The poisonous role of the UN human rights world in demonizing and isolating Israel cannot be overestimated.
By Anne Bayefsky, JPOST
In March of last year, Israel decided not to cooperate with a UN “human rights” establishment that promises equality and delivers discrimination.
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 delegitimizers.
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 over.
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 speeds.”
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.
But 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 domination.”
Falk’s latest official UN report is outrageous.
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 campaign.