Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations.
(photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)
We live in a world where we strive to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. A world based on justice, fairness and universal human rights where maintaining international peace and security are of primary importance.
There are many dreadful examples that outline the biased and double-standard mindset of the United Nations. This same institution is supposed to be enacting universal peace, security, justice and fairness for each and every one of us. These appalling decisions must make Eleanor Roosevelt, René Cassin and Charles Malik, some of the founders of this once noble and respectable organization, turn in their graves.
Out of all the UN resolutions decided upon in March’s 2015 general session, it can be seen that: • Sudan’s genocide in Darfur, that has been occurring since 2003, was disregarded as a genocide even though it is clear that men, women and children are being slaughtered due to their culture.
• Saudi-led attacks on Yemen that left 1,000 defenseless people dead and 300,000 displaced were ignored.
• The hundreds of thousands of Syrian victims savagely murdered by the Assad government were not saved.
• Israel’s effort to aid those wounded men, women and children was not recognized.
• The firing of more than 4,000 rockets during the 50-day war in 2014 from the Gaza Strip, targeting millions of Israeli Jewish, Muslim and Christian civilians, has been overlooked.
• The starvation of 18,000 Palestinian refugees in the outskirts of the Syrian capital by the Syrian government since February 1 was forgotten.
• The glorification of Palestinian terrorists as freedom fighters by Palestinian officials following terrorist attacks on January 21 in Tel Aviv was not denounced.
• The efforts of Israeli citizens, Palestinian citizens and various NGOs to promote peace have been obliterated.
• The 100th beheading in a public square in Saudi Arabia on the June 15 was ignored.
• Iran’s violation of women’s rights was not only disregarded, Iran was elected to the UN women’s rights board.
Out of all these criminal countries, out of all these never-ending genocides, out of all these people culpable of ceaseless murder and rape, the United Nations chose to condemn one state 11 times: Israel.
Israel, the land where the three major worldwide religions were born and are protected.
Israel, the land where being homosexual is not a crime, unlike in all other Middle East countries. Israel, the land where Arab citizens have the exact same rights as Jewish citizens. Israel, the land where non-Jewish citizens have an access to health care and governmental/social incentives.
Israel, the land where Arabs have their own political party, serve on the Supreme Court and hold major diplomatic positions.
Israel, the only Jewish state, surrounded by 22 Arab nations that strive to destroy it and its entire population.
Do you think Jews could practice their own religion without being savagely exterminated in any other country in the Middle East? What happened to protecting the minority against the tyranny of the majority? What is left of the supposedly universal protection, international justice and fairness that the United Nations should strive to provide for weak and endangered countries? As Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the UN Watch NGO, said, “By Truman’s words, the UN has become a do nothing, good for nothing council.” Good for nothing but condemning the only state in the Middle East where cultural diversity is welcomed, where religions are blessed and helping the weak is embraced.
You condemn Israel for defending itself against thousands of rockets fired at its civilians? You condemn Israel for destroying tunnels dug by terrorists in Gaza to the homes of innocent Israeli civilians? This never-ending bias against a single state undermines the UN’s credibility and integrity. The only thing that can be understood about this institution is that the UN has double standards and that its response to actual human rights violations has been criminal silence.
The author is a Swiss teenager. He studies in Switzerland and is passionate about Middle East politics.