Readers of this blog are probably quite aware that I am no fan of the United Nations … and in fact I have called for a “divorce” from this decreasingly credible bastion of doublespeak and bloated bureaucracy.
But yesterday (March 5), there must have been a “blue moon”: The UN actually did something right!
As a self-described “jaded journalist”, Chemi Shalev at Haaretz had observed (registration required):
Inside the hall of the General Assembly at the United Nations building in New York, it seemed at times that either the messiah had arrived or the world had turned inside-out Bizarro, like in the Superman comics: Rita, one of Israel’s most popular performers, was singing in Farsi and Hebrew; Israelis were dancing in the aisles: diplomats from around the world were clapping and begging for more; Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor was the hero of the day; Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said “shalom” and General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic, it turned out, hails from a family of Righteous Gentiles.
Even jaded journalists like the one writing this report were moved, knowing that they had witnessed an event that had never been seen before, at least from an Israeli point of view, and is unlikely to be seen over and over again for a very long time.
A big thank you and h/t to longtime family friend, Dr. Victor Z., whose E-mail today alerted me to this. If you want to skip the speeches, concert begins at approx. 16:15. Enjoy!