Speaking to Israeli students, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, in the region to push for a two-state solution, acknowledged the world body’s extreme bias towards the Jewish State.
US Ambassador Samantha Power slammed the UN’s bias against the Jewish state in a speech to students from more than 40 schools on Monday evening.
The American diplomat arrived on Saturday for a four-day visit to Israel and Ramallah to discuss a variety of issues, including security cooperation between the US and Israel, prospects for a two-state solution and the “importance of UN humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in the region,” the State Department said.
“The UN can seem ineffective at best or a part of the problem at worst,” Power told the students,who were participating in the Israel Middle East Model UN Conference at the American International School in the central Israeli town of Even Yehuda.
“As you all know, the UN charter guarantees the equal rights of nations large and small. Yet, we have seen member states seek to use the UN Security Council, the General Assembly, and even the most arcane UN committees in ways that cross the line from legitimate criticisms of Israel’s policies to attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel itself,” the ambassador stated.
Power also noted that rogue regimes like North Korea do not receive anywhere near the amount of criticism aimed at Israel.
“The only country in the world with the standing agenda item at the Human Rights Council is not North Korea, a totalitarian state that is currently holding an estimated 100,000 people in gulags. It is not Syria, which has gassed lots of its people. It is Israel,” she said.
‘Palestine Placard’ at the UN?
However, “when we see bias, injustice…within the UN, it is not because the UN created all of this,” she explained. “It is because the UN gathers governments…and being in the UN doesn’t change the biases of those governments.”
Stressing her goal for a two-state solution, she urged the students to “strive to wade side by side into the toughest issues” in order to achieve peace, expressing the hope that one day there will be a “Palestine placard” at the UN.
By: United with Israel Staff and Jonathan Benedek/TPS
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