Monday, January 9, 2017

U.N. Betrays Its Founding Principles

Chamber of Horrors

The United Nations was founded  (on October 24, 1945) after the end of the Second World War with much promise and with a need and a desire for success, which was important to its founding members, given what happened to its predecessor, the League of Nations. Soon after coming into existence, on November 29, 1947, it voted to give a homeland to the Jewish People, after almost two thousand years of being a people without a nation. It was a good decision.

Yet, since 1967 in particular (after Israel’s decisive victory in the Six-Day War), the United Nations has devolved and regressed, having found the “Palestinian cause” a convenient and effective weapon to use against Israel. No other nation receives so much condemnation, including from its supposed European allies, which go to great lengths to “bully” Israel into submission. It’s an old trope, based on hate and nothing more, so it did not take much effort for the European heads of state to become willing accomplices in this enterprise of hate. What is important in their calculation is that Israel requires punishment for its successes and, even more, for its very existence.

To say that this international body is no friend of Israel is an understatement; it is even worse than this. Such is the premise of the following well-written article, by Rabbi Aryeh Spero, in American Thinker, which pulls no punches in describing the shameful action of this NY-based body that made another resolution (U.N. Security Council Res. 2334against Israel, which the United States failed to veto—itself a surprise and a disappointment. In “They Clapped while They Took Away Jerusalem from the Jews” (January 4, 2017), Rabbi Spero writes:
Normally, when the U.N. Security Council passes a resolution, a vote is taken and the result recorded. Period. Something very unusual happened after the Security Council voted to declare Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria as Arab/Islamic land. The representatives of the nations applauded and celebrated what they had just done by giving themselves a standing ovation [Ed: see here]. They clapped not so much in behalf of what they gave to “Palestinians” but more so in declaring the Jewish tie to the Old City of Jerusalem as illegitimate and Israel’s attachment to the Temple Mount and Judea and Samaria as illegal. It was a celebration by too many of the nations of the world against the history of the Jewish People and their Covenant to the Holy Land. It was an act of anti-Semitism.
Can anyone with a conscience really call it anything else? That they applaud the dismantling and the destruction (may it never be so!) of the integrity of Israel, the only Jewish nation, says so much more than this paragraph. It brings to memory thousands of years of many such acts that have in it a desire to not only humiliate but to destroy the Jewish People and its sense of history, purpose and unity.

Further down in the same article (and I recommend that you read the complete piece), Rabbi Spero writes :
Nations concerned about the need to retain Muslim enclaves are gleefully ready to evict Jews from their millennium-old Jewish Quarter within Jerusalem. Fine gentleman that don’t want “facts-on-the-ground Jewish settlements” have no problem with Muslims and Arabs establishing their own facts-on-the-ground settlements in that very contested land of Judea and Samaria, the West Bank. High-minded representatives that speak of tolerance and multi-culturalism have no problem with Palestinian Muslims declaring that Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria must be Judenrein. This open hypocrisy and cavalier indifference -- the two differing set of rules -- are nothing but historic, garden variety anti-Jewishness.
The resolution will not accomplish its putative  purpose; it will not bring about or lead to peace in the Middle East. It will likely make it worse, embolden the already emboldened cutthroats and criminals, who need little excuse for violence. Of course the Jews worldwide are concerned, including this writer, since we are well-aware of history and how the situation can turn ugly; it would give us a sense of (re)assurance if non-Jews showed some concern, as well. and showed us and the world that the State of Israel is not alone in this fight—if only to know that you are doing the right thing at a difficult period in history. Now is the time for the coalition of the willing in a battle against a common enemy that has shown a hatred of all things Western.

Regardless, Israel will survive, and this resolution has a silver lining: it has caused many long-time liberal Jews (including this one) to review and rethink its political positions and party affiliations. (The Democratic Party, which has long taken Jewish support for granted, will likely come out the loser.) As to the long-term existence of the U.N., I am not sure if its survival is now particularly relevant or necessary.

For more, go to [AmericanThinker]

Bedlam: “Applause broke out in the 15-member Security Council’s chambers after the vote on the measure, which passed 14 to 0, with the United States ambassador, Samantha Power, raising her hand as the lone abstention,” reports The New York Times.
Source: NYT