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Ten Ways Israel is Treated Differently

Ten Ways Israel is Treated Differently

Here's my list. I invite readers to suggest other examples that particularly irk them.

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First, Israel is the only UN member state whose very right to exist is under constant challenge. Notwithstanding the fact that Israel was created with the imprimatur of the UN and has been a member of the world body since 1949, there is a relentless chorus of nations, institutions and individuals denying Israel's very political legitimacy. No one would dare question the right to exist of Libya, Saudi Arabia or Syria. Why is it open hunting season on Israel, as if we didn't know the answer?

Second, Israel is the only UN member state that's been publicly targeted for annihilation by another UN member state. Think about it. The Iranian president calls for wiping Israel off the map. Is there any other country that faces such an open call for genocidal destruction?

Third, Israel is the only nation whose capital city, Jerusalem, is not recognized by other nations. Imagine the absurdity of this. Foreign diplomats live in Tel Aviv while conducting virtually all their business in Jerusalem. Though no Western nation questions Israel's presence in the city's western half, where the prime minister's office, Knesset and Ministry of Foreign Affairs are located, there are no embassies there. In fact, look at listings of world cities, including places of birth in passports, and you'll often see something striking – Paris, France; Tokyo, Japan; Pretoria, South Africa; Lima, Peru; and Jerusalem, sans country – orphaned, if you will.

Fourth, the UN has two agencies that deal with refugees. One, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), focuses on all the world's refugee populations, save one. The other, the United Nations Refugee and Works Administration (UNRWA), handles only the Palestinians. But the oddity goes further than two structures and two bureaucracies. They have two different mandates. UNHCR seeks to resettle refugees; UNRWA does not. When, in 1951, John Blanford, UNRWA's director, proposed resettling up to 250,000 refugees in Arab countries, those countries refused, leading to his resignation. The message got through. No UN official since has pushed for resettlement.

Moreover, the UNRWA and UNHCR definitions of a refugee differ markedly. Whereas the UNHCR targets those who have fled their homelands, the UNRWA definition covers "the descendants of persons who became refugees in 1948," without any generational limitations.

Fifth, Israel is the only country that has won all its major wars for survival and self-defense, yet it's confronted by defeated adversaries who insist on dictating the terms of peace. In doing so, ironically, they've found support from many countries who, victorious in war, demanded -- and got – border adjustments.

Sixth, Israel is the only country that has been censured by name -- not once, but nine times -- since the new UN Human Rights Council was established in June 2006. Astonishingly, or maybe not, this UN body has failed to adopt a single resolution critical of any real human rights abuser. When finally discussing the Darfur situation, the Council shamefully balked at pointing a finger at Sudan.

Seventh, Israel is the only country that, in violation of the spirit of the UN Charter, isn't a full member of one of the five regional blocs -- Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and West Europe and Others (WEOG) -- that determine eligibility for candidacy for key UN posts. While Israel achieved a breakthrough in 2000 and joined WEOG, its membership is limited to New York, not other UN centers, and is both conditional and temporary.

Eighth, Israel is the only country that's the daily target of three UN bodies established solely to advance the Palestinian cause and to bash Israel -- the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People, and the Division for Palestinian Rights in the UN's Department of Political Affairs.

Ninth, Israel is the only country that is the target of a boycott by the British-based National Union of Journalists. An earlier British boycott against Israeli academic institutions was voided on a technicality because the union that adopted the measure merged with another. There is now an incipient call by some in the British Medical Association to exclude its Israeli counterpart from the World Medical Association.

And tenth, Israel is the only country where some associated with its majority population, i.e., Jews, openly call, for political or religious reasons, to dismantle the state. Is there a comparable situation to those religious voices of Neturei Karta, for example, who traveled to Teheran to join publicly with a leader seeking Israel's destruction, as well as those political extremists who seek to delegitimize the State of Israel and call for a "one-state" solution? Speaking of our own worst enemies... Tackling any one of these ten, much less all of them, is a daunting challenge, to state the painfully obvious. And, as I suggested, this list is far from complete. But it gives a sense of what's going on beyond the daily headlines.

The old ad used to say that you don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's Jewish rye bread. Well, surely, you don't have to be an ardent pro-Israel activist to be troubled by the unjust treatment of Israel. All it takes is a capacity for outrage that things like this are going on before our very eyes.

This article originally appeared in the Jerusalem Post.

