B’nai B’rith International CEO Daniel Mariaschin and AJIRI-BBI Chairman Richard Schifter sent a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal regarding a recent op-ed it published rightly calling out the creation of yet another one-sided U.N. commission, set up solely to vilify Israel.
The verdict is already in, writes B’nai B’rith.
Your editorial “The U.N.’s Libel Machine Expands” (Dec. 28) correctly calls out the outrageous creation of yet another one-sided, permanent, standing United Nations commission, set up solely to investigate and castigate Israel. The U.N. already has three incongruous bodies (the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Division for Palestinian Rights and the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Human Rights Practices) whose sole purpose is to vilify Israel. With all the crises, conflicts and catastrophes facing the world, no other U.N. member state merits the “honor” of such unique treatment.
Despite the new commission’s theatrical public “call for submissions,” there is no hope of transparency or due process. The verdict is already in: Israel is guilty as charged, of every manner of war crime and abuse.
The irony of this continuing and absurd star chamber proceeding is that the presumed victims on whose behalf this is all being done – the Palestinian people – will gain nothing tangible from these machinations. The road to peace between Israelis and Palestinians still lies through honest, good faith direct negotiations, not through yet another hypocritical, ill-conceived and biased U.N. body.