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The United Nation’s Bias Against Israel
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The United Nations General Assembly has called a total of ten emergency special sessions. The topic of one was the Suez Canal. Another concerned the Soviet invasion of Hungary. One was about the Congo Crises and another about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The other six all condemned Israel. No emergency session was called in response to the genocide in Rwanda. No emergency session was called for the ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia, or twenty years of human rights violations and atrocities in Sudan.

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva has two agenda items dealing with alleged human rights violations. These are respectively items eight dealing with Israel and nine dealing with every other nation on the face of the planet. Why does Israel have its own agenda item? Is it because the partition of British Palestine into two separate Jewish and Arab states is a unique situation? The partition of British India in August of 1947 displaced fifteen million refugees with one hundred million decedents. The United Nations remained outside of the conflict.

Following a mass scale oil-embargo of third world and African nations supporting Israel on the part of the Arab nations, the United Nations passed resolution 3379 stating that ‘Zionism is racism.’ The resolution is commonly cited in arguments against Israel and Zionism. It was not until the Declaration of Principles in 1993 that the UNHRC condemned anti-Semitism as racism. Resolution 3379 and the “Zionism is Racism,” creed was revoked around this same time. (It should be noted that prior to this time it was common for Arab representatives to storm out of the General Assembly every time an Israeli spokesman was put on the stand, but in 1994 only Iran’s representative refused to listen.)

Although the United Nations calls for Israel to acknowledge the Geneva Convention, the Jewish state is restricted from participating in U.N-Geneva based activities.

The United Nations is divided into five geopolitical regional groups. Excluded from these groups nations are denied a means to distribute post for the General Assembly comities. Since the regional groups also control elections to all UN-related positions nations omitted from their grouping are also unable to find equal representation in the supposedly democratic UN system. Arab nations have blocked Israel’s membership in Asian Regional Group, Israel’s geopolitical grouping.

Historically, the Jewish people have maintained a continuous presence in the Middle East, Persian Gulf, and Northern Africa for more than 2,500 years. By comparison most of the Arabs (and Jews for that matter,) in Palestine had migrated within the last hundred years. Although considered second class since the conquest of Islam, the Jews were nonetheless granted citizenship in Aden, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Immediately after the UN partitioned eighty percent of the British Mandate to the Arabs and twenty percent to the Jews the Arab/Muslim world launched a genocidal campaign against the Jews. Five Arab nations attacked Israel with the intention of obliterating the fledgling nation.

Meanwhile in Syria Jews were being raped, mugged, brutalized, and slaughtered in the streets as pogroms erupted in the town of Aleppo. In Iraq any Jew suspected of being a Zionist was subject to capital punishment. The Jewish Center in Cairo was bombed. Aden and Yemen initiated pogroms eradicate the Jews. In Libya and many other nations the Jews had their citizenship revoked and were forcibly expelled from their homes. When the French were gone Algeria’s Nazi-like system of issuing anti-Jewish laws caused the violent expulsion of the vast majority of that nation’s 160,000 Jews. Every single Arab regime issued official decrees and legislations that denied the Jews both human and civil rights, expropriated all Jewish property, stripped them of their citizenship, stripped them of means of livelihood, and pushed them from their homelands. The Jews were massacred, tortured, humiliated, and subjected to arbitrary arrest and detention.

The United Nation’s official number of Palestinian Arab refugees (most of whom had migrated to Palestine within the last one hundred years,) displaced by the conflict of 1948 is 726,000. The United Nation’s official number on Jewish refugees (who’d maintained their presence and citizenship in their respective countries for thousands of years and, unlike the Arabs in Palestine, identified themselves as members of the people within their geographical location) displaced from Arab countries is 850,000. Jewish individual and communal properties were confiscated all across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf with absolutely no compensation from the Arabs.

Both the Palestinian and Jewish refugees intentionally tried to remain refugees but incentives provided at great expense of the nation of Israel brought the vast majority of Jewish refugees to settle in Israel by 1972.

