On November 25, 2013 the United Nations held its annual Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This was the 66th anniversary of the UN General Assembly resolution adopted November 29, 1947 which partitioned Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state - a resolution accepted by its Jewish inhabitants and rejected across the Arab world. The Palestinians call this day the 'Naqba', or 'catastrophe'. Yet, the real catastrophe is that 66 years after adoption of the partition plan, the Palestinians have still not ceased the relentless attempt to eradicate the Jewish State.
At UN Headquarters, the day was marked by speeches from various UN leaders, diplomatic representatives and an NGO. For the occasion, the UN screened the film "State 194."
The meeting room was - again - adorned with just two flags, the UN flag and a Palestinian flag. The flag of the UN member state of Israel was nowhere to be seen.
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Antisemitism and continued rejection of a Jewish state, often taking the form of gross accusations and slanders against Israel, were evident throughout the proceedings.
Abdul Salam Diallo, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) accused Israel of of "hunting down" and "asphyxiating" Palestinian children.
Palestinian UN representative Riyad Mansour, speaking on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, called 1948 the "Al-Nakba" and claimed "the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip" were merely "the remainder of historic Palestine..." He also accused Israel of constructing an "apartheid annexation wall" and "terrorism".
Liu Jieyi, President of the Security Council, Permanent Representative of China, read a statement approved by the Obama administration which criticized only Israel as "undermining" peace and two state solution.
John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda), President of the General Assembly, supported using the UN as a source of pro-Palestinian propaganda, saying "I welcome the initiative of the Committee ... to proclaim the year 2014 as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People."
Kadra Hassan (Djibouti) speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, accused Israel of "organized terrorism" and building an "apartheid wall".
Participants unabashedly espoused the view that a Jew living on what is claimed to be Arab land is repugnant "Judaization":
At the same time - though Israel is home to 1.5 million free Arab citizens - it is Israel that allegedly practices apartheid:
The Panels Displayed
The carefully orchestrated day also had other components. The UN event room prominently featured a set of six-foot high information panels.
They described successive attempts at the Arab annihilation of Israel as random acts of spontaneous combustion: "In 1948 as a result of the war between Israel and its neighboring Arab states, almost 750,000 Palestinians...became refugees." "1967 and 1973: Following two wars, the Security Council [adopted] resolutions..."
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There was no mention of how the General Assembly's 1947 partition resolution was received - its acceptance by Jews and rejection by Arabs, the 1947-8 war launched by Arab states to prevent the creation of a Jewish state, or who started the 1967 and 1973 wars.
None of this attempted annihilation of the UN member state of Israel was a "contravention of international law." The only so-called "contravention of international law" was "the building of Israeli settlements...after the 1967 war."
Settlements were built on "Occupied Palestinian Territory" - regardless of whether in law the territory's ownership is disputed and according to agreement to be decided by negotiations.
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There is no mention of the 800,000 or more Jewish refugees expelled from Arab states after the creation of Israel.
Palestinian refugees "were uprooted" - there was no mention that Arab inhabitants of historic Palestine were advised to leave by Arab organizations and states, pending the anticipated imminent destruction of Israel.
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The panels falsely appropriate Jewish history - the Palestinians are said to have suffered an "exodus."
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Suicide-bombing, murder of Israeli civilians at home, on buses, at worship, is called an "uprising" - and, moreover, a justifiable uprising in response to Israeli occupation.
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The Israeli military operation in 2008 is carefully dated from beginning to end (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009). Eight years of Hamas rocket attacks raining down on Israelis are unrecorded. There is no start date or quantification of these attacks against Israel's civilian population - setting up the alleged moral equivalence between aggression and defensive response.
The panel quotes UN investigator Richard Goldstone but makes no mention of the fact that he retracted his primary allegation against Israel six months before this event.
