Anti-Jewish Apartheid at the U.N.

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


As reported exclusively by Breitbart, the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust was denied access to the UN’s General Assembly hall during the vote slated to grant Palestine non-member observer state status. On Wednesday, the UN Division for Palestinian Rights sent a letter to the UN pass office, insisting that the UN-accredited Jewish group be denied access to the morning meeting. The passes had already been printed and issued, but UN security officials insisted upon their return, capitulating to the Palestinian branch’s demand. Twenty-three Jewish young adults, who were part of an educational program associated with the Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni community, were affected.

The group had requested the passes for November 29, 2012 to attend separate events: the “UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” in the morning and, the General Assembly debate on “The Question of Palestine” which began at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Solidarity Day commemorates the anniversary of the UN General Assembly vote of November 29, 1947 that partitioned Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. It was billed as “an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine is still unresolved and that the Palestinian people is yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.” It further notes that “NGOs are invited to attend and a representative of the international community of NGOs (non-Governmental organizations) accredited to the Committee addresses the meeting.”

Make that some NGOs. The Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni completed individual registration forms and submitted them to the host of Solidarity Day, namely, the Division for Palestinian Rights, which is part of the UN Department of Political Affairs. The Division sent out letters of acceptance confirming their participation, signed by Mabel Chan. Yet in a follow-up email dated November 28, Ms. Chan informed the group that “our capacities have been filled and we are not able to issue a badge to you.”

There was additional subterfuge involved as well. The UN general pass and NGO offices informed the UN Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR) of a formal request by the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust to facilitate their visit both to Solidarity Day and the General Assembly. DPR officials claiming the group had  “bypassed” the Division registration process orchestrated a campaign to exclude them. UN officials obliged, despite the reality of the aforementioned acceptance letters sent by the DPR itself. They then attempted to claim the NGO “is not accredited to the Palestinian Rights Committee and has not received an invitation to attend the morning meeting,”–again, contradicting the UN’s open invitation mentioned above.

The real reason for denying the Jewish group access finally came to light when the DPR thought the letter linked to in the opening paragraph of this piece would only be seen by UN staff in the NGO and pass office. In it they contended the Jewish group had been “disruptive and negative in the past.”

Breitbart reveals the focus of the supposed “disruption” and “negativity” is likely Touro Institute Director, Anne Bayefsky. Bayefsky is a no-nonsense supporter of Israel who is also affiliated with UN Watch, a Geneva-based organization devoted to exposing unfair bias against Israel at the United Nations. She is on the record referring to the UN’s “depravity and deceit in combating terrorism.” In 2005, her Solidarity Day reporting revealed that the UN Headquarters had countenanced the display of a Middle East map omitting the state of Israel. As a result, the Division and its Palestinian Committee were no longer able to make the map a regular part of the Day’s festivities.

Another big hint as to why the Jewish group was denied access to the morning session is revealed by its list of speakers. Leaving aside members of the UN governing bodies, such as the President of the General Assembly, Secretary General of the UN, and President of the Security Council, the roster is composed of anti-Israel types whose titles give them away: Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People; Chairman of the Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories; and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations.

Yet the denial of access to the Solidarity Day proceeding was only a first step. It was followed up by the DPR insisting that the UN pass and NGO offices also refuse passes for the group’s invitees to attend the General Assembly itself, despite the reality that the DPR has no jurisdiction at all regarding such invitations. Here too the UN complied, even as they took this obvious boycott of Jewish and pro-Israel groups one step further: for the afternoon session of the General Assembly, UN secretariat Wolfgang Grieger contended that whether or not the Jewish group got access would be decided by the President of the General Assembly. The Palestinian contingency–who would get 100 seats requested by Greiger himself–could get their passes “directly from security.”

