Such optimism, however, is hopelessly misplaced. The UN hosting a conference on anti-Semitism is like the Ku Klux Klan holding one on racism: It can produce some interesting discussion, but at the end of the day, a profoundly bigoted organization is not likely to change its core nature.
Some no doubt would dispute the contention that anti-Semitism is inherent to the UN. But common sense dictates that it is. The goal of the UN is to maximize harmony and to minimize uncomfortable differences.
Israel is unpopular. For a variety of reasons, some which have nothing to do with anti-Semitism, there is a permanent majority voting bloc for anti-Israel resolutions.
The driving force, of course, is the wildly undemocratic and highly despotic leadership of the Arab world. Most of its hatred of the Jewish state has nothing to do with Israel?s treatment of Palestinians?900,000 Jews were forced out of Arab lands long before the Palestinians became a cause celebre?and almost everything to do with its Jewishness.
Since all nations, even those headed by the evil likes of Fidel Castro and Kim Jong-Il, have equal moral standing before the UN, every human rights violator enthusiastically supports Arab-drafted anti-Israel resolutions as convenient deflections from their own records.
And because Israel is unapologetic about defending itself through dramatic displays of strength, the European left?which is to say the governments of most EU nations?will cheerfully collaborate. Not to mention the less philosophical motives of substantial business interests in the Arab world and growing Muslim populations in many EU countries.
Ridiculously singling out the sole free society in the Middle East?and the world?s lone Jewish state?while ignoring most of the world?s atrocities is plainly anti-Semitic. And the impact is more profoundly anti-Semitic; it undermines the Jewish state?s self-defense efforts and consequently, its viability.
Thus there is no getting around the inherent anti-Semitism of the UN?no matter how many conferences it convenes.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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