2015 UN General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel, 3 on the rest of the world

The UN General Assembly’s 2015 session adopted 20 resolutions criticizing Israel and just three on the rest of the world combined. Syria, Iran, and North Korea all had one resolution each, all of which pertained to the respective country’s deplorable human rights situation. They rightfully express concern about continued human rights violations in these three countries, but it is clear most of the UNGA’s attention is on Israel. It is also apparently unconcerned about the human rights situations in Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and other countries rife with conflict and persecution.

Three of the resolutions against Israel concern the plight of Palestinian “refugees” in the occupied territories and another three on Palestinian human rights in these areas, yet none of the 41 points in the resolution against Syria mentions the horrific situation the Palestinians are in there. The UNGA does not appear concerned that Palestinian refugees – who were never given citizenship or any rights – are under attack by both the Syrian government and Daesh, and are being denied food and medicine.

Another resolution condemns the walls built by Israel, separating it from Palestinian territories, saying it “severely impedes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.” In fact, it severely impedes the ability of the Palestinian people to self-detonate, or commit other acts of violence upon the Israeli population. The UNGA surely knows that when the Palestinians sincerely renounce terrorism then the walls will fall. The UNGA does not care about the self-determination of any other people, not the brave and determined Kurds, or the horribly persecuted Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar; no-one else is worth a single resolution in the UNGA. The destruction of a Lebanese oil storage tank by Israel nearly ten years ago and during a war which Lebanon started, and the resulting oil slick – the subject of another resolution – is of much more importance to the UNGA than the lives of people struggling under oppression and violence.

Two resolutions concern the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights, and say much the same things, including that the occupation is illegal and Israel should withdraw from the Golan. The UNGA is obviously okay with throwing the residents into the middle of a civil war millions are desperately trying to escape. One of these resolutions also claims the Israeli occupation of the Golan is a barrier to peace with Syria and Lebanon; not the intransigent Assad government, not the Lebanese terrorists Hezbollah, not the vast takeover of Syrian land by Daesh, but benign Israeli rule. Both resolutions also neglect to mention the large increase of Druze living there who are taking up the offer of Israeli citizenship extended toward them since Israel annexed the Golan.

Another two resolutions consider the work done by the “Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat” and the “Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat” respectively, two offices focused on “raising international awareness” of the “question of Palestine” – as if the whole world doesn’t know about it already. The purpose of these offices is to disseminate anti-Israel propaganda; they have been teaching Palestinian media such tactics and distributing their own. Clearly the UNGA is not interested in actually raising international awareness of serious and little known issues such as the ongoing crisis in Burundi, which is showing signs of sliding into civil war and possibly genocide, yet barely gets mentioned in news media or by politicians.

All of the resolutions against Israel passed with a large majority, which included the UK and all of the EU in most cases. Australia, Canada, the US, and some Pacific island countries supported Israel most regularly. The UNGA has once again shown what it really cares about.

More information on the resolutions at UN Watch.

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