Watchdog Calls on UN to Condemn Essay by Human Rights Council ‘Expert’ Blaming Israel, US for Paris Attacks
The head of a Geneva-based human rights organization called on the United Nations to condemn an essay written by one of its employees blaming Israel and the US for the November 13 Paris attacks.
UN Watch Executive Director Hillel C. Neuer urged Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials to denounce the 1500-word piece penned by Alfred De Zayas, the United Nations Human Rights Council’s “independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order.”
In the article, De Zayas argues that while terrorism is not justifiable, the attacks in Paris occurred because of “old religious tensions and conflicts” between “Israeli settlers and Palestinian populations.”
He also makes a veiled reference to the US, asserting that the “victims and the survivors” of “colonialist” and “capitalist” enterprises — who “have neither forgiven nor forgotten” — manifested their anger in Paris.
“They came to us because we went to them,” De Zayas wrote, which Neuer said was a way of blaming the actual victims.