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10. As Muslim World Frays, UN Obsesses Over Israel: Jeffrey Goldberg
Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Last week, Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, shared with me a list of the diverse steps the country has taken to protect Israel from what she and President Barack Obama consider to be scapegoating by the world body.

The list includes U.S. opposition to the dozens of biased resolutions directed against Israel in the General Assembly, and also notes the number of times the U.S. has fought for the appointment of Israelis to various posts within the UN, from which they are, as a matter of course, excluded.

It also offers a good illustration of the lengths the U.S. must go to in fighting the UNs pathological, detestable and intermittently comical obsession with Israel -- one that prevents it from forcefully addressing many of the more dire problems confronting the Arab world.

At times, the list reads like satire. There is, for instance, this item: The United States continues to call for the resignation of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk. The United States has strongly condemned his anti-Semitic statements and web postings, as well as his deeply offensive statements in support of 9/11 conspiracy theories.

The UN doesnt consider it overly troubling that a top human-rights official has trafficked in anti-Semitic propaganda and is a Sept. 11 truther.

Then there was this uplifting episode, brought to us courtesy of Syria: At the Human Rights Council, the United States forcefully opposed 2010 statements by a Syrian official that Israeli children are taught to sing songs about drinking the blood of Arabs. The United States worked with the HRC President to make clear that such language is outrageous and offensive and has no place in UN bodies.


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