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March 22, 2017 1:30 pm

‘Where Are Your Jews?’ Watchdog Rebukes Arab States Accusing Israel of Apartheid During UN Human Rights Council Meeting

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UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer addresses the UNHRC in Geneva on Monday. Photo: Screenshot.

The head of a watchdog organization called out Arab states at a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Switzerland this week for their discrimination against Jews and the Jewish state.

Addressing the council on Monday after a number of Arab representatives accused Israel of practicing “apartheid,” Hillel Neuer — executive director of Geneva-based UN Watch — issued a scathing rebuke of the charge.

“Everything we just heard — from the world’s worst abusers of human rights, of women’s rights, of freedom of religion, of the press, of assembly, of speech — is absolutely false and, indeed, Orwellian,” Neuer said.

“Israel’s 1.5 million Arabs, whatever challenges they face, enjoy full rights to vote and to be elected in the Knesset; they work as doctors and lawyers; they serve on the Supreme Court,” he pointed out.

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Turning his attention to the Arab representatives in the hall, Neuer asked, “How many Jews live in your countries? How many Jews lived in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco?”

“Once upon a time,” he continued, “the Middle East was full of Jews. Algeria had 140,000 Jews. Algeria, where are your Jews? Egypt used to have 75,000 Jews. Where are your Jews? Syria, you had tens of thousands of Jews. Where are your Jews? Iraq, you had over 135,000 Jews. Where are your Jews?”

Watch the full video of Neuer’s remarks below:

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