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UN Spends Too Much Time Considering Israeli Affairs

Posted by commendatori on January 9, 2009

One month ago, the Trinity campus was divided by Dr. Sara Roy’s remarks about troubling conditions in Israel as a result of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. Trinity’s Friends of Israel asserted in the February 10 Tripod that Roy, a professor at Harvard University’s Middle East Study Center whose lecture was sponsored by the Trinity organization Friends of Palestine, among others, had “provided the audience with an insidious account of the root causes of the current conditions in the Palestinian territories.” The February 17 Tripod carried two more letters inspired by Roy’s remarks, furthering the debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On February 20, Hillel, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Friends of Israel countered by sponsoring a talk by Ben Harris, speechwriter and assistant spokesman for the Israeli Mission of the U.N. about Israel’s treatment in the United Nations.

Harris’ talk discussed Israel’s treatment in the U.N. and what he considered the U.N.’s role to be in achieving peace between Israel and Palestine.

Harris began his remarks by saying that the U.N. was a government organization which, “like any government organization has flaws and needs to be scrutinized,” regretting that its operations are so complex they are often clear only to those directly involved or deeply concerned with them.

Presuming authority from his own direct involvement in working in the U.N., Harris then discussed what he considered was Israel’s relative importance within the U.N., noting that he and other supporters of Israel are “continually frustrated with the disproportionate amount of attention given to Israel in the U.N.”

The first example he cited to illustrate this disparity was the fact that Israel was not given a ‘regional group,’ within the U.N. Assigning regional groups is the U.N.’s method for fostering geographic diversity in all of its governing bodies, where members are nominated from within their regional groups.

Israel’s exception from a regional group prevents it from being a part of any of the specific bodies of the U.N., such as the Security Council or “any other typical U.N. action.”

Harris mentioned that although Palestine only has “observer status,” within the U.N., not full-fledged state power, it still manages to derive power through the Arab Conference, which often votes in favor of Palestine. “Israel,” he said, “is boxed in, while Palestine enjoys extra power.”

The U.N. Human Rights Commission provided another example that Harris highlighted to show the disparate amount of attention that Israel receives in the U.N.. This Commission is supposed to provide an outlet for “anyone who feels human rights are being violated,” but according to Harris, “one quarter to one third of the resolutions concern Israel” because Palestinian representatives “manipulate the platform to make things difficult for Israel.”

He mentioned a two-day conference on human rights where Israel was given its own agenda item, so that the human rights violations in the rest of the world were discussed the first day, and the second day was devoted entirely to human rights violations committed by Israel. Harris feels that this imbalanced attention on Israel diminishes the credibility of the Human Rights Commission, because, “other countries’ actual human rights violations are ignored.”

Harris then began to discuss whether the U.N. could act as an “honest, impartial broker for peace in the Middle East.” Harris did not seem to think that the U.N. is impartial, but he did appear to believe it can have some role in the peace process, albeit a limited one.

He mentioned that in some cases, the U.N. can act as a “go-between” or “back channel,” conveying messages and allowing open communication between countries that are too bitter to have such communication on their own. He does not, however, feel that Israel and Palestine need this type of help from the U.N. as they are geographically connected and already have communication through established commercial ties.

Another possible role for the U.N. that Harris sees is to make proposals if neither country knows where to begin in the peace process.

Again, Harris considers this unnecessary for Israel and Palestine because they, “know what peace looks like,” just have not been able to achieve it.

He expressed his feeling that the U.N. could be involved in the Israeli-Palestine peace process by lending some legitimacy to the negotiations. “If the U.N. endorses [a peace process],” Harris believes, “it has the appearance of international legitimacy.”

He feels the U.N. missed this opportunity during the negotiations at Oslo, where they could have lent legitimacy but instead, “undermined Israeli-Palestine trust by adopting resolutions that rendered judgment on the peace process itself.”

Harris emphasized that the U.N. cannot impose a solution to the process because it “lacks the credibility and power to enforce” such an imposition, also saying that peace “happens privately, between people.”

He does not think, therefore, that, “every country in the U.N. needs to weigh in on Israeli-Palestine peace.” In order for this peace to be achieved, in Harris’ view, Palestinians need to recognize that Israel has legitimate claims to the land.

According to Harris, the Palestinians see themselves as victims of historical injustices that need to be fixed, and the U.N. has, “indulged this delusion” while Israel sees the conflict as “both countries’ struggle for self-determination.” He reasons that both countries’ claims need to be considered legitimate so they can find a way to share one strip of land.

In the end, Harris is optimistic that peace will eventually come to the Middle East, and that the U.N. will “tag along.” He feels that it may take a new generation of Israelis and Palestinians who have grown up fostering peace individually in order for their people to make peace as a whole.

Throughout his comments, Harris emphasized the need for continual open dialogue between supporters of both sides to ease the peace process. Given the past month’s discussion about the conflict on campus, Trinity seems to be taking a step in that direction, though the opposing sides may be talking past each other instead of with each other.


Blog Author’s note: My personal belief is that the UN are so opposed to Israel, because it is the conflict that they cannot reolvs, as they haven’t created it, compared to all other conflicts in the wolrd initiated by the iluminatis/freemasons.

UN is basically trying to demonize Israel (and the US) in order to gain popularity among the arab nations, that way it will be easier to impose a One World Government/One World Order.


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