Published: May 19, 2007


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Visitor Comments: 52

(52) Yitzchok, August 16, 2013 5:33 PM

League of nations gave Great Britain the mandate for Palestine which included Israel,West bank and Trans jordan

Palestine was to be administered by England as a homeland for the Jews as stipulated in the League of Nations mandate.
They had no right to arbitrarily give away the Transjordan portion to the Arabs without giving the rest of Palestine to the Jews.
Gaza and the West bank should belong to Israel.


http://www.mythsandfacts.org/conflict/mandate_for_palestine/mandate_for_palestine.htm

(51) Bucinka, June 29, 2007 9:43 PM

Here's another way Israel is treated differently

In a 10/23/06 New Yorker article about the inequitable distribution of potable water in the world (www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/10/23/061023fa_fact1), the author points out that one reason water is unequally distributed is the population explosion in Southeast Asia, which relies on rice for its staple crop. Rice is a notoriously water-intensive crop to grow. Naturally, no one excoriates any of those countries for their water consumption habits. Israel, despite turning one of the bleakest desert regions on earth into one of the most productive agricultural regions on earth, regularly is excoriated for its water use.

(50) Frank Cohn, June 4, 2007 10:32 AM

U.N.'s Arab Voting Bloc

Why does no one point out the "Arab" voting bloc in the U.N. We always hear them talk and take pride in their Arab & Muslim unity, we hear of the "Muslim Nation". Well, good. They should have but a single seat in the U.N.!! Otherwise, maybe the American Nation, ie: the United States, should have 50 plus seats (the plus is for U.S. "Protectorates" like, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Somoa, etc).
Currently, this allows the Arab nations, to Control the General Assembly votes - which invalidates the entire foundation and purpose of the United Nations.
I was very upset when this Arab/Muslim bloc was allowed to kick out the Israeli Red Magen David (Israeli version of the Red Cross - Red Crecent ) and the fiasco with UNESCO. Additionally, with billions of dollars from oil, this Arab bloc is "Pumping" the media, that is filling the media with much hatred, using falsehoods and lies, so as to demean, belittle, and villify the Great Nation of Israel. This should NOT be tolerated by the U.N., that other Member Nations refuse to speak out against such tactics indicates that the U.N. has been trivialized and made ineffective. Which will lead, very quickly, to it's own demise - actually, this may have already happened.

It's also worth noting that although Jerusalem is synonymous with Judaism and the Jewish people, the Jewish people were NOT allowed to visit the Western Wall to pray at Judaism's most Holy Site until after she, Israel, won the 1967 war. This in spite of the U.N.'s mandate of '47 for Jerusalem to be open to all. Add to this the descration of numerous Jewish gravesites and holy places. Can you imagine what would happen if Muslims were to be treated in similar fashion?

And, what does the U.N. have to say about the propogation of hated, spoon fed to the children in Arab nations. Brainwashing little kids to hate - but not to love. Amazing, sad, and cruel.

(49) Anny Matar, June 2, 2007 12:03 PM

THE WORLD IS OUR ENEMY BUT SO ARE WE

OUR "INTELLECTUAL" LEFT LOUDLY SUPPOTS THE BRITISH BOYCOTT BUT, LET ME TELL THEM ALL THEY DON'T APPRECIATE OR LIKE YOU MORE FOR IT, THEY USE YOU AND THEY'LL DROP YOU LIKE HOT POTATOES WHEN THEY WON'T NEED YOU ANY MORE AND YOU'VE LOST ALL, YOURSELVES AND YOUR PRIDE. EVERY CITIZEN IS PROUD OF HIS COUNTRY BUT NOT OURS, THEY'RE WHAT JABOTINSKY CALLED "THE BICYCLE RIDERS" AND TO COMPARE THEM TO NETUREY KARTA IS CERTAINLY NOT FLATTERING.
AS FOR THE U.N. THEY THINK WE'RE JUST A "TEMPORARY" CREATION AND THEREFORE DON'T BELONG TO THIS "OUTSTANDING" FORUM BUT, BOY, ARE THEY WRONG !!!!THEY'RE NOT THE FIRST TO DESPISE US BUT NEITHER THEY NOR "THE PROGRESSIVE" WORLD BEFORE THEM HAVE MANAGED IT, NOT FOR THE LACK OF TRYING, MIND YOU,BUT WHAT WE HAVE IS MUCH STRONGER THAN OIL AND IT WON'T EVER RUN OUT, WE HAVE OUR PRIDE,OUR COUNRTY, OUR BLIEF IN OUR STRENGTHS AND ABOVE ALL GOD.

ANNY MATAR
a secular believer in God

(48) Anonymous, May 31, 2007 11:32 PM

Of Course

What did you expect, that the Nations (United or not) will start loving us once we have a State? The prophet Ezekiel said it thousands of years ago: "And that which you think, 'let us be a nation like all nations,' will never, ever happen." G-d won't let us forget that we are different. If we keep apart by living a Torah life, fine. If not, he'll remind us by other means. Being 60 years removed from the Holocaust, we should know.

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