Israel was condemned by the UN more than twice as much as every other country


Since 2015 the UN passed 141 resolutions against Israel, more than double the rest of the world.

By Jack Elbaum, The Algemeiner

The United Nations General Assembly condemned Israel twice as often as it did all other countries combined in 2023, according to UN Watch.

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The Geneva-based NGO, which monitors the UN, found that the General Assembly last year passed 14 resolutions singling out Israel, while passing only seven condemning other countries. The international body passed two measures against Russia and one each against North Korea, Myanmar, Syria, Iran, and the United States.

Notably, there were zero resolutions passed condemning countries such as Venezuela, Lebanon, China, Saudi Arabia, or Iraq — or terrorist groups such as Hamas — all of which have poor human rights records or committed extensive war crimes last year.
The UN focusing a disproportionate amount of its time on Israel is a long-standing trend. Since 2015, the General Assembly has passed 141 resolutions condemning Israel, which is more than double the number of condemnatory resolutions targeted at all other countries combined. And since 2006, the UN Human Rights Council has passed 104 resolutions against Israel, as opposed to 99 against other countries.

The resolutions condemning Israel in 2023 included two statements saying that its presence in the Golan Heights, a strategic region on Israel’s northern border previously controlled by Syria, was illegal; an affirmation that the security barrier in the West Bank “severely impedes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination”; and a more general assertion that the UN “deplores those policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories.”

Two of the General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel were specifically tied to its defensive war in Gaza in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel. Those measures did not mention the Palestinian terror group or condemn the Oct. 7 onslaught, in which 1,200 people were killed and 240 others taken as hostages.

Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, called the ratio of condemnatory resolutions “absurd” in a statement, arguing that “the purpose of the lopsided condemnations is to demonize the Jewish state.”

“This demonization fuels the antisemitic agitators in America today and around the world who are threatening Jews on campus, at community centers, and at their businesses,” he added.

Neuer also questioned the European Union’s commitment to equally applying human rights standards, pointing out that “while France, Sweden, and other EU states have supported nearly all of the 14 resolutions adopted against Israel during this General Assembly session, the same European nations have failed to introduce a single UNGA resolution on the human rights situations in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Algeria, or on 170 other countries.”


His criticism came on the heels of widespread scrutiny of another UN body — UN Women, which describes itself as a “global champion for women and girls” — for its prolonged silence on the extensive gender-based and sexual violence against Israeli women during Hamas’ Oct. 7 terrorist attack.

The UN agency for gender equality and women’s empowerment released on Nov. 25 its first statement about the Hamas atrocities — 50 days after the onslaught took place. A week later, on Dec. 1, the agency condemned the Hamas attacks for the time, saying it was “alarmed” by accounts of systematic sexual violence and supported an investigation into the matter

The criticism reached its apex in November, when UN Women’s deputy executive director did not directly answer a question when asked on CNN why she would not “specifically call out Hamas and the mounting evidence” of mass rapes and sexual violence, including torture, perpetrated against Israeli women and girls.

More than half the countries on the executive board of UN Women are non-democracies, such as Afghanistan. Similar concerns have been expressed about the UN Human Rights Council, whose executive board includes countries such as China, Pakistan, and Sudan — as well as the General Assembly, of which only 44 percent of its members are free democracies, according to Freedom House.

Source: World Israel News


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