Since 1948 there have been less than seven hundred UN General Assembly resolutions dealing with virtually every aspect of conflict in the Middle East and more one hundred of these refer specifically to the ‘plight of the Palestinian refugees.’ Not one makes a specific mention of or expresses concern for the plight of the Jewish refugees. This is ironic since there were 124,000 more Jewish refugees than the Palestinian Arab refugees and the Arabs expulsed from Palestine did not even consider it their homeland but rather identified themselves with their respective Arab nations. It is also ironic because 70% of the Palestinian Arabs who became refugees left Israel of their own volition. Many feared war itself and others were encouraged by Arab and Muslim authorities. Less than 30% ever saw a single Israeli soldier. The Jewish refugees were forced out by Arab brutality.

In March of 2002 Israel raided two UN refugee camps for Palestinians claiming that they’d received fire from within the facility. The UN denied this accusation but the raids uncovered illegal arms caches, bomb factories, and Kassam-2 rockets specifically designed for reaching Israel’s population centers from Westbank and Gaza. During the raid in Gaza Israeli stirred controversy by blasting a UN shelter. They claimed to have taken mortar fire from within the compound. The UN denied but both Palestinian and Israeli eye witness testified to having seen mortar shells fired from the compound.

Anne Bayefsky--a human rights scholar and activist holding a B.A., M.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto and an M.Litt. from Oxford University and currently a professor at York University, Toronto, Canada a barrister and solicitor, Ontario Bar; and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute where her areas of expertise include international human rights law, equality rights, and constitutional human rights law discussed the UN’s bias against Israel in June of 2004 stating:

“There has never been a single resolution about the decades-long repression of the civil and political rights of 1.3 billion people in China, or the more than a million female migrant workers in Saudi Arabia being kept as virtual slaves, or the virulent racism which has brought 600,000 people to the brink of starvation in Zimbabwe. Every year, UN bodies are required to produce at least 25 reports on alleged human rights violations by Israel, but not one on an Iranian criminal justice system which mandates punishments like crucifixion, stoning, and cross-amputation. This is not legitimate critique of states with equal or worse human rights records. It is demonization of the Jewish state.”

Why does the UN continuously attack Israel while ignoring these other crimes against humanity?
Well, The United Nations did not care about the communist takeover of South Vietnam. Yet, whenever Saddam captured Kuwait and gained control of one tenth of the world’s oil they suddenly cared. The United Nations didn’t pass the resolutions condemning Zionism as racism until the oil embargo of the Arab nations. After the embargo was dropped the resolution was released…. Japan, the UK, virtually every nation outside of the US puts a priority on trade with the Arab nations over trade with the Israeli nations. (The United State’s number one trade partner is Canada, which contains 16% of the world’s oil supply. Because of this the US is also less reliant on Arab oil than the rest of the world.)

What are your thoughts? (An extensive list of online sources is available upon request, and further sources are available via e-mail transfer.)

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I don't think it's so much about oil but who's involved.
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leviathan343 wrote:

I don't think it's so much about oil but who's involved.


Care to elaborate?
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The history is repeating again.. another Holocaust... but this time the victims are killers...
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The UN is racist and politically weak. They don't care about human rights, they condemn Israel but ignore violations in other parts of the world. Especially in Africa and the Arab world. They don't want to upset their oil buddies in the Middle East and they love to pick on Israel because that's the popular thing to do. The majority of the world does not support Israel, and they do it because of Arab intimidation. The UN doesn't really care, what are they doing in Sudan while Muslim terrorists are killing and starving thousands of Christians and other non Muslims in the region? What about the religious freedoms that are stripped from people in the Middle East? What about the recent violations done by Iran during the protests of the presidency? The UN does nothing, they ignore it, and they feel no problem in ignoring it.
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khryzalids wrote:

The history is repeating again.. another Holocaust... but this time the victims are killers...


