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THE UN CHARTER CALLS FOR T H E “EQUAL RI GHTS OF MEN AND WOME N AND OF NATI ONS LARGE AND SMALL.” SADLY, I NSTI TUTI ONAL IZ E D ANTI -I SRAEL BI AS HAS THU S FAR PREVENTED THE WORLD B ODY F ROM LI VI NG UP TO THI S NOBLE V IS ION. ISRAEL AS SECOND-CLASS UN CITIZEN EVEN THOUGH ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNITED NATIONS (UN) CHARTER states that “the Organization is based on the principle of equal sovereignty of all its Members,” Israel doesn’t receive equal treatment. The world body’s three most recent secretaries-general have admitted as much. Kofi Annan noted in 2006 that “supporters of Israel feel that it is harshly judged by standards that are not applied to its enemies,” adding, “And too often this is true, particularly in some UN bodies.” His successor, Ban Ki-moon, said in 2016: “During the past ten years, I have argued that we must never accept bias against Israel within UN bodies. Decades of political maneuverings have created a disproportionate volume of resolutions, reports, and conferences criticizing Israel.” And current Secretary-General António Guterres has pledged to do something about it. On April 23, 2017, he called the denial of Israel’s right to exist “a modern form of anti-Semitism,” and declared: “As secretary-general of the United Nations, I can say that the State of Israel needs to be treated as any other state, with exactly the same rules.” 4 • DASHED HOPES: ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS AT THE UN