Daily Alert included an excerpt from an op-ed in the NY Daily News, The UN vs. Israel, yet again, co-written by CEO Daniel Mariaschin and Director of U.N. and Intercommunal Affairs David Michaels. A link to the full op-ed was also included.
This year, the U.S. rejoined the UN Human Rights Council to try to advance fundamental values and address political corruption. Exhibit A of this corruption is the UN’s unparalleled misuse as a propaganda tool against Israel, a country of fewer than 10 million people, barely the size of New Jersey, which is excoriated more than all other countries.
In the new UNHRC Commission of Inquiry report, relentless Palestinian violence – and rejection of sweeping overtures for two-state coexistence in 1947, 2000 and 2008 – does not register as a “root cause” of the conflict. The commission claims “Israel has no intention of ending the occupation,” ignoring Israel’s sacrifice of territory for peace with Egypt and Jordan, and its surrender of land to the Palestinians. It also ignores Israelis’ dramatically worsened security following their total withdrawal from a security zone along the Lebanese border in 2000 and pullout from Gaza in 2005.
Nor does the commission even feign interest in Palestinians’ endemic dehumanization of Jews, denial of their equal legitimacy and glorification of violence. There is talk of past “Gaza conflicts,” as if the conflicts didn’t involve indiscriminate bombardments upending the lives of millions within Israel.
Daniel S. Mariaschin is the CEO, and David J. Michaels is director of UN and intercommunal affairs, at B’nai B’rith International. (New York Daily News)