It is opening week of another session of the UN’s top human rights body, the UN
Human Rights Council, and anti-Semitism will once again be promoted around the
globe via an organization built on the ashes of the Jewish people and sworn to
In March of last year, Israel decided not to
cooperate with a UN “human rights” establishment that promises equality and
Under heavy pressure from the Obama
administration and European governments not to spotlight the dark anti- Semitic
underbelly of UN “human rights” operations, however, Israel is considering
reversing this decision.
Without fundamental reform, such an unfortunate
about-turn by Israel would be a major boost to Israel’s
The current Council session in Geneva is a case in point.
From the start on Monday, May 27, the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay issued
an opening statement highlighting her major human rights concerns the world
Her preposterous series of countries having “crises” worthy of
specific criticism were Syria, Myanmar, Iraq, the Central African Republic,
Israel and the United States.
On the other hand, in Pillay’s view, Egypt,
Libya and Yemen were “progressing in different ways and at different
Omitted from her list altogether was the denial of elementary
freedoms to a billion people in China, the downward spiral of rights and
freedoms in Russia, the forthcoming sham elections of lead terror-sponsor Iran,
or the degradation of an entire female population in Saudi Arabia.
Israel, according to Pillay, was guilty of “the widespread detention of
Palestinians – nearly 5,000.” It was irrelevant that the vast majority of these
so-called detainees were prisoners, already tried and found guilty often of
horrible crimes, in a country governed by the rule of law.
And that was
merely the opening act.
On June 10, the Council will give the microphone
to terrorist-sympathizer Richard Falk. He is the UN investigator on Israel who
has made a career of justifying violent “resistance” from New York to Israel to
Boston. A 9/11 conspiracy theorist, Falk recently generated disgust across
America for suggesting the victims of the Boston marathon terror attack were
“canaries” that “have to die” because of America’s “fantasy of global
Falk’s latest official UN report is
Contrary to even the lip service paid by the UN
secretary-general, but consistent with Falk’s fetishistic empathy for
terrorists, he advises against “the value of direct negotiations at this time.”
In one particularly repugnant line, Falk rails against Israel’s killing of Hamas
“military leader” Ahmed Jabari because Jabari “kept [Gilad] Shalit... in good
health while in captivity for several years.”
Later in his report Falk
singles out, for abuse and harassment, corporations that do business with
Israel. From his UN perch, he plugs the boycott, divestment and sanctions
When Falk retires after his six-year time limit in 2014, he
will be replaced by another such UN human rights “expert.” After all, his formal
mandate is to investigate predetermined human rights violations, and only by one
party to the conflict – Israel.
Following Falk’s performance, the Council
will devote more time to Israel-bashing. Its permanent agenda has one item
designated to the condemnation of Israel, and another to the remaining 192 UN
members – if they should “require the Council’s attention.” The result of this
process is that 39 percent of all Council resolutions and decisions condemning
specific states for human rights violations have been directed at Israel
Even the western democratic states that meet regularly during
Council sessions refuse to allow Israel to attend their group gatherings. In
Geneva, every UN member state is welcomed into one of the five key regional
bodies that discuss policy, share information and divvy up UN jobs – except
Ironically, despite the entrenched discrimination, Israel finds
itself pressed by democratic countries to get on the bus, move to the back and
sit down. By refusing to play this game, Israel draws attention to the UN’s
institutional bias and undercuts the credibility of the UN’s alleged “universal”
human rights apparatus.
That’s an inconvenience for the Obama
administration, which has made membership and support of the Council a central
component of its foreign policy.
The quandary for Israel, therefore, is
this. The poisonous role of the UN human rights world in demonizing and
isolating Israel cannot be overestimated.
It is imperative to
delegitimize the delegitimizers. Yet Israel’s failure to participate in its own
execution is now being cast at the Council as uncooperative and
Israel cannot alter the twisted sense of right and wrong
favored by its enemies, but there is an answer to the United States and
The cornerstone of every credible human rights institution is
Israel can and must articulate clearly identifiable sources of
inequality that can be fixed – if the commitment to universal human rights
standards is bona fide.
The UN Human Rights Council can modify its agenda
to place Israel under the same item as all other states. The mandate of the
Council special investigator on Israel can be changed to require reporting on
the human rights abuses of all parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Western
states in Geneva can end the exclusion of Israel from its regional group and
abide by the UN Charter’s promise of the equality of all nations, large and
A global vehicle for modern anti- Semitism or a human rights
instrument? The ball should not be in Israel’s court.The writer is
director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.