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UN Assessment Of Israel Is Too Harsh

| by Shani Shahmoon

A report issued by biased leaders within the United Nations is being sold as the end-all-be-all to the alleged declaration of Israel's faults. 

Al Jazeera reported that The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut had launched a study and released a report on Mar. 15 that promotes the authors' anti-Israel agenda. Its statistics are not raw, but rather skewed, and many aspects of the "criticism" of Israel blatantly fall under the United States' Department of State definition of anti-Semitism.

But what else should one expect from the (not-so-united) United Nations?

This report, titled, "Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid," was launched by the ESCWA, whose membership consists of 18 Arab countries -- specifically, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, the State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, according to the agency's website.

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The head of the ESCWA, Rima Khalaf, whom has been questioned and reported for anti-Semitic reports, as well as Richard Falk, a staunch anti-Israel activist and 9/11 skeptic, launched the report, Fox News and Al Jazeera explain.

The ESCWA openly declared in the report, as an agency, that the statistics prove Israel's establishment as "an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole." 

All the while, the report was published without consultation with the UN Secretariat and has not been endorsed by the UN security general, the Middle East Eye reported.

Many of the key arguments are less than foolproof.

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For one, the report incorrectly states that the Gaza Strip is governed by "military law" alongside Jewish settlers "governed by Israeli civil law."

Israeli citizens and forces completely removed themselves from the Gaza Strip in 2005, right before terrorist organization Hamas was elected into power. 

So either the authors are trying to make readers believe that the military police is still in Gaza, which has been false for over a decade, or they are blaming Israel's removal of its forces for the Palestinian people's elected officials.

Furthermore, another major component listed would be the focus of Israel's Right of Return 

As of this moment, Israel does not permit Palestinians and their descendants their rights to return to Israel, or what they still consider Palestine.

Similarly, nine of the 18 countries that are members of ESCWA forbid admission to Israeli passport holders, along with seven other Arab countries, according to the Duran.

From 800,000 to a million Jews were estimated to be living in Arab countries in 1948, and of those, nearly 600,000 came to Israel, the Jewish Virtual Library states.

Those Arab Jews are not given a right of return.

The ESCWA's contention with this falls blatantly under the U.S. Department of State's guidelines, which concludes that holding the only Jewish country to a double standard is anti-Semitic

The UN's disproportionate focus on Israel has been going on for far too long.

The Jerusalem Post reported that an entire agenda item -- specifically, Agenda Item 7 -- was mandated to solely to Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians, while Agenda Item 4 focuses on all other countries, such as Syria and Saudi Arabia, which are also members of the ESCWA.

In addition, since the Human Rights Council's creation in 2006, it has declared more condemnations against Israel than any other country.

For example, the UN Watch reported that in 2016, the UN General Assembly racked up 20 resolutions against Israel, with only six other resolutions on the rest of the world. Just three of which were given to Syria, and one each to Iran, North Korea and Crimea.

So much isn't adding up.

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Sources: Al Jazeera, (2), Fox News, The Duran, The Jewish Virtual Library, ESCWA, UN Watch, The Jerusalem Post, US Department of State, Middle East Eye / Photo credit: The United Nations

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