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March 30, 2015 10:10 pm

Human Rights Groups Blast UNHRC for Issuing More Condemnations of Israel Than Any Other Country

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Prominent Jewish human rights groups on Sunday sharply criticized the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for issuing more condemnations of Israel for alleged human rights violations than of any other nation.

“The UNHRC continues to serve as an echo chamber for those member states who use the blatantly discriminatory Agenda Item 7 on Israel to deflect attention away from the worst human rights violations in the world by packing resolutions with accusations full of distortions and outright lies against Israel,” Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Algemeiner.

The UN Human Rights Council concluded its 28th session on Friday in Geneva by adopting four resolutions condemning Israel. The Jewish state was the only country out of the 192 UN member states to receive more than one resolution, including Syria, North Korea and Iran. Fox News reported that 90 percent of the states were not mentioned.

In a press release by the UNHRC, under its Agenda Item 7 on the “Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories,” the resolutions condemning the Jewish state were listed as follows: “on human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan; on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination; on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in the occupied Syrian Golan; and on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

Activist and academic Anne Bayefsky noted at Fox News that the UNHRC resolutions included particularly harsh language with words like “demands,” “condemns” and “deplores,” and professed “deep” and “grave” concerns. The Council issued “immediate” orders for Israel to cease a list of alleged human rights violations, according to the publication. One resolution said Israel was responsible for “the killing and injury of thousands of Palestinian civilians” during last summer’s Israel-Gaza conflict. The resolution failed to mention the Israeli lives that were lost during the war. Another resolution denounced Israel for maintaining control of the Golan Heights and demanded the Jewish state hand the land back to Syria.

“It’s astonishing,” Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, told The Algemeiner. “At a time when the Syrian regime is massacring its own people, how can the UN call for more people to be subject to [Syrian President] Assad’s rule? The timing of the text is morally galling and logically absurd.”

He added, “What is also outrageous is that these resolutions claim to care about Palestinians, yet the UN proves itself completely oblivious to the actual suffering on the ground, happening right now: Palestinians slaughtered, maimed and expelled by Assad’s forces.”

Neuer said the “farce” at the Human Rights Council indicates that the UN group has no genuine interest in helping Palestinians or protecting human rights. He believes the goal behind these “one-sided condemnations” is the scapegoating of Israel.

He added that the UN’s “disproportionate assault” against Israel undermines the credibility of the organization, which is supposed to be an “impartial and respected” international body, and also exposes the “sores of politicization and selectivity that eat away at its founding mission, eroding the UN Charter promise of equal treatment to all nations large and small.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said that for years now the UNHRC and its predecessor, the UN Human Rights Commission, have continued to harm rather than serve the protection of human rights. He accused the Human Rights Council of allowing its member states to impose a system that protects “serial human rights abusers like Cuba, Iran [and] Libya.”

“Led by Arab and Muslim states however, the world’s top human rights address has harnessed its full bureaucratic apparatus to demonize Israel, the lone democracy in the Middle East, for imaginary crimes,” he told The Algemeiner. “Instead of holding terrorist Hezbollah and Hamas accountable for perpetrating terrorist crimes against humanity, the Jewish state was condemned for defending herself.”

While he is confident that Israel will defend itself against the accusations, he said he is concerned about minorities around the world who have no one to speak up for them at the UN.

“No matter what, Israel, with our support, will defend her good name and justness of her cause,” Cooper said. “But who will stand up for the Yazidis, the Christians in Iraq, for human rights activists in Iran, Cuba, and China;  for the hundreds of thousands of Syrians killed and maimed by their own government or the millions of Syrian refugees who have seen their lives destroyed by Assad? Their silenced voices will never be heard in the very chambers created to protect them.”

Both Cooper and Foxman found fault in the US and its role in the UNHRC. The US currently contributes 22 percent of the UN’s overall budget and 27 percent of its peacekeeping budget. It is the single largest contributor to the international body.

Foxman said only the United States has the “courage” to call out the other UNHRC members for their “hypocrisy” and to vote against such “one-sided measures.” “Sadly,” Foxman added, “US scolding has not resulted in any meaningful change in the Council, nor is that change likely to be achieved any time soon.”

