AJC eBook - Dashed Hopes: Anti-Israel Bias at the UN | Page 13

ISRAEL AND ITS ALLIES CONTINUE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST overwhelming odds , with some , albeit limited , positive results . In 2015 , the UN General Assembly recognized Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday . Then , in the summer of 2016 , Israel ’ s ambassador was elected , with the support of 109 countries , as chair of the UNGA ’ s Sixth ( Legal ) Committee . Also , the Israeli ambassador in Geneva was elected by WEOG to represent the group on a key committee selecting UN special rapporteurs .
There is little reason to think that the automatic anti-Israel majority at the UN will come to an end anytime soon . But there are four concrete steps that the UN can take to provide a more level playing field for the Jewish state :
1 • Eliminate the anomalous UN entities that target only Israel — the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People , the Division for Palestinian Rights , and the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People .
2 • If it remains politically untenable to dissolve UNRWA and place Palestinian refugees under the aegis of the High Commissioner for Refugees , at least task UNRWA with resettling the Palestinians and monitoring its schools so that they do not teach hatred .
3 • Do away with UNHRC Agenda Item 7 , and address charges of Israeli violations of human rights under Item 4 , together with like charges brought against other nations .
4 • Grant Israel permanent membership in a UN regional group at all UN offices around the world .