The reason for such a blatant double-standard is obvious. An overwhelmingly pro-Palestinian UN, which easily upgraded the Palestinians to observer state status, didn’t want anyone to spoil the party. Thus, it was no surprise that when Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called upon the Assembly to rectify “the unprecedented historical injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people since Al-Nakba of 1948,”  and to “issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine,” he received a standing ovation. Breitbart’s Joel B. Pollak revealed the irony of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust being “dis-invited” to both Solidarity Day and the Assembly vote: “Today, for the first time, the United Nations will name Palestine a (non-member) ‘observer state’ by first engaging in exactly the charge that they press against Israel: apartheid.”

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  • κατεργάζομαι

    Israel first became a nation in 1312 B.C(.E.),- two thousand years before the rise of Islam!

    Divest the U.N. of American taxpayer funding. – Move it to Gaza, and make The Muslim cabal fund the damn mess!

    ~ General Assembly
    ~ Palestinian Authority
    ~ Muslim Brother HOOD
    ~ International Criminal Court in The Hague, and the UN.

    ………… are why God created the middle finger for Israel & American taxpayers. Use it!

    One more thing. Very often one hears the revisionists and propagandists finding ancient historical links between the "Philistines" ("Invaders" in Hebrew) and the Arab "Palestinians." There is no truth to this claim!

    • DonRor

      The Jews here in the U.S. vote 75% to support Barack Hussein Obama and the rest of his band of Muslim/Communists so there will be no reduction of U.S. taxpayer money going to support:

      -General Assembly
      -Palestinian Authority
      -Muslim Brother HOOD
      -International Criminal Court in the Hague, and the UN.

      No sense becoming agitated when they do it to themselves!

      • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

        But yet Obama and his goons were upset with the outcome to make Palestine a state member of the UN; or is this just another lie that Obama continues to tell us.

      • Ron Lewenberg

        " The Jews here in the U.S. vote 75% to support Barack Hussein Obama and the rest of his band of Muslim/Communists so there will be no reduction of U.S. taxpayer money going to support: "
        No, they don't. Sampling of Jews not living in liberal cities virtually doesn't exist. Obama got under 70% this year. And it would have been lower, had Superstorm Sandy not reduced turnout in some of the most conservative Jewish neighborhoods in the city.

        • Mary Sue

          Heh, I have to wonder if it also reduced turnout in the liberal areas as well.

        • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

          69% and I was not one of them.

          Many born again Christians voted in Hussein. They are millions and millions.

      • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

        <<Jew didnt vote Hussein, TYVM
        69%, btw

    • JacksonPearson

      The pic above of a thug and dim-wit are reasons enough to toss the UN off of U.S. soil, and defund their criminality. The vipers nest would fold overnight.

  • DonRor

    And the idiot, ignorant Jews keep on voting 75% for Barack Hussein Obama and his band of Muslim/Communists. They are getting what they should expect and deserve. Aren't Jews supposed to have some brains? Just like in Hitler's Germany, they stood around with their finger up their you know what as the noose was tightened around their necks.

    If they can't use some common sense, there's no use wasting more tax dollars on them.

    • Ar'nun

      It dropped to 63% in this past election.

      • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

        It should have never been above 1%

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Born again Christians are supposed to possess discernment, why dont they? MILLION of 'born again' Christians voted Hussein.
      Why do you not bring THAT up?

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    Although it seems that the American Jew is on the side of the Obaminator, and that most of the Jewish vote was for Obama, we owe it to the State of Israel for our support. There must be someone somewere that is in favor or moving the UN out of the US. However the POTUS seems to be playing the advocate to have the UN stay and take control of our guns etc.

  • Marty

    Another disgraceful but shameless united nations attack on democracy and human rights. If there is any useful news in giving a gang of murderers a seat at the un (where they can exchange stories with other islamic tyrants about the latest methods of torture and genocide), it is that Israel knows how much it can only depend on itself for its survival. Those countries that voted with Israel should now withdraw their un memberships after drafting a resolution that calls for the arrest and trial of hamas and palestinian authority leaders for war crimes.

  • Stern

    Anti-Jewish Apartheid at the UN? Is anyone the least bit surprised?

