Jerusalem – In advance of the 70th anniversary of the historic Partition Plan, Jerusalem-based research institute NGO Monitor has sent a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres calling on him to end the rejectionism of Israel and joint NGO-UN programs that deny Israel’s right to sovereign equality.
The letter notes that rather than celebrating partition and promoting peace, the UN instead marks November 29 as “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, featuring anti-Israel demagogues and highlighting agendas that undermine the spirit” of General Assembly Resolution 181(II), 29 November 1947, which called for a Jewish state and an Arab state to replace the British Mandate.
UN organizations such as Division for Palestinian Rights, the Human Rights Council, and the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People use the anniversary to “advance rejectionism and to demonize and isolate Israel.” Other anti-Israel campaigns are led under the auspices of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNOCHA, UN Women, UNECSWA, UNESCO, and other UN agencies.
NGO Monitor notes that this UN activity is often reinforced by a network of influential NGOs that claim to promote human rights agendas. Examples include the October 2017 budgeting of $18 million to 24 UN agencies for “campaigns aimed at isolating Israel through coordinated political, economic, and legal attacks”; a June 2017 UN conference that featured a Palestinian NGO which said that Israel “was a colonial project from the very beginning”; and a March 2017 report by Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk, which promoted a virulent antisemite as a Human Rights Defender.
The letter, signed by NGO Monitor’s President, Professor Gerald Steinberg, also notes that Secretary General Guterres has taken “efforts to date to tackle this problem,” and urges him to continue his efforts by ending “rampant and systematic discrimination against Israel that currently plagues the UN.”
NGO Monitor’s parent body, the Institute for NGO Research (R.A. 580465508), is an organization in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council since 2013.