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March 20, 2015 8:10 am

UN Claims Israel is World’s Worst Violator of Women’s Rights

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Guess who is the number one violator of women’s rights in the world today? Israel. Violating the rights of Palestinian women.

At least that is the view of the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW ends its annual meeting on Friday, March 20 by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights – Israel.

Not Syria. Where government forces routinely employ rape and other sexual violence and torture against women as a tactic of war. Where in 2014 the Assad regime starved, tortured and killed at least 24,000 civilians, and three million people – mostly women and children – are refugees.

Not Saudi Arabia. Where women are physically punished if not wearing compulsory clothing, are almost entirely excluded from political life, cannot drive, cannot travel without a male relative, receive half the inheritance of their brothers, and where their testimony counts for half that of a man’s.

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Not Sudan. Where domestic violence is not prohibited. There is no minimum age for “consensual” sex. The legal age of marriage for girls is ten. 88% of women under 50 have undergone female genital mutilation. And women are denied equal rights in marriage, inheritance and divorce.

Not Iran. Where every woman who registered as a presidential candidate in the last election was disqualified. “Adultery” is punishable by death by stoning. Women who fight back against rapists and kill their attackers are executed. The constitution bars female judges. And women must obtain the consent of their husbands to work outside the home.

In fact, not only is there no possibility that the UN Commission on the Status of Women will criticize Iran, Iran is an elected member of CSW. Sudan – whose president has been indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity – is currently a CSW Vice-Chair.

The 2015 CSW resolution on Israel will repeat, as it does every year, that “the Israeli occupation remains the major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development of their society…”

Not Palestinian men. Not religious edicts and traditions. Not a culture of violence. Not an educational system steeped in rejection of peaceful coexistence and of tolerance.

Instead, the fault for a UN statistic like this one – an average of 17% of Palestinian women are in the labor force as compared to 70% of Palestinian men – lies with the Jewish scapegoat.

That fact comes from one of only nine official documents produced by the UN for the 2015 annual CSW meeting. Eight were procedural or general in nature, and one was entitled: “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women.”

By comparison, there was no report on Chinese women and girls, half a billion people without elementary civil and political rights, who still face the prospect of forced abortion and sterilization.

There was no report on women in Somalia, where female genital mutilation is ubiquitous, sexual violence is rampant, and women are systematically subordinate to men.

There was no report on women in Yemen, where the penal code goes easy on the killers of women for “immodest” or “defiant” behavior, there is no minimum age for “marriage,” and women have no equal rights to property, employment, credit, pay, education, or housing.

And the women’s rights scene is not the only liberal sham at the UN.

The UN’s top human rights body, the Human Rights Council (HRC), will wrap up a major session next week by adopting a minimum of four times as many resolutions slamming Israel than any other country on earth.

Condemnations of Israel will include a resolution demanding Israel immediately give back the Golan Heights to Syria – the place where Syrians run from their own government for life-saving Israeli medical care.

Tallying all the resolutions and decisions condemning a specific state over the history of the Human Rights Council, one-third has been directed at Israel alone.

Remember Ukraine? In the past year, there have been at least 5,500 confirmed killed – with recent reports from Germany suggesting the total may be as high as 50,000 dead – in addition to a million people displaced. But the score is 67 Council resolutions and decisions attacking Israel and zero on Russia.

So who is calling the shots at the Council? A closer look at its members reveals human rights luminaries like Qatar – that bankrolls the terrorist organization Hamas – along with China, Pakistan, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

It is impossible to add this all up and conclude that the UN’s treatment of Israel is anything but wildly discriminatory. In the twisted language of UN rights, the means is the verbiage of equality, while the end game is prejudice.

The Obama Administration has an answer to this dilemma. Vote against the resolutions, while paying the fees to run the bodies that adopt them. Join and legitimize the institution, while consoling the delegitimized that it feels their pain.

As Secretary Kerry told the Council on March 2, 2015: “President Obama and I support the HRC…” and “the HRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization.” “Risks undermining” – as opposed to “has grossly undermined already.”

This attitude towards the UN’s demonization of Israel foreshadows the administration’s Israel policy in the days ahead – a policy unaffected by Israeli election results.

The Palestinians will continue to use the UN and the International Criminal Court to attempt to accomplish with lethal politics what they have never been able to do with lethal force. And President Obama will hold open the door.

This article was originally published by FOX News.

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  • What’s also missing is cultural context. As a teacher of adult ESL students just outside of Tel Aviv, 100% of my Arab female students attend class with a teenage or older child (or rarely, a spouse). These Arab women are not able to even go out to study, day or evening, without a chaperon meaning their limited representation in the workplace is self-imposed by their own cultural and religious norms. Perhaps we should respect their wishes and let them be, but to take that and use it against Israel as if Jewish/ Israeli policies have something to do with Arab women’s rights is nonsense and only useful in the never-ending quest to find something wrong with Israel.

