On November 24, 2014 the United Nations held its annual Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This was the 67th 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 67 years after the adoption of the partition plan, the Palestinians have still not ceased the relentless attempt to eradicate the Jewish State.
The meeting room was 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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The SpeechesLibelous accusations against Israel,intended to demonize the country, along with calls for Israel's economic strangulation, characterized the proceedings.
Palestinian UN representative Riyad Mansour, speaking on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, accused Israel of "terrorism" and of constructing an "apartheid annexation wall".
Palitha Kohona (Sri Lanka), Chairman of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, urged economic isolation of Israel: "The special committee has urged the international community to transparently investigate the activities of companies in their respective country that profit from the exploitation of Israel in the West Bank..."
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon equated Palestinian attacks against Israel, and Israeli acts of self-defense, stating "The mindless cycle of destruction must end..."
Ahmed Amin Fathalla (Egypt), speaking on behalf of Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, said "Israel has flouted international law... Israel has unleashed war. It is a war of racism... The Israeli government has adopted a law to strengthen the Jewish essence of Israel...Israel has ... committed crimes and massacres, horrible massacres, of Palestinian people...These are crimes described as war crimes, as genocide..."
Golamhosein Dehghani (Iran), speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, accused Israel of "persistent illegal policies" and "called upon the international community and the International Criminal Court to investigate the crimes committed by Israel."
Mohsen Elias (Saudi Arabia) speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said there had been "crimes of war by Israel... the occupying power is continuing its racist policy..."
Participants unabashedly espoused the view that a Jew living on what is claimed to be Arab land is repugnant "Judaization:"
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.
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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. In 1948 "The first Arab-Israeli war breaks out" - not that the Arab states started the war seeking to completely destroy the nascent state of Israel. The Arab attempts in 1967 and 1973 to erase Israel are merely described as "two 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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Suicide-bombing, murder of Israeli civilians at home, on buses, at worship, is called an "uprising" - and justified as responding to "Israeli occupation".
On November 24, 2014, an exhibit called "The Long Journey" displaying images from UNRWA's audiovisual archive, was opened in the public entrance of UN Headquarters.
The purpose of the exhibit was to "tell the story of a Palestinian heritage full of dignity and hardship." Missing from the exhibit:
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The UN General Assembly Debate: November 24-25, 2014
When the UN Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) 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 is a sampling of the demonization and delegitimization of Israel, the hate and antisemitism delivered via the UN platform - from where it is broadcast throughout the world:Palestinian Authority:
"Israel pursued a scorched-earth policy, destroying homes and massacring civilians with vengeance, laying waste to entire communities and terrorizing the whole population... [G]ross human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law amounting to war crimes were committed by Israel...We reiterate the need for accountability for all of these Israeli crimes... raging violence, discrimination and virulent racism ... by Israeli extremists... Israel also continues ... committing acts of violence and terror against Palestinian civilians... the apartheid wall..."Libya:
"[T]he Israeli entity ... is seeking to control all plots of land of historic Palestine so that Israel can expand and strengthen itself as a racist state where only Jews can live. Furthermore, we would remark the racist nature of Israeli entity which is being strengthened every day because of the laws of the occupying power and its practices in accordance with the Zionist doctrine that the General Assembly had declared a form of racism by its resolution 3379...illegitimate work to Judaize Al Quds... Jews now have over 95% of historic Palestinian territory... We in Libya invite the Palestinian Authority to accede to the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court as quickly as possible in order to ensure that those who have perpetrated grave crimes against the Palestinian people are duly judged..."Syria:
"[T]he Israeli illegal entity is trying to asphyxiate us as Syrian citizens...Israeli aggression against Gaza, during which war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed... Israel has ... a black record of crimes against humanity and crimes of war..." "Iran:
" [T]he criminal policies and abhorrent atrocities of this regime...the apartheid wall... [T]his regime is continuing and even intensifying its heinous crimes against oppressed, defenseless Palestinian people... [T]he Israeli regime... is the main sponsor of state terrorism... [I]ts long list of crimes and atrocities ... include, but is not limited to, occupation, aggression, militarism, state terrorism ... and crimes against humanity. "Venezuela:
"Acts of state terrorism and war crimes perpetrated by the occupying force are liable for international prosecution... "Cuba:
"Palestinian civilians were victims of the massacre that was carried out by Israel... [T]he systematic war crimes ... are causing immense suffering to the people of Palestine..."Bolivia:
"[T]here should be a limit to, an end to ... the Judaization of Jerusalem... [W]e condemn the Israeli project to Judaize Jerusalem..."Saudi Arabia:
"[T]he law issued by the Israeli cabinet ... declares Israel as a Jewish nation. This is discrimination..."
The UN General Assembly Resolutions - November 25, 2014The hate-mongering against the Jewish state by the the CEIRPP has specific concrete results. On November 18, 2014 the Committee transmitted four draft resolutions to the General Assembly that the GA rubber-stamped November 25, 2014. First and foremost these resolutions perpetuated the operations of the Committee itself and the vast UN secretariat apparatus for demonizing and delegimitizing Israel:
"Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People" was adopted by the General Assembly by vote of 94 votes in favor to 7 against (Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, United States of America), with 56 abstentions.