Few things more eloquently illustrate how accurately that word defines the organization known as the United Nations than the vote this past week on the so-called ‚ÄúPalestinian state.‚ÄĚ Were it not for the tragic truth that its actions will undoubtedly result in additional loss of life, it could be defined as ludicrous;¬†‚Äúso foolish, unreasonable and out of place as to be almost laughable, amusing.‚ÄĚ
This organization, which, according to its own charter, is established ‚Äú‚Ä¶ to maintain international peace and security, and to that end to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace ‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ¬†¬†voted 138¬†for¬†and nine¬†against¬†(with 41 abstentions) admitting as a ‚Äúnon-member observer state‚ÄĚ an entity that has, without provocation, fired more than 8,000 rockets into territories in which more than one million people live.
As a result, the Palestinians, who themselves have no legitimate government (Palestinian Authority‚Äôs president is in the seventh year of a supposed four-year term; the prime minister and parliament have not been elected by anyone; Hamas and Fatah do not recognize each other), can now file charges in the International Criminal Court against a legitimate nation, Israel, which is merely defending itself against suicide bombers and unprovoked rocket attacks.
Just how ridiculous this entire fiasco is can be seen in a paragraph from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:¬†‚ÄúThe Vatican hailed the United Nations‚Äô implicit recognition of a Palestinian state on Thursday and called for an internationally guaranteed special status for Jerusalem.‚ÄĚ
The brilliant¬†international strategists¬†(cardinals, bishops, priests and the pope) who called for ‚Äúspecial status for Jerusalem‚ÄĚ obviously forgot they would not be able to hold Mass in a Palestinian-occupied Jerusalem and would be immediately killed by the Islamist radicals who populate a new Palestinian¬†state.
The problem, as one wag put it, is ‚Äúdon‚Äôt confuse me with the facts.‚ÄĚ
According to one former PLO terrorist, apparently Palestinians are the newest of all the peoples on the face of the earth and began to exist in a single day by a kind of supernatural phenomenon that is unique in the whole history of mankind. ‚ÄúWhy is it that on June 4, 1967, I was a Jordanian and overnight I became a Palestinian? We considered ourselves Jordanian until the Jews returned to Jerusalem. Then all of a sudden we were Palestinians. They removed the star from the Jordanian flag and all at once we had a Palestinian flag‚ÄĚ¬†(Walid Shoebat).
Had the Arabs accepted the 1947 U.N. resolution, not a single Palestinian would have become a ‚Äúrefugee‚ÄĚ and an independent Arab state would now exist beside Israel. So exactly¬†who are¬†the so-called ‚ÄúPalestinians‚ÄĚ?
Many Arabs voluntarily left their homes in Israel in¬†1947-1948.¬†Thousands of wealthy Arabs responded to Arab leaders‚Äô calls to get out of the way of the Arab armies advancing against Israel; others left to ‚Äúvisit‚ÄĚ relatives.
Jewish leaders urged the Arabs to¬†remain¬†in Palestine and become citizens of Israel.¬†‚ÄúWe will do everything in our power to maintain peace and establish a cooperation gainful to both¬†[Jews and Arabs]‚ÄĚ (The Assembly of Palestine Jewry, Oct. 2, 1947).
When Israel became a nation, it¬†again¬†asked the Arabs to stay. Israel‚Äôs¬†Proclamation of Independence¬†(May 14, 1948) invited the Palestinians to remain in their homes and become equal citizens in the new state: ‚ÄúIn the midst of wanton aggression, we yet call upon the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve the ways of peace and play their part in the development of the State, on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its bodies and institutions. ‚Ä¶ We extend our hand in peace and neighborliness.‚ÄĚ
The ‚ÄúPalestinians‚ÄĚ did not listen; they left. The Arab feeling was to leave. Then after a day or two, and a quick end to the Jewish problem by Arab armies, they would return to claim the land.
The Israelis did not cooperate with their destruction.
By the end of January 1948, the exodus was so alarming that the Palestine Arab Higher Committee asked neighboring Arab countries to refuse visas to these ‚Äúrefugees‚ÄĚ and to seal the borders against them, thereby consigning them to permanent ‚Äúrefugee‚ÄĚ status.
So that answers any questions you may have had as to why the U.N. has to get involved in finding a home for the Palestinians who¬†voluntarily¬†left their homes and are still ‚Äúrefugees‚ÄĚ in an area populated by Arabs and almost 700 times the size of Israel. The Arabs don‚Äôt want them!
The Palestinians, a few thousand when they left, are now demanding the ‚Äúright of return‚ÄĚ for more than six million ‚Äúrefugees.‚ÄĚ This number, added to the one-and-a-half million Arabs who live in Israel today, would make Arabs the dominant population group and spell the end of the Jewish state.
A¬†quick look at the map¬†will explain why it is so ‚Äúcritical‚ÄĚ for them to find land in Israel to live on.
Farce? Ludicrous? You bet.
Ben Kinchlow is a minister, broadcaster, author and businessman. He was the long-time co-host of CBN's "The 700 Club" television program and host of the international edition of the show, seen in more than 80 countries. He is the founder of Americans for Israel and the African American Political Awareness Coalition, and the author of several books.