By: ISAAC BYKHOVSKY, The Jerusalem Post
Photos by The Guardian
BOSTON, Mass. (The Jerusalem Post)—Seen in committees from LEGAL to the League of Arab States, the State of Israel has had difficulty gaining traction for their resolutions and opinions. It is a sad, yet common, sight to see in the United Nations.
The first day of conference in the LEGAL committee, Israel opened debate to bring to question the needs to label religious minorities. The committee response was harsh—attacking the state for being an oppressor of religious minorities themselves. These harsh criticisms came from Syria, Sudan, and Iraq, amongst others. The irony in their statements was palpable in the air—yet no other member state was quick to come to Israel’s defense.
A similar picture was painted in the Historical General Assembly (HGA). At the heart of the Suez Crisis, the Delegation of Israel had zero supporters when claiming their stake into the Suez Canal. Attacks came from member states from around the world, accusing Israel of being a “militaristic hegemon in the region that has no reason to mettle of the affairs of its neighbor states,” as stated by the Delegation of Egypt themselves.
Within the League of Arab States, to not much surprise these sentiments exist as well. While the member states worked to exploit Israel’s strong technology and agricultural sector by calling them to finance micro-loans for the region, they would turn on Israel during moderated caucuses—accusing the country of not being a, as stated by the Delegation of Syria, “True Arab Nation.”
The State of Israel fights these contractions every day within the United Nations.
The nations that accuse Israel of being prejudice to religious minorities, mentioned above, have full blown religious wars occurring in their countries. In the case of the HGA, Israel was drawn into the Suez Crisis by the initial aggressions by the Egyptians. Still a young nation in the region, at the time of the Crisis leaders of Arab States were calling for the demise of the State of Israel.
The contradiction is blatant—members of the United Nations call out the State of Israel for being prejudice, while basing their arguments in the majority religion of Israel. It is a sad reality that Israel must put up with on the world stage.
Israel offers many opportunities for their religious minorities—such as access to a universal healthcare system and a government funded higher education program. Religious minorities are granted citizenship within the nation—they are offered separate religious courts to be tried by a jury of their true peers.
Few other member states of the United Nations offer such accommodations.
Fighting through anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and anti- nationalism Israel continues to prosper as a member of the United Nations. Yet, it puts the nation at an unfair advantage when fighting on the global stage, and makes their aggressors look hypocritical.