United Nations interpreters aren’t typically newsmakers, but one such translator made headlines last week after unintentionally drawing attention to the UN’s alleged anti-Israel bias.
At a General Assembly meeting Thursday, at which the GA adopted nine anti-Israel resolutions, an interpreter for the plenum spoke into a microphone she thought was turned off.
“I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s got to be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”
Laughter filled the hall, and upon realizing her mistake, the translator spoke once more, saying, “The interpreter apologizes.”
The nine resolutions adopted by the UN Thursday included pieces condemning Israel for violating Palestinian human rights, as well as its treatment of Syrian refugees.
Meanwhile, no resolution on how the Syrian government has treated its refugees has been passed. In fact, for the 2013 year, the UNGA has adopted a total of 26 resolutions condemning various governments, 22 of which have been against Israel.