The Film ScreenedAt the conclusion of the speeches, the UN screened the film "State 194," a documentary about Palestinian efforts to create a state through unilateral moves, including by seeking membership at the UN. A trailer of the film can be watched here. The trailer asserts that the Palestinians are "a people inspired to change their destiny" but does not depict many of the ways Palestinians have tried "to change their destiny" - by killing Israelis with guns, suicide bombs, rockets, and missiles aimed at Israeli civilians.
The Exclusion of NGOs not anti-IsraelThis year, for the very first time, the UN secretariat and the UN committee organizing the event went even farther in turning the UN meeting into a celebration of antisemitism. They attempted and succeeded in excluding an officially accredited UN NGO from the public meeting at UN Headquarters solely because they were not anti-Israel. The UN-accredited Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, and their representatives who were 18 Birthright Israel alumni members, were found to meet all security criteria and were given initial approval to attend and monitor the event by UN security officials. But on November 15, that approval was rescinded only because the UN Division for Palestinian Rights objected to the presence of the organization. UN security officials claimed they were concerned about "overcrowding" in the public gallery, and that they had a "duty to ensure the safe room capacity." But by rescinding the passes based on the sole objection of the UN Division for Palestinian Rights after the UN NGO office had already cleared the organization and asked Security to issue the passes, security officials applied rules that had nothing to do with security.
The UN General Assembly Debate: November 25-26, 2013
When the UN Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was finished with its meeting, Solidarity Day moved to the General Assembly, where the Israel-bashing continued and six anti-Israel resolutions were adopted.
Here's a sampling of the demonization and delegitimization of Israel, hate and antisemitism delivered via the UN platform from where it is broadcast throughout the world:Palestinian Authority:
"Over the past year, Israel has intensified its aggression, colonization, and collective punishment against the Palestinian people... Extremist Israeli settlers have continued their criminal rampages, terrorizing Palestinian civilians..."Syria:
"This is just one of the many, many acts that the government of Israel has committed over the past decades. Massacres and crimes against the Egyptians, the Jordans, the Palestinians, the Syrians, the Lebanese and so many others..."Iran:
"This is another action by this regime to distract the attention from the facts about its criminal policies and abhorrent atrocities in the region. In particular the heinous crimes committed against the people of Palestine. Mr. President, the illegal Israeli policies and practices against the Palestinian people, inter alia, intensification of illegal Israel settlement activities, widespread violence against the Palestinian, the devastating blockade on Gaza Strip, illegal construction of apartheid wall,... What is perplexing is that the Israel regime as a source of terrorism and danger and stability and instability in the region continues to perpetrate its crime and violation with a sense of impunity... The bloody hands of this regime are presently active in bringing destruction and instability all over the world in particular in the Middle East. It is ridiculous that the representative of such a regime which is main sponsor of the state terrorism could criticize other who give moral support to the freedom fighters and those who fight for a homeland against foreign occupation..."Venezuela:
"Mr. President, on November 29, 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted resolution 181 proposing the creation of two states on the territory of Palestine, an Arab state and a Jewish state. Just days after that resolution was adopted, a military offensive began of territorial and demographic expansion with the intension of expelling Palestinians from their lands and preventing their return... The occupying power has practiced state terrorism violating international law, human rights and international humanitarian law. They have flouted all United Nations resolutions putting themselves outside international law. They have practiced apartheid and ethnic cleansing..."Libya:
"[Israelis] also call on the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a state for the Jewish people ... as envisaged by the leaders of the racist Zionist movement... ... the number of Jews in 1947 was no more than 36% of the population of historic Palestine. These facts they do not want to acknowledge ... [T]he indigenous owners ... are the Palestinians..."
The UN General Assembly Resolutions - November 26, 2013The hate-mongering against the Jewish state by the the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People has specific concrete results. On November 18, 2013 the Committee transmitted four draft resolutions to the General Assembly that were adopted unamended on November 26, 2013. First and foremost these resolutions perpetuated the operations of the Committee and the vast UN secretariat apparatus for demonizing and delegimitizing Israel:
The General Assembly also adopted two additional anti-Israel resolutions: