The UN’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council adopted a resolution on Monday that names the world’s only – only – violator of economic and social rights in the world, UN Watch reports. Which country did a majority of 42 states including all EU members condemn? If you guessed Iran, Syria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or any other likely candidate, then you haven’t been paying attention to world affairs or the United Nations since the establishment of the nation of Israel.
That’s right, Israel.
Only Australia and the U.S. opposed the resolution. Honduras and Panama abstained, and eight other countries were absent.
The resolution charges Israel with such crimes as “destruction of homes and properties, economic institutions and agricultural lands and orchards in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, as well as in the occupied Syrian Golan”; of the “exploitation of natural resources”; and of “the dumping of all kinds of waste materials in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, which gravely threaten their natural resources.”
Hamas is mentioned a whopping 0 times. Zero.
Syria was mentioned 13 times, UN Watch reports, “but only to condemn Israel for alleged violations against ‘the Syrian citizens of the occupied Syrian Golan’ whose family members reside in ‘their mother homeland, the Syrian Arab Republic.’ The murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad is not condemned or even mentioned once.” Zilch.
UN Watch goes on:
After the introduction of the resolution by South Africa, the Syrian Ambassador took the floor and accused Israel of facilitating terrorist attacks against Syrian cities and civilians. Assad’s envoy condemned the Jewish state for “destroying the soil of the Golan, exploiting its resources, burning its products and other racist policies.”
No other country in the world but Israel was singled out for condemnation at this year’s ECOSOC’s annual session.
Good to know that the United Nations has its priorities straight.