UN anti-Jewish prejudices hinder end of Arab-Jewish conflict »J-Wire
November 22, 2021 by David Singer
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The United Nations (UN) must end its continuing misrepresentation of the Arab-Jewish conflict in former Palestine – as it once again prepares to celebrate its self-proclaimed International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – But no the Jewish people – November 29.
The UN trumpets this date in the following terms:
Following the General Assembly 32/40 B resolution of December 2, 1977, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is celebrated each year on or around November 29, solemnly commemorating the adoption by the Assembly, on November 29, 1947, of resolution 181 (II), which provided for the partition of Palestine into two states.
This statement fails to mention that the Jews accepted resolution 181 (II) – while the Arabs rejected it and went to war in an attempt to annihilate the nascent Jewish state of Israel which was later declared on the 14th. May 1948.
Arab acceptance of resolution 181 (II) would have ended the Arab-Jewish conflict.
This assertion is also false and misleading: resolution 181 (II) only dealt with the partition of 22% of the territory of Palestine located west of the Jordan.
The remaining 78% of the territory of Palestine located east of the Jordan (today called Jordan) had already become a sovereign Palestinian Arab state 18 months earlier – May 25, 1946 – and no Jews lived there. This Jewish-free zone in most of Palestine was achieved because Article 25 of the League of Nations of 1922 Mandate for Palestine provided that the Jewish national home cannot be enlarged east of the Jordan.
Maintaining its International Day of Solidarity in 2021 without recognizing that the Arab-only state of Jordan has existed in 78% of former Palestine for over 75 years continues to destroy the neutrality and credibility of the UN to negotiate the end of the Arab-Jewish conflict.
The blatant and continuing violation of Article 80 of the UN’s own 1945 Charter by its member states highlights the rapidly growing anti-Jewish bias that infects the UN and its agencies.
Article 80 preserves the right of the Jewish people to reconstitute the Jewish national home in ancient Palestine west of the Jordan – including Judea and Samaria (West Bank) – as authorized by article 6 of the Mandate for Palestine.
The first Prime Minister of Israel – David Ben-Gurion – then representative of the Jewish Agency – stressed the importance of the insertion of Article 80 in the Charter of the United Nations in evidence before the Special Committee of the United Nations for Palestine at Lake Success, New York on July 7, 1947:
“Article 80 was adopted for this very particular reason of Palestine … It is the particular article of the Charter that applies to Palestine. It was introduced only because of Palestine.
Article 80 prohibits any argument that the rights accorded to the Jewish people by the Mandate for Palestine died with the disappearance of League of Nations April 19, 1946. These rights remain as alive and exercisable today as they were when they were unanimously adopted by the 51 member states of the League of Nations July 24, 1922.
The continued failure of the UN to recognize the legal right of the Jewish people to settle in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) disqualifies the UN and its agencies from any role in ending the Arab-Jewish conflict.
Acting in violation of Article 80 of its own Charter ensures that the UN has given up all hope of adopting a balanced and principled position to resolve a conflict that has lasted for 100 years and shows no signs of ending.
To continue to organize this annual day of solidarity is a farce, a farce and breeds hatred of the Jewish people.
David Singer is a Sydney lawyer and founding member of the International Analysts Network
Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article – is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones” – one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators – including cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades.