9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN31 Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Israel and Zionism I Building II, C5.05

The United Nations, Israel and the Jews

The Jewish people have suffered centuries of persecution wherever they have taken up residence. In spite of the lessons presumably learned from the Nazi holocaust, and the commitment made by both individual nation-states and by international bodies such as the League of Nations and its successor, the United Nations, Jewish people individually and collectively have been victimized by antisemitism and systemic racism. In this paper a case will be made that people of Jewish ethnicity have been scorned and vilified for no other apparent reason than that they are Jews. It will be demonstrated that, not only have international legal and corporate bodies that have the moral obligation to ensure justice for all peoples not protected Jews, they have abetted racism and antisemitism through resolutions that have had the effect of encouraging racism against Jews as a racial and religious minority. It will be argued that the United Nations has been co-opted by nation-states with a history of opposing the state of Israel, and that it has drafted resolutions that are de facto instruments promoting racism and antisemitism. That is, U.N. policies that favor nation-states opposed to Israeli statehood confuse and conflate Israeli government actions and foreign policy with Jewish people more broadly. It will be argued further that governments that were instrumental in partitioning Palestine at the end of World War II set the tone for geopolitical disdain for Jews by not honoring commitments made to Israel, and thus have contributed to that international disdain. The paper will draw attention to the continuation of antisemitic acts in Europe and question whether governments take seriously their obligation to protect their citizens of Jewish descent. it will call on the United Nations to stop its abetting of governments antagonistic to Israel in their efforts to demonize Jews through U.N. resolutions that have the effect of encouraging antisemitism via resolutions that conflate Israeli foreign policy with Jews as a religious and ethnic group.