Sept. 2, 2016
By CHRISTINE SIEROCKI LUPELLA
Hillel C. Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch, a human rights non-governmental organization in Geneva, will keynote the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, set for Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive.
Neuer’s group monitors United Nations activities, fights anti-Israel bias, and promotes human rights. His “banned speech” admonishing the U.N. Human Rights Council’s condemnation of Israel has become the most-viewed NGO speech in U.N. history. He has testified before the U.N. and the U.S. Congress, intervening for causes that include rape victims of Darfur, political prisoners in Cuba, and peace in the Middle East.
The interview below appears in the latest edition of the Chicago JUF News.
Hillel Neuer: Since 2006, when the UN Human Rights Council was officially ‘improved,’ they have issued 61 resolutions against all other countries in the world. In this same decade, they have issued 67 against Israel alone.
Neuer: Recently? Jerusalem built a light-rail system that runs through Jewish and Arab neighborhoods, making transportation easier and cleaner. UNESCO has a draft resolution, likely to pass, condemning the train for blocking the view of the Old City walls.
The World Health Organization condemned only one country this year for violating people’s health rights: Israel—over its ‘treatment’ of Syrians in the Golan Heights. Well, Israel should be singled out—but for their incredible medical treatment of refugees from Syria’s war. It’s Orwellian, paradoxical, and absurd.
Saudi Arabia is waging a war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians, including some 600 children. Again, no resolution, no emergency session, no commission of inquiry. They get a free pass. And these are the same Saudis who back resolutions condemning Israel for actions it takes to defend itself.
In Venezuela, there is mass poverty and hunger in a nation with an abundance of resources. Their president, Nicolas Maduro, was just reelected, and the nation was reappointed to the UN Human Rights Council. Yet on Venezuela there is no resolution, no emergency session, no commission of inquiry.
What can we, as American citizens, do to raise awareness of the UN’s anti-Israel bias?