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EXCERPTS FROM FILM INTERVIEW WITH HILLEL NEUER:
When I started at UN Watch, I knew something about what the United Nations was, but I think until I got there, I never had a clue of what it felt to be in a room where the worst dictators, murderers, and tyrannies of the world, sit there and pronounce themselves on human rights, accuse others, and repeatedly, time after time, scapegoat one nation—the State of Israel—as the world’s only criminal on human rights.
Rise and Fall
The United Nations Human Rights Commission was founded by one of the great humanitarians, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Not There to Help Victims
I’ll never forget when the coup d’état happened in Gaza, when Hamas violently ousted the PLO. I happened to be at the United Nations Human Rights Council during that time.
They are not there to help the victims. They are there to scapegoat. It is part of a narrative, where Israel is this meta-criminal.
Most Hated Person at the UN
I have become the most hated person at the United Nations. When I walk into the Human Rights Council, I feel the glares of hatred, of enmity directed at me.
So when I walk into the Human Rights Council, I feel the hatred all around me; and it’s not easy.
Not Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
At the end of the day, this is a political body. It is not a body as most Europeans think, when they hear the words “United Nations Human Rights Council,” and when they read a headline “The UN Human Rights Council said” — for most Europeans, that’s like saying “And the Lord said to Moses at Sinai.” They think it’s gospel.
Europeans don’t realize that, and they don’t want to know that. They have really a fantasy, which is very beautiful and it’s very pretty, but it hasn’t been true in perhaps five decades.
Why the UN Matters
Like it or not, the UN matters. The United Nations is the single most important repository of international legitimacy, and people around the world believe in the UN.
Even though things are upside down, we need to be there and we need to fight lies and spread the truth.