Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. Isaiah 40 v15
Although the United Nations is not, and does not claim to be, a Christian organization, many "Christians" who seek to demonize Israel will cite the U.N. in their case.
Most people suppose that the U.N. is the world arbiter on all matters of right and wrong between nations; it certainly claims to be. But in whose name and on whose authority does the United Nations act and make its pronouncements?
It was not appointed by God, but by governments - in the human model of democracy and voting in proportion to representation. As such it is a human or humanistic organisation, placing human decision making as its highest criterion. Therefore, the Christian should not accept without question, the wisdom of such a world system, whether it be the U.N. or some other.
Outside the U.N. building in New York there is a wall bearing the inscription, "They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore. Isaiah " But this is only the second part of the scripture verse, (Isaiah 2 v4)
"He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore."
This quotation out of context demonstrates the presumption of the nations, united in belief that they can bring in the peace of the Messianic Age, while not acknowledging God, whose word they are using.
David Pawson described a visit to the chapel in the U.N. building, which has room for prayer housing a black cast iron block, into which one is supposed to stare whilst praying to one's chosen deity (or none).
1. Before 1990, Security Council passed 175 resolutions, 97 were directed against Israel (It is 55% of all resolutions).
2. Before 1990, UN General Assembly voted on 690 resolutions, 429 were directed against Israel (It is 62% of all resolutions).
3. The UN was silent when Jordanians destroyed 58 Synagogues in Jerusalem .
4. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
5. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
6. The UN was silent while for 18 months Israel was terrorised by indiscriminate suicide bombing campaign unleashed by PA leadership.
7. There are 54 Muslims countries in the UN. As well as many more are others Arab oil dependant states.
8. Israel is the ONLY MEMBER OF THE UN THAT IS NOT PERMITTED MEMBERSHIP ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL.
9. Israel is the only country excluded from the U.N.'s regional group system. Since Israel does not belong to any group, it is the only country of 190 member states that is not eligible to serve on the numerous U.N. commissions.
10. In recent years, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights has annually passed five resolutions condemning Israel. This year, they passed seven. By contrast, each of the following countries/regions has been the subject of only one resolution: Afghanistan, Burundi, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Russia/Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Southeast Europe and Sudan.
11. Nov. 29 is the United Nations Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian People. No other group or nation has a U.N. Day of Solidarity.
12. Israel is the only state to which a special investigator with "an open-ended mandate to inspect its human rights record" is assigned by the U.N.
13. It is the only state targeted by two special committees and special units of the U.N. Secretariat ostensibly devoted to the Palestinians but in reality dedicated to Israel-bashing worldwide, costing millions of dollars a year.
14. UNIFIL, the U.N. force stationed on the Israel-Lebanon border, hid a videotape of Israeli soldiers being abducted by Hezbollah in October 2000. After finally admitting to having the tape, the U.N. would only show an edited version (in which Hezbollah faces were hidden) to the Israeli government.
Thanks to Steven Shamrak for the above "highlights"
September 2009 - UN Report on the 2008-9 Israel-Gaza conflict turns out to be as biassed as expected
Each year the UN hosts a formal event and commiserates with the "Palestinians" over their misfortune from the UN's passage of resolution 181! At its 27th "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" meeting in 2005, a map of the Middle East was presented at the event attended by Kofi Annan and the presidents of the UN Security Council and General Assembly, but the state of Israel was nowhere to be seen on the map!
The U.N. Human Rights Council is another forum used by regimes with blood on their hands, to pillory Israel for alleged infringements. Just check the post holders for some bizarre choices. See also Goldstone Report.
U.N. Watch has posted a 3-minute video on YouTube that reveals truly offensive statements that are welcomed by the UN Human Rights Council while the statement criticising the Council was rejected as "inadmissible". The_Daily_Invective_at_the_UN_Human_Rights_Council
The Anti-Israel campaigners regularly demand that Israel complies with Resolution 242, without acknowledging what that resolution actually says. (See also Land )
|The UN Resolution 242 of 22nd November 1967, is regularly misquoted as pressing Israel to give up "all territories".
