Thursday, January 11, 2024

Target: Israel

This is accurate, although a little misleading.

AP News reported in early December that

Hamas officials joined members of Nelson Mandela’s family in laying wreaths at a statue of the statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner in South Africa on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

Former Hamas government minister Basem Naim is in South Africa as part of a delegation and joined Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, and others at the ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the seat of the South African government.

South Africa has been vocal in its support of the Palestinian cause for years and has strongly criticized Israel over its response to the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas. South Africa has previously compared Israel’s actions in Gaza to its own past apartheid system of racial oppression.

And condemn Israel President Cyril Ramaphosa has done, claiming a "deliberate denial of medicine, fuel, food and water" as "tantamount to genocide." However, he also has condemned Hamas for its attack of October 7, 2023.

The problem lies less with South Africa than it does with the United Nations as a body.  Twenty days after the brutal terrorist attack upon Jews because they were Jews, when the event still was fresh in everyone's mind, the General Assembly

demanded the unhindered provision of essential aid to civilians throughout the Gaza Strip, as the body continued its emergency session on the situation in the Middle East. The Assembly also failed to unequivocally reject and condemn the terrorist attacks by Hamas that took place in Israel starting on 7 October.

The United Nations did not even see fit to condemn definitively a crime against humanity more than twice as great per capita as any terrorist attack in history. Yet

In 2023, EU member states voted for one resolution each on the human rights situations in Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar, Crimea, the U.S. for its embargo on Cuba, and Russia for its war in Ukraine. See second table at bottom, showing resolution texts and votes. By contrast, EU states often voted in favor of nearly all 14 resolutions singling out Israel.

These same EU states have failed to introduce a single UNGA resolution this year on the human rights situation in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Algeria, or on 175 other countries.

Tweeter Bachram accurately notes that South Africa has little moral high ground to denounce Israel, thanks to the public support given Hamas by Nelson Mandela's grandson (who is no Nelson Mandela)  and the government's claim that Israel is conducting actions "tantamount to genocide" bespeaks an ignorance of genocide. However... oh, there is no however.

But the larger problem is the United Nations. This is not your grandfather's United Nations, rather an organization made up of member nations which wish the one democratic state in the Mideast would go away, perhaps as victim of the genocide it accuses Israel itself of.  Ultimately, world peace and justice would benefit if the organization would move to the middle of this country, such as to South Dakota, Nebraska, or Kansas, which might provide a great environment to raise a family but would be of no interest to the men and women from abroad who come to New York City, New York to promote a more dangerous world.

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