Jewish Journal

Wake up, Ban Ki-Moon!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

August 11, 2014 | 8:38 am

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, image via Reuters.

Mr. Ban,

By the time these words are being written, about half of the world population knows that you and the organization you lead are a fraud.

You may think we're blinded by the United Nations' original purpose, but it's not 1945 anymore, and your organization is no longer "committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights." (a direct quote from the UN website.) In recent years, it has become more and more obvious that you put a picture of Israel on your dartboard. Since its inception in 2006, the United Nations Human Rights Council had condemned Israel in 50 resolutions – more than the rest of the world. Moreover, as of July 2014, the council had held 6 urgent sessions regarding Israel – more than any other country in the world. To compare, there were 4 urgent sessions regarding Syria, zero regarding Afghanistan, 1 regarding Sudan, 1 regarding Libya, zero regarding Iraq.

In the latest "urgent meeting," on July 23, 2014, the majority of the states voted to dispatch urgently "an independent, international commission of inquiry" to investigate "all violations of international human rights laws and international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territory [sic], including East Jerusalem, particularly in the Gaza Strip." The USA objected, and 17 countries abstained. On March 2012, the UNHRC ordered a first probe into how Israel’s West Bank settlements may be infringing on the Palestinians’ rights. At the same time, thousands of people were butchered in Syria and blood flooded the streets there.

These are merely a few examples of the UNHRC's biased way of work, but Mr. Ban, you are no saint either. How do you think it looks like when only several days after you discover Hamas had turned an UNRA school in Gaza into a terror cell, you condemn Israel for attacking it, and return the missiles found in the school to Hamas? Is this the proper way of response to the discovery that a terror organization is using children as human shields? And what about the fact that days after you condemned Israel for attacking Hamas in Gaza from the air, you say nothing to US President Obama when he issues airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq? How come the very same action makes Israel "a war criminal," but not the US? Well, Mr. Ban – your bias starts to show.

The real problem here, though, is not the UN anti-Israel bias, but the way you and your organization ignore the real problems of the world because of that bias. You are so committed to look into Israel, the only real democracy in the Middle East and the most liberal in the area that you neglect to help the people around the world who need you. Besides the Palestinians who thrive for a country of their own, there are the people of Syria, where a civil war has taken the lives of 170,000 so far. Since 2011, their streets are colored in blood red, and the UN is nowhere to be found. In Iraq, the ISIS has been executing Christians, taking over the country and doing as it pleases, and the UN stands aside. In Gaza, Hamas is spending money donated by countries and organizations worldwide on underground terror tunnels instead of its people's welfare, launching rockets from hospitals and schools and crowded neighborhoods – and the UN looks the other way. What about the rise of far-right movements in Europe, and the anti-Semitic violent actions against Jews there? Not to mention the famine in Africa aside the fast-pace spread of the Ebola virus there.

There is so much wrongdoing in the world, and the United Nations, as an organization, must put itself back on track before it will completely lose all legitimacy. Not to say Israel should be condemnation-free, but the day all the world's suffer and human rights violations will focus on just one small piece of land would be a beautiful day for mankind. Until that day will come, please, wake up Ban! If you truly care about this world, look around you, there's plenty to be done outside of Israel's borders.

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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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