Recent actions/decisions by the United Nations Security Council and United Nations General Assembly give pause for serious thought. Let’s take a minute to remind ourselves what the Charter of the United Nations articulates as its purpose for existence:
The Purposes of the United Nations are:
- To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
- To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
- To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
- To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
So, the recent actions of the United Nations are intended to further isolate, single out, demonize, and damage Israel and the Jewish people for crimes they are not committing. At the same time, the real and recurring crimes – civil wars, atrocities, genocide, incitement, persecution, antisemitism, and terrorism – that are systematically and openly conducted by Syria, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIL, the Palestinian Authority, and others, draws silence from the UN.
Apparently, with most of the world’s agreement, the UN redefines words and concepts when it comes to Israel and the Jewish people – e.g. (from Article 1 above): “peace and security,” “principle of justice,” “friendly relations among nations,” “suppression of acts of aggression,” “promoting and encouraging respect for human rights…for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.”
I don’t have a Ph.D. in anything, but it appears to me that something is broken here; irreparably broken when you add to this the silence (and/or agreement) by political, religious, media, and academic establishments. To say it’s time for prayer, concerted involvement and action is an understatement. Silence does not work; principled action by good people does.
Let’s define words as they should be. For example, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
1: a: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a: freedom from civil disturbance b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3: harmony in personal relations
4 a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity.
1 a: the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments b: judge c: the administration of law; especially: the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity
2 a: the quality of being just, impartial, or fair b (1): the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2): conformity to this principle or ideal: righteousness c: the quality of conforming to law
3: conformity to truth, fact, or reason: correctness
It would be a good time for highly educated and skilled UN and world leaders to review basic grade school language and apply definitions equally to all concerned. This does not take a Ph.D.