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Record of the United Nations, why is it so anti-Israel

One of the reasons the United Nations is so anti-Israel is because the General Assembly gives one vote per member country, and there are simply many more small developing Islamic countries than large non-Islamic developed countries. 

Because many of these smaller developing countries suffered under Western colonialism the General Assembly also has an anti-Western bias. 

Israel, ironically, is seen by many countries as the last bastion of Western colonialism -- partly because the Palestine Mandate for the Jewish National Home predates the U.N. and dates back to the League of Nations -- even though it became a nation about the same time, and in the same way as many African and other Middle Eastern nations.

Israel also has resorted to legislation and documents that predate the United Nations, sometimes ignoring the UN resolutions and always to its consternation.   Although changing in recent years, Israel held its right for Jews to live on the Jewish National Home to supersede any right or restriction emanating from the U.N. 

Anti-Semitism in the United Nations is also a factor.

Troubled History of Israeli Participation in U.N.

"The United Nations has presented itself to the world as a bastion for equality," Rep. Rothman stated, "except when it comes to the State of Israel." Calling it a "double-standard," Rothman noted Israel is the only member state at the U.N. that has been denied a seat on the Security Council.

Israel has regularly met resistance from Arab and other non-Western states within the international organization. American policymakers, are concerned that Israel has consistently been denied access to many U.N. bodies, including the Security Council which offers seats on a rotating basis to individual member states representing their respective regional groups. Israel has been refused a seat within its own geographic regional group, the Asian States, which contains Arab member states that consider the Jewish state to exist on "occupied territory."

Member states from the Middle East, including the Palestinian Authority, cite development of disputed Arab territory in East Jerusalem as yet another reason to deny Israel representation in their regional group. The U.S., in an attempt to promote a compromise, has supported allowing Israel to join the Western European and Others Group (WEOG), which includes Canada and Australia. However, the U.S. only sits as an "observer" in WEOG; though the U.S. is considered a member for electoral status, European Union (EU) member states oppose the idea of including Israel in the regional group.

Reasons for First Meeting in 50 Years Questioned

The House passed a resolution, 14 July 1999, urging the Department of State, member states of the U.N., and the Secretary-General to resist convening "for the first time in 50 years" the parties to the convention. The Fourth Geneva Convention was originally adopted as a response to World War II atrocities against European Jews. However, this week's meeting would address housing policies implemented by former Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. In recent years Israel has constructed housing for Jewish settlers in the largely Arab populated East Jerusalem - against the recommendation of the United States and the protests of the Palestinian Authority. 

Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), in his opening statements, brought a unique perspective to the purpose of opposing the meeting of the Geneva Convention, drawing commendations from his committee colleagues. The Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor reminded those in attendance that the Convention was established by Western Allies in part to help displaced Jews in their post-war resettlement. Lantos also noted that Secretary General Kofi Annan should be a trusted partner in this cause since Mrs. Annan is the niece of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, a hero of the Holocaust. Lantos and his wife were among the Jews saved by Wallenberg. 

Lantos expressed hope that Arab states will allow Israel's democratic economy to create a "renaissance" in the region.

