It was no bolt from the blue that the grotesquely misnamed UN Human Rights
Council played host (albeit somewhat indirectly) to a Hamas representative,
Gazan “parliamentarian” Ismail al-Ashqar.
Although for technical reasons
he couldn’t address the UNHRC’s official 19th session in Geneva this week, he
did participate in one of the NGO forums ancillary to it.
organized by the Ma’arij Foundation for Peace and Development, was conducted at
the UN’s Geneva facility, parallel to the UNHRC session and publicized on
Had Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not slammed this
travesty, it’s doubtful much attention would have been paid the creeping
legitimization of Hamas in the Swiss-based subsidiary of the UN General
Assembly. Not that this should surprise anyone with even rudimentary familiarity
with the Council.
Pro forma, it was born only in 2006, but in actual fact
it started out as the much-discredited UN Human Rights Commission. Former UN
chief Kofi Annan took the extraordinary step of abolishing it because of
unabashed politicization that mostly manifested itself in its fixated
demonization of Israel – singled out for censure on any occasion and under any
The unlamented commission was replaced by the council amid
promises for sincere introspection, contrition and most of all cleaning up of
the commission’s admittedly shameful record. Nonetheless, the commission’s
preposterous patterns reasserted themselves in full from the get-go.
council consistently discerns nothing more urgent to occupy itself with than
Israel’s alleged human rights abuses.
The council is the commission’s
carbon copy, with one exception. The commission held a single yearly
session. The council treats us to multiple annual
The majority of its 47 seats are Third World, which not
only guarantees massive anti-Israel bias but makes mockery of human rights. Thus
Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya was among the UNHRC’s movers and shakers until civil
strife made the sham too untenable.
Among the council’s members are such
stalwart champions of civil liberties as Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, China,
Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon,
Congo, Djibouti, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Malaysia, Qatar and
Little wonder that the Americans expressed profound displeasure
with the current UNHRC agenda. Theirs is no trifling rebuke precisely because it
comes from the Obama administration that pointedly reversed a Bush
administration decision not to seek a seat on the council due to its loss of
credibility, obsessive preoccupation with Israel and failure to confront the
world’s real serial rights abusers.
US Ambassador to the UNHRC Eileen
Chamberlain Donahoe noted the council’s Agenda Item 7, under which, at every
session, Israel’s human rights record is seemingly scrutinized. No other country
has an agenda item reserved for it.
The US “continues to be deeply
troubled by this council’s biased and disproportionate focus on Israel, as
exemplified by this standing agenda item,” Donahoe told the council Monday,
during a daylong debate on five UNHRC resolutions on Israel.
This is the
same council that commissioned the Goldstone Report and which followed it up by
scathingly condemning Israel for the Mavi Marmara incident.
The UNHRC is
the last organization that should be relied upon to take into account the fact
that the Hamas Charter rejects “so-called peaceful solutions.... There is no
solution to the Palestinian problem except by jihad.”
also calls for Israel’s obliteration because “Israel, by virtue of its being
Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the
Citing the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, it accuses
Jews of having “stood behind the French and the Communist Revolutions and behind
most other revolutions... via clandestine organizations like the
Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, B’nai B’rith – all destructive spying
Jews, the Hamas charter charges, “instigated WWI and
WWII,” and Jews later “inspired the establishment of the United Nations and the
Security Council to replace the League of Nations, in order to rule the world by
This should particularly interest the UNHRC, which
needs ask itself how it can abide a xenophobic terrorist organization, which,
while branding the UN as a Jewish scam, exploits it to pillory the Jewish state.