The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on November 4th, singled out Israel for condemnation. Many UNGA delegates represent countries that severely and regularly harm their own citizens—such as Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. UN Watch executive director, Hillel Neuer, was spot on when he said, “The UN’s assault on Israel with a torrent of one-sided resolutions is surreal.”
Germany & the Netherlands joined the jackals yesterday by voting for 6 out of 7 resolutions singling out Israel, and downplaying Jewish ties to Jerusalem, even though their foreign ministers Heiko Maas & Stef Blok had each promised last year to oppose anti-Israel bias at the UN. https://t.co/Emz8jDsOwh
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) November 5, 2020
Not only is it surreal, it’s also an assault on justice. Antisemitism presents as just a hatred for Jews, but it functions as a tool of smoke and mirrors. It’s wielded by those who target their victims while directing negative attention, erroneously, onto the Jewish people. The Iranian regime uses antisemitism as they hang innocent men to death for being gay and arrest and torture innocent women for removing the hijab, while the regime shouts “death to Israel” during the moments in between. And they put their money where their mouth is—by funding enclaves of Islamists determined to destroy the Jewish state.
Though the UNGA’s composition includes cruel and corrupt governments aplenty, the most pure blame falls squarely on the presumably enlightened and secular countries that comprise the rest of the assembly.
France is still reeling from three recent Islamic terror attacks — the very terror that Israel protects its citizens from constantly. Yet, the French delegate joined Iran, North Korea, Qatar, Turkey, etc., in singling out only Israel for condemnation, and not the countries that wield terrorism as their currency of control.
Less than two weeks after a teenager from Chechnya, motivated by Islam, slaughtered a middle school teacher in the streets of France, a Palestinian Sheik praised the killer from the Jews’ holiest site, in Israel, where the Islamic Waqf prohibits Jews and Christians from praying.
Sheikh Issam Amira, from the perch of the ancient Jewish Temple Mount of Jerusalem, in the Al Aqsa Mosque, boasted in Arabic:
“When a Muslim of Chechen origin beheaded an infidel who slandered the Prophet Muhammad, people called this ‘terrorism’ . . . Well, it is a great honor for him and all Muslims that there was such a young man . . .”
And the day after that, also from the Temple Mount, Palestinian Nidhal Siam, rallied his co-religionists. He shouted in Arabic and they returned his battle cries in repetitive chants:
“Soon enough, there will be a rightly-guided Caliphate, in the path of the Prophet Muhammad. Its great armies will advance, saying ‘Allah Akbar,’ [Allah is the greatest] and ‘There is no God but Allah,’ to invade France and conquer Rome, in order to instill justice and spread light there. Soon, oh Macron, we shall remove your corrupt civilization, and purge the land from the filth of your capitalism. Soon, Allah willing, we will rule you with the justice and magnificent civilization of Islam. . .”
Italy and France, despite being the subject of that threat, joined other European countries in approving resolutions that not only singled out the one Jewish state, the only democracy in the Middle East, for relentless bullying, but they also enabled the language that blotted out the original name of the Temple Mount, referring to it only as its more newly conjured Islamic name. They gave substance to Sheik Amira’s call for, “the word of Allah” to reign “supreme over the word of the infidels.” Will Italy and France behave the same when Islamists conquer the Vatican and Notre Dame?
This pattern has been going on for decades. Yet, fundamentalist Islamic adherents recently attacked Vienna, the Brussels airport, a concert venue in England, a tourist street in Spain, cafes, a stadium, a parade and an opera house in France, Christmas markets in Germany and in Sweden and on and on.
If these countries are accommodating bad people in the hopes of being left unscathed, it hasn’t been working.
There are few people in the world who’d like to see the Palestinians settle into a peaceful and productive life more so than the Israelis – who would directly benefit from that. But, the same ideology that motivates the Islamists within Palestinian society to conquer instead of cooperate, to damage instead of build, is the same ideology that keeps Nigerians from farming, or Europeans from being able to enjoy an afternoon tea or evening concert without the fear of being mutilated while doing so.
The UN resolutions are not about helping Palestinians. The Palestinian people do not suffer because of the Jews, but because of the ideology that has suppressed them and Islamicized nations for centuries—the same ideology that motivates adherents to be brutal throughout Europe (and in North America and the Middle East and Africa).
Faith Quintero is the author of Loaded Blessings, a family saga that alternates between Inquisition era Spain and modern-day Israel. It’s among the Federalist’s top books of 2019 list and a Montaigne Medal finalist for the Eric Hoffer awards. The Montaigne Medal is an additional distinction, awarded to “the most thought-provoking books.”