People In Glass Houses


Now that the United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution condemning Israel for its settlements and declaring East Jerusalem occupied territory, one should look forward to the drumbeat of a succession of similar resolutions directed at other countries. We can also expect the United States to vote in favor, or at least abstain, as they did with resolution 2334.

Taking their cue from incessantly lashing out at Israel, the fourteen countries could unanimously condemn Russia’s forcible annexation of the Crimean region of Ukraine.

While focused on Russia, the Security Council should vote en bloc in favor of denouncing the illegal dismemberment of parts of Georgia.

And let’s not forget Russia’s contravention of international law in seizing the Japanese Kuril Islands at the end of World War II. After all, what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Israeli settlements also took place after a war.

The Security Council should then schedule a vote deploring the illegitimate Turkish military invasion and partition of Cyprus, with its mass displacement of Greek residents as a result of the occupation of almost half the Mediterranean island in 1974.

China must also be hounded internationally for its invasion of Tibet and incorporation into the communist giant seven decades ago.

To be fair, all of these censorious resolutions by the Security Council should be brought up time and again, just as they are with Israel in the dock.

The Security Council would no doubt agree to the right of every refugee and their descendants to return, regardless of whether their numbers might imperil the majority made up of occupiers.

In expectation of an even-handed approach, one should expect all refugees to be compensated, not only those who escaped from Ukraine, Georgia, the Kuril Islands, Cyprus and Tibet, but also the estimated 800,000 Jews who had no alternative in 1947-48 but to flee from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Egypt, Yemen, and other lands, where their presence put their lives in danger of death and their possessions at risk of looting and confiscation.

In keeping with the Security Council’s belief in its own righteousness, it would not be surprising if a resolution overturned the 1947 vote giving Jews and Arabs a share of the divided land. After all, this would meet the strident hostility of hostile Arab countries, which did not accept the vote and invaded to quash the nascent State of Israel.

Ever since, they have been trying to achieve that same goal in many wars, whether by surprise attacks on the holiest day of the Jewish year, or by raining down on civilians deadly Scuds from Iraq, and ballistic missiles from Gaza and Lebanon.

As nothing has deterred them from this Jihad, they hope to get what they want through the United Nations, where they have ganged up in lockstep to delegitimize Israel.

In this surreal situation, it appears that the defeated should have the right to dictate the terms of peace. How the nations of Russia, Turkey and China would smirk at such a suggestion.

Perhaps they hope that Security Council resolution 2334 will bring them closer to their ultimate goal of driving Israelis into the sea, and that the backing of the United Nations is all part of the Chinese water torture of drip…drip…drip.

Anthony S. Pitch is a former journalist in five countries and Associated Press Broadcast Editor in Philadelphia before becoming a senior writer in the books division of U.S. News and World Report in Washington, D.C.

About the Author
Anthony S. Pitch is the author of Our Crime Was Being Jewish. He was Associated Press Broadcast Editor in Philadelphia and a journalist in England, Israel and Africa before becoming a senior writer in the books division of U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C