GOLDSTEIN: Is Trudeau’s denouncing of Israel about his Security Council seat bid?
The problem with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign to win a temporary, two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council is the things he has to say in Canada’s name to win.
Thus it was no surprise that as the vote by the UN General Assembly on whether Canada will win one of two available seats in competition with Norway and Ireland approaches, Trudeau has started, predictably, to denounce Israel.
In a strange condemnation of Israel on Tuesday during his daily appearance outside his official residence — while simultaneously criticizing China as if they are equal threats to global peace and security Trudeau said Canada “deplores” its proposed annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.
The prime minister said he’s made it clear to Israel’s leaders that its actions, “are going to delay any prospect of lasting peace in the Middle East.”
This perpetuates the myth that Arab and Muslim nations, who are forever warring against each other, would magically beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks, were in not for absence of an independent and viable Palestinian state living in peace beside a secure Israel.
That’s what any reasonable person wants. But anyone who knows history knows it is a devious canard for Trudeau to suggest a Palestinian state will bring “lasting” peace to the Mideast.
Trudeau is free to criticize Israel, as is any other national leader. Heaven knows many do.
But in the world of realpolitik, Trudeau, the Prime Minister’s Office and Canada’s bureaucrats in the Foreign Affairs ministry know full well that criticism of Israel at the United Nations occurs in a particular context.
That is, the context that the UN General Assembly and its offshoots, such as the UN Human Rights Council, are vipers’ nests of Jew-hatred, dominated by some of the world’s most brutal and hate-filled dictatorships, which hypocritically single out Israel for condemnation because it is the world’s only Jewish state.
As UN Watch has reported, in the 2019-20 session of the UN General Assembly there have been 18 resolutions condemning Israel.
That compares to seven for all other nations on Earth — one each for Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar, U.S. and two about Crimea.
In 2018, there were 21 UN General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel and six for the rest of the world — one each for Iran, Syria, North Korea, Russia, Myanmar, U.S. — and zero for such notorious human rights violators as Algeria, China, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Turkey, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
In March, 2019, the UN Human Rights Council condemned Israel in five resolutions, one for Iran, and zero for China, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Pakistan, Cuba and other nations among the world’s worst human rights violators.
Trudeau and Canada aren’t the worst offenders when it comes to the UN’s unjust treatment of Israel. Canada has supported Israel on some important votes.
Trudeau has condemned the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as anti-Semitic and an attempt to demonize and delegitimize Israel, as has Canada’s Parliament, and spoken out against the despicable Israeli Apartheid Week movement.
But make no mistake. By condemning Israel mere weeks before the members of the UN General Assembly vote on whether to give Canada a seat on the Security Council, Trudeau is pandering to an organization with a long, blatant and undeniable history of hatred towards the world’s only Jewish state.
One wishes he was made of sterner stuff.