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November 27, 2015 5:44 am

November 29: The Day the UN Stands With the Palestinians and Demonizes Israel

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The UN General Assembly applauding the resolution that upgraded 'Palestine' to observer status. Photo: Wikipedia.

The UN General Assembly applauding the resolution that upgraded ‘Palestine’ to observer status. Photo: Wikipedia.

On November 29, the United Nations will mark an “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” Established in 1977, the day claims to facilitate “the attainment of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right of return and the right to national independence and sovereignty in Palestine.”

It is essential to understand the history of this day in order to understand its true purpose. The day is an outgrowth of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), established 40 years ago in November 1975, as part of the suite of General Assembly resolutions meant to demonize Israel and Jews.

The most infamous part of this effort, Resolution 3379, declared “Zionism a form of racism.” While resolution 3379 was eventually repealed in 1991, its sentiments live on through the very existence of the Committee and its activities. There is no other nation or people in the world that has a UN division dedicated to its “inalienable rights” — not the oppressed people of Tibet, the Kurds, the endangered Yazidi people in Iraq, or the Coptic minority in Egypt.

Under the guise of obtaining justice for the Palestinians, the Committee fuels the virulent anti-Israel political warfare campaign that continues to gain momentum within the corridors of the UN and contribute to the malignant rise of antisemitism worldwide. In other words, in order to promote the “inalienable rights” of Palestinians, the UN tramples on the rights of Israelis and Jews, acting in a way that shows that rights are no longer universal.

There is also ironic meaning to the date chosen to mark international solidarity with the Palestinian people. November 29 is the historic date upon which the UN adopted the Partition Plan in 1947, which paved the way for a Jewish state, and should have resulted in a parallel Arab state. Instead, the Arab population in Mandate Palestine rejected partition and, together with the neighboring Arab countries, went to war to prevent the establishment of a Jewish state.

If anything, November 29 should serve as a reminder that Palestinians had the “right to national independence” in their grasp, and that a two-state “partition” could have provided a way forward. Instead, the International Day of Solidarity embraces a supposed Palestinian “inalienable right to return to their homes and property,” endorsing a concept that contradicts the essence of the 1947 UN vote and which would geographically, politically, and otherwise mean the elimination of the Jewish and democratic State of Israel.

There is no other UN subsidiary committee or UN day of solidarity specifically designated to advance the political cause of one people over another. This committee is yet more proof such double standards against Israel persist and are sanctioned by an official UN event in New York.

The Day is also a catalyst for highly politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to amplify their support for anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestments, and sanctions) movement and other hostile campaigns. Many of these NGOs, which receive extensive funding from European governments, also regularly exploit UN forums and judicial processes to accuse Israel of “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity,” and other alleged violations of international law.

For example, in 2013, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which prides itself on seeking to create “a wedge” within the American Jewish community over support for Israel, marked the occasion by escalating efforts to boycott Israeli company SodaStream. Similarly, Palestinian NGO Al Mezan co-signed a letter accusing Israel of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,” while calling on “UN member states to vote in favor of any resolution that would recognize Palestinian statehood.” Al Mezan is funded, directly and indirectly, by Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, the European Union, Norway, Germany, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.

In 2012, a dozens of NGOs including Al Mezan, Al-Haq, Badil, Defence for Children International-Palestine — all of which are heavily funded by European donors — participated in a World Social Forum entitled “Free Palestine” held in Brazil. The four-day forum, which overlapped with November 29, included panels on “the right to return,” “international law and human rights,” “popular resistance,” and “the case of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.” Tellingly, the conference did not center on obtaining Palestinian statehood, but rather lamented the “narrowing of the Palestinian struggle to the West Bank only.”

While November 29 recalls the implications of UN resolutions from 40 and 70 years ago, we should also bear in mind another momentous event from the Fall of 1945. On October 24, the UN was founded at Lake Success, New York, to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights.” As the UN and NGOs prepare to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians by demonizing Israel and denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination, they and their donors should consider the extent to which they contribute to the exploitation of sacred and universal principles.

Anne Herzberg is legal advisor at NGO Monitor.

Rachel Hirschfeld is UN Desk Coordinator and Researcher at NGO Monitor.

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  • Wallace Edward Brand

    The UN’s version of the history was written in part by Henry Cattan and his friend WT Mollison. Cattan was an Egyptian oil lawyer who had been a member of the Arab Higher Committee led by Haj Amin al Husseini who was a friend of Adolph Hitler. Cattan also represented the Arabs at the UNSCOP hearings in 1947. The UN hired Mollison too write an opinion on the legality of Jewish settlements outside the Green Line and of Jewish occupation of that area. Mollison had written a foreword for Cattan’s book on Palestine Questions under International Law and thereafter wrote his own book on the same subject reaching the same conclusions.

