On November 23, 2015 the United Nations held its annual Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This was the 68th anniversary of the UN General Assembly resolution (adopted on November 29, 1947) which partitioned Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. This resolution was accepted by its Jewish inhabitants and rejected across the Arab world.
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 SpeechesContinued rejection of a Jewish state – a member of the UN – and blatant antisemitism were evident throughout the proceedings.
The Published Messages of SupportThe 60-plus year rejection of the Jewish state by Arab and Muslim countries and their UN-based campaign to destroy Israel - given full vent on Palestinian Solidarity Day - also took other forms. Multiple states and organizations submitted "Messages on the Occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People." Again, they included statements in support of the destruction of Israel and the criminal prosecution of Israelis for exercising their right of self-defense.
"...the suffering and injustice imposed on the people of Palestine by the Zionist regime... Palestinians, both Muslims and Christians, are suffering from a situation which is tantamount to ethnic-cleansing. We are all witnessing measures taken by the Zionist regime which aims at Judaizing Palestine... shudder more than ever. The sound of the collapse of the Regime's shaky foundation can clearly be heard now...[T]he Zionist regime is continuing its inhuman acts..."Government of South Africa:
"The on-going moves to internationalise the struggle, including accession to international organisations and treaties such as the ICC, are injecting a new dynamic into the pursuit of the Palestinian cause..."
The Panels Displayed
The carefully orchestrated day 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 "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 by agreement to be decided by negotiations.
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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.
There is no mention that Jewish refugees in equivalent, if not greater numbers, were expelled from Arab states after the creation of Israel.
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Suicide-bombing, murder of Israeli civilians at home, on buses, at worship, is called an "uprising" - and cast as a justifiable response to Israeli occupation.
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The Israeli military operation in Operation Cast Lead is carefully dated from beginning to end ("27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009"). Eight years of rocket attacks by Hamas that preceded Cast Lead are unrecorded. There is no start date or quantification of the rocket attacks against Israel's civilian population - setting up the alleged moral equivalence between aggression and defensive response.
The panel also erases the context that Hamas used the Palestinian civilian population as human shields - more war crimes.
On November 23, 2015, an exhibit, called "Palestinian Children: Overcoming Tragedies with Hope, Dreams, Resilience and Dignity," mounted under the auspices of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, was opened in the public entrance of UN Headquarters.
The purpose of the exhibit was to depict Palestinian children "at play" and suffering due to Israeli "oppression". Missing from the exhibit:
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At the opening ceremony of the exhibit Palestinian representative Riyad Mansour openly praised Palestinian children who have attacked Israelis:
The UN General Assembly Debate: November 23-24, 2015
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 subsequently adopted.
Speeches by states explaining their votes and positions were made on November 23 and 24, 2015. Here is a sampling of the hysterical lies, the demonization and delegitimization of Israel, hate and antisemitism delivered via a UN platform from where it is broadcast throughout the world:Palestinian Authority:
"Israel has continued killing and injuring Palestinian civilians in military raids, air strikes and sniper attacks. Children and youth are clearly being targeted by the excessive force and malice of the occupying forces and settlers...All of this has been accompanied by racist, discriminatory policies...There has been blatant dehumanization of the Palestinian people, who have been characterized as terrorists and animals, including by Israelis' highest officials, and whose legitimate resistance to the occupation has been criminalized as terrorism, quote-unquote...It has also exacerbated Israeli prejudices against the Palestinian people, fueling paranoia, aggression and extremism among Israelis...and incitement for their crimes and terror...[T]he Israeli Representative is not different from all colonial power, especially settler colonial power, who always through history have blamed the victims for all the evil crimes of the victimizers, the occupier..."Libya:
"67 years have elapsed since the tragedy of the Palestinian people started. Their suffering began when the migrant Jews invaded their territories in 1948. They forced them to leave their homeland and establish the Israeli entity with no borders 'til this very day, so it continued to expand at the expense of the Arab and Palestinian territories the more power they gained...Venezuela:
We're not here to enumerate the Israeli occupation practices that aim to alter the demography of the usurped Palestinian land and Judaize Jerusalem since it's known and documented at the UN organs and all international organizations.
