To Hell with the the United Nations

This is another gem witten by Prof. Paul Eidelberg.  Needless to say I think he’s completely right, and the shame of  having had Trygve Lie as a “Statesman” in Norway is another blot on the line of Quisling.

We are getting pretty shame-heavy in this country, sorry to say.  The grotesque Kåre Willoch is just another voice in the choir of jihadist fellow travellers and open Nazists.

 

To Hell With the United Nations (I)

 

Prof. Paul Eidelberg

 

It is of paramount importance to reveal the evil character of the United Nations.

 

On November 7, 1975, Kurt Waldheim, who had successfully concealed his former Nazi affiliation, was secretary-general of the UN.[1] On that momentous day the UN conferred on the Palestine Liberation Organization, a consortium of terrorists, observer status in the General Assembly … Three days later, on November 10, 1975, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 3376, establishing a “Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.” On that same day, which was the 37th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), the General Assembly adopted Resolution 3379 by a vote of 72 to 35 (with 32 abstentions), which states that “Zionism is Racism.” The resolution also severely condemned Zionism as a threat to world peace and security and called upon all countries to oppose this “racist” and “imperialist” ideology. Thus commenced a worldwide campaign to delegitimize and even deJudaize Israel. In fact, the PLO had adopted the Arab line that the Jews do not constitute a nation but a religion and therefore are not entitled to statehood.

 

The resolution was adopted despite strong opposition by Israel’s supporters, most notably the United States delegation under the leadership of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then U.S. Ambassador to the UN. Moynihan believed that the resolution would revive anti-Semitism: “A great evil has been loosed upon the world. The abomination of anti-Semitism … has been given the appearance of international sanction.”[2]

 

Professor Alex Grobman notes that one immediate result of Resolution 3379 “was that it helped enlist the support of the Third World against Israel, reminded the West of its silence during the Holocaust, and awakened ‘guilt complexes [concerning the Palestinians] in Western Circles.’”[3] John Bolton, then Assistant U.S Secretary of State for International Operations, goes further: “In the UN, words take on a life of their own. To declare as ‘racist’ the historical and cultural underpinnings of a state is tantamount to branding that state an international criminal, for racism is a crime enumerated in the Genocide Convention and numerous other instruments accepted under international law.”[4] Jeanne J. Kilpatrick, who succeeded Moynihan at the UN, fearfully observed that a racist state has “no rights at all, not even the right to defend itself.”[5]

It was not until 1991 that the UN formally rescinded Resolution 3379, thanks very much to Mr. Bolton’s tireless efforts. Bolton, a no-nonsense diplomat, urged every member of the UN to undo the General Assembly’s notorious resolution, quoting from memory Senator Moynihan’s avowal: “The United States declares that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act.” But the damage had already been done, and could not be undone so long as the PLO exploited its status in the UN to undermine Israel.…

 

Fred Fleitz, former senior adviser to ambassador Bolton, exposes UN waste and corruption and the resulting human costs. His book, Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s: Causes, Solutions, and U.S. Interests, provides a comprehensive and highly critical assessment of the UN. He shows how the failed UN mission in Bosnia led to unmitigated atrocities; how the UN debacle in Somalia emboldened terrorists the world over; how the UN operation in Cambodia enabled a ruthless dictator, Hun Sen, to consolidate and retain power in that country; how the UN peacekeeping operation in Haiti collapsed, with the billions of dollars squandered on it, principally benefiting Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide….

 

To all this, add the UN-sponsored Durban Conference, a vicious instrument of anti-Semitism and Israel-bashing. Caroline Glick excoriates the UN for its hostile record toward Israel. To paraphrase some of her remarks:

 

(1) The UN has passed resolution after resolution, in the Security Council, in the General Assembly, and in its Human Rights Council that deny Israel its legal right, under Article 51 of the UN Charter, to defend itself against aggression.

(2) The UN Conference on Racism effectively reinstated the General Assembly’s definition of Zionism as racism and thus denied that Israel has the legal right to exist under international law. The UN Human Rights Council even passed a resolution endorsing Palestinian terrorism against Israel.

(3) Decade after decade the UN has followed a consistent and coherent policy regarding only one issue: to advance anti-Semitism by systematically and illegally discriminating against the Jewish state all the time and everywhere. In so doing, the UN has lost even the semblance of legitimacy as a world government. It cannot be regarded as a body responsible for enforcing international law, because in its systematic discrimination against Israel, it stands in breach of international law as embodied in its own charter’s determination that all member states are to be treated equally.”[6]

 

In 1975, when the UN General Assembly awarded permanent representative status to the PLO, it established, as mentioned, a “Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People” (hereafter called the “PLO Committee”). The committee became a propaganda apparatus, issuing stamps, organizing meetings, and preparing films and draft resolutions in support of Palestinian “rights.”

 

Prompted by the PLO Committee, the General Assembly has passed annual resolutions that repeatedly condemn Israel. The following resolutions—a few of countless others—tell the story:[7]

 

●Resolution 58/18—Palestinain Rights: This resolution asks for full cooperation with the PLO Committee, which is needed in order to mobilize the international community and non-governmental organizations against Israel.

 

● Resolution 58/21—Palestinian Statehood: This resolution [purveys the myth] that a “peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine is the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict” and necessary for peace in the entire Middle East, and further, that Israel alone must take several measures to achieve peace with the Palestinians. It implies that Israel is fully to blame for the start of the conflict because of the “illegality of Israeli settlements in the territory occupied since 1967 and of Israeli actions aimed at changing the status of Jerusalem.”

 

● Resolution 58/22—Jerusalem: This resolution reiterates the United Nations’ contention that “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purported to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, in particular the so-called ‘Basic Law’ on Jerusalem and the proclamation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, were null and void and must be rescinded forthwith,” and that any laws Israel imposes on Jerusalem are “illegal” and invalid….

 

● Resolution 58/92—This resolution endorses the Palestinian position on the so-called “Right of Return,” where all Palestinian refugees and their descendants would have the right to settle in the place of their former homes in Israel before 1967. … The General Assembly, however, has already decided the outcome. It knows full well that allowing four million hostile Arabs into Israel would terminate the Jewish state. (To be continued.)

 


[1] See Alex Grobman, Nations United: How the United Nations Undermines Israel and the West (Green Forest, AR: Balfour Books, 2006), 39: “Waldheim was an intelligence officer on the staff of General Alexander Lochr, the Supreme Commander of Wehrmacht forces in the Balkans, during brutal military campaigns against Yugoslav partisans and the deportation of more than 70,000 Greek Jews to Auschwitz. Many of his superior officers were convicted of war crimes.” In April 1987, the U.S. Justice Department added Waldheim’s name to the list of people prohibited from entering the United States because he was “morally complicit” and “assisted or otherwise participated in the persecution of persons because of race, religion, natural origin, or political opinion.”

[2] Cited in Grobman, 144.

[3] Grobman, 40.

[4] Grobman, 40.

[5] Grobman, 41.

[6] Jerusalem Post, Oct. 4, 2002, 1.

[7] See “One-Sided: The Relentless Campaign Against Israel in the United Nations. A Report on 2003-2004 General Assembly Resolutions on the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” The American Jewish Committee (Sept. 2004).  


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