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-The '''United Nations''' ('''UN''') is an [[international organization]] whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in [[international law]], [[international security]], [[economic development]], [[Social change|social progress]], [[human rights]], and achieving [[world peace]]. The UN was founded in 1945 after [[World War II]] to replace the [[League of Nations]], to stop [[war]]s between [[country|countries]] and to provide a platform for dialogue.+'''Criticism of the [[United Nations]]''' has encompassed numerous arguments regarding various aspects of the organization, such as policy, ideology, equality of representation, administration, ability to enforce rulings, and [[ideological bias]].
 +==Attention given to the Arab-Israeli conflict==
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 +Issues relating to the state of [[Israel]], [[Palestinians]] and other aspects of the [[Arab–Israeli conflict]] occupy a large amount of debate time, resolutions and resources at the [[United Nations]]. The former Secretary of State of the United States, [[John Kerry]], has accused the U.N. Human Rights Council of focusing disproportionately on allegations of abuses by Israel,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://forward.com/articles/215746/john-kerry-slams-un-human-rights-council-for-bias/|title=John Kerry Slams U.N. Human Rights Council for Bias Against Israel|date=2 March 2015|work=The Forward|accessdate=9 July 2015}}</ref> and [[Ban Ki-moon]], the Secretary-General of the United Nations, admitted that there is a biased attitude against Israel at the UN,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4418776,00.html|title=UN chief admits bias against Israel|work=Ynet News|date=8 August 2013}}</ref> although he retracted later.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-about-face-ban-says-un-unbiased-toward-israel/|title=In reversal, Ban says Israel does not face bias at UN|work=The Times of Israel|accessdate=9 January 2016}}</ref> Other critics such as [[Dore Gold]], [[Alan Dershowitz]], [[Mark Dreyfus]], [[Robert S. Wistrich]], [[Alan Keyes]], and the [[Anti-Defamation League]] also consider UN attention on Israel's treatment of Palestinians to be excessive.<ref name="Wistrich471" /><ref>Alan Keyes quoted in Yohanan Manor, ''To Right a Wrong: The Revocation of the UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 Defaming Zionism'' (New York: Shengold Publishers, 1996), p. 171. qtd. in Wistrich, p. 484.</ref><ref name="Gold20">Gold, p. 20.</ref><ref name="DershowitzCaseforPeace">[[Alan Dershowitz|Dershowitz, Alan]]. ''[[The Case for Peace]]: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can Be Resolved''. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.</ref><ref>[http://jta.org/news/article/2009/07/08/1006396/dont-be-lynch-mob-lawyers-urge-un#When:14:22:00Z "Don’t be lynch mob, lawyers urge U.N.."] {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120910130332/http://jta.org/news/article/2009/07/08/1006396/dont-be-lynch-mob-lawyers-urge-un#When:14:22:00Z |date=September 10, 2012 }} ''[[Jewish Telegraphic Agency|JTA]]''. 8 July 2009. 8 July 2009.</ref><ref>[http://www.adl.org/PresRele/UnitedNations_94/5443_94.htm "ADL: UN Human Rights Council Resolution Reveals 'Cancerous Bias' Against Israel."] {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20121102134316/http://www.adl.org/PresRele/UnitedNations_94/5443_94.htm |date=2012-11-02 }} ''[[Anti-Defamation League|ADL]]''. 7 July 2009.</ref> According to Wistrich, "a third of all critical resolutions passed by [the UN] Human Rights Commission during the past forty years have been directed exclusively at Israel. By way of comparison, there has not been a single resolution even mentioning the massive violations of human rights in China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Syria, or Zimbabwe."<ref>Wistrich, p. 487.</ref>
 + 
 +The adoption of [[United Nations Special Committee on Palestine|UNSCOP]]'s recommendation to partition [[Palestine (region)|Palestine]] by the United Nations General Assembly in 1947<ref>Dynamics of Self-determination in Palestine, P. J. I. M. de Waart, BRILL, 1994, p. 121.</ref> was one of the earliest decisions of the UN. According to political commentator Alan Dershowitz, after the [[1948 Arab–Israeli War]], the UN defined the term "refugee" as applied to Palestinian Arabs fleeing Israel in significantly broader terms than it did for other refugees of other conflicts.<ref>[[Alan Dershowitz|Dershowitz, Alan]]. ''[[The Case for Israel]]''. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003. pp. 86–87.</ref>
 + 
 +In 2007, [[United Nations Human Rights Council]] president [[Doru Romulus Costea]] said that the UNHRC had "failed" in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.<ref>Shamir, Shlomo. [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/908055.html "UN human rights chief: We failed in handling Israel-PA conflict."] ''[[Haaretz]]''. 30 September 2007. 7 July 2009.</ref>
 + 
 +The UN has sponsored several peace negotiations between Israel and its neighbors, the latest being the 2002 [[Road map for peace]]. The controversial [[United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379|Resolution 3379]] (1975), which equated [[Zionism]] with racism, was rescinded in 1991. According to [[Robert S. Wistrich]], "on the same day Resolution 3379 was adopted, the General Assembly decided to establish the 'Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.' With a large budget at its disposal and acting as an integral part of the United Nations, it has for more than thirty years done everything within its power to establish a Palestinian state in place of Israel."<ref name="Wistrich471" />
 + 
==See also== ==See also==
-* [[Israel and the United Nations]]+* [[United Nations Commission on Human Rights#Criticism|Criticism of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights]]
-* [[International relations]]+* [[United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime#Criticism|Criticism of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime]]
-* [[United Nations General Assembly]]+* [[Criticism of UNICEF]]
-*[[United Nations Commission on the Status of Women]]+* [[Defamation of religion and the United Nations]]
-*[[Criticism of the United Nations]]+* [[Haiti cholera outbreak]]
 +* ''[[Nicaragua v. United States]]''
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Attention given to the Arab-Israeli conflict

