UN Newsletter Reveals Strategies for US Tax Day Protests Against Israel

The United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights NGO Action News linked readers to the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights’ list of “5 Ways to Take Action for Tax Day,” which included instructions on how protesters can join the fight for a free Palestine and can participate in coordinated action. economic blockade of several cities. Anti-Israel protesters engaged in blockades in several US cities, with police reporting traffic obstructions and near misses in Detroit. Dozens of arrests were made across the country, raising concerns about the UN’s role in supporting these actions.

Anne Bayefsky, president of Human Rights Voices, accused the UN of helping pro-Hamas anarchists in American cities by distributing a newsletter that contained links to radical anti-American and anti-Israel agitators. The UN NGO Action News website contains a disclaimer stating that they are not responsible for the content of third-party links, but Bayefsky believes that UN staff are involved in approving the inclusion of such links. She called the UN disclaimer “fake” and also criticized the inclusion of inflammatory comments in the USCPR protest guide.

The USCPR protest guide included inflammatory comments, such as calling President Biden “Genocide Joe” and accusing Israel of mass murdering Palestinian families with American taxpayer money. The UN Secretary General does not have the legal authority to declare events as genocide, and the International Court of Justice has not ruled that Israel committed genocide. The Secretary General states that NGO Action News does not fall under his authority and is compiled on behalf of the Member States.

In response to the increase in anti-Israel protests and anti-Semitic incidents in the US, the Anti-Defamation League released its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, which showed a 140% increase. The ADL observed explicitly anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist rhetoric at anti-Israel rallies across the country. The Secretary General has spoken out against the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide and has stated that those who call for the destruction of Israel are engaged in modern anti-Semitism. Calls for Guterres to resign over his treatment of Israel have come from both Israel’s foreign minister and the UN ambassador.