• Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, the United States, the European Union, Netherlands, Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Israel, Hungary, Brazil, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark have now condemned Miloon Kothari, member of the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Israel, after he railed against the “Jewish lobby” and questioned Israel’s right to membership in the United Nations. See below.
• UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement: “The Secretary-General has no authority over the Commission of Inquiry, whose members are appointed by the Human Rights Council. However, he has always been extremely clear in saying that there is no room for anti-Semitism in the work of the UN. Second, Israel is unquestionably a Member State of the United Nations, with the same rights and responsibilities as the other 192 countries that make up this organization.”
• COI Chair Navi Pillay fully defended Kothari, saying that his comments “seem to have deliberately been taken out of context” and “deliberately misquoted.” (Pillay herself is the object of a recusal request arising from her long record of prior public actions and statements that disqualify her from serving impartially, including her lobbying governments to “Sanction Apartheid Israel!”)
Recent comments by Miloon Kothari, a member of the @UN_HRC Israel Commission of Inquiry, questioning Israel’s UN membership and speaking of “the Jewish lobby” controlling social media are unacceptable and offensive.
Antisemitism has absolutely no place in the @UN.
— Simon Manley (@SimonManleyFCDO) July 28, 2022
Germany firmly stands against any form of #antisemitism. We therefore deeply deplore recent statements by Miloon Kothari, member of the COI on Israel/OPT @UN_HRC
— Germany UN Geneva 🇩🇪🇪🇺🇺🇦 (@GermanyUNGeneva) July 30, 2022
A Commission of Inquiry is different from a never ending Inquisition. Blatantly biased, anti-semitic comments are completely unworthy of the UN, the UN Human Rights Commission, and are a disgrace to institutions supposedly dedicated to the rule of law. https://t.co/d5yW60J8ve
— Bob Rae (@BobRae48) July 28, 2022
Outraged by the antisemitic and hateful statement of member of Commission of Inquiry, questioning also Israel’s UN membership.
Antisemitism has no place in our society.
These remarks cannot go unaddressed.
— Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi) July 28, 2022
After UN commissioner Kothari's rant about “the Jewish lobby,” @antonioguterres: “The Secretary-General has always been extremely clear in saying that there is no room for antisemitism in the work of the UN. Second, Israel is unquestionably a Member State of the United Nations.” pic.twitter.com/kbAMDf8bTO
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) August 2, 2022
Bravo to outgoing UN monitor on freedom of religion Ahmed Shaheed for calling out antisemitic tropes voiced now by Miloon Kothari, member of the UNHRC commission of inquiry on Israel—and for recalling this echoed the antisemitism of the inquiry's sponsor: https://t.co/K1nykm0apA https://t.co/xF34iRyXRz
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) July 31, 2022
BREAKING: UNHRC chief @FVillegasARG rejects attempt by commission of inquiry chair Navi Pillay to defend colleague Miloon Kothari, says his remarks “could reasonably be interpreted as stigmatization of the Jewish people, which is at the heart of any expression of antisemitism.” pic.twitter.com/AKhblMvvfn
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) July 30, 2022
#KingdomNL is shocked by a recent interview with a member of the @UN_HRC Commission of Inquiry on #Israel/oPT in which he refers to the “Jewish Lobby”and questions Israel’s UN membership.
We 🇳🇱 strongly condemn antisemitism – these #CoI member remarks are unacceptable.
— NL Mission in Geneva (@NLinGeneva) July 29, 2022
Italy firmly stands against any form of #antisemitism and deplores recent statements by Miloon Kothari, member of the COI on Israel/OPT@UN_HRC
— Italy UN Geneva (@ItalyUN_Geneva) August 1, 2022
As member of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Brazil considers that the anti-Semitic references made by Mr. Kothari in his statement are unacceptable and should be immediately retracted.
— govitamaraty (@govitamaraty) August 4, 2022
Bravo to 🇦🇺 Australia for calling out Miloon Kothari, member of the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry on Israel, who railed against “the Jewish Lobby” & questioned Israel's right to be in the United Nations. (Note: Navi Pillay, chair of the inquiry, is worse: https://t.co/hnlCcawUMc) https://t.co/SXOjOGyWPc
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) August 1, 2022
We are concerned about recent comments by CoI on OPT/Israel member Miloon Kothari. Austria continues to strongly stand against any form of #antisemitism.
