by Prof. Paul Eidelberg
No difference between the UN and the PLO.
On November 7, 1975, the United Nations endowed the PLO with observer status in the General Assembly. Three days later, the Assembly adopted Resolution 3379 which states that “Zionism is Racism.” A profound and deadly irony underlies these resolutions.
Recall that the UN was created in 1945 as a reaction to Nazism, which had precipitated World War II and the
That resolution was a tacit declaration of war against Israel and the Jewish people.
Holocaust. However, in 1975, when the PLO was entrenched in the General Assembly, it became the successor to the Nazis. That resolution was a tacit declaration of war against Israel and the Jewish people. The UN opened its doors to the PLO and thereby legitimized a worldwide terrorist organization committed to Israel’s destruction.
The PLO should be viewed as the spearhead of the UN. It was only after the PLO was given observer status that one proposed resolution after another, hitherto quashed, was passed condemning Israel and questioning its legitimacy. Since the Arabs could not defeat Israel on the battlefield, they used the PLO and its presence in the UN to defame and destroy the “Zionist entity”.
The balance of power in the UN’s Human Rights Council is held by the Organization of the Islamic Conference – a consortium of despotic Islamic regimes that contradicts the UN Charter. The OIC, Alex Grobman points out, “adamantly maintains that the definition of terrorism never include ‘armed struggle for liberation and self-determination,’ so that when Arab terrorists blow up Jewish men, women and children in synagogues, cafes, shopping malls, pizza ships, buses, and discotheques, it is acceptable and justifiable.”
When Oriana Fallaci questioned Yasser Arafat about whether he was seeking peace, he replied: “We don’t want peace, we want victory. Peace for us means Israel’s destruction and nothing else…. We shall fight on to victory. Even for decades, for generations, if necessary.” This accords with the jihadi ethos – and Islam has the largest bloc of states in the UN.
As Bernard Lewis points out, there is no bloc of Christian or Buddhist states that meets and decides on a common course of action at the UN. In contrast, “Some fifty-five Muslim governments, including monarchies and republics, conservatives and revolutionaries, practitioners of capitalism and disciples of various kinds of socialism, friends and enemies of the United States, and exponents of a whole spectrum of shades of neutrality, have built up an elaborate apparatus of international consultation and even, on some occasions, of cooperation. They hold regular high-level conferences, and, despite differences of structure, ideology, and policy, [they] have achieved a significant measure of agreement and common action.”
Given the power of the Islamic bloc in the UN and Islam’s worldwide network of mosques preaching jihad and hatred of the Western civilization in general, and of America and Israel in particular, it is not only absurd and comic, but also self-demeaning and self-destructive for the US and Israel to remain in the UN.
In 1975, Senator Patrick Moynihan, US Ambassador to the United Nations, argued that the US should remain in opposition to the UN. In contrast, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said the UN was not worth saving and that the US should “let it sink.” By remaining in the UN, both the US and Israel undermine what is most needed in this nihilistic age, moral clarity.
Moral clarity is especially needed with respect to Islam, which Bat Ye’or called a “culture of hate,” but which, for that reason, may be called a “culture of evil.” What else can be said of Iran, the emerging superpower of the Middle East, that preaches “death to America” and “death to Israel”? What else can be said of Saudi Arabia, which finances terrorist groups to implement these maledictions?
Click here to read more
From Schmoozing with Elya & Ellie Katz