Cooper criticized the return of the US as a member of the UNRHC under the Obama Administration, which argued that its involvement would help change the organization’s “extreme-anti-Israel environment.” But Cooper said the latest resolutions against Israel “expose the folly of such a policy.” When asked about calls to defund the UN, Cooper suggested that a more appropriate step would be for the US to leave the Human Rights Council.

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  • When preparing to speak to the UNHRC one should visit the Kotel and get used to the idea of talking to a wall. Many member states don’t have words for ‘human rights’.In how many Islamic states do Christians and Jews have equal right? Most Islamic states barely have any Christians and Jews after generations of persecution.

  • HaroldT

    We expect no better from the Muslim countries. But what about representatives from the EU and USA !!

  • Rick

    The United Nations is a satanic abomination that should be removed from American soil as soon as possible.

  • ric b

    When U.N. troops need to run to safty in the area,they always appeal to Israel to save them.Israel does,why I don’t know.

  • RobiMac

    That’s quite alright. The world will pay dearly for it’s treatment of Israel. Particularly America, I think. America was once Israel’s only friend and ally keeping all other Israel-hating nations at bay. And where is the United Nothing based? Right here in the good ole Divided States of America.

    Where America was once a Super Power, now it’s just a Super Cesspool.

  • Wm, J, Levy

    The U.N. exists primarily to help destroy Israel. 59 UN members are Muslim. Israel is alone and since 1948 has never chaired any committee when every despotic nation has sat on the most prestigious ones. I wish Israel could tell them all to go to hell and with friends like Obama Israel doesn’t need any enemy. He is their worst enemy and Jews should be ashamed and embarrassed that they created Obama.

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  • BMS

    Does the United Nations exist for any other reason then to continually condemn Israel? Any credibility this organization once had no longer exists and ALL United States funding to this anti-Semitic, Arab dominated world body should be ended immediately.

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  • Gary Gladstein

    please delete the 5:33 comment which was typed in error.

  • Gary Gladstein

    The UNRHHC is a sham organization and has lost all its credibility. Any intelligent person ignores it. In a world where we desperately need a human rights organization, they prefer to spend their energy on condemnations of the only true democracy in the Middle East which does more to help all their citizens including the minority citizens than most of the countries in the modern world. It is embarrassing for the US to be involved and continue to fund such a sham organization.

    The world needs a n alternative to the UNRHHC to perform true constructive and not destructive work.

  • Gary Gladstein

    The UNRHHC ia a sham organization and had all its credibility. Any intelligent person ignores it. In a world where we desperately need a j
    human rights organization, they prefer to spend their energy on the only true democracy in the Middle East which does more to help all their citizens including the minority citizens than most of the countries in the modern world. It is embarrassing for the US to be involved and continue to fund a sham organization.

  • Reform School

    21st Century Tactics for 7th Century Jihadist Strategies: If you can hijack institutions, why waste time with planes? The most appropriate step is kicking the UN out of the USA! Let Mama Obama live in some of the world’s worst hellholes.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    I’m beginning to think that maybe the US wants things this way, continual turmoil in which the US has to intervene. This was the British model, used to divide people and keep conflicts going. US policy has brought chaos to the Middle East in general. They are now pressuring Israel again on the West Bank when there is no logic whatever in this policy. Israel controlling the West Bank is actually saving Jordan from being overrun by terrorist fighters. And it’s not just Obama. These policies and games that the US plays have been going on for a long time.

    The UNHRC is the same business in microcosm. Because the US controls the purse strings there’s every likelihood they could stop the scapegoating of Israel if they had a mind to. Instead, they play good cop in order to keep Israel dependent and subservient to unreasonable demands like a two state solution, which is tantamount to national suicide.

  • There may not be any easy solution, but at least, let’s be frank about the problem! It’s about time.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Definitely the UN agencies is showing that UN had become more corrupt of what already is. Is a shame that an organization use the Jews a scape goat and ignore genocide and abuse that happened everywhere.