— Austria UN Geneva (@AustriaUNGeneva) July 30, 2022
Bravo to the 🇨🇿 Czech Foreign Minister for calling out Miloon Kothari, member of the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry on Israel, who railed against “the Jewish Lobby” & questioned Israel's right to be in the United Nations. COI Chair Navi Pillay is even worse: https://t.co/hnlCcawUMc https://t.co/X2k4gsU9gu
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) July 29, 2022
🇨🇦 is shocked by recent comments made by a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on #Israel/OPT
🇨🇦 has concerns with this COI’s one-sided nature & open-ended mandate. This language is unacceptable in any situation, but particularly shocking coming from a member of the #COI
— Canada in Geneva 🍁 (@CanadaGeneva) July 29, 2022
Bravo to 🇫🇷 France for denouncing antisemitism of UN investigator: “Strong disapproval of the remarks of Miloon Kothari, member of the Commission of Inquiry on OPT & Israel. We must be ‘uncompromising in the contemporary fight against anti-Semitism’ as President Macron has said.” https://t.co/SVvhl2VrTs
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) July 29, 2022
Switzerland strongly condemns any form of #antisemitism https://t.co/SCDwzKmm1M
— Ambassador Maya Tissafi (@SwissMFAmena) August 3, 2022
Sweden strongly believes in zero-tolerance against #antisemitism and deplores recent statements by
Mr. Miloon Kothari, Member of the CoI on OPT and Israel
— Sweden in Geneva (@SwedenGeneva) August 3, 2022
Norway is deeply troubled by recent comments made by Miloon Kothari, member of the @UN_HRC CoI on OPT and Israel. We stand firmly against #antisemitism in any form.
— Norway in Geneva 🇳🇴 (@NorwayInGeneva) August 3, 2022
DK deplores recent comments made by Miloon Kothari, member of the @UN_HRC CoI on OPT and Israel. We stand firmly against #antisemitism.
— Denmark in UN Geneva 🇩🇰 (@DKUNmisgva) August 5, 2022
🇧🇪 is firmly engaged in the fight against #antisemitism. We deplore recent statements by Mr. Miloon Kothari, member of the CoI on OPT and Israel.
— Belgium UN Geneva (@BelgiumUNGeneva) August 2, 2022
.@StateSEAS Lipstadt & I unequivocally condemn the outrageous, antisemitic remarks by a member of the Israel COI. We call on @mbachelet to denounce these comments & take immediate, concrete action to ensure @UN_HRC investigators remain neutral & objective https://t.co/BFN5XGGlZb pic.twitter.com/VAdmumQkwP
— Ambassador Michèle Taylor (@USAmbHRC) July 28, 2022
There should be no place for such antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment at the @UN. These remarks by a COI commissioner at @UN_HRC cannot go unaddressed. https://t.co/9pz1LOVYyi
— Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield (@USAmbUN) July 28, 2022
Il faut « ne rien céder dans le combat contemporain contre l’antisémitisme » comme l’a rappelé le Président @EmmanuelMacron. Vive désapprobation des propos de Miloon Kothari, membre de la Commission d’enquête #TPO et #Israël.
— France ONU Genève 🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@FranceONUGeneve) July 29, 2022
🇭🇺 Hungary calls out “unacceptable” remarks of Miloon Kothari, member of UNHRC commission of inquiry on Israel, after he ranted about “the Jewish Lobby” and questioned Israel's right to membership in the UN. https://t.co/E42G1ZhsHQ pic.twitter.com/7ve8qNaPsQ
— UN Watch (@UNWatch) July 31, 2022
Outrageous that an @UN_HRC appointed human rights expert on Israel and the West Bank and Gaza repeated antisemitic tropes & questioned Israel’s legitimacy as a UN member. It is wholly unacceptable that such comments would come from an appointed member of a Commission of Inquiry. https://t.co/oEBBan9PX3
— Special Envoy Deborah Lipstadt (@StateSEAS) July 28, 2022