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Monday, June 18, 2012

How the U.N. Came to Pick on Israel

Nadene Goldfoot
In the mid 1970's a 3rd World bloc made up of Arabs and the Soviet Union formed a pro-PLO lobby at the U.N.  Note that this was after the Yom Kippur 1973 War, the 4th large war of Arab states attacking Israel   where Israel had won again.  This one occurred from October 6th to 25th 1973 and was a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria.  You could see this Pro-PLO attitude in the General Assembly where these countries, who were dictatorships or autocracies voted together to pass resolutions attacking Israel and supporting the PLO.  They hadn't been successful in the many states attacking the small Jewish state so would attack through the UN.

For example, in 1974 the General Assembly invited Yasir Arafat to speak, and he did with a holster attached to his hip like a cowboy.  He said he carried a gun-had to leave it outside the hall- but had an olive branch, too.  "Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom-fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. I repeat: do not let the olive branch fall from my hand."  Was he trying to say that he was in the position of the dove carrying the olive branch, acting like the Greek G-d Mars of War who was also the bringer of peace?  It had basically become the Christian symbol of peace; not the Muslim one. This token of peace turned out to be a slug that was offered, instead.

By 1975 the Assembly gave permanent representative status to the PLO.  They then were able to open an office in Manhattan in midtown.  Later on November 10, 1975 the Arab states and the Soviet bloc instigated the Assembly to approve Resolution 3379  , which slandered Zionism by saying it was a form of racism.  25 states instigated the resolution and were :Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cuba, Dahomey, Egypt, Guinea, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Republic, Mauritania, Morocco, North Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Yemen, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates. 47 more states signed on to this resolution along with the original 25.  

US Ambassador Daniel Moynihan called this resolution an "obscene act."  Chaim Herzog, Israeli Ambassador, told his delegates that this was "based on hatred, falsehood and arrogance."  He thought Hitler would have felt at home in listening to this debate. He had addressed the UN telling them of the Arabs that served in the government's Knesset, police, hospitals, etc, and that Israel was not racist, but they didn't listen.

Bloc voting was done in 1975.  This made possible the establishing of the pro-PLO "Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People".  This was part of the PLO propaganda issuing stamps, organizing meetings, preparing film and draft resolutions in support of Palestinian "rights."

In 1976 the committee recommended "full implementation of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people including their return to the Israeli part of Palestine.  Then they recommended that November 29th, the day the UN had voted to partition Palestine in 1947 and was turned down by the Arabs, be declared the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  It has since then been observed at the UN along with anti-Israel speeches, films, and exhibits.  A special unit on Palestine was established as part of the UN Secretariat.  One can see the whole development of the campaign for a "Palestine" starting right here in the UN with its leaders.

December 16, 1991 saw the General Assembly voting 111-25 to repeal Resolution 3379.  No Arab states voted with the majority.  The PLO had cited a 1974 UN resolution condemning Israel as good reason to set off a bomb in Jerusalem.  What logic!

The UN has continued an anti-Israel bias which also shows up in its sponsorship of the 8th "North American NGO (non-governmental organization).  Symposium on the Question of Palestine in 1991.  Every anti-Israel canard imaginable was mentioned in the room, reported an observer who attended the conference. A sampling of comments at the symposium: "Warmongering in Israel had increased, at the expense of the peace movement, which needed to get some support. The Israeli Government was imposing intolerable conditions on the Palestinians in the occupied territories by the expropriation and outright theft of Palestinian land, by a frenzy of building settlements and by making life so intolerable for Palestinians to make them leave".

The Security Council has never expressed concern over the murder of Jews in any context.  The Security Council seems to hold a mugging  of Israel instead of any political debate or solve problems declared former UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick.  It is very doubtful that the UN will ever play a useful role in solving the Arab-Israeli dispute, and especially without any bias towards Israel.

Resource: Myths and Facts, a concise Record of the Arab-Israeli conflict by Mitchell G. Bard and Joel Himelfarb pages 111-113 Arabic

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