Source: Washington Report

World Religions

Afghanistan Islam (Sunni, 84%; Shi'ite, 15%; other 1%)
Albania Muslim, 70%; Albanian Orthodox, 20%; Roman Catholic, 10%
Algeria 99% Islam (Sunni)
Andorra Roman Catholic
Angola Roman Catholic, 47%; Protestant, 38%; Indigenous, 15%
Antigua and Barbuda Anglican and Roman Catholic
Argentina Roman Catholic 92%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%
Armenia Armenian Orthodox, 94%
Australia Anglican 26.1%, Roman Catholic 26.0%, other Christian 24.3%
Austria Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 6%, other 9%
Azerbaijan Muslim, 87%; Russian Orthodox, 5.6%; Armenian Orthodox, 2%.
Bahamas Baptist, 29%; Anglican, 23%; Roman Catholic, 22%, others
Bahrain Islam
Bangladesh Muslim 83%, Hindu 16%, Buddhist, Christian, other
Barbados Anglican, 40%; Methodist, 7%; Pentecostal, 8%; Roman Catholic, 4%
Belarus Orthodoxy is predominant
Belgium Roman Catholic, 75%
Belize Roman Catholic, 62%; Protestant, 30%
Benin indigenous, 70%; Christian, 15%; Islam, 15%
Bhutan Buddhist, 75%; Hindu, 25%
Bolivia Roman Catholic, 85%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Slavic Muslim, 44%; Orthodox, 31%; Catholic, 15%; Protestant, 4%, other, 6%.
Botswana indigenous beliefs, 50%; Christian, 50%
Brazil Roman Catholic, 90% (nominal)
Brunei Darussalam Islam (official religion), 67%; Buddhist, 12%; Christian, 9%; indigenous beliefs and other, 12%
Bulgaria Bulgarian Orthodox 85%, Muslim 13%, Jewish 0.8%, Roman Catholic 0.5%, Uniate Catholic 0.2%, Protestant, Gregorian-Armenian, and other 0.5%
Burkina Faso Muslim, 50%; Christian (mainly Roman Catholic), 10%; indigenous beliefs, 40%
Burundi Roman Catholic, 62%; Protestant, 5%; indigenous, 32%
Cambodia 95% Theravada Buddhist, 5% others
Cameroon 51% indigenous beliefs, 33% Christian, 16% Muslim
Canada 46% Roman Catholic, 16% United Church, 10% Anglican
Cape Verde Roman Catholic fused with indigenous beliefs
Central African Republic 24% indigenous beliefs, 50% Protestant and Roman Catholic with animist influence, 15% Muslim, 11% other
Chad Islam, 44%; Christian, 33%; traditional, 23%
Chile Roman Catholic, 89%; Protestant, 11%; small Jewish and Muslim populations
China Officially atheist but traditional religion contains elements of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism
Colombia 95% Roman Catholic
Comoros Sunni Muslim, 86%; Roman Catholic, 14%
Congo 50% Christian, 48% animist, 2% Muslim
Congo, Democratic Republic of the  Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Islam 10%; syncretic and traditional, 10%
Costa Rica 95% Roman Catholic
Côte d'Ivoire 60% indigenous, 23% Islam, 17% Christian
Croatia Catholic 76.5%, Orthodox 11.1%, Slavic Muslim 1.2%, Protestant 0.4%, others 10.8%
Cuba at least 85% nominally Roman Catholic before Castro assumed power
Cyprus Greek Orthodox, 78%; Sunni Muslim, 18%; Maronite, Armenian, Apostolic, Latin and others, 4%
Czech Republic atheist 39.8%, Roman Catholic 39.2%, Protestant 4.6%, Orthodox 3%, other 13.4%
Denmark Evangelical Lutheran 91%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 2%, other 7%
