Goodbye UN CouncilMar 28, 2012 at 12:58:45 AM
Israel has decided to sever all contact with the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC), in response to the council's plan to appoint an international committee to investigate the West Bank.
In practice this means that the Israeli government will not allow visits from HRC members to Israel, and will not cooperate in their investigations.
The United Nations has long been a bastion of anti-Israel sentiment, with the Human Rights Council particularly biased. The HRC has condemned Israel more often than it has condemned the U.N.’s other 191 member states combined. At annual meetings of the HRC, Israel is the only country in the world whose human rights record is examined as a permanent feature of every council session.
In the words of Abba Eban, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N.: If the U.N. "introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions."
The poor folks at the (mistakenly-named) Human Rights Council are so overworked dealing with Israel’s “crimes against humanity” that they haven’t a spare moment to condemn truly abhorrent human rights violators like Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, China or Cuba. Undoubtedly the reason is because – unbelievably – Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, China and Cuba themselves sit on the Human Rights Council. What's next: Jack the Ripper on the Commission for the Protection of Women?
To wit: During the Arab Spring of 2011, as the Libyan revolution raged, the Human Rights Council was hailing Libya’s “commitment to upholding human rights.” (Gadhafi's Libya had previously been elected to chair the HRC with 155 votes.) Meanwhile, amidst the widespread shooting of civilians in Syria, the Assad regime smugly pledged “to uphold the highest standards in promotion and protection of human rights” – and remained a frontrunner for a seat on the Human Rights Council.
The entire U.N. apparatus has been hijacked by a bloc of Arab, Muslim and dictatorial Third World forces who constitute an automatic voting majority. These anti-Israel agitators push their agenda aided by the "halo effect" – the phenomenon whereby the U.N., due to its humanitarian focus, is insulated from scrutiny and regarded above reproach.
The potency of this halo effect was in full force in 2009 with the Goldstone report – the Human Rights Council's "fact-finding mission" on the war in Gaza that charged Israel with intentionally targeting Palestinian civilians, and suggested that Israeli soldiers be prosecuted in international courts for "war crimes."
So this week, when the HRC announced plans to scrutinize Israeli activity in the West Bank, Israel made the decision: Rather than be accomplice to its own condemnation, better to make a dramatic statement of opposition. Whatever the case, the outcome of this “investigation” is certain to deal Israel yet another diplomatic blow.