Wouldn’t you like to live in a world where the only problem is Israel?
This is the sweet world the 4th committee of the UN General Assembly lives in: On Thursday the committee had adopted 9 resolutions against Israel - and rested. One of the resolutions called for handing over the Golan Heights from Israeli to Syrian control. You read it correctly: the UN 4th committee wants more people to come under the crushing violence of the Syrian civil war.
The 4th committee’s total performance for 2013, as reported by Hillel Neuer of UN Watch, included 22 resolutions against Israel, and 4 dealing with the rest of the world. I wonder how much money was spent this session on sustaining the 4th committee’s fantasy world for another year. How much talent and capabilities of well educated people put into this task: diplomats, lawyers, advisors, interpreters...
One interpreter was struck with a moment of realization this Thursday’s session:
“I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”
Yes, her mic was on. She wasn’t aware of that, and thus a glorious “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” moment was born, documented in this video: [watch on YouTube]
Allow me a short detour: Another UN body, The UN Refugee Agency, uses a clear definition to identify who is a refugee. UNRWA, a UN agency dedicated to Palestinian refugees only, uses a different definition. One of the most surprising truths around the Arab-Israeli conflict is that if the issue of Palestinian refugees was judged similarly to any other human being on this earth, the Palestinian refugee problem would have been insignificant to non-existing. It goes without saying that UNRWA had not achievement the resettlement of a single refugee since its founding, resettlement is not even included in its mandate.
Similarly, the problem with the 4th committee begins with it’s mandate, which includes: “...Decolonization, Palestinian refugees and human rights, peacekeeping, mine action, outer space, public information, atomic radiation and University for Peace.”You won’t find “TIbetan refugees and human rights” on the third or fifth committee’s mandate, not to mention any of the large number of real, terrible human rights crises around the world.
So what does that mean? That the UN is mostly incapable, but is at least handling one of the terrible human rights crises around the world? I wish. The obsession in which the committee deals with a single item on its mandate while abandoning the others, (including “mine action” and even “outer space”), is only one damning evidence of this ridiculous hypocrisy-fest. The committee never addresses the legislated Apartheid practiced against Palestinians in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. It’s not concerned with the grave human rights abuses suffered by Palestinians on their own land under Hamas’ rule in Gaza.
No. The committee’s mandate is to provide one more platform for vilifying Israel, not to help the Palestinians or achieve peace (which would have been much easier without the UN’s constant exacerbating action, stemming from the “original sin”: The different definition of “Palestinian refugee”.) The very branding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a human rights issue is a political fallacy.
The committee is, in fact, simply taking sides. This is politicization and abuse of the worst kind, the one that hijacks resources and platform needed for real agenda items in order to achieve a political goal. The fact that this specific political goal is a violent and un-peaceful one, is an equally disturbing failure. In this crusade, the end justifies all means, even the subjugation of the prosperous population of the Israeli Golan Heights to the reality of Syrian violence and war. How absurd.
The perpetrator of this distorted reality is the automatic majority against Israel in the UN, consisting of the Organization of Islamic Conference (56 countries) and the Non-Aligned Movement (118 countries). Members of these 2 groups will vote for a resolution that blames Israel for global warming, if need be. The Non-Aligned have nothing personal against Israel, but they do against the US, and that’s enough to abandon the moral obligations of the UN’s 4th committee towards humanity and focus on a single, made up villain.
No other indicator reflects the UN’s tragic loss of way stronger than the mounting of entire committees for the sake of the angry desire to undo Israel, a UN member. The spectacle of Israel-hate and anti-Israel action in the UN (from the General Assembly through UNRWA, UNICEF and of course the pathetic UN Commission on Human Rights and its racist creation, the Durban anti-racism[!] process), is a reflection of a world dominated by countries like Sudan, Mauritania, Venezuela and Nigeria, the likes of which sponsor the 4th committee anti-Israel resolutions with great redundancy. The rule of their values and morality is the face of the UN’s harsh anti-Israel policies.
Meanwhile, in the real world, a first Philippine baby was delivered by Israeli doctors in the Israeli field hospital set up following the typhoon.
His parents named him Israel.