Resolution 242 actually calls for . . . .
Resolution 242 says every state should have defensible boundaries, free from threats. Barak offered that but Arafat responded with the "Intifada".
Even so, this UN Resolution is still only man's opinion, as discussed above. We need to remember that the U.N. votes according to its makeup of nations. There are many small nations who owe allegiance to Islam or the Arab nations, and many more know they must protect their oil based economy by keeping in favour with the Arab nations. Is it any wonder that Israel is regularly pilloried, with only USA and Micronesia standing for her?
More than one General Secretary of the U.N. has reminded Israel, "You owe us." But is this true? Is the case that the UN owes its existence to the God of Israel, who brought it into being in order to vote into existence the state of Israel in the brief window of time when the nations were feeling guilty enough for the Holocaust? Even then the voting is illuminating!
|For the establishment of a Jewish state . . 33||Against . . . . . .13||Abstained . . . . . 10|
|Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Belarus, Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatamala, Haiti, Holland, Iceland, Liberia, Luxemburg, Poland, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, Uraguay, U.S. and Venezuela.||Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and Yemen||Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Great Britain, Honduras, Mexico and Yugoslavia|
See Land for comment on U.N. pronouncements about ownership of the land.March 2008 - American Jewish professor who compared Israel to Nazis Appointed to UN Human Rights Council
Many of the above observations could also be made about International Court Of Justice in the Hague. Many anti-Israel campaigners attempt to make cases against Israel under dubious Human Rights charges. But who appointed the ICJ judiciary to such an exalted position?
See "Londonistan" by Melanie Philips for an analysis of how Britain's judiciary has undermined the parliamentary democracy to pursue a liberal, human rights led agenda.
See also Israel against Israel for examples of the practice of Lawfare.
The UNRWA was set up to administer aid to the "Palestinians" during a difficult time and has never been allowed to wind up its work. It continues to channel international aid into Gaza without ensuring the money is properly spent. During the 2009 conflict it was discovered that UNRWA has numerous Hamas operatives on its staff.
The director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's New York Representative Office, Andrew Whitley, told a conference in Washington that Palestinians should accept that they will never return to Israel and, rather than continue to dream of this, they should work to improve their current circumstances. Whitley concluded these startling remarks by suggesting that UNRWA should resettle its clients rather than continue to perpetuate their refugee status.
After complaints from the Palestinian Authority, the Jordanian government, and many others, Whitley abjectly apologized for his remarks in a letter to the UNRWA spokesman:
I am writing following my realisation – from media reports, statements and letters from individuals, organisations and governments – that part of the remarks I delivered at a conference in Washington hosted by the National Council on US – Arab Relations, on 22 October, 2010, were inappropriate and wrong. Those remarks did not represent UNRWA's views.I express my sincere regrets and apologies over any harm that my words may have done to the cause of the Palestine refugees and for any offence I may have caused. I have spent much of my long career working for the Palestinian people, and defending their rights, in different professional capacities. It is definitely not my belief that the refugees should give up on their basic rights, including the right of return. I wish to put this letter on the public record out of concern that what I said in Washington could be interpreted in ways that negatively affect the reputation and work of UNRWA, an organisation I have been proud to serve since July 2002. The Agency is at liberty to use my statement in whatever ways it sees fit. There is no need for a reply.Yours sincerely,
From a posting by by Daniel Pipes - October 23, 2010http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2010/10/unrwa-official-calls-on-palestinians-to-accept-reality
Building Human Shields for hamas?
Israel's Defense Ministry is pleading with UNRWA not to build a new school for Palestinian children next to a Hamas military installation in southern Gaza.
In the past, Hamas has cynically placed its bomb laboratories next to schools in the knowledge that Israel will then be extremely reluctant to target them, even during wartime. As a consequence, children are regularly maimed when Hamas explosives accidentally explode while the group is preparing bombs and missiles.
