-ranking diplomats. It was noticed that they were sitting next to a map printed by the PLO. What was significant was that Israel had disappeared from the map.
Then US Ambassador John Bolton wrote to UN Secretary General Annan:
“Of specific and most immediate concern is the signal potentially sent when three top UN officials, yourself and the Presidents of the Security Council and the General Assembly, participated in an event with a ‘map of Palestine’ prominently displayed which erases the state of Israel. It can be construed to suggest that the United Nations tacitly supports the abolition of the state of Israel.” (Ibid.)
In fact, from 1982-89, the Arab states worked relentlessly to expel Israel from the UN altogether. Only a determined U.S. lobbying campaign prevented them from succeeding.
DELEGITIMIZING, DEMONIZING, ISOLATING
But the delegitimizing and marginalizing incessantly continues. When the Arab nations launched a surprise attack against Israel in 1973, but in the end lost that war, they turned more determinedly than ever to the UN.
In 1975, the Muslims were able to pass a resolution that “Zionism is racism,” meaning a Jewish state is by definition racist. The audacity is mindboggling. Twenty-one Arab Islamic states, dictatorships with virtually no religious freedom, engineered this resolution. It passed with 72 yes votes, 35 no, with 32 abstentions.
Later, in 1991, when the western nations were trying to put together one of their many peace conferences, Israel stood her ground and declared she would not attend unless the UN racism resolution was revoked. The miracle happened and the resolution was rescinded.
Except for the resolution to endorse the creation of the state of Israel in 1947, this is the only other positive General Assembly resolution ever passed in Israel’s favor that I have been able to find in UN archives.
However, the legacy of 1975 remains fully intact: UN committees, annual UN resolutions, an entire UN bureaucratic division, permanent UN exhibits in New York and Geneva headquarters – are all dedicated to a relentless and virulent propaganda war against the Jewish state.
Together, they have made the UN into Ground Zero for today’s new anti-Semitism, which is the irrational scapegoating of Israel with the true intended target being Jews.
Not only do these anti-Israel measures incite hatred against Israelis and Jews everywhere, but they have done nothing to help the Palestinian situation. On the contrary: they give strength and succor to extremists. (www.unwatch.org)
I have not been able to locate anywhere a total list of anti-Israel resolutions in the UN from its beginnings in 1947. However, here are partial stats which paint a very clear picture.
Between 1947-1989, out of 690 resolutions or resolution parts passed, 429 were against Israel!
Words regularly used against Israel were “condemned,” “vigorously condemned,” “strongly condemned,” “deplored,” “strongly deplored,” “censured,” “denounced” by the GA.
Not a single time were these words used against any Arab nation – no matter how many terror attacks or human rights violations were committed on its territory! But this is only the beginning. Hostile UN resolutions against Israel are promulgated by an unlimited budget through the media, articles, papers, conferences, experts and committees, throughout the world every single day of the year.
Each UN resolution is not just a bureaucratic process that ends up in a drawer, but part of an enormous propaganda machine – created to convince naïve citizens around the world that the UN is a moral organization based on truth and justice and exercising careful judgment, states Danny Ayalon, Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. (dannyayalon.com)
And since the UN member states oversee a variety of worldwide institutions, each one of them is also used with hammer-force to crush Israel.
First there are all kinds of “Palestinian Units,” including committees on the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, committees on human rights of the Palestinians, committees on Palestinians of occupied territories, etc., etc., etc.
All of the main institutions of the United Nations have as their bull’s eye, Israel.
The Arabs’ intention is to push through many more resolutions against Israel and then aggressively call on the world to boycott and sanction Israel for not obeying the UN resolutions, leading to her economic and psychological collapse. (Jerusalem Post, 9Sept2011)
Thank you for your fervent prayers,