UN Watch

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:43pm -- Rabbi Weill

Dear friends,

There they go again. I refer to the United Nations Human Rights Council, which once again is targeting Israel for one-sided, discriminatory treatment.

In this case, the Human Rights Council has established a commission to investigate Israel's conduct during this summer's Operation Protective Edge. Among the 48 states on the Human Rights Council are China, Congo, Cuba, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia -- states not well known for stellar human rights records.  And yet they obsessively focus on Israel.

UN fact-finders are supposed to be impartial. But the Human Rights Council has chosen William Schabas to chair this inquiry. Schabas has made repeated prejudicial statements against Israel. He said, for instance, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be his "favorite" to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.” He said he'd like to "go after" former president Shimon Peres as well.  And he refuses to consider Hamas a terrorist group.

I have no problem with honest and impartial scrutiny of countries' human rights records.  But when commission after commission and resolution after resolution target Israel, while the actions of real and flagrant human rights violators are ignored, then we know that the entire process is woefully compromised.  Israel cannot possibly receive a fair hearing with such one-sided treatment at the UN.

To learn more and take action, I highly recommend visiting the website of UN Watch, unwatch.org. 

Wishing you all a peaceful Shabbat.
Rabbi Jeffrey Weill