Tom Gross, Hudson Institute New York - http://www.hudson-ny.org/1634/unrwa-palestinian-school-hamas-base - November 2010The UN: Clueless or Complicit in Gaza? - Claudia Rosett - (2014)
Reveal UNRWA's Bluff - Einat Wilf - (2014)
During the fighting in Gaza, Israeli forces were fired at from UN facilities. Now that the fighting over, Israel should recognize UNRWA as a hostile Palestinian organization that perpetuates the dream of the return of Palestinian refugees to Israel - and treat it accordingly. Even if UNRWA itself does not attack the IDF directly, it ensures that there will always be someone to do so in the future. Under a thin veil of humanitarian activities, UNRWA acts with a clear political agenda, aimed at perpetuating the situation of Palestinian refugees and fostering the dream of their return to Israel.
UNRWA is directly responsible for the fact that 5 million people are registered as Palestinian refugees, a large number of whom continue to live in refugee camps. UNRWA works to inflate the number of registered refugees in two ways. First, the descendants of refugees from 1948, already the fifth generation, are automatically "entitled" to refugee status. And second, UNRWA thwarts any attempt to absorb refugees where they currently live or in third countries. If UNRWA operated the same way as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which is responsible for all other refugee groups in the world, today there would be only tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees, rather than millions.
UNRWA's continued existence depends on donations totaling $1 billion per year from Western nations, including $250 million from the U.S. and more than $500 million from Europe. Why do Western taxpayers fund an organization which acts in stark contrast to the policy of finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? The writer, a former member of the Knesset, is a senior fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute. (Israel Hayom)
UNESCO has joined the process of undermining Israel by turning Jewish shrines into Palestinian mosques. UNESCO demands that Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron be removed from the new list of Israel's heritage sites. UNESCO, in its biannual session adopted five proposals initiated by Arab member states regarding Jewish and Muslim holy sites.http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001873/187356e.pdf (see how political this is !)
The United Nations body in charge of preserving historical sites worldwide decided last week to redefine the two Jewish shrines as Palestinian mosques.
The Hebrew Patriarch Abraham bought the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron as a burial place for his wife Sarah; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were also buried there along with their wives. "If the places where the fathers and mothers of the Jewish nation are buried, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Leah and Rachel some 4,000 years ago are not part of the Jewish heritage then what is?" insisted Prime Minister Netanyahu
"It is regrettable that the organization established to promote historical heritage sites worldwide is trying for political reasons to detach the ties between the Jewish people and their heritage." This is merely a move to prepare for the creation of a Palestinian state with no Jewish connection or history.
2012 - UNESCO followed up on its admission of "Palestine" as a member state of the world body by listing the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a World Heritage site located in this nonexistent country of Palestine.
2011 - UNESCO admitted 'Palestine' as full member
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held a vote which resulted in 'Palestine' being added as a full member, despite not being a state recognized by the UN. - See Unilateral State for more detail.
Tuesday, December 13 2011 - President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag for the first time at the headquarters of the UN cultural agency, a move seen as the first step of international recognition of an independent Palestine.
"It is moving to see our flag raised and for it to be flying in this beautiful city of Paris among all the other states," Abbas told UNESCO ambassadors as he hoisted the flag , Reuters reported.
2012 UNESCO announced that it plans to launch a research Chair at the Islamic University of Gaza. "The Islamic University of Gaza is a known greenhouse and breeding ground for Hamas terrorists," an Israeli Foreign Ministry statement said. "Only last month, the University's Dean of Koranic studies openly called for the Islamic conquest of the Vatican and of Spain.
UNESCO's motto is that "It is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed," yet the Islamic University of Gaza is poisoning the minds of men for the cause of terror."
For a report on UNESCO's links to Hamas, click HERE (PDF)
The UN's World Heritage Committee (WHC) held a meeting in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, June 23 2012, in which it approved a measure proposed by the Palestinian and Jordanian UNESCO delegations to strongly condemned Israel for "Israeli violations against the heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem."
