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June 16, 2015 3:51 pm

10 Ways the World is Biased Against Israel

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UN Headquarters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

UN Headquarters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

It’s appalling to see how Israel is treated by a totally different standard than other countries in the international system. Of course, Israel deserves scrutiny, as does every other nation. But it also merits equal treatment — nothing more, nothing less.

First, Israel is the only UN member state whose very right to exist is under constant challenge.

Notwithstanding the fact that Israel embodies an age-old connection with the Jewish people as repeatedly cited in the most widely read book in the world, the Bible, that it was created based on the 1947 recommendation of the UN, and that it has been a member of the world body since 1949, there’s a relentless chorus of nations, institutions, and individuals denying Israel’s very political legitimacy.

No one would dare question the right to exist of many other countries whose basis for legitimacy is infinitely more questionable than Israel’s, including those that were created by brute force, occupation, or distant mapmakers. Just look around at how many nations fit those categories, including, by the way, quite a few Arab countries. Why, then, is it open hunting season only on Israel? Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that it’s the only Jewish-majority country in the world?

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Second, Israel is the only UN member state that’s been targeted for annihilation by another UN member state.

Think about it. The leadership of Iran, together with Iran-funded proxies in Lebanon and Gaza, has repeatedly called for wiping Israel off the map. Is there any other country facing the threat of genocidal destruction?

Third, Israel is the only nation whose capital city, Jerusalem, is not recognized by other nations.

Imagine the absurdity of this. Foreign diplomats live in Tel Aviv while conducting virtually all their business in Jerusalem. Though no Western nation questions Israel’s presence in the city’s western half, where the prime minister’s office, Knesset (Parliament), and Ministry of Foreign Affairs are located, there are no embassies there.

In fact, look at listings of world cities, including places of birth in passports, and you’ll see something striking – Paris, France; Tokyo, Japan; Pretoria, South Africa; Lima, Peru; and Jerusalem, sans country – orphaned, if you will.

Fourth, the UN has two agencies dealing with refugees.

One, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), focuses on all the world’s refugee populations, save one. The other, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), handles only the Palestinians.

But the difference goes beyond two structures and two bureaucracies. In fact, they have two different mandates.

UNHCR seeks to resettle refugees; UNRWA does not. When, in 1951, John Blanford, UNRWA’s then-director, proposed resettling up to 250,000 refugees in nearby Arab countries, those countries were enraged and refused, leading to his departure. The message got through. No UN official since has pushed for resettlement.

Moreover, the UNRWA and UNHCR definitions of a refugee differ markedly. Whereas the UNHCR targets only those who’ve actually fled their homelands, the UNRWA definition covers “the descendants of persons who became refugees in 1948,” without any generational limitations.

Fifth, Israel is the only country that has won all its major wars for survival and self-defense, yet is confronted by defeated adversaries who have insisted on dictating the terms of peace.

In doing so, ironically, they’ve found support from many countries who, victorious in war themselves, demanded — and, yes, got — border adjustments.

Sixth, Israel is the only country in the world with a separate – and permanent – agenda item, #7, at the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.

No other member state, including serial human-rights violators like North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Sudan, gets its own agenda item. Only the sole liberal democracy in the Middle East is treated in this blatantly biased manner because that’s the way it works — the bad guys circle the wagons to protect one another, and, at the same time, gang up on Israel, creating an automatic majority against it.

Seventh, Israel is the only country condemned by name this year at the World Health Organization annual assembly as a “violator” of health rights.

This canard takes place despite the fact that Israel provides world-class medical assistance to Syrians wounded in the country’s civil war and Palestinians living in Hamas-ruled Gaza; has achieved one of the world’s highest life expectancy rates for all its citizens, Jewish and non-Jewish alike; is among the very first medical responders to humanitarian crises wherever they may occur, from Haiti to Nepal; and is daily advancing the frontiers of medicine for everyone, something that can’t be said for too many other nations.

Eighth, Israel is the only country that’s the daily target of three UN bodies established and staffed solely for the purpose of advancing the Palestinian cause and bashing Israel — the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People; the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People; and the Division for Palestinian Rights in the UN’s Department of Political Affairs.

Ninth, Israel is the only country annually targeted by up to 20 UN General Assembly resolutions and countless measures in other UN bodies, such as the Human Rights Council.

Indeed, astonishingly, each year, Israel is on the receiving end of more such efforts than the other 192 UN member states combined. No one can seriously argue that this is remotely warranted, but it’s a reality because in every UN body, except the Security Council where each of the five permanent members has a veto, it’s all about majority voting.

When close to two-thirds of the world’s nations today belong to the Non-Aligned Movement, and when they elect a country like Iran as its chair, with Venezuela on deck, that just about says it all.

And tenth, Israel is the only country targeted by the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement.

Has anyone seen any significant campus activity that takes aim at true human rights offenders, including some in Israel’s neighborhood, who behead, forcibly convert, and expel Christians; drop chemically-laced barrel bombs on civilians; deny Palestinians full rights; and use capital punishment, including for minors, with abandon?

Has any student group tried to prevent undergraduates from traveling to any country other than Israel, as was the case with a recent “pledge” circulated at UCLA?

Has anyone seen any flotillas or flytillas organized by European far-left groups that don’t involve an anti-Israel angle?

Has anyone seen movements for companies to pull out of any country other than Israel?

