In case anyone is interested in keeping count, 21 resolutions specific to Israel were passed during this year’s General Assembly session. That’s one less than the number of General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel that passed last year. That’s a lot of solidarity with the Palestinians’ distortion of the truth.
“I ask all in the international community to work together to translate the solidarity expressed on this occasion into positive action for peace and justice,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. “The goal remains clear – an end to the occupation that started in 1967 and the creation of a sovereign, independent, and viable State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders, living side by side in peace with a secure State of Israel.”
It must be nice for the Palestinians to know that they have the UN Secretary General on their side as the world approaches the Palestinians’ special year of solidarity. He declared as “clear” the final status border between Israel and a Palestinian state based on the Palestinians’ uncompromising demand, without any mention of other troublesome issues such as the Palestinians’ insistence on the “right of return” of millions of their refugees’ descendants to pre-1967 Israel. It’s probably even more comforting for the Palestinians to know that they have President Obama in their corner as well on these issues.
The General Assembly year of solidarity resolution requested the UN’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to organize activities around the year-long observance, in cooperation with member state governments, the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations and civil society. In other words, the United Nations facilities will become the Palestinians’ stage to flaunt their victimhood melodrama, as often as possible and however they choose, for the next full year.
In its report to this year’s session of the General Assembly, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People stated its priorities for 2014:
The Committee intends to mobilize increased international scrutiny of the developments on the ground, in particular settlement activities, and will emphasize responsibility and promote action by the international community to put an end to all illegal Israeli policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The Committee will examine the legal ramifications of the new international status of the State of Palestine, and will also continue to call attention to the plight of the Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails and urge a resolution of their plight.
Thus, expect lots of Sturm und Drang at the UN all year long over alleged Israeli atrocities, settlements and bad faith in the peace negotiations. Expect one-sided seminars and forums on Palestinians’ legal rights as a “state,” and solemn “academic” discussions of how the Palestinians must have recourse to the International Criminal Court to seek redress for alleged Israeli crimes against humanity. There likely will be more calls to endorse the campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, which is already gaining some traction on U.S. campuses. Will years of Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians and the Palestinians’ use of their own women and children as human shields and suicide bombers be discussed in any of those sessions? Will Israel’s significant help to support the Palestinians’ economy in the West Bank be acknowledged? Not a chance.
Plays, art work and concerts most likely will be used for emotional effect to dramatize the Palestinians’ plight – self-inflicted as it may be.
Staged photographs of desperate looking Palestinian children amidst rubble in Gaza have already appeared on UN walls. And the UN itself has also been a party to disseminating false information via emotional photographic images. One such photo, purporting to show a bloodied Palestinian child injured by an Israeli air strike, was included in a tweet by an Information and Media Coordinator for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Along with the photo she sent out on Twitter, she included the following message: “Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by #Israel. Another father carrying his child to a grave in #Gaza.” The photo, it turns out, was actually taken in 2006 and was of a girl injured by falling off a swing. But the truth rarely catches up with the lies that regularly circulate at the UN when it comes to the Palestinians and their self-pitying narrative of victimhood.
Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and the new book, Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.