Israel’s influence at the UN

It is evident that the international community, through the United Nations, has supported and consolidated Israel’s colonial project in Palestine. Israel has consisently manipulated terms and concepts of international law to render them acceptable or worthy only of the slightest tinge of condemnation, and Its power to do so is heavily dependent upon the international community.

Without its backing, the colonial enterprise would have collapsed long ago. However, since recognising Israel and even before, by allowing Zionism a platform at an international level, the UN has differentiated between the political violence of colonialism as an ideology and what Israel is implementing on the ground. The mere fact that the UN treats Israel like any state, regardless of its ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population has enabled Israel to define its action as emanating from a state rather than a colonial imposition on Palestinian territory.

There are precedents which contributed to the current disregard for human rights violations inflicted upon the Palestinian population. The Balfour Declaration, which called for the establishment of a national home in Palestine for the Jewish people, can be considered the prequel upon which the UN emulated its policies. Without consulting the indigenous population,a portion over Palestine was bequeathed to the Zionists. With the Declaration incorporated into the British Mandate, the recommendation was elevated to the status of an international treaty after which, through planned immigration quotas, the Zionist movement proceeded with its plans to continue its initial colonisation of Palestine. Read more.

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