Turkey, as but one example, has brazenly and unjustifiably occupied one-third of the island nation of Cyprus for 41 years, deployed an estimated 40,000 Turkish troops there, and transferred countless settlers from Anatolia, yet there’s not a peep against Ankara from those who purport to act in the name of “justice” and against “occupation.”

Given political realities, tackling any of these instances of egregious double standards and blatant hypocrisy can be a daunting challenge. And, still worse, this list is not complete.

The old advertisement proclaimed that you don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s Jewish rye bread. Well, surely, you don’t have to be a pro-Israel activist to be troubled by the grotesquely unjust treatment of Israel. All it takes is a capacity for moral outrage that things like this are happening today.

This article was originally published by The Huffington Post and the Times of Israel. 

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  • Charlene

    Truly diabolical the animus and propaganda against Israel. The United Nations clearly has an agenda which is demonic and shows that they line up with the Islamic nations who wish to enforce a worldwide caliphate and the liberal left Marxists who are totalitarian and side with evil. A moral inversion has taken place in the West as the mainstream media, political elites and intelligentsia empower and side with those who hate and want to enslave the world to their political/religious fascist and warped dystopia. We are regressing not progressing and in the West the thought police allow no freedom of thought in fact young people in education are brain washed and our Universities instead of challenging evil ideologies keep quiet and condemn the only democracy that upholds human rights in the region of bedlam.

  • Joseph Feld

    In these pre-Messianic days — the footsteps of Moshiach — we are seeing the nations about to face that Great Day of Judgment when they will be held to account for their hatred of Israel. Israel’s amazing success as a modern nation causes deep theological problems for Muslims and for some Christian groups. May we soon merit to see the fulfilment of Isaiah’s vision of the New Jerusalem when ‘My House [Jerusalem] will be called a House of Prayer for ALL peoples.’

  • DACON9

    ISRAEL IS BIASED AGAINST ISRAEL

    FIRST: ISRAEL IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT APOLOGIZES FOR WINNING.

    second: Israel is the only country that calls itself by the enemies labels…west bank…east Jerusalem…occupying force…invaders.

    third: Israel is the only country that calls the enemies
    by false label supporting a mythical people…palistinian arabs.

    forth: Israel is the only country that evicts its own citizens replacing the very homes they built with their own bare hands with its enemies.

    fifth: Israel is the only country that doesn’t teach its own history from the beginning and accept a false narrative that Israel began in 1948.

    sixth: Israel is the only country that allows enemy organizations to foment hate in its own country.

    seventh: Israel is the only country that by the major religions is called…G-Ds HOLY LAND… AND ALLOWS ALL KINDS OF PERVERSIONS THAT G-D DESTROYED SODOM n GAMORAH FOR..HOMOSEXUALITY…in tel aviv

    eight: Israel is the only country that has its own ‘rabbis’ claiming he found another lost tribe bring these unknown ‘CHARACTERS’ TO INTERGRATE INTO A KNOWN HOLY PEOPLE WITHOUT PROPER CONVERSIONS AND PROCESSES TO INTERGRATE INTO A CIVILIZED SOCIETY(ISRAEL) bringing in rape assaults murder AND ALL OTHER MANNERS OF CRIME.
    this particular rabbi found maybe up to 86 lost tribes.

    ninth: Israel is the only country that traumatizes its own army and police for REACTING to the provocations of the foreign intruders and its ”newly CREATED JEWISH citizens…re: entitlements, rock throwers criminal protesters…

    tenth: Israel is the only country that believes every lie offered by its enemy such as cease fire then kidnaps an IDF at a terrorist tunnel moments before and moments after the cease fire

    eleventh: Israel is the only country that is ”political correct” at the expense of its OWN people and security

    12: Israel is the only country that has a never ending list of stupid action that will make this list forever…

    13: Israel is the only country that allows the enemies to fire rockets without retaliation

    14: Israel provides social welfare to the enemies and complains about the religious getting any support.

    15: Israelis the only country for ”GOOD WILL GESTURES THAT RELEASES THOUSAND OF ENEMY PRISONERS SIMPLY FOR FALSE ENEMY PROMISES OF PEACE.

    16: Israel is the only country in the name of interfaith relationship that allows thousands of xtian missionaries to PERVERT OUR HOLY JUDAISM THROUGH DECEPTION SEDUCTIONS LIES

    17: Israel is the only country that allows the xtians and muslims to pervert and desegrate JEWISH HOLY SITES SUCH AS KING DAVIDS TOMB…all for politically and religious FEAR of OFFENDING THE OFFENDERS

    18: Israel provides jobs to terrorist that kills our JEWISH WORKERS such as throwing one JEW off the high tower under construction

    19: Israel allows government workers that are traitors to the very freedom Israel gives to vote for the destruction of ISRAEL

    20: Israel IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT PROVIDES FREE INFRASTUCTURE SUCH AS WATER AND GAS AND ELECTRICITY WITHOUT PAYMENT…to its enemies while being fired upon

    …BUT MAINLY…ISRAEL IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT NEVER LEARNS FROM ITS PAST MISTAKES FOR FEAR OF….

    ……….ya know people…….
    ITS FUNNY THAT ISRAEL..G-DS HOLY LAND….
    A PLACE WHERE G-DS HOLY NATION FEARS THE EUROPEAN UNION AND WORLD ORGANIZATIONS AND MEDIA….
    ISRAEL G-DS PEOPLE VERY FAVORITE NATION…
    >>>ISRAEL FEARS EVERYONE BUT THE ”’ONE G-D”’

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