Djibouti Muslim, 94%; Christian, 6%
Dominica Roman Catholic, 77%; Protestant, 15%
Dominican Republic 90% Roman Catholic
Ecuador Roman Catholic, 95%
Egypt Islam, 94%; Christian (mostly Coptic), 6%
El Salvador Roman Catholic
Equatorial Guinea Roman Catholic, Protestant, traditional
Eritrea Islam and Eritrean Orthodox Christianity
Estonia Lutheran, 78%; Orthodox, 19%
Ethiopia Ethiopian Orthodox, 35%–40%; Islam, 40%–45%; animist, 15%–20%; other, 5%
Fiji Christian, 52%; Hindu, 38%; Islam, 8%; other, 2%
Finland Evangelical Lutheran, 90%; Greek Orthodox, 1.2%; none, 9%; other, 1%
France Roman Catholic, 81%; Protestant, 1.7%; Muslim, 6.9%; Jewish, 1.3%
Gabon Catholic 75%, Protestant 20%, Animist 4%
Gambia, The Islam, 90%; Christian, 9%; traditional, 1%
Georgia Georgian Orthodox, 65%; Russian Orthodox, 10%; Armenian Orthodox, 8%; Muslim, 11%
Germany Protestant 38%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 1.7%, Unaffiliated or other 26.3%
Ghana indigenous beliefs, 38%; Islam, 30%; Christian, 24%
Greece Greek Orthodox, 98%; Muslim, 1.3%; Other, 0.7%
Grenada Roman Catholic, 64%; Anglican, 21%
Guatemala Roman Catholic, Protestant, Mayan
Guinea Islam, 85%; 7% indigenous, 8% Christian
Guinea-Bissau traditional, 65%; Islam, 30%; Christian, 5%
Guyana Hindu, 34%; Protestant, 18%; Islam, 9%; Roman Catholic, 18%; Anglican, 16%
Haiti Roman Catholic, 80%; Protestant, 16%; Vaudou, 95%
Honduras Roman Catholic, 94%, Protestant minority
Hungary Roman Catholic, 67.5%; Protestant, 25%; atheist and others, 7.5%
Iceland Church of Iceland (Evangelical Lutheran) 96%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, none 1%
India Hindu, 82.6%; Islam, 11.3%; Christian, 2.4%; Sikh, 2%; Buddhists, 0.71%; Jains, 0.48%
Indonesia Islam, 87%; Christian, 9%; Hindu, 2%; other, 2%
Iran Shi'ite Muslim, 95%; Sunni Muslim, 4%
Iraq Muslim 97% (Shi'ite 60%–65%, Sunni 32%–37%), Christian or other 3%
Ireland Roman Catholic 93%, Anglican 3%, none 1%, unknown 2%, other 1%
Israel Judaism, 82%; Islam, 14%; Christian, 2%; others, 2%
Israel (West Bank and Gaza) West Bank: Muslim 75%, Jewish 17%, Christian and other 8%; Gaza Strip: Muslim 98.7%, Christian 0.7%, Jewish 0.6%
Italy Roman Catholic 98%, other 2%
Jamaica Protestant, 55.9%; Roman Catholic, 5%; other, 39.1%
Japan Shintoist, 111.8 million; Buddhist, 93.1 million; Christian, 1.4 million; other, 11.4 million
Jordan Islam, 92%; Christian, 6%; Other, 2%
Kazakhstan Muslim, 47%; Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%
Kenya Protestant, 40%; Roman Catholic, 36%; traditional, 6%; Islam, 16%, others, 2%
Kiribati Roman Catholic, 52.6%; Protestant, 40.9%
Korea, North Buddhism and Confucianism, religious activities almost nonexistent
Korea, South Christian, 48.2%; Buddhist, 48.8%; Confucianist, 0.8%; Chondogyo (religion of the Heavenly Way), 0.2%; Other, 2%
Kuwait Islam 85% (Shi'ite 30%, Sunni 45%, other 10%); Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%
Kyrgyzstan Muslim 75%, Russian Orthodox 20%, other 5%
Laos Buddhist, 85%; animist and other, 15%
