I have written extensively on the anti-Israel bias of the UN and more particularly about the UNHRC on this blog, and the ongoing farce that goes by that name becomes repetitive. But occasionally the UN transcends even its own below-minimum standards and provides us with glaring examples of their delusional insanity.
The latest case occurred this week, as Anne Bayefsky slams the UN, where – in a “you couldn’t make it up” moment – one of its women’s rights committees named Israel once again as the world’s worst human rights violator:
On March 24, 2016, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up its annual meeting in New York by condemning only one country for violating women’s rights anywhere on the planet – Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women.
On the same day, the U.N. Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states.
There were five Council resolutions on Israel. One each on the likes of hellish countries like Syria, North Korea and Iran. Libya got an offer of “technical assistance.” And countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China were among the 95 percent of states that were never mentioned.
No slander is deemed too vile for the U.N. human rights bodies that routinely listen to highly orchestrated Palestinian versions of the ancient blood libel against the Jews.
Here’s a classic example of the outrageous and dangerous slanders and blood libels against Israel (blood pressure warning ahead):
Picture these real-life scenes:
In Geneva’s grand U.N. “Human Rights” Council chamber, 750 people assembled, pounced on the Jewish state, broadcast the spectacle online, and produced hundreds of articles and interviews in dozens of languages championing the results.
On the ground, Israelis are being hacked to death on the streets, stabbed in buses, slaughtered in synagogues, mowed down with automobiles, and shot in front of their children.
At the New York’s UN headquarters, 8,100 NGO representatives gathered from all corners of the globe, in addition to government delegates, and watched the weight of the entire world of women’s rights descended on only one country.
On the ground, Palestinian women are murdered and subjugated for the sake of male honor, Saudi women can’t drive, Iranian women are stoned to death for so-called “adultery,” Egyptian women have their genitals mutilated and Sudanese women give birth in prison with their legs shackled for being Christian.
Add to these egregious examples the appointment of an overtly anti-Israel “investigator” of Israel’s “human rights violations” in the territories (assuming a priori that there are such violations), and you get a toxic mix of antisemitism, racism, and a dangerous ignoring of the dangers of real terrorism, actual violence on the ground in Europe:
Isn’t it about time that people stopped calling the U.N. a harmless international salon or a bad joke?
The poison isn’t simply rhetorical. One of the Council resolutions adopted last week launches a worldwide witch-hunt for companies that do business with Israel – as part of an effort to accomplish through economic strangulation what Israel’s enemies have not been able to accomplish on the battlefield. The resolution casts a wide net encompassing all companies engaged in whatever the U.N. thinks are business “practices that disadvantage Palestinian enterprises.”
And the toxicity is self-perpetuating. Acting at the beck and call of Islamic states and their conduit – French Ambassador Elizabeth Laurin and Council President Choi Kyonglim selected Canadian law professor Michael Lynk as the newest U.N. “independent” human rights investigator on Israel.
Lynk’s qualifications? He has likened Israelis to Nazis, and challenged the legitimacy of the state of Israel starting in 1948 as rooted in “ethnic cleansing.”
All of this played out in the same week that Europe was reeling from the Belgian terror attacks. Petrified or already vanquished, no European state voted against this onslaught of U.N. resolutions against Israel. Germany and the United Kingdom occasionally abstained, while France voted with Arab and Islamic states on all but one Council resolution.
UN Watch performed a thorough background check on both the proposed candidates for the post of “Special Rapporteur”, Penny Green and Michael Lynk, proving their anti-Israel credentials – although it would appear that these credentials are most likely what helped Lynk get the job, despite worldwide outrage:
Opposition is growing worldwide to the UN Human Rights Council’s selection of two anti-Israeli activists, Penny Green and Michael Lynk, as top candidates for a six-year post to investigate “Israel’s violations.”
- UN Watch’s comprehensive report exposing extreme bias of Penny Green & Michael Lynk, detailing appointment process for next UN Special Rapporteur
- Canadian Opposition urges PM Trudeau to oppose Green and Lynk: Letter
- Article by Elliot Abrams in National Review
- Op-ed by Tim Marshall, former Sky News Diplomatic Editor
- UK lawyers oppose Penny Green in letter to Baroness Anelay, UK Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Watch how the UNHRC couldn’t bring itself to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization!
Aviva Klompas at the Jerusalem Post slammed the UN’s “March of Folly” in also demanding that Israel return the Golan Heights to that bastion of human rights and tolerance – Syria!
One of the resolutions passed by the Council cited concern “at the suffering of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan due to the systematic and continuous violation of their fundamental and human rights by Israel.”
To be clear, the Syrian Center for Policy Research estimates that 470,000 Syrians have been killed in five years of brutal civil war and millions more have been displaced. Countless UN reports document the atrocities committed by the Assad regime and Islamic State terrorists, and yet it is Israel, which has treated thousands of Syrians in its hospitals, that bears the brunt of the UN’s criticism.
Klompas too notes the rising antisemitism (and not “just” anti-Zionism or anti-settlerism) at the UN:
In a March 1 session of the UNHRC, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki called on nations to refuse entry to “settlers” and “impose economic sanctions on the occupying entity.” Here was a demagogue standing in the heart of Europe calling for the branding of Jewish businesses and the barring of Jewish people, and the delegates in attendance listened raptly.
Three weeks later, the council voted to create a “blacklist” of companies operating in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Not a single country voted against the motion.
And yet – some settlers are more equal to others. But don’t worry, these “righteous” settlers are not Israelis of course:
From the Al Jazeera article linked in those tweets:
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regrets a “misunderstanding” over his use of the word “occupation” to describe Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara, which led to Morocco expelling dozens of US staff, his spokesman has said.
Earlier this month Ban used the word “occupation” to describe the annexation in 1975, when Morocco took over the arid territory along the Atlantic Ocean from colonial power Spain.
“His use of the word was not planned, nor was it deliberate. It was a spontaneous, personal reaction. We regret the misunderstandings and consequences that this personal expression of solicitude provoked,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Monday.
The controversy over Ban’s comments is Morocco’s worst dispute with the UN since 1991, when the UN brokered a ceasefire to end a war over Western Sahara and established a peacekeeping mission, known as MINURSO.
Poor little Morocco, feeling the wrath of the UN for the first time. Now they feel an inkling of what Israel goes through daily at the UN.
Actually, Israel ought to learn first-hand from Morocco how they managed to get Ban Ki Moon to apologize when all Israel ever receives is condemnations and anti-Israel resolutions. It’s actually not so difficult. All it needs is some backbone and spirit of national pride:
Ban said the word during a visit to refugee camps in southern Algeria for the Sahrawi people, who contend that Western Sahara belongs to them.
Morocco then ordered the UN to pull out dozens of civilian staffers and close a military liaison office for the MINURSO peacekeeping mission.
It said its decision was irreversible, but that the government was committed to military cooperation to guarantee a ceasefire.
“Nothing [Ban] said or did in the course of that trip was meant to offend or express hostility toward the Kingdom of Morocco, which is a valued member of the United Nations,” Dujarric said.
It’s far past time that Israel learned to stand up for its rights at the UN, and not just rely on NGOs like UN Watch, no matter how outstanding their work is. And if we cannot bring ourselves to stand up to the bullies, it’s time to consider leaving the UN altogether – and expelling their representatives from Israel at the same time.