AJC eBook - Dashed Hopes: Anti-Israel Bias at the UN - Page 7

In defiance of the UN Charter, which calls on all members to refrain from the threat or use of force against another, at least one member state, Iran, which aspires to achieve nuclear weapon capability, has called repeatedly for the end of the State of Israel, and the UN has taken no formal steps to rebuke it. I R A N IA N ME N B UR N A N I S R A E L I F L AG D UR IN G A PR O - PA L E STIN IA N D E M O N STR ATIO N UN DER T HE A ZA D I (F R E E DO M) TOWE R IN TE HR A N O N M AY 1 5, 201 2. “This barbaric, wolf-like, and infanticidal regime of Israel, which spares no crime, has no cure but to be annihilated.” Tweet by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on November 8, 2014 Shockingly, the number of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions criticizing Israel far outnumbers those targeting any other member state. Revelation of the utterly disproportionate treatment of Israel sometimes elicits laughter at the UN itself. For instance, as a raft of anti-Israel resolutions was pushed through the General Assembly on November 14, 2013, an interpreter, thinking that her microphone was off, uttered to her colleagues: “ I  THINK WHEN YOU HAVE … LIKE A TOTAL OF TEN RESOLUTIONS ON ISRAEL AND PALESTINE, THERE’S GOTTA BE SOMETHING, C’EST UN PEU TROP, NON? [IT’S A BIT MUCH, NO?] I MEAN … THERE’S OTHER REALLY BAD S—T HAPPENING, BUT NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THE OTHER STUFF. ” But even that indiscrete truth-telling failed to stop the Israel-haters. The next year, at the 2014 session, 20 resolutions denounced Israel and just three were aimed at other nations. In 2015, there were 25 resolutions focused on criticizing Israel. In both 2016 and 2017, Israel was targeted in 20 UNGA resolutions; and in 2018, by 21. DASHED HOPES: ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS AT THE UN • 7