In defiance of the UN Charter , which calls on all members to refrain from the threat or use of force against another , at least one member state , Iran , which aspires to achieve nuclear weapon capability , has called repeatedly for the end of the State of Israel , and the UN has taken no formal steps to rebuke it .
IRANIAN MEN BURN AN ISRAELI FLAG DURING A PRO-PALESTINIAN DEMONSTRATION UNDER THE AZADI ( FREEDOM ) TOWER IN TEHRAN ON MAY 15 , 2012 .
“ This barbaric , wolf-like , and infanticidal regime of Israel , which spares no crime , has no cure but to be annihilated .” Tweet by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on November 8 , 2014
Shockingly , the number of UN General Assembly ( UNGA ) resolutions criticizing Israel far outnumbers those targeting any other member state . Revelation of the utterly disproportionate treatment of Israel sometimes elicits laughter at the UN itself . For instance , as a raft of anti-Israel resolutions was pushed through the General Assembly on November 14 , 2013 , an interpreter , thinking that her microphone was off , uttered to her colleagues :
“ I THINK WHEN YOU HAVE … LIKE A TOTAL OF TEN RESOLUTIONS ON ISRAEL AND PALESTINE , THERE ’ S GOTTA BE SOMETHING , C ’ EST UN PEU TROP , NON ? [ IT ’ S A BIT MUCH , NO ?] I MEAN … THERE ’ S OTHER REALLY BAD S — T HAPPENING , BUT NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THE OTHER STUFF . ”
But even that indiscrete truth-telling failed to stop the Israel-haters . The next year , at the 2014 session , 20 resolutions denounced Israel and just three were aimed at other nations . In 2015 , there were 25 resolutions focused on criticizing Israel . In both 2016 and 2017 , Israel was targeted in 20 UNGA resolutions ; and in 2018 , by 21 .
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