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Alleged UN bias against Israel and the extension of imperialism

Speaking with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated alleged claims of bias harboured by the imperialist organisation against the settler-colonial state. Claiming application of different standards by the UN with regard to Israel, Netanyahu utilised the meeting to extend incitement against Palestine on an international level, in full cognition of the fact that such comments will be absorbed and incorporated within an atmosphere that promotes violations of international law and human rights.

Within the UN, according to Netanyahu, “there was no justice in the fact that the standard applied to Israel was different than that applied to other countries”. Further elaboration on the statement produced claims of the UN Human Rights Council allegedly bypassing investigation into Hamas’ conduct during “Operation Protective Edge” which, according to Netanyahu, constitutes an unwarranted defence.

The comments, which constituted a brief overview of Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly, also attempted to convey an image of the Zionist colonial massacre as a defence necessity, bolstered with references to the Iron Dome as protection for Israel’s settler-population.

Discourse fuelled by aggression served as the support for Netanyahu’s comments, Palestine’s demilitarisation – discussed incessantly during the murderous assault on Gaza, was utilised to ensure further evocation of hypothetical threats in order to reinforce adherence to colonial processes.

Simplification, therefore, was a consistent feature of Netanyahu’s incongruous laments – echoed elsewhere such as in the joint statement with US President Barack Obama at the White House. With both leaders echoing Israel’s security concerns as a primary objective, tragedy was reversed in order to promote the possibility of threat against wilful accomplices of the settler-colonial state as a more tangible reality than the committed massacres against Palestinians in Gaza.

Citing international bias against Israel, while not unprecedented within Netanyahu’s various discourses, becomes particularly ominous in light of “Protective Edge” and its aftermath, which is replete with insistence upon Palestinian subjugation and surveillance in return for Gaza’s reconstruction. The conjecture, which is entirely unfounded unless interpreted to decipher the opposite, namely bias in favour of Israel’s constant scheming to expand colonisation, has nevertheless become an additional framework within which other accomplishments, such as the earlier inclusion of Israel into the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) and the more recent inclusion of the settler-colonial state on the decolonisation committee, are achieved.

For Israel and its allies, including the UN, the technical references to “Protective Edge” will continue to be endorsed until their usefulness is extracted completely to provide justification for further oppression. The UN’s tactic of futile condemnations juxtaposed against increasing insistence upon Israel’s right to defend itself is reminiscent of other contradictions that have brought about further deterioration of Palestine, such as the issue of settlements disassociated from settler-colonialism. The only difference in standards applied to Israel compared to other countries is the persistent invalidation of Palestinian narratives in order to ensure Israel’s impunity – not only within the fabrication of the state endorsed by the UN, but also as an extension of imperialism in the Middle East.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

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