Anders Hagstrom, DCNF
When President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would be moving its Israel based embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital of Jerusalem, the U.N. showed its true colors.
Days after Trump’s announcement, the U.N. voted 128 to 9 to condemn him — just the most recent in the U.N.’s long history of singling out Israel for criticism. In response, America’s U.N. Ambassador, Nikki Haley, made a veiled threat, pointing out the U.S. contributes more money to the U.N. than any other country, and promising the U.S. would remember where countries fell on the embassy vote.
The U.N.’s dislike for Israel is obvious. The General Assembly adopted 26 resolutions that criticized a country in 2016 — of which 20 were directed at Israel. Ten critical resolutions were issued in a single day, including language that condemned “acts of violence, destruction, harassment, provocation and incitement by Israeli settlers” in what the General Assembly called “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
In 2016, the U.N. World Heritage Committee claimed Muslims — not Jews — hold a prior claim to the Temple mount, despite King Solomon and the Jewish people building the temple more than 1,600 years before the birth of Islam.
A bipartisan coalition of over 39 members of Congress sent a letter to the body in protest of the resolution.
“By declaring the site as solely sacred for Muslims and utterly ignoring the indisputable Jewish and Christian ties, this resolution is fundamentally ahistorical,” New York Rep. Jerry Nadler said in a press release. “It willfully disregards historical facts in the pursuit of an anti-Semitic agenda from a body that routinely demonstrates an unfair bias against Israel.”
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