Latvia Lutheran, Catholic, and Baptist
Lebanon Islam, 60%; Christian, 40% (17 recognized sects); Judaism negl. (1 sect)
Lesotho Christian, 80%; indigenous beliefs; Muslim; and Bahai
Liberia traditional, 70%; Christian, 10%; Islam, 20%
Libya Islam
Liechtenstein Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 6.9%, unknown 5.6%, other 7.5%
Lithuania Catholic, 85%; others include Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, Protestant, evangelical Christian Baptist, Islam, Judaism
Luxembourg Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant and Jewish 3%
Macedonia  Eastern Orthodox, 67%; Muslim, 30%
Madagascar traditional, 52%; Christian, 41%; Islam, 7%
Malawi Christian, 75%; Islam, 20%
Malaysia Malays (all Muslims), Chinese (predominantly Buddhists), Indians (predominantly Hindus)
Maldives Islam (Sunni Muslim)
Mali Islam, 90%; traditional, 9%; Christian, 1%
Malta Roman Catholic, 98%
Marshall Islands predominantly Christian, mostly Protestant
Mauritania Islam
Mauritius Hindu, 52%, Christian, 28.3%; Islam, 16.6%; other, 3.1%
Mexico nominally Roman Catholic, 97%; Protestant, 3%
Moldova Eastern Orthodox 98.5%, Jewish 1.5%, Baptist (only about 1,000 members)
Monaco Roman Catholic, 95%
Mongolia predominantly Tibetan Buddhist; Islam about 4%
Morocco Islam, 98.7%, Christian, 1.1%; Jewish, 0.2%
Mozambique traditional, 60%; Christian, 30%; Islam, 10%
Myanmar Buddhist 89.5%, Christian 4.9%, Muslim 3.8%, Hindu 0.05%, Animist 1.3%
Namibia Predominantly Christian
Nauru Protestant, 58%; Roman Catholic, 24%; Confucian and Taoist, 8%
Nepal Hindu, 90%; Buddhist, 5%; Islam, 3%
The Netherlands Roman Catholic 34%, Protestant 25%, Muslim 3%, other 2%, unaffiliated 36%
New Zealand Christian, 81%; none or unspecified, 18%; Hindu, Confucian, and other, 1%
Nicaragua Roman Catholic, 95%; Protestant, 5%
Niger Islam, 80%; Animist and Christian, 20%
Nigeria Islam, 50%; Christian, 40%; indigenous, 10%
Norway Evangelical Lutheran 87.8% (state church), other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3.8%, none 3.2%, unknown 5.2%
Oman Islam, 95%
Pakistan Islam, 97%; Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Parsi
Palau Christian. About one-third of the islanders observe Modekngei religion, indigenous to Palau
Panama Roman Catholic, over 93%; Protestant, 6%
Papua New Guinea over half are Christian, remainder indigenous
Paraguay Roman Catholic, 90%
Peru Roman Catholic
The Philippines Roman Catholic, 84%; Protestant, 10%; Islam, 5%; Buddhist and other, 3%
Poland Roman Catholic, 95% (about 75% practicing); Russian Orthodox, Protestant, and other, 5%
Portugal Roman Catholic 97%, 1% Protestant, 2% other
Qatar Islam, 95%
Romania Romanian Orthodox 70%, Roman Catholic 6% (of which 3% are Uniate), Protestant 6%, unaffiliated 18%
Russia Russian Orthodox, Muslim, others
Rwanda Roman Catholic, 56%; Protestant, 18%; Islam, 1%; Animist, 25%
St. Lucia Roman Catholic, 90%; Protestant, 7%; Anglican, 3%
St. Vincent and The Grenadines Anglican, 47%; Methodist, 28%; Roman Catholic, 13%
Samoa Christian, 99.7%
San Marino Roman Catholic
