AJC eBook - Dashed Hopes: Anti-Israel Bias at the UN - Page 6

ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS BY THE NUMBERS BUT EVEN REVOCATION OF THE MENDACIOUS “ZIONISM IS RACISM” resolution did not undo the widespread challenges to Israel’s legitimacy, and a virtually automatic anti-Israel UN majority has remained a constant threat to the Jewish state’s international position. Of the 193 member states of the UN today, 21 belong to the Arab League, 57 to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and 120 to the so-called Non-Aligned Movement, which strongly identifies with the Palestinians. (The movement’s presidency is currently held by Azerbaijan, which took over from Venezuela in 2019. Prior to that, the presidency was held by Iran.) Because of the positions taken by these voting blocs, 65 percent of the nations at the UN feel obligated to vote against Israel. This automatic anti-Israel bias persists despite strong bilateral relations that Israel enjoys with many of these countries. In recent years, Israel has built strong ties to developing nations, many of which belong to the Non-Aligned Movement, through foreign aid and expert assistance on issues such as agriculture and water management. Nevertheless, what the eloquent Israeli diplomat and Ambassador to the UN Abba Eban said years ago remains true today: “If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.” THE AUTOMATIC ANTI-ISRAEL MAJORITY 65% of UN Member States belong to anti-Israel voting blocs 3 main anti-Israel voting blocs within the United Nations 120 Non-Aligned Movement 57 Organization of Islamic Cooperation 21 Arab League 6 • DASHED HOPES: ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS AT THE UN