Today: UN to adopt 6 resolutions on Israel; uses Islamic name for Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, urges transfer of Golan to Syria
Today: UNGA President Peter Thomson wears Palestinian flag to mark the UN’s “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” as the world assembly prepared to condemn Israel in six Arab-backed resolutions. UN Photo, November 29, 2016.
GENEVA, Nov. 29, 2016 – In an unprecedented move, the president of UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson of Fiji, wore a Palestinian flag around his neck to mark “Palestine Day,” ahead of the body’s scheduled adoption of six resolutions against Israel, part of its annual ritual of enacting 20 Arab-sponsored resolutions singling out the Jewish state. See chart below analyzing today’s resolutions.
One resolution calls on Israel to transfer control of the Golan Heights to Syria, oblivious to the mass killings now being perpetrated by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. (See Time Magazine, “A Rain of Barrel Bombs and Artillery Amid the Desperate Flight From Aleppo“)
Another resolution today condemns Israel for alleged violations in Jerusalem, and uses only the Islamic term for the Temple Mount, ignoring the site’s biblical role in Judaism and Christianity.
The UN’s assault on Israel today with a torrent of one-sided resolutions is surreal.
On a day when forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are attacking Syrian civilians in Aleppo, causing thousands to flee, it is obscene for the UN to adopt a resolution mentioning Syrian territory and invoking the Geneva Conventions and the “protection of civilians” — yet all of which to condemn Israel.
At a time when the Syrian regime is killing its own people by the hundreds of thousands, how can the UN call for even one more human being to be placed under Assad’s bloodthirsty rule?
The timing of today’s text is morally galling, and logically absurd.
And while there will be a total of 20 inflammatory, unbalanced or redundant resolutions against Israel this session, it is telling that not a single UN General Assembly resolution is planned for victims of gross human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Burundi, Turkey, Venezuela, China, or Cuba.
At a time when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his state-controlled media continue to incite their people to stab and shoot Israeli Jews, the UN’s inexplicable response today is to reflexively condemn Israel in six separate resolutions, each of them one-sided and mute on Palestinian abuses.
Today’s resolutions claim to care about Palestinians, yet the UN refuses to say a word for the dozens of Palestinians who in the past few months have been slaughtered, maimed and expelled by Assad’s forces, with more than 3,000 killed since 2011.
Today’s farce at the General Assembly underscores a simple fact: the UN’s automatic majority has no interest in truly helping Palestinians, nor in protecting anyone’s human rights; the goal of these ritual, one-sided condemnations remains the scapegoating of Israel.
The UN’s disproportionate assault against the Jewish state undermines the institutional credibility of what is supposed to be an impartial international body. Politicization and selectivity harm its founding mission, eroding the UN Charter promise of equal treatment to all nations large and small.
UNGA RESOLUTIONS SCHEDULED FOR ADOPTION TODAY
|“Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People” – A/71/L.18||22 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others||“Noting with deep regret the onset of the fiftieth year of the Israeli occupation, and stressing the urgent need for efforts to reverse the negative trends on the ground…|
“[R]equests the Committee to continue [its work] to mobilize international solidarity and support for the Palestinian people…”
|Biased committee is one of the veteran pillars of the UN’s anti-Israel infrastructure. It is the only GA human rights committee devoted to a single cause. Its reports systematically turn a blind eye to Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians. Committee’s mandate concerns Israeli actions only and is inherently prejudiced and one-sided.|
|“Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat” – A/71/L.19||22 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others||“Requests the Division to continue to monitor developments relevant to the question of Palestine, to organize international meetings and activities in support of the Committee’s mandate … to liaise and cooperate with civil society and parliamentarians, including through the Working Group of the Committee and its associated ‘UN Platform for Palestine’, to develop and expand the ‘Question of Palestine’ website and the documents collection of the United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine…”||The DPR serves the biased special committee and is dedicated to spreading anti-Israel propaganda the world over. Its 16-member staff is grossly disproportionate to the UN’s other four divisions which cover enormous geographical regions. The DPR’s work is counter-productive to the peace process and seeks to coordinate international boycotts against Israel instead of seeking bridges for peace. Excludes from its events any NGO that declines to swear fealty to its hardline politics.|
|“Special information program on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat” – A/71/L.20||22 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others||“Recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory…”|
“Requests the Department to continue… its special information programme for 2017-2018, in particular, to organize and promote fact-finding news missions for journalists to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel…”
|The program is one more example of how the neutral UN secretariat is forcibly co-opted by the anti-Israeli forces at the UN. The program eschews a balanced approach by overtly choosing the Palestinian over Israeli narrative, ignoring terrorism against Israeli men, women and children, and other daily realities of Israeli life. Resources devoted to anti-Israel propaganda are taken away from other worthy causes.|
|“Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine” -A/71/L.21||22 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others||“Expressing its grave concern about tensions, provocations and incitement regarding the holy places of Jerusalem, including the Haram al-Sharif, and urging restraint and respect for the sanctity of the holy sites by all sides…”||Blames Israel only for lack of peace. Expresses “concern” that 69 years have passed since the 1947 partition plan, suggesting Israel is at fault when it was the Arab states and Palestinian Arab leaders who uniformly rejected that resolution and initiated hostilities the day after its adoption. Text is redundant to several other resolutions and serves no effect other than demonization. References to terror fail to name its perpetrators, whereas Israel is named and blamed throughout. Uses only the Islamic term “Haram al-Sharif” when referring to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, ignoring Jewish and Christian religion and history.|
|“Jerusalem” – A/71/L.22||23 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others||“Expressing its grave concern, in particular, about tensions, provocations and incitement regarding the holy places of Jerusalem, including the Haram al Sharif, and urging restraint and respect for the sanctity of the holy sites by all sides…”||Implies that Israeli administration of Jerusalem hinders freedom of religion when in fact the opposite is true—before 1967, Jordan destroyed Jewish holy sites and denied access to Jews, while under Israel all faiths have access to the city and enjoy full freedoms. Uses of uniformly harsh language against Israel that is not used even against regimes like Iran. Repeated passage of annual resolution to address acts from 1980, or matters already covered in other similar resolutions, serve no purpose other than demonization. Uses only the Islamic term “Haram al-Sharif” to describe Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, ignoring Jewish and Christian religion and history.|
|“The Syrian Golan” – A/71/L.8||27 OIC countries including Saudi Arabia & Sudan, and others||“Deeply concerned that Israel has not withdrawn from the Syrian Golan, which has been under occupation since 1967, contrary to the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions…”||Redundant to resolution A/C.4/71/L.15 on “the Occupied Syrian Golan.” Oblivious to genocidal massacres taking place now in Syria and its security implications for Israel and the lives of the civilians of the Golan Heights. Ignores Syria’s history of shelling Israeli communities, its leader’s calls for a “war of annihilation” against Israel, and Syria’s 1967 aggression that led to its loss of the territory.|