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November 27, 2013 10:50 am

U.N. Palestinian ‘Day of Solidarity’ Features Condemnations of Israel

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United Nations General Assembly hall in New York City. Photo: Patrick Gruban. – In advance of the 66th anniversary of the Nov. 29, 1947 endorsement of the U.N. Partition Plan for Palestine, which would have established neighboring Jewish and Arab states but was rejected by the Palestinians, the U.N. General Assembly on Monday marked “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” with a series of resolutions and speeches condemning Israel.

The Arab League’s U.N. ambassador, Ahmed Fathalla, called Israel “racist” and accused the country of illegally “Judaizing Jerusalem.” David Wildman, executive secretary for human rights and racial justice at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries, accused Israel of “colonization,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “apartheid practices,” in addition to calling for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions efforts against the Jewish state.

“This event unfortunately continues to damage the U.N.’s credibility as a peace-promoting institution and further serves to widen the chasm between Israelis and Palestinians,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said in a statement. “For the U.N. to spearhead a day full of hate masquerading as a day of ‘solidarity’ is very disturbing and only highlights the uphill battle that we must continue to fight at the world body.”

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Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor noted that the U.N. last week adopted nine resolutions condemning Israel, including one condemning Israel for its treatment of the Syrian people despite the fact that Syrian civil war refugees are receiving medical care in Israeli hospitals. In 2012, the U.N. passed 22 resolutions condemning Israel and only four singling out all other nations.

“The worst human rights abusers receive a fraction of the condemnation that Israel—the only democracy in the Middle East—receives,” Prosor said, according to Israel Hayom. “These irresponsible actions have irreversible consequences. The states that rubberstamp the anti-Israel resolutions every year have given the Palestinians a false sense of reality and fed their culture of victimhood.”

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