  • Western Spirit

    As a Christian the only birthright I recognize is the Jewish people's birthright to the land given to them by God. And it includes much more land than is currently available to them.The Palistinians simply don't belong there.

    Moreover the UN should be discarded because it has worn out its welcome as a guest feeding at our trough. At present they are nothing more than a group of dictators who should be disqualified from serious consideration of any kind.

    So kick the Pals out and the UN out. End of Story.

  • JoJoJams

    Deshawn – you are about the most ignorant and foolish troll poster here. too funny! (in a very sad sort of way). I don't mind "jews" – and prefer them BY FAR over "muslims" – which is a sick and barbaric creed. So, since I "like jews" – your statement is, obviously, completely innaccurate and foolish. Why DO so many people hate "jews"?? It's a fair question – however, the answer actually has more to do with your (and the other haters) sick pathetic souls than it does the "jew". May G-d open your eyes to real truth, child – and have mercy on your sad sad soul….

  • Mary Sue

    Here's a better question, deSpawn. How uneducated do YOU have to be, to believe the lies you are spouting?

    The only people that don't like Jews are TERRIBLE PEOPLE. Got that?

  • Zionista

    deshawn, go shovel horse dump – that's all an inbred klansman like you is good for – and you know it!

    • Mary Sue

      DeSpawn reminds me of an old Dave Chappelle routine where a black man who was blind from birth joined the KKK.

  • Silverfinger

    i would love to see Monki Moon kidnapped and shipped to Sderot and wrapped to a post during missile attacks from Gaza.

    In fact I would like to see Koffeekup Anan there as well, Bishop Tutu, Billy Crystal ( why not? but hard, he fled the US years ago like many rich libs) and the dead corpses of Dog Hammershold, U Thant and Waldheim.

    The UN – thank you FDR and Eleanor, is the manifestation of the continuous Holocaust on Jews, financed by the Euros and the Muslims.

  • Ghostwriter

    Well,no one here likes you,Deslime. So go disappear!

  • Ghostwriter

    This sort of thing will make people like Slugmotion and Deslime happy.

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  • http://twitter.com/DanKelso1 @DanKelso1

    This is the UN, where November 29 is officially the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; where they pass anti-Israeli resolutions year in and year out, without anyone even looking at the text.”
    Every anti-Israel initiative at the 193-member General Assembly will have an automatic Pro Arab majority.
    The U.N can pass a law stating that Jews who don't obey Hamas must be tied to a motorcycle and dragged around and murdered and it would pass overwhelmingly in the Islamic controlled U.N

    Abba Eban once quipped: ”If the Arabs introduced a resolution in the U.N declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13.

  • Dylan

    Oh, and if I was not clear enough, the USA is definitely NOT one of those refuge countries, nor will it ever be again.

  • g_jochnowitz

    The exclusion of Taglit-Birthright is one example of a story that hardly got reported. Another such news item is the question about how a child in the Gaza Strip died. It probably was the result of one of Gaza's own rockets. http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/11/18/shocking-evi

  • Brujo Blanco

    As the UN has turned on the Jews it can turn on us. It is time for the US to leave the UN and order the UN out of our country. The comment on this thread about people being dragged by motorcycle is not an empty comment.

  • welldoneson

    Israel needs to correct the error made by the stunning cowards at the U. N. back in 1947.
    Ship EVERY Arab in Gaza to Egypt, and ship EVERY Arab in the West Bank to Jordan.
    Just that simple. Arabs with Israeli citizenship would of course be exempt.
    There's WAY more land in the Sinai alone than there is in all of Israel.

  • marios

    Good idea but…Arabs/Muslims all their history wanted what belong to someone else as they were/are not able to create something decent for themselves. Arabs of Palestine never wanted their own state but they wanted what Jews built , Jewish state of Israel. The same is now. "Progressive humanity" help them to make Holocaust and start new Caliphate where there will be no place for those useful idiots "Progressive Humanity" as well. But they don't want to think about inevitable.