Where’s the Coverage? UN Head Admits Anti-Israel Bias

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The outgoing head of the United Nations admitted in a December 16, 2016 speech that his organization is biased against Israel. The remarks by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon went largely unreported by major U.S. news media outlets.

Mr. Ban told the U.N. Security Council:

During the past ten years, I have argued that we must never accept bias against Israel within U.N. bodies. Decades of political maneuverings have created a disproportionate volume of resolutions, reports and conferences criticizing Israel. In many cases, rather than helping the Palestinian cause, this reality has hampered the ability of the U.N. to fulfill its role effectively.

According to The Independent, a U.K.-based newspaper, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, stated that the United Nations chief “had admitted the clear truth” and that his organization’s hypocrisy towards the Jewish state had “broken records over the past decade.”

As CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) has frequently noted, the U.N. has a history of anti-Israel discrimination. According to U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based non-profit organization, in 2016 alone, the U.N. General Assembly passed more than 20 resolutions singling out the Jewish state for opprobrium. This, in a year in which the Islamic State and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad — supported by Iran and Security Council member Russia — have carried out mass slaughter in the Middle East.

After his admission, Mr. Ban stated, “Israel must realize that the reality in which a democratic state, governed by the rule of law, keeps the Palestinian people under military occupation will continue to generate criticism and calls for accountability.” Yet, as CAMERA noted in a March 9, 2013 Washington Times op-ed, Mr. Ban does not “apply a consistent legal yardstick to Arab municipalities in the Jewish state, which he does not denounce as illegal.”

Clear-cut occupations, such as Morocco’s conquest of the Western Sahara, China’s takeover of Tibet, and Turkey’s seizure of Northern Cyprus, among others, are often given short shift by the U.N. and the media.

Mr. Ban’s brief moment of candor — delivered as he completes his final term as U.N. secretary-general — was refreshing. However, his knee-jerk response to follow it by singling Israel out was, unfortunately, more of the same.

Reprinted from “Snapshots,” a CAMERA blog.

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