São Tomé and Príncipe Roman Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist
Saudi Arabia Islam, 100%
Senegal Islam, 92%; indigenous, 6%; Christian, 2%
Seychelles Roman Catholic, 90%; Anglican, 8%
Sierra Leone Islam, 40%, Christian, 35%; Indigenous, 20%
Singapore Islam, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist
Slovakia Roman Catholic, 60.3%; atheist, 9.7%; Protestant, 8.4%; Orthodox, 4.1%; other, 17.5%
Slovenia Roman Catholic, 70.8% (including 2% Uniate); Lutheran, 1%; Muslim, 1%; other, 27.2%
Solomon Islands Anglican; Roman Catholic; South Seas Evangelical; Seventh-Day Adventist, United (Methodist) Church, other Protestant
Somalia Islam (Sunni)
South Africa Christian; Hindu; Islam
Spain Roman Catholic, 99%
Sri Lanka Buddhist, 69%; Hindu, 15%; Islam, 8%; Christian, 8%
Sudan Islam (Sunni), 70%; indigenous, 20%; Christian, 5%
Suriname Protestant, 25.2%; Roman Catholic, 22.8%; Hindu, 27.4%; Islam, 19.6%; indigenous, about 5%
Swaziland Christian, 60%; indigenous, 40%
Sweden Evangelical Lutheran, 94%; Roman Catholic, 1.5%; Pentecostal, 1%; other, 3.5%
Switzerland Roman Catholic, 49%; Protestant, 40%; other, 5%; no religion, 8.3%
Syria Islam, 90%; Christian, 10%
Taiwan Buddhist, 4.86 million; Taoist, 3.3 million; Protestant, 422,000; Catholic, 304,000
Tajikistan Sunni Muslim, 80%
Tanzania Christian, 40%; Muslim, 33%
Thailand Buddhist, 94.4%; Islam, 4%; Hindu, 1.1%; Christian, 0.5%
Togo Indigenous beliefs, 70%; Christian, 20%; Islam, 10%
Tonga Christian; Free Wesleyan Church claims over 30,000 adherents
Trinidad and Tobago Roman Catholic, 33%; Hindu, 25%; Anglican, 15%; other Christian, 14%; Muslim, 6%
Tunisia Islam (Sunni), 98%; Christian, 1%; Jewish, less than 1%
Turkey Islam (mostly Sunni), 98%
Turkmenistan Muslim 89%, Eastern Orthodox 9%, unknown 2%
Tuvalu Church of Tuvalu (Congregationalist), 97%
Uganda Christian, 66%; Islam, 16%
Ukraine Orthodox, 76%; Ukrainian Catholic (Uniate), 13.5%; Jewish, 2.3%; Baptist, Mennonite, Protestant, and Muslim, 8.2%
United Arab Emirates Islam (Sunni 80%, Shi'ite 16%), others 4%
United Kingdom Church of England (established church); Church of Wales (disestablished); Church of Scotland (established church—Presbyterian); Church of Ireland (disestablished); Roman Catholic; Methodist; Congregational; Baptist; Jewish
United States Protestant, 61%; Roman Catholic, 25%; Jewish, 2%; other, 5%; none, 7%
Uruguay Roman Catholic, 66%; Protestant, 2%; Jewish, 2%
Uzbekistan Muslim (mostly Sunnis), 88%; Eastern Orthodox, 9%; other, 3%
Vanuatu Presbyterian, 36.7%; Roman Catholic, 15%; Anglican, 15%; other Christian, 10%; indigenous beliefs, 7.6%; other, 15.7%
Vatican City (Holy See) Roman Catholic.
Venezuela Roman Catholic, 96%; Protestant, 2%
Vietnam Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Islam, Taoist, Confucian, Animist
Western Sahara Muslim
Yemen Islam (Sunni and Shi'ite)
Yugoslavia Orthodox 65%, Muslim 19%, Roman Catholic 4%, Protestant 1%, other 11%
Zambia Christian, 50–75%; Islam and Hindu, 24–49%; remainder indigenous beliefs
Zimbabwe Christian, 25%; Animist, 24%; Syncretic, 50%

