On his first visit to Israel, Guterres cast aside any possibility of decolonisation

Image of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres [Moustafa El-Shemy/Anadolu Agency]

While exhibiting contempt for international laws and conventions through its existence and policies, Israel also reserves the right to dictate to others with regard to its violations of the said laws, all in the name of “security concerns”. The institution bearing the brunt of such diktats is the UN, an entity which has actually regularly affirmed its pro-Israel bias and through which Palestine became colonised territory, ravaged by settlers and burdened with useless, non-binding resolutions. Since Trump’s presidency began in America, both Israel and the US have increasingly utilised the international platform to obscure Palestinian rights. The trend looks set to continue with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s first visit to Israel.

Israel National News described the visit as an “attempt to turn a new page after decades of chilly relations.” According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose bizarre comments continue to be reported as nuggets of wisdom, “The UN is mandated to pursue peace, but it allows Palestinian hate speech to flourish in its institutions.” Netanyahu also asked the UN to intervene in order to aid Israel to recover the bodies of two IDF soldiers held by Hamas in Gaza.

His rhetoric follows a repetitive script which the international community relishes. Departing from generalisations and expectations, the Israeli leader continues to carve a niche for violations which remain largely unquestioned and unchallenged. At the same time, the international community is demanded by Netanyahu to deliver upon its responsibilities, without specifying the real villain in all of this. Instead, the fictitious enemy is pushed to prominence, in order to allow Israel ample space to continue its violations of international law unhindered. The lack of objection to this strategy has to be defined as complicity.

The UN stands accused of having “an absurd obsession with Israel.” In the real world beyond Netanyahu’s twisted imagination, this “obsession” might have something to with Israel’s contempt for international laws and disdain for human rights, not forgetting its murderous and ongoing colonial occupation of Palestine.

A look at Guterres’s statement as published on the UN website clearly, however, shows that, far from being biased against Israel, the UN is synchronised with the colonisation process and refuses to consider decolonisation as the legitimate solution for Palestinian rights and land reclamation. This should not surprise us because Israel is unique; it is the only state ever created by a UN resolution.

READ MORE HERE:   https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170829-on-his-first-visit-to-israel-guterres-cast-aside-any-possibility-of-decolonisation/

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