Expressing concern about increasing violence in “the West Bank” and about the approaching demise of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the United Nations is ramping up international antipathy towards Israel.
The head of the world’s largest diplomatic institution Tuesday put his stamp on the biggest lie of our time, validating as lawful the Arab theft of ancestral Jewish land, endorsing the fable of Palestinian nationhood, and ever-firmly fixing the Israel-is-evil viewpoint in universal thought.
Addressing the annual “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People [SIC]” in New York, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made it clear that the violence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza is not attributable to vicious and intractable Islamic antisemitism, nor to Arab terrorism or rejectionism.
The “drivers of the conflict,” he insisted, are the existence of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and Israel’s efforts to ensure the security of its people there. That the blame is primarily Israel’s was indisputable.
And the solution, declared Guterres, is to allow free movement in and out of the Gaza Strip, to improve the livelihoods of Palestinian Arabs, and to support UNRWA, the UN refugee agency exclusively established for (and mostly staffed by) these Arabs.
Not a word was breathed about holding the PA and Hamas accountable for the endless, bloodthirsty incitement against Israel; no condemnation of the resultant Arab attacks on Jewish civilians (including two murdered just one week earlier in a double bombing attack in Jerusalem); nothing about addressing the anti-Israel hatred that is systemic in Palestinian Arab culture.
Just condemning the terrible Israelis, and making love to the poor Arabs.
“[W]alk a mile in the shoes of Palestinians,” UNGA President Csaba Kőrösi appealed to the hall of delegates, so that you can feel what they feel, and then bring “the leverage of your governments” to bear.
For decades now, by bombarding the international community with falsehoods about Israel, and feeding the antisemitism that is proliferating globally, the UN – along with other political bodies like the European Union – has been demonising the Jewish state even as it has worked to legitimise a Palestinian one.
The Palestinian Arab guest of honour, Riyad Mansour told the New York gathering that Israel was “colonising” the “West Bank” and “dismembering our homeland.”
He appealed to the UN to “mobilize and intensify its efforts to put pressure on Israel to end its occupation and stop its crimes”. And he called for full UN membership for the “State of Palestine.”
The last year had “witnessed more [Jewish] violence [he called it ‘settler terrorism’] against our people and their Christian and Islamic holy sites.”
Despite this, he continued creatively, “the Palestinian people … will not abandon the culture of peace that is deeply rooted within us and will continue to pursue peaceful resistance.”
The facts are these: Israel’s presence in Samaria and Judea does not constitute any form of colonialisation, and there is not, nor has there ever been, a Palestinian homeland.
In 2022, acts of Arab terrorism in Israel increased by over 300 percent, with more than 30 murdered. IDF anti-terrorism operations in Samaria and Judea have foiled some 500 attacks over the past year.
Tuesday’s hate fest followed the October call by the UN’s open-ended “Commission of Inquiry investigating rights abuses in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip” for the Security Council to end Israel’s “permanent occupation” and for individual UN member states to prosecute Israeli officials.
All this reveals how deeply the perversion of modern history has become ingrained in the world’s collective mind.
For its part the US, which did not attend Tuesday’s event, and President Joe Biden’s ambassador to the UN has charged the organisation with having a “lopsided focus” on Israel.
But America is far from innocent in this. While Washington insists that it “has Israel’s back, ” it was the administration of Biden’s previous boss, Barack Obama, that facilitated the passage of Security Council Resolution 2334 in December 2016.
That resolution (and it is important to remember that, unlike General Assembly resolutions, those passed in the SC are deemed to have legal weight) categorised Judea and Samaria, including “East Jerusalem,” as incontestably “Palestinian territory” and declared that the establishment of settlements by Israel has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”
And the USA’s latest, deeply problematic step? As addressed by Bassam Tawil in a November 30 article for the Gatestone Institute, on the same day as the Jerusalem twin bus station bombing, a senior US State Department official announced the Biden administration’s appointment of a new “special representative for Palestinian affairs.”
This is the first time the US has created a State Department position exclusively to deal with the “Palestinians.”
It was, wrote Tawil, “yet another sign of how the US is rewarding the Palestinians, as they are the Iranian regime, for their ongoing toxic incitement and terrorism against Israel.”
The world is, quite literally, gathered together against this nation and its capital. God speaks into just such a scenario when He says, as recorded in Zechariah 12:9: