UN Watch started this petition to Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Terminate the U.N.’s Anti-Israel Commission of Inquiry
We urge the U.S. government to introduce this resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council, to terminate their bigoted Commission of Inquiry targeting Israel.
The 47-nation council, dominated by dictatorships, is notorious for singling out Israel at every meeting, with bias built into its permanent agenda.
Absurdly, the council has condemned Israel more times than it has condemned Iran, Syria, and North Korea put together. Terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad are ignored.
This scapegoating reached a new level in May 2021, when Pakistan and the PLO convened an urgent session that resulted in an unprecedented Commission of Inquiry targeting Israel, tasked with investigating “root causes” of the conflict and “systematic discrimination.”
Unlike all previous inquiries, this one has an open-ended mandate to examine any subject, any time period, and has no end date.
It’s a perpetual investigation of the Jewish state, with the guilty verdict fixed in advance. In the words of Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Rae, it’s a modern-day Inquisition.
In case there was any doubt, the U.N. made their intentions crystal clear when they appointed Navi Pillay — who has lobbied governments to “Sanction Apartheid Israel!” — as Chair of the inquiry.
Her two colleagues are no better. Commissioner Miloon Kothari sparked global outrage when in an interview he ranted about the “the Jewish lobby” and questioned Israel’s right to be a member of the United Nations. Kothari was called out for antisemitism by 20 governments, and even by the U.N. Secretary General.
Chris Sidoti, the third commissioner, is affiliated with a group that calls for boycotting Israel. In July, he told the council that some Jews were “throwing around accusations of antisemitism like rice at a wedding.”
In breach of U.N. requirements of impartiality, all three commissioners were appointed for one reason: to ensure a guilty verdict against Israel, and to label it an “apartheid state” with the U.N.’s imprimatur.
Accordingly, we urge the United States to take action now to remove the biased members, and to terminate the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry.
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