Source: World Religions

UN General Assembly voting record on anti-Israel resolutions

The UN  and  Israel 53rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly 1998 - 99  by Dr. Joseph Lerner. The UN Security Council consists of five permanent members and 10 members appointed by the General Assembly to two-year terms.  During the 1998-99 session there were 21 Genedral Assembly resolutions related to Israel and the Middle East. All were anti-Israel. The following table provides the voting record of the 5 permanent members as well the voting of some other countries:

All the resolutions were negative to Israel.

I} Permanent Security
Council Members
Vote  Yes Vote No Absent
China 20 0 1
Russian Federation 18 0 3
France 17 0 4
United Kingdom 17 0 4
U.S.A. 1 17 3
II)  Some Other Countries
Mexico 21 0 0
Italy 17 0 4
Japan 17 0 4
Portuagal 17 0 4
Spain 17 0 4
Norway 16 0 5
Germany 15 0 6
Micronesia 1 1 12

Except for the U.S. and Israel, only one other country voted no; a single vote `No' by Micronesia. Micronesia voted once `No' , once `Yes' , seven abstentions and was absent for 12 of the votes.

Data source: "One-Sided; The Continuing Campaign Against Israel in the United Nations,a report on resolutions regarding Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict before the 53rd session of the United Nations General Assembly 1998-99", American Jewish Committee.

Source: Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA)

The United Nation's Record vis-a-vis Israel

Prior to the Madrid Conference, of '91, the office of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir commissioned Shai Ben-Tekoa to do a statistical analysis of U.N. voting vis a vis Israel. The following is a summary of Mr. Ben-Tekoa's research.


Security Council:
  • 175 Total Resolutions
  • 74 Neutral
  • 4 Against the perceived interests of an Arab state or body
  • 97 Against Israel
General Assembly:
  • Cumulative Number of Votes cast with/for Israel: 7,938.
  • Cumulative Number of Votes cast against Israel: 55,642.


  • Since the Council first convened in 1946, at least one Arab state sat on it in 39 of the body's first 43 years. Israel never sat on the Council. From December 1947, when the 'Palestine Question' first appeared on its agenda, to 1989, the Council  held 2,682 meetings of which 747 (26%) were devoted to the Arab-Israeli conflict.  During this period, the Council passed 605 resolutions of which 175 (29%) concerned this conflict.
  • Balance or Tilt:
  • Of these 175, 74 (42%) may be labeled neutral or balanced. Of the remaining 101, 4 (4%) criticized or opposed the actions, or judged against, the perceived interests of an Arab state or body.Ninety-seven resolutions (96%) were critical, or opposed the actions, or judged against the perceived interests of Israel. The last time a resolution passed the Security Council whose major thrust criticized Arab actions was on September 1, 1949.
  • Requests:
  • Between 1947 and 1989, the Council 'called upon,' 'demanded,' 'requested' etc. Israel to 'comply,' 'desist,' 'refrain' etc. 123 times. An Arab state, states or body was 'called upon' 'ordered' 'requested' 65 times, or 47% less.
  • Specificity:
  • In these requests, Israel was explicitly named 105 times. References to Arab states were usually implicit, as in '...the parties concerned'. An Arab state was identified by name 12 times.
  • Expressions:
  • The Council expressed its 'concern,' 'grave concern,' 'regret,' 'deep regrets,' 'shock' etc. about Israeli actions 31 times. Regarding Arab actions, the Council never expressed negative sentiments.
  • Condemnations:
  • The Council 'condemned, 'censured,' 'deplored,' 'strongly deplored' etc. Israel 49   times. The Council never 'condemned,' 'censured,' 'deplored' etc. the Arabs.
  • Warnings:
  • The Council 'warned,' 'solemnly warned' etc. Israel 7 times. The Council never warned the Arabs.
  • The above data concern the entire post-war period until 1989,  but by isolating the period June 1967-1989, the numbers rise into even starker relief.

    SECURITY COUNCIL 1967-1989

  • The Council held 1,517 meetings. Of these 459 (30%) were devoted to the Arab-Israeli conflict.402 resolutions were passed. Of these, 131 (33%) concerned the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • Balance or Tilt of U.N. resolutions:
  • Neutral Of these 131, 43 (33%) were neutral. Of the remaining 88, all (100%) criticized or opposed the actions, or judged against the interests of Israel. 0 resolutions criticized or opposed the actions, or judged against the perceived interests of an Arab state or body, or the PLO (founded by the Arab League in 1964).
  • Requests:
  • The Council 'called upon,' 'demanded,' 'ordered' etc. Israel to 'comply,' 'desist,' 'refrain' 83 times. The Council 'called upon,' 'requested' etc. an Arab state 29 times, 65% less. The Council never 'demanded,' 'ordered' etc. the PLO to do or stop doing anything.
  • Expressions:
  • The Council expressed its 'concern,' 'grave concern,' 'deep regrets.' 'shock' etc. regarding Israel's actions 28 times. The Council never expressed negative sentiments regarding either any Arab state or the PLO.
  • Condemnations:
  • The Council 'condemned,' 'censured,' 'deplored' Israel 43 times. No Arab state or group was ever condemned.

