By: Max Gelber, United with Israel
18 December 2016
An admission of guilt coming from the top – the UN chief concedes that the world body’s occupation with Israel is “disproportionate.”
The United Nations (UN) is biased against Israel and obsessed, Ban Ki-moon acknowledged.
“We must never accept bias against Israel within UN bodies,” he said in a statement delivered Friday to the UN Security Council, summarizing his 10 years in office.
Ban admitted that the UN has a “disproportionate volume of resolutions, reports and conferences criticizing Israel” and that “in many cases, rather than helping the Palestinian cause, this reality has hampered the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.”
“The Secretary General admitted the clear truth, the UN’s hypocrisy towards Israel has broken records over the past decade,” Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon stated in reaction.
“During this time the UN passed 223 resolutions condemning Israel while only eight resolutions condemning the Syrian regime as it has massacred its citizens over the past six years. This is absurd,” said Danon. “With a new Secretary General set to take office next month, we look forward to the possibility of a new era of fairness at the UN.”
The UNHRC is infamously biased against Israel, with nearly half of its resolutions focused solely on Israel while completely ignoring war, strife and atrocities committed around the globe. Israeli leaders and officials have cited the UNHRC for its “obsessive hostility” toward Israel and its “one-sided mandate.”
“No one in this room can deny that there is an unbalanced focus on one democratic country,” Kerry said. “It must be said that the HRC’s obsession with Israel risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization,” Kerry stated in March.