Israel's Foreign Ministry reacted by issuing a statement saying ; "Exactly as Israel had warned in the recent past, the Palestinians are exploiting their admission to UNESCO as a member state in order to hijack the agenda and drag this important UN agency into the abyss of politicized manipulation. The resolution, which was adopted against the better judgment of the majority, is nothing but a heap of statements disconnected from reality."
The IDF ( www.idfblog.com ) revealed how a photo tweeted by Khulood Badawi, allegedly depicting the results of Israeli air strikes in Gaza in recent days, have been proven false.
The photo was taken in 2006 by Reuters, and the girl, initially thought to have been killed in an Israeli air strike, was injured by falling off a swing. Read Top Tweet on Gaza Proven False for the full story on how this photo was exposed.
A Google search reveals that Badawi has a history of activism in a range of pro-Palestinian non-governmental organizations, some of them radical and politicized. While this background may not in itself disqualify her from a career with the UN, it is absolutely unacceptable that a UN employee working specifically on dissemination of information to the media and public tweets malicious and false information to libel Israel.
Nearly a full year after HonestReporting exposed False Photo Tweeter Khulood Badawi as a staff member of the Jerusalem branch of the UN Office of Coordinated Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN concluded its lengthy investigation and removed Badawi from its staff.
UN Watch is a non-governmental organization based in Geneva whose mandate is to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter.
See also NGOs - to understand how the U.N. and N.G.O.s work together.
|The NGO Monitor web site monitors Non Government Organizations which campaign against Israel. www.ngo-monitor.org|
What can we expect in the future – more of the same?
Some observations by Ludwig Schnieder, writing in Israel Today March 2012
After World War II left 55 million dead, the world came to the bitter realisation that the League of Nations had failed and the United Nations was founded with 51 member states.
Today the United Nations has 193 member states, with 45,000 employees operating in 35 organisations around the world.
(In parallel, the World Council of Churches was formed in 1948.)
Today it is clear that the UN, with all its power and authority, cannot solve the world's problems. The world's aggressors continue to ignore the United nations (eg Assad of Syria) prompting the UN to call for greater authority and/or look for a strongman who could replace the relatively impotent voting powers of the UN General Assembly.
But prophecies in scripture should ring alarm bells about the rise of a global power and a charismatic leader in the end times, ( Revelation 13:7&8 )
And it was given to him …. authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.But it gets worse
And all who dwell on the earth will worship him …This is the description of the Antichrist – the false Messiah.
Where would this lead?
With the United Nations gaining more power while increasing in its antipathy towards Israel, how can we extrapolate? Look at Zechariah prophecy - ch 14
I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.
Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle.
This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other.
Zechariah's prophecies detail many events, but not in chronological order.
We must note that many nations have besieged Jerusalem in the past, but thus far the nations gathered together have not.
The United Nations will be the ideal body to accomplish this collective, multi-national invasion and the level of hostility against Israel in the United Nations demonstrates motivation.
This is where all the apartheid, genocide etc delegitization of Israel leads. See also Goldstone, Gaza and Lebanon. Once the UN force is unleashed and given a free hand, the blemished record of UN forces makes this scenario a feasible fulfilment of this prophecy.
The second prophecy quoted here paints a distressing picture for we Gentiles from the nations who might have young members of our families serving in our armed forces. One can picture them being sent to attack Jerusalem as part of a United Nations force and coming against the God of Israel!
The clamour against Israel in Europe and in Britain, fuelled by the Media peddling Palestinian Propaganda, is constantly increasing the climate of hostility towards Israel and willingness to take action on some premise.
How could the United Nations vote for such a drastic course of action?
Some key facts from an excellent article by Shira Sorko-Ram - www.maozisrael.org
The United Nations General Assembly has one vote for every nation, whether China with 1.3 billion citizens or the island of Nauru with 10,000.
Thus, theoretically, a two thirds supermajority could be obtained by nations comprising only eight percent of the world's population.
