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June 12, 2015 9:48 am

UN-Sanctioned Saudi Blood Libel: Another Obstacle to Peace

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The U.N. World Health Organization singled out Israel as the one country in the world to be condemned for violating human health rights. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The U.N. World Health Organization singled out Israel as the one country in the world to be condemned for violating human health rights. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Although Israel has been providing free medical treatment to Syrian refugees as well as Palestinians from the disputed territories and even from Gaza, the U.N. World Health Organization singled out Israel as the one country in the world to be condemned for violating human health rights. Saudi Arabia, which sits as a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council, sponsored the exercise in the absurd.

If hypocrisy needed a poster child, the despotic and brutal regime of Saudi Arabia, which is currently bombing Yemenite civilians into oblivion and is advertising job openings for additional executioners (growth industry in Saudi Arabia), more than set the standard.

Worse, a majority of the so called “civilized” nations of the world supported the resolution, showing that subservience to the power of oil trumps any semblance of integrity in the international community.

The Saudis can be dismissed. It is unnecessary to delineate their acts of brutality. These have long appeared before the world. The Saudis’ hypocrisy is a mainstay of their propaganda. If not for their oil, their anti-Israel vitriol would be disregarded, as one day the changing nature of the energy market will cause it to be.

With the exception of naive, leftist college students who are taught that the U.N. is a citadel of virtue, no one will take a Saudi-sponsored resolution seriously.

The harm is not in the resolution. It is in its acceptance by the global community, and the message that the action sends to the Israelis.

Further isolating the Israelis with resolutions forged in the cauldron of the absurd, and mixed with hypocrisy, will not pave the way for peace. The consequences will ultimately be indistinguishable from those of the second Palestinian intifada, which had disastrous results for the Israeli peace movement.

Peace requires preparing a population for accepting peace. Glorifying mass murderers and suicide bombers as role models for children does not accomplish that. On June 7, the Gaza Cup (soccer) was played in honor of terrorists who murdered Israeli soldiers and are holding their remains.

The international community has an apoplectic fit every time an Israeli builds an extra room in Jerusalem, but is conspicuously silent about Palestinian or Arab incitement. Apart from the U.N.-sanctioned Saudi blood libel, the most recent campaign centers around Jews visiting the Temple Mount, an area that is also sacred to Islam. Jews have no problem with Muslims visiting the Wailing Wall, but then again, Judaism is not a triumphalist religion.

Palestinian and Jordanian media fabricate stories of Jews desecrating the Temple Mount. Organized heckling and harassment, even from young children, meet Jewish visitors there daily. Jews need to be accompanied by police or soldiers to visit their holy place. The idea that the Temple Mount could be holy to both faiths, and that God hears all prayers, is obviously anathema to Islam, but inciting children to harassment at a sacred place is not.

After the Israelis unified Jerusalem from Jordan’s arbitrary and illegal division of the holy city, general Moshe Dayan decided that the interests of peace would be served by giving Muslims control of the Temple Mount. Instead of this being recognized as an act of goodwill, it has been seen as an act of weakness to be abused and exploited.

Peace between Israelis and Arabs, however desirable, is currently an illusion. The greatest obstacle to peace is not the settlements, but the corrupt socialization of children at the most tender of ages into raw hatred, not just for Israelis but also for Jews generally. It manifests itself daily in the behavior of children on the Temple Mount, in the celebration of mass murders, and in blood-libel resolutions promulgated at the U.N.

When the civilized nations of the world claim they want peace between Arabs and Israelis, they need to look at their own behavior in supporting the 21st century’s U.N.-sanctioned blood libels as one of the great obstacles to achieving that.

Abraham H. Miller is an emeritus professor of political science, University of Cincinnati, and a senior fellow with the Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought. Follow the center on Twitter @salomoncenter.

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  • I have repeatedly asked, on various websites, why the USA still funds & hosts the UN. The UN could easily move to, e.g. Saudi Arabia, and the USA can use both the money and the real estate for more worthwhile causes.

  • Vivarto

    There cannot be peace between Jews and the occupiers of the Jewish land as long as the occupation lasts.
    There can be peace between Jews and Arabs when Jews live in their Jewish state and Arabs in their Arab states.

  • Geoff

    Peace in our lifetime, NOT.

    2015 is becoming the 1930s. Anti-Semitism, Anti-Israel, anti–Jew along with anti-Freedom bound to far too much of the world is on the rise.

    How is it possible to negotiate peace with multi-nations that continue to demonstrate such malice for the Jewish state and are not ashamed to chant Death to Israel (the Little Satan)? How is it possible to come to a mutual understanding and respect the existence of Israel when those Muslim nations that will dialogue with Israel come to the table with a bomb strapped to their body, a knife in one hand an AK-47 in the other?

    Has the world gone mad? Do they not see what is directly in front of them? Are they so blinded by hate that even a good deal for them is irrelevant? How can President Obama in good faith broker any type of reasonable deal between Israel and its Muslim neighbors when the President’s main focus is really not peace and good will for the parties involved but, rather, his legacy?

    Where are the leaders who at their core are noble, moral virtuous?

  • steven L

    The Western world is in cahoot with the Muslim world. This is utterly shameful.
    The war of the West against the Jews & Israel goes UN-abated.

  • DanielBarenboingboing

    Hey, who’s for razing Mecca?