Monday is Hate Israel Day at the UN

GENEVA, March 17- Tomorrow is Hate Israel Day at the UN. In the dystopian universe of George Orwell’s 1984, everyone was forced to undergo a daily “Two Minute of Hate.” In the the dystopian universe of the UN Human Rights Council — where slave-holding Mauritania chaired the debates last week, where Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Venezuela are newly elected members, and where a Cuban-led declaration says war is peace — the built-in schedule of every session includes one day dedicated solely to spewing hate against the Jewish state.

Headlining the program this time will be the presentation of a report by a “Fact Finding Mission” on how Israeli settlements are the direct cause of all Palestinian ills. As we explained here, the probe was a sham, its verdict having been declared in advance.

Also on the program will be three additional UN reports condemning Israel, including one that devotes several pages to accusations by Cuba and Syria that Israel is grossly violating human rights in the Golan Heights. The world’s worst abusers will then take the floor and emit vitriol.

Israel will be absent, as it has been for the past year. The creation of the settlements probe — the seventh one-sided inquiry on Israel since the council’s supposed reform in 2006, during which time it generated but five probes on the rest of the world combined, and none ever on Iran, China, or Sri Lanka — was the last straw for then foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who decided Israel would no longer participate in, or with, the council.

UN Watch will be present in full force, and has invited an international figure to address the plenary.

According to circulated drafts obtained by UN Watch, the month-long session will conclude this Friday with six resolutions against Israel, and roughly the same amount of texts — most of them far thinner and crafted in softer language — for the rest of the world combined.

Scapegoating Israel in this chamber has a long pedigree. UN Watch founder Morris Abram, U.S. representative to the Human Rights Commission under the Johnson Administration, shared this anecdote in a 1969 Foreign Affairs essay:

One representative of a ‘non-aligned nation’ told me candidly: ‘We’d like to condemn the Soviet Union for its repression of intellectuals; we’d like to condemn the United States because of Viet Nam. We cannot afford to do either, so we’ll support a condemnation of Israel for reprisals against Arab sabotage.'”

Sadly, more than four decades later, little has changed.

4 Responses to “Monday is Hate Israel Day at the UN”

  • To the people of Israel and Israeli People.
    Today is Israel love day. Love to Israel
    and Israeli people.

  • horace twiddlepass

    The usual tactics – divert attention and blame the messenger. If the UN had made the opposite findings, these people would love it. When will Israel realise that the world is revolted by its atrocities towards the Palestinians? The Russell Tribunal also published its findings on this same Monday, again condemning Israel’s “violations of international law” as the UN HRC does. Last week UNICEF condemned Israel’s child detention policy, and the President of the ICC says Israel is in violation of the Geneva Convention. They can’t all be wrong. If Israel learned to live in peace with its neighbours instead of attacking every single one, it would be welcomed instead of despised.

  • Like the Jews were(and still are) the victims of antisemitism ,Israel
    is since it first day of existence the victim of antizionism not
    only through verbal ,written and pictural attacks by severalWestern
    media where the truth is biaised but the country is boycotted like the Jews during the Nazi regime .
    Not enough, the legitimity of Israels existence is constantly questioned
    and different Palestinian terrorist organizations want to”liberate Palestine” and the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran wants to
    wipe out Israel from the map.

  • To Horace Twiddlepass: You are right. Israel has committed and still does crimes and violations of international law. If all the world criticizes Israel, the whole world can not be totally wrong.
    However, I would like to quote the preamble of the UN Charter: “”We the peoples of the United Nations determined: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind,[…] to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security.”
    Israel has committed its crimes, and has been criticized for them many times, too many times, as this article underlines. However, I don’t remember any condemnation of the terroristic attacks by Hamas, any condemnation of the antisemitic declarations of Iran and others. Also, Hamas still hasn’t been recognized by EU as a terroristic organization. If we’re talking about who’s right and who’s wrong, I could quote Golda Meir, and say “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us”. And you could remind me of the violations of human rights perpetrated by Israel. And we could go on and on, as has happened in the last 60 years.
    But if our aim is peace, and the aim of UN should be it, we have to stop to only condemn Israel and work effectively to have peace. And it starts by treating the Palestinians with the same rights and duties of Israel.

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