The decade's most triggering comedy
Yesterday, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, took to the floor of the United Nations to blame Israel for the murder of 1,500 of its own citizens and the kidnapping of another 200. He intoned:
Nothing can justify the deliberate killing, injuring and kidnapping of civilians — or the launching of rockets against civilian targets. All hostages must be treated humanely and released immediately and without conditions. I respectfully note the presence among us of members of their families. Excellencies, it is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum. The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.
This is, simply put, Jew-hatred. It is an apology for terrorism. It ignores reality — the vast majority of Palestinians live under direct Palestinian rule, whether Hamas in the Gaza Strip or the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. But worse than that, it reverses reality: It lays the blame for a genocidal mass slaughter of Jews, on the Jews.
Contextualizing mass murder is par for the course for the evil organization that is the United Nations.
Guterres didn’t stop there. He blamed Hamas’ perversities on settlements — meaning Jews building homes in the heartland of biblical Israel, Judea, and Samaria. Clearly, this somehow contextualizes mass rape and burning of babies.
He then drew equivalence between Hamas’ Holocaust atrocities and Israeli military retaliation directed at terrorist targets:
Excellencies, Even war has rules. … The relentless bombardment of Gaza by Israeli forces, the level of civilian casualties, and the wholesale destruction of neighborhoods continue to mount and are deeply alarming. … Protecting civilians can never mean using them as human shields. Protecting civilians does not mean ordering more than one million people to evacuate to the south, where there is no shelter, no food, no water, no medicine and no fuel, and then continuing to bomb the south itself. I am deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza.
Yes, this is the supposed head of the international community likening military operations to terrorist ones, all in the name of international law and human rights. Disgusting.
And that’s the point. If Guterres and the international community can somehow equate Israel with its terrorist enemies, they can achieve their goal: the survival of Hamas. Which is precisely what Guterres called for:
To ease epic suffering, make the delivery of aid easier and safer, and facilitate the release of hostages, I reiterate my appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. … Even in this moment of grave and immediate danger, we cannot lose sight of the only realistic foundation for a true peace and stability: a two-State solution.
A two-state solution? With whom, pray tell? Hamas? The terror-supporting Palestinian Authority? Islamic Jihad?
It doesn’t matter. The end goal is clear: Stop Israel from defending itself. Perpetuate the so-called “cycle of violence.”
Make it harder for Israel to survive. Continue the UN’s mission to destroy the Jewish state.
The United Nations is a garbage heap of epic proportions. It’s not merely a useless organization that costs the United States over $12 billion per year, but it’s also an epic failure of an organization that provides cover for the world’s worst human rights abusers — and actively foments Jew-hatred and terrorism in the Middle East.
The United Nations General Assembly is dominated by nations that hate Israel and care little for human rights. That is why from 2015 to 2022, the UN General Assembly adopted 140 resolutions directed against Israel. It adopted one against North Korea, one against Afghanistan, zero against Venezuela, zero against Hamas, and zero against China. In fact, the rest of the world combined only merited 68 resolutions of condemnation.
The UN’s particular hatred for Israel has been a long-running theme.
That makes sense: Some 56 member nations are also members of the so-called Organization of Islamic Cooperation. But that means, the UN has served as the propaganda arm for Jew-haters all over the globe for decades. In 1975, at the behest of the Soviet Union, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring Zionism — the political movement for a Jewish homeland — “racism,” prompting the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, to declare that the UN had made anti-Semitism international law, and adding, “A great evil has been loosed upon the world.”
Nothing in the nature of the UN has changed since.
The United Nations happens to have an entire department dedicated to the forwarding of anti-Israel propaganda and terrorism. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was founded in December 1949 with the purpose of dealing with refugees from the 1948 Israeli War of Independence — the Arab refugees, that is. The 800,000 Jews expelled from Arab and Muslim lands in the same time period were simply taken in by Israel. The UNRWA is, in fact, the only agency dedicated to one specific population. And it has helped keep that population in refugee camps for over 70 years.
The UNRWA is almost entirely staffed by Palestinian Arabs. It is a globally sponsored welfare organization, with 23,000 Palestinian Arab employees and just 100 UN professionals from elsewhere. The UNRWA has never condemned Hamas’ agenda; it routinely hires members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
One of the UNRWA’s chief tasks is running dozens of Palestinian schools. The UNRWA, as you might predict, then helps indoctrinate Palestinian Arab schoolchildren in Jew-hatred. According to a March report from United Nations Watch, the UNRWA has overseen the broad indoctrination of Palestinian youths into such toxic and vile anti-Semitism. That report names 47 cases of incitement to violence by UNRWA staff; 133 UNRWA educators and staff who promote hate and violence on social media; and another 82 educators and staff involved in 30 UNRWA schools who create and distribute Jew-hating content to students.
For example, one reading comprehension exercise for ninth-graders at Al-Maghazi Middle School for Boys in the Gaza Strip celebrated the burning of a Jewish bus as a “barbecue party.” Fifth-graders at the same school were taught that martyrdom and jihad are “the most important meanings of life.”
This sort of stuff isn’t uncommon by any stretch of the imagination in Palestinian schools run by the UNRWA. That’s why Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ political leader, is a UNRWA graduate. So is Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi, former Hamas chief. So is Ibrahim Maqadama, the mastermind behind Hamas’ military structure.
Neither are UNRWA resources dedicated to helping terrorist groups directly. UNRWA vehicles have been used to transport terrorists and weapons — and that includes ambulances. UNRWA schools have been used by Hamas to store weapons. The UNRWA also helps promote Hamas front groups, including the Palestinian Return Center.
The UNRWA has been used by Hamas to cover its tunnels. Last November, the UNRWA protested the “man-made cavity” on the grounds of a UNRWA school, calling it a “serious violation of the Agency’s neutrality.” The statement, naturally, made no mention of Hamas. In 2021, Hamas prevented entry to an investigative team from the UN to a shaft built under a UNRWA school.
For all these reasons, the Trump administration cut off contributions from the U.S. to the UNRWA. Then President Biden, in all his wisdom, restored hundreds of millions of dollars in funding — much of which, undoubtedly, went to Hamas. Over the course of two years, the administration gave the UNRWA some $700 million.
This is why, back in February, Rep. Chip Roy of Texas called for the defunding of the UNRWA, noting, “UNRWA’s lengthy and detailed history of promoting anti-Semitism, violence, and terrorism through ‘educational’ materials, and its continued ties to Hamas, should completely disqualify this corrupt entity from receiving any U.S. taxpayer funding.”
It didn’t happen.
And so it shouldn’t be surprising that, after the October 7 massacre, many employees of the UNRWA went online to celebrate the mass Jew-murder.
The United Nations has never fulfilled its core mandate. The purpose of the UN was expressed in its Charter:
… to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.
The United Nations was established, primarily by the United States, in the aftermath of World War II, in an attempt at creating a family of nations. It has been a disaster area ever since, serving more as a propaganda tool on behalf of third-world autocracies than the institution for defense of democracy that served as its initial mission.
The UN should be disbanded and defunded. The UN building should be fumigated and rededicated to something more useful — like manufacturing manure.
And never again should anyone pretend that the United Nations has the power of the moral high ground.