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The UN's Anti-Israel Language

United Nations headquarters, New York (Photo: flickr/dslrnovice)

For far too long, the United Nations has skewed the narrative - and the world's opinion - against Israel. One of the ways they do this most effectively is through their rhetoric. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, A.J. Caschetta looks at the disturbing ways in which the international body uses language to attack the Jewish state:

The UN's greatest achievements against the Jewish state have been rhetorical. By controlling the language of the Palestinian-Israel conflict, the UN has skewed the narrative falsely against Israel. This fabricated language is, in turn, absorbed and perpetuated by the media (both old and new), academics, politicians, and pop culture figures such as Roger Waters, further tainting the world's perception of the conflict.

UN documents regularly use the term "occupied Palestine" and refer to "occupied Palestinian territory" (especially the "West Bank") being stolen by Jewish "settlement activity." All four UN terms -- "Palestine," "occupation," "West Bank," and "settlement" -- are misleading.

Palestine: While UN documents regularly refer to "Palestine" and "the State of Palestine," there is, in fact, no state of Palestine. As David Bukay shows "there has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians at any time in history." Until recently there have never been a people nor a culture known as "Palestinian" distinct from "Arab." The Arabs who lived in UN Mandated Palestine turned down statehood in 1947 by rejecting UN Resolution 181. In 1974 the UN recognized the PLO, a terrorist organization, as the official representative of the Palestinian people, paving the way for its emergence from the Oslo peace process under the guise of the Palestinian Authority (PA). In 2000, the PA turned down yet another offer of statehood because the offer did not recognize the "right of return" for millions of descendants of those displaced in 1948 to relocate to within Israel -- a population transfer that would eliminate the existence of a Jewish state by demographic means. In 2012, the UN General Assembly upgraded the PA/PLO government to "Non-member Observer State"; UN rules dictate that new member states can only be created by the Security Council...

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