The United Nations remains synonymous in many parts of the world with neutral peacekeeping, but in truth its anti-Israel bias runs very deep, writes Madeline Grant in the Telegraph. Here’s an excerpt.
The reality of the UN’s hypocrisy is very dark indeed. Tomorrow, grotesquely, the Islamic Regime in Iran will become Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Social Forum – just days after a 16-year-old girl was declared brain-dead following an alleged beating by the theocratic regime’s morality police.
The UN’s crippling obsession with Israel is explicitly embedded into its bureaucracy. Sessions of the UN Human Rights Council regularly feature a standing agenda targeting Israel, unique among all member states.
The UNSC has adopted far more resolutions condemning the Jewish state than any other nation. According to the organisation UN Watch, in 2022 there were a total of 15 resolutions condemning Israel, compared with 13 for the rest of the world. This is no coincidence; autocratic regimes frequently propose anti-Israel motions to dominate the voting agenda and deflect from their own domestic human rights abuses.
This wouldn’t matter so much provided people were honest about it; yet the UN remains a byword in many parts of the world for peacekeeping and attempts to create prosperity. We and other leading nations in the West send many of our finest diplomats and aid workers there. In recent weeks, it has repeatedly been invoked as an impartial international body, rather than a talking-shop of often grossly corrupt member states, whose activities at the UN reflect their own priorities (and prejudices).
Naturally, the alarming wave of global anti-Semitism has passed without censure. In Paris, Jewish schools are being evacuated amid bomb threats and Jewish homes marked out for vandalism. A would-be pogrom erupted at an airport in Dagestan in the Russian North Caucasus, where a violent mob trawled the tarmac looking for Jews.
The UN, which was formed in the midst of the great declaration of “Never Again” following the Second World War, has nothing to say about these developments. Nor has it voted to condemn the October 7th terror attacks that precipitated the Israel-Hamas war. How many more stars of David have to be scrawled on the doors of Jewish homes, schools, synagogues and businesses in the capitals of Europe before the UN realises that “again” is now?
Worth reading in full.
Stop Press: Richard Kemp notes that this week the UN General Assembly “overwhelmingly passed an Arab-initiated resolution to deny Israel’s right to self-defence following the horrific assault on October 7th. While refusing to name Hamas as the aggressor, the UN called for an immediate ‘humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities'”. Ominously, the U.K. abstained rather than joining with the U.S. and others in opposing it.