AJC eBook - Dashed Hopes: Anti-Israel Bias at the UN - Page 8

This tilt against Israel carries over to the UN Security Council as well. On December 23, 2016, in the waning days of the Obama Administration, for the first time in eight years, the U.S. declined to use its veto power to prevent the UN Security Council from adopting a biased resolution singling out Israel for condemnation. The current U.S. Administration, however, has vowed to veto any similar resolutions. The strong anti-Israel bias at the UN has also led to the creation of numerous pro-Palestinian bodies within it that simply do not exist for any other group. The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is the only General Assembly committee devoted to a single people. The Division for Palestinian Rights is the only division within the UN Secretariat’s Department of Political Affairs devoted to a single people. And the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People is the only committee in the UN’s human rights structure devoted to a single people. Another glaring example of bias is the UN’s treatment of refugees. While the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is assigned to handle the needs of all the world’s refugees, a separate organization, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), deals only with Palestinians. And that’s not all—those Palestinian refugees are treated differently than all the others. For one thing, while the High Commissioner’s portfolio includes “only people who have fled their homeland,” UNRWA’s definition also includes “the descendants of persons who became refugees in 1948,” so that the original 860,000 Palestinian refugees have mushroomed into five million. Also, part of the High Commissioner’s mandate is to help resettle refugees, whereas UNRWA leaves its clients stateless, living in camps throughout the Middle East. Indeed, there is strong evidence indicating that UNRWA schools in those camps teach children hatred of Israel. 8 • DASHED HOPES: ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS AT THE UN