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The UN launched its “International Year of Solidarity with Palestinians,” in yet another biased act

by Noga Gur-Arieh

January 21, 2014 | 12:09 pm

Does solidarity with one side only reflect on an honest willingness to end an ongoing conflict, or is it yet another example of the UN’s bigotry and anti-Israel bias?

On Thursday, the United Nations launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On their official announcement, they stated that senior officials “urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and Palestine.” Later on, they announce that they want both sides to coexist, with “an independent, viable and sovereign State of Palestine living alongside a secure State of Israel, where each side recognizes the other’s legitimate rights.”

These are truly lovely words to read, but there’s only one issue and that’s the mismatch between the title of the announcement and the rainbow-colored quotes below. If the UN, in fact, want both sides to live together in peace and resolve the conflict, how come the 2014 is a year of solidarity with only the Palestinians? Does solidarity with one side only reflect on an honest willingness to end an ongoing conflict, or is it yet another example of the UN’s bigotry and anti-Israel bias?

In order to solve an argument, any argument, one must acknowledge that both sides share a certain amount of guilt. In this argument, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, any person in his right mind can see that both sides have their fair share of guilt. Israeli builds on the Palestinians claimed territories, the Palestinians murder innocent civilians. Israeli leaders appear to not willing to compromise within the “peace talks,” Palestinian leaders announce they want Israel and its citizens to drown in the ocean.

The UN, which is supposed to be an impartial international organization, makes an excellent performance in pretending to be the mediator, but time after time treats the Palestinians as martyrs, and the Israelis as aggressor and murderers. Only recently, controversial person yet a top UN official Richard Falk declared that Israel wreaks carnage upon the Palestinians, harboring what he termed “genocidal intent.”  In fact, while fewer innocents died in Israel in recent years than in Somalia or Syria, for instance, Israel has been facing the most condemnations by the UN Human Rights Council.

This façade won’t last long. With every condemnation of Israel, more and more people are becoming aware of the UN’s biased way of work. This, slowly but surely, strip the UN from its legitimization. While Syrian citizens are being executed by a megalomaniac Tyrant and people in Africa starve to death, the UN is busy flipping stones in Israel, searching for something its people are not really doing to accuse them for. 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. The very same organization that acknowledged Israel's right for existence not too long ago, found itself bashing, striking and hating, almost blindly.

Israel is a lot to blame for this conflict, but so does the Palestinian Authority. As we all learned in kindergarten, a problem can only be solved if both sides acknowledge their part of the blame and work together. By supporting one side of the conflict and at the same time stating that “peace must be achieved,” the UN turns itself into one big joke. The conflict, however, is not a laughing matter…

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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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