Sunday, January 28, 2018

The UN's anti-Israel record in 2017

Here's a report from unwatch, an organization that monitors how the UN acts towards Israel (hint: the UN acts with extreme bias against Israel) ("The top 10 most insane UN anti-Israel actions for 2017", unwatch, December 20, 2017). 

Some of the anti-Israel UN actions you'll read about below are so outrageous, you'd think we'd just laugh at them. But no one's laughing. The UN was deadly serious about these votes.

Here's a question: are any of the UN actions below really outrageous? Judge for yourself. 

I've edited this report:

10. The U.N.’s Beirut-based agency of 18 Arab states published a report accusing Israel of “Apartheid.”
In response, UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer took the floor to ask Algeria, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Yemen, and the others, a simple question: "Where are your Jews?" For once, the room was silenced. UN Watch’s speech went viral on the Internet:

This video of Mr Neuer's remarks here were viewed 5 million times worldwide.

9. The U.N. women’s rights commission condemned Israel as the world's only violator of women's rights. Real abusers of women’s rights, such as Iran, Yemen, and Afghanistan, were ignored.
The next month, UN Watch exposed the UN's election of Saudi Arabia to this same women’s rights commission—and the fact that at least five EU states voted for the Saudis. The story went viral, and created a major scandal in Belgium, where the prime minister eventually admitted their vote and apologized. Here's the video about Saudi Arabia, and why its election to the UN Women's Rights Council is so outrageous (note: unwatch does promote itself in this video--but it's still worth watching:

8. In June, 2017, 16 U.N. agencies signed an agreement with the “State of Palestine” to spend an unprecedented $18 million--not to fund programs for PA residents or to build desperately needed infrastructure for the Palestinian Authority, but to fund 'lawfare' attacks against Israel. This agreement didn't mention how these attacks represented a form of warfare against the Jewish state. Instead, the agreement spoke of human rights, international law and “accountability”.
Such an anti-Israel U.N. commitment is part of a larger UN campaign to erode Israel’s ability to defend itself from terrorist attacks. As noted by foxnews, “UN Watch, an independent monitoring group based in Switzerland, was one of the first places to highlight and criticize this kind of U.N. spending; executive director Hillel Neuer called on the United States, Canada, and Australia and other democracies to ensure that their taxpayer contributions are not being misused to support an escalation of (politicized) attacks against Israel.”

7. In October, U.N. Palestine Rapporteur Michael Lynk issued a report advocating an economic boycott of Israeli companies.
When Lynk arrived at U.N. headquarters in New York for his annual press conference, he was startled when three different journalists challenged him over his biased report and mandate. The reporters were prompted by unwatch's complaint letter to the Secretary-General which objected to Lynk’s call for a boycott and his ignoring of human rights abuses by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Lynk falsely claimed to be “unaware” that he could actually speak about Palestinian violations of human rights.
Thanks to UN Watch’s campaign, the U.S. government issued a statement saying that “Mr. Lynk’s remarks, and the very existence of this report, underscore the Human Rights Council’s chronic anti-Israel bias. The United States will continue to oppose attempts to undermine the UN system through actions that unfairly target Israel.”

6. The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) singled out Israel as the only violator in the world of “mental, physical and environmental health”. Under pressure from Syria’s Assad regime, the WHO also deleted parts of a report on Israeli actions in the Golan Heights—because they were positive to Israel. 

5. Dubravka Simonovic, the U.N. expert on vioence against women, visited Israel and the territories and concluded: When Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault.
UN Watch’s executive director took the floor to challenge the U.N. investigator’s report: “Why did you fail to mention that official Palestinian TV regularly broadcasts Islamic preachers who tell the people how to beat their wives?”
In reaction, the Egyptian chair of the meeting broke with parliamentary protocol: “I would like to say thank you, but I can’t,” said Ambassador Amr Ramadan. “Because I think that you need to respect this council more."

Here is the video: 

4. In its ritual annual scapegoating of the Jewish state, the UN General Assembly on November 10,  2017 adopted 20 (sic) one-sided resolutions against Israel—and only 6 resolutions on the rest of the world combined. [On December 21, 2017, at an emergency meeting called by Arab and Islamic states to condemn the United States over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a 21st resolution was adopted criticizing the Jewish state.

3.     UNESCO negated its own mandate to protect world heritage by adopting a resolution recognizing Hebron—second holiest city in Judaism because of the Tomb of the Patriarchs—as a Palestinian-only world heritage site.
In July, 2017, unwatch revealed that UNESCO had rejected its own experts’ advice, who opposed this Palestinian nomination on account of failing to properly recognize Hebron’s Jewish and Christian heritage ("Hebron vote: UNESCO heritage body denies Jewish and Christian heritage in Biblical city", unwatch, July 7, 2017)..

2. UNRWA launched a global campaign showing the picture of an 11-year-old girl, “Aya from Gaza,” in a bombed-out building—portraying Israel as the cruel cause of this child's pain. But unwatch exposed the photo as a fraud: the photo  was actually from the Syrian civil war. The story went viral online. UNRWA suffered massive embarrassment, and was forced to remove the photo worldwide.

1. The office of U.N. human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein spent the past year preparing to inflame the anti-Israel boycott campaign by drawing up a blacklist of companies that do business in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem and other Jewish communities over the 1949 armistice line. The report is due to be submitted this month, and presented before the council in March. UN Watch will take the lead in countering the blacklist, what Nikki Haley this week called the “ugly creation” of the UNHRC.

The UN is no House of Humanity. It doesn't care about helping people.

Instead, it's become a House of Hate. The hate of--and prejudice towards--Israel may well be the only important agendas the UN works at successfully. 

The UN doesn't care about truth, either. It won't investigate its own crimes (Rebecca Ratcliffe, "Senior UN figures under investigation over alleged sexual harassment", guardian, January 25, 2017). It chooses to hide its crimes, not uncover the truth about those crimes (ibid).
How do you think all that is going to work out?

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