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Discussion on UN devlopments with regard to Israel and the Middle East

Post: U.N. Record

Oboler, Sun Jul 24, 2005 9:31

The U.N. Record on Israel and the Arabs

Of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.

Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

The U.N was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.

The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.

The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

Reply: Arab East Jerusalem

Wendy, Mon Jul 25, 2005

One expression that has taken root is "Arab East Jerusalem." Obviously, the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter are in East Jerusalem...Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew U are in East Jerusalem. I have no problem with Jerusalem being a shared capital, but I don't think that Arab East Jerusalem is an accurate expression. Obviously it intends to enshrine the Jordanian idea of East Jerusalem, when Jews were not allowed to visit, let alone live, in East Jersualem. This leads to situations such as the demoting of a Greek Orthodox patriarch who sold land to Jews and who was forced from office. I think is a mask for anti-Semitism by other means.

That said, I don't like the Israeli settler attitudes--but if land is bought, people should be allowed to live there. Even in Jerusalem. Even in East Jerusalem.

Wendy in Washington

Reply: israel calls for an end to hostility at the United Nations

Wendy, Mon Jul 25, 2005

I wonder if this call, or the Gaza pullout, will have any effect on the tide of UN resolutions against Israel. I didn't realize they were carbon copies of each other, as the Israeli ambassador points out. I can't figure out why the Europeans and the Scandanavians keep voting for them, though. Japan needs oil, so she will vote with the Arabs, but Norway?

Ha'aretz, Last update - 09:13 16/08/2005

Israel calls for end to hostility at United Nations
By Reuters

UNITED NATIONS - The Gaza pullout should mark an end to UN hostility against Israel, Israeli UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman said yesterday, urging the world body to support the withdrawal as a historic move toward peace.

Gillerman's comments echoed previous calls by Israel and the United States to halt the litany of anti-Israel resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly each year, and dismantle the extensive bureaucracy built up around the Palestinian cause.

"It is time for the United Nations to acknowledge Israel's actions," Gillerman said. "We hope that in the United Nations there will be no more business as usual as far as the Middle East is concerned... No more Israel-bashing, no more ongoing resolutions which keep repeating themselves time after time."

The 191-nation General Assembly, dominated by developing nations, usually passes about two dozen resolutions criticizing Israel each year, often virtually identical to previous resolutions.

The resolutions put forward by Arab states typically win the support of the vast majority of UN members, opposed only by Israel, the United States and a few Pacific island states.

"We hope we will see a more positive and a less combative General Assembly, recognizing that something dramatic, historic has happened," Gillerman said.




Other articles in this section

The U.N. discovers the cause of anti-Semitism: Jews By ANNE BAYEFSKY, Opinion Journal, November 18, 2004

Useful quotes made by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Elie Wiesel on the UN and antisemitism

The UN's Jewish Problem Ruth R. Wisse, Weekly Standard, March 31/02 (04/08/2002, Volume 007, Issue 29)

Israel faces rampant discrimination at the United Nations Julian Schvindlerman, the Miami Herald, November 1, 2002.

A Typical UN Press Release Forum Post by Wendy, Thu Aug 25, 2005

British diplomats push Annan for a 'no excuses' definition of terrorism By Charles Laurence, Sunday Telegraph, 24 July 2005

UN Record on Israel and Arab East Jerusalem Forum Posts by Oboler, Wendy, Aug 25, 2005

Some good news, Dan Gillerman appointment Forum Posts by Wendy Sept 2005 + JPosy article

ADL suggestions for reforming the UN Forum Posts by Wendy Sept 2005

Sharon and Peace at the UN Forum Posts by Wendy Sept 2005 and article New York Times, September 16, 2005 By JOEL BRINKLEY

The UN's Palestinian Problem Forum Posts by Wendy October 2005 and article

Australia for Israel at the UN Forum Posts by Miriam downunder and Wendy October 2005 and article from The Australian

Canada to reject anti-Israel UN resolutions Forum Posts by Wendy visiting Canada December 2005 and article

Bauer on UN antisemitism From lecture notes on antisemitism


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