“A great evil has been loosed upon the world.” – Daniel Moynihan, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, describing U.N. Resolution 3379, which equated Zionism with racism
When, this week (Nov. 10) in 1975, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 3379, which condemned Zionism as both “racism” and “a threat to world peace,” it did so by more than a two-to-one margin. Naturally, every Arab state in existence voted for 3379, as did the Soviet Union and its satellite countries. Then again, so did Brazil, Turkey and many African nations with no ties to either the Soviets or the Arab world.
Almost as disturbing were the nations that abstained, thereby signaling a moral indifference to a state, Israel, that was the only democracy in the Middle East, that had never engaged in colonialism, and that had never fought a war except in self-defense. Abstaining nations included Japan, Greece and Venezuela.
U.N. Resolution 3379 was, quite simply, an organized campaign of anti-Semitism meant to de-legitimatize Israel, make it a pariah in the community of nations, and — at least in much of the Arab world — eventually destroy it. Giving such intentions the imprimatur of United Nations support remains one of the U.N.’s most dishonorable actions.
And it was both bad law and bad history. Prior to 1975, the legitimacy of Zionism and an Israeli state had been internationally recognized by both the League of Nations and the United Nations itself when, in 1947, the U.N. approved Israel’s statehood. At that time, the U.N. wanted to partition the western part of Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state. The Jews accepted the U.N.’s partition plan. The Arabs rejected it and in 1948 started a war against Israel to overturn it — a war they lost.
But that was then and this is now. Although the U.N. finally rescinded Resolution 3379 in December of 1991, today Israel is the only member of the U.N. not permitted to sit on the U.N. Security Council. Today Israel is the only country whose membership in U.N. commissions is severely restricted.
Today, the U.N. has a “Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian People” — November 29. No such day exists for Israel or the Jewish people.
Over the years, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights has passed numerous resolutions condemning various Israeli actions — far more than Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia have received.
Speaking of bad history, November 10, 1975, was the 37th anniversary of the culmination of Kristallnacht — the “night of broken glass” — in which Nazi Germany first began its campaign of genocide against the Jews. That anniversary was no doubt forgotten by the supporters of U.N. Resolution 3379. Not so the citizens of Israel.