FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Holiday Spirit at the UN

While this is allegedly the time of year when humans allegedly show more kindness, you can always count on god’s country and the Holy Land to keep things in cynical perspective. Over the past 25 years, the United States and Israel have a UN voting record in the month of December that effectively demonstrates their political philosophies and firmly establishes them as the two most hypocritical nations on the planet.

* December 15, 1978: 119 member-states endorse United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 33/75, which calls upon the Security Council to “take all necessary measures” to ensure that the United Nations decisions on the maintenance of international peace and security are observed. The US and Israel cast the only votes against.

* December 18, 1978: 110 member-states endorse UNGA Res. 33/110, calling for steps to improve the living conditions of Palestinians. The US and Israel cast the only votes against.

A major chunk (but not all) of Ward Churchill’s crucial new book, “On the Justice of Roosting Chickens,” is a comprehensive list of the US voting record, re: UN resolutions. The list falls under the heading of “A Government of Laws?” and it’s instructive to recognize how often the only two nations voting “no” on a given resolution are Israel and the US…especially during the so-called holiday season.

* Dec. 12, 1979: 111 member-states endorse UNGA Res. 34/90A, calling upon Israel to desist from specified human rights violations vis-à-vis Palestinians. The US and Israel cast the only votes against.

* Dec. 14, 1979: 104 member-states endorse UNGA Res. 34/100, opposing internal or external intervention by any country in the legitimate affairs of another state. The US and Israel cast the only votes against.

The voting record is far too extensive to list here but in 1980, the US and Israel voted against the condemning of Israeli policy resulting in abysmal living conditions for the Palestinians. A year later, it was UNGA Res. 36/98, demanding that Israel comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by renouncing possession of nuclear weapons. In December 1985, the US and Israel cast “no” votes against resolutions that deplored the human rights situation in El Salvador, and called for measures to be taken to combat the spread of nazi, fascist, and neofascist activities.

A favorite of mine occurred on Dec. 7, 1987 when only the US and Israel opposed a resolution calling for measures to prevent international terrorism and a comprehensive study of its root causes to help “define terrorism in such a way as to distinguish it from legitimate wars of national liberation.” That vote was 153-2. In the 16 years since that tell-tale vote, the US and Israel have stood in holiday solidarity to oppose resolutions condemning apartheid in South Africa (1988), calling for a Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (1990), the adoption of alternative approaches by the UN in “its efforts to further universal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms” (1991), reiterating the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people (1994), condemning Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories (1997), and reaffirming the applicability of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV to Israeli policies in the occupied territories (1999).

While this is just a tiny fraction of US/Israeli behavior at the UN, on December 18, 2002, a interesting new team debuted when 175 member-states endorsed UNGA Res. 57/190 affirming “the rights of the child.”

The only two opposing votes were by the United States and Somalia.

A merry December to all…

MICKEY Z. is the author of Saving Private Power: The Hidden History of “The Good War”. He can be reached at mzx2@earthlink.net.

 

More articles by:

Mickey Z. is the author of 12 books, most recently Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on the Web here. Anyone wishing to support his activist efforts can do so by making a donation here. This piece first appeared at World Trust News.  

Weekend Edition
December 14, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Andrew Levine
A Tale of Two Cities
Peter Linebaugh
The Significance of The Common Wind
Bruce E. Levine
The Ketamine Chorus: NYT Trumpets New Anti-Suicide Drug
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Fathers and Sons, Bushes and Bin Ladens
Kathy Deacon
Coffee, Social Stratification and the Retail Sector in a Small Maritime Village
Nick Pemberton
Praise For America’s Second Leading Intellectual
Robert Hunziker
The Yellow Vest Insurgency – What’s Next?
Patrick Cockburn
The Yemeni Dead: Six Times Higher Than Previously Reported
Nick Alexandrov
George H. W. Bush: Another Eulogy
Brian Cloughley
Principles and Morality Versus Cash and Profit? No Contest
Michael F. Duggan
Climate Change and the Limits of Reason
Victor Grossman
Sighs of Relief in Germany
Ron Jacobs
A Propagandist of Privatization
Robert Fantina
What Does Beto Have Against the Palestinians?
Richard Falk – Daniel Falcone
Sartre, Said, Chomsky and the Meaning of the Public Intellectual
Andrew Glikson
Crimes Against the Earth
Robert Fisk
The Parasitic Relationship Between Power and the American Media
Stephen Cooper
When Will Journalism Grapple With the Ethics of Interviewing Mentally Ill Arrestees?
Jill Richardson
A War on Science, Morals and Law
Ron Jacobs
A Propagandist of Privatization
Evaggelos Vallianatos
It’s Not Easy Being Greek
Nomi Prins 
The Inequality Gap on a Planet Growing More Extreme
John W. Whitehead
Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them
David Swanson
The Abolition of War Requires New Thoughts, Words, and Actions
J.P. Linstroth
Primates Are Us
Bill Willers
The War Against Cash
Jonah Raskin
Doris Lessing: What’s There to Celebrate?
Ralph Nader
Are the New Congressional Progressives Real? Use These Yardsticks to Find Out
Binoy Kampmark
William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate
Medea Benjamin – Alice Slater
Green New Deal Advocates Should Address Militarism
John Feffer
Review: Season 2 of Trump Presidency
Rich Whitney
General Motors’ Factories Should Not Be Closed. They Should Be Turned Over to the Workers
Christopher Brauchli
Deported for Christmas
Kerri Kennedy
This Holiday Season, I’m Standing With Migrants
Mel Gurtov
Weaponizing Humanitarian Aid
Thomas Knapp
Lame Duck Shutdown Theater Time: Pride Goeth Before a Wall?
George Wuerthner
The Thrill Bike Threat to the Elkhorn Mountains
Nyla Ali Khan
A Woman’s Selfhood and Her Ability to Act in the Public Domain: Resilience of Nadia Murad
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
On the Killing of an Ash Tree
Graham Peebles
Britain’s Homeless Crisis
Louis Proyect
America: a Breeding Ground for Maladjustment
Steve Carlson
A Hell of a Time
Dan Corjescu
America and The Last Ship
Jeffrey St. Clair
Booked Up: the 25 Best Books of 2018
David Yearsley
Bikini by Rita, Voice by Anita
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail