The Obama administration enables anti-Semitism at the United Nations
The Times of Israel reports that United States ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is in Israel:
“Bias has extended well beyond Israel as a country, Israel as an idea,” she said of the UN and particularly the UN Human Rights Council.
“Israel is just not treated like other countries,” she added during a Q&A session, while also maintaining that there are legitimate criticisms of the Jewish state.
Israeli officials have long complained that the United Nations is biased against the Jewish state. Newly minted Israeli envoy Danny Danon recently accused Turtle Bay of being anti-Semitic in its criticism of Israel.
But Power said the issue wasn’t the world body but the countries that make it up, expressing hope that it can improve.
“When we see bias, injustice or the continuation of strife within the United Nations, it is not because the UN created all of this, it is because the UN gathers governments and gathers problems, and being in the UN doesn’t change the biases of those governments,” she said.
First, this is wrong. The United Nations itself promotes anti-Israel rhetoric and efforts to treat the only Jewish state differently from all other members. With U.S. participation, it interceded to investigate the Gaza flotilla incident, a denigration of Israel’s sovereignty and ability to investigate and remedy its own conduct. As a body, the U.N. again and again takes up anti-Israel resolutions. The U.N. tolerates, and by its silence condones, anti-Semitism.Just one example sums up the body’s attitude:
On 11 March 1997, the Palestinian representative charged, in a chamber packed with 500 people including the representatives of 53 states and hundreds of non-governmental organizations, that the Israeli Government had injected 300 Palestinian children with the HIV virus. Despite the repeated interventions of the Governments of Israel and the US, and UN Watch, this modern Blood Libel stands unchallenged and unrefuted on the UN record. No appropriate action by any UN body or official has been taken to date.
Nevertheless, there is plenty the administration could do or could cease doing to deter attempts to delegitimize the Jewish state (other than defund the U.N. in its entirety):
1. It could pull its guidance to label separately Israeli goods made in the West Bank, a step that we do not take with regard to other territorial disputes.
2. Since the U.N. Human Rights Council has proved itself as bad, if not worse, with our presence, the United States should withdrawal.
3. The administration could cease efforts to restore funding to entities that recognize a Palestinian State, in contravention of the Oslo Accords.
4. Senior U.S. officials could cease using barnyard epithets to refer to the elected prime minister of Israel.
5. It could pursue human rights violations in states that routinely excoriate Israel with the same fervor that anti-Israel states pursue their own agenda.
6. Power could make similar remarks not in Israel, where she is applauded, but in virulently anti-Israel locales where leaders and other people need to hear strong words.
7. The administration could make clear that there will be diplomatic consequences for countries that pursue an anti-Israel agenda. That may be no more than a diplomatic scolding, but in and of itself that will convey our displeasure.
8. It could investigate and then defund the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which dabbles in anti-Israel
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