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Is the UN antisemitic?

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The UN seems to always take an antisemitic stance. What say you?
  1. Is UN antisemitic?

    11 votes
    1. yes
    2. no

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  • @brontoraptor, yes! They clearly discriminate against Israel's rights.
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    Isreal is being discriminated against in the UN, because some of the Muslim countries have a large amount of power there possibly. The US funds a very large portion of the UN and that vote shows who is lies with the US and Israel. 
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  • someone234someone234 475 Pts
    edited December 2017
    The UN has always allowed Israel to use and abuse Palestinian land as its own. It’s not anti-semitic at all.
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  • The UN is not anti Semitic. They are also not against Israel or the US. They have some Muslim countries which belive that the US embassy should not be located in Jerusalem although it is the US’s choice. Those countries voted for their view/s on the issues.
  • I think it's important to differentiate between targeting specific policies and actions, targeting the state of Israel, and targeting the Jewish people as a whole. I'm not saying that there can be no overlap between these, but they are distinct.

    For example, let's look at the recent decision against relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem. Rather than targeting Jews or even Israel, I think this decision stands as a clear rejection of Israel appearing to take full ownership of Jerusalem. It's an important religious capital, a place that many religions deem sacred. As such, the decision to have Israel take ownership, and therefore have it essentially become the Jewish capital, is one that outraged many other religions. At best, moving the embassy is a symbolic gesture that shows support for Israel, while engendering distrust and strained relations with others in the region. At worst, it's an opportunity for Israel to exclude people from other countries and religions. I don't think that will happen, but even the possibility of it happening should outrage many.

    I view this as an example of the first of the 3 I listed above: it's a specific action taken on the part of the US that fundamentally alters the dynamic in the region and does substantially more harm than good.

    As for examples of the second, there have certainly been a large number of UN resolutions passed against Israel. I'd actually agree that the UN has gone overboard in their condemnation of Israel's actions, mainly because a lot of those resolutions seem to ignore similar problems in other nations, particularly those surrounding Israel. Israel's held to a higher standard because it's a democratic state that endeavors to uphold a variety of freedoms that other nations in the vicinity simply don't adhere to. Israel should probably be held to a higher standard, but the UN tends to go a bit overboard with its resolutions, particularly as it offers few options for Israel to deal with the variety of problems it faces. Again, though, I'd say this is targeted at Israel and the what it represents. Perhaps part of that is that it represents Judaism as a whole, but I doubt that that's part of the motive behind this, especially as the UN has made no efforts to condemn other nations for actions brought on by Jewish citizens.

    I'm Jewish myself, and while I support Israel on the whole, I also recognize that that support cannot be a blank check. I have a lot of problems with the policies of Israel's current government, and I think they could and should do better, particularly in their treatment of the Palestinians. Much as Jews are and have been subject to a variety of antisemitic actions around the world, I don't think the UN's highly targeted condemnations of Israel and the US are antisemitic. They're very specific to either their actions or the nations themselves. The UN may be incorrect in their assessments of the situation, but that doesn't make them antisemitic, and I think that term needs to be reserved for actual cases where Jews as a religion are targeted.
  • @whiteflame , great argument!

    The UN May be targeting the US and Israel, not the Jewish people. This could be due to a large amount of Muslim countries and Muslim influence in the UN and there huge control of oil.
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