  • Greg Lauer

    I teach adult English in Taiwan, and am occasionally asked by students in my classes (most of whom are mystified by this phenomenon) why it seems everybody hates the Jews so much. I walk them through the Old Testament and explain to them that anti-Semitism is satanic in origin because the Jews were (and still are) God’s Chosen People, chosen for the following reasons:

    (a) Israel was to be the vehicle through which God would give man His written Word. They were to write down the things God said and did as the Holy Spirit moved upon them and preserve them with absolute accuracy (Isaiah 42:9).

    (b) Israel was to be God’s witnesses on earth that He existed and was the only God (Isaiah 43:10-12). The miracles He performed on their behalf and His manifest presence among them was to prove to all mankind that He and He alone was the one true God.

    (c) Israel was to be the instrument through which God would be glorified on earth (Isaiah 49:3).

    (d) Israel was to be the channel through which the Messiah would come to bring salvation to the world (Isaiah 49:6).

    Satan, who is currently the god of this world (but not for too much longer), still thinks he can thwart God’s plan and maintain that position. (He can’t and he won’t, but that’s a different issue.) Only one thing stands in his way, however: the Jews.

    Ahem…”#&%*! off, you religious nutjob!”

    Then kindly regale us with your logical, rational, well-reasoned explanation for (or denial of) well over 3,000 years of the most blindly vicious persecution known to man.

  • G. Alan King

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Chief – regurgitating what Hitler expressed 16 yrs. earlier in his infamous ‘Mein Kampf.’ The Truth is there ARE NO Palestinians – the entirety of their population is all made up from surrounding tribal nomads and dejected/rejected peoples of the Arabian/Egyptian/tran-Jordanian/Lebanese/Syrian/Assryian areas. All their protestations and lies will fall back on themselves:
    Speaking to Israel’s preeminent patriarch, Abraham, God Almighty intoned “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:2-3. Now the world sees the curse coming: Islam has been welcomed with open arms into all those countries that have supported the Satan’s lies: Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, the European Union, Norway, Germany, France, and England – to name a few. The United States is not immune by any means. Time is short: much shorter than most people expect.

  • Celeste

    The United Nations is the most hypocritical and injustice abounds.

    • Annie

      It is my understanding that majority of Palestinians do not have Palestinian ancestry, but instead were born from Muslims who came from other Muslim countries as runways who were not born on the Israeli territory. These people do not have citizenships other then their country of origin . What is the reason for their claims of second citizenships, which they chose to call Palestine? Their children are also illegal settlers in Palestine , and therefore belong to the countries of their ancestors. It is a responsibility of UN to help them for the rights to return back to their original homes of countries of their forefathers.Israel have nothing to do with it , and bear no responsibility to house them or take care of them . Their claims for their own State is a total nonsense. Let their original states take them back. That is a UN primary responsibility.

  • If there is anyone who really wants peace then he can see maps from the British mandate times (1922-1947) where there was the concept of ‘Two States living side by side in Peace’ – please see addresses below:

    This project had the concept that the Jordan River was the border between the two countries with the territory divided proportionally into 23% for Jews and 77% for Muslims.

    But these days they all think that from the 23% Jewish territory they must give a HALF and then there will be ‘Peace’.
    Who can believe this doubtful propaganda?

    Joseph Rosen
    Author of ‘Why a Jew’

  • Robert Davis

    The un political stand is mere trash and crap! Since there is no “palestinian” people who never existed anbd of course cannot existed except for pr purposes there is no use nor any practical or legal possibility to create it from nothing which would anyway be of no interest since it would lead the world to another ww the only reason why these votes keep coming up year after year is to destroy Israel for the fun of it or to turn it into a scapegoat as an excuse to justify the fall into a pit where present politicians are leading the world.

  • Myron Slater

    As usual, the UN is showing it’s real face of anti- Israel and anti-Jewish. The countries of Europe soon forget the part they played , helping Hitler wipe out the Jews of their countries .

  • Fred

    I have always thought that the Cesspool UN has become a tool and mouthpiece of the Arabs. As the defunct League of Nations it is on a self-destruct path, as it has nothing more to offer but encouragement to hatred and warfare. Its sole purpose is hatred of Israel encouraged by the enemies of Israel. UN is a cesspool and it stinks.

  • Danny Kid

    While Paris mourns the victims of terror. While the UN vilifies the Jewish nation. The whole of Israel celebrates the wedding of the victims of Muslim terror. Am Israel chai. The Nation of Israel lives.

  • Francis Figliola

    Time to defund this abomination!

  • Article 80 of the UN Charter preserved the legal right vested in the Jewish People by the League of Nations in 1922 to reconstitute the Jewish National Home in 22% of the land originally allocated for that purpose in 1920 by the San Remo Conference and the Treaty of Sevres – with the remaining 78% being set aside for Arab self determination.

    The rejection of these decisions by the United Nations General Assembly represents an act of the greatest betrayal of the inalienable rights of the Jewish people and has indeed resulted in the death and suffering of millions of Jews and Arabs since the Arabs refused to accept the UN Partition plan proposed on 29 November 1947.

    Insisting that that PLO and Hamas reverse their total rejection of these League of Nations and United Nations decisions is the necessary first step the United Nations should be commemorating every 29th November.