The United Nations adopted a $3.2 billion budget, despite American and Israeli objections. How much of it will be squandered on the organization’s anti-Israel crusade?
By United with Israel Staff and AP
After down-to-the-wire negotiations, United Nations members have adopted a budget for 2021 that was higher than Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed and was strongly opposed by the Trump administration for including money to commemorate the outcome of deeply anti-Semitic and anti-Israel 2001 conference in South Africa.
The $3.231 billion budget was then approved by the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) last Thursday by a vote of 167-2 with the United States and Israel voting “no.”
In the 20202-2021 UNGA there will be 17 resolutions targeting Israel and only six focusing on the rest of the world, including some of the worst human rights abusers, such as Iran, Syria, and North Korea, Myanmar.
“EU states will likely vote for 13 out of 17 resolutions singling out Israel. Yet these same EU states failed to introduce a single UNGA resolution on the human rights situation in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Algeria, or on 175 other countries,” UN Watch reported.
This week, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft accused the world body of extending “a shameful legacy of hate, anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel bias” by supporting an official event during the next General Assembly session, which starts in September, commemorating the Durban outcome.
U.S. and Israel walked out of the Durban Conference based on a resolution that singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism to racism. That language was dropped in the final documents.
Craft said it was ironic that while the General Assembly was eagerly endorsing “two decades of dishonesty and division,” the Trump administration was bringing Israel and Arab nations, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, together “and bridging age-old divides between people.”
“The focus on Zionism as a supposedly racist and exclusionary political ideology will intensify,” reported TPS. “The UNHCR’s [Judea and Samaria] blacklist is expected to return and the ICC will continue its campaign against Israel, these as the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic trends for 2021 according to the International Legal Forum (ILF).”