This is a new low, even for the United Nations

The JC Leader, 19 May 2023


2GNCCYG New York, USA. 24th Sep, 2021. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses the 76th General Debate of the UN General Assembly at United Nations (UN) Headquarters. The 76th General Debate of the UN General Assembly is taking place this week. Some 80 heads of state and government are taking part. Steinmeier is the first German President to address the UN General Assembly in almost 40 years. The first and so far only Federal President to appear before the UN body was President Carstens in 1983. Credit: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa/Alamy Live News

May 18, 2023 12:07

As if one annual festival of anti-Jewish hate — the so-called al-Aqsa Day — was not enough, now we also have to contend with “Nakba Day”, after the UN voted in December to introduce it.

We choose our words carefully. Theoretically, both al-Aqsa Day and Nakba Day are about Israel. In practice, however, on every occasion and in every place when they are marked, both are full of unambiguous antisemitism and Jew-hate alongside whatever anti-Israel material organisers also include.

Appalling as it is that the UN should sanction a further such hate-fest, there is something grimly appropriate about it as a demonstration of the moral and political collapse of the organisation, which, before its malaise, called in 1947 for a Jewish state through Resolution 181.

Today, the UN is gripped by a loathing of Israel that is almost deranged in its obsessiveness. Between 2015 through 2022, for example, the UN General Assembly adopted 140 resolutions on Israel with just 68 on every other country in the world put together.

Hearteningly, some 50 states — including the UK — boycotted Monday’s ceremonies in New York, including a typically bizarre speech by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in which he compared Israeli leaders to Goebbels: “They continue to lie until people believe their lies.”

Infamously, Abbas’s doctoral thesis argued that the Holocaust was a Jewish-Nazi conspiracy which sacrificed Jewish lives in order to create a Jewish state in Palestine.

This is the ideology that drives the creation of the likes of Nakba Day. This is the ideology that must be defeated.

May 18, 2023 12:07

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