NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2023 — The United Nations General Assembly yesterday adopted eight resolutions that single out or condemn Israel, and zero on the entire rest of the world.
The texts were adopted by two committees of the General Assembly made up of all 193 U.N. member states, the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, and the Economic and Financial Committee. Countries will formally vote again on a second reading in December when the GA plenary rubber stamps the resolutions.
The eight texts condemn Israel for “repressive measures” against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights and reaffirm the mandates of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and of the U.N.’s “special committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.” (Click here for texts and voting sheets.)
“The U.N.’s assault on Israel with a torrent of one-sided resolutions, just one month after the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, and on the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht, is surreal,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental watchdog organization.
“The only purpose of these eight lopsided condemnations is to demonize the Jewish state. The world should not be deceived that these annual resolutions advance the cause of peace or human rights in any way.”
“While France, Germany, Sweden and other EU states are expected to support most of the estimated 15 resolutions to be adopted against Israel by December, the same European nations have failed to introduce a single UNGA resolution on the human rights situation in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Algeria, or on 175 other countries,” said Neuer. “Where is their concern for international law and human rights?”
“Three of today’s resolutions concern UNRWA — yet none mentions that the agency’s teachers were just revealed in a new UN Watch report to have celebrated the October 7th massacre against Israeli civilians. One official even called on Hamas to execute Gazans seeking refuge in the south. All EU states are complicit in this conspiracy of silence as they continue to lend financial and political support to UNRWA without demanding major reform.”
“One of today’s resolutions — drafted and co-sponsored by Syria — falsely condemns Israel for ‘repressive measures’ against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights. It’s obscene,” said Neuer.
The resolution condemns Israel for holding on to the Golan Heights, and demands Israel hand the land and its people to Syria.
“It’s astonishing,” said Neuer. “After the Syrian regime has killed half a million of its own people, how can the U.N. call for more people to be handed over to Assad’s rule? The text is morally galling, and logically absurd.”
“And given Iran’s aggressive stance in the area, how can the U.N. effectively demand bringing Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps onto the Golan?”
“Today’s resolutions claim to care about Palestinians, yet the U.N. is oblivious to more than 3,000 Palestinians who have been slaughtered, maimed and expelled by Assad’s forces.”
“Today’s farce at the General Assembly underscores a simple fact: the U.N.’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 is to scapegoat Israel,” said Neuer.
“The U.N.’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 U.N. Charter’s promise of equal treatment to all nations large and small,” Neuer added.
Click here to see the virtually identical 15 U.N. General Assembly resolutions targeting Israel in 2022.