How do population blocks work out?
|Arab-Muslim Nations||21 votes|
|Non-Arab Muslim states||35 votes|
|The above comprise the Organisation of Islamic States||Total 56|
|Non-aligned nations (Non Aligned Movement)||68|
|Given that all the above are hostile to Israel, that gives a voting block||Total 124|
|In the United Nations General Assembly, a simple majority requires||97 votes|
|strong democracies within Europe and North America||
|but many European nations tend to abstain on matters concerning Israel; or vote with the Arabs out of self interest.|
Bottom line – The Arab/Islamic block controls the United Nations!
There is a strange story about Muslims forcing companies to change their logos so that they do not offend Muslims by looking like the name of Allah.
|But there have been no Muslim protests since, in 1987, the United Nations Human Rights Commission changed its logo from a flame into something that looks strikingly like the Arabic word "Allah."|
Was the change in the UN Human Rights logo a coincidence? Some specialists do not think so.
From an article by John Brandon - Published November 01, 2012 - FoxNews.com - extracts
A U.N.-sponsored conference next month in Dubai will propose new regulations and restrictions for the Internet, which critics say will censor free speech, levy tariffs on e-commerce, and even force companies to clean up their “e-waste” and make gadgets that are better for the environment. The conference will be run by the International Telecommunications Union (ITC), a U.N. agency that has typically provided a welcome service by making sure that the Internet works across countries. Many of its guidelines were first instituted in 1988 and most haven’t changed since then.
Concerns about the closed-door event have sparked a Wikileaks-style info-leaking site, and led the US State Department to file a series of new proposals seeking to ensure “competition and commercial agreements -- and not regulation” as the meeting's main message.
Terry Kramer, the chief U.S. envoy to the conference, says the United States is against sanctions and believes management of the Internet by one central organization goes against free speech.“ [Doing nothing] would not be a terrible outcome at all,” Kramer said recently. “We need to avoid suffocating the Internet space through well-meaning but overly prescriptive proposals that would seek to control content.”
'While the worst-case scenario isn’t likely, there’s a decent chance that some of these regulations will go into effect.'
Malcolm Johnson, ITU's telecommunication standardization bureau director played damage control in early October. “There are no proposals submitted to create new international regulatory agencies, or mechanisms, and hence no proposals to put ITU in control of the Internet!” but Cathy Handley, executive director of government affairs at ARIN , said the meeting is meant to exert some sort of controls.
UK Telegraph - 11 Oct 2012
Anti-Islam film prompts Saudi call for net censorship body
Saudi Arabia has called for a new international body to censor the internet, in the wake of the anti-Islam YouTube clip that recently sparked violence in the Middle East.
In a submission to forthcoming international talks on internet governance, the Gulf state said “there is a crying need for international collaboration to address ‘freedom of expression’ which clearly disregards public order”. During the controversy over a 14-minute clip posted on YouTube and purportedly a trailer for a feature film called “The Innocence of Muslims”, Google resisted pressure, including from the White House, to remove it.
The submission highlights increasing interest in internet governance discussions from nations that do not share Western liberal values, as access to and the influence of the web grows.
Credit where it is due after all the criticism of the United Nations
(Daily Telegraph 31st August 2012)
Iran's leaders were forced to squirm in silence as Ban Ki-Moon, the UN secretary-general, used an international summit in Tehran to upbraid them for their nuclear activities and attitudes towards Israel.
As heads of states and delegates from the 120 members of the Non-aligned Movement looked on, Mr Ban denounced Iran for its "outrageous" comments denying the Holocaust and Israel's right to exist. "I strongly reject any threat by any [UN] member state to destroy another, or outrageous comments to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust," he said. "Claiming another UN member state does not have the right to exist or describe it in racist terms is not only utterly wrong but undermines the very principles we have all promised to uphold."
But this does not appear to have changed anything!
And finally (August 2014 - Operation Protective Edge)
In case you aren't yet convinced that the UN is completely morally bankrupt: today the UN condemned Israel for not sharing the Iron Dome with the very terrorist organization they are fighting - Hamas. http://m.washingtontimes.com
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