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Israel’s war against the United Nations

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres visits the Nahal Oz military base near the Gaza and Israel border on 30 August 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

In Israel’s propaganda narrative, the apartheid state attempts to portray itself as upholding law and order in the “rough neighbourhood” that is the Middle East. In explicitly racist terminology, Israeli leaders talk about themselves as the “villa in the jungle,” as Ehud Barak once put it.

But a simple look at the reality of what Israel has done and continues to do to the indigenous peoples of the Middle East shows the very opposite of law and order: death, destruction and disorder are the reign of the day. Israel has meant nothing but bad news for the Palestinian people.

In 1948, Israel was established on the ruins of an already existing society, in a country which was very much with a people: Palestine. Palestinian society was not destroyed by some act of God, or natural disaster. Palestine was not literally wiped off the map because of some clerical error.

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The majority of the Palestinian population was expelled, using extreme force. Zionist militias bombed, massacred, propagandised and raped their way through as much of Palestine as they could manage, until the neighbouring Arab armies belatedly and half-heartedly intervened.

By the time they did so in May 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians had already been expelled. Israel was established on the mass graves of the Palestinians, and incoming new Israelis were often housed in homes from which Palestinians had been expelled. Unlike in most other wars, those refugees are still blocked from returning until this day.

This is the very polar opposite of “law and order”. And since its foundation, Israel has meant nothing but death and destruction for its neighbouring countries too, starting wars with all of them, attacking, invading and massacring untold numbers of civilians.

The one person who has made probably the most accurate summary of Israel’s genuine attitude to the rule of law is no less than former minister Tzipi Livni. In the Palestine Papers it was revealed that she once told Palestinian Authority negotiators: “I am lawyer… but I am against law, international law in particular. Law in general.”

This attitude, given away only in unguarded private moments, pervades all of Israel’s dealings. And it explains its almost entirely aggressive and contemptuous attitude to the United Nations. Its campaign against the UN has recently reached a significant level.

During UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ recent visit to Israel, he stood passively at two press conference while he was arrogantly lectured by first President Reuven Rivlin and later by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Guterres pathetically seemed to assent to their ridiculous accusations that repeated UN criticisms of Israel for its human rights abuses means only that the UN is “anti-Semitic” or “biased” against Israel.

Read: Israeli settlements an obstacle to two-state solution, says UN Secretary General

The more logical explanation that Israel is carrying out human rights abuses was simply dismissed out of hand.

And yet only the previous month, in July, Israel committed its latest act of aggression against the UN, this time on the boundary with Gaza. On 12 July it arrested and then detained for three weeks without charge or trial the UN’s deputy head of security in Gaza. Hamdan Temraz was kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces at the Erez crossing while he was on his way to meet with UN colleagues in Jerusalem – despite the fact that he had a permit.

He was released earlier in August, without any explanation, and the Israeli press were banned by the military censor from reporting on it. For Palestinians, Israel’s legal system is a kangaroo court military one dominated by Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet. The kidnapping of Temraz was only the latest such Israeli abduction of Palestinian civil society workers in Gaza on entirely fabricated bases.

The story was completely ignored in the western press, which overwhelmingly is pathetically supine when it comes to criticising Israel. You can imagine the media storm that would break out if an official “enemy” state like Syria, Iran or North Korea had kidnapped  a UN official without even bothering to provide an explanation or excuse.

This is only the latest such Israeli act against the UN. Although it seems to be getting particularly acute under right-wing extremist Netanyahu, Israel has long had a history of belligerence against the UN.

During the most recent Israeli war against the civilian population of Gaza, Israel killed and injured hundreds of Palestinians in seven attacks on UN-run schools in the Gaza Strip in 2014.

“I deplore the fact that at least 44 Palestinians were killed as a result of Israeli actions and at least 227 injured at United Nations premises being used as emergency shelters,” the UN’s then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote after a UN board of inquiry reported in 2015.

The report confirmed that UN personnel repeatedly informed Israeli military authorities of the exact locations of all UN facilities, including twice-daily updates of the GPS coordinates of every facility being used as a shelter.

Read: Israel teams with US officials to dissolve UNRWA

In previous Israeli wars against Gaza, Israel targeted UN civilian facilities in a similar way.

In a particularly murderous attack on Lebanon in 1996, Israel shelled a UN base, killing more than 100 civilians and UN peacekeepers. This infamous Qana Massacre was carried out under then Prime Minister Shimon Peres, the supposed “dove” beloved by Western politicians, and lauded even by Jeremy Corbyn.

That such a massacre against the UN can be carried out by the Nobel-prize-winning Peres shows that Netanyahu’s agitation against the body is no anomaly.

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  • Vinegar Hill

    Israel is an utter disgrace to the western democratic world and in particular, as a member of the UN.

    Since its inception the country has violated international law, human rights laws and committed crimes against humanity. Several members of the Israeli government, both past and present, have had international warrants issued for their their arrest. The same applies to several high ranking officers, of one of the world’s most immoral militaries, the IDF.

    It should be expelled from the UN because it has violated, for decades, the charter of this international institution and international law. It is nothing more than a violent, savage, rogue state that brutalises, on a daily basis, the indigenous Palestinian population. The world and the Middle East will be a more hospitable place when this happens and its political and military leaders are sent to the Hague.

    • si91

      It is the UN that is a disgrace to human rights, given that it allows the heinous rogue states of the OIC to have positions of prominence despite their medieval brutality and utter lack of regard for basic human dignity, all while hypocritically singling out Israel for criticism. The world and Middle East would be a much worse place without Israeli tolerance, democracy, and innovation. The Middle East would be 100% ruled by savage dictators and theocrats, and would remain a human rights, cultural and scientific backwater.