However, it could be of interest to recall that the Israeli entity was established on a policy of terrorism and devoiding [sic] the territory from its people. To that end, they terrorized the Palestinians and dis-appropriate their land, level them. They demolish their homes. They forcefully displace them, establish settlements and expand them to be another habitat for extremist Jewish Israelis coming from all four corners of the globe.
The Israeli -- the extortioner [sic] Israeli entity has proved over the past seven decades that it was not established on terrorism per se, but terrorism is an instilled concept in its practices and a paramount pillar to its existence. This is clear from the war crimes, crimes against humanity ... used by the Israeli military against women and children everywhere in Palestine...
It's high time for ... all those Israeli officials who have committed or were responsible dangerous crimes against the Palestinian people to be prosecuted at the ICC..."
"We strongly condemn the systematic policy of repression against the Palestinian population, the brutal and cowardly attacks by Israel against innocent people... These are acts of state terrorism, war crimes and crimes against humanity.Kuwait on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Countries:
With this in mind, we'd like to reiterate our support to the request made by Palestine, its referral to the International Criminal Courts that the perpetrators of such acts be brought to justice. Accountability is one of the essential preconditions to ensure peace and stability in the region.
We would like to denounce once again and deplore the Israeli policy of attacking Palestinian children..."
"The OIC condemns in the strongest terms ... the policy of execution and deliberate murder carried out by the Israeli occupation forces and extremist Israeli settlers against defenseless Palestinian civilians, including children...Syria:
There is no doubt that Israel considers the silence of the international community towards its crimes as encouragement to proceed with the state terrorism... These Israeli acts of aggression constitute war crimes, and the perpetrators should be brought to justice...the horrendous Israeli war crimes and atrocities against the people under its 48th year military occupation."
"The Palestinian people and the Syrian people under the yoke of Israeli occupation in Golan cannot bear to be used as a goal for Israeli leaders to project their weapons of blind Jewish hatred... [A]n Israeli soldier ... represents the terrorism, racism and hatred of the Israeli policies, including -- allow me to mention, Mr. President, the support of Israel to the terrorist groups in the occupied territories..."Cuba:
"The policy of her country [Israel] has tilted to the shoot to kill, an incitement to violence and extrajudicial killings. What are extrajudicial killings, a fundamental pillar of Israeli democracy and respect for human rights in the most pure sense of Israeli democracy?"United Arab Emirates:
"Israel committed a number of heinous crimes against the Palestinian people, including the killing of civilians, the demolition of houses and mass arbitrary arrests that included even children..."Maldives:
"...Israeli occupation and the apartheid system that is currently in place..."Lebanon:
"... they do not even spare innocent children..."Egypt:
"...ending occupation and all illegitimate Judaization attempts by Israel..."
UN General Assembly Resolutions - November 24, 2015
The 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 13, 2015 the Committee transmitted four draft resolutions to the General Assembly that were adopted on November 24, 2015. First and foremost these resolutions perpetuated the operations of the Committee and the vast UN secretariat apparatus for demonizing and delegimitizing Israel:
The resolution was adopted by a vote of 99 in favor to 8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 59 abstentions.
The General Assembly also adopted 2 other anti-Israel resolutions: "The Syrian Golan," A/RES/70/17 (calling on Israel to withdraw from the Golan - at the same time that Israeli soldiers on the Golan are treating and saving the lives of Syrian victims of the genocidal Assad regime) was adopted by vote of 105 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 56 abstentions. "Jerusalem," A/RES/70/16 was adopted by vote of 153 in favor to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 8 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Toga, Tonga).
These resolutions support the use of the United Nations to incite hate against Israel through events such as the UN's "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" via the vehicles of these pro-Palestinian UN organs. And so the vicious cycle of UN-sponsored anti-Israel propaganda continues.