Agreed accept they havent gave it a name yet once the truth clears up they will call it the arab something.

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leviathan343 wrote:

I don't think it's so much about oil but who's involved.


Care to elaborate?


I think it has more to do with relations between Israel and the United States and the perceptions of the other U.N. members towards it (and undercurrents of discrimination towards Jews). Obviously I have way less information to back my assertions.
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leviathan343 wrote:

I think it has more to do with relations between Israel and the United States and the perceptions of the other U.N. members towards it (and undercurrents of discrimination towards Jews). Obviously I have way less information to back my assertions.


Why should they disprove of our relationship with Israel? It's obviously not for humanitarian reasons.
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UN is a joke, like this topic.
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UN is a joke, like this topic.


How is this topic a joke?
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khryzalids wrote:

The history is repeating again.. another Holocaust... but this time the victims are killers...


Agreed accept they havent gave it a name yet once the truth clears up they will call it the arab something.



What are your comments about the opening post? Since you often cite UN resolutions in your arguments I’m interested in your opinion on this. Because if the UN is biased against Israel, and I very much think they are, then why should Israel acknowledge any of these resolutions?
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SeraphAlford wrote:


drizza wrote:


khryzalids wrote:

The history is repeating again.. another Holocaust... but this time the victims are killers...


Agreed accept they havent gave it a name yet once the truth clears up they will call it the arab something.



What are your comments about the opening post? Since you often cite UN resolutions in your arguments I’m interested in your opinion on this. Because if the UN is biased against Israel, and I very much think they are, then why should Israel acknowledge any of these resolutions?


Nah it wasnt just thought khryzalids made a good point he was saying the people who been through the holocaust the victims are now causing a new holocaust for the Palestinians. I read the topic and lost interest because really I am tired of Israel being seen as some innocent country being picked on. Like they are the victims or someone being bias towards them when clearly their actions towards the Palestinians is wrong and unjust and the only reason why the can keep getting away with it unpunished is because of the USA vetoing everything against them. You dont even have to be an expert on the issue to see who is being treated badly. I wont elaborate further because these usually go off topic to who is wrong in this conflict Israel or Palestine.

The one thing I agree on Digs with is the UN is useless and you can see that on how they deal with this issue.
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drizza wrote:

.I wont elaborate further because these usually go off topic...


So let’s get on topic. I’m not saying Israel is innocent and I’m not saying it’s a good state. I’m asking you what you think about all this evidence that the UN is unfairly biased against Israel and its implications. Do you think the UN, given this information, is bias against Israel? If so, why should Israel acknowledge the UN? If not, why not?
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SeraphAlford wrote:


Real_ZERO wrote:

UN is a joke, like this topic.


How is this topic a joke?


If Israel isn't an innocent state, how would the condemnation of her be a bias?


your wonder is why there's always a concern of UN for the situations in Israel/Palestine? in other words, Why does UN focus on Israel?
This would be a legitimate question, if there's any other country was established like the way Israel been, I'll have to agree with you that there's a bias against her.


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Real_ZERO If Israel isn't an innocent state, how would the condemnation of her be a bias? your wonder is why there's always a concern of UN for the situations in Israel/Palestine? in other words, Why does UN focus on Israel? This would be a legitimate question, if there's any other country was established like the way Israel been, I'll have to agree with you that there's a bias against her.


This would be a legitimate question if there’s any other country that has been established the way that Israel has? Zero, what are you talking about? Did you read my post? There have been plenty of nations formed the exact same way as Israel. So, the question is legitimate by your own standard.


Now then, condemning Israel on equal grounds is not a bias. However, the United Nations condemns Israel to a greater degree (read opening post,) for lesser sins. Fostering bomb manufacturing facilities used to attack Israel in Palestinian refugee camps and then condemning Israel for raiding the camps is certainly bias…

Instead of trying to discredit the post, how about you try an honest approach and simply adress the content?
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