Jewish Journal

Hate, courtesy of the UN

by Noga Gur-Arieh

April 24, 2013 | 12:03 pm

Richard Falk, a UN official, referred to the Boston Marathon in a column he wrote for the Foreign Policy Journal , saying the US "had it coming" because of its policy around the world and specifically in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yes, that's right. A respected person who works for the United Nations Human Council, no less, said that the horrifying event which killed three people and injured 170- happened because of the "The American global domination project," his words.

"The war drums are beating at this moment in relation to both North Korea and Iran, and as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy."- Yes, he wrote this, too. A UN official related the long lasting American-Israeli friendship to lack of peace and justice in the entire world, and blamed an act of terrorism on the US foreign affairs. The moment you let this sentence sink, you realize just how much it lack any grip on the ground, and who much it reeks of hate.

Yes, there are haters out there. Hate surrounds us all the time, especially in the internet age, when the fingers are light on the keyboard, and words that can kill spread faster than the locust in Egypt and southern Israel nowadays. However, as sad as the phenomenon of hate amongst people, it becomes twice as sad, pathetic and worrying when it comes directly from the UN.

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945, right after WW2, in an attempt to prevent a third world war.  In 1945, only 51 countries were members of the UN. Today, there are 193 members there, who discuss various international issues. According to the UN official website: "The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programs) affect our lives and make the world a better place…."

There's no doubt that throughout the years, not only that a third World War was prevented, but the UN also managed to achieve many of its goals and purposes. However, something has happened in recent years (or maybe it always existed): the world's most important organization, became biased. The organization meant to be a sanctuary from hate or lack of justice, lost its balance and became unreliable and by that- almost useless in achieving its goals. It happened when the UN decided to make Israel its target. Just like that. The organization which acknowledged Israel's right for existence not too long ago, found itself bashing, striking and hating, almost blindly.

I am not saying that there is no room for criticizing Israel, because there is. And  an organization as respected as the UN should and must make smart criticizes when a country in the world deserves it. But it is not the case.  The United Nations not only put Israel at the top of its hit list, but also neglected the places that should and must be treated to due to human rights violations and other crimes against humanity. It's almost funny, how this works. Our neighbor, Assad, is butchering its citizens, day and night, just because he feels like it, and he is doing this without a care in the world, because the UN is so busy with "discussing Israel's treatment to the Palestinians." Yes, there are issues here, and many problems to discuss, but "Israel's treatment to the Palestinians" is a part of a long-lasting conflict, which involves actions from the other side, such as suicide bombing, stone-throwing, missile firing and more. 

The UN finds this conflict as the most important issue to discuss. So important, that it neglects, almost completely, the rest of the world, where actual crimes are committed. StandWithUs organization gathered some dry information about the UN's activities. In its entire existence, there were 46,000 deaths in Israel, including casualties of war. This status got Israel to the top of the list of the UN's condemnations list, with 223 condemnations. In Nigeria, Africa, the death toll stands at 1 million deaths, and not accordingly, zero UN condemnations. In North Korea, 2 million deaths and only ten condemnations, Sudan- 2.25 million deaths and 45 condemnations, Cambodia- 3 million deaths and 14 condemnations , not to mention China.

But worse than condemnations is the action, or actually- lack of action. People are being methodically and systematically killed- why doesn't the world do something? Why is the UN, which is supposed to be "best known for peacekeeping," is busy in throwing arrows towards Israel and turning the world against us, while blood is spilled in so many places worldwide? Why is a UN official, who sees himself as a peace activist, puts so much effort in explaining why the US "had it coming" because it is helping Israel, AKA "the devil," instead of truly attempting to bring peace to the world? Why does the UN spread hate instead of bringing peace?

No, Falk is not a peace activist. A person who calls himself a peace activist and only fight against Israel is not a peace activist. Nor is an organization who does the same thing. If a person makes a list of countries who, in his opinion, violating human rights, and choose to put Israel on that list, it is his right (although I may disagree). But when a person makes that list, and Israel is the only country on that list, that person is not a peace activist. He is an Israel hater.


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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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