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Does the United Nations Single-Out Israel for Special Scrutiny?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
Kofi Annan, MS, former Secretary General of the United Nations, in a Dec. 15, 1999 speech to a New York Jewish Community titled "Annan says 'Healing of Wounds' between Jewish Community and United Nations Among His Priorities as Secretary-General," stated:

"I know that to some of you in this audience, and in the Jewish community at large, it has sometimes seemed as if the United Nations serves all the world's peoples but one: the Jews.

The exclusion of Israel from the system of regional groupings; the intense focus given to some of Israel's actions, while other situations sometimes fail to elicit the similar outrage; these and other circumstances have given a regrettable impression of bias and one-sidedness.

As you know, the General Assembly some years ago rescinded its resolution equating Zionism with racism. Even so, deep and painful scars remain -- for the United Nations, I should stress, as much as for you. One of my priorities as Secretary-General has been to try to heal these wounds and find our way to mutual understanding and partnership."

Dec. 15, 1999 - Kofi Annan, MS 

PRO (yes)

The Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, in a 2004 entry titled, "Israel and the U.N. -- an Uneasy Relationship," on its website, contained the following:

"In the General Assembly and its committees, as well as in the specialized agencies of the UN, there exists a long-standing tradition of singling out Israel. The General Assembly devotes seven out of 179 items of its agenda to issues concerning Israel. No other nation or issue is accorded such scrutinizing treatment. Nineteen anti-Israel resolutions are adopted by the General Assembly annually."

2004 - Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations 

David Tell, Opinion Editor for The Weekly Standard, in a May 6, 2002 editorial titled "The U.N.'s Israel Obsession," wrote the following:

"Among the nearly 200 nations represented at the U.N., only Israel has ever been assigned special -- reduced -- membership privileges, its ambassadors formally barred, for 53 straight years ending only recently, from election to the Security Council. Meanwhile, and right up to the present day, that same Security Council has devoted fully a third of its energy and criticism to the policies of a single country: Israel. The U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which regularly -- and unreprovingly -- accepts delegations from any number of homicidal tyrannies across the globe, has issued fully a quarter of its official condemnations to a single (democratic) country: Israel."

May 6, 2002 - David Tell 

Barbara Crossette, former United Nations Bureau Chief for the New York Times, in a Jan. 12, 2000 briefing published in the Middle East Forum titled "Can the United Nations Fix the Middle East," stated:

"The record of the [U.N.] General Assembly (GA) toward the Middle East, particularly its relationship vis-à-vis Israel, has been highly biased."

Jan 12, 2000 - Barbara Crossette 

CON (no)

Mohammad Hassan Fadaifard, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, as quoted in a Nov. 12, 2002 UN press release titled "Israeli Practices In Occupied Palestinian Territories, Form of Apartheid":

"The international community as a whole, and the United Nations in particular, had a responsibility to focus all its attention to putting an end to the inhumane practices of the Israeli regime."

Nov. 12, 2002 - Mohammad Hassan Fadaifard, MA, MS 

Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations, as quoted in a Nov. 12, 2002 UN press release titled "Israeli Practices In Occupied Palestinian Territories, Form of Apartheid":

"Israel continued to flout the United Nations resolutions and the bilateral agreements it signed with the Palestinian Authority, within the framework of the peace process...

Regrettably, the good endeavors of some unbiased parties had not encouraged the Israeli Government to forego its obstinate policies in favor of a civilized approach. Even the adoption of many resolutions by the Security Council and General Assembly had not stopped the Israeli Government from flouting the relevant texts or the agreements signed with the Palestinians, beginning with the so-called Oslo agreement."

Nov. 12, 2002 - Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi 

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), in its Sep. 25, 2002 article titled "Bush Attacks Arafat Siege," the Arab States were paraphrased by a BBC correspondent as follows:

"Israel, they argue [the Arab States], is allowed to flout successive U.N. resolutions while other nations like Iraq are being held to account for their non-compliance."

Sep. 25, 2002 - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)