The Gaza flotilla imbroglio has provided the UN with the pretext for a new wave
of anti-Israeli incitement. The Security Council instantly summoned an emergency
meeting, which merely served as an arena to slander Israel and endorse a
US-modified resolution demanding an investigation of its actions. The bias of the
UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was even more blatant. It immediately condemned
Israel, and only subsequently demanded an investigative commission which, like
the notorious Goldstone Report, would simply be a kangaroo court.
idealists who founded the UN and crafted the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights would turn in their graves were they aware that the noble institution
they created has been hijacked by rogue states.
Today the majority of the
189 UN members consistently turn a blind eye to the abuse of human
outright massacres, frequently even among their own citizens.
abound: Russia’s response to the Chechnya insurrection in which Grozny
to the ground leaving 700,000 corpses; China’s brutal suppression of
Tibet; the genocidal killing of more than a million Christians and
the Islamic government in Sudan; the barbaric crimes committed by Saddam
against his own people.
UN international initiatives have also culminated
in disaster. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the UN recalled its
force, facilitating the brutal massacre of more than a million Tutsis.
Subsequently, a UN force mandated by the Security Council provided a
for the Hutu killers. This was under the watch of secretary-general Kofi
who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
During the cruel ethnic war in
Yugoslavia, a UN battalion in July 1995 handed over 8,000 Muslim
the Serbs, who promptly slaughtered them. In fact, it was only after
people had been killed that the Americans bypassed the Security Council
intervened to end the conflict.
THE MOST damning UN humbug is the
ferocious hatred directed against Israel, the sole UN affiliate whose
exist remains under threat. Efforts to demonize and delegitimize the
state serve to unite the Islamic world, rogue states and Third World
They effectively resurrected the rescinded notorious Soviet UN
bracketed Zionism with racism, harnessing the entire bureaucracy of the
portray Israel as the primary source of the evils threatening
Alas, motivated by realpolitik and a desire to curry favor, most
democracies either stand on the sidelines or support such unethical
It is particularly distressing that the US which, prior to the
Obama administration, represented somewhat of a barrier against such
behavior has muted its opposition, conforming to its new policy of
The appallingly misnamed UNHRC is the principal subcommittee
driving the anti- Israel campaign, with more than 80 percent of its
resolutions directed against the Jewish state. Whereas the Bush
boycotted the UNHRC, one of President Barack Obama’s first foreign
initiatives was to join it.
Today, democracies comprise only 40% of UNHRC
membership. Last month, seven additional authoritarian regimes were
unopposed – joining other “human rights devotees” such as Saudi Arabia,
Cuba and Russia.
The most notorious, Libya, is a dictatorship which
sanctions torture and lethal amputations, executes women for violating
codes and criminalizes homosexuality. Currently, the Libyan envoy,
his anti-Semitic outbursts, is president of the UN General Assembly.
flaky dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, provided a state welcome to the
the 1988 Pan Am flight bombing over Lockerbie which killed 270 people,
behaved like a buffoon at the UN General Assembly, where he delivered an
incoherent two-hour speech.
The brutal Iranian regime of Holocaust denier
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (a frequent speaker at the General Assembly)
nomination for UNHRC membership in return for a backroom deal to obtain a
on the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. To enable Iran, which
holds the world’s worst record of abuse of women, to participate in an
organization purportedly advancing women’s rights transforms the UN into
farce. It also highlights the growing clout of the Organization of the
Conference, which allegedly brokered the deal.
The venom of the UNHRC is
almost exclusively directed against Israel, while the other member
states get a
free pass. The murder of innocents in Iran, Pakistan, Kenya, Zimbabwe,
Nigeria or Afghanistan is ignored.
Sudan, the site of the Darfur genocide,
was cited in 2009 for its “progress” in human rights. After the horrific
slaughter of civilians that took place when the government subdued the
Tamils, the UNHRC passed a resolution praising Sri Lanka. It refuses to
action against human rights abuses in Iran.
The UNHRC has created a number
of subcommissions exclusively for the purpose of bashing Israel. There
an advisory committee chaired by Halima Warzazi, who shielded Saddam
from UN censure after the 1988 gassing of Kurds. The deputy chair is
Ziegler who, following the Libyan bombing of the Pan Am airliner,
Gaddafi for a human-rights award.
The UNHRC Durban II Conference,
purportedly launched to combat racism, was transformed into an
The most recent UNHRC initiative was the notorious Goldstone
Report, which brands Israel a criminal state and accuses the IDF of
murdering Palestinian civilians.
This is now being augmented by the
“investigation” of Israeli “barbarism,” “banditry,” “piracy,” “massacre
civilians,” etc. in relation to the Gaza flotilla.
The UNHRC also promotes
anti-Semitism on its Web site. It currently reproduces a document
Israeli physicians, medical centers and rabbis of “plucking organs of
kidnapped and killed Palestinians” – a monstrous replay of the medieval
REGRETTABLY, DESPITE outstanding UN ambassadors like Dan
Gillerman, the government fails to take the offensive. It is scandalous
impending appointment of a new UN ambassador has been delayed for over a
allegedly because the prime minister and foreign minister cannot agree
candidate. In this context, we should note the valuable contribution
exposing the scandalous behavior of the UN by the NGO UN Watch, headed
The US together with European countries funds the bulk of the $20
billion plus budget.
Unfortunately, despite the UN concept of human rights
having become a macabre travesty, the Obama administration avoids
the antidemocratic bodies. It even failed to formally object to the
Libya on the UNHRC. This month it announced that it would join the UN
of Civilization,” another body whose agenda is driven by Islamic nations
purportedly to combat Islamophobia, but in fact to institutionalize
in freedom of speech.
Were it not for the Obama administration’s obsession
to “engage” with rogue states, it would now be timely to question
this sham body which primarily serves the interests of tyrannies, and
forming a new multilateral association limited to countries that are
democratic and share genuine respect for human
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