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}}</ref> Other critics such as Dore Gold, Alan Dershowitz, Mark Dreyfus, Robert S. Wistrich, Alan Keyes, and the Anti-Defamation League also consider UN attention on Israel's treatment of Palestinians to be excessive.<ref name="Wistrich471" /><ref>Alan Keyes quoted in Yohanan Manor, To Right a Wrong: The Revocation of the UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 Defaming Zionism (New York: Shengold Publishers, 1996), p. 171. qtd. in Wistrich, p. 484.</ref><ref name="Gold20">Gold, p. 20.</ref><ref name="DershowitzCaseforPeace">Dershowitz, Alan. The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can Be Resolved. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.</ref><ref>"Don’t be lynch mob, lawyers urge U.N.." Template:Webarchive JTA. 8 July 2009. 8 July 2009.</ref><ref>"ADL: UN Human Rights Council Resolution Reveals 'Cancerous Bias' Against Israel." Template:Webarchive ADL. 7 July 2009.</ref> According to Wistrich, "a third of all critical resolutions passed by [the UN] Human Rights Commission during the past forty years have been directed exclusively at Israel. By way of comparison, there has not been a single resolution even mentioning the massive violations of human rights in China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Syria, or Zimbabwe."<ref>Wistrich, p. 487.</ref>

The adoption of UNSCOP's recommendation to partition Palestine by the United Nations General Assembly in 1947<ref>Dynamics of Self-determination in Palestine, P. J. I. M. de Waart, BRILL, 1994, p. 121.</ref> was one of the earliest decisions of the UN. According to political commentator Alan Dershowitz, after the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the UN defined the term "refugee" as applied to Palestinian Arabs fleeing Israel in significantly broader terms than it did for other refugees of other conflicts.<ref>Dershowitz, Alan. The Case for Israel. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003. pp. 86–87.</ref>

In 2007, United Nations Human Rights Council president Doru Romulus Costea said that the UNHRC had "failed" in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.<ref>Shamir, Shlomo. "UN human rights chief: We failed in handling Israel-PA conflict." Haaretz. 30 September 2007. 7 July 2009.</ref>

The UN has sponsored several peace negotiations between Israel and its neighbors, the latest being the 2002 Road map for peace. The controversial Resolution 3379 (1975), which equated Zionism with racism, was rescinded in 1991. According to Robert S. Wistrich, "on the same day Resolution 3379 was adopted, the General Assembly decided to establish the 'Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.' With a large budget at its disposal and acting as an integral part of the United Nations, it has for more than thirty years done everything within its power to establish a Palestinian state in place of Israel."<ref name="Wistrich471" />

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