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The UN and the Jews

Anne Bayefsky, writing for Commentary Magazine, reports on anti-semitism and the UN:

It was not an event that any of the big newspapers saw fit to cover, but this past December, a draft United Nations resolution condemning anti-Semitism was quietly withdrawn by Ireland, its sponsor in the General Assembly. In a complicated exchange, Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen had promised the measure to his Israeli counterpart Silvan Shalom, but in the end Cowen refused to carry out his side of the bargain, pointing to a lack of consensus on the issue. (Several Arab and Muslim states had objections.) Thus went by the boards what would have been the first-ever General Assembly resolution dealing directly with the problem of anti-Semitism.

And thus, too, has gone much else at the UN in the name of human rights. Indeed, for veteran observers of the goings-on at Turtle Bay, the outcome of the latest session was just one more episode in a long and ugly history. Even when judged against the hypocrisy with which the UN has frequently treated its own founding principles?principles of tolerance, human dignity, and national self-determination?the international body?s abiding hostility to the just claims of Israel and the Jewish people remains a special, and especially egregious, case.

It’s long, but read it all.

(Thanks to Instapundit for the pointer.)

2 comments to The UN and the Jews

  • Ray

    It’s a great article, David. It once again demonstrates that the United Nations is the greatest monument to human hypocracy that has ever been built by man. And John Kerry wants U.S. foreign policy to be more subordinate to the consensus of this organization. No wonder this guy can never answer any question with a yes or no answer.

    Anyway, there is very little that I can add to what Anne Bayefsky wrote in her splendid piece. I will say that modern anti-semitism, and I mean real anti-semitism, not the kind you might read into a Mel Gibson movie about an event 2000 years ago, is not just alive and well, but remains a perfectly acceptable mainstream viewpoint in much of the world. For heaven’s sake, one of the candidates for the Democratic nomination once instigated an anti-semitic race riot in New York and his rivals never even brought the subject up. In much of Europe today, a politician who spoke of Jews the same way as Adolf Hitler spoke of them in say 1923, as corrupting profiteers and as dangerous outsiders not part of the nation, would not be regarded as an extremist. I can think of a half dozen European countries where a young Hitler might stand a chance of becoming head of state in the 21st century. The Third World has embraced anti-semitism as an intellectually valid idea as well, and Jews are slated to be condemned as the last racists on earth, and genocidal ones at that. I predict in the next few decades as the last survivors of the Nazi death camps pass away, Holocaust denial will become a widespead belief among vast numbers of people around the world. It will be said, as it already is in many circles now, that the Holocaust was a lie concocted by wealthy Jews in the aftermath of the Second World War to generate sympathy so that Jewish settlers, financed by Zionist banks, could steal Arab lands. Such beliefs set the stage for a second Holocaust perhaps even more terrible and complete than the first.

    Israel when all is said and done is really the only guarantee, as far as such a thing is possible, that such a thing will not happen again. The U.N. would do nothing to stop it, the Vatican scarcely raised a protest the last time and the U.S. has abandoned more than one ally when the ally became too inconvenient. Ask Pat Buchanan and he’ll give you a half dozen good reasons why we should drop Israel like a hot potato, not even mentioning that he thinks they murdered Jesus.

    Israel ramains the last refuge, the safe haven and the final retreat of anyone who is by religion or ethnicity a Jew. The enemies of the Jewish people at the end of the day know they can boycott, pass resolutions at the U.N., hold international conferences with Jesse Jackson in attendance and even celebrate terrorism, but all but the most deranged recognize that the cost of destroying Israel by force of arms would be prohibitive. There are those commentators who will tell you that it is possible to be anti-Israel without being ant-semitic, which is very much like saying that you are not anti-American, but that you just hate the United States and all it stands for.

  • Tim

    Damn. VERY well put!