The Muslim-driven UN--and Jihad against Israel

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

(This is part two of three related essays)

Some two weeks ago, a Muslim-only anti-Israel UN body, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), published an anti-Israel Report under the UN logo that labelled Israel an Apartheid state ("Israel imposes apartheid regime on Palestinians: UN report", reuters, March 15, 2017). That report has created multiple diplomatic ripples. 

The first ripple came from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. On the day the Report was published, Guterres announced his immediate objection to it. At first, his spokesman suggested that the Secretary-General wasn't objecting to the content of the report. Guterres only objected to the process used to bring it out: no one had informed the Secretary-General's office that the report was being prepared. 

The second ripple came from that very same spokesman. He said the Secretary-General felt the report 'didn't reflect the position of the UN' (ibid). That suggested the Report was a 'foul play'--not a legitimate UN effort.

The third ripple came from US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who spelled out what Guterres wouldn't. She said, "The United States is outraged by the report...The United Nations secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether” (Kerry Picket, "Haley Slams UN Report As Anti-Israel Propaganda", dailycaller, March 15, 2017).

The fourth ripple came from Guterres himself--after Haley's criticism. Prompted, we hope, by Ambassador Haley's harsh condemnation, Guterres called for the Report to be withdrawn--and removed immediately from the UN website which had published it ("UN chief orders report accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’ pulled from web", timesofisrael, March 17, 2017). 

It was removed.

The fifth ripple came from Rima Khalaf, the leader of the ESCWA committee that wrote the Report. She objected to the Report's demise. She would take, she declared, a principled stand: she would resign in protest from the ESCWA because, she said, she had been pressured to withdraw the Report simply because it had been critical of Israel ("UN official resigns over Israel apartheid report", aljazeera, March 17, 2017).

The sixth ripple came from Mahmoud Abbas, of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Instead of condemning the Report, as Guterres and the US had, Abbas praised it--and Khalaf.  He hailed Khalaf for her 'courage' (Elad Benari, "Abbas honors official who authored 'apartheid' report", arutzsheva, March 20, 2017). Abbas would not allow 'his friend' to be humiliated. He announced he would give to Khalaf the PA's highest honor, called the PA "Medal of the Highest Honor" (ibid).

The ripples didn't stop there. The latest ripple rolled out from the UN last week, at the regularly-scheduled meeting of the UN Human Rights Council. There, Muslim UNHRC delegates took time to defend the Report. They did it by making a series of mini-speeches, where they declared 'Israel is Apartheid) no less than nine times (Patrick Goodenough, "Israel accused of Apartheid at UN Human Rights Council", cnsnews, March 21, 2017).  

Then, they voted to condemn Israel more than any other nation on earth. 

This UNHRC vote, the anti-Israel actions of the ESCWA-- along with so many other anti-Israel actions--are the tip of a violent 'iceberg'. That iceberg is a Muslim-driven Jihad. 

It's a Jihad that drives the UN to destroy Israel.