AJC eBook - Dashed Hopes: Anti-Israel Bias at the UN - Page 13

WHAT CAN BE DONE? ISRAEL AND ITS ALLIES CONTINUE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST overwhelming odds, with some, albeit limited, positive results. In 2015, the UN General Assembly recognized Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday. Then, in the summer of 2016, Israel’s ambassador was elected, with the support of 109 countries, as chair of the UNGA’s Sixth (Legal) Committee. Also, the Israeli ambassador in Geneva was elected by WEOG to represent the group on a key committee selecting UN special rapporteurs. There is little reason to think that the automatic anti-Israel majority at the UN will come to an end anytime soon. But there are four concrete steps that the UN can take to provide a more level playing field for the Jewish state: 1 •  Eliminate the anomalous UN entities that target only Israel—the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Division for Palestinian Rights, and the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People. 2 • If it remains politically untenable to dissolve UNRWA and place Palestinian refugees under the aegis of the High Commissioner for Refugees, at least task UNRWA with resettling the Palestinians and monitoring its schools so that they do not teach hatred. 3 •  Do away with UNHRC Agenda Item 7, and address charges of Israeli violations of human rights under Item 4, together with like charges brought against other nations. 4 •  G rant Israel permanent membership in a UN regional group at all UN offices around the world. DASHED HOPES: ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS AT THE UN • 13