March 21, 2006

Today is the UN's "Anti-Racism Day"

In the course of their history, the UN have taken great pains to denounce virtually each and every form of racism. It has formed programs to fight racism — including xenophobia — but had all the time refused to do anything against anti-Semitism.

Only on November 24, 1998, more than 50 years into their history, the word "anti-Semitism" was first mentioned in a UN resolution, appearing near the end of GA Res. A/53/623, "Elimination of Racism and Racial Discrimination."

Since the Seventies when UN's original 55 members had grown into a membership of more than 150, many of these member nations having never known anything even faintly like freedom or democracy, the UN has become a carrier of virulent antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

Statements like “Is it not the Jews who are exploiting the American people and trying to debase them?” by Libyan UN Representative Ali Treiki, “The Talmud says that if a Jew does not drink every year the blood of a non-Jewish man, he will be damned for eternity” by Saudi Arabian delegate Marouf al-Dawalibi before the 1984 UN Human Rights Commission conference on religious tolerance or the claim of the Palestinian representative to the UN Human Rights Commission on March 11, 1997 that the Israeli government had injected 300 Palestinian children with the HIV virus remain unchallenged.

The 1991 nominal repeal of the resolution libeling Zionism hasn't changed much of the facts. The same month the repeal was made, the UN's General Assembly passed four new one-sided resolutions against Israel:

On December 9, 1991, Israel's handling of the intifada was condemned by a vote of 150-2.

On the 11th, it voted 104-2 for a resolution calling for a UN-sponsored peace conference that would include the PLO and voted 142-2 to condemn Israeli behavior toward Palestinians in the territories.

On December 16 — the very day it repealed the Zionism measure — the UN voted 152-1, with the U.S. abstaining, to call on Israel to rescind a Knesset resolution declaring Jerusalem its capital, to demand Israel's withdrawal from “occupied territories,” including Jerusalem and to denounce Israeli administration of the Golan Heights.

Another resolution expressed support for Palestinian self-determination and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

In their anticipating obedience towards the oil-rich Arab countries, the United Nations have considerably weakened the international fight against global terrorism. The General Assembly, so taken with the cause of Palestinian self-determination, has so far shown little interest in the plights of, for example, the Kurds or the Karabagh Armenians.

Palestinian Arab refugees, different from all other refugee groups worldwide, enjoy the support of their very own UN agency: UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. All other refugee groups het their help from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Since 1951 by means of legal protection and emergency relief, UNHCR has successfully helped more than 25 million refugees to make a new start.

No lasting solution has been found for Palestinian Arab refugees since 1948. The UNRWA defines Palestinian Arab refugees as "persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict." Different from that, the UNHCR definition, which is the international norm, defines a refugee as someone who "is outside his/her country of nationality or habitual residence; has well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion; and is unable or unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country, or to return there, for fear of persecution." Why is that? The UNRWA was founded by General Assembly Resolution 302 in December 1949. From the beginning the agency had an extraordinary degree of freedom, mostly due to the influence of UN's Arab members. Thus it was free to set up its own definitions, rules and guidelines, which were amazingly different from those of the UNHCR and put the Palestinian Arabs in a grossly privileged position, which, of course, can be, and IS, seen as a generous invitation to apply terrorism as a legal means.

Happy "Anti-Racism Day", UN!

(Thanks to The Jewish Virtual Library for some of the information!)