  • kirby1

    More like UN’s war against Israel. Time to throw the UN parasites on their assss and use that valuable NY real estate for something useful.

  • Blake

    He should have reminded him that they have not adhered to the 4 conditions they were admitted to the UN on and should be expelled. UN is nothing more than a Rothschild zionist NWO with puppets installed. They dont even care what the Charter states. Its one rule for the white man and another for everybody else

  • Helen4Yemen

    …………………………………………………………………………….
    How Palestine was stolen from the Truman Online Library
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    Read how American Jews impersonated President Truman and
    called poor African and Asian nations and told them it was
    Truman speaking to them on the phone and unless they voted
    for the Jews’ state that the funds promised to them by the
    American government would be cut off. The presidents of many
    of these poor countries believed it was Truman they were
    speaking to and worried of losing the promised funds switched
    their vote from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ and that was how this ‘state’ was
    created. This information is posted at none other than the
    Truman Online Library.

    These quotes from the above mentioned interview of Edwin M
    Wright
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    In other words, the State Department didn’t even know who
    was making the decisions. Mr. Truman himself has the most
    remarkable of all statements in there, a memo that’s quoted, in
    which he says, Something’s going on and I don’t know what it
    is. Somebody called up the President of Haiti and he said that it
    was I. He said, ‘We want you to vote for the Zionist program.’
    As a result the President of Haiti changed his vote to satisfy
    what he thought was me. I don’t know who this fellow was that
    called him up
    .”

    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    In other words, somebody impersonated President Truman and
    threatened the President of Haiti. There were people who used
    President Truman’s voice and name and he didn’t know who
    they were. The State Department never found out who they
    were, but this is the way decisions are made in Washington. I
    think I know who that fellow was. It was Robert Nathan,
    because I met Robert Nathan frequently at the U.N. I had met
    him out in the Middle East, and he was the one who was
    running to the telephone booth and calling up the President of
    Liberia, calling up Costa
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    Rica, telling them, “Unless you will vote for our program, we will
    see to it that the American interhighway system is not built
    through your country.” These people assumed that Nathan and
    Co. were acting for America and nobody had consulted them at
    all. This kind of thing went on at the U.N. and in Washington and
    if you want the documentary proof of it, it’s in Mr. Truman’s
    statement.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    Before I read this statement of Mr. Truman’s I’ll have to explain
    what the situation was. There was tremendous pressure upon
    the governments of other countries to vote for the partition
    program, which the Zionists had accepted. I was at the U.N. and
    was Mr. Henderson’s assistant and was there when he read
    some of these memos. I was reporting back to the State
    Department what was happening at the U.N.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    There were a number of Jewish Zionists at the U.N., like Robert
    Nathan, Bernard Baruch, and various other people, who were
    calling up the chiefs of other states and saying, “Unless you vote
    for this partition program, the United States will not build a road
    in your country; will not help you in aid or will not do something
    else.” They were pretending they had the authority of the
    President of the United States to determine policy, when they
    were just one individual operating on their own. They had no
    authority, no official position, but they were using the
    importance of the United States as a threat against these
    countries.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    Mr. Romulo, who was the Ambassador from the Philippines, had
    initially stood against this program; did not want the Zionist
    state. They have a lot of Moslems in the Philippines and they
    were afraid that this would create trouble.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    Romulo left Washington and flew to the Philippines. When he
    got there, the Philippine President called him in saying, “You
    know, I have information from Washington that if we vote the
    way you have stated, we’re not going to get any American aid.
    We’re going to change our vote.”
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    Our ambassador also reported that the President had said that
    he had gotten this threat and was changing his vote.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    Upon this we immediately notified Mr. Truman and sent these
    documents right to him. “This is what is happening. These
    various Jewish representatives are simply using the authority of
    the United States, without any responsibility, in order to
    threaten people to vote for that program.”
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    On December the 11th, Mr. Truman wrote this letter to
    Secretary of State Acheson:
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    I read with a lot of interest your memorandum on the 10th in
    regards to the Philippine situation. [That’s the one I’ve just
    described.] It seems to me that if our delegation to the United
    Nations is to be interfered with by members of the United
    States Senate and by pressure groups in this country, we will be
    helping the United Nations down the road to failure. The
    conversation between the President of the Philippines and our
    Ambassador is most interesting. I have a report from Haiti in
    which it is stated that our consul in Haiti approached the
    President of that country and suggested to him that for his own
    good, he should order the vote of his country changed, claiming
    that he had instructions from me to make such a statement to
    the President of Haiti. As you very well know, I refused to make
    statements to any country on the subject of his vote in the
    United Nations. It is perfectly apparent that pressure groups will
    succeed in putting the United Nations out of business if this sort
    of thing is continued and I am very anxious that it be stopped.
    Harry S. Truman
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    That’s an official document. Somebody represented himself
    as the President of the United States to some foreign countries.
    This was the kind of threat that the Zionists used to change
    votes at that last session when finally it was voted by a small
    majority of two or three.”
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    https://www.trumanlibrary.ORG/oralhist/wright.htm

    • Eric11210

      There goes Madame Jihad with her insane paranoid delusions.

  • Fasdunkle

    Typical nonsense from Asa.

  • Even if you dislike the United Nations, I do not feel that Israel can seek to isolate itself from the entire world. Not in this day and age.