Issue 407: Goldstone II: UN settlements panel calls their report ‘weapon’ against Israel because Palestinians could take grievances to criminal court

Goldstone II:  UN settlements panel calls their report ‘weapon’ against Israel because Palestinians could take grievances to criminal court

The new UNHRC report on settlements failed to make even a single reference to UN Watch’s 54-page submission, which contained 257 footnotes and provided essential context that the commissioners inexplicably chose to ignore. The report is categorically one-sided, casting Palestinians as the sole victims of the Arab-Israeli conflict, while denying any consideration for the basic human rights of Israelis. Click for more.

Mia Farrow and UN Watch Condemn Election of Genocidal Sudan as Vice-President of Major UN Human Rights Body

By acclamation, the U.N. elected Sudan this week as vice-president of its 54-member Economic and Social Council, a principal U.N. organ that regulates human rights groups, oversees U.N. women’s rights bodies, and adopts resolutions on subjects ranging from Internet freedom to female genital mutilation. Disappointingly, the U.S. did not object, nor did the European Union. But film star Mia Farrow and UN Watch did speak out: Click for more.

Dictators condemn Israel for not allowing them to condemn Israel

When Israel declined to appear before a review session this week of the UN Human Rights Council, delegates from Cuba, Pakistan, Venezuela and other dictatorshipslined up, one after the other, to condemn Israel for denying them the chance to condemn Israel.

Audacity and hypocrisy reached new heights when Israel—systematically singled out by the council for differential and discriminatory treatment—was the one accused of breaching the principles of universality and equality. Sadly, several NGOs, including Amnesty International, joined the jackals: for full story click here.


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“The report disregards the thousands of suicide bombings, knifings, and other terrorist attacks committed by Palestinian Arab groups, failing to acknowledge how this violence brought about Israeli security measures in the territories that did not previously exist,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.
“The reality is that the HRC’s fact-finding enterprise is dedicated chiefly to attacking but one country: Israel. In the entire history of the HRC, there have been seven one-sided inquiry missions on Israel, and only five on the rest of the world combined. Mass atrocities committed by Iran, China, or Sri Lanka, for example, have never been subjected to a single HRC inquiry.
“In a week when the UN legitimized genocidal Sudan, by electing the regime as vice-president of a top human rights body, it is now focusing its scarce time, resources and moral outrage on yet another biased, politicized and one-sided report against Israel.”  National Post, Jan. 31, 2013.
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Responding to the resolution, UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said: “A jury of brigands is not justice, it’s a travesty. We regret that today’s resolution failed to acknowledge the elephant in the room: the council’s systematic bias against Israel.” — Jerusalem Post, Jan. 29, 2013.
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Nabil’s trip to Israel and Palestine was organized by Geneva-based advocacy group U.N. Watch. Hillel Neuer, executive director described Nabil as “a true hero who inspires hope around the world,” according to a CNN report. — Al Arabiya News, Dec. 23, 2012.
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By the end of this week the current 2012 UNGA session will have adopted 22 country-specific resolutions targeting Israel – and only four on the rest of the world combined, one each for Syria, Iran, North Korea and Burma, according to UN Watch. — The Algemeiner, Dec. 20, 2012.
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Human Rights Watch, an international NGO, has removed UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights Richard Falk, from one its local committees. UN Watch, a NGO based in Geneva that monitors the performance of the UN, had called on Human Rights Watch to remove Falk, saying he has been spreading antisemitism.  Shalom TV News, Dec. 19, 2012.

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According to U.N. Watch, a non-governmental organization that monitors the HRC, none of the democracies on the HRC had “said a word about the election of Mauritania or Ecuador.” — CNS News, Dec. 11, 2012.
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