he United Nations was established on the 24th of October 1945 after the second world war ended, the organization was launched with the intention of promoting international cooperation and to create and maintain international order. United Nations was established on the 24th of October 1945 after the second world war ended, the organization was launched with the intention of promoting international cooperation and to create and maintain international order.
The United Nation replaced the ineffectual League of Nations which was founded on 10th of January 1920 as a result of the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War.
The UN’s stated goal was to ensure that there would never be another worldwide conflagration like the war which had just ended in the very same year 1945.
According to its Charter, the UN aims to, save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights,…to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.
Ironically the United Nations, using the very same charter was instrumental in the formation of the State of Israel on disputed land. Though the UN cannot reasonably be judged solely by its failure and egregious lack of character on what has emanated out of the state of Israel it validated, the Organization must assume responsibility for the consequences of its actions not just in Israel’s creation but for the conduct of that state.
If the Organization is committed to the fundamental rights of all people, as is established in its charter, it is clear that those rights are not extended to the Palestinian people or African-American people in America who have consistently been under the boot-heel of occupation and domination and Jim crow racism and discrimination respectively.
Since it’s creation the Zionist state of Israel has seen massive border expansions as a result of war, but most significantly as a result of the rapacious grabbing of Palestinian land and the building of illegal settlements with no justifiable reason coming from Israel for its actions.
The only conclusion is that Israel continues with these illegal activities because it’s largest and most powerful backer the United States, ensures that Israel is able to flaunt International law with impunity.
Israel outrightly steals lands which clearly do not belong to the state of Israel. This process aids and enhances the illegal expansion of Israel’s borders. A move which eviscerates any hope the Palestinians have of having a state of their own.
Despite condemnation and protestations from conscientious elements of the international community, Israel ignores the outcry and arrogantly continue with its illegal activities.
This guarantees the shrinking of anything which could look remotely like a Palestinian state, and for all intents and purposes now makes the prospect of a Palestinian state a fantastic idea whose time has come and gone.
As atrocious as those truths are, they do not begin to tell the story of how Israel is allowed to operate outside the boundaries of International law and the protocols which constrain other states not so protected.
According to experts, Israel is in possession of scores of nuclear weapons while its protectors tell other sovereign nations they are not allowed to acquire the same weapons.
In a 2013 Washington Post Article titled “Why is the U.S. okay with Israel having nuclear weapons but not Iran“? Columnist Max Fisher asks, “Is there something hypocritical about the world tolerating Israel’s nuclear arsenal, which the country does not officially acknowledge but has been publicly known for decades, and yet punishing Iran with severe economic sanctions just for its suspected steps toward a weapons program? Even Saudi Arabia, which sees Iran as its implacable enemy and made its accommodations with Israel long ago, often joins Tehran’s calls for a “nuclear-free region.” And anyone not closely versed in Middle East issues might naturally wonder why the United States would accept Israeli warheads but not an Iranian program.
According to the same Article Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, summarizized the American position thus.
“Israel has never brandished its capabilities to exert regional influence, cow its adversaries or threaten its neighbors.”
No, it doesn’t, it just uses them in passive-aggressive ways, while it kills untold numbers of Palestinians already under its occupation, steals their lands and drives out asylum seeking Africans it deems and labels “infiltrators“.
People do not mind adhering to rules as long as the rules apply fairly, equitably, and justly across the board.
There cannot be two sets of rules, one for Israel and another for the rest of the world. In the Interest of world peace, Israel should dismantle its nuclear weapons, remove the illegal settlements from Palestinian lands and take down the checkpoints which prevent Palestinians farmers from going to their properties.
Israel’s continued construction of highways through Palestinian lands is unconscionable. Farmers cannot have access to their farms, families cut off from their farms while Israeli settlers continue to confiscate and build illegal settlements is beyond unacceptable.
How the world remains silent in the face of such injustice is a question not just for all conscientious people but for the United Nations as well.