Solutions brought to light during a time of crisis in the UNHGA

The MUN Midnight Crisis took place on the 31 st of August, where over 400 policy makers from around the globe gathered from different committees. The crisis centered around how Boko Haram (a highly extremist terrorist organisation) had taken control of 51 out of 159 oil mines in Nigeria – and claimed that they would not engage in any sort of trade unless the

country agrees that Boko Haram is the ultimate conqueror of the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Region.

Along with the pre-existing silent conflict within the proxy war taking place between

Saudi Arabia and Iran, it was suspected that Iran was in possession of nuclear

weapons.

Even though the Historic General Assembly (HGA) was frozen on 4th July, 1946, a

different crisis had hit the committee, which urged the delegates to brainstorm. The

crisis specified that Zionist leaders had predicted a World War III after 74 years, and

the situation at hand was to solve the Jewish displacement problem as soon as

possible.

The delegate of the United States believed a separate nation, especially in the Middle

East, would be futile for the Jews since that community had suffered “enough,” and

did not need any further discrimination or violence against them. A separate home

needed to be established for them, where they could live peacefully, free of any fear.

In alliance with France and the United Kingdom (who were already part of the allies

in World War II), the American delegate came up with a proposal to send the Jews to

Alaska, which was just a territory of the USA during that time. They believed that

Alaska’s demography would be ideal due to its low population and lack of anti-

Semitic laws.

When questioned about the humanitarian aspect of the proposal, whether it would

threaten their right to recognition and national identity, the American delegate

rebutted, “Nobody will be forcing the Jews to migrate. We will just be explaining to

them the consequences of every step they take, and the pros that will come along with

shifting to Alaska… If things don’t work out, we will try and figure out something

else.”


The US, the UK and France agreed that the economic burden associated with

transporting millions of Jews across the Atlantic would not be feasible at the hands of

just three countries. Thus, they would ask more of their allies to help them with this

gigantic migration. In 1938, this very proposal was made once before but had failed.

The delegate of the United States then explained that they would prefer analysing

what went wrong, “Learn from mistakes, and make a better proposal which would

perhaps work more efficiently.”

The delegate further emphasised that this was just a “proposal” at the end of the day,

and options were still open to amend it. All of the delegate’s actions were largely in

line with the United States’ foreign policies and ideas of peace.

Reporter: Shubhangi Dutta, Gulf News

Editor: Seher Anand

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