    The labor of the Assembly, the larger if less potent U.N. chamber, on the other hand, makes the above numbers testimony to the power and moderating influence of the United States in the Security Council, whose numbers now, by contrast, will seem in retrospect only mildly anti-Israel.
  • Number of Resolutions or Resolution Parts Voted On : 690

  • Balance or Tilt:

  • Of these, 205 (30%) were neutral. Of these, 64 (9%) were adopted without a vote, without objection or by consensus. 18 (3%) were adopted unanimously. Thus the adjusted number of balanced resolutions: 123 (18%)
  • Resolutions against Israel's desires: 429 (62%)

  • Resolutions against Arab desires: 56 (8%).

  • Of the 56 votes not to the Arabs' liking,

  • 49 concerned the establishment or financing of peace-keeping forces. Of the remaining 7, one concerned inviting the Jewish Agency for Palestine to address the General Assembly  (May 1947); 1 concerned the Partition Plan (November 1947); 1 concerned establishing a trusteeship for Jerusalem; 3 concerned refugees (1948); 1 protested admitting Israel as a member to the UN. Discounting the 49 votes concerning peace-keeping forces, the last anti-Arab vote of the General Assembly was in May 1949.
  • Requests:

  • The Arabs were 'called upon' to 'comply,' 'desist,' 'refrain' etc. 4 times. Israel  was 'demanded,' 'ordered' etc. to do General Assembly bidding 305 times.
  • Expressions:

  • The Assembly expressed its 'concern,' 'grave concern,' 'anxiety' etc. about Israeli policies or actions 179 times. The General Assembly expressed itself in similar terms about Arab policies or actions 0 times.
  • Condemnations:

  • Israel was 'condemned,' 'vigorously condemned,' 'strongly condemned,' 'deplored,' 'strongly deplored', 'censured,' 'denounced' by the General Assembly 321 times. The Arabs were condemned 0 times.
  • Cumulative Number of Votes cast with/for Israel: 7,938.

  • Cumulative Number of Votes cast against Israel: 55,642.
  • Source: Israel National News

    UN General Assembly Voting Details
    Resolution Against Israel,  20 October 2000

    The Assembly adopted the resolution on illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory (document A/ES-10/L.6) by a recorded vote of 92 in favour to 6 against, with 46 abstentions, as follows:

    In favour: Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    Against: Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands,
    Nauru, Tuvalu, United States.

    Abstain: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Benin, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Romania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tonga, United Kingdom.

    Absent: Afghanistan, Angola, Bahamas, Belarus, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Honduras, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Uganda,
    Uzbekistan, Vanuatu.

    Source: Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA)

    Israel's Reaction to the most recent U.N. General Assembly Resolution Against Israel,  20 October 2000

    (Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
    Jerusalem, 21 October 2000
    Israel adamantly rejects the decision taken by the Special Emergency Session of the United Nations on October 20. This resolution is totally one-sided and completely ignores numerous incidents such as the lynch in Ramallah and the desecration of Joseph's Tomb and the ancient synagogue in Jericho, as well as the ongoing acts of violence on the part of the Palestinians. This decision also ignores the fact that the Palestinian Authority planned and initiated these acts and is responsible for not implementing the commitments it took on at the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit. The Palestinians, including the police and Tanzim organization working directly with the PA, are using live ammunition on all fronts against Israeli citizens. Furthermore, they send women and children to confront Israelis.

    The decision also chose to ignore the Israeli government's willingness, as displayed during the Camp David Summit, to take dramatic and painful decisions in order to advance the peace process, as opposed to the unwillingness of Arafat and the Palestinian leadership to make the necessary decisions.

    The decision taken today by less than half of the U.N. membership does not contribute to the efforts to calm the situation and to cease the violence by the Palestinians, in accordance with the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit summary statement.

    The government of Israel will do all it can to stabilize the situation, and expects the Palestinian leadership to do likewise.

    Source: Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA)

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    Middle Eastern Political and Religious History Analyst 
    Brooklyn, New York 
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