Thursday, December 29, 2016
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Defund The U.N.
In 22 days, Barack Obama, John Kerry and the whole crew of left-wing ideologues will be out of office. Unfortunately, the United Nations will still be here, doing its best to undermine the free nations of the world, while turning a blind eye to the acts of the thugs and dictators who make up a substantial portion of its membership.
More than any other nation, Israel has been the target of the haters at the U.N. In the coming days, we will be announcing exciting new efforts to defund the U.N. — all or in part.
Perhaps the time has come for the United States and Israel to start a “Federation of Freedom,” with the membership limited to those nations that believe in the values of Western Civilization.
Celebrated Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz agrees that we should defund the U.N. It must be noted that Dershowitz is no right-wing conservative. He is an avowed liberal Democrat who supported Barack Obama (although he may be having second thoughts about that).
During an interview yesterday, Dershowitz brilliantly prosecuted the case against continued funding of the corrupt U.N. Here are some excerpts of his remarks:
“There is an automatic anti-Israel bias at the U.N. Consider the following story: This happened less than a year ago. The head of the U.N., Ban Ki-moon put Saudi Arabia on a blacklist of countries that mistreat children during wartime, and the head of the Saudis called Ban Ki-moon and said, ‘Unless you take us off of the blacklist we will stop sending money to the U.N.’ And Ban Ki-moon said, ‘Alright,’ and he took them off the blacklist.
“So money counts at the U.N. And so what the United States should do now is threaten to defund the United Nations unless the United Nations stops showing this incredible bias against Israel. Forty resolutions this year against Israel, four against the entire rest of the world at a time when Syria is imploding when Russia took over the Crimea. So many violations of human rights are occurring in the world.
“Forty resolution against Israel, only four against the rest of the world. That shows you something about the bias of that U.N. building.”
Dershowitz is absolutely right. Even Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admits the U.N. is biased against Israel.
As President-elect Trump said yesterday, “When do you see the United Nations solving problems? They don’t. They cause problems.”
So why on earth do we continue to pay the largest percentage of dues to a problem-causing, corrupt organization that is biased against our most reliable ally?
One of the arguments being advanced by the Obama Administration as to why Israel must surrender Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem is that these areas are predominately inhabited by Arab Muslims. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed this point earlier this week. He reminded people who may be ignorant of history why the demographic imbalance exists. Here’s what Netanyahu wrote:
“The United Nations has consistently ignored the fact that Jews were ethnically cleansed from these territories. . . Some context: In 1929, Arabs carried out a massacre in Hebron against the Jews who were living there, including women and children. . .
“In 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence, the Jewish residents of Gush Etzion were expelled and murdered. The Arab Legion from Jordan destroyed the Jewish villages of Kalya (near the Dead Sea) and Atarot (north of Jerusalem). The Arab Legion also ethnically cleansed the Jews who were living in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, and then blew up all of the synagogues there.
“Not a single Jew remained in any of the territories conquered by the invading Arabs in 1948. The reaction of the United Nations to this reality? Silence.”
So now comes President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry essentially saying that there shouldn’t be any Jews in these areas, that they should be expelled once again. The descendants of the Jews not slaughtered by radical Muslims in the 20th century are now at risk of being forced out of their homes by the manipulation of international law.
During the Nazi years, one of the most disgusting phrases often heard was “Judenfrei” or “Jew free.” As we sadly know, when the Nazis meant “Jew free” they were not only willing to drive people out of their homes, they killed millions of Jews throughout Europe in the Holocaust.
Is there not a mainstream reporter anywhere in Washington, D.C., willing to point out that Kerry and Obama are suggesting that Jews living in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem cannot be tolerated because that territory supposedly belongs to Arab Muslims? They are demanding that this land be “Judenfrei.”
Not surprisingly, the Palestinians have made this demand before. Five years ago, the Palestinian representative to the United States said, “I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated.” In other words, a future Palestinian state should be free of Jews.
Three years ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Egyptian media, “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli . . . on our lands.”
Over the last eight years I have often been angered by various actions and statements by this administration. Today I am horrified that the leaders of my country, built on the belief that our liberty came from the God of Abraham, would embrace the idea that there are places in the Holy Land where Jews should not be permitted.
2017 & Persecuted Christians
As the New Year approaches, it is heartbreaking to see what is happening to Christians in Muslim-majority countries around the world. The barbarism of ISIS is almost impossible to imagine. But the persecution is hardly limited to that satanic death cult. It is a defining feature throughout much of the Middle East and beyond. Sadly, too many of our political and cultural elites are in denial.
Read more in my latest opinion piece at The Daily Caller.