The UN does something right for a change – and the Palestinians have a hissy fit

UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres

UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres

On International Holocaust Memorial Day, which fell last Friday, 27th January, the new Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres spoke movingly about the vicious antisemitism throughout the millennia which led to its inexorable nadir in the Holocaust.

What distinguished this speech from similar anodyne speeches delivered every Holocaust Memorial Day was the fact that Gutteres clearly mentioned, in words that cannot be misinterpreted any other way, the connection of the Jewish people to the Temple.

Elder of Ziyon has the complete transcript, but here are the relevant words:

Imperial Rome not only destroyed the temple in Jerusalem, but also made Jews pariahs in many ways.

There surely is not much to object to in those words. After all they are simply a matter of historical fact.

Not so according to the Palestinians who went into complete meltdown mode at the very idea that a UN official, and the Secretary General no less, could mention the Temple, obviously in Jerusalem, in terms of any kind of connection to the Jews. They are now demanding an apology!

Senior Palestinian officials blasted the United Nations’ new secretary general on Sunday for acknowledging that a Jewish temple once stood on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

In remarks commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, newly installed Secretary General António Guterres traced the history of anti-Semitism, beginning when “Imperial Rome not only destroyed the temple in Jerusalem, but also made Jews pariahs in many ways.”

Speaking to Israel Radio on Friday, Gutteres added, “no one can deny the fact that Jerusalem is holy to three religions today.”

However, Adnan al-Husseini, the Palestinian Authority’s minister for Jerusalem affairs, told China’s Xinhua news agency that Guterres “neglected the UNESCO resolutions, which clearly said that the al-Aqsa Mosque is purely an Islamic heritage.”

This complete reversal of the facts and denial of historical facts would be highly amusing if it were not so outrageous and so dangerous in its inflammatory language, and only highlights the danger inherent in these absurd UN resolutions.

Husseini called Guterres’ remarks “a violation to all human, diplomatic and legal rules and laws and a violation to his position as the secretary general,” and demanded that Guterres “apologize to the Palestinian people for his remarks.”

Husseini was referring to two Arab-sponsored resolutions passed in October by UNESCO, the UN’s cultural agency, which denied the well-documented, centuries-old Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. The resolutions were widely condemned at the time, including by then-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and were praised by the terrorist group Hamas as a “victory for the Palestinian people.” Their exclusionary language contrasted with a number of recent archaeological finds, including an inscription on the 10th century mosque near Hebron, confirming the Temple Mount’s Jewish history.

Ahmed Majdalani, an adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said in an emailed press statement that Guterres’ comments are “a strike to the credibility of the UN as a global organization that should stay to the side of the occupied people and be against the power of the occupation.”

“[It] seems the new UN secretary general is lacking trust and he doesn’t understand his position,” Majdalani claimed.

In 2015, Brown University historian Michael Satlow said that the existence of a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount is “as historically certain a fact as one can get.” However, efforts to erase or cast doubt on the connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish faith have led many Palestinians to “increasingly [express] doubt that the temples ever existed,”

You can watch the speech of Antonio Gutteres here, and admire the forthright way in which he admits the sins of his own nation as well as the rest of the world which were committed against the Jews, and how they have tried to atone for them.

Kol hakavod to Mr. Gutteres. If he is genuine in his desire to repair his country’s relationship with the Jews, not to mention the UN’s, he would do well to begin by repealing the outrageous Security Council resolution 2334 as well as all the UNESCO resolutions denying any connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. He could also stop the farce of a permanent anti-Israel agenda item at the Human Wrongs Rights Council.

Let’s hope the new Secretary General will perform a clean sweep.

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7 Responses to The UN does something right for a change – and the Palestinians have a hissy fit

  1. Elise Ronan says:

    He can’t unilaterally repeal the Security Council resolutions, but he can try to redirect UNESCO and the Security Council. But its the states that have the final say and the problem lies with the countries involved, not simply with the UN Secretary General. It will take diplomacy by Israel and maybe the US. But in truth a large part of the problem is that the Obama administration let China and Russia flex their muscles without any redress. Obama was thought a fool. Trump too is considered an idiot. And this has only been one week of the Trump administration. The next four yeas are going to be very dangerous.

    Israel needs to stop holding its breath and supporting Trump simply because they think he will move the embassy. Considering Trump decided to take the Jews out of the Holocaust, this shows a huge lack of respect for reality, and history. If you let this man push Israel into an untenable agreement simply over the embassy move, Israel can and will put itself in danger. The price for acquiescing to Trump is too high.

    • Brian Goldfarb says:

      Hear, hear! (It’s what UK Parliamentarians say when they agree with a speaker in either the House of Commons or Lords). Trump is dangerous, even thought I like what he might do re Israel & the ME.

      But when you note what he and his minions said about the press not reporting was he wanted…So much for the First Amendment. Not even Fox News will like that, because a Liberal Pres. could turn that right around against them (assuming the Right Wing press bother to think, that is).

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  3. Leon Kushner says:

    So far I like this guy. Let’s see how he reins in the large Muslim terrorist states.

  4. YJ Draiman says:

    Jewish innovations and advances in all fields keep coming on a consistent basis. We built educational institutions and research facilities that are the envy of the world. Furthermore, overcoming the harsh treatment by the nations of the world, and to ensure we, or any other people are never again led as sheep to the slaughter of the Nazi gas chamber, Israel has morphed into a world military might to rightfully defend its people. Contrary to the efforts of many nations of the world, the State of Israel is alive and thriving! (“The nation of Israel lives”)

    History has proven hate begets hate, and nations built upon a premise of hate have all failed. If all the Jews were gone (not likely), the anti-Semitic promoters and facilitators would need to feed their hate, and would turn on each other. History has proven as such to always be the end result of hate.

    I challenge you. Try love and understanding, compassion and kindness, embrace and respect the differences, it will make living a celebration of life, it’s all very beautiful and content, furthermore, you will find the real true success and accomplishment. It will be hard to change the narrative, but go ahead, accept the challenge to heal instead of hate, to tolerate instead of intolerance, to endure instead of abhor.
    If you follow these ideals, narratives and behavior, you may finally see some success like many of the JEWS and forego your jealousy and intolerance!
    This will bring about a harmonious and thriving coexistence that will benefit society and humanity for generations to come.
    YJ Draiman

  5. Robert Davis says:

    Gutteres is surely an honest man but to my thinking the real reason he said this is because President Trump cut off his funds to the UN. This and violence is the language un understands.

  6. Reality says:

    What an amazing speech.I have never heard any official apart from Israeli ones talk like that!Well done Mr .Gutterres.

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