Our grand plan: an al­ter­na­tive to failed UN

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BYEDWINBLACK

FOR YEARS, for­eign pol­icy crit­ics, politi­cians and out­raged mem­bers of the pub­lic have been push­ing for their re­spec­tive coun­tries to de­fund and quit the United Na­tions. Some have ad­vo­cated that a ri­val or suc­ces­sor or­gan­i­sa­tion be es­tab­lished.

Today, a re­place­ment is be­ing put for­ward: the Covenant of Demo­cratic Na­tions (CDN). This writer has been in­volved in its found­ing.

Just days af­ter con­tro­ver­sial UN Res­o­lu­tion 2334 de­clared, among other things, that Is­rael’s Jewish con­nec­tion to the Western Wall was ef­fec­tively il­le­gal, to am­bas­sado­rial ap­plause in the room, con­crete re­place­ment ac­tion be­gan. It started by propos­ing an of­fi­cial in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence that would put for­ward a diplo­matic con­ven­tion to be rat­i­fied by coun­tries as a le­gally bind­ing treaty.

The en­tire process would be open only to na­tions gov­erned by demo­cratic prin­ci­ples. Each mem­ber would or could de­fund the UN while build­ing a suc­ces­sor en­tity ded­i­cated to world peace on demo­cratic prin­ci­ples with equal re­spect for all peo­ple re­gard­less of re­li­gion, gen­der, race, iden­tity or na­tional ori­gin, as well as for­mu­lat­ing a mech­a­nism to re­solve dis­putes.

A prime mis­sion of the new world body would be to re-rat­ify, amend or nul­lify all acts and res­o­lu­tions of the UN and its agen­cies such as Unesco. Thus, the Covenant would cre­ate a new body of long-over­due, re­formed, clar­i­fied and up­dated in­ter­na­tional law.

The Covenant con­ver­sa­tion was launched on Jan­uary 23, 2017 in Wash­ing­ton. Repub­li­can Con­gress­man Trent Franks, who sup­ports a bill to de­fund the UN, opened pro­ceed­ings by declar­ing: “This is a crit­i­cally im­por­tant is­sue. The UN started out with a no­ble char­ter… but it has not only failed its char­ter, it has moved in the op­po­site di­rec­tion and done ac­tual harm … It has be­come an anti-Amer­i­can, an­ti­semitic, anti-demo­cratic, anti-free­dom mob… We need to re­peal and re­place.”

Also on the panel was Ben Co­hen of The Is­rael Project, who said: “You now have states that are ba­si­cally glo­ri­fied con­cen­tra­tion camps … like North Korea, who get to have an equal voice with Aus­tralia, Canada and the US.”

He added that while Is­rael is the only na­tion whose sovereignty is “chipped away at on a daily ba­sis”, the UN did lit­tle to stop hu­man rights cala­maties in Cam­bo­dia, Bos­nia, Rwanda or present-day Syria.

Sarah Stern, founder of the En­dow­ment for Mid­dle East Truth, pointed to Amer­ica’s 22 per cent share of the UN bud­get, adding that the US was not get­ting what it pays for.

Con­sti­tu­tional at­tor­ney Nathan Lewin, who has worked on 28 Supreme Court cases, said: “The United Na­tions com­mit­ted sui­cide when it adopted Res­o­lu­tion 2334. Today I am happy to join a group that would spell the end of the United Na­tions.”

Ad­di­tional meet­ings and pan­els pro­mot­ing the CDN took place this week across the US.

In many ways, the League of Na­tions be­gan with a speech — Woodrow Wil­son’s Four­teen Points. The UN be­gan with a short, writ­ten dec­la­ra­tion. For the CDN, the con­ver­sa­tion has now be­gun.

The UN has be­come an an­ti­semitic mob

Hu­man rights Ed­win Black is the author of ‘IBM and the Holo­caust’, and an ini­tia­tor of the CDN

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