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March 20, 2015 4:42 pm

Israel is Only Country Criticized by UN for Women’s Rights Violations

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The CSW criticized Israel for alleged women's rights violations against Palestinian women. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – In Friday’s annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Israel was the only country the commission criticized for alleged women’s rights violations.

A CSW report titled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” criticizes Israel for what it calls “high levels of unemployment and poverty” among Palestinian women due to Israel’s control over territories including the West Bank, Gaza, and eastern Jerusalem. (Gaza is governed by the Hamas terrorist group.)

“Palestinian women and girls still face significant obstacles in accessing basic services, health care, psychosocial support, water and sanitation, justice institutions, and economic opportunities,” the report said.

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Noting that Israel was the only UN member criticized by CSW, Israel’s Foreign Ministry slammed the report, saying it was “fighting the decision, which was yet another testimony to the hypocrisy of UN members,” Ynet reported.

The report ignores Hamas, which has routinely violated women’s rights in recent years, including a move to ban women from participating in the Gaza marathon, barring women from riding motorbikes, and banning women from smoking water pipes in cafes. Meanwhile, human rights groups have also demanded that Palestinian leaders pass new laws to protect women from honor killings amid their upsurge in Palestinian society.

Anne Bayefsky, who serves as director at the Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, slammed the UN commission in an op-ed for targeting Israel while ignoring more egregious violations of women’s rights in the Middle East.

“Not Syria. Where government forces routinely employ rape and other sexual violence and torture against women as a tactic of war. Not Saudi Arabia. Where women are physically punished if not wearing compulsory clothing. Not Sudan. Where domestic violence is not prohibited. There is no minimum age for ‘consensual’ sex. Not Iran. Where every woman who registered as a presidential candidate in the last election was disqualified,” Bayefsky wrote.

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  • We all know by now that this organization is no longer the UN, but UNAI- United Nations Against Israel! http://www.jewishjournal.com/israelife/item/no_longer_the_un_but_unai_united_nations_against_israel

  • Very disappointing performance by the UN. Not the first time.I agree with most of the criticism of the report. If a survey like this is done it should be comprehensive and not just focus on one party. The accusations of bias are justified.

  • Esther

    LAUGHABLE! Muslim countries cut the clitoris’ out of young girls and womens bodies denying them a lifetime of no sexual pleasure! Some of these so-called surgeries are done with jagged glass! Women and girls have died from massive infection from this barbaric act!
    Women are physically punished for being raped, women cant drive or go out alone. How dare they say Israel treats women badly!

  • FLOR S.

    THE UN ALWAYS HAVE BEEN A PARTIAL UNION AND NEVER HAD FOUGHT FOR THE REAL RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND MEN IN GENERAL AROUND THE WORLD. THEY ALWAYS JUST POLITICS AND WHAT EVER MAKES IT LOOK GOOD. THEY ARE HYPOCRITES.
    THEY SHOULDN’T EXIST AS A UNION SINCE THEY DON’T DO ANYTHING TO IMPROVE THE RIGHTS FOR NOBODY!!! THEY ARE JUST A LEAK OF MONEY AND A FACADE!!!
    FLOR S.

  • The United Nations, founded in 1945 on high hopes that after the death toll of WWII, the world was finally ready to settle its disputes peaceably, in a rational way, has since deteriorated to a forum for blatant political chicanery and propagation of shameless lies. After Allied soldiers discovered the unspeakable atrocities committed in Hitler’s death camps, the phrase was born “NEVER AGAIN.” And the world looked to the UN to deliver on that promise. Yet, how many genocides have visited the globe since these famous (or infamous?) words? Let me count the lands.
    There were the Turks killing Armenians by the tens of Thousands, Pol Pot’s reign of terror, the killings by the Khmer Rouge, Iraq’s slaughter of the Kurds, Bosnian Serbs’ mass murder of Muslims, and the Hutu eliminating the Tutsi.
    And through all these atrocities, the UN slept.
    And now, they are pre-occupying themselves with the way the Israelis treat women? You’ve got to be kidding me!

  • duPont

    The UN has become part of the Anti-Israel bloc within. They have been blatantly anti-Israel for years now and it’s only getting worse with the increase in Arab and Russian influence developed by the UN’s response to those who scream the loudest. The UN doesn’t investigate as they are so pro-Arab now that they ignore the staged events that make the Arabs always look like victims. The UN, in short, has become biased and as such is totally useless in the world today. I strongly believe that the USA should stop funding them-we are the largest financial supporter- until they amply demonstrate neutrality once again. Smearing Israel has become the thing to do in every arena. Shame on the UN for giving in to the biases of some of their members. A useless organization!

  • Bruce Rubin

    And all this time i thought it was stoning and the cultural belief that a woman is no more valuable than a goat

  • Hill

    Again not surprising. We Jews get too comfortable amongst the goyim and the they cut our throats, burn, gas or worse. They’re itching to do it again only most of us can’t see it coming. Listen to Obama, his cronies and the Europeans and you may notice.

  • rbockman

    there are some things so outrageous that there is just no appropriate comment

  • Bullfrog Europe

    If Israel is the only country criticised by the UN, it is therefore evident that the UN is an anti Israel and anti Jewish organisation ..

  • David Mark Greaves

    I am not at all surprised that world leaders especially those in the UN apply double standards. In a way it is all satanic plot to strike at God’s chosen, part of the biblical predictions of the world coming against Israel. The Jewish people need the prayers of devout Christians like never before.

  • This level of hypocrisy on the part of the U.N. is outrageous. OTH if womenn are dumb enough to swallow it, there is a remedy–travel in the Middle East.

  • art

    Wake up American Jews the world has declared WAR on us. The only response is to be strong and proud. Remember they eventually gassed the kapos

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