  • CHUCK

    JEWS ARE ONLY 0.2% OF THE WORLD POPULATION. PLEASE ACT LIKE IT. YOU DO NOT GET TO DICTATE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. I KNOW YOU PEOPLE THINK IT IS OK TO DICTATE TO EVERY OTHER NON JEWISH PERSON ON THE PLANET, BUT THE MAJORITY WILL RULE WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. WHAT DOES ISRAEL HAVE THAT IS SO IMPORTANT? NOTHING! WHICH IS WHY YOUR TOTALITARIAN RULE OVER THE WORLD WILL BE OVER VERY SOON. PEOPLE ARE WISING UP TO ALL THE DECEIVING YOUR ZIONAZI PEOPLE DO, EVEN TO YOUR OWN PEOPLE. JUST LIKE BENJAMIN FREEDMAN SAID IN HIS 1961 SPEECH AND YOUR RUTHLESS DAYS ARE NUMBERED. THE WORLD IS NOT GOING TO DO WHAT THE JEWS ALWAYS WANT FOREVER. YOU ARE CLEARLY OUTNUMBERED.

    • Ann

      U must really be a fool!

    • edd

      You are a complete idiot.

  • Max Cohen

    The U.N.loses its value as an arbiter of world disputes when it countenances such obvious lies and distortions as reported by Anne Bayefsky. Either the U.N. will mend its ways or the world will be forced to repudiate it, later if not sooner. The concept of “United Nations” cannot rest securely on a hollow pretense of truth.

  • Nahum

    And if the UN voted that Earth is flat…. does that make it true? The anti-Israeli coalition has enough votes to pass any nonsense as a resolution.
    The sad thing is that the US is financing a large fraction of this sand-box for dictators and tyrants so they can bash anyone they want.

  • Women’s rights in Pakistan [a member of the UNCSW) — a woman falsely accused of burning a Koran was beaten up by men, run over by a car, burnt alive and thrown in a river. Why? Because she apparently criticised a fellow market trader. This treatment seems to be reserved for Muslim women who speak up and Christian children, usually girls, with learning disabilities.

  • David

    These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them…… Rev 17:14 KJV

    I prefer the Spanish version RVA:

    ” Pelearan contra el Cordero, y el Cordero los vencerá…..”

    They are on the losing side of the war.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    The facts cited in this article present an appalling abuse of the State of Israel where women’s rights of all backgrounds are respected. It is a downright injustice for any UN group or committee to single out Israel as the number one perpetrator of acts of inequality between the sexes. President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have both demonstrated amoral treatment of Israel and ignoble, contemptible, toady, and unpalatable treatment of Iran.

  • please do not publish my last. name! thank you

  • this comes from fox news!! think about it.

    • Sara

      that was a dumb comment

  • Robert Davis

    The un is the world champion of HOAXES : not only Israel does not violate a single women’s rights but how could Israel violate “palestinian womens” rightzs since “palestinians” do not exist any longer since…66 years? Palestinians were the jews fromPalestine who became Israelis in 1948 at the birth of Israel so there are no palestinians left on this planet except for …propaganda purposes ie LIES an arab and leftwing feature! These people have NO credibility reason why they will soon vanish from the face of earth at least if Israel’s politicians understand that eviction of hostile minorities have been successfully fulfilled by ALL NATIONS OF THIS PLANET.Israel is the only nation loath to this successful political method reason why it cannot end this arch stupid conflict any other nation of the world ended in a jiffy!

    • Robert Davis

      As long as arabs(Israel’s jordanians)will remain in W.Palestine PRESSURES WILL NEVER STOP no matter whether they are credible or not! I am surprised un did not yet accuse Israel to have stolen the moon or frozen the sun!

  • Yet another “piece of absolute Garbage ” from the UN.

  • Helena

    Why is nobody making a speech about this? It is a scandal and we are taken for stupids if we accept all of this. With “we” I mean the whole part of the world who is not islamic.

    • Robert Davis

      Helena : Jews are very good at…speeches but you cannot win against an HOAX with a speech reason why 66 years of speeches have not sufficed to end this conflict. Hoaxes are ended by ACTION. When arabs will be transferred to jordan the HOAX WILL COME TO AN END AND EVERYBODY WILL SAY “OF COURSE HOW COULD WE BE SO STUPID AS NOT TO HAVE DONE IT BEFORE?”

      • you’re wrong sir, the antisemitism will never cease, not matter what Israel do, that´s what so many self-deceived Jews still don’t get.

  • Lynne T

    What is missing from this report is the paid employment rate of Arab women in Israel, which is fairly high and on the increase.

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