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Rejecting Negotiations with Israel
In the course of the first week of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly a great deal of media attention has been paid to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech, which focused on the problem posed by Iran’s nuclear program. By contrast, very little attention was paid to the speech of President Mahmoud Abbas, a speech that offers very little hope of a peace agreement in the near future.
The Beginning: Castro and Qaddafi Take Control of the UNGA Agenda
For close to forty years, the UN has served as the center of a worldwide effort to delegitimize Israel. It started when Fidel Castro and Muammar Qaddafi, after competing for the leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement, decided in the early 1970’s to join in an effort to take control of the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Castro brought to this effort the member states of the Soviet bloc at the UN. Qaddafi brought the Organization of the Islamic Conference (now known as the Organization for Islamic Cooperation).
Recent events have introduced the question of the status of Jerusalem into the political debate. That in turn has produced a good deal of media commentary, reminding the general public of the fact that the seat of government of the State of Israel is Jerusalem, but the U.S. Embassy, as well as other embassies, are located in Tel Aviv. Note has also been taken of the fact that in 1995 Congress called for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but allowed the President to waive that provision of law if a waiver is deemed to be in the national interest. Waivers have been issued, at regular intervals, by Presidents Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama.
Laying the Foundation for another Goldstone Report
Following the conclusion of the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council, at which five resolutions directed against Israel were adopted, the Government of Israel decided to break off all contacts with the Council, and thus with the staff of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Its action was prompted by one of the five resolutions, a resolution “to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission … to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights of the Palestinian people.”
The Real Theme of the Session: Israel-Bashing
On October 24, 2011 the Security Council convened its monthly discussion session on the subject “The Middle East Situation Including the Palestinian Question.” As in other such Security Council discussion sessions, non-members of the Council were given the opportunity to present their views.
At its October 5 meeting in Paris, the 58-member Executive Board of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) voted to recommend the seating of “Palestine” as a member of the organization. This report analyzes and gives further details on the vote.
Although Justice Richard Goldstone issued a statement on April 1, 2011, noting the inaccuracy of what has become known as the Goldstone Report, it is unlikely that the UN will repudiate it, as it has become an important tool used by the UN to delegitimize Israel. Just before Goldstone’s statement, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a “follow-up” resolution to it.
On January 21, 2011 the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) stated their program’s goals for the year. It was made clear that the Palestinian Authority has no plans to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel and instead plans to utilize the UN to impose a peace arrangement on Israel that will establish a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and provide for the migration of up to 4.7 million Palestinians to Israel under the “right of return.” They also called for the State of Palestine to gain membership in the United Nations.
Although it is now well-known that there is an international delegitimization campaign against Israel, what is not well-known is that the UN funds a worldwide propaganda campaign program that consists of coordinated boycotts, divestment, and sanctions to destroy Israel. Within the UN, the main committees that coordinate this program are the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) and the Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), both part of the UN Secretariat.