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ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS BY THE NUMBERS
BUT EVEN REVOCATION OF THE MENDACIOUS “ ZIONISM IS RACISM ” resolution did not undo the widespread challenges to Israel ’ s legitimacy , and a virtually automatic anti-Israel UN majority has remained a constant threat to the Jewish state ’ s international position . Of the 193 member states of the UN today , 21 belong to the Arab League , 57 to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation , and 120 to the so-called Non-Aligned Movement , which strongly identifies with the Palestinians . ( The movement ’ s presidency is currently held by Azerbaijan , which took over from Venezuela in 2019 . Prior to that , the presidency was held by Iran .) Because of the positions taken by these voting blocs , 65 percent of the nations at the UN feel obligated to vote against Israel . This automatic anti-Israel bias persists despite strong bilateral relations that Israel enjoys with many of these countries . In recent years , Israel has built strong ties to developing nations , many of which belong to the Non-Aligned Movement , through foreign aid and expert assistance on issues such as agriculture and water management . Nevertheless , what the eloquent Israeli diplomat and Ambassador to the UN Abba Eban said years ago remains true today : “ If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it , it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions .”
THE AUTOMATIC ANTI-ISRAEL MAJORITY

65 % of UN Member States belong to anti-Israel voting blocs

3 main anti-Israel voting blocs within the United Nations

120 Non-Aligned Movement
57 Organization of Islamic Cooperation
21
Arab League
6 • DASHED HOPES : ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS AT THE UN