Opinion: Ignorance is bliss

David Chen

David Chen

By Elie Dvorin

Sometimes, enough is just enough. The Israeli Air Force recently acquired video footage of Palestinian terrorists loading what appears to be Qassam rockets into a U.N. ambulance. That wouldn’t mark the first time U.N. ambulances have been used to commit terrorist attacks against Israelis.

Those ambulances have been used to transport suicide bombers into Israel from disputed territories, but that barely touches the surface of the anti-Israel bigotry in the United Nations.

Immediately after the ambulance footage came to light, Peter Hansen, commissioner-general of the U.N. Relief and Work Agency, announced there were members of Hamas on the U.N. payroll. Hansen didn’t think too much of the the United Nations paying terrorists to work inside Gaza and the West Bank.

“We do not do political vetting and exclude people from one persuasion as against another,” he said.

At least the terrorists are now free from employment discrimination.

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Imagine world reaction if the Red Cross hired Ku Klux Klan members to work in Nigeria. One of the Red Cross talking heads might get up to say: “Well, we don’t believe they’ve personally ever lynched anybody and, well … political views are political views. Who are we to say anything about that?”

Both the idiocy and the hypocrisy are so rampant at the United Nations, I don’t even know where to begin. Consider the following: Israel is the only member state of the United Nations not allowed on any councils or agencies. To do so would offend the Arab bloc – the group that does nothing other than constantly vote to condemn Israel for its “human-rights abuses.” A free market, voting rights, health care, free speech, freedom of the press, religious freedom – maybe they’re referring to those human-right abuses.

One-fourth of the U.N. Security Council’s resolutions have condemned Israel and the “occupation” over the past 40 years. From 1967 to 1988, the Security Council passed 88 resolutions against Israel and not a single one against an Arab nation. In the General Assembly, 429 resolutions were passed against Israel and again, nothing against the bloc of backward-thinking Arab states; nothing about the Syrian occupation of Lebanon; nothing about slavery in Sudan; nothing about the mass of graves in Iraq.

If the Security Council wasn’t enough of a joke, the U.N. Human Rights Commission consists of countries such as Libya, Sudan, China, Vietnam and Syria. Enough said.

In 2002, this group of “freedom-loving” states passed a resolution allowing “all available means, including armed struggle” to create a Palestinian state. Of course, the 57 nations of the Islamic Conference passed this resolution, which permitted suicide bombings and rocket attacks on innocent Israel civilians in the name of Palestinian statehood. Really, what’s a few dead Israelis to them?

Less than two weeks before his tragic death in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said: “Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world.”

As a strong supporter of Zionism, Dr. King would have his views declared racist by the United Nations in 1975 when the famous “Zionism is Racism” resolution was passed. So according to the United Nations, anyone who believes in Israel’s right to exist is racist. Take that, Dr. King.

Maybe it’s not so difficult to believe such a foolish resolution was passed, considering the man running the United Nations was a Nazi. Kurt Waldheim, U.N. secretary general during the 70s, was a Nazi intelligence officer during World War II. To this day, he is not allowed in the United States. In addition to committing numerous war crimes, Waldheim approved anti-Semitic propaganda leaflets, distributed in Russia, that said: “Enough of the Jewish war … kill the Jews.”

Despite all of that damning evidence, the political left and terrorist sympathizers dismiss these claims of institutional anti-Semitism as a false Zionist construct. The only thing scarier than the United Nations’ bigotry is that most people don’t recognize it exists.

Ignorance is such bliss.

Elie Dvorin is a junior in LAS. His column runs Thursday. He can be reached at [email protected].