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THE UN CHARTER CALLS FOR THE “ EQUAL RIGHTS OF MEN AND WOMEN AND OF NATIONS LARGE AND SMALL .” SADLY , INSTITUTIONALIZED ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS HAS THUS FAR PREVENTED THE WORLD BODY FROM LIVING UP TO THIS NOBLE VISION .
ISRAEL AS SECOND-CLASS UN CITIZEN
EVEN THOUGH ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNITED NATIONS ( UN ) CHARTER states that “ the Organization is based on the principle of equal sovereignty of all its Members ,” Israel doesn ’ t receive equal treatment . The world body ’ s three most recent secretaries-general have admitted as much . Kofi Annan noted in 2006 that “ supporters of Israel feel that it is harshly judged by standards that are not applied to its enemies ,” adding , “ And too often this is true , particularly in some UN bodies .” His successor , Ban Ki-moon , said in 2016 : “ During the past ten years , I have argued that we must never accept bias against Israel within UN bodies . Decades of political maneuverings have created a disproportionate volume of resolutions , reports , and conferences criticizing Israel .” And current Secretary-General António Guterres has pledged to do something about it . On April 23 , 2017 , he called the denial of Israel ’ s right to exist “ a modern form of antisemitism ,” and declared : “ As secretary-general of the United Nations , I can say that the State of Israel needs to be treated as any other state , with exactly the same rules .”
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