Can Star Trek Save the United Nations?

Does anyone know where I can get a flag of the United Federation of Planets? Several years ago, while working at the Survivors of the Shoah Foundation, an organization which was both part of the American Jewish community and a part of the tolerance education community (as well as part of Hollywood), I had three flags on my desk, that of Israel, that of the United States, and that of the United Nations.

Not only am I a proud American and Israeli, but also a strong believer in a unified humanity. However, as the United Nations passed resolution after resolution against Israel, I removed the flag of the United Nations from my desk. I have since held other positions and taken my flags with me to other places of work. The flags of Israel and the United States have accompanied me, but the flag of the United Nation has not regained its previous position and has remained deep inside a desk drawer.

Today, UNESCO a part of the United Nations, decided yet again to deny the undeniable; the historic connection between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem. We may view this as an unimportant decision, but its ramifications are far reaching. It is setting the stage for a reversal of the 1947 United Nations resolution calling for the partition of the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state, based largely on the historical connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. It also flies in the face of known history and clear archaeological evidence that the Jewish people have been in the Land of Israel for over 3000 years and had independent Jewish states in this land. It does not matter whether one is a dove or a hawk, in favor of a two state solution or against it, the denial of the connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem can only be defined as one thing – anti-Semitism. It is denying the right of the Jewish people to the only land on earth that it can claim as its own and as such, it denies Israel’s very right to exist.

These resolutions are all the more painful as we Jews have just celebrated the holiday of Sukkot and yearned, through the haftorah and the grace after meals, for our Jewish national sukkah, the home of King David otherwise known as the holy Temple that once stood atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, two years ago at the AIPAC policy conference, suggested that we respond to the BDS movement by boycotting, divesting ourselves from, and sanctioning the BDS movement itself and all of its supporters. This line of thinking is completely consistent with Jewish teachings that relate that conspiring witnesses, such as the activists of the BDS Movement who slander the good name of Israel, must be given the same penalty that their testimony would have resulted in for the accused.

The time has come to apply this same logic to the United Nations.
We must deny the connection between the United Nations and the city of New York. We must eject this
hypocritical, anti-Israel, terrorism-supporting, dictatorship-run organization from the great city of New York and off of American soul all-together. The United Nations was a great experiment but it has failed. The time has come to admit this to ourselves, eject it from the soil of the beacon of democracy, and de-legitimize it and it’s operations as it has been conspiring to do to the Jewish people. I also suggest that this become an important item on the agenda of the pro-Israel community and all those who believe that an organization which gives credence to the voices of oppressive, human right violating, totalitarian dictatorships and allows them to out-vote enlightened democratic governments has no place on American soil.

Having said that, I have not given up hope of a united humanity and I do believe that we really can all live in peace and form a just and peace-loving international organization that will represent the people of the world and not just its totalitarian dictators, an organization that will judge each nation fairly and equally, give no heed to anti-Semitism, and will refuse to re-write history, no matter who is asking it to do so.

Until such an organization comes into being, I have decided to look for another flag to place on my desk. It is the flag of the United Federation of Planets from Star Trek. It represents the futuristic vision of Gene Rodenburry of blessed memory, of planets united in peace and a common purpose. Who can blame me for dreaming?

About the Author
Rabbi Royi Shaffin has served as a rabbi, Jewish educator, professor, writer, and public speaker for over 15 years. His writings span the full spectrum of Jewish religious and political topics. He considers himself a member of both the faith community and the community of free-thinkers. As such, he bridges the gap between religion and reason, belief and inquiry. His commentary on Israel and the Jewish world uses unique insight, satire, comedy, passion, and life experience to shed light on Israeli and Jewish life in the modern world and creating visions and possibilities for a better future.
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