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Friday, July 13, 2012

"Oom Schmoom," One Thing Ben-Gurion Got Right!

I'm not the greatest fan of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, although he did get one thing right when referring to the United Nations as "Oom Schmoom." "Oom" is the abbreviation, pronouncing the initials, of United Nations in Hebrew, and "schmoom" is from the Hebrew שום דבר shoom davar, nothing.

Ben-Gurion hasn't been in power for close to half a century, and things with the United Nations hasn't gotten any better.  It has only gotten much worse.

When I, as an elementary school student, I remember doing a project about the UN.  There were fewer than a hundred member states as the United Nations was in its second decade of existence.  Most were veteran countries with long histories. They were trying to change the world by inventing, approving/recognizing the establishment of all sorts of countries where none had ever been before, and then giving them full membership. 

Because these new countries had no real history or culture to unite them, they have been inherently unstable causing much of the problems in the modern world, especially in Africa, Asia and the Middle-east.  All sorts of official United Nations "help" organizations now exist to support them.  It's a major international industry.

And these unstable, violent nations stand in judgement over Israel, which is one of the reasons that the UN spends a ridiculous amount of its time condemning Israel.  And what sort of country is considered acceptable to be a member of the UN's human rights body?  Sudan, the same Sudan which is terrorizing its citizens, many of which flee to safety in Israel.

UN Watch, which headed the World NGO Summit on Darfur, also called on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the EU’s Catherine Ashton to denounce and fight against Sudan’s candidacy.
“Electing Sudan to the U.N. body mandated to promote and protect human rights worldwide is like putting Jack the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. (complete article)
The United Nations is nothing like what had been envisioned by those who established it after World War Two.  It has become a dangerous monster.  Israel should just leave it and stop paying it money.


NormanF said...

I've wondered what Israel is doing in wasting its time sitting in the most anti-Semitic and anti-Israel organization in world history? Allowing itself to be kicked around? To what end? Israel is never going to persuade the hostile anti-Israel automatic majority that runs the world body to give it fair hearing.

Resigning from the UN would benefit Israel. It would no longer have to spend its energies defending itself from a hostile crowd and be the whipping boy of others. Israeli diplomats can reach to countries that want to learn from Israel and stand to benefit from relations with it.

There is no longer any point in remaining in the UN.

Batya said...

Norman, even as a kid in NY, I'd hear talk that the USA was wasting money on the UN. For Israel it's much worse. They're out to destroy us.

sheldan said...

Actually (I read this in the book A Modern History of Israel) "Oom, schmoom" referred to the Hebrew acronym for the UN, followed by the derogatory reference ("shm" is the prefix for something you are dismissing, from the Yiddish). But I like the "shoom davar" definition.

Batya said...

sheldan, good point. I think I got the "shum" from one of the sources when I was looking for a link to the quotation. Hebrew puns a lot.