(Washington, D.C., March 22, 2019)— B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International condemns the five anti-Israel resolutions adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today. The UNHRC consistently singles out Israel by passing endless resolutions that solely and falsely allege Israeli misdeeds. In particular, we strongly condemn the resolutions passed under Item 7, which makes Israel the only country separately and exhaustively scrutinized at every council session.
We wholeheartedly commend Australia for voting against each anti-Israel resolution, and note that the United Kingdom and Denmark voted against four of the five resolutions, including all of the resolutions considered under Item 7. Both countries abstained on the resolution shifted to outside of Item 7. We encourage other EU member states to join in voting against all Item 7 resolutions as an important first step toward the ultimate goal of eliminating the discriminatory agenda item. We welcome the fact that nearly all European states have by now desisted from speaking during the Item 7 proceedings. We also recognize as positive the improvement in any other countries’ overall voting, such as that by Brazil, which for the first time voted against two of the resolutions.
This session, one of the five anti-Israel resolutions, entitled, “Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,” was considered under a separate agenda item that does not focus solely on Palestinian and other Arab allegations. The resolution endorses the prejudiced report of the council’s “commission of inquiry” into the recent Palestinian riots along the Gaza border, which was accompanied by a secret list of Israeli individuals who could be threatened with prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
We condemn all countries that voted for the biased resolutions, especially a democracy such as Spain, which was the only European country to vote for the “ensuring accountability” motion.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org
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