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UN — to what purpose?


The UN — and the international community as a whole — have crossed the Rubicon.

Forget, for a minute, that Israel is the only country in the world privileged to see its condemnation as a permanent agenda item for the UN.

Forget, for a minute, that the UN adopts more resolutions against Israel than against all other nations combined.

Forget, for a minute, the absurdity of Iran, a country that murders protesting women, chairing the UN Human Rights Council’s social forum.

Forget all that. Look at just the past seven weeks, since Oct. 7.

• UN Women, the UN group supposedly advocating for women’s rights and against gender-based violence, does not condemn Hamas’ rape and murder of Israeli women, and their children.

• Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, since Oct. 7 has never once explicitly condemned Hamas, yet continues to tweet daily condemnations of Israeli actions, even going so far as to compare a kidnapped 10-month-old hostage with a convicted Palestinian prisoner. The only time she has mentioned the rape of Israeli women was to caution people on believing the reports.

• A released hostage revealed that he was held in the attic of a teacher employed by UNRWA, the UN agency dedicated to keeping Palestinians permanent refugees. UNRWA is not held to task.

• The World Health Organization, while condemning Israel for attacking hospitals, has not condemned Hamas for stationing its terrorist operations in hospitals.

• The UN’s Secretary General continues calling for a ceasefire, without any explanation as to what he or his body would do to protect Israel and care for Palestinian civilians. It took until Nov. 29 for the Secretary General to tweet anything about the sexual violence wrought upon Israeli women by Hamas on Oct. 7.

• As of December 3, 2023, the UN Human Rights’ Office of the High Commissioner still has an article on its site from Oct. 19, which opens thus:

“UN experts today expressed outrage against the deadly strike at Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, which killed more than 470 civilians on Tuesday (Oct. 17) and trapped hundreds under the rubble. The strike reportedly followed two warnings issued by Israel that an attack on the hospital was imminent if people inside were not evacuated.”

There is no addendum, clarification or correction, even though it has been proven that 470 people were not killed, and that the strike came not from Israel but from a Palestinian Jihad rocket.

• On Nov. 30, 2023, 54 days after the Oct. 7 Hamas pogrom, after victim and eyewitness testimony, after we tragically saw the video of Shani Louk on Oct. 7, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls referred to what Hamas did as “alleged gender-based violence.”

In the 1930s, the League of Nations looked on at Adolf Hitler’s alleged encroachment on European territories in violation of the Versailles Treaty. By 1939, the League was a failed organization.

As the UN today shows itself to be utterly hapless in the face of Russian aggrandizement and complicit in the case of Palestinian terrorism, does it deserve its $3.4 billion budget? Is it now a failed organization?

Does it deserve free rent in the United States?

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